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?
My kids have been participating in homeschool art classes for several years, and we have seen many benefits to setting aside this time each week. Sometimes, it is easy to get caught up in just getting the basics covered in a busy homeschool, but there are many reasons why it is important to go beyond the 3 R's, and add Art as an elective in your … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons to Incorporate Art in Your Homeschool
How to Prepare Your Teen (and yourself) to Vote Our teen will be able to vote in the next election. Let me repeat that. OUR TEEN WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE IN THE NEXT ELECTION!!! Give me a moment to catch my breath. Where did the time go, and how did he get so big so fast? Is he an adult now? Wasn’t he just going to Gymboree classes yesterday? And, … [Read more...] about 2 Important Ways to Prepare Your Teen to Vote
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 working all summer … [Read more...] about Filmmaking: Crafting Curriculum to Meet Their Interests
Middle and High School Vocabulary This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Gaining new words does much more than give students an edge on standardized tests. Vocabulary development is essential for unlocking better communication. Students who study vocabulary gain skills for better reading comprehension, as well … [Read more...] about Jensen’s Vocabulary
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Making History Come Alive with Living Books for All Ages If you want to make history more meaningful to children, teach them that it is made up of real people, places, and events. Instead of making facts and figures the focus of their lessons, make history come alive for … [Read more...] about Making History Come Alive
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College Our son will be a college freshman in the fall. Although he has taken some dual enrollment classes already, the full-time college experience is going to be a big adjustment from homeschooling. College Rules!, 4th Edition: How to … [Read more...] about College Rules!
Guiding Teens through the Writing Process Do you teach writing in your homeschool? As the facilitator for a homeschool teen literature group, I have discovered that many homeschool moms don’t even know where to begin teaching writing to their teens. It is an often neglected subject, dwarfed by algebra, sciences, and high school elective … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Teaching Teen Writers
Primary Resources for High School History and Government In our state, a half credit of U.S. Government is required for high school graduation. It's not easy to find good homeschool curriculum for a one-semester course on this subject, so we've been creating our own course using several different resources. U.S. History and Government: Readings … [Read more...] about Using Primary Resources for High School
Preparing Teens to Succeed in the Workplace Teaching teens social skills--"people" skills--is often overlooked, but it is important for their success in the world. Whether teens are looking to obtain employment while still in school, preparing for college interviews, or simply gearing up for their future careers, Smile & Succeed for Teens: A … [Read more...] about Smile and Succeed for Teens
Applied Engineering: Studies of God's Design in Nature Applied Engineering: Studies of God's Design in Nature Parent Lesson Planner along with the books Made in Heaven, Champions of Invention (Champions of Discovery), and Discovery of Design make up the Applied Engineering: Studies of God's Design in Nature course from Master Books. Our ninth … [Read more...] about High School Science: Applied Engineering
One of the most fun parts of homeschooling a high school student is getting to customize his curriculum to meet his needs. When we decided to study medieval history, I wanted to align my son’s literature and composition course with it. I happily found Lightning Lit & Comp: British Medieval 2nd Edition (Lightning Lit & Comp). The Many … [Read more...] about High School Literature: British Medieval
Reaching a New Generation with The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible Featuring the Bible's heroes and villains with majestic comic book artistry, Siku, Richard Thomas, and Jeff Anderson's The Lion Comic Book Hero Bible is a Bible for a new generation. The full Bible is depicted in comic book form with it's people reaching superhero status as … [Read more...] about Comic Book Hero Bible
The Importance of Teaching Teens Better Communication This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Why would teens need to worry about communication skills? I spent nine months meeting with teens to get their input for the book Smile and Succeed for Teens, which is why teens are reading it and loving it (really!). It’s short … [Read more...] about Communication Skills for Teens
Love it or hate it, you have to admit that The Hunger Games has become quite a popular book among teen readers and many adults as well. Though some parents might choose not to allow their teens to read it, if you are considering adding The Hunger Games to your or your teen’s bookshelf, you will want to get your hands on a copy of Progeny Press‘ The … [Read more...] about Real Teens Read The Hunger Games
Discovering the Genius of C. S. Lewis The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis: An Introduction by Jerry Root and Mark Neal is a different look at the mind and works of C. S. Lewis. The authors describe and illustrate Lewis' ability to harness the power of imagination and enlighten readers by giving us a different way to think and look at the … [Read more...] about The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis