HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

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HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

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

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

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

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

Start with the end in mind.

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

Schedule backwards.

Scheduling Backwards Freebie from 7SistersHomeschool.com

Click image for information on this helpful freebie.

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

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

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

Be sure to write your goals down.

Have an accountability partner.

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

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

HSHSP Ep 42: Highschool Goals and Planning

HSHSP Ep 43: Highschool Planning and Teen Personalities

HSHSP Ep 44: Including Teens in Highschool Planning

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Sarah Varnell. Photo used with permission.

Dr. Sarah Varnell. Photo used with permission.

Heavy Sciences on the transcript, completed at honors level:

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

Volunteering, MANY hours:

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

Shadowing, MANY hours:

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

Noticing and developing interests and loves:

  • Being in the outdoors
  • Being around large animals

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

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

For college success, Sarah learned to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills from 7SistersHomeschool.com

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

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

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

Sarah’s advice for homeschoolers thinking about college?

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

At University of California, Sarah learned:

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

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

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

Also, check out these helpful posts:

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

HSHSP Ep 100: What are Some Homeschool Graduates Doing?

Showing Rigor on the Homeschool Transcript

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stressed already?

  • Take a couple of deep breaths
  • Pray!

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

Non-college-bound teens

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

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

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

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

For subjects teens are straggling:

College-bound teens

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

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

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

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

HSHSP Ep 49: Choosing College Majors

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

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

 

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

HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right

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

HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right

HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right

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

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

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

Include:

Suggestion:

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

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

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

What’s the Difference between Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions?

Transcript Checklist: Great Tweaks for College-Attractive Transcripts

Homeschool High School Transcripts- the 26 Credits Needed for Graduation

HSHSP Ep 120: How to Get Homeschool Transcripts Exactly Right

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

This week on HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore.

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

Latonya Moore is a homeschooling mom in Tennessee. Trained as a teacher, she decided to homeschool her daughters after her first teaching experiences. She, along with her husband, decided that homeschooling would give her family a chance at their best lives. With just one year break, she’s been enjoying her ordinary homeschool life. Interestingly, although Latonya loves her ordinary life, she took that one year break when she began to question whether they were too *safe* in their homeschooling. They came back to it when the family decided that homeschooling was the adventure they truly wanted.

Latonya Moore, Joy in the Ordinary

Latonya Moore and daughters. Photo used with permission.

Latonya and her husband have 2 daughters. Their philosophy for middle school is the same as their elementary years: What

  • Be able to find information
  • Be confident
  • Be able to question themselves and make good choices
  • Have a good education
  • Enjoy lectures and read-alouds
  • Build thinking skills
  • Build conversational skills
  • Build independence (not needing to follow the crowd)
  • Explore interests

Her educational curriculum style is eclectic. She likes to use a variety of publishers so that all the bases are covered, since each publisher tends to cover topics from different angles in their core subjects.  Latonya remembers, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool. There’s not ONE right perspective.

We know that many homeschooled middle schooling parents feel pressure to hurry and start high school courses during middle school. Latonya reminds us: there is no rush. She asks her daughters which maths they want to take in middle school, they pray together, then she goes with that. Unless she sees her kids are solidly gifted in a certain subject, then she leans into the high school maths in middle school. Pretty cool idea!

On the other hand, she doesn’t have a problem with her children sometimes struggling with a course. Struggle builds strength in a loving environment.

Here’s a sweet video about Latonya’s upcoming retreat (when you register use coupon code: 7Sisters).
https://www.facebook.com/latonya.moore.52/videos/10215389423035995/

Latonya also teaches popular Outschool courses: Math and Art. Check out these live classes! (We aren’t affiliates, we just appreciate Latonya’s work.)

Latonya’s podcast Joy in the Ordinary.

Joy in the Ordinary Facebook Page

Joy in the Ordinary Facebook Community Group

Don’t miss Latonya’s refreshing, relaxtion retreat for homeschool moms: https://joyintheordinary.com/retreat/?rq=retreat.  Use coupon code for discount: 7Sisters

Join Vicki and Latonya for an encouraging discussion of middle school and her family’s middle school philosophy. Also check out this episode:

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 66 Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School

And these blog posts:

5 Workable Ways to Homeschool Middle School and Still Have Fun

Homeschooling Average Middle Schoolers: High School Can Wait!

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

This week on HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

This is THE most often-asked annoying question that we homeschooling parents get. Don’t worry about it, though. We’ve got some great information to equip you to handle it graciously.

First off, people don’t even know what socialization means. SO start off clarifying the definition!

Definition of socialization: Passing on the norms, customs, ideologies and skills from one generation to the next.

Isn’t homeschooling the BEST way to accomplish socialization??

So, when you encounter the annoying question about socialization, put yourself in the questioner’s shoes and think about what they are worried about. Then answer. Here are a few common worries, along with good answers.

People are often worried our kids won’t learn: How to play with peers

Answer back:

  • You only learn how to communicate with peers from other peers?
  • Our kids aren’t isolated. Homeschool parents very intentionally exposing their kids to different social situations such as
    • church
    • sports
    • homeschool groups
    • service
    • drama productions
    • community classes
    • dual enrollment classes
    • Civil Air Patrol
    • dance programs
  • Our kids are usually trained in manners, communication and social intelligence. We make it part of our life skills curriculum (in other words, we practice it in real life).

People are often worried our kids won’t learn: How to communicate with anyone who isn’t an adult

Ask them back, do kids learn to communicate with all kinds of people in:

  • Age segregated classrooms
  • Classrooms who aren’t allow to experience discipline, thus are often chaotic

Rather, they learn the skills best in a loving, supportive, age-integrated atmosphere where communication skills and politeness are modeled and practiced.

People are often worried our kids won’t learn to have self-esteem because they aren’t around peers in a classroom

The truth is, homeschoolers score better on tests of socialization and self-esteem. (Check out Vicki’s graduate research publish in National Home Education Research Institute.)

Remember: There’s not ONE right way to socialize our kids. You handle socializing your family in the way that meets YOUR family’s goals.

However, we should be sure to cover a few socialization tasks with our kids, so they are well prepared for life. This is because there are certain settings our kids are going to encounter without us as they grow through adolescence that they will need specific, intentional training! 😉

  • Don’t ask questions to people who aren’t interested or qualified, teach them to ask who to ask. (Just think visiting your local Motor Vehicle Administration building.)
  • Teach them to handle crowds going through college tours and the mall at Christmas, as in teach them to line up or walk on the *driving lane* as they navigate mall foot traffic.
  • Teach your teens to follow directions.
  • Teach them to form a circle.
  • Teach them to take one paper and pass the rest.
  • Teach them to laugh at themselves (not take themselves too seriously).
  • Teach them to be gracious to people who have other ideologies.
  • Teach them to be curious and how to ask questions about all kinds of things. (Teach them Apologetics- see 7Sisters FREE Apologetics course and delightful Philosophy in 4 Questions.)
  • Teach them the 10 basic social skills. (Take at look 7Sisters Social Skills.)
  • Teach them to model the walk of grace (and model it ourselves).

What about socialization? Here’s a simple answer to that annoying question: “Homeschooler are socialized and successful, now tell me all about your kids.”

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for an intelligent and FUN discussion on the answers to the annoying question: What about socialization?

Also, enjoy these related posts:

5 Ways to Teach Teens to be Thinkers, Not Parrots

How to Answer the Common Question About Homeschooling: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

This week on HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum!

Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

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

  • Interests
  • Abilities
  • Goals

Teens have different goals:

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

We also know that our teens have different interests. We need to put emphasis on the areas they want to explore by increasing the *levels* of their interest courses. You can’t *Level 5* every interest area, but you can choose some. Talk to your teen!

You can tailor the homeschool transcript to meet each individual needs by teaching courses at the *level* of your teen’s needs. This doesn’t mean that you haven’t allowed them to face challenges. It simply means you are wise enough to find your teen’s sweet spot in education to have a well-rounded transcript with challenges in the appropriate areas for them. If you haven’t listened to Episode 116: What Are Levels on the Homeschool Transcript, be sure to catch up!

7Sisters Literature Guides include instructions for enjoying our popular Literature Guides at Level 1 (Remedial), Level 2 (Average), Level 3 (College Prep), Level 4 (Advanced), Level 5 (Honors). Each guide covers only one or two literature themes so we don’t kill the book. There is also vocabulary, a little background information, comprehension and inferential questions. Use higher levels for college bound teens who are English, Communications, History, Humanities majors. Use Level 2 for a workforce-bound teen, adapt by using questions as discussion rather than writing (see each Literature Guide for more Level 2 information). Level 1 (Remedial) is for teens with learning difficulties, so do the guides together choosing which questions and vocabulary are useful to them; also use adaptive technology for listening and writing.

7Sisters Elective Courses:

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

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

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

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for more details than you can capture in words here! Also, enjoy these posts:

An Authoritative Guide to Literature for Homeschool High School

Create a Great Career Pathways Credit for Teens Interested in Psychology

Fun & Useful Elective: Combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education

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HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

This week on HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

In life there are all kinds of levels in life, but we are interested in *levels* for the homeschool high school transcript.

What are levels in homeschool high school? Many moms tell us: “We didn’t have levels on transcripts when WE were in high school!”

That’s so very true….BUT levels have come into vogue on high school transcripts (in traditional high schools and in homeschool high schools). That’s because colleges want to know the level of rigor at which a teen’s core courses were completed. Teens should *level-up* in courses of strength, giftedness or interest. These should be rigorous and provide academic stretch.

Here is a brief explanation of levels and some links to help.

Level 1: Remedial

These are courses for teens with learning issues who cannot do average high school course work. These courses are completed using materials and experiences that are appropriate for the teen. Teens earn credit using Carnegie credit hours and earn a transcript and a high school diploma that should be noted: Developmental Diploma. Still valid and useful.

Level 2: Average

Most high schoolers are average. Don’t harbor guilt trips because your teens are average! God gave everyone varying gifts, average academians are just fine.

Average high school textbooks have shorter chapters than the College Prep textbooks, with simpler vocabulary, short problem sets and short reviews. Homeschool high schoolers can work on courses at average level in areas where this is appropriate. They earn credit for their courses and transcripts show: Level 2 beside the name of the course.

Level 3: College Preparatory

Most high school textbooks are written at College Prep level. There is some rigor but not at stay-up-all-night-working-level for most teens. Record these courses on the transcript as *Level 3*.

Level 4: Advanced

Advanced courses are rigorous. They look attractive to college admissions officers. Level 4 course credit is earn by completing a College Prep course PLUS .5 credit again, combined for ONE credit. This should be rigorous and an academic stretch. Record these with *Level 4* beside the course name on the homeschool transcript. Be sure to include a key or legend on the transcript that briefly explains how the level was earned.

Level 5: Honors, AP, College Courses

These are very rigorous courses. Level 5 courses are College prep course DOUBLED for ONE credit. Students who complete an AP course are doing Level 5 work. College courses are Level 5. Don’t just double the textbook, you can mix textbooks and logging Carnegie hours and reading real books. Check out the post below for more information.

Be sure on the homeschool transcript, you include a key that explains how levels are earned in your high schoolers courses.

7SistersHomeschool.com’s curriculum is design to be easily level-able and has been vetted for years by homeschool high schoolers. Check out the Literature Study Guides, Writing Guides, Psychology, Financial Literacy, World History, Human Development curricula and get busy leveling for the rigor that is appropriate for your teen.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a helpful discussion of levels on the homeschool transcript. AND check out these helpful posts.

Homeschool High School Transcript: How to Earn Credits

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

How Many Books Should MY Homeschool High Schooler Read?

3 Ways to Create a High School Psychology Honors Level Credit for Your Homeschooler


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HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

How can you know what to plan for when organizing your materials for your teens’ homeschool highschool Language Arts credits.

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

Reading

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

Writing

Writing is as important as reading. Everyone needs to be able to write efficiently.

Grammar

Grammar is necessary for homeschool highschool. However, teens who have a practical mastery of grammar rules may find that editing their papers is enough grammar (proof that they understand grammar usage).

Vocabulary

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

Public Speaking

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

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

Also, enjoy these encouraging posts:

An Authoritative Guide to Literature for Homeschool High School

Why is Language Arts Such a HUGE Credit?

 

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HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

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

This week on 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

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