HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar- Gotta Have It!

HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar- Gotta Have It! Highschool grammar is a must!HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar- Gotta Have It!

You’d think that after 8 years of grammar through elementary and middle school, that teens wouldn’t need to study grammar any longer!

We’ve noticed in our years as homeschool advisors and homeschool moms, that teens in this generation need grammar more than ever. How about essays include lines like:

What do u think about…?

Its more then I can bare. ROFL!

In this day of texting and automatic spellchecker, some embarrassing and unprofessional things can happen in writing. Teens need the skills to edit their own work after the automated tools finish!

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for ways to make highschool-level grammar useful, if not fun!

 

And if your teen is struggling about future career and college major choices, contact Vicki@VickiTillmanCoaching.com.

 

Why Teens Hate Editing Papers and How to Help

4 Steps to Help Teens Learn Revising and Editing Skills

 

HSHSP Ep 63: Short Story Writing- Don’t Miss the Fun!

HSHSP Ep 63: Short Story Writing- Don’t Miss the Fun!HSHSP Ep 63: Short Story Writing- Don’t Miss the Fun!

One of my homeschool highschoolers’ favorite writing assignments was short story writing. It didn’t start out that way. At first most of my kids felt intimidated, but it didn’t last long. They learned to have fun and become skilled at this important type of writing.

Teens need lots of different kinds of writing for a good Language Arts credit. Each year they should do some kind of creative writing, even if they don’t think they are creative!

You can ease teens into the process with a progression of different kinds of stories. For instance:

9th graders can write Personal Narratives (a family story). They learn some plotline and conversation-writing skills.

10th graders can write Tall Tales. This original American superhero story helps teens get comfortable with using their imaginations and character development.

11th graders can write Myth-Fantasy. Writers like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien popularized the genre back in the 1960s, now it is everywhere. Teens can learn to follow the Myth-Fantasy genre formula and build in “old truths”.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for a fun, practical discussion of the how’s and why’s of short story writing for teens.

 

3 Surprising Reasons Homeschool Highschoolers Need Creative Writing

How and Why to Teach Short Story Writing to Teens in Homeschool Co-op

 

 

 

HSHSP Ep 62: Writing Poetry- Your Teen CAN Do It!

HSHSP Ep 62: Writing Poetry- Your Teen CAN Do It!HSHSP Ep 62: Writing Poetry- Your Teen CAN Do It!

Writing poetry is not just for geeks and airheads (no matter what modern stereotypes might tell you). Writing poetry is an exercise that is excellent for all teens! Poetry writing develops:

*Skill in word usage

*Skill in focus

*Skill in adaptability

*Skill in creative thought

*and MORE

One of our favorite stories about learning to write poetry is when a young man who hated ALL kinds of writing, took our homeschool group poetry-writing class. He was certain that he could not write poetry, but in the fun of the class and textbook we were using, he gained confidence and found out he not only LIKED poetry writing, but he liked writing in general!

You don’t want to miss this episode of the Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Writing Poetry- Your Teen CAN Do It! Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn share practical how’s and why’s to bring your teens’ skills up a notch and preparing them for life and college.

Here are a couple of good posts on writing poetry:

God is a Poet- and your teen should be one, too!

How to Start Writing Poetry

 

 

HSHSP Ep 61: Writing Research Papers: You Can Do It!

HSHSP Ep 61: Writing Research Papers: You Can Do It!HSHSP Ep 61: Writing Research Papers: You Can Do It!

My son and one of his friends ended up in the same college Freshman Composition course. The instructor pulled them aside after class one day. The guys were nervous, trying to figure out what they had done…

Then the instructor asked them, “Did you take AP English in high school? What school was it? Your writing is the best in this class!”

They guys answered, “We were both homeschooled and our moms made us do lots of writing- especially research papers!”

Writing research papers can be intimidating but they are a necessary part of the Language Arts credit.

Want some help? We’ve got it!

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for a fun chat with honestly helpful tips on writing research papers. Your teen CAN do it!

5 Reasons for Research Papers in Homeschool High School

Research Paper Help: How to Check Reliability of Sources

 

HSHSP Ep 60: Essay Writing: What, When, How!

HSHSP Ep 60: Essay Writing: What, When, How!

HSHSP Ep 60: Essay Writing: What, When, How!

When will I ever use this in real life?

Has your teen ever asked that question? Our teens have asked it about writing essays!

When will they ever use essay writing in real life? LOTS of times. Here’s a few:

  • College application essays
  • College papers and assignments
  • College entrance testing like SAT and ACT
  • Some job applications
  • Missions trips write ups for church
  • ETC!

Essay writing doesn’t have to be miserable or overwhelming. Your teens can rock them! Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for lots of practical and encouraging information about the WHAT, WHEN and HOW of essay writing in homeschool highschool!

 

 

 

 

 

Essay Writing for Reluctant High School Writers

Have Fun Writing High School Essays

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HSHSP Ep 59: Tips for Teaching Public Speaking

HSHSP Ep 59: Tips for Teaching Public SpeakingHSHSP Ep 59: Tips for Teaching Public Speaking

Homeschool highschoolers need to include Public Speaking on the their transcripts. This can be as a separate subject or included annually in the Language Arts credit.

How does a homeschooler create Public Speaking experiences?

No sweat! We’ve got you covered! Join Sabrina, Marilyn and our friend, Dr. Barbara Varnell, for Tips for Teaching Public Speaking. Barb (who we interviewed for our episode on homeschooling intellectually gifted teens) has been teaching Public Speaking to our local homeschool highschoolers for many years. She has helped them:

  • Overcome their fears of public speaking
  • Have a FUN time public speaking (no lie!)
  • Be prepared for career and college speaking experiences
  • Win awards for public speaking

Don’t miss this fun and useful episode of the Homeschool Highschool Podcast!

Your Teen Will Thank You for Speech in Homeschool Highschool

How to Teach Speech in Homeschool High School Co-op

 

 

HSHSP Ep 58: Helping Teens in Crisis Times

HSHSP Ep 58: Helping Teens in Crisis TimesHSHSP Ep 58: Helping Teens in Crisis Times

No matter what the crisis might be- an internal crisis for a teen, a death of a loved one, a friend with emotional troubles- these things hit teens hard!

Adolescents are at the age that tough times cause their brains to question or become afraid. Sometimes they get quiet, sometimes they get argumentative, but they all need a chance to be supported in loving ways.

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a heartfelt, candid chat about helping teens during a crisis. Sabrina shares from her informal status as a “go-to” mom for many teens. Vicki shares from her formal status as a mental health counselor. Together they have some encouragement for you and your teens if they are facing a crisis.

AND download this freebie from 7SistersHomeschool.com about how to truly help a friend in difficult times.

Helping Children After a Crisis

 

HSHSP Ep 57: Phys Ed for Homeschool Highschoolers

HSHSP Ep 57 Phys Ed for Homeschool HighschoolHSHSP Ep 57: Phys Ed for Homeschool Highschoolers

Some homeschool highschoolers are born for sports! They love soccer, swimming, baseball or karate. They love working out, jogging and dance. They are the teens who make logging their necessary physical education credits easy!

Then there are the teens who were NOT born for sports. They don’t like group sports, they trip over their feet. They jog like it is torturing them. These homeschool highschoolers have talents in other things. Unfortunately for them, they must earn phys ed credits for graduation.

How does a homeschool mom plan for highschool level phys ed? How do teens earn those mandatory phys ed credits?

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for a happy, helpful and healthy chat about phys ed for homeschool highschoolers!

3 Reasons Phys Ed Improves Homeschooling and 5 Ways to Make it Happen

 

HSHSP Ep 56: Filmmaking Elective: Simple Tips for Novices

Filmmaking Elective: Simple Tips for NovicesHSHSP Ep 56: Filmmaking Elective: Simple Tips for Novices

Need a terrific elective for your homeschool co-op?

Have a teen who is always fiddling with videos on his/her smartphone?

Want to add some great elective SPARKLE to your homeschool highschoolers’ transcripts?

A Filmmaking elective can be just what you need!

Join Sabrina and her independent filmmaker son, Sam, as they discuss the simple but fun how-to’s of creating a Filmmaking elective for the homeschool transcript. Sam first started making films during his homeschool highschool days when he was part of the local homeschool Cinematography Club. Now he teaches Filmmaking to local homeschool highschoolers.

Don’t miss this week’s episode for lots of simple tips for novice filmmakers!

How to Create Filmmaking Elective in Homeschool High School Co-op

Homeschool High School Extracurriculars: Cinematography

 

 

HSHSP Ep 55: What is a Master Portfolio?

HSHSP Ep 55 What is a Master Portfolio?HSHSP Ep 55: What is a Master Portfolio?

In our years helping homeschooling parents successfully document their teens’ highschool years, we regularly find ourselves suggesting: Keep a master portfolio!

Then we regularly get the question: What is a master portfolio?

Master portfolios help keep the most important work of your homeschool highschoolers safely documented in one place. This is good for:

  • Teens who may have a college interview and want to show off their awesome highschool work.
  • Teens who are not college bound, so do not plan to take a standardized test in highschool. Master portfolios help record their good work.
  • Families who like good record keeping.

What goes in a master portfolio? Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a fun and useful chat about the what and how’s of master portfolios.

How to Create a Master Portfolio

 

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