HSHSP Ep 67: Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens

This week on HSHSP Ep 67: Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens!

HSHSP Ep 67 Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens Non-STEM teens must experience science labs, even if they hate science. Here are some tips.

HSHSP Ep 67: Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens

Not everyone loves science. (You probably knew that.)

Some teens are not STEM majors! Their idea of fun education has nothing to do with Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics!

Nevertheless, they must do science labs! In their 3 or 4 required high school science courses, most of those will need labs!

It is true that many college prefer for their incoming freshmen to have experienced 3 lab sciences in high school. These usually include Biology and Chemistry. The third lab science varies according to each homeschool highschooler’s interests.

But what if you have a non-STEM teen?

The very idea of dissecting things in biology lab or mixing scary chemicals in chemistry lab makes them feel queasy (or worse)!

Do not fear! Your friendly big sisters, Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn are here to help. They have raised STEM-type teens and non-STEM type teens and have done science labs with both (as well as running science labs for their homeschool co-ops and group classes).

They will encourage you with real-life stories of real-life science labs for non-STEM teens!

You CAN do it! Here’s a post on some things we did at one of our homeschool chemistry lab co-ops:

How to Start an Easy Chemistry Lab Co-op for Homeschoolers

 

 

 

HSHSP Ep 66: Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School

 

This week on HSHSP Ep 66: Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School.

HSHSP Ep 66: Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School What life and study skills do middle schoolers need in preparing for highschool?

Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School

Are you preparing middle schoolers for high school? Are they ready for the rigors of high-school level studies? Feeling stressed about it?

Never fear! HSHSP is here to help. With years of homeschooling middle school AND high school we have discovered a few REALLY helpful tips!

Some parents get SO stressed out about the high school years. They fearfully ask themselves: Can our tween do high-school level academics? Should we make our tween jump ahead to high-school level textbooks?

You know what we tell those parents? WHEN your tween is a teen and is IN high school, they will be developmentally ready for high school academics. While some middle schoolers are advanced academically, most are not. Why push an average-level tween to do super difficult academics? That’s a recipe for burnout!

Rather than push your middle schooler before they are ready for high-school academics, think about this:

One of the surprising things we’ve learned is that high schoolers need life skills and study skills that are a bit more complex than they needed in middle school. If they begin working on those during middle school, they won’t need to play catch up while they are trying to keep up with their academics.

THAT’S important stuff middle schoolers can do to prepare for high school.

Join Sabrina and Marilyn for an important episode on life skills and study skills that middle schoolers need when preparing for high school!

You may also enjoy these posts from 7SistersHomeschool.com.

Homeschooling Average Middle Schoolers: High School Can Wait!

 

Top 10 Goals for Homeschool Middle School

 

 

 

 

HSHSP Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and US

HSHSP Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and USHSHSP Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and US

We’re SO excited for Episode 65! We’re talking to our friend, Kat Patrick today!

Kat has lived for 25 years and homeschooled her kids in England (United Kingdom). Her family’s recent move to Texas is quite a change for them!

She is chatting with us about the differences in homeschooling between the UK and the US! Things are quite different there but homeschooling is popular. You don’t want to miss this fun geography lesson!

Kat is a fascinating person. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Delaware, the very university where several of the HSHSP team’s homeschool graduates are going to college. She moved to England and has enjoyed 25 years there.

When her teens began homeschooling highschool, Kat found that she needed to develop her own English course for her homeschool highschoolers because she couldn’t find a best-fit course for them. That course soon became an internet program with students all over the world. You can check her program out at Dreaming Spires Home Learning.

Dr. Kat Patrick adventuring in the US. Used with permission.

Dr. Kat Patrick adventuring in the US. Used with permission.

Kat blogs at boyschooling.blogspot.com. She is a contributor to Learning Tangent homeschool magazine.

Here’s a wonderful article about Kat’s family and their homeschool that was done by a major newspaper in UK (the SAT that article refers to is more of an achievement test, not a college admissions test).

Join us for this wonderful chat about the difference between homeschooling in England and US.

 

 

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

 

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