HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don’t Know Everything

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HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don't Know Everything

HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don’t Know Everything

No homeschool mom wants to leave holes in their teens’ education.

EVERYONE has holes in their education. No matter where you were educated or how much you are educated you have holes somewhere in what you know.

Holes are everywhere! Even the most expert professionals in long careers still have holes somewhere in their knowledge base. But don’t worry, your teens are learning to explore interests and become independent learners. Many teens will let you know what holes are important to them and help you explore how to fill those holes.

Know that some holes don’t matter! These holes are information your teen will never need in their future careers. (For example, a teen who will become a hair stylist or a Communications major don’t really need Calculus in homeschool high school.)

Our homeschool highschoolers learn to be lifelong learners. Homeschool highschool is a foundation of their life-learning. It is just a start. You can’t handle everything in the world in 4 years.

Sciences often make moms nervous. Who remembers their last Science course? It was a LONG time ago! But there are LOTS of ways to solve the problem of teaching the required Sciences to homeschool highschoolers.

Remember: There’s not ONE right way to tackle topics you don’t know. Look into one or more of these:

  • Pray
  • Co-ops and group classes
  • Swap courses with a mom-friend
  • Community college
  • Video courses and online courses (Here’s an episode on digital learning.)

You might enjoy these episodes on labs and ideas for non-science learners.

Higher Maths often intimidate homeschool moms. Here are some tips:

The tips listed for Sciences also apply to higher Maths. Also, try:

  • Working with a tutor
  • Find a homeschool highschool study-buddy

Language Arts/Writing is intimidating to many homeschool moms (especially grading writing):

  • Make peace with the subjective parts of writing…really mom, you can handle subjectiveness
  • Use a rubric (that’s why 7Sisters’ writing curriculum includes rubrics)
  • Have a friend of friends grade papers
  • Send your homeschool highschooler to co-op, group classes or online classes (This often includes the important experience: peer review.)

Language Arts/Literature can be frustrated to some homeschool teens:

World Languages are so intimidating for homeschool moms. Here are some workable ideas:

History is so much fun to teach in homeschool highschool! You and your teen can learn together or they can usually easily handle independent learning.

  • Often, if a textbook is engaging, teens can do the text independently. (Independent learning is a goal for 7Sisters’ Psychology and Human Development courses.)
  • Group classes and co-ops are marvelous for discussions.
  • Online courses
  • Video courses

Phys Ed sometimes takes some creativity!

Fine Arts is intimidating to moms who aren’t artsy. Remember this:

Join Sabrina and Kym for TONS of ideas on homeschooling highschool when you don’t know everything!

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HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don’t Know Everything

HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

This week on HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers.

HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

Join Vicki for this quick, concise coaching session on job hunting skills for teens. It can be really stressful for teens to look for their first jobs. They are stressed because they’ve never done this before and often don’t know where to start! And face it, it’s been a LONG time since we moms have had to search for a first job!

So as a quick, encouraging review on what to do. Here are 10 tips.

Tip #1

Develop an experiential resume. Experiential resumes highlight skills that teens have been developed through their volunteer work, travel or other experiences. By the time a young person reaches highschool, they have lots of skills. We highlight those on an experiential resume rather than showing a job timeline (since teens don’t have a job timeline yet).

Tip #2

Develop a cover letter. A cover letter explains why your teen wants a job at a specific job at a specific place.

Tip #3

Ask reference-givers permission to list them as references. Reference-givers need to have a politely-worded request ahead of time and a follow-up thank you afterwards.

Tip #4

Make a list. Make a list of people your teen knows: youth pastor, friends’ parents, relatives, co-op teachers, coaches.

Tip #5

Make the ask. Have your homeschool highschooler tell each of those people they are looking for a job. Have them ask if they know anyone who needs help. Here is a Great episode on how this worked for our friend Angela’s son.

Tip #6

Look for help wanted signs. Tool around local businesses and the mall. See if you see any. If so: have your teen run in, drop off the resume. They may be given an application to fill out right then and there. Tell them to take a breath, be calm and write neatly.

Tip #7

Fill out online applications from bigger corporations for local grocery stores or businesses. Your teen can look on job sites like Indeed or Monster OR simply look at local stores’ websites.

Tip #8

Work on interview skills. Practice questions and non-verbal. Have questions ready to ask in return. Here are some links to interview skills handout and article.

Remind your homeschool highschoolers to: Show up early, dress professionally, bring a copy of their resume along with pen and paper for notes.

Tip #9

Got the job! Remind your teens to: Show up early for work with a smile. Give everything 100%.

This builds the resume for the next job!

Tip #10

Make sure you include Career Exploration on the homeschool transcript. These first jobs can count as a Career Exploration elective. Here’s a how-to for that. And if you homeschool highschooler has not completed a comprehensive Career Exploration course, you might want to consider it as an important part of the upcoming year’s curriculum!

Hope you get some encouragement with this quick, helpful chat with Vicki!

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HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

This week on HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family.

HSHSP Ep 112 Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

Sabrina and Kym have allergies. Life happens. Not a very big happening but it does have an impact.

But sometimes life happens and it is more serious or time consuming than an allergy attack.

  • A family move
  • Your oldest graduating and moving out on their own
  • Starting a business
  • Grandparents moving in
  • A new baby
  • A big opportunity for one of the homeschoolers
  • A divorce or death in the family
  • Some things are life shattering, some are so very positive!

Whatever the change, change happens and new systems must be devised and put into place in your homeschool.

Look at your schedule. What are your deal breakers (what will save mom’s sanity because she’s the one who *drives the boat*)?

There’s not ONE right deal breaker but some we’ve seen are:

  • No matter what, we are getting math done.
  • No matter what, we are having supper together.
  • No matter what, we are getting reading done.
  • No matter what, we are getting to co-op.

Beware, though, of sacred cows. They are not actually deal breakers…we just can fall into thinking they are:

  • Homeschool co-op (especially a high stress co-op)
    • If you need a break, politely explain that you need to withdraw for the year.
  • Family devotions
    • We all love devotions but maybe there might be other formats to have spiritual formation during a big life-change time.
  • Mom teaching every subject
    • Do you need to revamp? Farm out a kid for a subject? Get an online course?

Remember this: Difficulty brings opportunity.

  • What is the opportunity that God is inviting you and your family to?
  • What do you need to do for self-care at this time? And your family’s self-care?
  • What do your teens need to step up for?

SO always:

  • Pray
  • Ask what is a deal-breaker or a sacred cow?
  • Involve your teens in the planning, decision-making and tweaking process?

Also, check out these helpful posts:

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 46: When Life Happens

5 Steps for Catching Up When Your Homeschool High School is Behind

3 Steps for Getting Life Right All the Time VickiTillmanCoaching.com

How to handle life realistically from Vicki Tillman Coaching.

 

 

HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them

This week on HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Your Teens.

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Your Teens

What and who influences your teens?

What and who are influenced by your teens?

Sabrina, Kym and Quella (the VERY vocal Seeing Eye puppy) have a meaningful discussion about empowering teens to make wise choices, to choose who they are surrounded by and to become influencers in their world.

By the time that your homeschool highschoolers reach these years they need to be empowered to noticed that they are always

  • influencing or being influenced
  • leading or following
  • learning or teaching

As homeschool parents we want to shelter our teens to keep them from *catching sin* from the world around us. This is good until we think we must be God to our teens and control every aspect of their lives. Sometimes an over-controlling, over-protective parents unwittingly teach teens to:

  • Be afraid
  • Sneak or rebel in order to explore

Don’t buy into a one-size-fits-all formula for what your teen should be exposed to. Every teens is different in personality and maturity. It takes grace, humility and LOTS of prayer to know what to allow as an influence and how to teach teens to be healthy influencers.

Here are some tips for knowing how to choose what and who your teens are surrounded by:

  • Examine your goals for your teens and your family
  • Examine your own fears (parenting based on fear makes a mess)
  • Teach Human Development course to teens to help them learn to understand themselves and their phases of life

Homeschool High School Electives: Human Development, A Life-Skills Course

Here’s a great idea, teach homeschool parents can teach their teens:

  • Critical thinking
  • Value (God values our teens, they can value themselves and value others)
  • Understanding themselves
  • Understanding their callings

Join Sabrina, Kym and Barking Quella-Dog for a rousing and encouraging chat. In the meantime, enjoy these posts:

5 Ways to Teach Teens to be Thinkers, Not Parrots

 

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them

HSHSP Ep 110: What’s it Like to be a Homeschool Senior?

This week on HSHSP Ep 110: What’s it Like to be a Homeschool Senior?

HSHSP Ep 110_ What's it Like to be a Homeschool Senior

HSHSP Ep 110: What’s it Like to be a Homeschool Senior?

What’s it like to be a homeschool senior? Well, we know there’s not ONE right way to be a senior but it IS nice to know what it is like for one of them!

Gabriella Eltringham is a homeschool senior who started homeschooling during high school and has been a student in Sabrina and Kym’s classes at our local homeschool group classes.

After elementary years of both homeschooling and a local charter school, Gabriella began homeschooling in middle school at a local homeschool umbrella school and then high school freshman year at a public school and then back to homeschooling at sophomore year at the umbrella school where 7SistersHomeschool.com’s Marilyn, Sabrina and Kym teach.

Photo owned by Gabriella and used with permission.

Gabriella’s 2 older sisters homeschooled in elementary school also but went to public school.

Gabriella liked about homeschool umbrella school:

  • Freedom
  • College preparation
  • Literature classes
  • Smaller classes than public school for better discussion
  • Friends
  • A good finish for her after trying lots of educational settings

Gabriella’s challenges in homeschooling umbrella school:

  • Science classes (she doesn’t like science so more often with teachers might have helped her)

After graduation, Gabriella is headed to West Chester University to study Secondary Education Literature. Gabby reviews books on Instagram and decided on the major after visiting the college and talking to the staff there.

Advice from Gabriella:

  • If you’re a procrastinator, be careful! Be sure to plan out your work and commit to it!
  • If you need to be around people, choose a homeschool umbrella school.

Join Sabrina, Kym and Gabriella for a fun and encouraging chat about being a homeschool senior! In the meantime, enjoy these posts:

What Are Homeschool Umbrella Schools?

HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students

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HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

This week on HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy.

HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

The homeschooling community is famous for co-ops! What are co-ops? They are simply families homeschooling together in some format (co-operating on education).

Homeschool co-ops take lots of formats:

  • 2 families getting together to do fun learning activities
  • Huge co-ops that have 50 families with structured studies
  • 1 topic co-ops
  • There’s not ONE right way to homeschool co-op

What are the benefits of co-ops?

  • Experiencing other teacher’s styles, grading
  • Responsibility of a group setting
  • Fun of some subjects that are delightful in a group
  • Downloading teaching of subjects mom doesn’t like to moms who do like them

Here’s how to start a homeschool co-op you and your teens will enjoy:

  • Start with prayer together
  • Clarify expectations and goals (believe us it will save LOTS of storm and stress later on). Decide the goals co-operatively. Your goals might look like:
    • Aimed at middleschoolers and highschoolers that are science experiences and labs
    • Aimed at mostly reading and writing projects for highschoolers
    • Aimed for multi-subjects and multi-ages
    • Aimed at multi-ages as field trips to historic sites
    • And ENDLESS other goals
  • Decide here you’ll meet
  • Decide when you’ll meet
    • How often
    • Length of school year
    • Breaks
  • Choose class period lengths
  • Will you have a hard start? (Do we wait for everyone to show up? Do we start right on time? This determines who teaches what.)
  • What has God given us to work with?
    • Moms’ interests, gifts and needs
    • Teens’ interests, gifts and needs
  • Determine the costs per family or student
    • Facilities costs (even if you’re in someone’s home, there are expenses to the hosts)
    • Curriculum
    • Course resources and materials
    • What limitations are families experiencing?
  • Clarify logistics
    • Are set-up and clean-up chores assigned?
    • Are moms only involved?
    • Do teens help?
  • Clarify whether there will be a lunch break
    • How will that be organized
    • Beware everyone using the microwave (there’s TOO long a line)
  • Set group check-in times (evaluate yucks and yahoos of the co-op)
    • Also set your own checkins with your teens and yourself

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a helpful discussion about starting your co-op. Also, check out these episodes:

 

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

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

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HSHSP Ep 109: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

This week on HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success!

HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

There’s not ONE right way to homeschool highschool AND there’s not ONE right way to do life after highschool.

Many teens are gifted by God to go into a career without going to college. That’s good. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars and 4 years of life on college, when a young person was created to do something else?

Join Vicki for an interview with Angela O’Shaughnessy (who also joined us in Episode 16) whose two sons are loving successful lives that did not require college!

Angela O'Shaughnessy used by permission

Angela and her husband concentrated on helping her sons:

  • Explore their interests
  • Develop their strengths
  • Enjoy hard work
  • Learn networking skills
  • Take opportunities when they come
  • Get technical training if they needed it (one of her sons needed training for his desired machining career)
  • Interviewing/job hunt skills

One of the most important skills her sons learned was networking. Networking has helped Brian and Kevin in:

  • Finding mentors
  • Asking for help or opportunities
  • Getting help to develop skills or compensate for weaknesses

Angela and her sons looked for mentors at church, volunteer and small jobs. Shewho had:

  • Skills that she wanted her sons to explore
  • Character

When Angela worried about the future for her son who struggled with learning disabilities, her husband would remind her,

“Life is long, he has plenty of time to figure it out.”

Both Brian and Kevin are experiencing success in their different careers AND in their interests AND in church AND in other adulting areas. Your homeschool teens can, too!

Join Vicki and Angela for an inspiring chat. In the meantime, check out these posts.

Explore Careers That Don’t Require College

 

10 Fundamental Soft Skills for Relationship and Career Success

What is Career Coaching and Who Needs It?

HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

This week on HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard.

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

Join us for a fun interview with homeschooler, Jake Johnson, and his mom, Suzanne, Sabrina and Kym (who have been Jake’s teachers at the local homeschool group classes).

Jake gives brief explanations for:

  • Swim ranking in high school
  • His recruiting adventure
  • His experience choosing Harvard (and Harvard choosing him)

His mom tells their homeschooling stories:

  • Their choice to homeschool highschool after some years in a private school and why
  • The ways homeschooling gave Jake more time to train in his swimming “career”

How did they recognize the gift and that they needed to invest in it:

  • Early love of swimming (even at age 3, Jake loved swimming)
  • Early showing of potential/naturalness/speed at swimming
  • Developing passion and work ethic from early childhood through high school
  • Recognition on national leader boards
  • Continuous love of the swim-meet and networking process (peer swimmers and coaches nationwide)

Why homeschooling gave Jake time to develop his swimming skills:

  • It gave him flexibility to travel
  • It gave him better time to balance academics and 6-9 practices/week
  • It helped him develop time management skills
  • It helped him develop communication skills as he worked with homeschool group classes’ teachers when he needed to be absent
  • It helped him develop self-management (knowing when to give his phone to teachers, so he didn’t
  • It helped him manage priorities (balancing academics/swim/friends/church)
  • It helped him learn to “tough through stuff” when necessary

Jake and his mom’s tips for NCAA swim athletes:

  • Travel to national and junior national competitions through high school
  • Work to be on national leader boards
  • Keep feeding the passion
  • Keep having fun
  • Make sure all courses are Level 3 (College Prep) and up
  • Set up a portal at NCAA eligibility center
  • Make sure all courses are NCAA approved
  • Learn how the recruiting process works, talk to NCAA and to coaches BEFORE high school
  • Keep up with NCAA communication promptly
  • Do research on the schools that are watching your athlete
  • Visit interested colleges, at least by sophomore year

Need info about levels? Read these posts on how to handle levels for your homeschoolers.

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

Watch this interview with Jake on Swimming World

Join Sabrina, Kym, Jake and Suzanne for a helpful chat!

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

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

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

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

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

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

Choosing community college is a great idea! Why?

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

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

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


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

 

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

Study skills tips from Seth:

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

TOP TIP from Seth:

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

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

Seth’s parting advice:

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

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

 

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

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

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

3 Top Priorities for Success in College

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

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

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

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool

Why use digital learning with your homeschool highschoolers?

  • It’s cool!
  • It’s available!

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

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

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

7Sisters provides curriculum in:

All of 7Sisters’ curriculum:

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

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

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

Need help grading? There are resources like:

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

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

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

  • EdX
  • Coursera

Through companies like Audible:

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

Dual Credit online from local college

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

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

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

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

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

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HSHSP Ep 105: Digital Learning Options for Homeschool Highschool


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