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Encouragement and support for homeschool families who are entering or currently in the high school years.

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Encouragement and support for homeschool families who are entering or currently in the high school years.

    Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum- Special Replay

    Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum- Special Replay

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum- Special Replay.

    Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

    We 7Sisters have twenty-two homeschool graduates between the group of us. Not only that, but Sisters Marilyn and Vicki have served as academic advisors to hundreds of homeschool high schoolers. So we have seen first hand that there are no two teens alike!

    You, too, have probably noticed that there is a LOT of difference in homeschool high schoolers. God created each to have different:

    * Interests

    * Abilities

    * Goals

    * Needs

    Teens have different goals:

    * There are teens who are headed to competitive colleges or state universities, need competitive transcripts.

    * Some college-bound teens are headed to community colleges or smaller, less competitive colleges that still need solid transcripts.

    * Other teens are headed into the workforce who need life and career preparation more than competitive core classes.

    * Some teens are aiming for the military and need to concentrate on that preparation during high school.

    * Other teens with special needs can concentrate on life skills and next steps. They only remedial work needed to concentrate on those goals.

    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 cannot "Level 5- Honors" every interest area, but you can choose some. Talk to your teen!

    You can tailor your planning and the homeschool transcript by teaching courses at the "credit level" of your teen's needs. Some courses can be leveled up. Some need to stay at Average- Level 2 or College Prep Level 3.

    This does not mean that you have not 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 have not listened to What Are Levels on the Homeschool Transcript, be sure to catch up!

    With all 7Sisters guide and textbooks, use:

    * Higher level activities in the literature and writing guides for college bound teens who are English, Communications, History, Humanities majors.

    * Also use higher level activities in the textbooks for teens going into Social or Health Sciences in college.

    * Use Level 2 for a workforce-bound teen, adapt by using questions as discussion rather than writing.

    * 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.

    How to create the right level for your teens using 7Sisters curriculum

    Each 7Sisters guide or e-textbook comes with instructions on leveling for your specific teen's needs, goals and interests.

    7Sisters Literature Guides include instructions for enjoying their reading at the levels that are best for each student.

    You and your teens can choose the best level for each guide. For instance:

    * Level 1 (Remedial): You will use audiobooks for reading and verbally discuss the literature guide together.

    * Level 2 (Average): You may use audiobooks and verbally discuss th...

    • 35 min
    How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy- Special Replay

    How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy- Special Replay

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy- Special Replay.

    How to Start a Homeschool Co-op Your Teens Will Enjoy

    We 7Sisters have always loved co-op! Co-ops do have their ups and downs, but all of our homeschool graduates still have best friend and fond memories of their adventures and misadventures there.

    The homeschooling community is famous for co-ops! What are homeschool co-ops?

    They are simply families homeschooling together in some format (co-operating on education).

    Homeschool co-ops take lots of formats, for instance:

    * Two families getting together to do fun learning activities

    * Huge co-ops that have fifty families with structured studies

    * (sometimes these turn into umbrella schools- one of our co-ops did)

    * One topic co-ops

    * (We had a chemistry lab co-op and a biology lab co-op at different times- where we moms set up lab stations and our teens cycled through them. It was SO much fun!)

    * As we always say: There's not ONE right way to homeschool co-op

    What are the benefits of co-ops?

    * Experiencing other teacher's styles, grading

    * Responsibility of a group setting

    * Fun of some subjects that are delightful in a group

    * Downloading teaching of subjects mom doesn't like to moms who do like them

    Here's how to start a homeschool co-op you and your teens will enjoy:

    First thing you and your team of homeschooling parents will need is time to plan your co-op.


    Start with prayer together

    * As Kym says: Prayer goes first, last and always!


    Clarify expectations and goals (believe us it will save LOTS of storm and stress later on).

    * Decide the goals co-operatively. Your goals might look like:

    * Some goals aimed at middle schoolers and high schoolers that are science experiences and labs

    * Other goals aimed at mostly reading and writing projects for high schoolers

    * Some goals might be aimed for multi-subjects and multi-ages

    * Special goals might be aimed at multi-ages as field trips to historic sites

    * And ENDLESS other goals


    Decide here you'll meet

    * It matters! Is there parking, nice neighbors, etc?


    Decide when you will meet

    * How often

    * Length of school year

    * Breaks


    Choose class period lengths


    Will you have a hard start?

    * Do we wait for everyone to show up? Do we start right on time? This determines who teaches what.

    * Believe us, you will be glad you settled this up front.


    What has God given us to work with?

    * Moms' interests, gifts and needs

    * Teens' interests, gifts and needs


    Determine the costs per family or student

    * Facilities costs (even if you're in someone's home, there are expenses to the hosts)

    * Curriculum

    * Course resources and materials

    * What limitations are families experiencing?


    Clarify logistics

    * Set-up and clean-up chores should be assigned

    • 29 min
    Incorporating Adulting Skills into High School Planning- Special Replay

    Incorporating Adulting Skills into High School Planning- Special Replay

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Incorporating Adulting Skills into High School Planning- Special Replay.

    Incorporating Adulting Skills into High School Planning

    When we are homeschooling our high schoolers, one of our most important tasks as parents is passing the baton of "who's in charge of learning and living" to our teens. In other words, we hope that as our teens move through high school, they become more and more in charge of their education and of their life preparation.

    Of course, all teens are different and there's not ONE right way for teens to progress into their preparation for life. The cool thing is that we can appreciate and build on each of our teens' unique personalities, gifts, interest and goals to help them be ready for what happens after graduation!

    What we are saying is: homeschooling high school is time for preparation for life:

    * For many teens, high school is preparation for college

    * On the other hand, for many teens high school is preparation for career

    * For all teens, high school should include preparation for adulthood

    In this special replay, Sabrina, Vicki and Kym talked about how they worked on increasing educational and adulting ownership by passing the baton of responsibility from parents to teens.

    Laid back teens

    Teens who are go-with-the-flow often simply needs to be part of the goal setting and planning process. If they are part of this process, they can simply schedule backwards to get things done. BTW- scheduling backwards is a useful adulting skill. It helps teens and adults get ALL sorts of big projects done!

    Teens who have chronic illnesses or disabilities

    One of Kym's teens had a chronic illness. Teaching adulting skills and educational ownership skills had to be frequently adjusted due to her teen's conditions. Sometimes her teen felt healthy and strong and could run with her skills. Other times, Kym pulled back expectations and simply worked on her daughter's health.

    Teens who "don't give a flip"

    Some teens are not interested in adulting or owning their own education. The things they care about are not in textbooks or chore lists. These teens need patience, love and boundaries with clear expectations. Make sure they are involved in planning.

    Teens who think they "own the baton"

    Some teens think they have already arrived at adulting; some of these are hyper-responsible teens. They need their parents' love and encouragement to run with their ownership, while turning to their parents for love and support. (LOTS of love and support because these teens sometimes make mistakes.)

    Teens who are head butters

    Some teens are natural head-butters, especially if their personalities are similar to mom or dad. Here are some tips:

    * Watch your own triggers: calm down before blowing up

    * Make sure there are lots of adults in their lives

    * Keep communicating on the plans and goals you both have already agreed upon

    More tips to help planning on adulting skills:

    There is so much planning that goes into homeschooling high school! Especially when your goals include helping their teens own their education and adulting skills. Here's some more advice.

    Remember to let go and let God

    As homeschooling moms, it can sometimes fall into the temptation to become a rel="NOFOLLOW" href="https://...

    • 42 min
    How to Create Honors Credits on Homeschool Transcript- Special Replay

    How to Create Honors Credits on Homeschool Transcript- Special Replay

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Create Honors Credits on Homeschool Transcript- Special Replay.

    How to Create Honors Credits on Homeschool Transcript- Special Replay

    Vicki shares how to create a powerful transcript by building Honors credits. She explains the method called "leveling up" that her family and the homeschool umbrella school that all the 7Sisters' homeschoolers have graduated from. Check out this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode that explains the concept of "Levels".

    If you have homeschool high schoolers who are headed for college, it is likely they will need to show rigor on the homeschool transcript. How do you handle creating courses with rigor and showing them on the transcript?

    Well, it's complicated! There are not any unified how-to's. Our advice is:

    * Choose your method

    * Keep it consistent through all core courses (core courses are Language Arts, Maths, Sciences, Social Studies and World Languages)

    * Make sure you create a legend or key on transcript that explains a little about how the level of rigor was achieved

    * Be sure to record along with the title of the course, the level of rigor that your homeschool high schoolers achieved

    This is how we do it. First decide on the level for each course:

    Remedial Level: Level 1

    * This is not college level. It is for student who are severely behind or have learning disabilities.

    Average High School Level: Level 2

    * These are courses with textbooks that have easier reading levels and shorter lessons. Some examples would include: Westfield Studios 101, Pacemaker series.

    * If your homeschool high schoolers complete a Level 2 course it will not prevent them from getting into college.

    * However, the colleges that accept Level 2 courses will most likely be community colleges or some private colleges.

    * Make sure that the Level 2 courses are not in the courses that will become your teens' college majors.

    * Very few courses should be Level 2 for college-bound teens.

    College Preparatory Level: Level 3

    * Most available textbooks are Level 3. Some examples of Level 3 publishers are,Apologia, BJU Press and Abeka.

    Advanced Level: Level 4

    * This level is more powerful than college prep.

    * Leveling up the Level 3 to Level 4 in our homeschool umbrella school requires completing a Level 3 course plus one half of another Level 3 course of that same topic.

    * This will earn 1 credit of that course at Level 4.

    * It is an attractive credit to many colleges.

    Honors Level: Level 5

    * An Honors level homeschool high school course is similar in rigor to an AP course. However, the title "AP" can only be used by courses specifically approved by  the College Board. They own that designation.

    * Honors level courses are highly rigorous; they require a lot of work. This is worth it for teens who are applying to competitive private or state colleges.

    * Concentrate on Honors level for courses in the general area of your homeschool high schoolers' future major or interest area.

    * Some competitive colleges want to see ALL core courses at Honors level. Check with colleges of interest for their requirements.

    How do you develop Honors credit?

    It is hard work. A teen working on a Level 5 Honors credit will be doing about double the Level 3 College Prep.

    7Sisters textbooks and Literature Study Guides include instructions (with Literature Study Guides the instructions vary by age and grade). a rel="NOFOLLOW" href="https://ultimateradioshow.

    • 18 min
    How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

    How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

    This week on How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen- Special Replay

    How to Enjoy Being Mom of a Just-Average Homeschool Teen

    Your teens do not have to go to Harvard to be exactly who God created them to be. Most teens are "just-average" in the ways that get big attention like:

    * academics,

    * sports or

    * arts

    However, God has given each teen gifts, so even "just-average" teens have areas where they shine. Join Sabrina and Vicki for celebration of average homeschool teens with their giftedness from God!

    It is easy to fall into the trap that our homeschool high schoolers must perform extraordinarily in some area that gets big attention...or full-ride scholarships to college. Sometimes moms find themselves almost embarrassed if their teens do not go to college or do not do anything news-worthy. It is an unfortunate thing in "American mom-ness" that we moms feel that we are failures if our teens are not famous.

    So really, do ALL teens need to be famous in the world's eyes? How about our teens fulfilling the callings that God gave each of them individually- no matter how large or small?

    SO let's debunk this myth of the idea that only those teens who are gifted in academics, sports or arts are gifted. NO, all teens are gifted in God's eyes! God gives each person a gift of something in order to bless His kingdom. Therefore, since God gave our teens gifts of some sort to bless his Kingdom, we can rejoice that:

    Just average teens are not "just average" in God's eyes!

    ALSO, let's debunk the myth that average is bad. If average is bad, then God goofed up because statistically MOST teens are average. That's what "average" means, after all.

    How can you enjoy being a mom of a just-average teen?

    So, if you have a just-average teen in your house, enjoy them! Thank God and hold an attitude of gratitude in your heart for them. (Okay, realistically, no one feels grateful in tough moments. However, OVERALL, remember to be grateful for the teens God gave you.)

    Now for some practical tips to help you enjoy being the mom of just-average teens.


    Help your teens discover the things in them that are a blessing to the kingdom of God.

    * This is where a good Career Exploration curriculum can help them identify gifts. Also they can have some fun with personality tests. Here is a link to some freebie personality tests from Vicki Tillman Coaching.

    * Read this important post on helping teens discover their purpose.


    Just like you are practicing thankfulness, help your teens learn to have an attitude of gratitude for those gifts.

    * Teens are often going through identity crises and feel poorly about themselves. Moms can help them look at their gifts and respect that God placed those gifts in them to bless the kingdom of God.

    • 15 min
    How to Plan Homeschool Graduations

    How to Plan Homeschool Graduations

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Planing Homeschool Graduation Ceremony and Party- Special Replay

    Planning Homeschool Graduation Ceremony and Party

    Whether it is your first or your fifth homeschool graduation, planning homeschool graduations can be stressful.  You want it to be memorable AND something you can manage. We asked our 7th Sisters in our 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group about graduation events that have worked for their homeschool families.

    Planning tips for homeschool graduations:

    Start your planning process with this important fact: Just as there's not ONE right way to homeschool high school, there's also not ONE right way to hold a graduation event. For real. You and your teen should have a chat or two. Ask what they need and what do you need (you count, you did a lot to help this homeschool high schooler to get to the point of graduation)!

    Decide if you want an event

    Some graduates do not want a graduation ceremony. Rather, they only want a pat on the back and maybe their favorite meal.

    On the other hand, some would like an event. Hey, some of us moms NEED that event for closure; it's okay to have an opinion. (I know that for me, I needed that graduation ceremony to celebrate all we had done as a family. My teens were glad that they had that significant event, once it was done.) Come to a workable and respectful compromise.

    Decide what kind of ceremony you will hold

    There are lots of ways to hold a graduation ceremony:

    * Hold a get together in the backyard or at a local park (I've been to a number of these events)

    * Have a big event with your local homeschool umbrella school or co-op (this is what our family has always done)

    Choose a date

    To help you decide on a date, think about:

    * When can the family come?

    * What are facilities available (if you will go somewhere besides home)?

    Do you want someone to film or live stream it?

    This is very popular these days. Start looking early for a friend, family member or professional to handle this.

    Will you send graduation announcements?

    Will you want to send traditional announcements from a local printer? (Grandparents often like these because you can enclose a photo that they can put in their wallets and show their friends?

    Will you create your own announcements or post cards?

    * You can create your own notes online with websites like Shutterfly or Canva  (We are not affiliates, btw.)

    * Handmade announcements are popular with many of our local homeschool graduates.

    Remember to send the announcements early so that folks can make plans.

    We highly suggest you create a diploma (and keep a copy of the official transcript with it)

    You can make your own:

    * Buy parchment and an "official stamper" at the local office supply store and create your own. (Check Pinterest for samples.)

    You can purchase one online from Homeschool Diploma (we are not affiliates)

    * We have found over the years that graduates occasionally need to show a diploma or send a copy of the diploma to prospective employers, military and even graduate schools.

    For the transcript:

    * You can create your transcript yourself using a template available at many places.

    * a rel="NOFOLLOW" href="https://www.7sistershomeschool.

    • 19 min

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