Interest Led Learning: Teaching to Their Interests This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. My eighth-grader has become passionate about filmmaking, from script writing to directing to camera-operating. He started with a flip camera, then added a camcorder and a stop-motion animation program with a webcam. He's been … [Read more...] about Interest Led Learning for High School
Learn the Building Blocks of Poetry This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Grammar of Poetry is a 30-lesson course for middle school and early high school level students, with a suggested 1/2 academic high school literature credit. It is designed to be completed in one semester as part of a language arts course, but … [Read more...] about Grammar of Poetry
First steps, first words, first birthday . . . We celebrate these milestones and look forward to them from the day our children are born. The teen years seem so far away, but they arrive before we know it. Many homeschool parents look upon the teen years with dread. They worry about how they’ll teach more difficult subjects, how hard it will be … [Read more...] about Embracing the Teen Years
Incorporating Oral History Into Your Curriculum As we move into the high school years in our homeschool, my son has begun to study modern history. Many curriculum companies save the twentieth century for later years due to the often harsh and more disturbing events that have occurred. While this is true, one advantage to studying this time period … [Read more...] about Stories to Tell: Learning from Oral History
In the Driver’s Seat When I got my driver’s license, my dad handed his car over to me since he was stationed overseas with the Navy. He was so proud of his Mercury Capri, always keeping it immaculately clean. My dad was a man of few words, but he really showed that he had faith in me by turning over those keys. He taught me how to pump gas by … [Read more...] about Buckle Up!
As a young expecting mother, I devoured books and parenting magazines in a quest to find “instructions” for taking care of my baby. As soon as I found out I was expecting, my husband and I tried to prepare ourselves for the arrival of our son as much as possible. Our pregnancy was a miracle, and we were awed with the responsibility we had been … [Read more...] about Start Them Young: Parenting Teens
Real Teens Meet a Real Hero Our Real Teens Read literature group had the privilege of meeting a real hero. After reading Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, discussing both books, and learning some background history, we arranged a field trip to meet a Holocaust survivor and hear her inspiring and miraculous … [Read more...] about Living History: Real Teens Meet A Real Hero
Encouraging Teens for Community Service More than just clocking volunteer hours for high school requirements, community service opportunities provide valuable learning experiences for teens. When teens participate in service projects, they benefit their communities, increase their own compassion and awareness, and they even get a chance to … [Read more...] about Looking Outside Yourself: Community Service for Teens
Not Living Vicariously Through Our Children As your teens grow into independence, it can be tough on moms to reframe our thinking. All their lives, our children have looked to us to make decisions for them--from which curriculum to use, to what courses to cover and what activities to sign up for—even what shirt to wear or when to get a haircut. … [Read more...] about Revising Expectations
If you are homeschooling a high schooler, or planning to homeschool a high schooler, Kudos to you!! You Can Homeschool High School Without Fear Many homeschool moms find the idea of homeschooling high school so intimidating that they don't plan to do it. Believe me, at times it is tempting to send teens off to a brick and mortar building. … [Read more...] about Homeschool High School Without Fear (Freebie!)
How Homeschoolers Must Prepare for the New SAT The College Board is launching new and redesigned exams in fall 2015 and spring 2016. The redesigned PSAT/NMSQT and the new PSAT™ 8/9—for eighth- and ninth-graders--will launch in October 2015. The new PSAT™ 10—for 10th-graders—will launch in February 2016 and the redesigned SAT in March. These exams … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know About the New SAT
Record keeping! (I’m not talking about that cute little sparkly box filled with your vinyl 45s.) It kind of brings on a deer-in-the-headlights look when some of us are faced with keeping records for our high school students. I remember saying that we would take homeschooling one year at a time when we first started ten years ago. I honestly … [Read more...] about Easy High School Record Keeping
Are you homeschooling high school? As part of the Back to Homeschool Blog Party hosted by Amy of Encouraging Moms at Home, I am sharing my plan for facing the high school years in your homeschool. This year, I have a college sophomore, along with a high school junior, and a middle schooler, and we are still homeschooling full force. Read on to see … [Read more...] about Planning for Homeschooling High School
365 Devotions for Young Women This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women by Lindsay A. Franklin is a pretty and inviting book of encouragement and affirmation for young women. The color scheme, design, and size of Adored are appealing right from the start. But, the content of this … [Read more...] about Adored
Know Who You Are: A Homeschoolers Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. With 36 weeks of lessons, each based on a key Scripture, Tim Tebow's Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters.: A Homeschooler's Interactive Guide to Discovering Your True Identity encourages … [Read more...] about Know Who You Are: Live Like it Matters
Arguing and the Art of Persuasion This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion is a guide to the art of persuasion by the master of rhetoric, Jay Heinrichs. This updated edition includes tools every student needs for … [Read more...] about Teaching the Art of Persuasion: Thank You for Arguing
How do I choose which version of The Odyssey to read? This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. If you have been assigned The Odyssey to read for literature class, you may be wondering how to choose the correct version to read. Some things to consider are your reading experience, your reading level, and your individual … [Read more...] about Which Version of The Odyssey Should I Read?
Homeschooling High School Made Easy This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Sadly, many of the homeschool moms in my community do not continue through the high school years with their children. The number one reason I hear is that the whole idea seems too daunting because of the record keeping involved. Many … [Read more...] about Homeschooling High School with College in Mind
Writers' Prompts for Creative Inspiration This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Using writing prompts is a wonderful way to exercise your creative muscles by getting something on paper every day. Q&A a Day for Writers: 1-Year Journal is a fun book of writers' prompts in a daily format, with prompts for each day … [Read more...] about Q & A a Day for Writers
Homeschooling and College Admission As your child begins to enter the middle school and high school years, college admission questions begin to enter your radar. Many families successfully homeschool through high school, and many homeschool graduates go on to enter college. There are a few simple things you can do to plan ahead to make college … [Read more...] about Will My Child Get Into College?