HSHSP Ep 106: Language Arts for Non-Language Arts Majors

Got a teen who doesn’t love Language Arts? Still gotta have those credits! Here are some ways to make it not so painful!

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

This week on HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College.

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

These days many homeschool graduates (and traditionally-schooled high school graduates) choose to attend community colleges. Join us for an interview Seth Tillman, a community college graduate (and now attending University of Delaware as a Music Education major- and editor of this podcast).

Choosing community college is a great idea! Why?

  • You can come ahead financially (community colleges are SO much cheaper than universities)
  • You have more time to clarify majors (many times teens need an extra year or two to clarify their majors)
  • You attend smaller classes (as opposed to 200-student classes at some universities)
  • You earn general education course credits that transfer to many universities
  • You can stay local (saving money and time)
  • You can take community college opportunities to build your resume
  • You can build excellent networking connections

Cautionary note: look at transfer college’s requirements, not all courses transfer. Each university or transfer college will accept different courses. Check that college’s *transfer matrix*.  Sometimes community colleges will tell you lots of courses transfer, but they are not always accurate.

Note from Seth: Even if it is not quite on the transfer matrix, you might be able to appeal. (The advisor to the transfer college major department will handle this with you.) So, be sure to keep your course syllabi.


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Make the most of those community college years. If you are at a local college, it might as well be awesome! Here are tips from Seth:

 

  • Get involved
  • Don’t just go to class, sit in the back and be silent.
  • Go to class every time
  • Arrive early
  • Sit near the front
  • Participate in class
  • Find activities in your department and campus

Study skills tips from Seth:

  • Do it
  • Readings
  • Homework
  • Follow the
    • course syllabus (in many colleges: Academic Honesty Policies, grading policy of the course, texts, explanations of projects)
    • course schedule (readings, homework, exams schedules)
  • Study for exams
  • Stay off the cell phone in class
  • Get enough sleep
  • Explore ways to study and land on one way to study that works for you

TOP TIP from Seth:

  • Say “yes” to opportunities (especially from faculty)! The more *yeses* you say, the more opportunities will come.
  • Saying *yes* builds your resume and creates great networks (and referrals).
  • Get involved in work study.

Managing money is a big issue for college students. Seth was well-prepared in high school for handing his own finances.

Seth’s parting advice:

Don’t let anyone make fun of you going to college. Sometimes he gets a little razzing for his years at community college but he’s not phased. “They are just insecure and have their own problems.”

Here’s a clip of a performance from Seth’s time at Cecil College in Rising Sun, MD. (Seth on guitar.) Clip courtesy of Cecil College.

 

Join Vicki and Seth for a discussion of making the most of community college. In the meantime, enjoy these posts.

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

Pros and Cons of Doing the First 2 Years at Community College

3 Top Priorities for Success in College

HSHSP Ep 106: After Graduation: Making the Most of Community College

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

There are so many options for learning these days. Sabrina and Vicki discuss how to find digital learning opportunities.

HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving it! Interview with Kat Patrick

Homeschool highschoolers can really benefit (and like) a unit on Shakespeare. This interview with Kat Patrick, Shakespeare expert, tells how!

HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick

This week on HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick.

HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick

HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick

Many homeschooling highschool moms and teens feel intimidated (or even bored) when they think about studying Shakespeare. But take our word for it, Shakespeare can be meaningful, fun and even helpful for life preparation!

Here are some things you should know:

  • Shakespeare was writing for the masses. He wanted to entertain them so that he could sell tickets at his theater. Average Englishmen loved his plays and came back over and over to watch them. If we think Shakespeare in terms of the “common man”, it might feel less intimidating.
  • Shakespeare wrote about universal human experiences. His stories connected with his audience. If we look, we’ll still find connections.
  • Shakespeare’s characters and relationships were relatable to his audience. While the stories are not what we are used to, we can relate with some character or the other.
  • When the characters and relationships were placed in unfamiliar settings, the audiences were allowed to relate, connect and use their imaginations.

Shakespeare did not write his plays to be read. He wrote them to be performed. So try a double-pronged approach:

  • See a production
  • Read that play
  • Try watching an act, then reading that act together (try readers theater style for a fun approach, if you have a co-op or homeschool group class)

Our interview is with Kat Patrick. She is a homeschool mom who for many years lived and homeschooled England. She studied for her graduate degree there (and met her husband, thus raising their kids there). They lived near Oxford. Today Kat teaches English (and many subjects through her international online school Dreaming Spires Homeschool).

Kat reminds us of the benefits to studying Shakespeare:

  • It makes you a better reader: The better you get at Shakespeare, the better you are at reading textbooks, and real-life reading like contracts
  • It gives you context for other Literature studies. If you are going to read British Literature, you’ll never truly understand what you read without some knowledge of Shakespeare, because allusions to his work in embedded throughout any British writing.
  • Lots of our movie and books take ideas from Shakespeare:
    • Comedic characters who scrozzle phrases
    • Comic relief scenes in tragic drama

When you are ready to start studying Shakespeare in your homeschool highschool:

For more resources, check out the following resources:

Shakespeare Copywork from Kat Patrick 7SistersHomeschool.com

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and US

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HSHSP Ep 104: Teaching Shakespeare and Loving It! Interview with Kat Patrick


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HSHSP Ep 103: High School Science for Non-Science Majors

Some homeschool highschoolers are NOT bound for a science-related college major. How does that affect curriculum choices for homeschool highschool? Join us for tips for success.

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

This week on HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors!

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

Note: We are not affiliates with any curriculum mentioned in this episode.

What if your homeschool highschooler is NOT going to be a science major in college, or might not even be going to college. Must they do a

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • 2 Other Sciences:
    • General Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Astronomy, Physics, Marine Science, Geology, etc.
    • Health (Some states list Health as a Science, some create a special category for Health)

When creating a Science credit for your homeschool high schooler you will need:

  • Curriculum
  • 30 hours lab for Biology, Chemistry and one other science (at least 3 courses should include lab)

If you have a homeschool highschoolers who are not headed for college OR will not be a Science major (and will start at a community college or less competitive college), Average-level Science courses are a great choice.

What are levels in homeschool highschool?

Level 1: Remedial

Level 1 is a remedial level. This level is for students who have learning disabilities that prevent them from doing higher-level work. They need curriculum with short lessons, short assignments, simple vocabulary in the text for easy reading, modified tests experiences.

One popular curriculum for Level 1 Science is Pearson Education Pacemaker Series.

Level 2: Average

Average-level courses are for non-college-bound highschoolers or teens who will not be Science majors in college and will be attending a community college or less-competitive college. (College-bound teens should restrict their Average-level courses to around 2 credits.)

  • Westfield Studios 101. Make sure you follow their syllabus in order to earn a full Average-level credit.
  • Some online courses may be Average-level. Check Currclick.com. Be sure to read course descriptions and/or talk to the teacher.
  • Many local homeschool hybrid schools or co-ops will give this option. Co-ops are awesome because the contagious enjoyment of a teacher who loves science can help teens get the most out of these core courses. (And someone else is teaching a subject you may not like!)
  • Try group labs.

BE sure to note on your transcript which level your student’s core courses are taught.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a discussion about their personal experiences with homeschool highschool science and some good resources. In the meantime, check out these posts.

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

 

HSHSP Ep 67: Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens

 

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors


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HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney

This week on HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney.

HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers

HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney

Some homeschool highschoolers would like to join the military after graduation. What do teens need to accomplish if they want to serve our country in the Armed Forces?

Join Vicki and her homeschool mom-friend and colleague, Gretchen Mahoney. Gretchen’s 2 sons both joined the Air Force after graduation.

Gretchen Mahoney

Photo courtesy of Pike Creek Psychological Center

Her son, Thomas, enlisted and served as a. Thomas’ goal was to fly as a career, although he wasn’t interesting in the military. However, when he discovered

  • Finish well in high school, with good academics and extracurriculars
  • Visit the recruiter
  • Take the ASVAB test to find your best fit career (although the military will choose a career from what they need)
  • Work out, get physically fit
  • Join Civil Air Patrol
  • The recruiter will work with you through graduation, checking on your fitness
  • Graduate
  • The recruiter will let you know when it is time to head to testing and other preparations
  • Then will be the swearing in!

Her son, Christopher, was accepted at the Air Force Academy and will graduate May, 2018.

  • Find leadership opportunities
  • Find service opportunities
  • Network, develop
  • Be up on current events
  • Show initiative, start things/events
  • Show a well-rounded involvement in extracurriculars
  • Take high-level courses and learn the skills for academic success
  • Create a clear, top-notch transcript
  • Join Civil Air Patrol
  • Seek a nomination from a US Representative and/or US Senator (meet with them)
  • Prepare to work hard through the Academy!

If you become a military mom, Gretchen shares some feelings you might experience:

  • The pit in your stomach every time they leave
  • The need to pray at lot
  • Christmas over Skype
  • The sense of pride when hearing the national anthem or the American flag
  • Keeping your phone handy all the time
  • Knowing their education was free
  • Joining the military moms Facebook groups

BTW- Gretchen is author of 7SistersHomeschool.com’s popular Introduction to Psychology Lesson Plans ($2.00 and well worth it)!

Join Vicki and Gretchen for a discussion about becoming a military family! In the meantime enjoy these related posts!

Is Psychology Biblically Okay for a Homeschool High School Subject?

What Retired Homeschool Moms Tell Me


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HSHSP Ep 102: Preparing Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney

HSHSP Ep 102: How to Prepare Teens for Military Careers, Interview with Gretchen Mahoney

Join us for this insider look at helping homeschool highschoolers prepare for the military. In this interview, Gretchen shares how her sons chose differing military careers: enlisted and academy. She’ll share how-to’s for future military moms.

HSHSP Ep 100: What Are Some Homeschool Graduates Doing Today?

What are homeschool highschool graduates doing after they graduate? Here, from the graduates themselves, are some things they are doing.

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