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Making Math Meaningful for Teens: Practical Homeschool Advice

Spending time with teens to make math relevant to them now can help them build strong math competencies to achieve success later. So how can parents engage their teens in math-focused activities that both can enjoy? Here are tips to help you capture your teen’s interest and make math meaningful in many ways, through encouragement, entertainment and empowerment.

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How to Help Your Child Prepare for the SAT

How to Help Your Child Prepare for the SAT | High school juniors across the country are preparing to take the SAT in the next few weeks. At this point, you may be wondering what you could possibly do to improve your score. Here are some steps to follow in the next few weeks to make the most of the remaining time.

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31 Writing Prompts for Teens

You hear it all the time. The way to get better at writing is to just do it. . .write! What happens when the words don’t flow? You can sit there waiting for divine inspiration to strike from the muses, or you can have writing prompts ready at your disposal to help you fight so-called “writer’s block”. Here are 31+ prompts (one a day and then some for our short months) to kickstart your writing!

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Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School

One of the most common struggles parents face when homeschooling high schoolers is helping them learn how to manage their time and priorities effectively. It’s a skill that will help them now and later in life.Teaching your child how to organize and manage his or her time is one of the most valuable skills you can teach. Not only will it help prepare them for college and work, but it will also give them a sense of security and control in knowing exactly what is expected each day.

It took a bit of trial and error but by the time my oldest daughter was in her “junior” year (I use the term loosely. I know you homeschool parents know what I mean, though), we finally found a system that worked for us. Based on what I created for my own children, I worked with a designer (because, no, I’m really not good at fancy graphic design) to make one for you and your high schooler.

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Homeschooling Teens

 

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Are you thinking about homeschooling your teenager? Wondering where to start or even if it’s possible to start homeschooling during the teen years? No worries! You can do it! Here’s a few helpful tips!

6 Tips for Homeschooling Teenagers

  1. Make sure that your child can still socialize. It doesn’t mean that if your child already has a set of good friends, it’s already enough. They have to widen their network. They have to mingle and learn how to make sensible conversation with others. They have to develop this skill as they will help them deal with others in the right way.
  2. Consult the university that your child is eyeing. Make sure that homeschooling is honored in their university. Also ask if the curriculum you made for your kid while she is with you can be credited. Of course, you’d also want your child to graduate on time.
  3. Instill proper study habits. Be strict when it comes to giving out exams and tests while at home. Make sure that they grow up with the right habits in preparing for tests or even quizzes. This can help them along the way.
  4. Always check if they are doing their work at the right time.
  5. Take note of everything they do. Through this, you can monitor your child’s progress and assess what are their strengths and weaknesses and you can use that log to revise your teaching style and lessons.
  6. Teach them to follow the schedule. Yes indeed you are at home and “you can do everything you want”. Be sure though that you are instilling proper study habits and make them think that even if they are at home, they still have to follow study rules.

Have you homeschooled a teenager? What are your tips? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!

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How to Create Your Own Homeschool Transcript Part 2

 

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In Part 1 of How to Create Your Own Homeschool Transcript, we covered some basics of finding or creating a template. This time, we’ll cover what to put on the transcript and where to get help if you need it. For your own sanity and ease of recall, it’s best to have the transcript set up at the beginning of the 9th grade year. This way, you can simply add courses, grades and notes as you go.

Here’s what you need to include:

  • Name of your homeschool: This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Something like [Insert Your Last Name] Family Homeschool will do just fine.
  • Contact information for your homeschooler: Include his name, address, phone number, and email address. Some people include the student’s social security number, but with the threat of identity theft, you may feel more comfortable omitting it.
  • Course list: Organize it by year and possibly by semester.
  • List of other courses: List any dual enrollment, advanced placement, or honors courses, organized by year/semester.
  • Grades: Even if you don’t like giving them, colleges expect to see them. You can use letter or number grades, but do include grades for each semester (if you do semesters) as well as grade averages for the entire year. Include your student’s GPA as well. Provide your grading scale so that admissions officers know exactly what each grade translates into.
  • Credits: You’ll need to list how many credits your student earned for each class. Provide the number of credits earned each semester and year. In your student’s senior year, you’ll want to provide a cumulative total as well.
  • Standardized test scores: If your student has taken the PSAT, SAT, or ACT, post your student’s highest scores.
  • Graduation: Include the date on which your student is expected to graduate. Change it to the actual graduation date when the big day finally arrives.
  • Homeschool supervisor’s signature: This is you, so make your John Hancock and date the transcript.

That’s basically it for the basics. Though you are free to add to this plan to suit your homeschooler’s unique educational journey, this is the minimum you should include in a homeschool transcript.

Getting Help

It always helps to have people who’ve been there and done that on your side. Turn to a local homeschooling group or co-op for support and advice as you prepare the transcript. You may also find online groups like Homeschool to College helpful for support and information.

Here are a few other links that may help you:

GPA:Learn about GPA calculations and grade scales.

Requirement Examples: Take a look at high school requirement examples.

Weighted Grade Explanation: Just in case you want to use weighted grading.

Creating transcripts doesn’t have to be a tortuous exercise. The key is to start early and make organization a top priority. Have any tips for creating a homeschool transcript? Share with us (below)!

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