HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One

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HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One Homeschool highschool co-ops are fun and fruitful as part of a teen's education.

HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One

What’s fun and fulfilling and fine for creating credits? Co-op! Homeschool highschool co-ops are often a great resource for families with teens.

Our hosts Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn have co-oped their homeschool highschoolers in several different formats:

  • Science lab co-ops
  • Highschool only co-ops
  • Electives co-op
  • Multi-family, multi-age big co-ops
  • Field trip co-ops
  • (and probably others we have forgotten…)

We’ve had some GREAT experiences and some experience that make GREAT stories. The ups and downs have taught us moms and our teens lots about rolling with life’s punches, social skills and supporting one another in good times and tough times.

Often co-ops classes can make up for subjects that we don’t like to teach or feel unqualified to teach.

Co-oping isn’t for everyone, but a good co-op is lots of help for homeschooling families…Plus the friendships can last for many years. We have found that our teens have made lifelong friends from their peers at homeschool co-op and a couple of the teens married in the years after highschool graduation.

That’s why we’d love for you to join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn on the Homeschool Highschool Podcast for Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One.

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HSHSP Ep 68: Highschool Co-ops- Why and How to Start One


HSHSP Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and US

HSHSP Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and USHSHSP Ep 65: Homeschooling in UK and US

We’re SO excited for Episode 65! We’re talking to our friend, Kat Patrick today!

Kat has lived for 25 years and homeschooled her kids in England (United Kingdom). Her family’s recent move to Texas is quite a change for them!

She is chatting with us about the differences in homeschooling between the UK and the US! Things are quite different there but homeschooling is popular. You don’t want to miss this fun geography lesson!

Kat is a fascinating person. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Delaware, the very university where several of the HSHSP team’s homeschool graduates are going to college. She moved to England and has enjoyed 25 years there.

When her teens began homeschooling highschool, Kat found that she needed to develop her own English course for her homeschool highschoolers because she couldn’t find a best-fit course for them. That course soon became an internet program with students all over the world. You can check her program out at Dreaming Spires Home Learning.

Dr. Kat Patrick adventuring in the US. Used with permission.

Dr. Kat Patrick adventuring in the US. Used with permission.

Kat blogs at boyschooling.blogspot.com. She is a contributor to Learning Tangent homeschool magazine.

Here’s a wonderful article about Kat’s family and their homeschool that was done by a major newspaper in UK (the SAT that article refers to is more of an achievement test, not a college admissions test).

Join us for this wonderful chat about the difference between homeschooling in England and US.



HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar- Gotta Have It!

HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar- Gotta Have It! Highschool grammar is a must!HSHSP Ep 64: Grammar- Gotta Have It!

You’d think that after 8 years of grammar through elementary and middle school, that teens wouldn’t need to study grammar any longer!

We’ve noticed in our years as homeschool advisors and homeschool moms, that teens in this generation need grammar more than ever. How about essays include lines like:

What do u think about…?

Its more then I can bare. ROFL!

In this day of texting and automatic spellchecker, some embarrassing and unprofessional things can happen in writing. Teens need the skills to edit their own work after the automated tools finish!

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for ways to make highschool-level grammar useful, if not fun!


And if your teen is struggling about future career and college major choices, contact Vicki@VickiTillmanCoaching.com.


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HSHSP Ep 60: Essay Writing: What, When, How!

HSHSP Ep 60: Essay Writing: What, When, How!

HSHSP Ep 60: Essay Writing: What, When, How!

When will I ever use this in real life?

Has your teen ever asked that question? Our teens have asked it about writing essays!

When will they ever use essay writing in real life? LOTS of times. Here’s a few:

  • College application essays
  • College papers and assignments
  • College entrance testing like SAT and ACT
  • Some job applications
  • Missions trips write ups for church
  • ETC!

Essay writing doesn’t have to be miserable or overwhelming. Your teens can rock them! Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for lots of practical and encouraging information about the WHAT, WHEN and HOW of essay writing in homeschool highschool!






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HSHSP Ep 55: What is a Master Portfolio?

HSHSP Ep 55 What is a Master Portfolio?HSHSP Ep 55: What is a Master Portfolio?

In our years helping homeschooling parents successfully document their teens’ highschool years, we regularly find ourselves suggesting: Keep a master portfolio!

Then we regularly get the question: What is a master portfolio?

Master portfolios help keep the most important work of your homeschool highschoolers safely documented in one place. This is good for:

  • Teens who may have a college interview and want to show off their awesome highschool work.
  • Teens who are not college bound, so do not plan to take a standardized test in highschool. Master portfolios help record their good work.
  • Families who like good record keeping.

What goes in a master portfolio? Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a fun and useful chat about the what and how’s of master portfolios.

How to Create a Master Portfolio


HSHSP Ep 50: College-Attractive Transcripts

HSHSP Ep 50: College-Attractive TranscriptsHSHSP Ep 50: College-Attractive Transcripts

College-bound homeschool highschoolers need to have a transcript that is college-attractive. Humdrum or sparse transcripts won’t help our teens if they are aiming for a competitive or high-standards college!

How do you help your highschoolers develop a transcript with *sparkle*?

How do you make sure you’ve included the things on the transcript that can catch an admissions officer’s eye?

Fortunately for HSHSP listeners, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym can help! Vicki has served locally and online as a homeschool highschool academic advisor for 20 years. Sabrina and Kym are favorite go-to mentors in the homeschool community.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for some expert advice and some light-hearted fun!

College-Attractive Transcripts at 7SistersHomeschool.com.

How My Kids Earned College-Attractive Transcripts at 7SistersHomeschool.com.


HSHSP Ep 49: Choosing College Majors

HSHSP Ep 49: Choosing College MajorsHSHSP Ep 49: Choosing College Majors

We spend a lot of time coaching stressed out homeschool upperclassmen on the all-important topic: Choosing College Majors.

Choosing a major matters. Teens want to use their college years wisely. They need to know WHAT to study when they get there.  Knowing the college major is the key.

How do you help your homeschool highschoolers in choosing college majors?

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a lively discussion.

12 Steps to Choosing a College Major