HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

This week on HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling  Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming!

HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming #HomeschoolPlanning #HomeschoolAndHolidays #HomeschoolingDuringHolidays #MidYearAdjustments #HomeschoolHighSchool #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast This photo shows a planner, glasses, cup of hot chocolate, walnuts and Christmas lights that someone is using to plan the homeschool holiday projects.

HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

We know you’d rather not think about it (if you’re like us) but the holidays are coming. SOOOO why not get a jump on things and do some great planning and scheduling ahead of time. Can you imagine a peaceful, meaningful holidays season with homeschooling included?

Of course, there’s not ONE right way to handle homeschooling and holidays.

For many families, the holiday season is the first emotional checkpoint of the year. Because it’s not only a celebration season, its nearing the halfway point in many homeschools. It’s natural to informally or formally checkin on the homeschool progress.

Here are some gentle checkpoints:

  • Be kind and don’t look for only bad news
  • How’s the booklist?
  • Where are we on the syllabi of core courses?
  • Are there electives we are going to need to drop or postpone till next semester, the summer or next year?

Remember: You don’t actually HAVE to do everything you planned on last August!

As Kym always says: Pray, do something, pray, do something, pray!

If there are some things your family is behind on, what is causing the *behindness*?

  • Was there a hurricane?
  • Did someone get sick?
  • Did you end up with some unexpected events?

Here’s an episode to help you with unexpected events.

How to bounce back:

  • Pick a catch up time by doing a marathon session on a behind subject.
  • Pick a catch up time by adding a little time to the end of each day.
  • Pick a week to catch up instead of break or add it to the end of the school year.
  • Bring in a tutor.

Remember: Everyone is different, adjust your bounce back to student’s abilities. Be realistic, don’t expect more than can happen and everyone remain sane.

Remember: Reward your kids and yourself for small or large goals met in catch up.

Now, thinking about the holidays. What do you need to consider?

  • What is it your family needs this year? Big holiday, small holiday?
  • What level of scheduling and routine does your family need?
  • How much warning about change does your family need?
  • Do you want to do some special educational projects for the holidays, like 7Sisters’ Holiday Family Narrative writing project.
Holiday Family Narrative Writing Project 7SistersHomeschool.com #HighSchoolWriting #HolidayWritingProject #7SistersHomeschool

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Remember: Communicate expectations and get input from all your family members (that is, if you are willing and able to include their ideas).

Join Sabrina and Kym for a honest discussion of the ups and downs wisely planning for the holidays. You’ll also enjoy this posts.


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Homeschool High School Mid-Year Checkup

HSHSP Ep 128: Scheduling Homeschool When the Holidays Are Coming

Maintaining Momentum Through the Homeschool Year

Maintaining Momentum through the Homeschool Year - with Homeschool Highschool PodcastThere really is a rhythm to the homeschool year, and whether you school according to a traditional academic year (Sept. – May) or follow your own schedule, the rhythms are helpful to recognize. Every homeschool family hits moments of “stuck,” and it’s encouraging to recognize the natural rhythms that can help you get unstuck without anyone getting too frustrated with anyone else. Here are the months of the traditional academic year with notes on the rhythm that tends to match them as a starting point:

August : Gear up! Everyone feels excited. This year is going to be the best ever!

September: We are establishing the year. We are creating good habits and schedules that will be good for all of us.

October: We are in the swing of things. This feels good. We are getting stuff done.

November: Umm…that part’s not working like we thought it would. Can we change it? Is it okay to make adjustments?

December: Isn’t it Christmas yet? Can’t we play???

January: Come on, y’all. We need to wrap our heads around how to make this school year a success. We got this.

February: Okay, new strategies are working pretty well, but I keep finding myself thinking about how much fun it will be NEXT year when we __________ (fill in the blank).

March: Are we really this close the year-end? Oh, my! But we haven’t done a thing yet about ___________ (fill in the blank)!

April: Get ‘er done. Get ‘er done. Get ‘er done.

May: Hurry up! Finish up! We are SO close!

June: Woot!

July: So, next year calls for…

Maintaining momentum through the homeschool year means first recognizing that inspiration and positivity ebb and flow. It’s just the way humans respond to tasks that take a long time to accomplish. It’s okay that you and your kids don’t wake up every day ready to conquer the educational world!

Mom sets the tone in most homeschools. Yes, that can be a heavy mantle to wear, but it’s true for most families. When we are discouraged, our kids pick up on it. When we PRETEND to be positive when we are not in reality, our kids pick up on it. Having honest conversations is good for everyone in the house.

Setting long-term goals and then turning them into short-term goals by scheduling backwards from the deadline (here’s a free download that can help with Scheduling Backwards) will often get the ball rolling. Parents and students working together to set goals and evaluate progress is healthy for all!

Making time for fun, meaningful conversation outside of the normal homeschool setting can help students and parents remember the long-term goals, agree on the short-term goals that will get them there, and celebrate all that has been accomplished thus far. Try taking a drive in the car and talking there, or going out for a quick bite and talking in a restaurant. Your students want to succeed and so do you; see if you can join forces to tackles the distractions and frustrations that are common to all and come out the other side victorious. You really CAN find yourselves maintaining momentum through the homeschool year!


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HSHSP Ep 127: What’s it Like Being African-American and Homeschooling?

This week on HSHSP Ep 127: What’s it Like Being African-American and Homeschooling?

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HSHSP Ep 127: What’s it Like Being African-American and Homeschooling?

We have to face it. The homeschool community is still kind of leans to a racially white culture. Fortunately over the last few years, there are more racial groups represented. However, non-whites are still a minority in the American homeschool culture.

What’s it like to be African-American and homeschooling?

Our friend, Latonya Moore, of Joy in the Ordinary joins us for her gracious story. Latonya shared with us about homeschooling middle school in Episode 119.

Latonya Moore, Joy in the Ordinary

Latonya Moore and daughters. Photo used with permission.

In this interview, she shares her experiences of growing up in a diverse community in the west then moving to a new homeschool community in Illinois where she and her family were the *diversity*. It was a shocking experience, in a way, but she helped her family adapt. “It is what it is,” she says.

In her new city, Latonya did ask her new-found friends, “Do you see any other black homeschoolers?”

She asked, not because she didn’t like her new white friends, but because it’s also nice to have people who look like you. It’s nice to be the diversity and to blend it. “We’re all people,” Latonya says.

  • Sometimes people were surprised and taken aback by her question.
  • One time, a person answered, “maybe you should move ‘to the hood’.” (Not from a homeschooler, btw.)

Latonya gives this advice, “If another racial group asks if you know anyone who looks like them, please don’t get offended, just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.”

One reason Latonya likes to find other African-American homeschooling families is that when she’s with people of the same skin color, she doesn’t have to explain why a certain curriculum isn’t a good worldview for her family.

When she and her family moved to Tennessee, she found that the culture was more diverse again. The blended communities made her feel like she didn’t “stick out” so much!

How does Latonya find other black homeschooling families?

Latonya uses these tools:

  • One her first day in town, she found a homeschool physical education class. She didn’t attend that first class but made it in time for the families to be leaving. She saw an African-American family and asked about the local homeschool community. She made a new friend who looked like her.
  • She also made friends online. Through the online connections (Facebook, discussion groups), she found local black friends.
  • She creates Meetups and through those, meets new friends.

She gives this advice to other African-American homeschooling families:

Make sure there is plenty of support whether homeschooling or not with friend, family and church.

Community is necessary for all of us: all kinds of flavors of people! Not matter what color your skin is, you’ll love hanging out with Latonya at:

Join Latonya and Vicki for an encouraging discussion for homeschoolers of any color. You’ll also enjoy these posts:

Why Community for Homeschool Families?

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 127: What’s it Like Being African-American and Homeschooling?


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HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School

This week on HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School!

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HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School

Grandparents are awesome…especially if they are willing to be involved in their grandchildren’s lives!

Sabrina’s parents join her on this episode. Dr. Gerald and Betty Culley are happy homeschool parents.

Dr. Gerald and Betty Culley

Dr. Gerald and Betty Culley. Used with permission.

Why are grandparents great for helping homeschool high school?

  • One reason is socialization. As you know from Episode 118: What about Socialization? socialization is the passing on the important cultural components and lifestyles from one generation to the next. Grandparents can pass on years of wisdom to homeschooling high schoolers.
  • Another reason is relationship. When grandparents are more than just *special occasion* people in their grandchildren’s lives, the relationships are much richer and deeper.

Dr. and Mrs. Culley were supportive when she and her sister, Allison, both announced that they wanted to homeschool their children. (Allison is Sabrina’s biological sister and also a member of the 7SistersHomeschool.com team.)

Both parents were totally on board because they had observed the educational world and felt that homeschooling would be a great option for quality learning experiences.

The grandparents were so happy about homeschooling that they were happy to be drafted as teachers for their kids:

  • Dr. Culley (Classics professor emeritus at University of Delaware) taught all the grandkids Latin- all the way through high school.
  • Gerald taught the high schoolers Apologetics. He was especially popular when he started teaching Apologetics to the local homeschool group classes. His grand-teens were quite proud to have such a cool grandfather!
  • Mrs. Culley taught the children piano.
  • They both helped teach the children how to learn.
  • They taught the children how to work healthily in a group.
  • Betty was willing to tutor when needed. (A very helpful gift for homeschool high schoolers.)
  • *Fridays at Avus and Ava’s* were weekly get togethers with grandparents and grandkids. Grandparents enjoyed spending non-structured and structured educational days with their grandparents.

Not all homeschooling families have the opportunity to have this kind of relationship with their grandparents, but if you do, be thankful! Grandparents who want to be involved can:

  • Pray for them.
  • Encourage the teens and invest time in them by tutoring and free time.
  • Do some research about colleges or careers your teens may be interested in. How can you invest in them from your experience?
  • Attend events.

Join Sabrina with Gerald and Betty Culley for an encouraging discussion. Also, you will enjoy these posts:

Dr. Culley joined us for an episode about Apologetics. You’ll love it! Listen in!

How to Use Our FREE Resources in a Full Apologetics Credit


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The comprehensive, award-winning curriculum allow students to study confidently and excel at their own pace, making it ideal for all kinds of learners, whether they are mainstream, gifted or special needs.

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HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School

HSHSP Ep 125: Healthily Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime Chaos

This week on HSHSP Ep 125: Helpfully Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime Chaos.

HSHSP Ep 125: Healthily Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime Chaos

HSHSP Ep 125: Helpfully Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime Chaos

Want some guiding principles for healthily handling homeschool co-op lunchtime chaos. First off, we need to acknowledge what we expect (whether it is realistic or not):

  • We expect teenagers to bring their lunches, eat them and clean up without making disasters.
  • We expect teenagers to handle themselves well.
  • We expect all the co-op moms to pull their weight.

It doesn’t always work out that way. Here’s help:

Acknowledge that we homeschool moms have SO much to do during homeschool lunchtime! We’d love to simply have downtime and visit together. However, we often have to stomp a lunch fire (hopefully not literally), chase a younger, monitor some cleaning.

By our experience, these principles help:

  • Have clear expectations, clearly expressed
  • Plan during the summer so you start off well (one cool idea is having group meals at least on special occasions)
  • Have a person in charge to oversee lunchtime setup and/or cleanup, a *buck stops here* mom or teen
    • Also, there needs to be support people who back him/her up or switch off
    • Make sure expectations and authority limits are clear for all in charge
  • Communicate with the young people well
    • For young drivers, may they leave co-op to go get lunch?
    • Where can people have food?
    • Are there any off-limits foods?
  • Chore lists for each homeschooler (and each mom)

If everyone is going to bring their own lunches (rather than a group lunch), at home these principles will help:

  • Have clear expectations, clearly expressed
  • Plan during the summer so you start off well
  • Communicate with the young people well
  • Chore lists for each homeschooler (and each mom) for lunch preparation and after-co-op cleanup

Enjoy this advice on homeschool co-op lunchtime. Also, you’ll love these posts.

Co-op advice:

HSHSP Ep 85: Healthily Handling Homeschool Mean-Moms with Dr. Melanie Wilson

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 84: Finding Mom Friends

 

HSHSP Ep 125: Helpfully Handling Homeschool Co-op Lunchtime Chaos

 

 

HSHSP Ep 124: Homeschool Graduate Becomes a Teacher, Interview with Rebekah Groop

This week on HSHSP Ep 124: Homeschool Graduate Becomes a Teacher, Interview with Rebekah Groop!

HSHSP Ep 124: Homeschool Graduate Becomes a Teacher, Interview with Rebekah Groop #CareerExploration #HomeschoolHighSchool

HSHSP Ep 124: Homeschool Graduate Becomes a Teacher, Interview with Rebekah Groop

Rebekah *Bekah* Groop is a homeschool graduate. She is also a second grade teacher in a public school. She is married and a mom to her first child. (She is also Sabrina’s daughter and is married to 7Sister Marilyn’s son, Casey!) In this episode, Sabrina interviews Bekah on homeschooling and teaching.

Rebekah Groop and family used by permission.

Rebekah Groop and family used by permission.

During homeschool high school Bekah liked:

Her homeschooling format (co-ops, group classes, activities)

  • Time with friends
  • Time to develop interests and talents
  • Developing independent learning skills
  • Developing important life skills
  • Learning how to own her goals and meet them: The right to *fly or fail*
  • Flexibility

Bekah homeschooled K-12 then went to Towson University for college. During high school, she switched major ideas several times: Veterinary Science (she loves animals), Music (she assisted the local homeschool high school choir and loved it). She learned leadership and teaching skills through her assistant role which led her to think about education.

Bekah went to Towson with a double major in elementary education and deaf education. She ended up teaching 2nd grade in the Baltimore County school systems.

What are some educational ideas she learned in college that she found she had a foundation for in high school?

  • Differentiation: What do kids need? (Bekah’s experience homeschooling helped her with that.)
  • Lesson Planning.
  • Hands on learning.

Her advice for homeschool moms:

  • Lesson Plans: Keep it quick. Lessons need to be in 3 minute chunks with a clear, simple idea.
  • Include hands on activities.
  • Make real-world connections.
  • Give teens a voice in their education.

How much should moms test or do evaluations? We can forget to enjoy if we test too much, but it is good to get a feel for what kids are learning. It is good to assess their progress. Bekah found that short *mini-assessments* frequently through a subject in a creative format are helpful. Some ideas for quick mini-assessments:

  • a few multiple-choice questions or a quick essay question
  • a discussion
  • a white-board activity
  • a quick project

Want Bekah’s suggestion for homeschool high schoolers who might be interested in teaching?

Early Childhood Education High School Elective 7SistersHomeschool.com

Click image to find out about this high school elective.

  • High school elective: Early Childhood Education
  • Teach them how to advocate for themselves
  • Teach them how to make their voice heard
  • Teach them to visit professors during office hours (if they go to college)

Join Sabrina and Bekah for an encouraging interview and enjoy these resources and posts:

HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

An Authoritative Guide on How to Homeschool High School

HSHSP Ep 124: Homeschool Graduate Becomes a Teacher, Interview with Rebekah Groop

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

This week on HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year!

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

We know that many homeschooling moms love scheduling…and many DON’T. However, highschool needs organization and scheduling if you’re going to achieve your goals (and your teen graduate in 4 years).

What is the one right way to schedule your homeschool highschool year?

There’s NOT one right way to schedule but there are some tips for developing a schedule that works for you.

Here are some tips for successfully scheduling your homeschool highschool year:

Start with the end in mind.

  • Set a 4 year goal. What do you want your teens to have accomplished by the time they graduated (on the transcript and in real life). When they walk across the stage at graduation, what kind of person do you hope your teens will be?
  • Read this post on how to set goals.
  • Write out your mission (stay tuned for a guide).
  • Create an idea of the kind of homeschool environment you hope.

Schedule backwards.

Scheduling Backwards Freebie from 7SistersHomeschool.com

Click image for information on this helpful freebie.

  • Looking at the end goals, start by working backwards.
  • Decide what kind of educational year you want
  • Mark the halfway point on the schedule. Then ask where should we be in the curriculum by halfway through the year.
  • Mark special dates
    • portfolio reviews
    • missions trips
    • scheduled guests visiting
    • co-op field trips
    • drivers ed
    • sports competitions and performances
    • holidays
  • Now decide how much should be done on each subject day by day
    • The number of pages (or chapters) in the text divided by the number of weeks in the year or number of days in the year
  • Create your syllabi

When life happens or things go wrong, give yourself grace then get back to the schedule as soon as possible.

Remember to include teens in the planning process, so that they can own their education.

Be sure to write your goals down.

Have an accountability partner.

If you need some support, you might enjoy some coaching from Vicki at VickiTillmanCoaching.com.

Join Sabrina and Vicki for this helpful discussion. Also enjoy these posts and episodes:

HSHSP Ep 42: Highschool Goals and Planning

HSHSP Ep 43: Highschool Planning and Teen Personalities

HSHSP Ep 44: Including Teens in Highschool Planning

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

HSHSP Ep 122: Homeschooler Becomes a Veterinarian, Interview with Dr. Sarah Varnell

This week on HSHSP Ep 122: Homeschooler Becomes a Veterinarian, Interview with Dr. Sarah Varnell.

HSHSP Ep 122: Homeschooler Becomes a Veterinarian, Interview with Dr. Sarah Varnell

HSHSP Ep 122: Homeschooler Becomes a Veterinarian, Interview with Dr. Sarah Varnell

Dr. Sarah Varnell is a veterinarian near Cincinnati, OH. Homeschooled through high school, Sarah studies zoology at undergraduate level, went to veterinarian school and now specializes in equine medicine: a homeschooler becomes a veterinarian!

How did Sarah handle her time in high school so that she was college ready for a science like zoology?

Academics for Sarah were heavy in the maths and sciences, both textbook-wise but also hands on!

Dr. Sarah Varnell. Photo used with permission.

Dr. Sarah Varnell. Photo used with permission.

Heavy Sciences on the transcript, completed at honors level:

  • Biology in 8th grade
  • Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Physics

Volunteering, MANY hours:

  • Horse rescue
  • Brandywine Zoo (snake handler who walked around the zoo carrying a snake for visitors to meet)
  • Teaching at a Christian summer camp that specializes in horses (she was also a camper there when she was a child)

Shadowing, MANY hours:

  • Small animal veterinarian (this steered her away from small animals because Sarah likes being out and about, not stuck inside)

Noticing and developing interests and loves:

  • Being in the outdoors
  • Being around large animals

Through college, her networking and shadowing helped guide her in her studies but it took time to clarify that she wanted to be a field veterinarian.

  • She connected to an equine vet (through a homeschool family that she babysat for- nothing like networking!) and spend many hour shadowing

For college success, Sarah learned to:

  • Look forward to necessary courses and kept in touch with college advisor for advice on specialized and extra courses she needed to take. (Sarah needed some specialized courses that most zoology undergraduates did not need.)
  • Visit her professors often during office hours.

Sarah chose a small, Christian college (Malone College) for her undergraduate degree. When choosing her college, she made these a priority:

  • Small college, so she could know her professors and advisor well
  • Good college advisors that are interested in the success of their advisees
  • Opportunities for networking and exploration/volunteering/shadowing

Of all the vet schools in the nation, Sarah applied to the best vet school in the nation: University of California. She chose her graduate program by applying to the average number of programs, not choosing University of Delaware (her local college) since it had no vet program and few opportunities with their reciprocal programs at other schools. Rather, she chose to other nearby colleges and the vet school that her veterinarian of her childhood cats.

After applying, she flew to California for interviews and tours of campus. She liked the way their program was organized. AND it was December with NO snow! She rocked her interviews. How did she do that?

Beginning in 8th grade and all through high school, she was a member of the homeschool rhetoric team, so was comfortable speaking.

Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills from 7SistersHomeschool.com

This is the curriculum that Sarah’s rhetoric league used.

She was also involved in her college forensics team (public speaking), where she specialized in 5 minute impromptu speeches.

At UC, the interviews were MMI format (Multiple Mini Interviews) which are 5 minute impromptu speeches in a sort-of speed dating format. She did so well, she was accepted in the program.

Sarah’s advice for homeschoolers thinking about college?

  • Make sure you avail yourself of advisors and professors. Network, network, network!
  • Keep a class listing of what you will need. Keep an eye on when courses are offered (some courses are only offered periodically).

At University of California, Sarah learned:

At the end of every lead rope there is a human.

So soft skills and speaking skills are important. Sarah began her skills in her homeschooling high school years. Today, Dr. Varnell is treating horses out on the road and in the clinic where she works. Just like James Herriot of All Creatures Great and Small, she’s out in the field with people and horses.

Here’s a free resource for helping teens choose a college major. Join Vicki and Dr. Sarah Varnell to find out how a homeschooler becomes a veterinarian.

Also, check out these helpful posts:

What are “Values” and Why are Values Important in Career Exploration?

HSHSP Ep 100: What are Some Homeschool Graduates Doing?

Showing Rigor on the Homeschool Transcript

HSHSP Ep 122: Homeschooler Becomes a Veterinarian, Interview with Dr. Sarah Varnell

HSHSP Ep 121: Why is Junior Year SO Important for High Schoolers?

This week on HSHSP Ep 121: Why is Junior Year SO Important for High Schoolers?

HSHSP Ep 121: Why is Junior Year SO Important for High Schoolers?

HSHSP Ep 121: Why is Junior Year SO Important for High Schoolers?

Junior year is a VERY important year for homeschool high schoolers. Whether they are college bound or career bound, there are some important goals for junior year.

Remember, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school. However, homeschooling parents must face the fact their teens face a pivotal year in 11th grade. A big year. A really big year.

Stressed already?

  • Take a couple of deep breaths
  • Pray!

Okay, let us calmly explain why junior year is such a big deal for non-college-bound teens and college-bound teens. 😉

Non-college-bound teens

During 9th and 10th grade high schoolers tend to work on discovering their strengths and weaknesses and defining some interests. By junior year, career-bound teens need to:

  • Develop those strengths and start exploring the skills needed to move into a career
  • Catch up the subjects that are behind
  • Build solid life skills and preparation (including necessary networking skills)

If they are caught up as well as life and career aware, career-bound homeschool high schoolers will have senior year mostly free for serious apprenticeships or internships so they graduate ready to work in a skilled area.

If your 11th grader is not sure about career choices, look at a good Career Exploration curriculum and see if you can arrange some shadowing experiences.

For subjects teens are straggling:

College-bound teens

Junior year is the FINAL year that college admissions advisors will view as completed on the high school transcript. When teens apply to college they will only be able to show what they are studying. This is the year that everything than needs to look powerful, looks powerful.

  • Begin college search discussions
    • What are teens and parents both expecting and willing to contribute financially
    • What types of colleges will meet your teens academic, financial, career-goal needs as well as healthy-atmosphere needs
    • Check out this post for college search help
  • Make sure enough Career Exploration has been done if teens need help choosing college major
    • If you need help, choosing college majors with your teens, contact Vicki at VickiTillmanCoaching.com and/or visit 7SistersHomeschool.com for Career Exploration courses.
  • Set expectations that your teens will work hard during junior year
    • Tell teens: Wear yourself out academically and get enough sparkle on the transcript (leveling up and sparkle courses)
  • Build the extracurriculars, service and competitions
  • Check on life skills
  • Have enough off-the-clock fun and rest to stay healthy and avoid burnout

At the end of the year, teens should be tired (but not burned out)!

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a big episode, a really big episode…well, anyway, join us for fun and encouragement! Also, check out these posts.

HSHSP Ep 49: Choosing College Majors

College Tours: What to Look for? What Questions to Ask?

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 94: Choosing College Degrees Interview with Dr. Renae Duncan

 

HSHSP Ep 121: Why is Junior Year SO Important for High Schoolers?

HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right

This week on HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right!

HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right

HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right

How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right. Or else! Well, not really. However, transcripts are important so here is how we do our transcripts.

There isn’t really a magical formula or necessary downloadable form from your state government that you must fill out.

There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school…OR complete a transcript.

Include:

Suggestion:

  • Keep backup document with course descriptions
  • Do some research on college, sports and military requirements by visiting websites, recruiters
  • There are transcript programs out there. Use those or make your own.
  • Remember to keep your integrity.

So, that’s how you do get the homeschool high school transcript exactly right, with the the exactly ONE right formula…Oh, right! There’s not ONE right way to do a homeschool transcript. These are simply the tools that we have used over the years on the transcripts of our own kids and the hundreds of homeschool high schoolers in our local umbrella school who have graduated and gone on successfully to the next phase of life. Adapt our information and ideas to your teens’ needs! Let us know your ideas.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for this informative episode and check out these helpful posts:

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HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right