Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobszak.

Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

If you are a new homeschool mom, and you just need a little boost of encouragement, or if you have been homeschooling and need to recalibrate and find that encouragement, then you’ll love the tips from today’s guest: our Cousin Sue Sobszak! After reading the advice for new homeschool moms laid out by Sue, be sure to check out her coaching website for even more support on your homeschooling journey.

About Sue Sobczak

Sue is a retired nurse practitioner and is now a life coach. She and her husband are both retired from the army and have six kids, three of whom have graduated from college, two are currently in college, and their youngest is in high school. 

Sue and her family have homeschooled while moving around the United States and even in Germany through their military jobs. This means they have experience with different laws and making homeschooling work in various situations.

Embrace Individuality

One of the tips for new homeschool high school moms from 7SistersHomeschool is that there is not ONE right way to homeschool. It is important to remember that every child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. 

Do not feel pressured to follow a specific method or approach just because someone says it is the right way. Our goal as homeschooling parents is to do what is best for each individual child. God has created each teen uniquely and given them gifts, and as homeschooling parents, we have the privilege of tailoring their education to meet their specific needs and interests. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to homeschool.

You Won’t Mess Up Your Kids

Many parents worry about whether they are capable of homeschooling and fear that they might mess up their children.  It is common to feel uncertain and worried about whether we’re doing enough or teaching them everything they need to know. But the truth is, learning is a lifelong journey.

Our kids will continue to learn and grow even after they graduate. Even if we do not have all the answers, our teens’ ability to learn and adapt will help them succeed in life beyond homeschooling.

If there are gaps in their education, they can always learn those things later when they need to- after all, ALL of life is education! The important thing is to foster a love for learning and a curiosity that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Character Development

While academics are important, the significance of character development in homeschooling cannot be emphasized enough. Focusing on building good character traits, such as perseverance, resilience, and adaptability, can leave a permanent impression on our children’s lives. 

For Sue’s family, character development was a top priority. While academics are important, her family focused on building good character traits in their children. This emphasis on character has had a lasting impact on them, and they’ve grown into responsible and compassionate individuals. 

Sports, travel, and other real-life experiences provide excellent opportunities for character development. Sue incorporated sports and travel into their education, as these experiences help teach them valuable life skills. Sports, in particular, teach resilience, teamwork, and the ability to learn from failure.

Sports, travel, and other real-life experiences provide excellent opportunities for character development. -Sue Sobczak

Prepare for the Future

As parents, it is essential to consider our children’s post-high school plans when designing their homeschool education. While it is impossible to predict exactly what they will want to do, having a general idea can guide your educational choices. 

Whether they are college-bound, considering a gap year, entering the military, or starting a non-college job, tailoring their education to align with their future goals can better equip them for success. This doesn’t mean you have to mimic the public school system. Rather, it’s about preparing them for their chosen path and meeting any specific requirements they may need to fulfill.

Electives, internships, and mission trips can provide valuable experiences and skills that align with their aspirations. These opportunities allow students to explore their passion areas and gain practical knowledge that can enhance their future career prospects. It also provides them with a chance to network and form connections in their desired fields. 

Have a Purpose

Having a clear purpose for homeschooling can help guide your decisions and provide motivation during challenging times. Take some time to reflect on why you chose to homeschool and what you hope to achieve. (If you have never written your homeschool mission statement, download 7Sisters’ encouraging guide.)

Sue encourages parents to write down their purpose and refer to it when things get tough. This purpose will serve as your guiding light on tough days when you question your decision. 

Your purpose might be to instill strong Christian values, foster a love for learning, or provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children to grow. 

Having a purpose will give you direction and clarity throughout your homeschooling journey. It will help you prioritize what truly matters and let go of unnecessary stress. 

Homeschooling is not just about academics. It’s about nurturing your child’s whole being and helping them develop into well-rounded individuals.

Take It One Year at a Time

Homeschooling is a dynamic and ever-evolving process. Instead of overwhelming yourself with long-term plans, focus on one homeschool year at a time. 

Flexibility is key, as life circumstances may change, and your children’s needs may evolve. Embrace the freedom homeschooling offers and adapt your approach as necessary.

You don’t have to plan out every detail in advance. You can take it day by day, minute by minute.

Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

Homeschooling can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for both parents and children. You are not alone in this homeschooling adventure. There are many resources and a supportive community available to you. 

You can do this, and your dedication and love for your children will shine through in their education. Stay encouraged and keep embracing the joy of homeschooling.

Connect With Sue

If you are looking for more guidance and support on your homeschooling journey, be sure to check out Sue’s coaching website, where you’ll find valuable resources and coaching services. She also has a helpful blog to read her experiences from her own homeschooling years. 

You can also enjoy her wealth of wisdom in this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode: Each Homeschool High Schooler is Unique.

AND you do not want to miss her sage advice about how to get free college credit through CLEP and Modern States.

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

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Resources for Struggling Students, Interview with Cheryl Carter

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Resources for Struggling Students, Interview with Cheryl Carter.

Resources for Struggling Students, Interview with Cheryl Carter

Resources for Struggling Students, Interview with Cheryl Carter

When looking for fantastic resources for homeschooling high school students, it can be a hit or miss situation at times. For this reason – but many more reasons – we are so excited we share with you all about The Capable Scholar by founder Cheryl Carter! Cheryl shares her expertise and insights on supporting struggling learners, building confidence, and preparing students for college and beyond. Let’s explore the world of The Capable Scholar and discover how it can empower your homeschooling journey, along with learning about some fantastic resources for struggling students!

About Cheryl Carter

Cheryl Carter is a seasoned homeschooling parent with five children, two of whom have already successfully completed their homeschooling journey and achieved impressive academic milestones, with another in graduate school, and her younger two twins currently in their teens. 

In addition, Cheryl is one of our 7SistersHomeschool Cousins. These are homeschooling good friends who offer resources and/or support that we can trust. You can see what they  have to offer on 7Sisters’ Stuff We Like page.

With a background in special education and as a college professor, Cheryl has dedicated her career to helping struggling students excel in their studies. Her passion for empowering students with learning differences led her to create The Capable Scholar.

The Capable Scholar is a comprehensive resource that focuses on helping students with learning differences, disabilities, and those who simply struggle academically. Cheryl believes that every student is capable of success and aims to instill confidence and a love for learning in each student she works with. 

About The Capable Scholar

The Capable Scholar offers a range of resources, including a writing curriculum, Outschool classes, personalized support, and even opportunities for students to get published.

One unique aspect of Cheryl’s approach is teaching grammar through the students’ own writing. She’s found that students with learning differences thrive when they can apply grammar rules to their own work. 

In fact, some of her students have even gone on to get their work published, building impressive portfolios for college admissions.

It’s important to note, however, that The Capable Scholar is not just for students with formal diagnoses or IEPs. If you are a parent who knows your child is struggling, even without a specific label, she’s here to help. Whether it’s writing or math, Cheryl can provide the best strategies and approaches to ensure your student’s success. 

On The Capable Scholar, you’ll find Cheryl’s writing curriculum, which covers grades 6 to 12, and even extends into the first year of college. It’s designed to build confidence and provide the necessary skills for college-level writing.

Additional Resources for Struggling Students

In addition to using the writing curriculum at The Capable Scholar, Cheryl recommends focusing on English, math, history, and science. 

For English, the Grammar Review inside The Capable Scholar is a great resource that covers all the essentials. 

When it comes to math, she suggests using a college remedial algebra book like Martha Liao’s or the Life with Fred series. These resources ensure your student masters the necessary algebra skills for college.

For history and science, she highly recommends exploring the CLEP exams. They offer a less stressful alternative to traditional exams like the ACT or SAT, which can be overwhelming for students with anxiety. Modern States and 7Sisters have excellent resources for CLEP preparation.

One final tip for resources is to use checklists to keep track of what your student needs to accomplish. This helps them see their progress and builds their confidence. 

And remember, it’s never too late to fill in any gaps in their learning. There are programs available, like the REWARDS program, that can help students of all ages master essential skills.

Resources for Struggling Students- Interview with Cheryl Carter

It’s important for parents to remember that they do not have to do everything exactly like a traditional school or other homeschoolers. Homeschooling your teens is about finding what works best for your student and providing them with the tools they need to succeed. Every student is unique, and it’s crucial to tailor their education to their specific needs. 

It’s all about believing in your students and helping them believe in themselves. 

Connect with Cheryl

You can find more information and access Cheryl’s resources on The Capable Scholar website. BTW- Cheryl also helps college-prep teens with their writing skills. She shares her advice for college preparation that should be done now with us at 7Sisters.

And remember, you are not alone on this homeschooling journey. We are here to support you every step of the way!

For more resources for struggling learners:

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

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Tips for Homeschooling High School, Interview with Natalie Mack- Special Replay

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Tips for Homeschooling High School, Interview with Natalie Mack- Special Replay

Tips for Homeschooling High School, Interview with Natalie Mack

Vicki and Natalie are so excited to finally connect! We have been waiting to connect to share Natalie’s expertise on homeschooling high school!

Natalie Mack is a retired Navy chaplain’s spouse (after thirty-four years of service). She is a passion military spouse advocate because she knows that the military spouses are the ones who are holding military bases and military families together. The whole family serves!

Not only that, but she is a homeschool mom (who is a passionate advocate for all homeschooling families- and especially military homeschooling families). She has five kids.

  • Her oldest graduated from Liberty University and George Washington University (Masters in International Education- fluent in Mandarin and conversational in Russian). She is currently an International Baccalaureate coordinator for the Washington DC public school system.
  • Natalie’s second daughter is a “kick-butt soccer athlete” who played Division One soccer for Liberty University. She recently completed her Masters in Social Work at Howard University. Besides preparing for her social work career, she is also on a professional indoor soccer player.
  • Her oldest son graduated from American University’s School of International Service. He worked on a Congressional campaign for a season and is now working for a nonprofit.
  • Natalie’s second son is an Honor College student at George Mason University, a Bonners scholar there.
  • Her youngest son is fifteen. He is kind of like an only child now because his siblings are all in college or beyond.

Despite being down to one high schooler at home, Natalie is still super busy. When her kids asked her why she was still so busy, she told them that she is finally doing all the things she could not do when she was homeschooling five kids as a military wife. This is a new season but there is no time to sit around eating bonbons!

These days, when she is not working on lessons with her youngest, Natalie is:

Advice from Natalie about homeschooling high school:

Natalie has gained lots of wisdom over many years of homeschooling high school! Here are a few.

When things feel thankless, remember that someday your teens will be grown up- they will thank you then

Natalie knows from experience. Sometimes homeschool days can be thankless. On those days, you have to keep on keeping on- putting one foot in front of the other. You will make it. You can do this!

Trust the process

You may feel like you are venturing into the unknown when you start homeschooling high school. That is okay. You can do this. Try not to get overwhelmed by the newness of it all (and the fears of failure). You can trust the process where you are learning how to homeschool high school right along with your teens.

Take time to enjoy your teens.

Take time to enjoy your teens

Of course, while your teens are in high school, academics are priority. However, try not to get so focused on those academics that you do not have time to enjoy your teens. Who says that every day you have to max it out till four o’clock? If you and your teens work on academics intensely all day, every day, you (and your kids) will not have anything left to give.

Use the flexibility of homeschooling to take time to enjoy. You will want your teens to still like you (and it is hard for them to do that if they feel burned out).

There will be bad days when no schooling gets done

No one will go to hell just because it is a rotten day and schoolwork needs to be set aside. Tomorrow is a new day full of grace for you and your teens. You can model resilience for your teens- it is a GREAT life skill.

So on terrible, no-good, very-bad days, remember grace and fresh starts tomorrow!

Join a support group

Natalie knows how the support groups have been important for her homeschool success and encouragement. She suggests to look for:

Remember lots of prayer

Prayer is the key to success! You need God’s strength, grace and peace for the homeschool high school journey! God is there to helpl.

Join Vicki and Natalie for a good dose of encouragement and some tips for homeschooling high school!

Also check out these Homeschool Highschool Podcast episodes if you have a teen who is thinking about a military career:

AND check out Natalie’s Ted Talk about homeschooling!

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Top Tech Tools for Homeschool High Schoolers with Meryl van der Merwe

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Top Tech Tools for Homeschool High Schoolers with Meryl van der Merwe.

Top Tech Tools for Homeschool High Schoolers with Meryl van der Merwe

Top Tech Tools for Homeschool High Schoolers with Meryl van der Merwe

If you are looking for something to enhance the homeschool experience for high school students, there is a range of tools and resources available. From technology and career preparation to organization and community service, these tools can help students thrive academically and beyond. Here, we want to dive right into the top tech tools with our friend, Meryl van der Merwe, fellow podcaster at Homeschooling With Technology as well as owner of Funda Funda Academy. So, let’s dive in and explore the exciting world of homeschooling with technology!

BTW- Meryl has shared her wisdom with Homeschool Highschool Podcast several times. If you have missed them, check these episodes:

About Meryl van der Merwe

Originally from South Africa, Meryl moved to the United States 20 years ago and decided to homeschool her children due to their advanced academic abilities. 

Meryl’s passion for teaching led her to start teaching online and eventually establish Funda Funda Academy, where she and a team of teachers offer a wide range of online classes. 

On top of Funda Funda Academy, Meryl ventured into podcasting and connected with Vicki, our very own 7Sisters Homeschooler, through the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast network, their shared podcasting network.

Merrill’s amazing podcast is called Homeschooling with Technology. If you are looking for resources on the best technology for homeschooling, this is the podcast you don’t want to miss. 

Tech tools are especially helpful for producing polished writing projects. (Photo purchased from Shutterstock.com)

Favorite Top Tech Tools for Homeschool

Let’s talk about some of the best technology for homeschooling you can use that happens to be Meryl’s favorite top tech tools that she encourages you to check out. 

Grammarly

First up is Grammarly. Grammarly is a free app that helps with grammar and spelling. It’s like having a personal editor that highlights any mistakes you make. Good grammar is important for high school writing requirements.

It is incredibly helpful, especially when writing essays or any other written work. Trust me, your teens will thank you for introducing them to Grammarly.

Vocabulary.com

Next on the list is Vocabulary.com. This is another free tool that is fantastic for building vocabulary. It is essential for understanding what you read and improving your writing skills. 

Plus, having a strong vocabulary is crucial for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. And here is a little secret: even though many colleges are going test-optional, scholarships still require test scores. 

It’s important to help your children develop a robust vocabulary and thanks to Vocabulary.com, it becomes a fun and engaging process!

Google Apps

You are probably familiar with the Google apps, but let’s emphasize their importance. Many college students use these apps for group work and collaboration. 

It’s essential for your children to be familiar with Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms. They are free and incredibly useful for organizing and working together on projects.

Canva

Another tool beloved by Meryl is Canva. It’s like the one tool to rule them all when it comes to graphic design! 

Canva started as a simple tool for creating graphics, but it has grown into a powerful platform with features for photo editing, video creation, and even comic strip design. It is free and user-friendly, making it perfect for creating portfolios, marketing materials, and more. 

Not only that, but it also has thousands upon thousands of templates, including but not limited to, business cards, presentations, videos, worksheets, printable activities, planners and schedules, and much more. 

It also includes a print-on-demand feature for, say, creating and ordering invitations, business cards, flyers, or even prints on a t-shirt!

ChatGPT and AI Tools

AI may be somewhat intimidating for some but it really is here to stay. Instead of fearing it, try to embrace it and its many capabilities.

One AI tool is ChatGPT. It can be used for brainstorming ideas, improving essays, and even generating content. 

Even so, it’s important to teach your children to use AI responsibly and not rely on it entirely. AI is a tool, not a replacement for critical thinking and creativity.

Online Services

The first online service opportunity is Zooniverse.org, where kids can participate in citizen science projects. This allows them to contribute to real scientific research while learning about various topics. 

The second online service opportunity is a platform within the Library of Congress site called By The People, which allows volunteers to transcribe historical documents. It’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn about history and gain valuable experience while also making a difference.

Top Tech Tools With Meryl van der Merwe

These are just a few highlights, and there are countless other tools and resources out there. Children should be encouraged to use these tools responsibly and with a discerning eye, always keeping in mind that their contributions and actions can have a real impact. 

Technology can truly enhance your homeschooling experience and prepare your children for the future. Don’t be afraid to explore and try new things. You’re not alone on this journey. We’re here to support and guide you every step of the way. 

Connect With Meryl van der Merwe

If you want more in-depth information on the top tech tools for homeschooling, be sure to listen to the Homeschooling with Technology podcast

You can also visit her website, Funda Funda Academy, or join her Homeschooling College Bound Teens Facebook group.

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

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Helping Teens Make New Friends

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Helping Teens Make New Friends. Give your high schoolers the networking skills that will help them now and in adulthood.

Helping Teens Make New Friends

Helping Teens Make New Friends

Delivered by 7SistersHomeschool’s very own licensed professional counselor, Vicki is here to talk about one of her most favorite topics: helping teens make new friends. In Vicki’s other hat, besides having raised her kids through the homeschooling process, she’s worked with all kinds of teens on how to make new friends. No matter where you are in life, there are times where you need a new set of friends, whether that’s moving to a new area, joining a new church or breaking up with a homeschool co-op group. You’ll learn all the pointers you need to know in these tried and true tips!

Share Basic Life Skills

First, know that helping teens make new friends doesn’t mean you make the friends for your homeschool high schoolers. We can’t do this for our teens, but we can give them the skills needed to pursue friendships, for making those friends themselves, and for creating their own network. This is a skill that, if learned now, can apply to the rest of their lives, well into their careers.

Also, work with your teens on basic life skills so they can have the tools already in their toolbox to use. And they need to know they can choose to use these or they can choose not to use these tools. It’s their choice. As long as teens feel like they have a choice in something, they will very often use those skills. 

Even shy teens can learn skills like these to build their confidence.

Find New Things To Try Locally

When your teen finds some things to try, this doesn’t mean it’s something that they are already passionate about, nor is this necessarily something they want to do. They just need to try some new things. It’s one of the most important things we can do for learning and practicing skills and actually discovering some things that we don’t know whether we like or not until we try it. 

Local Support Groups

If you’re new to an area, or you’re beginning your homeschool journey brand new, look around your local area and start simple. Find some things that have other teens involved. For instance, look to see if there is a local homeschool support group or other organization. That is a good place to start looking, and then see if they have a youth group. Check out their website, or see if they have an online schedule or calendar to see what is happening.

Local Classes

If there’s not a support group with just some youth activities, are there some classes that they can take locally? Regardless if they need the class or not, enroll your teen in an umbrella school class or two at a homeschool umbrella school or someplace where there’s group learning. 

Church Youth Groups and Service Organizations

For teens, church youth groups and church missions trips are another way to be around other teens doing something.

Service organizations for teens that are out in the community, such as library volunteers or food bank volunteers. See what different things are available where there are groups of teens going out and/or volunteering. Maybe even have your teen join a sports team. All those things are places where teens will meet new people.

Help teens pick one thing to try.

Pick One Thing to Try

Once you pick a thing, unless they’re an extroverted teen, you don’t want to overwhelm them with 42 different things. What you do, instead, is make an agreement with your teen on what they are going to try. 

For instance, have your teen agree to give that specific activity or organization a try. In most cases, you will know how it fits after at least two sessions or two events. Sometimes you will even know after the first time that it’s not a good fit.

Give It An Honest Go

There have been times when Vicki visited new churches or new organizations and nobody is at the door to greet or welcome her. No one spoke to her the entire time of the meeting or event, not a soul spoke a word to her. 

If this happens to you, just know they’re not your people.Realize there is never a lost event and that you will always come away with an insight or new perspective or learning something new. 

But don’t stop there. Although it’s definitely not fun, you can even try it twice to see if that was a fluke the first time, to see if someone will talk to you the second time.

What most often happens is that, upon the second or third visit to an organization or group, you’ll notice a shift. The initial tension or formality begins to fade, making interactions more relaxed and straightforward. This ease develops as familiar faces become friendlier, and the overall atmosphere becomes more welcoming. 

It’s during these subsequent visits that true connections start to form, and it becomes noticeably easier to engage and collaborate, them with you and you with them.

Let Your Teen Handle the First Visit On Their Own

Before you arrive at the group or event, it’s important to not accompany your teen inside the building (unless there’s a specific rule stating otherwise). Teens must navigate this event independently. 

Extroverted kids likely won’t mind handling this on their own, while introverted ones might feel anxious. In such cases, it’s okay to discuss how far into the building you’re willing to walk with them. However, it’s crucial not to impose. Instead, respond to your teen’s cues.

Tips To Help Your Teen Warm Up to the New Setting

Magic Non-verbals

Before they step out of the car, encourage them to place their hands on their hips. This simple gesture can boost their confidence, preparing them to face the event on their own terms.

Adopting a posture with arms akimbo and counting to fifteen — thousand one, thousand two, and so on — has an interesting effect on our bodies. This stance, even if held for just a few seconds, triggers the release of testosterone. Yes, even women have testosterone coursing through their bodies.

This hormone boosts confidence. It’s like a biological encouragement that says, “You can do this.” And so, you do.

Before any significant event, it’s valuable to discuss these techniques. It’s not something to spring on someone last minute, say, in the car ride over. Share these strategies in advance: “Here are some skills we can use.”

Just before entering the venue, encourage a slight adjustment in posture: pull the shoulders back and lift the chin slightly — not too high, but just enough. When we’re anxious, we tend to hunch our shoulders and lower our chins, gazing down at the floor, closing ourselves off. However, adopting a posture with shoulders back, chin up, and a gentle, Mona Lisa-like smile can transform our nonverbal communication.

These “magic non-verbals” make us seem more approachable, signaling to others that it’s okay to engage with us. Have your teen employ these nonverbals before walking into the building and then periodically check throughout the event to ensure they’re maintaining them. Shoulders back, chin up, and that soft smile can make all the difference, inviting positive interactions and boosting your confidence.

Learn more about non-verbals in 7Sisters Introduction to Psychology.

Hold Something In Your Hand

This confidence invites people to come and talk to you. Generally, within a certain period of time, somebody’s going to wander over and start talking. If it’s one of those events where you are socializing, and there are snacks, tell your teen to grab some snacks so that they have something to hold in their hand.

This is called a tool. And you don’t even have to like whatever it is you hold in your hand. You don’t have to eat it all. You just need to have something in your hand. There’s something about holding something in your hand that is appropriate for the setting, like a cup of soda or some cookies, that makes you even more open for people to come and talk to.

Scan the Room

Once there is something in your hand, if no one is talking to you yet, go stand near the table where the snacks are at, and then scan the room. Look to see where the clusters of people are, if there’s anybody on the outskirts that might be a new person too.

Because believe it or not, there’s new people at things all the time. And if you see someone that’s just standing by themselves, kind of at the edge and, maybe looking a little bewildered, walk slowly over to them and smile and greet them. Ask them a question. They’ll greet you as well and hopefully they’ll ask you a question back.

Prepare Questions Ahead of Time

Have questions that you’ve already planned ahead of time that you can pull out of your pocket. Some questions you can ask are:

  • If they’re an old timer here
  • What do they like about that group
  • Do they have any siblings
  • If you’ve been homeschooling long, what’s your favorite subject,

Just ask them questions. When you talk to somebody and you ask them questions, and they start talking about themselves, they feel like you like them, even though you don’t know them yet. And they are more likely to ask you some questions in return. This helps them feel connected and comfortable to you. And you’ve already got a first friend. 

Popular Kid Syndrome

For younger teens, very often they worry about cliques and popularity, especially if they’ve been in a public school system or some traditional setting for a while. Think about the kingdom of Heaven.  When Jesus came, did He go hang out first with the popular kids? He was looking for people who weren’t the popular kids because in God’s kingdom, it’s backwards.

The kids who might be shy are the ones that are more popular kingdom-wise. We have to have the boldness and the faith to set aside worrying about talking to the wrong person. Take that pecking order mentality out of your younger teens brains and have them thinking along the lines of God’s kingdom. How do we want to be in God’s kingdom in this group?

The John Maxwell Story

Here’s a story that complements this tip: In one of his books, John Maxwell recounts a memorable journey from the airport to a conference with a friend. They shared a cab and, being naturally sociable, struck up a conversation with the driver. 

Eager to learn about the driver’s life, Maxwell and his friend peppered him with questions, uncovering fascinating stories about his family and experiences. Throughout the ride, they shared nothing about themselves except for their destination, the conference they were speaking at.

As the cab approached the conference venue, the driver, preparing to say goodbye, expressed his enjoyment of the conversation and wished them well at the conference. Remarkably, despite knowing little about Maxwell and his friend beyond their participation in the conference, the driver felt a sense of acceptance and connection. 

This interaction epitomizes the Christ-like virtue of showing genuine interest in others, fostering a feeling of warmth and acceptance with a simple, attentive conversation. And that becomes the beginning of a friendship.

Remember, tell your teen to keep those non-verbals going as often as they can. 

Describe Themselves

In between events, have your teen work on being able to describe themselves. You can start this before you go to an event, but definitely keep this an ongoing conversation.

Questions to incite self-description:

  • Who are you? 
  • What do you like to study? 
  • What do you want to do after high school? 
  • Do you have any hobbies? 
  • Take some personality tests. What are your personalities? 
  • What are the service projects you’ve done? 

This way, if people ask your teen questions, they don’t have to stare at the floor, fumbling on what to say as they’ll already know how to answer these questions.

One way to practice describing themselves is through a speech class. Have them write an elevator pitch about themselves, which is what they could say to somebody about themselves. Or, act like they have a business and they are between the first and third floor of an elevator ride.

An elevator pitch is something very short, just little soundbites they can say about themselves. 

Once they establish their elevator pitch, have them practice a little bit at home on how to continue a conversation. When they say something about themselves, have them as the person a follow-up question.

The Second Visit or Event

Once your teen gets to the second event, one of the best things to do is for them to start looking for ways to get involved. If there’s a service project, a side project, or people set up for cleanup, for example, they want to get involved doing those things because that gets them in on the kinds of kids who also do things. And those kinds of kids are generally the friendlier and more fun kids over time. 

What can they volunteer for? The people who are engaged and active are the ones that are more likely to be the ones who are friendly over time.

Volunteering can open doors to new friendships and other things. When you’re volunteering to help out, you’ll be working alongside people. You’ll likely carry on a conversation with them, and just that little moment of conversation is the beginning of a connection, taking a stranger to an acquaintance level. 

And maybe if they volunteer enough together, they might become homeschool friends. At minimum, they will have some acquaintances every time they go to that meeting, where they will have someone to talk to and do the service together. Doing projects together is one of the very, very best ways to start making new homeschool friends. 

What Went Well

To wrap it all up, one of the most important things we want to do is make sure your teens are telling you what went well. 

Let’s be realistic. Not all teens are going to want to talk about it because some of them just need to think about it. Suggest or encourage them to tell you a few things that went well so they can put that into focus and see it as a positive experience, shedding any anxieties from it in the future. 

When you leave an event and head home, your mind often races with thoughts of regret: “Why did I say that? Why didn’t I do this?” This self-criticism and guilt can lead to unnecessary stress, teaching your brain to associate these social events with negative feelings. Your brain starts to signal “danger” at the thought of attending future events, fearing the stress that may follow.

However, it’s crucial to shift this mindset. Instead of them dwelling on what went wrong or what they didn’t do, have them focus on the positive aspects of the experience. Have them think about what went well, what felt good, and end their day on a note of positivity and gratitude. 

Though it might sound cliché, embracing a positive outlook and gratitude can significantly impact your mental well-being. Remembering the positives and expressing gratitude deactivates the stress response in your brain and activates the regions associated with smart thinking and emotional health.

From a counselor’s perspective, ending an event with a sense of gratitude not only aligns with the biblical encouragement to give thanks but also places you in a better biological and spiritual state. Focusing on the positives encourages your brain to view future events more optimistically, making you more likely to approach them with enthusiasm rather than anxiety.

Helping Teens Make New Friends

When you follow these tips, you’ll find it easier to help your teen make new homeschool friends. We hope these tips help!

Don’t forget, we have the 7Sisters Homeschool Facebook group too. It’s a really friendly and supportive Facebook group, where people share all kinds of homeschool high school questions and feedback, sometimes about younger ones all the way to a lot of high school stuff. It’s such a good, supportive place!

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Homeschool AI Courses, Interview with Chris Remboldt

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Homeschool AI Courses, Interview with Chris Remboldt

Homeschool AI Courses

As we transition into an era of artificial intelligence (AI), we can see how influential it could be for our kids today, both by including homeschool AI courses for learning about its applications and also by using it to pursue knowledge. One such AI wizard is Chris Remboldt from Future Homeschool. Chris is passionate about AI and believes in empowering young people with the knowledge and skills to harness its potential. Learn more about Chris’s journey into AI exploration and it helped shape Future Homeschool into making AI education accessible and engaging for teenagers.

BTW- Technology courses are useful for homeschool high schoolers. In fact, a few states require a some kind of technology course for high school graduation. (For a look at what credits teens need for graduation, check out this post.)

About Chris Remboldt

Chris’s homeschooling experience had a profound impact on his life. From a young age, he was immersed in a hands-on and book-rich environment from kindergarten through twelfth grade, and he never attended public school. In fact, the closest he got to it was taking standardized tests in Kansas. 

Chris says he was a “nerdy kid.” And his mom is still proud of the fact that he tested at a college level in most subjects when he was just ten years old. 

With no screens or video games, Chris’s childhood was filled with books, Legos, and the wonders of nature. He loved reading books like Little House on the Prairie and nature field guides. 

His parents encouraged him to explore and learn, instilling in him a love for knowledge and discovery. Moving to Tennessee, they began a truly unique educational journey: building their own house.

Chris learned practical skills and the value of hard work, doing everything from plumbing to electrical work, and they even tamed the land around the house. Chris recalls it as an incredible education and upbringing, and he considers it the best homeschool story because it taught him that all of life is education, learning so much through that experience

From Building Houses to Hacking AI

Chris’s fascination with technology began early on when he tinkered with VTEC laptops and wrote his first lines of computer language. As he grew older, he dabbled in hacking video games, pushing the boundaries of what was possible. This curiosity and desire to explore the edges of possibilities in technology led him to AI. 

Chris has been studying AI since 2018 and has used it to build web apps and create innovative projects and explore the endless possibilities it offers. His journey from building houses with the Pythagorean theorem to hacking AI showcases his passion for pushing the limits of what is possible.

AI has become an extension of his exploration of the world and a tool that empowers him to do things that would have required an entire team of developers just a few years ago.

The Importance of AI Education for Homeschoolers

AI has the potential to shape the future, and Chris believes that homeschoolers are the perfect audience to embrace and harness its power. By equipping teenagers with AI knowledge, they can become the architects of a better world. 

Future Homeschool offers a platform where Chris adds a new lesson each week based on his experiences in AI. Each week, students receive a new lesson based on what Chris has learned in AI. These artificial intelligence lesson plans cover a wide range of topics, from large language models to online entrepreneurship, providing teens with a comprehensive understanding of AI and its applications. There’s even a free course on Chat GPT that you can learn more about. 

The course is structured to be an elective, allowing students to earn credit for their homeschool transcript, all while fostering a supportive community where students can connect and collaborate.

Homeschoolers are the perfect audience for Future Homeschool because they are creative, curious, and wise. Chris’ goal is to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to make a positive impact in the world by providing them with the tools and knowledge to navigate the world of AI. 

He hopes to see graduates of his course starting their own tech companies. And, as an entrepreneur himself, Chris also plans to invest in startups that emerge from the Future Homeschool community, fostering a cycle of innovation and growth.

You are the future, and your potential is limitless.- Chris Remboldt

Homeschool AI Courses

In a world driven by technology, it is crucial to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to navigate the ever-evolving landscape. Future Homeschool offers a unique opportunity for homeschoolers to learn more about the world of AI, explore its possibilities, and develop their entrepreneurial mindset. 

Chris Remboldt is paving the way for a future where teens can utilize technology to create positive change. Learn more about Future Homeschool, where your teen can join the exciting AI journey that will undoubtedly shape their future.

Keep pushing the boundaries, exploring new possibilities, and embracing the power of education. You are the future, and your potential is limitless.- Chris Remboldt

Connect with Chris Remboldt

You can learn more about how your teen can join Future Homeschool by Chris Remboldt. Also, learn how AI continues to shape our world through the Future Homeschool YouTube channel.

Also, for more technology ideas, check out the Homeschooling with Technology Podcast, here on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Thank you to Seth Tillman for editing the podcast. Also, thanks to Richie Soares with Homeschool & Humor for writing this blog post.

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Find Homeschool Resources with HomeschoolHQ

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Find Homeschool Resources with HomeschoolHQ

Homeschool HQ with Lauren Bordeaux

It’s always exciting to discover new resources for homeschooling, especially ones that cater to high schoolers. It’s truly a blessing to have such a wide range of options available nowadays. One such blessing is through Lauren Bordeaux, the founder of Homeschool HQ. Lauren shares her inspiring homeschooling journey and the creation of this unique app, Homeschool HQ, that aims to revolutionize the way homeschooling families connect and find resources!

About Lauren Bordeaux

Lauren and her husband, both products of public education, initially considered sending their three children to traditional schools. However, a forest preschool experience in Germany opened their eyes to different possibilities for education.  As their daughter flourished in a non-traditional environment, Lauren’s perspective shifted, and she began exploring homeschooling through podcasts and research.

After moving back to the United States and experiencing the challenges of homeschooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lauren realized the need for a centralized platform that could gather and organize homeschooling resources. She shared her idea with her husband, and together they started on the journey of building the Homeschool HQ app.

About HomeschoolHQ

When Lauren was looking into homeschool resources and management, she could not find anything comprehensive enough to consider using. There were some lists on Facebook, but they were limited to specific groups, and Lauren wanted to create an aggregate resource that would be accessible to all homeschoolers, such as tools or apps for homeschool organization in mind.

And even though neither Lauren nor her husband had any tech background, they were determined to make HomeschoolHQ happen. They found an online program that allowed them to build the app themselves, and with the help of some friends who are also homeschoolers, they brought homeschoolHQ to life. 

And Homeschool HQ launched just a year ago!

This app is not just “another homeschooling app.” It is a user-populated platform that allows homeschooling families to share and discover resources in their local areas. The app features various categories, including co-ops, classes, field trip ideas, conventions, and more. Users can customize their search radius and save their favorite resources for easy access.

Lauren and her husband are constantly working on updates to enhance the app’s features. In fact, they’re currently awaiting approval for an update that will include a higher education section, allowing homeschoolers to find homeschool-friendly colleges and universities, along with information on admissions, dual enrollment, and scholarships for homeschoolers!

Using HomeschoolHQ In Your Homeschool

With Homeschool HQ, you can plan your homeschooling activities, find local classes, and even organize play dates or nature hikes. The app provides a sense of community and simplifies the process of locating resources tailored to your family’s needs. 

Getting started with HomeschoolHQ is easy. Simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store. While there is a subscription fee of $19.99 per year, this nominal amount ensures the availability of high-quality resources and safeguards the app’s integrity. 

Once you are in the app, explore the different categories, save your favorites, and customize your search options to find resources near you.

Homeschool HQ is currently available in the US and Canada, with plans to expand to more countries in the future. The app’s user-driven nature fosters a sense of collaboration and community among homeschooling families. By contributing to the app, users help create a comprehensive resource hub that benefits everyone.

Connect with Lauren + Homeschool HQ

HomeschoolHQ is a game-changer for homeschooling families, providing a centralized platform to discover and share resources. Lauren and her team are committed to enhancing HomeschoolHQ and making it an indispensable tool for homeschoolers worldwide.

The app is available on both the App Store and Google Play Store for users in the US and Canada. You can also find them on major social media platforms. For more information, visit their Homeschool HQ website!

For more information on different apps to help your teens with homeschooling high school, check our our friends at Homeschooling with Technology podcast. We talked to Homeschooling with Technology’s Meryl van der Merwe on our episodes:

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A Young Author’s Journey in the Writing Process

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A Young Author's Journey in the Writing Process

Teen Publishes A Book: A Young Author’s Journey in the Writing Process

Homeschooling offers a unique opportunity for kids to explore their passions and discover hidden talents. One such talented young person is Sophia Errico, a young author who found her passion for writing through homeschooling. Sophia joins Vicki to share her journey about writing her first book. Join us in Sophia’s writing process of her book, The Tree House, along with the valuable lessons she has learned along the way.

About Sophia Errico, a Young Author

Sophia Errico’s homeschooling journey began when her parents made the decision to switch her from public school after the pandemic hit. Initially, it was an adjustment, but she soon realized the benefits of more flexible learning. Homeschooling allowed her to dedicate more time to her love for writing, as she could create her own academic schedule (rather than spending eight hours a day in class). Sophia found herself finishing her assignments earlier, giving her ample time to pursue her passion.

A Young Author’s Journey in the Writing Process

Sophia’s love for writing blossomed when she joined a writer’s group led by teacher, Miss Keri in our Cousin Cheryl Carter‘s Creative Classrooms at Outschool. This group provided a safe space for Sophia to share her work and receive valuable feedback from her mentor. 

And through her online writing group, the constructive criticism she received helped her grow as a writer and refine her storytelling skills. Sophia also credits her editor for their guidance in shaping her book, The Tree House, into its final form.

The Birth of The Tree House

Inspired by classic TV shows and drawing from her own public school experiences, Sophia was inspired to write her first book, The Tree House. The story revolves around protagonist Chris, a young boy striving to be a better person, and how his world is turned upside down when a new friend joins their group. 

Sophia’s writing process involves allowing ideas to flow as she writes. She welcomes the ebb and flow of inspiration, occasionally facing writer’s block but always pushing through it. 

Sophia emphasizes the importance of editing and revising, acknowledging the valuable input of her editor and mentor, Miss Keri, and her own evolving understanding of writing. She was able to receive her criticism with an open mind and then use that to modify her writing into the masterpiece it is today. 

This is a wise process that could be an obstacle to overcome by even adults in the writing process, but Sophia took the edit suggestions and ran with them! She admits she is much happier with the way it turned out than the way it started. 

And Sophia did exactly what a good writer does – skillfully incorporated these suggestions and feedback to enhance the storytelling inside The Tree House.

The Treehouse by Sophia Errico

The Impact of Homeschooling on Writing

Homeschooling has played a pivotal role in Sophia’s writing journey. With fewer distractions and a more flexible schedule, she has been able to dedicate substantial time to her craft. 

Sophia believes that her homeschooling experience has allowed her to develop her writing skills at a young age. This gave her a head start in pursuing her dreams.

She states:

The cool thing about homeschooling is you can get the lessons out of the way and have more time for writing as opposed to sitting in a traditional classroom for seven or eight hours a day. Even though homeschooling was a little weird to start with [coming from a public school setting], it turned out to be a good thing for developing your talents

Teen Publishes A Book

Sophia’s advice to aspiring young authors is simple yet profound: don’t be afraid to put your work out there. She encourages young writers to seek feedback and embrace constructive criticism as a means of growth. She believes that age should not be a barrier to pursuing one’s passion and encourages young authors to start honing their skills and sharing their stories with the world.

Sophia Errico’s journey as a young author showcases the power of homeschooling in nurturing creativity and fostering personal growth. Her dedication to her craft, combined with the support of her homeschooling community, has allowed her to achieve remarkable success in writing her very first book with an editor’s input. 

Sophia’s story serves as an inspiration to all young teens who aspire to pursue their passions and make a difference through their creativity. We eagerly await her future literary endeavors, and the next book in this series of The Tree House, and encourage young authors everywhere to unleash their creative potential!

Connect with Young Teen Author, Sophia Errico

Look for The Tree House on Amazon by Sophia Errico. It’s a real, physical book, not a PDF. 

And for novice writers, who are not ready to write an entire book, check out 7Sisters Short Story Writing Guides. Novice writers begin with a fun, family narrative. Then they have a rip-roaring time creating a tall tale. They are then ready to write a myth-fantasy short story in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

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Study Skills For Homeschoolers

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Study Skills For Homeschoolers.

Study Skills For Homeschoolers

Study Skills For Homeschoolers

Some teens are born knowing how to study. However, most teens need to learn study skills. We often hear from homeschool graduates, especially those bound for college, that they need guidance in this area. We asked our 7Sister Marilyn to help explain study skills for homeschoolers.

About Marilyn Groop and Mt. Sophia

Marilyn is an editor of our 7SistersHomeschool textbooks, along with Sarah and Allison. Not only that, but she is also the principal of our local umbrella school, Mount Sophia Academy. This umbrella school has been serving homeschoolers for over twenty years. Hundreds of students have passed through those doors, with more than twenty-six graduating classes to date. It is truly amazing and feels us all with a sense of pride and joy. 

Mt. Sophia Academy serves as a homeschool diploma program, providing academic advising, transcript management, and diploma issuance for high school students. They offer classes for middle and high schoolers, ranging from average to advanced levels. Although they do not teach AP classes, some of their students have successfully taken and passed AP tests. With a diverse group of teachers and a busy schedule of classes on Mondays and Thursdays, a comprehensive education is the goal for the students attending.

Mt. Sophia Academy also offers outstanding academic advising to help students prepare for college and beyond, including guidance in extracurricular activities like sports and choir. They take pride in supporting parents and taking responsibility for the academic aspects of their homeschool high schoolers‘ education.

Here are the study skills for homeschool high schoolers

Marilyn teaches homeschool high schoolers these study skills.

The Importance of Effective Time Management

Time management is one of the most critical study skills for homeschoolers in order to achieve success through high school and beyond. But procrastination is the opposite of this, and quite the demolisher. It’s never a good strategy, especially when it comes to studying. When it comes to subjects like world languages, consistency is key.

Research has shown that cramming is not an effective method for retaining information. Instead of cramming for hours the night before, encourage your teens to spend fifteen minutes each day reviewing vocabulary or concepts. This practice helps information transfer to long-term memory more effectively.

By spreading out study sessions and engaging in regular review, students can improve their long-term memory and overall understanding of the material.

Doing the Work and Meeting Deadlines

Another crucial aspect of successful studying is actually doing the work. Completing assignments and meeting deadlines are fundamental skills that all high school students should develop. 

While there may be occasions when prioritizing certain tasks becomes necessary, encourage your teens to make time for their academic responsibilities. It’s essential for students to develop awareness and take responsibility for their academic responsibilities. Doing so will help them develop discipline and be better prepared for college and beyond.

Seeking Help and Asking Questions

Encourage your teens to seek help when needed. It is important to reach out to teachers for clarification or assistance when it is needed because waiting until the last minute or struggling silently can hinder progress. 

Students can build a rapport with their teachers and gain a better understanding of the material from asking questions, attending office hours, and actively engaging in class. This skill is invaluable in college as well, where seeking assistance becomes even more crucial.

Effective Note-Taking

Taking thorough and organized notes is another one of the essential study skills for homeschoolers. Marilyn’s daughter, for example, found that transcribing her class notes shortly after the lecture improved her understanding and retention of the material. 

Research suggests that handwriting notes can enhance memory and understanding, as it requires active engagement with the material and synthesis.  Encourage your teens to experiment with different note-taking methods and find what works best for them.

Test Preparation and Repetition

Preparing for tests requires consistent effort and repetition. Avoid last-minute cramming and instead review material regularly. Regular review and repetition are key. Repetition helps solidify concepts in long-term memory. 

For subjects that require memorization, consider creating quizzes or using online tools like Quizlet to reinforce learning. 

Teach your teens the importance of test corrections. By analyzing mistakes and understanding the correct answers, they can better prepare for cumulative exams.

Here are more study skills for test taking.

Study Skills For Homeschoolers

Developing effective study skills is crucial for homeschool high school students, particularly those planning to attend college. Mastering will equip your teen to excel academically. As homeschool educators, we have the opportunity to instill these study skills in our students, setting them up for success in their academic journeys and beyond.

These skills are not just about achieving good grades, they also foster discipline, critical thinking, and lifelong learning habits. Embrace the process of helping your teens develop these study skills, knowing that they will reap the rewards in their future endeavors.

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Ten Tips for Terrific Transcripts- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Ten Terrific Tips for Transcripts-Special Replay.

Ten Tips for Terrific Transcripts

Ten Tips for Terrific Transcripts

Transcripts are vitally important as record of all the work your homeschool high schoolers have done. Who needs need a high school transcript:

  • Homeschool graduates who want to serve in the military (check out this interview with a military recruiter)
  • Non-college-bound homeschool graduates who will be going into the workforce. (Most employers do not ask to see your teens’ transcript, but it does happen occasionally.)
  • College-bound homeschool graduates

    How to Create a High School Transcript. Create meaningful transcripts with this editable PDF transcript, course checklist and detailed guide.

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BTW- 7Sisters has a transcript kit that includes an editable template and detailed instructions.

So if your teen needs a transcript, it might as well be the most advantageous transcript you can produce. With that in mind, here are ten tips for a terrific transcript!

Remember, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school. Also, there’s not ONE right way to create a transcript. So, do what is best for you and your teens.

Transcript Tip #1

You need it. You may not be required by homeschool law to produce a transcript, but your teen will likely need it at some point.

In my years as the upperclass advisor for our local umbrella school, I found that transcripts can be important years after graduating from high school.

  • I remember one graduate school insisting that one of our graduates produce her high school transcript, even though she had just graduated with her undergraduate degree from a four-year college.
  • Another young man was required to produce his high school transcript for a new job years after homeschool graduation.

Transcript Tip #2

It should be easy to read. As we have often noted: there is not a standardized format that your homeschoolers’ transcripts need to follow. However, the most useful transcripts are easy to scan quickly to get an idea of who your teens are.

Transcript Tip #3

Start in ninth grade. You will thank me for this tip. Can you imagine getting to senior year and needing to dig through years of portfolios and crates and boxes, trying to piece together a transcript? (We have had to help a few homeschoolers do that. While we made it happen, it’s tough.)

You don’t need that stress. Go ahead. Start in ninth grade!

The cool thing, as you watch that transcript develop year to year, you and your teens will feel SO proud of what they are accomplishing. As the transcript builds each year, teens can really feel proud of their successes.

Start the transcript in the 9th Grade

Transcript Tip #4

Keep the format consistent year to year, especially the order of the courses your teen completes. Take for instance:

  • List English/Language Arts first each year
  • Then list Math next each year
  • After that list Science
  • Then list History

You do not need to follow this format, per se, but do order the courses. That way admissions officer, military recruiter or human resources personnel can quickly scan to make sure your teen accomplished all they needed to in high school.

Also, choose the titles for the courses wisely. Here’s a post to help you choose the names for courses.

Transcript Tip #5

Show the level of rigor your homeschool high schooler worked at for each core course:

  • English/Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Levels can be used for other courses also.

Simply record the level of rigor right next to the course title on the homeschool transcript. For instance:

  • Level 1: Remedial
  • Level 2: Average high school
  • Level 3: College prep
  • Level 4: Advanced
  • Level 5: Honors

Check this post for details on levels on a transcript.

This lets colleges or military recruiters know that your teen can handle rigorous academics.

Transcript Tip #6

Include a legend or key on the transcript. Because there is no standardized format for Levels, you will need to include a key or legend on the transcript to explain how the levels are earned.

Transcript Tip #7

Have a GPA recorded on the homeschool transcript. Decide whether you want that GPA:

  • Weighted or
  • Unweighted

For instance, a weighted GPA might be greater than 4.0 to reward teens for their hard work. On the other hand, when applying to colleges, the GPA tends to undo the weighting so that they can compare student to student.

Transcript Tip #8

Include testing scores. If your teen is taking SAT or ACT, it is good to include those scores on the transcript.

Although teens often are often asked these scores as part of their college applications, it is good to have them on the transcript also. That’s because of the “skimmers”. In other words, having the testing scores on the transcript helps admissions officers skim the transcript and turn up LOTS of good information.

Transcript Tip #9

Include extracurricular activities and competitions on the transcript. This is so beneficial for teens who participate in chosen activities for a couple of years in a row. It makes the transcript look so powerful.

Also, include service hours on the transcript. Volunteering shows strength of character and willingness to be involved in the community. Not only that, but these projects helps them when they build their experiential resume.

It is also good for nostalgia when your teens are grown and on their own. You and they can look back and remember all the cool things they did!

Transcript Tip #10

Make sure you include identifying information for your teen. (This seems so obvious, but hey, we are homeschoolers and our kids don’t have to put their names on papers. In the same way, it is easy for us to forget all the important identifying information on the transcript.)

Include this information at the top of the transcript:

  • Student’s full name
  • Complete address
  • Email address
  • Your homeschool’s name or the word “Homeschool” at the top. (This is optional.)

This distinguishes your teen from other applicants with similar names.

These tips are tips that have worked for us and our advisees. Remember: there’s not ONE right way to build a transcript so do what is best for you and yours.

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