HSHSP Ep 76: How to Decide Which Courses Highschool Transfer Students Need

In part 3 of our suite of episodes on bringing teens home from traditional school for highschool, we discuss how do decide which courses your transfer student needs for graduation.

HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives- An Interview with Dr. Duane Cottrell

A fascinating interview with Dr. Duane Cottrell, University of Delaware’s choral music professor, tells about useful Fine Arts electives.

HSHSP Ep 74: Nuts and Bolts of Bringing Teens Home for Highschool

In part 2 of our suite of episodes on bringing teens home from traditional school for highschool. Be encourage, you can do it! Listen in!

HSHSP Ep 66: Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School

How can you help a middle schooler be ready for the rigors of high school?

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: Poetry- Your Teen CAN Do It!

Take our word for it: Poetry is important and your teens can do it, even if they aren’t creative geniuses. Find out why and how!

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 54: Conquering Crunchtime Craziness

Conquering Crunchtime CrazinessHSHSP Ep 54: Conquering Crunchtime Craziness

Know any homeschool highschoolers who have a tough time managing their time?

  • Overbook themselves?
  • Over amuse themselves?
  • Forget what they are supposed to do until the night before co-op?

Many of us have watched our teens pull all-nighters before their research paper is due for their co-op class, or maybe their history project or lab report.

All-nighters tend to produce under performing teens the next day…also frayed tempers. It is called Crunchtime Craziness.

On the other hand you might know some homeschool moms who fall into the same trap of Crunchtime Craziness.

Want some tips to beat the Crunchtime Craziness?

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for some practical, do-able tips from moms who done craziness and have found some better ways.

Here is the Freebie Scheduling Backwards.

Check Sabrina’s post on Scheduling Backwards.


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HSHSP Ep 52: Career Exploration for Teens Who Love Everything

HSHSP Ep 52: Career Exploration for Teens Who Love EverythingHSHSP Ep 52: Career Exploration for Teens Who Love Everything


Some teens love EVERYTHING! That’s great, but it sure is difficult for them to narrow down career interests.

If they can’t narrow career interests, it is impossible to choose college majors or do pre-career training and electives.

What do you do if you have a teen that’s into everything?

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a delightful and useful chat, that’s what you do!

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for decades have been coaching, mentoring and/or teaching homeschool highschoolers in the difficult but rewarding narrowing-down process.

Help your teens start making some good choices about the future.

Guess what? This is HSHSP’s 52nd episode. That means we are are year old! Happy birthday, US!

To celebrate, 7SistersHomeschool.com is giving $5 off any order between now and the end of 2017!!!  

Here are 10 Tips for Teens to help them think realistically about Career Exploration.

Help your teens ask and answer: Who are you?



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