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HSHSP Ep 51: Career Exploration for Teens who Don’t Have a Clue

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HSHSP Ep 51: Career Exploration with Teens Who Don't Have a ClueHSHSP Ep 51: Career Exploration for Teens who Don’t Have a Clue

“SO, what are you going to do after graduation?”

That’s the dreaded question for many teens. They simply don’t have a clue what they want to do.

How do you help a teen find direction in life? How do you help them get to know themselves or get to know God’s leading?

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for decades have been mentoring, coaching and teaching homeschool highschoolers about Career Exploration. Join them for an expert discussion on helping teens who don’t have a clue.

Resources:

Case Study: Teen Doesn’t Have a Clue

HSHSP Ep 23: Career Exploration for Homeschool Highschoolers

My Next Move Career Interest Survey

Career One Stop (US Dept of Labor)

 

 

HSHSP EP 151: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Homeschool High School

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This week on HSHSP EP 151: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Homeschool High School.

Different Approaches to Teaching Literature. There's not ONE right way to homeschool high school Literature. Here are some approaches.

HSHSP EP 151: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Homeschool High School

Is there ONE right way to homeschool high school Literature? Of course not! Sabrina and Vicki want to encourage you to have fun with right way for your homeschool high schoolers!

If your teens LOVE reading, you’ll approach Literature with them in a different way from for your teens that HATE reading. Each homeschool high schooler has their own abilities and interests. Not only that, moms have their own interests and abilities (some of us LOVE reading, some don’t like to read anything more than Facebook)!

Here are some approaches to teaching Literature. Hopefully one of the approaches will help you out.

Traditional textbooks.

Covers themes and analysis skills with snippets of novels, short stories and poetry. It is a skills approach, not a literature appreciation or in-depth approach. Textbooks are sometimes a good fit for more literal learners because the reading selections are more short and the instructions are more concrete. However, teens who like to delve into a book will hate this approach (because it tends to kill the book). Teens who don’t like tons of reading comprehension questions or being told the *right way* to interpret a book, this is not a best-fit approach.

Whole books approach for linear thinkers.

This approach is good for literal thinkers or struggling learners. Will BORE a deep-thinking teen. Here’s an HSHSP episode on teaching literature to literal thinkers.

Comprehensive whole-books approach.

This is an in-depth, in-depth comprehension and inferential thinking literature study guide approach. You’ll find these great for teens who like to tear a book to pieces (perhaps future English teachers). However, these HUGE literature guides kill the book for many teens.

The right literature studies for your teens can help them learn to be thinkers, not parrots. Don't turn your homeschool high schoolers off with overkill studies. Here's how to find the right fit.

7Sisters approach.

Our teens tell us that they don’t like to kill the book. They want one or two themes covered per book and mostly inferential questions. The literature study guide should be no-overkill, no-busywork. The guide should also provide suggestions for *leveling-up* if they want more rigor for their homeschool transcript or personal growth. We are hoping to develop our teens’ thinking skills with these guides because we want our teens to become thinkers, not parrots!

And remember: you want your teens, where it comes to literature, to inspired, not tired!

Want more information on choosing the right approach to teaching literature in your homeschool? Check out this post.

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HSHSP EP 151: Approaches to Teaching Literature in Homeschool High School

Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Replay

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Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Things you must know before you buy the first book. Questions to know and ask yourself and your kids. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips ~ Episode 333 | Special Replay

Shopping for homeschool curriculum is never easy.  In this episode, we discuss must-know-tips for homeschool curriculum shopping and an insider’s available to homeschool podcast network subscribers. 

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Fast forward and many years of homeschooling gone by and I realized the best time to consider purchasing curriculum was in June. I could finish my school year, take a look back and see what worked and what did not. I was blessed to find homeschool math curriculum we loved (I share these brands on the podcast), and these helped us in many ways to accomplish what was often considered the hardest subject. My kids loved to do the hardest subject first so that the rest of the day seemed easy by comparison. In fact, they would get up early to complete Math before breakfast.

Here is a quick list of questions to ask yourself before you buy the first book!

  1. What are my kid’s ages/ grades?
  2. Do I have a budget per subject or an overall budget?
  3. Do I want to focus on hands-on curriculum or text/ workbooks?
  4. How will my kids relate to the books I purchase?
  5. Do I want to add outside sources? Co-ops or online classes?

Often the best ideas are those that come to you after prayer. One year I was so tired of what I felt was zipping through the curriculum. I had purchased several years of a popular science text and when I found the next “new year,” which we began in January started with birds again and we had finished an exhaustive unit on birds the previous year I knew we had to regroup, skip around the book and then I found myself added unit studies which my children immensely enjoyed.

Consider doing some unit studies with the middle grades. Your kids will thank you I promise. This allows you to delve into a subject and really study it from top to bottom. A unit study on birds can turn into a study of migration patterns, bird watching, identification, the study of habitats and so much more. Or, a study on geology can turn into rock collections (which we still have) and rocks from all over the world. (We had our relatives bring us back rocks from their trips to Europe).

Look at the following to help you further narrow down your curriculum choices:

  1. Look at your child’s learning style—if your child is an auditory learner, loves having books read, listens to audios, etc. it isn’t the best to have this child do textbooks.
  2. Look at expert reviews. The only one I highly recommend is CathyDuffyReviews.com – Cathy is a long time homeschooler. She graduated three boys from homeschooling and set out years ago to look at curriculum with a critical eye. Now a disclaimer here, many of my books are on her top 100 and 102 Curriculum Picks. The Creation science series, accompanying study guides, and Teaching Science and Having Fun. You can get all of these books for less than $30 when one of them costs $18.95 retail. These are digital but you can read them, print out the experiment sheets and planning guides and use them for K-12. Looking at reviews can also tell you if it is something that will work with your homeschool.
  3. Listen to podcasts. What are some recommendations made by those in the know!
    1. Three Homeschool Curriculum Essentials
    2. When Your Curriculum Is Wrong For Your Teens
    3. Best Curriculum For Your Family
    4. Movies For Homeschool Curriculum
  4. Visit a homeschool conventions
    1. Homeschool convention attendance has changed in recent years. With everything available online and the expense involved to attend it is often the last thing on a homeschool moms list. However, it is important to attend for many reasons. The most important is encouragement.
    2. It can be overwhelming which is why I have created a standalone curriculum buying guide that will be helpful. It will be available for free for my email subscribers. After the giveaway is over, it is always available on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.
  5. Get on email lists from your favorite publisher – get to know them.
    1. Many publishers have samples on their website.
    2. If they don’t many will send you some via email.
    3. Join their Facebook or discussion groups to ask questions or ask questions of other users.

My favorite curriculum shopping happened when I decided to use an eclectic approach and I began with topics we wanted to study, and I created my own yearlong study. It was so much fun. I shopped for books that were topic related. We used these books for many, many years. For example, a Creation Science focus requires books to be purchased as you won’t find these in the library (although you can try for interlibrary loans).

When you use topics that interest your children guess what? They are so excited about school and they want to get started each day. Another thing to consider is to focus on your faith.

We did many Bible studies and one of the things we enjoyed was doing a family Bible study that I created, Homeschooling with Proverbs. This study consisted of audios that were focused on each book of Proverbs and we loved it! I had studied Proverbs quickly in the past but there were so many nuggets of truth that were so applicable to homeschooling! I created study sheets, journal pages and dig deeper sections. Each audio (there are three per lesson) is geared to different age levels. This is a standalone digital product on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.

You can look at online learning. I am not a fan of putting kids in front of a computer for all their subjects, however when they struggle or if you are not interested in teaching a particular subject this can be valuable. We used a DVD for higher math – our favorite was Chalk Dust. Mr. D. Math one of my previous podcasters on this network has a higher math online program as well.

When it came to history I felt my American History was lacking so I partnered with my brother in law who was History Professor of the Year two times in West Virginia where he taught. His online courses were so wonderful that my daughter is now a history major in college.

These classes focused on teaching the US Constitution and the lives of the American Presidents. We also have an American Government Classes. These were taught in real time but recorded so they can be enjoyed by families throughout the years.

There are classes taught by:

  1. North Star Academy
  2. Bright Ideas Press
  3. Luma Learn (you can even teach a class if you feel qualified!)

Of course, there are many others, but these are the ones I personally know about that are high quality and geared to homeschool students.

Whatever curriculum you select keep your kids, your schedule and your sanity in mind. You will be glad you did! If you have a favorite curriculum share it with me!

 

Career Exploration: What’s Included?- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Career Exploration: What’s Included?- Special Replay.

Career Exploration: What's Included?- Special Replay

What’s Included in Career Exploration?

One of our favorite courses in homeschooling high school is Career Exploration. It is genuinely a valuable life preparation course. Join Vicki and Kym as they share their experiences and what’s included in Career Exploration.

There are all sorts of teens when it comes to career and Career Exploration

There’s not one right way to be a teen or to be ready for future careers.

  • You know, some kids are born knowing that they want to do when they grow up.

    • Take for instance, Vicki’s daughter, who wanted to be a photographer from the time she was a child.
  • Some kids figure it out while they are in their young teens.

    • An example of this is Kym’s husband, who as an adolescent liked to shoot pool at his buddy’s house. However, in order to shoot pool, they had to move the dad’s accounting paperwork off the table. Doug was fascinated by that paperwork and from that time, he wanted to be an accountant.
  • On the other hand, some teens love everything!

    • It’s SOOOO hard to choose just one career! (Kym’s daughters had a list of about twenty chosen careers during their high school years.)
  • Some careers happen serendipitously.

    • For example, Vicki’s oldest son earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. During his last semester, his professors had a talk with him and told him that he should go to graduate school for Philosophy. He now has his PhD in Philosophy and teaches for Stanford University’s online philosophy-based high school.
    • BTW- Dr. Tillman authored 7Sisters’ Philosophy in Four Questions and co-authored 7Sisters’ History and Philosophy of the Western World.
  • Some teens think that they will go into one career…until they try an apprenticeship.

    • Once they got into the nitty-gritty of the job, they found there were aspects of that career that turned them off. These teens choose different careers but sometimes kept the original interest as hobbies or avocations. For instance, Kym’s son loves music. During high school he taught children’s music classes for a private school. He loved music but he did not like teaching children. So he did not choose music as a college major.
  • Other teens do not have a clue about what they want to be until after several semesters of college or a couple of years in the workforce.

    • Teens don’t need to know everything about the future when they graduate homeschool high school- but they will be off to a MUCH better start if they have a sense of direction!

Career Exploration is a necessary life preparation course in high school!

It may not be mandatory, but it certainly is important!  That’s because most people will need to have some sort of income during their adulthood. Whether teens go into a job or trade, military or college after high school graduation, it is wiser to have some preparation and choice-making out of the way.

What’s included in Career Exploration?

There’s not ONE right way to handle Career Exploration. We are sharing the 7Sisters’ version of Career Exploration curriculum. We developed the curriculum many years ago when Vicki’s oldest and his homeschool friends were in high school. They were all wondering about what to do next with their lives.

In order to address the teens’ needs, Vicki used her training as a counselor and career coach to develop a comprehensive but simple curriculum This is what it includes:

A look at role models who have influenced your teen in positive ways:

  • What were their careers?
  • What did they like or dislike about their jobs?

For religious teens: a talk about the will of God

  • How to look at how God looks at career and career choices.

Defining or discovering interests

  • Many teens have lots of interests.
  • Others haven’t had time to explore things that might interest them.
  • Help them look into interests: discover or develop them.

Respecting and defining skills, gifts or talents

  • All teens are gifted, skilled or talented in some kind of way. It is important to explore and develop these.

Understanding their “career values”

Career values are the values (lifestyle factors) that are meaningful to each person. These values include things like:

  • Work/life balance
  • Income needs
  • Work setting comfort

Apprenticeships or internships

In many cases, these apprenticeships or internships open doors (or convince teens to choose a different career).

These things are what Career Exploration is all about!

Join Vicki and Kym as they share about their work with homeschool high schoolers on the Career Exploration journey.

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How to Use Levels with7Sisters Curriculum- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Use Levels with7Sisters Curriculum-Special Replay.

How to Use Levels with7Sisters Curriculum

How to Use Levels with7Sisters Curriculum

We 7Sisters have graduated twenty-plus of our own from homeschooling high school. In our own grads we now have:

  • College graduates in various fields (and various degrees)
  • Teachers and college professors
  • Tradesmen
  • Artists and actors
  • Real estate agents
  • Equine professionals
  • Police officers
  • Lawyers
  • Personal trainers
  • Homemakers

As you can see, we 7Sisters we had lots of high schoolers with different levels of interest and needs. We found that we could make the most of homeschooling high school by using different levels of academic rigor for teens different needs and abilities.

You have probably noticed that there is a LOT of difference in homeschool high schoolers. They have different:

  • Interests
  • Abilities
  • Goals

Teens have different goals.

  • Teens who are headed to competitive colleges or state universities, need competitive transcripts.
  • Others who are headed to community colleges or smaller, less competitive colleges need solid transcripts.
  • Teens who are headed into the non-college careers who need life and career preparation more than competitive core classes.
  • Others who needed remedial work needed to concentrate on that.

We also know that our teens have different interests

Homeschooling allows us to place emphasis on the areas they want to explore by increasing the “levels of rigor” of their interest courses. You cannot make every course the highest level (Level 5) in every interest area, but you can choose some. So, how do you know what level of rigor for your high schoolers’ courses? Talk to your teen!

Levels and the homeschool transcript

You can tailor the homeschool transcript to meet each individual needs by teaching courses at the level of your teen’s needs. If your teen is working on average high school level and is not headed for college, you often can skip adding levels of rigor to their course listings on their transcripts.

On the other hand, for teens heading to college, your high schooler will probably benefit by including the level of rigor for each course right in each course’s title. Here are two posts that go in-depth for working with levels on the transcript:

How to Use Levels with7Sisters Curriculum

7Sisters Literature Guides include instructions for enjoying our popular Literature Guides at:

  • Level 1 (Remedial)
  • Level 2 (Average)
  • Level 3 (College Prep)
  • Level 4 (Advanced)
  • Level 5 (Honors)

Each guide covers only one or two literature themes so we don’t kill the book. There is also vocabulary, a little background information, comprehension and inferential questions.

  • Use higher levels for college bound teens who are English, Communications, History, Humanities majors
  • Or use Level 2 for a workforce-bound teen, adapt by using questions as discussion rather than writing (see each Literature Guide for more Level 2 information)
  • Level 1 (Remedial) is for teens with learning difficulties (adapting by choosing which questions and vocabulary are useful to them; also use adaptive technology for listening and writing)

7Sisters Elective Courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective.
    • The text includes a grid that tells you how to handle each level. It is written at Level 2, so it is fun and comfortable to read for most homeschool high schoolers. Each chapter includes extra activities and exercises that will enrich the course and help level-up the course (or come up with your own). The higher the Level the student desires, the more meaningful activities the student will complete.
  • Human Development from a Christian Worldview. 
    • The text includes a grid that tells you how to handle each level. It is written at Level 2, so it is fun and comfortable to read for most homeschool high schoolers. Each chapter includes extra activities and exercises that will enrich the course and help level-up the course (or come up with your own). The higher the Level the student desires, the more meaningful activities the student will complete.

Check out Cathy Duffy’s Review of American Literature. It is in-depth and helpful.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for more about using levels with 7Sisters curriculum.

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Keep Calm and Homeschool On, Interview with Carla Fuller

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Keep Calm and Homeschool On, Interview with Carla Fuller.

Keep Calm and Homeschool On, Interview with Carla Fuller

Carla Fuller: Keep Calm and Homeschool On

Do you always have calm days? I doubt it. That’s why we’re diving into the important topic to keep calm and homeschool on!

Because let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little injection. Vicki is excited to day to chat with our friend, Carla Fuller, about the topic of calm homeschooling!

Besides holding double Masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Child and Family Studies, Carla is a high school educational consultant for HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association). Carla’s calm and wise demeanor is truly infectious, and she shares her homeschool journey, tips for reducing anxiety, and advice for homeschooling high school with grace.

About Carla Fuller

Carla Fuller’s homeschool journey began in a serendipitous way. As a marriage and family therapist, she worked on a radio show called Teen Talk, a show that was all about providing a platform for teenagers to call in and talk about their struggles. It was a way to prevent risky behaviors and promote mental health. On the show one day, Carla met a homeschooled teenager who completely blew her away with her maturity and calmness. This encounter sparked Carla’s interest in homeschooling, and she tucked the idea away for later.

Fast forward to meeting her husband and starting a family. They decided to give homeschooling a shot. Little did they know that this decision would shape their lives in incredible ways.

Initially, they took it year by year. However, as they saw the benefits for their boys and their family, they continued homeschooling all the way through high school. Now their sons have graduated and are in college. Their oldest son is pursuing political science while their youngest is studying engineering at a Virginia University. Talk about an amazing journey!

Unfolding the Homeschool Journey

Now, let’s get down to business and talk about that sense of calm and homeschool on that Carla brings to the table. Homeschooling high school can be a nerve-wracking experience:

  • The fear of messing up our teens
  • Or the pressure to cover everything
  • And the worries about college and the future.

It’s enough to make anyone’s blood pressure skyrocket. But Carla is here to save the day with some tips to lower that blood pressure and bring back the calm.

First and foremost, Carla reminds us that our teens are still works in progress.

Carla emphasizes the importance of observing and including with our teens in planning their homeschool years. Development of their unique selves (personality, interests, gifts) takes time, and it’s a process of unfolding. 

She encourages parents to detach from the pressures of gotta’s and should’s.

Instead focus on understanding their teens’ needs and interests. Watch what’s developing in your teens, listen to what they are telling you, and partner with them in their journey. It’s all about discovery and exploration.

By cultivating a strong relationship and engaging in conversations, parents can alleviate the pressure they put on themselves and their children.

Discovering Passions

And here’s a little secret: parenting is all about discovery too. We have no idea who’s being sent to us when we become parents. It’s a wild ride of surprises and unexpected twists. 

Carla’s homeschooling approach involved exposing her sons to various activities and observing their natural interests. From tinkering with Hot Wheels tracks to creating imaginary countries on maps, her sons’ passions became apparent. (Our friend, Anita Gibson, calls this “finding their star”.)

When high school arrived, Carla and her husband focused on incorporating these interests into their curriculum. Her oldest son was interested in political science, even traveling abroad for mission work, while her youngest delved into robotics and engineering studies.

Transcripts and Resumes

When it comes to capturing these unique experiences on transcripts, Carla explains that some activities are best suited for resumes. She suggests focusing on the core academics and listing the rest on a resume. 

For instance, her son listed mission trips, robotics camps and music performances on his experiential resume, showcasing his diverse skills and interests. The resume can come in handy for college applications and even job applications down the line. 

Remember: All of life is education

Advice for Homeschooling High School

For parents starting their homeschooling journey with a 9th grader, Carla has a few sage suggestions:

  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Create a basic academic plan together with your child to help set goals and expectations 
  • Understand your state’s requirements and explore potential colleges early on to alleviate stress later

Carla emphasizes that it’s impossible to cover everything, but by focusing on the tools of learning and fostering a sense of curiosity, your teenager can continue their educational journey beyond homeschooling.

Letting Go and Enjoying the Process

But here’s the thing: you can’t do it all. Carla reminds homeschooling parents that they are not in control of the outcomes. Putting pressure on ourselves to control every aspect of our children’s education is unnecessary. Remember: All of life is education (learning takes a lifetime and there’s just no way to cover everything during high school). 

Let go of that pressure and focus on giving your teens the tools to learn for themselves. And if there are any gaps, don’t fret. Dual enrollment can be a lifesaver. Colleges often have resources that we humble homeschoolers may not, so take advantage of them. 

And remember, you’re not in control of the outcomes. Trust the unfolding process and in the plans that God has for your kids. Have faith that the plans God has for their children will come to fruition. 

Reflecting on her own life, Carla acknowledges that our trajectories are rarely straight, and unexpected detours often lead us to where we need to be.

Embracing Support and Community

Homeschooling can sometimes feel overwhelming, but Carla reassures parents that they are not alone.  Organizations like HSLDA and supportive homeschooling communities exist to provide guidance, resources, and a sense of camaraderie. 

Building a community around you, linking arms with others who understand the journey, can make all the difference.

Carla Fuller: Keep Calm and Homeschool On

Homeschooling high school can be a beautiful and rewarding experience, filled with opportunities for growth and discovery. Carla Fuller’s wisdom and calm demeanor remind us to observe, partner with our children, and trust the unfolding process. To keep calm and homeschool on!

By focusing on the tools of learning, embracing flexibility, and building strong relationships, we can navigate the homeschooling journey with confidence and joy. So take a deep breath, remember that you can do this, and enjoy the adventure of homeschooling high school!

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post and to Seth Tillman for editing the podcast.

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How to Enjoy Being a Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen- Special Replay

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This week on How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen- Special Replay

How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

Your teens do not have to go to Harvard to be exactly who God created them to be. Most teens are “just-average” in the ways that get big attention like:

  • academics,
  • sports or
  • arts

However, God has given each teen gifts, so even “just-average” teens have areas where they shine. Join Sabrina and Vicki for celebration of average homeschool teens with their giftedness from God!

It is easy to fall into the trap that our homeschool high schoolers must perform extraordinarily in some area that gets big attention…or full-ride scholarships to college. Sometimes moms find themselves almost embarrassed if their teens do not go to college or do not do anything news-worthy. It is an unfortunate thing in “American mom-ness” that we moms feel that we are failures if our teens are not famous.

So really, do ALL teens need to be famous in the world’s eyes? How about our teens fulfilling the callings that God gave each of them individually- no matter how large or small?

SO let’s debunk this myth of the idea that only those teens who are gifted in academics, sports or arts are gifted. NO, all teens are gifted in God’s eyes! God gives each person a gift of something in order to bless His kingdom. Therefore, since God gave our teens gifts of some sort to bless his Kingdom, we can rejoice that:

Just average teens are not “just average” in God’s eyes!

ALSO, let’s debunk the myth that average is bad. If average is bad, then God goofed up because statistically MOST teens are average. That’s what “average” means, after all.

How can you enjoy being a mom of a just-average teen?

So, if you have a just-average teen in your house, enjoy them! Thank God and hold an attitude of gratitude in your heart for them. (Okay, realistically, no one feels grateful in tough moments. However, OVERALL, remember to be grateful for the teens God gave you.)

Now for some practical tips to help you enjoy being the mom of just-average teens.

Join Vicki and Sabrina for a passionate discussion about enjoying being the mom of an average homeschool teen! We love our average teens. God loves them, too.

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Planning Homeschool Graduation Ceremony and Party- Special Replay

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Planning Homeschool Graduation Ceremony and Party

Planning Homeschool Graduation Ceremony and Party

Whether it is your first or your fifth homeschool graduation, planning homeschool graduations can be stressful.  You want it to be memorable AND something you can manage. We asked our 7th Sisters in our 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group about graduation events that have worked for their homeschool families.

Planning tips for homeschool graduations:

Start your planning process with this important fact: Just as there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, there’s also not ONE right way to hold a graduation event. For real. You and your teen should have a chat or two. Ask what they need and what do you need (you count, you did a lot to help this homeschool high schooler to get to the point of graduation)!

Decide if you want an event

Some graduates do not want a graduation ceremony. Rather, they only want a pat on the back and maybe their favorite meal.

On the other hand, some would like an event. Hey, some of us moms NEED that event for closure; it’s okay to have an opinion. (I know that for me, I needed that graduation ceremony to celebrate all we had done as a family. My teens were glad that they had that significant event, once it was done.) Come to a workable and respectful compromise.

Decide what kind of ceremony you will hold

There are lots of ways to hold a graduation ceremony:

  • Hold a get together in the backyard or at a local park (I’ve been to a number of these events)
  • Have a big event with your local homeschool umbrella school or co-op (this is what our family has always done)

Choose a date

To help you decide on a date, think about:

  • When can the family come?
  • What are facilities available (if you will go somewhere besides home)?

Do you want someone to film or live stream it?

This is very popular these days. Start looking early for a friend, family member or professional to handle this.

Will you send graduation announcements?

Will you want to send traditional announcements from a local printer? (Grandparents often like these because you can enclose a photo that they can put in their wallets and show their friends?

Will you create your own announcements or post cards?

  • You can create your own notes online with websites like Shutterfly or Canva  (We are not affiliates, btw.)
  • Handmade announcements are popular with many of our local homeschool graduates.

Remember to send the announcements early so that folks can make plans.

We highly suggest you create a diploma (and keep a copy of the official transcript with it)

You can make your own:

  • Buy parchment and an “official stamper” at the local office supply store and create your own. (Check Pinterest for samples.)

You can purchase one online from Homeschool Diploma (we are not affiliates)

  • We have found over the years that graduates occasionally need to show a diploma or send a copy of the diploma to prospective employers, military and even graduate schools.

For the transcript:

Will your teen wear a cap and gown?

There’s not one right way to handle this. I always like to have the visual of my graduate wearing the cap and gown AND the joy of moving the tassel on the cap from left to right (or right to left, there’s no real protocol for that)?

  • If you are ordering cap and gown do so EARLY. Shipping is slow sometimes, these days.
  • Some of our homeschool friends have ordered from Homeschool Diploma or Jostens (we are not affiliates)

Plan the ceremony and afterwards

Join Vicki for a you-CAN-do discussion on how to plan homeschool graduations!

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Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School- Special Replay

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Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School- Special Replay

Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School

Need some fun in your homeschool high school? Think: movies!

Movies and reading can both count for Language Arts assignments? Yes, they can! Reading is fundamental, of course. However, movies can be a wonderful way to teach literature themes (and make a wonderful change of pace from books, books, books…). Our 7Sisters’ teens have loved the years where we took an entire year to study movies through a literature lens. They have also enjoyed years when we added a movie or two to study with literature themes.

Cinema studies for learning literature

Movies cannot always count as books. However, when our teens completed a study guide to accompany a movie we DID count that movie as a book. That’s because they were learning about literature through a movie, while doing high-school level learning.

they can be used to learn themes, plots, characters and other tools of literary analysis. Studying a movie can add some sparkle to a year that is getting bogged down in heavy literature books. However, you want to have good tools (like 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides).

Join Sabrina and Vicki for an enlightening discussion of movies for educational process.

Let’s start with another of Sabrina’s famous quotes:

Stories are stories.

So, a story in a movie is still a story.

Stories are stories. Even movies can be literature study tools.

Learning story analysis skills by watching movies is good for all teens.

Studying movies can build literature analysis skills for a variety of teens:

  • Those who have special needs
  • Average teens who need to liven up their literature learning experiences
  • College-bound teens who want to learn literature analysis skills in a variety of ways

Homeschool high schoolers with learning difficulties

These teens will find analysis skills more accessible when they watch and discuss movies. It can be easy to get bogged down in a book while trying to learn literature themes at the same time. Movies are short compared to many books, so there is less likelihood of becoming overwhelmed.

BTW- For more out of the box credit ideas and support for teens with special needs check out these:

Average teens who need more variety in their literature

Average teens, especially those not planning on going to college, do not need excessive amounts of literature analysis for the English/Language Arts credits. While they do need to read some real books and study some literature analysis, they can also liven things up by learning in different ways. Cinema studies for literature learning is a perfect way to do this.

College-bound teens who want to learn literature analysis skills in a variety of ways

Teens who are headed for college need solid literature analysis skills. They can build these skills with books with literature study guides. At the same time, they can add more levels of learning by using literary analysis skills to study movies.

So where do you start?

Choose one or two aspects of the movie’s story to discuss and analyze. This is important. It is wise to limit the ideas being studied for each movie- even if the movie has lots of outstanding features that could be explored. When you don’t over-teach, you don’t kill the movie. Not only that but teens can actually learn and hold onto their learning. We suggest 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides for this.

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning: Great educational opportunity

When teens learn some concepts from a film story, they can then find those concepts when they read books.

When teens learn literary concepts from movies, they can make connections with those same concepts in real books. Making connections is a necessary facet of education (and an important life skill).

Watching movies as an educational tool, helps teens begin to think that any time they watch a movie, they can use their brains and think about what they are consuming. In other words, when given tools for analysis in a gentle way, most teens will have more critical thinking skills for watching movies any time.

All 7Sisters curriculum is level-able (adaptable for Average- through Honors-level studies.) Homeschool high schoolers who are college-bound Honors level cinema studies will find interesting and meaningful leveling-up activities in 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides.

The way the Cinema Studies guides work:

  • Students watch the movie.
  • They take notes as they watch the movie on anything that is interesting to them.
  • Then they watch the movie again several days later.
  • Lastly they complete the study guide (questions and a writing assignment).

As an aside, Vicki and Sabrina rabbit trailed onto the topic of audiobooks for books and poetry. They noted that Benedict Cumberbach is one of their favorite readers. Vicki has several pins on her Pinterest Poetry board with him reading a poem.

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a *moving* talk about movies!

For more creative Language Arts ideas, check out A Novel Approach to High School Literature!

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How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool High School

How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool High School

English/Language Arts credits are a huge part of the high school process. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to cover and when. Join Sabrina and Kym for some helpful guidelines for covering ELA in homeschool high school!

First off: remember, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school! So remember, these are guidelines. You know what your unique teens need.

How can you know what to plan for when organizing your materials for your teens’ homeschool high school English/Language Arts credits.

  • Reading (Literature)
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Public Speaking

Reading

There’s not one right way to choose books for homeschool high school. For students with learning disabilities or career-bound teens they may need more practical reading and/or audiobooks. Think at least one book per month with a literature study guide (follow guidelines for ability level usage in each 7SistersHomeschool.com’s Literature Study Guides). Then fill out the list with Bible reading, magazines, poetry, etc that interests them. Discuss this with you supervisory advisor for exactly what can be counted.

For students who are college bound, you will want to invest in more reading and probably more literature analysis (in the form of study guides). That’s the cool thing about homeschooling high school: you do what is best for your teens!

If you would like an in-depth look at how many books each teen should cover in each year of high school, here is a comprehensive look at how many books by level and by grade. (Remember, these are guidelines, not rules.)

Writing

Writing is as important as reading. Everyone needs to be able to write efficiently. Here are some very basic guidelines.

Of course, if your teen has special needs or other challenges because life happens, adjust this to make it work for your family.

And if your teen is college bound or wants rigorous writing, check out this post on how many papers teens should write (by level and year).

Grammar

Grammar is necessary for homeschool high school. However, teens who have a practical mastery of grammar rules may find that editing their papers is enough grammar (proof that they understand grammar usage). If your teen is good with simply editing, it might be helpful to have a simple checklist of grammar rules to refer to. We suggest Grammar Granules.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is part of being well prepared for life. All homeschool high schoolers need some vocabulary study each year. However, teens who are headed to college need to lean heavily into vocabulary. 7Sisters literature study guides include vocabulary and more can be added with specific courses or online games like FreeRice.com.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking needs to be part of your homeschool high schooler’s yearly experience. It can be as simply as prayer at a large family gathering. However, for teens who are willing to stretch, they can do a full-year course or a speech team or any variant of that. 7SistersHomeschool.com has a speech curriculum that is popular with speech teams, co-ops and group classes. (Also, free lesson plans for the teachers in co-ops or group classes.)

Join Sabrina and Kym for fun and encouragement about planning high school English/Language Arts!

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