HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School

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

HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School #GrandparentsAndHomeschooling This photo shows a homeschool teen happily hugging her loving grandparents from behind a couch.

HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School

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

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

Dr. Gerald and Betty Culley

Dr. Gerald and Betty Culley. Used with permission.

Why are grandparents great for helping homeschool high school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Use Our FREE Resources in a Full Apologetics Credit


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HSHSP Ep 126: Grandparents and Homeschooling High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By our experience, these principles help:

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

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

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

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

Co-op advice:

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

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 84: Finding Mom Friends

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Rebekah Groop and family used by permission.

Rebekah Groop and family used by permission.

During homeschool high school Bekah liked:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her advice for homeschool moms:

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

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

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

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

Early Childhood Education High School Elective 7SistersHomeschool.com

Click image to find out about this high school elective.

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

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

HSHSP Ep 92: Helping Literal Thinkers with Literature Analysis

An Authoritative Guide on How to Homeschool High School

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

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

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

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

HSHSP Ep 123: Successfully Scheduling Your Homeschool Highschool Year

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

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

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

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

Start with the end in mind.

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