HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

There are tens of thousands of homeschooling highschool in the US today. Many of them are just starting the homeschool adventure at grade 9. We get lots of questions from those parents who are just starting homeschooling highschool after their kids have been in regular school grades K-8.

What are the reasons families have from bringing teens home for highschool? We often talk to families:

  • who have a teen with a chronic illness
  • who have a teen with social anxiety or other mental illnesses
  • who have a teen who has some learning difference
  • who have a teen who is gifted and motivated
  • who have a teen who has asked to homeschool

What are some tips for handling the transition from traditional to homeschooling highschool?

  • Decide on format (we’ve got ideas for you)
  • Remember to communicate
  • Be aware of need for de-toxing from regular school
  • And more

Join Sabrina, Kym and Marilyn for helpful how-to’s and enlightening encouragement about Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool!

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HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

 

HSHSP Ep 72: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Moms: Nuts and Bolts to Get Started

This week on HSHSP Ep 72: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Moms: Nuts and Bolts to Get Started.

 HSHSP Ep 72: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Moms: Nuts and Bolts to Get Started

HSHSP Ep 72: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Moms: Nuts and Bolts to Get Started

In Episode 71, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym discussed the many things newbie moms will need to think about as they start to homeschool highschool with their teens.

Now, on Episode 72, we share the nuts and bolts (or nuts and chocolate) about the actual how-to’s of beginning your homeschool highschool.

  • Capturing your why’s
  • Setting long-term goals
  • Deciding this-year goals
  • Including your teens in the process
  • Exploring format for each course
  • Choosing curriculum
  • Record keeping
  • Earning credits

We know it may seem overwhelming, but really homeschool highschool years are the best years yet. You’re going to love them!

Have some laughs and relax with your big sisters from 7SistersHomeschool.com and Homeschool Highschool Podcast. We’ve helped hundreds of homeschool highschoolers graduate and go onto healthy, productive adult lives with appropriate college and/or career. (We’ve also done the same with our teens!) HSHSP is where you can find the support and encouragement you need!

We’ll help you get started with lots of helpful info and lots of great encouragement. You CAN do it!

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HSHSP Ep 72: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Moms: Nuts and Bolts to Get Started

HSHSP Ep 71: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Mom: You CAN Do It!

This week on HSHSP Ep 71: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Mom: You CAN Do It!

HSHSP Ep 71: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Mom: You CAN Do It!

HSHSP Ep 71: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Mom: You CAN Do It!

We can remember those days long ago when we were getting ready to homeschool highschool. We all were SO intimidated! There’s so much riding on a successful highschool experience…could we pull it off?

Yes! We found out that homeschool highschool years are the best years yet! Here’s what we have to say to you:

You CAN Do It!

Now that we have graduated our youngest and helped hundreds of local homeschool highschoolers graduate and go onto college and/or career, we can assure you that this it true. You CAN do it!

We’d like to help you get started homeschooling highschool! Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for some homeschool highschool bewares:

  • Comparison
  • Guilt
  • Perfection paralysis
  • Trend pressure
  • Curriculum hoarding

PLUS ways to avoid them!

AND 3 secrets for SUCCESS at homeschooling highschool.

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New Help for Homeschooling High School Parents!

 

After you listen to this encouraging episode, drop by Homeschool Sanity and learn some ways to avoid curriculum addiction!

HSHSP Ep 71: Newbie Homeschool Highschool Mom: You CAN Do It!

 

HSHSP Ep 70: What Happens When the Last Kid Graduates?

This week on HSHSP Ep 70: What Happens When the Last Kid Graduates?

HSHSP Ep 70: What Happens When the Last Kid Graduates?

HSHSP Ep 70: What Happens When the Last Kid Graduates?

The idea of graduating the youngest kid inspires LOTS of mixed emotions:

  • Joy
  • Relief
  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Existential crisis
  • and MORE!

What happens when there are no more teens at home to educate? No more souls to guide and mold?

Recently the entire team at 7SistersHomeschool.com (sponsors of HSHSP) got together for our annual retreat. All 6 of us got together to discuss our experiences when the last kid graduates. We’ve all graduated our kids, 26 of them graduated homeschool highschool!

We’ve also helped hundreds of homeschool highschoolers in our local community find success in highschool, graduate and move onto the next phase of life. Some of those entered careers, military or homemaking immediately; most of our local homeschool graduates have gone onto college.

As our teens and our other local teens have been transitioning into adulthood, we’ve had the opportunity to discuss what happens next with many homeschool moms.

This episode of HSHSP, we discuss what happens when the last kid graduates:

  • Does time simply stop?
  • Does God have a plan?
  • Can we trust him for next steps?

That may sound silly when you see it in writing, but it doesn’t FEEL silly when you close that last textbook! Join us for some experienced wisdom, encouragement and guidance for getting started on that next part of life.

Also, contact our sponsor, Vicki Tillman at VickiTillmanCoaching.com for life transition coaching via Skype or phone.

BTW- there are 6 of us at 7SistersHomeschool.com…who is the 7th Sister? YOU are!!

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HSHSP Ep 70: What Happens When the Last Kid Graduates?

HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One

This week on the HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One.

HSHSP Ep 69 Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts

HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One

Until you’ve started your own homeschool highschool co-ops you might have NO idea all the details that go into it!

Co-ops are lots of fun but lots of work. They work much more smoothly if you handle the details up front during your planning. What are the many things you need to think about?

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for an amusing chat (and “we’re ditzes” bloopers). We we’re discussing the nuts and bolts for starting a homeschool highschool co-op such as:

  • How to do signups
  • How to decide fees
  • How to organize age groups
  • How to handle who teaches what and when
  • How to handle weekly setup
  • How to organize cleanups
  • How to handle absences and sicknesses
  • How to arrange for substitute teachers
  • How to use syllabii
  • How to adapt for teens with disabilities
  • How to handle bad-weather days
  • How to plan for special events
  • How to handle grading

Help your homeschool highschoolers have a great educational year, make some great friends and have lots of fun by planning for the details as you set up your co-op!

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And when you or your teen need some wise guidance for the next steps in life, visit Vicki’s life and career coaching site for great information and personal coaching.

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HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One

HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One

Today on The HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One.

HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One Homeschool highschool co-ops are fun and fruitful as part of a teen's education.

HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One

What’s fun and fulfilling and fine for creating credits? Co-op! Homeschool highschool co-ops are often a great resource for families with teens.

Our hosts Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn have co-oped their homeschool highschoolers in several different formats:

  • Science lab co-ops
  • Highschool only co-ops
  • Electives co-op
  • Multi-family, multi-age big co-ops
  • Field trip co-ops
  • (and probably others we have forgotten…)

We’ve had some GREAT experiences and some experience that make GREAT stories. The ups and downs have taught us moms and our teens lots about rolling with life’s punches, social skills and supporting one another in good times and tough times.

Often co-ops classes can make up for subjects that we don’t like to teach or feel unqualified to teach.

Co-oping isn’t for everyone, but a good co-op is lots of help for homeschooling families…Plus the friendships can last for many years. We have found that our teens have made lifelong friends from their peers at homeschool co-op and a couple of the teens married in the years after highschool graduation.

That’s why we’d love for you to join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn on the Homeschool Highschool Podcast for Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One.

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HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One

 

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.

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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.

 

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