• Homeschooling 101: High School

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I … [Read More...]

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    Heidi Unit Study

    Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun … [Read More...]

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    Summer Vacation 2014

    It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing … [Read More...]

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    The Prince and the Pauper Unit Study

    Looking for some fun summer reading? The Prince and the Pauper unit study is a perfect way to add in some reading fun!   Story Summary: The Prince and the Pauper is a charming story of two boys who look remarkably alike, but lead two very different lives! Edward is heir to the … [Read More...]

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    It’s 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY!

    What better way to end my summer activities series than sharing that today is… 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY! For those of you who don’t know, on July 11th, the 7/11 convenience stores give out free kids size Slurpee's all day! This photo is from a couple of years ago, but rest assured we’ll be … [Read More...]

JUL
21
2014

Homeschooling 101: High School

I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.

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Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents.

So I wanted to start off this post by encouraging you.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Aside from the academics required, your primary goal is to prepare your student for their adult life. Homeschooling can help continue to build a bond with your student, and cement your relationship during a tumultuous time in their lives. Having a parent they can count on for training and sound advice will have eternal rewards when it comes to their future.

Homeschooling through high school can also allow students to experience more things without the confinements of a classroom setting. You’re free to get out and actually participate in various things that interest them, along with learning in a more hands-on fashion. You can also tailor the curriculum towards their career aspirations, and challenge them academically with accelerated programs and college level work if and when students are ready.

 

Social Development

Socially speaking teens are also susceptive to peer-pressure, the need to fit in and conform to various “groups”. At home you can create a safe learning environment where these pressures are removed. Instead your student will have the opportunity to become more self-confident in who they are and who God has created them to be.

 

High School Credits & Classes

There are several options when it comes to the demands of high school level subjects. Co-ops, online, and DVD courses are a popular choice for homeschooling through subjects that require more expertise on the part of the teacher. And don’t forget to make it fun. Students at this level can help tailor a unit study or more in depth project based on their goals and interests.

There are also college dual-enrollment classes available to homeschoolers which can help students become accustomed to a classroom environment. They also give students college credit while technically still in high school.

 

Plan Ahead

A little planning will go a long way to creating an effective and positive high school experience for both you and your student. You will want to discuss with your student their future goals and career prospects. If college is in their future, make sure to take time to look at the entrance requirements for your prospective college so your student will be able to meet those requirements upon graduation from high school. Build your curriculum to fit your state requirements along with consideration for their future goals.

I also suggest having your students take an aptitude test during 8th grade, or prior to the start of 9th grade. This is great in helping students find strengths and interests as they prepare for their adult careers. You can find free aptitude tests online. Use the tests as a guide in helping your student, but don’t let them deter students from pursing their interests.

Here are some more things to keep in mind when preparing to homeschool your high school student:

  • Transcripts and Record Keeping
  • College Entrance Requirements
  • Career Goals
  • Student Interests (Consider having your student help tailor their year towards their goals.)

For more detailed information on homeschooling through High School check out my Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!

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If you’ve missed my previous posts make sure to check them out!

JUL
20
2014

Heidi Unit Study

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Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun and games as her Aunt decides she needs to move to another home to better her education. But the optimistic Heidi manages to enjoy her time there and make some life long friends before returning to her first love, the home in the mountains. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Heidi Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2014

Summer Vacation 2014

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It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing scenery, time with family, and hopefully making some great memories! Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with all new posts! Until then…I pray you’re all enjoying your summer break as well. … [Read more...]

JUL
13
2014

The Prince and the Pauper Unit Study

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Looking for some fun summer reading? The Prince and the Pauper unit study is a perfect way to add in some reading fun!   Story Summary: The Prince and the Pauper is a charming story of two boys who look remarkably alike, but lead two very different lives! Edward is heir to the throne of England, while Tom’s father is a beggar and a thief. When the two boys meet by chance one day, they decide to change clothes for fun. Before they know it they’re involved in a case of mistaken identity and wind up trading places and lives! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Prince and the Pauper Classic Starts version as retold from the Mark Twain original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2014

It’s 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY!

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What better way to end my summer activities series than sharing that today is… 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY! For those of you who don’t know, on July 11th, the 7/11 convenience stores give out free kids size Slurpee's all day! This photo is from a couple of years ago, but rest assured we’ll be heading out today to get our free Slurpee today too! It’s actually the only day of the year we get these (I know I’m a horrible mama LOL), so the kids are always excited when July 11th rolls around ;o)   I hope you all have a great weekend, and get to enjoy a free icy treat with your family! … [Read more...]

JUL
09
2014

Summer Boredom Busters Part 3

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Hi all! I have one more day packed full of fun summer ideas for you and your kiddos! I say YOU because, I too like to get involved in these crafts and fun activities! It’s a great way to burn off a little energy, spark some super cool creativity, and today’s ideas are even great for cooling off a little!       This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series! Have a fun idea to share? Make sure to leave a comment below! … [Read more...]

JUL
08
2014

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids Part 2

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another day of Summer Boredom buster ideas for kids! This is a great series for anyone looking for some fun ideas to fill those long afternoons and rainy days this summer! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   Stick around tomorrow for more fun Summer Boredom Busters! … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2014

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

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Hi everyone! Need some ideas to keep your kiddos entertained this summer? Here is a great list of non-electronic ideas to help get them outside and put their creative energy to good use!http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/06/summer-boredom-buster-sidewalk-chalk-fun.html We’re well on our way into summer and we’re having a great time. We’ve actually been kind of busy so we’re still waiting for those “relaxing summer days” to roll around. But I wanted to share my Summer Boredom busters with you for those long afternoons, rainy days, and anyone looking to have a little extra fun! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   P.S. I have several to share, so I’ll be breaking them up into a few posts over the next couple of days so stay tuned for more ideas tomorrow! … [Read more...]

JUL
06
2014

Peter Pan Literature Unit Study and Lapbook

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I have a fun Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today it’s the imaginative classic Peter Pan unit study. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: The Darling’s were a normal, happy English family, until the arrival of a certain boy. Peter Pan ran away from home because he didn’t want to grow up, and since then he’s been living on the island of Neverland. One night the mischievous boy visits the Darlings and takes them on an adventure to his island. Find out what happens as the Darlings visit the island where they meet a band of pirates, their mighty captain Hook, and even a giant crocodile! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Peter Pan Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but … [Read more...]

JUL
02
2014

Happy Independence Day 2014

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My fellow Americans…   Thank you to all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear. What will we be doing over here at the Confessions household? Getting up early to check out the July 4th Parade. Possibly witnessing a rodeo. (Tinker Bell has high hopes of seeing a pig there.) Relaxing and spending the day with family. Maybe a little swimming. Enjoying some yummy BBQ. Talking the Teeny Tot through another year of semi-terrifying overhead explosions. And enjoying squeals from the older kids as each one lights up the night sky! I hope you will be able to enjoy a wonderful and safe Independence Day with those you love!   Digital Scrapbooking Template: For all of you digital scrapbookers out there, I also have a fun star template to share with you. It was inspired from a class at www.jessicasprague.com where I’ve learned most of my mad graphic … [Read more...]