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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.

    How to Apply to College as a Homeschooler

    How to Apply to College as a Homeschooler

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Apply to College as a Homeschooler.

    How to Apply to College as a Homeschooler

    This is college application season for many college-bound homeschool high schoolers. It can be a stressful time for these teens (and their parents), especially if this is the first child heading off to college. How can you be sure your homeschooler is completing the forms well. What is a homeschool parent's role in the process.

    7Sisters Vicki served the local homeschool community for almost two decades as college admissions advisor. In her work with homeschool high schoolers and trainings with college admissions officers, she picked up some tips that have been helpful to her five homeschool graduates and hundreds of other local teens. In honor of college application season, Vicki is sharing some basics of the process to get you started.

    Ten tips on how to apply to college as a homeschooler

    Tip #1: Write your application essay early

    Trust Vicki on this. If your homeschool high schooler writes his/her essay early. We would tell our local advisees to write their essay during the summer, that would give them time to have parents or teachers look it over and give advice...AND do multiple rewrites. Even if the topic changes at application time, details can easily be tweaked once the guts of an essay is created. Remember multiple rewrites take a good essay to a great essay (use grammar checkers like Grammarly to help.)

    Also, if you have a college that allows your teen to skip the essay, don't skip! That essay might give your homeschooler an edge if there is a lot of competition for entrance.

    If your homeschool high schooler will be using the Common Application or other applications that publish essay prompts early or have standard prompts, it is much easier to start that essay. Even if an essay prompt is not available for their preferred college, have your teen choose an exciting or inspiring story from their life and write an essay to be tweaked later.

    For help: Here's a freebie post and a downloadable college admissions essay writing guide from your 7Sisters.

    Tip #2: Ask for recommendation letters letter early

    PLEASE, take us seriously on this. Recommenders need a little time to write an excellent recommendation. Give them time.

    Also, if your recommender will be writing a paper recommendation, give them self-addressed, stamped envelope to the college. If your recommender will be writing a digital recommendation, let them know where the link will be coming from. (And also approximately when it will come, so they can check the spam file if it seems late.)

    ALSO, please train your teen to ask the recommender politely. In fact, use the word, "Please." This is a skill that will help them the rest of their lives. AND when they are done with the recommendation, be sure to have your teen thank them.

    Your teen can (and in many cases) should give the recommender a fact sheet about themselves and/or a resume to help them fill out the recommendation with good details.

    Tip #3: Find out what the colleges are looking for

    Make sure this is shown clearly on your homeschool high schooler's transcript.

    • 21 min
    Homeschooling and Holidays during COVID

    Homeschooling and Holidays during COVID

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Homeschooling and Holidays during COVID.

    Homeschooling and Holidays during COVID

    Well, we've never been HERE before. Handling homeschooling and the holiday season during a pandemic. Covid has changed things for everyone, even your big sisters Sabrina, Vicki and Kym. So we got together to talk about it and to share some tips and encouragement.

    * We are all in this together.

    * We all need the Lord. Prayer will help!

    * If you love the holidays, you can look for God's grace to help you and yours adjust.

    * If you don't like the holiday season, take even better care of yourself.

    * We need to have an attitude of gentleness and compassion toward each other.

    * Avoid the words "must" or "should"... this year, we can't must or should much of anything. We will have to hold our expectations lightly!

    * Prepare to be flexible.

    * Be compassionate and gentle towards others about changes or cancellations of favorite community or family events.

    * Create for your kids and teens some other special (albeit, smaller) events (Zoom events, acappella app sing alongs, outdoor events, Christmas Caroling with social distancing for senior citizens in the community and church)

    * Hold honest and loving conversations with the family about financial restraints due to the pandemic.

    * Create healthy, wholesome reframes: We can't have lots of "store-bought" stuff but perhaps a family event: drawing and creating Christmas cards and gift wrap, check Pinterest for homemade gift ideas, learn stenciling, calligraphy or other fancy handwriting styles (check YouTube). Watch Ezra's YouTube for ideas.

    * Maybe for this year, follow Sabrina's family tradition: Christmas gifts are only silly or sentimental (and inexpensive)

    * Silly family inside-joke sayings on a home-printed tshirt

    * An acrostic made from everyone's name

    * Include a family game to play as they open the gifts, if possible (silliness is good!):

    * Scavenger hunts

    * Sing alongs

    * Dramatic readings of favorite childhood books

    * So many people will not be able to travel this year. If you are holding a family stay-at-home Christmas holiday.

    * So, remember to do something new instead:

    * Have a special but different breakfast

    * Zoom with the extended family

    * Drop off food to quarantined family members

    * Hold a Christmas movie marathon

    * Go on a Christmas hike

    * Perhaps have each kid plan something special each day of the holiday break

    * Make sure everyone can have a little while to grieve the losses of the traditional Christmas events, but then role model "bounce back" (resiliency) for the kids.

    * You can tell them: It's okay to be sad, but don't stay sad. We will make good memories this Christmas season.

    * Validate the loss, then CHOOSE to create good things in the face of the losses.

    * Dealing with the uncertainty of church events.

    * Uncertainty can be tough (and irritating). So self-monitor. Try to keep yourself in a grace-filled, fruit-of-the-spirit attitude.

    * Your family can choose the meaning of a special event at church that we might not be able to experience this year. Choose a way for your family to honor the meaning of that event at home. This takes prayer and creativity, but that is what God's love is all about!

    * Remember: It is okay that this Christmas doesn't look like other Christmases.

    * Remember again: Gentleness and compassion!

    And check out 7Sisters freebie unit study posts on:

    • 21 min
    What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts

    What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts.

    What to Include on Homeschool Transcripts

    The most common questions we receive about homeschooling high school are about transcripts. We understand. Transcripts are important! They are the key to getting into college and are proof that high school actually did happen! So Vicki decided to chat with all of you, our 7th Sisters, about what to include on the transcripts.

    BTW- Before we even get started, we want to remind you that 7SistersHomeschool.com has an editable transcript template with a complete how-to guide in our estore for your instant download! There are also oodles of posts at 7Sisters, including the popular Authoritative Guide to Homeschool Transcripts. Check them out by searching "transcripts" in the search bar!

    First thing, why should you give your teen a homeschool transcript?

    We know that a number of states do not require homeschooling parents to issue a transcript. In those states you are totally allowed to say, "Hey, you're done! Congratulations," and then move on with the rest of life without a transcript.

    However, if you can, we have heard a number of stories about grownups who needed a high school transcript:

    * Upon applying to college after being in the workforce for a few years

    * Upon entering graduate school, even though a local college had not required it for undergraduate studies

    * Upon applying for a significant career-change job

    So, you can be gracious and kind to your homeschool high schoolers to keep a transcript throughout high school, then issue a completed transcript when they graduate. Years later, they may come back and thank you.

    Now, what do you include on homeschool transcripts?

    You do not need to have a highly polished, professional-looking transcript, just get something. Here's what to put on the transcript.

    At the top of your transcript:

    * Your homeschool's name, or simply the words "High School Transcript".

    * Your student's full name

    * Your student's date of birth

    * Your address

    Sections for each of the four years of high school:

    * Grade and year (9th grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade) along with the actual school year for that grade (for example: 9/2020-6/2021)

    * Courses taken that year, starting with the core courses: English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Phys Ed, Fine Arts, all the Electives that year

    * Be sure to use the specific course title, (for example: One year for ELA your teen may take American Literature, so use "American Literature" for the course title)

    * Note that homeschoolers will often have more credits (particularly electives) than their traditionally-schooled peers. That is because we believe that all of life is education, so we include all valuable learning experiences.

    * How do you know if your teen has earned a credit? Check out posts on earning credits at 7SistersHomeschool.com.

    * You have lots of choices: logging hours, textbooks, co-op classes, online classes (check out our fellow podcaster's online schools: True North Academy and FundaFunda Academy), CLEP tests, and more. Check out Homeschool High School Podcast's episode o...

    • 19 min
    How to Handle Credit Levels on Homeschool Transcript

    How to Handle Credit Levels on Homeschool Transcript

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Handle Credit Levels on Homeschool Transcript.

    How to Handle Credit Levels on Homeschool Transcript

    At 7SistersHomeschool.com, we often receive questions about how to show the level of rigor of high school courses on the homeschool transcript. It is a good question. Before we get started, remember there's not ONE right way to homeschool high school. That means there's not ONE right way to record levels of rigor. Even in the traditional school setting,  there is a variety of methods for this.

    That said, Sabrina is sharing today about the way we have recorded level of rigor on our homeschoolers transcripts. It has worked well for decades and is still being used by our local homeschool community. Here goes:

    So, a credit is a credit, right? Not really. There is a huge range of the kinds of credit teens are experiencing. For example: 9th grade English/Language Arts is WAY more work with many more components than, say, a 9th grade Social Studies credit. ELA includes reading, reading with analysis, writing of various kinds, vocabulary, grammar, public speaking...it's a LOT. There is more work that goes into the life preparation that teens learn as they handle their ELA experiences.

    On the other hand, studying American History (or another History) does not need as many hours. Your teen will be mastering information and materials in history class. There are a variety of ways to do this but it is less complex than ELA.

    So, each credit is not the same.

    Now, college admissions officers are looking for a certain kind of student that will enhance their student body and meet their college's goals. The starting point of their evaluation of each student is their application, which includes their transcript. All credits are not the same in the level of rigor of the work completed.

    Admissions officers do not know your homeschool high schooler. They do not know how awesome they are and how hard they have worked. All they have is an application with its transcript (and reference letters, of course). The transcript is vital because it gives a snapshot into all the things these busy admissions officers need to know about your teen!

    In order to do their work as well as they can, they explain to schools about the things they are generally looking for.  One thing they are looking for is evidence of the levels of rigor at which your homeschooler has worked on each particular course. Thus, the idea of showing "levels" for each course helps admissions officers get a glimpse into your teens:

    * interests (especially for a major)

    * abilities

    * willingness to work hard at academics

    So, showing credit levels on homeschool transcripts is valuable for the college application process.

    Adjusting credit levels to teens needs and interests also helps you tweak high school courses so that they are best-fit for each student. Hey, that's one thing that is SO awesome about homeschoolin...

    • 20 min
    Setting Realistic Expectations for Homeschool High School, A Word from Sabrina

    Setting Realistic Expectations for Homeschool High School, A Word from Sabrina

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Setting Realistic Expectations for Homeschool High School, A Word from Sabrina.

    Setting Realistic Expectations for Homeschool High School, A Word from Sabrina

    It's been a busy year for Sabrina, Vicki and Kym. With families' needs and COVID keeping us apart, we have not had the chance to record together often. However, we MISS hearing the encouragement from Sabrina. You can always see her weekly on Facebook live (here's a link to a recent episode). This week, though, Sabrina was able to slow down enough to share what God has on her heart about helping teens set realistic expectations for their high school years, so that you both can enjoy the process.

    We all know we can be easily influenced by others. Some folks are followers and some are leaders. That's okay! But whether you are a follower or leader you will experience the power of influence at times.

    In our homeschool communities, we experience influencers all the time. This is good but sometimes, we can be too easily influenced. OR sometimes we refuse to take in wise information with humility, even if it would be helpful.

    In homeschool communities, like 7Sisters Facebook group, we can ask questions and get help from our fellow homeschoolers. However, sometimes, we need to find time alone to pray and ponder about our homeschool questions. The only one who truly knows YOUR homeschool high schoolers is God (of course). You know your teens, but never as well as God knows.

    This is also true of you. Only God knows you fully. Each day He can show us something about ourselves, because even we do not fully know and understand ourselves.

    How does this apply to homeschooling high school? Each year, if we are wise, we set goals and expectations for our homeschool high schoolers. We are thinking about the future and plan wisely.

    However, expectations can be problematic if they are not realistic expectations:

    * If our expectations are too low, our teens may loose motivation and be bored. You may find your teen meets those goals but will not be inspired by their work, and may not grow  and mature in education, perseverance, resiliency, character and personality.

    * If our expectations are too high. Sabrina sees this more often in homeschool families: Every course needs to be leveled up to honors, every extracurricular needs to be done, along with tons of service hours and maybe even a part-time job.

    * This often goes along with extremely high expectations that these parents have for themselves: Staying on top of grading, we are going to make every opportunity happen while we run our home business and run a church Bible study.

    These expectations can be dangerous to our teens, our families and ourselves!

    Why do we allow those extremely high expectations to happen? It is because we allow the community to set the expectations for us. We don't set our expectations into place by first seeking the God who actually knows us and knows his plans for us and our homeschoolers.

    What would be an example? Say for instance, a homeschool mom with four kids (elementary, middle school and the oldest is starting homeschool high school). She is caring for the household, doing all the homeschooling and working her part-time virtual assistant home business. She is busy with diverse tugs on her! Perhaps her expectation is now that she has a teen, that oldest child can help with the little ones' lessons. This works well in some situations!

    This homeschool mom will need to beware of the fine line between asking the new high schooler to take too much responsibility for the younger sibling...

    • 24 min
    Ways Organizations Can Help Prevent Bullying, Interview with Candice Dugger

    Ways Organizations Can Help Prevent Bullying, Interview with Candice Dugger

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Ways Organizations Can Help Prevent Bullying, Interview with Candice Dugger.

    Ways Organizations Can Help Prevent Bullying, Interview with Candice Dugger

    October is Bullying Prevention Month. Our friend, Candice Dugger, of Bullied, Broken, Redeemed joins us again for this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast. We wanted to talk about ways organizations can help their staff and members learn and teach bullying prevention.

    In our last chat with Candice, she explained ways to help prevent bullying for our own children, but we felt we should also help give some resources for the many of us moms who are also involved in homeschool, church and community organizations. When organizations have the tools to establish and anti-bullying culture, they can truly be blessings to all involved.

    When Candice and her family started homeschooling, she was surprised to find that there were few resources about bullying that were available. She was concerned, especially witht the rise in cyberbullying, that there were not tools for homeschooling families. That is why she started Bullied, Broken, Redeemed and why she is sharing these tips.

    Tips for establishing an anti-bullying culture

    Tip #1: Acknowledge we have an issue

    Candice says that sometimes we homeschooling parents feel because we are homeschooling that are kids are in a "bubble" where there will be no bullying. However, homeschooling families tend to be active in their homeschool, church and community organizations and because there are broken people in many organizations, they may run into a bullying situation at some point.

    Tip #2: Training to help our organization staff and leaders is helpful

    * How can adults learn to identify bullying in the groups they help with?

    * What is the difference between conflict and bullying?

    * Where can they find words and tools for helping their young people to:

    * Identify bullying

    * What to do when they see a bullying behavior

    Tip #3: Develop a policy on bullying and a code of conduct

    Discuss also if the policy will extend to cyberbullying outside the organizations specific activities. (For more on policymaking for homeschool co-ops, check out this episode from our friend Carol Topp, at Homeschool CPA podcast.

    * What happens if someone makes a complaint of bullying?

    * Can reports of bullying be anonymous?

    * Who is the person(s) to report bullying to?

    * What are the procedures for teachers/staff to follow in reporting bullying?

    * What will be done with the report of bullying?

    * What tools for self-advocating will be used for training young people about bullying?

    * What format for teaching anti-bullying skills will be used and when?

    * Bullied, Broken, Redeemed has about 14 workshops and curriculum that can help at every level

    Creating a structure for an organization to deal with bullying empowers everyone from child through staff through leadership with the tools they need. Young people who learn the tools of dealing with bullying are equipped with a lifelong skill.

    If you are a co-op mom pulling together resources for teaching about bullying prevention next year:

    * Create a co-op handbook and put bullying policies in place

    * As the homeschool year starts, do a basic training about bullying and expectations for dealing with it...

    • 22 min

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