HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

Why use digital learning with your homeschool highschoolers?

  • It’s cool!
  • It’s available!

We can use digital resources because these days, in homeschool high school, parents are not teachers as much as they are resource managers. We gather the best resources we can get and make them available to our teens, so that they can learn. We provide:

  • Safety net if they need help
  • Check ins
  • Accountability
  • Usually, grading and credit-assignment

Digital Textbooks (like 7SistersHomeschool.com’s curriculum)

7Sisters provides curriculum in:

All of 7Sisters’ curriculum:

  • Is editable (btw- if you have an old uneditable version of a 7Sisters textbook and would like to update to editable, contact us at info@7SistersHomeschool.com for a FREE update)
  • Is readable on tablets or laptops, desktops OR
  • Can be printed out
  • Can be saved on the various devices if you have several teens using it and mom can grade on her device

We also have our very popular, truly interactive courses like 7Sisters’ Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective, that includes google research and online simulations, creating their own budgets and financial planning,

Online classes (we are not affiliates for any of these, btw). Live or recorded. Here are a few:

Need help grading? There are resources like:

  • Grammarly.com
  • or hire tutors if you don’t feel competent

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). These are awesome courses from universities like MIT, UC Berkeley and more.

Teens don’t usually get course credit, so they should log hours. Some will grade and score if you pay a little. Here are a couple of them the providers:

  • EdX
  • Coursera

Through companies like Audible:

  • Great Courses (Teaching Company) (Be sure to log hours to earn the credit)

Dual Credit online from local college

Be sure your homeschool highschoolers are ready to do college-level work (at a college pace) because their grade stays with them through the rest of their college years.

  • Some courses transfer and some don’t. Ask the college that your teens will be transferring to. Remember: Ask questions!

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a fun chat about digital learning. In the meantime, check out these posts:

Interactive Financial Literacy Course: Why it is Awesome & How to Use it

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 80: Highschool Math for Math-Impaired Moms


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HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

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HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts

This week on HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts.

HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts

HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts

Many of us homeschooling moms never assigned grades in elementary or middle school. We wanted our kids to learn to love education and not be pressured by grades.

But in homeschool highschool, we need to

  • Training perfectionistic teens on what a stopping point is. What is GOOD ENOUGH.
  • Training kids who don’t care at all about grades to discipline themselves. What is GOOD ENOUGH for them?
  • Training moms who are too soft or too hard on their teens how to stick to guidelines.

Self-discipline is the key for successful grading. AND self-discipline is a necessary life skill.

How can we homeschool moms manage grading homeschool highschoolers?

Follow Sabrina’s Guideline: Good grading comes from goals.

Set goals for each course. Make a formula that takes in the goals for each course for each student, including:

  • Effort
  • Mastery
  • Cooperation with peers (in a group class or co-op class)

Create a rubric for grading. Explain the rubric to the homeschool highschoolers so that they know what is expected and what will be graded.

  • Use rubrics, especially in courses that include writing, projects or labs. (Also, avail your teen of the peer review process if you have a co-op class.)
  • In concrete courses like math, you simply need to explain the grading process.
    • % of grade that comes from tests
    • % of grade that comes from daily assignments
    • % of grade that comes from attitude
    • Explain to teens that they will experience *subjective points* occasionally in co-op classes and in college
  • Homeschool moms have the right to adapt rubrics in textbooks for their goals.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for an informative chat about grading homeschool highschoolers. In the meantime, have a look at these helpful posts:


3 Ways to Assign Grades in Homeschool High School

2 Practical Ways to Figure GPA on the Homeschool Transcript

Writing Papers for History or Science? Here’s a Simple Rubric for Grading

What’s a Rubric and Why Homeschool Moms Should Use One

HSHSP Ep 98: Assigning Grades for Homeschool Highschool Transcripts

HSHSP Ep 94: Choosing College Degrees Interview with Dr. Renae Duncan

This week on HSHSP Ep 94: Choosing College Degrees Interview with Dr. Renae Duncan.

HSHSP Ep 94: Choosing College Degrees Interview with Dr. Renae Duncan

HSHSP Ep 94: Choosing College Degrees Interview with Dr. Renae Duncan

How do you help your teen know what kind of college degree they need in order to achieve their goals? That’s an important question!

Join us for an interview with Dr. Renae Duncan, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at Murray State University. Dr. Duncan has been helping young people along their college journey for many years and can give us some useful tips in understanding the many college degrees that are available.

Dr. Renae Duncan Associate Provost of Undergraduate Affairs Murray State University

Click image for more information about Dr. Duncan and MSU.

Vicki and Renae discuss topic such as:

What’s the difference between?

  • Associates of Arts (differ from 4 year degrees in the numbers of maths and sciences)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (often more foreign languages and general education in the degree than BS)
  • Bachelor of Science

Other specialized degrees will vary from college to college, such as:

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor in Nursing
  • Bachelor in Music
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts

What is a Liberal Arts degree? Why can that be better than a straight STEM degree, even if you’re a science major?

  • Why are degrees that promote thinking skills and soft skills valuable in today’s workforce?
  • Remember the college major provides skills for a career specialty but the General Education requirements provides the employability skills.

Here are tips for choosing which degree is best for your homeschool high schooler:

  • Do Career Exploration. No way around it! A comprehensive Career Exploration course will help a teen clarify values, needs, giftings, interests and callings. These are determining factors in choosing which major AND which degree is a best fit.
  • Take college tours: Ask questions like: Why is your BA program better than others? What makes your program BA or BS? There is no substitution for walking onto a campus and talking to the staff there- person to person.
  • Talk to some students or graduates from each college you visit. Ask their opinions on the degree offered.

To sum it all up: What is the best major? The one that fits your goals for life!

Join Dr. Renae Duncan, Associate Provost of Murray State University and Vicki for this enlightening conversation. In the meantime, enjoy these posts.

Why Waste High School Credits on Career Exploration?


Homeschool-Friendly College: Murray State University

How to Help Teens Choose a College Major

HSHSP Ep 94: Choosing College Degrees Interview with Dr. Renae Duncan


HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization Interview with Carol Topp CPA

This week on HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization, Interview with Carol Topp CPA.

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization Interview with Carol Topp CPA


HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization,  Interview with Carol Topp CPA

Homeschool parents are movers and shakers! If they need something, or their kids need something, and it is not available, they make it happen! Homeschoolers often start organizations: co-ops, support groups and more.

BUT here’s her rub: When we take money for services, we’ve started a business, whether we like it or not.

How do we know when we have a business or a non-profit? We go to the experts! Our favorite expert is Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA.

Carol joins Vicki for tips about starting organizations in a wise and responsible manner. She helps us understand important concepts such as:

  • What is an organization
  • Understanding its operation
  • Creating non-profit status, if you need it
  • Creating a for-profit status, if you need it
  • Forming a board
  • Creating bylaws
  • Communicating with the IRS

Carol gives us her Checklist for Starting a Non-profit Homeschool Organization:

  • Gather a board
  • Appoint officers
  • Create a binder to keep track of records
  • Create bylaws
  • Choose a structure (unincorporated or incorporated)
  • Obtain your EIN from IRS
  • Open a checking account
  • Get tax exempt status from IRS
  • Communicate with the state
  • Send in annual forms to IRS

Feel intimidated? You should probably get in touch with Carol. SHE’S intimidating. (She has great resources, too!) 

In the meantime, catch her podcast here on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization,  Interview with Carol Topp CPA



HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

This week on HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis.

HSHSP Ep 92 Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

Many teens haven’t reached the developmental stage where they can think symbolically. Those non-symbolic teens are called “literal thinkers”.

There’s nothing wrong with being a literal thinker…except that it can be a BIG challenge where it comes to literature analysis. Literature analysis tends to lean heavily on inferential thinking (reading between the lines) and symbolically (metaphors, similes, analogies). This is difficult for literal thinkers.

Most teens will hit the developmental stage where they are thinking symbolically and inferentially. (In Human Development classes we call these types of thinking part of a process called *metacognition*.)

When they reach this developmental stage, they will also be able to see differing perspectives on a character or plot. But until then, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym share some thoughts about helping teens think in more mature levels.

In HSHSP Ep 92, we discuss:

  • The benefits of study guides in helping ease literal thinkers into symbolic and inferential thinking
  • Ways to use quality movies as literature for analysis
  • The benefits of discussion of analysis with family and/or peers
  • Cinema Studies post with literary devices

Got a teen who thinks concretely? Literature Analysis can be a challenge. Join us for some tips to help. In the meantime, here are some links with more good information.

How about a freebie to find out how helpful study guides can be:

Anne of Green Gables Study Guide FREE!

Here are some other helpful posts:

Literature Analysis, Literal Thinkers and Movies in High School

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning in your High School Homeschool Co-op

10 Great Discussion Questions for Homeschool Literature Co-op

HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

This week on HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails!

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

Ever feel like a failure? Or maybe just have one of those memorable *mom-fail* moments?

That’s one thing about being a homeschool mom: We are just human. Humans fail!

If you think you’ve sometimes blown it, listen to Sabrina, Vicki and Kym’s mom-fails:

  • Sabrina’s famous strawberry jam failure…
  • Vicki’s failure to teach weather safety…
  • Kym’s crying at the wrong child’s graduation…
  • Vicki’s leaving 10 teens on the metro platform in Washington DC…

In this episode, we share encouragement… and quotes… and soundbites to help you feel better about your mom-fails!

  • Kym’s goal of having her kids experience different fails than her parents’ failures.
  • Vicki’s reminder that motherhood is all about guilt!
  • And so much more!

We ask the hard-hitting question: Why is it so hard to forgive ourselves for our failures?

Is it because:

  • We are forgetting that only God is perfect

Kym helps us remember Angie Smith’s saying: We need to need God in front of our kids rather than being God for our kids.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym as they encourage you with thoughts about these questions.

  • How can we recover from failures?
  • How can we talk to ourselves about our failures?
  • How can we admit our faults and obey God in forgiveness?
  • How can we not take ourselves too seriously?

Remember, as Sabrina says, “Failure is not a destination, it is simply a rock that we trip over while on the journey.”

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for lots of encouragement for homeschool mom-fails! In the meantime, check out these posts:

3 Steps for Getting Life Right All the Time


The Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 9: Allowing Teens to Fail

How to Learn from Failure with our Teens

HSHSP Ep 91: Good News about Mom-Fails

HSHSP Ep 84: Homeschool Moms Making Friends

How can a homeschool mom make friends during her family’s homeschool highschool years? Why is this important? Join Sabrina and Kym for an encouraging chat.

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 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students

This week on HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students!

HSHSP Ep 76 Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students. Insider tips for transcripts EVEN if your teen is not a transfer student

HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students

This is an episode that you’ll enjoy EVEN if your teen isn’t a transfer student: LOTS of tips for transcripts and highschool planning.

However, if you are beginning to homeschool after your teen has been in traditional school for part of highschool, here are some great ideas for homeschool transcripts for transfer students (along with LOTS of planning tips).

Join Vicki, Marilyn and Dr. Barbara Varnell for a lively hand and helpful discussion. You’ll be glad you did!

  • Recording another school’s credits on the homeschool transcript
  • Discerning what material a transfer Math or English course covered
  • Figuring out which Social Studies are left to cover for graduation
  • Why bother to plug the holes in the Maths
  • How to plug the holes in Maths
  • What do STEM transfer students need to look for
  • Which Sciences need to be emphasized if you have a STEAM teen
  • When to lean on dual enrollment opportunities

Not only that, but Dr. Varnell shares some insider tips such as: getting a syllabus BEFORE you withdraw your teen from traditional school! And success tips for college, too!

Your newly homeschooling highschooler will have the best years yet. You CAN do this!

(And our editor, Seth, gave us another blooper reel this time.)

Dr. Barb Varnell Homeschooling Gifted HighschoolersHSHSP Ep 35: Homeschooling Intellectually Gifted Teens

Here’s another great discussion with our friend, Dr. Barbara Varnell!





300 HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar- Gotta Have It!HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar: Gotta Have It!

Listen in on this useful episode!




http://7sistershomeschool.com/college-attractive-homeschool-transcripts-what-to-include/College Attractive Transcripts- What to Include

Here’s what you need to include!

Contact Vicki at VickiTillmanCoaching.com for coaching through the process of college search and application.

HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students


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.

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