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

The Homeschool Highschool Podcast The Homeschool Highschool Podcast

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

    How to Schedule the Homeschool High School Year

    How to Schedule the Homeschool High School Year

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Schedule the Homeschool High School Year.

    How to Schedule the Homeschool High School Year

    While it may sound boring, finding the right homeschool high school schedule is important.  The great thing is, there's not just ONE right way to homeschool high school. 

    Let's explore the three basic ways for scheduling the high school year 

    You might even develop your own unique schedule. However, it's easy to start with one of these three scheduling styles.

    Year-Round Approach

    Let's start with a year-round approach. Instead of cramming all academics into one part of the year, this method integrates learning into everyday life. 

    Families following the year-round schedule have several different strategies:

    * Some families allocate three days a week to traditional academic work, such as core courses. Then they reserve the remaining two days for extracurricular activities or family field trips.

    * Other families prefer a five-day academic week with a full week off each quarter for bigger projects or travel. 

    The year round approach allows for more frequent breaks throughout the year. Not only that, but taking breaks every few weeks instead of one long summer break, students can avoid burnout and maintain their motivation for learning.

    However, it's important to note that the year-round homeschooling approach may not be suitable for all families scheduling the high school year. Some students may struggle with the frequent breaks and require a more structured traditional schedule.

    It's also important to consider any state or local regulations regarding homeschooling schedules, as some areas may require a certain number of instructional days or specific breaks throughout the year.

    The key is to find a balance that works for your family and allows for flexibility.

    Block Scheduling

    Now, let's talk about block scheduling. This approach is perfect for teens who prefer to focus on one or two subjects at a time before moving on to the next. Instead of juggling multiple subjects each day, they can dedicate their time to completing an allotted amount of work, increasing their focus and productivity.

    With block scheduling, you can divide the day into larger chunks of time for each subject or activity. For example, your teen could have a two-hour block for math in the morning, followed by a one-hour break before tackling their science work for two hours in the afternoon. 

    The goal is to create a homeschool high school schedule that suits your teen's learning style and keeps them engaged.

    This method also allows for more flexibility in terms of how long it takes to complete a certain task. If your teen needs extra time to understand a concept or finish an assignment, they can use the designated block of time without feeling rushed or behind schedule.

    Just remember that, when scheduling the high school year, aim for flexibility. Your schedule can always be adjusted as needed. 

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    • 23 min
    Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

    Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers.

    Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

    Let’s talk about the often dreaded task of writing research papers in homeschooling. Is this topic taboo in your household?

    We understand that while some students may enjoy the process, many find it challenging and overwhelming. However, there are several benefits of writing research papers, such as:

    * developing critical thinking skills

    * character development and

    * preparing students for future endeavors

    It is one of those things we need to embrace, imperfections and all, so let's dive talk about it.

    The Benefits of Writing Research Papers

    First of all, there are academic benefits from writing research papers:

    * learning about a specific topic in-depth

    * practicing following styles like

    * APA

    * MLA or

    * Chicago

    Seeking Outside Help

    Sometimes, parents may not feel equipped to teach research paper writing, or the dynamics between parents and students may become tense during the process. In such cases, it is perfectly acceptable to seek outside help. 

    We encourage homeschoolers to connect with experienced writing teachers who can provide the necessary guidance and support. There are many options these days:

    * classes at co-ops or umbrella schools

    * asynchronous courses (like 7Sisters APA Research Paper course)

    * online courses at homeschool academies like FundaFunda Academy, Dreaming Spires Home Learning or the Capable Scholar.

    There is no shame in admitting that writing is not your strong suit. We all have different strengths and weaknesses as homeschooling parents. The important thing is to find support and guidance in the areas where we need it. 

    When we acknowledge our limitations and give ourselves permission to seek assistance, we empower ourselves and our homeschool high schoolers. Then, they can excel in areas where we may not feel confident.

    Why Are Research Papers Important?

    Research paper writing is not just about academic skills. It's also about character development and critical thinking. In today's information-rich world, we have access to an overwhelming amount of information, where facts and opinions are readily available at our fingertips. 

    Our teens have grown up in this information-saturated environment, but not all information is reliable or accurate. That is where research papers come in. They teach our teens how to evaluate the information they find. 

    It is like learning to sift through the Niagara Falls of information and discern what is trustworthy and what's not. 

    • 21 min
    How to Get Teens Interested in Writing

    How to Get Teens Interested in Writing

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Get Teens Interesting in Writing.

    How to Get Teens Interested in Writing

    We all know that not every teen loves writing. Some find it boring or just do not see the point. Other high schoolers struggle with the writing process, so they want to avoid it. But the truth is, writing is a skill that they will need in life, whether it's for school, work, or personal communication.

    The teens who do not naturally love to write need inspiration and short writing assignments to build their skills and confidence. When you can give them fun or useful writing assignments, reluctant writers often find that they do not mind writing after all!

    So let's explore some ways to get teens interested in writing and make it more enjoyable for reluctant teens.

    Create An Experiential Resume

    One practical way to get teens to enjoy writing is by helping them create an experiential resume. This type of resume focuses on their non-paid experiences, such as service work, competitions, or community activities. 

    It's a great way for teens to showcase their skills and interests without relying solely on traditional job experience. When teens see their completed experiential resume, they tend to feel more confident. It is a great way to get them interested in writing!

    For help with the experiential resume, 7Sisters has a short, no-busywork, downloadable guide for teens.

    Write Cover Letters 

    Another useful writing project for teens is learning how to write a cover letter. These letters are essential when applying for jobs or internships, and having a template or guide can make the process much easier for teens. 

    7Sisters has a simple, basic cover letter guide that can guide homeschool high schoolers through the process/

    Practice Filling Out Job Applications

    Filling out job applications is another form of writing that teens will encounter. While it may not be an essay, it is an opportunity for them to practice writing and persevere through the process.

    Encourage your teens to complete job applications, whether on paper or online, and support them in developing this important writing skill.  These skills will come in handy for teens job hunting as they prepare to enter the workforce or pursue their own business endeavors.

    As teens prepare for the real world, they will need specific short-form writing skills. The Professional Writing Bundle provides a comprehensive guide to writing business letters, complaint letters, organizational newsletters, product reviews, and more. 

    These skills are valuable to get teens to enjoy writing and will come in handy by equipping them for success in various professional settings, like becoming entrepreneurs or working in a service industry, among other areas.

    Do Fun Writing Projects

    But writing does not have to be all serious and practical.

    • 23 min
    Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course

    Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course.

    Shakespeare: Fun, Online Course

    For years, parents of homeschool high schoolers asked us for some Shakespeare materials. As you know 7Sisters curriculum is mostly homeschool and mostly fun- no busywork but good education.  Finally, Sabrina captured the Shakespeare work she has done with our local homeschoolers with a self-paced online course. It covers one semester of high school Shakespeare experiences.

    Our goal is to help homeschool high schoolers experience Shakespeare the way he intended - as entertainment! Let’s dive into the details of this fun Shakespeare online course and share how it can transform the perception of Shakespeare.

    Breaking the Shakespeare Stereotype

    Do you remember your high school days when studying a Shakespeare play felt like a chore? It's time to leave those cringy and boring experiences behind. We understand the struggle all too well.

    Here’s the thing: we have found a way to make Shakespeare fun and enjoyable for our own kids! And now, we want to share that experience with all of you!

    Shakespeare was an entertainer, writing for both the educated upper classes and the common people. His plays are filled with universal themes and relatable characters. 

    Once you start approaching his plays with the intention of being entertained and connecting with the characters, you will be blown away by the power of his stories! His works explore universal themes and relatable characters that transcend time and place.

    It’s a new perspective on Shakespeare that changes everything. 

    So, that's exactly what we share with teens in this Shakespeare online course. It's a one-semester course where they will explore four plays: two tragedies, two comedies. Not only that, we even dive into some Shakespearean sonnets. Our aim is not to turn teens into Shakespeare experts, but to help them appreciate and enjoy Shakespeare's work.

    The Course Structure

    This self-paced online Shakespeare course is designed to make learning enjoyable and stress-free. The course is hosted on the Teachable platform, which provides a user-friendly interface for seamless navigation. Once you create a free account, you can easily purchase the course and access the sixteen individual lessons. Each lesson includes a video where Sabrina shares her insights and thoughts on the week's topic.

    Study Guides and Homework

    There is a bundle of Shakespeare study guides as the framework to accompany the online course lessons. (We also offer them as individual guides for specific plays like:

    * Much Ado About Nothing,

    * A Midsummer Night's Dream,

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    • 14 min
    How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

    How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

    This week on the Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

    How Many Credits Do You Need Each Year?

    If you have been wondering about how many credits your teens need to graduate, you are in the right place! What does it look like each year? Let's talk about how many credits you need each year for homeschool graduation requirements and make it a bit more practical to understand and follow!

    Do you know how many credits your teens need to graduate each year? If not, it’s quite alright as we all know how confusing it can be to figure out the yearly breakdown, especially when we often focus on the overall number of credits needed for graduation. So let's make it practical and dive into the details!

    Understanding State Requirements

    First things first, it's important to meet the minimum credit requirements set by your state. Each state has its own set of credit requirements for high school graduation. While some homeschoolers choose not to follow state requirements, most of us do. 

    If you are unsure about your state's requirements, you can check your state department of Education or reach out to organizations like Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) or National Homeschool Advocacy for guidance. 

    Typically, states require between seventeen and twenty-six credits, with the majority falling between twenty and twenty-four. If you are a member of HSLDA, you can also access this information through their resources.

    General Guidelines

    Although there's not ONE right way to homeschooling high school, we have gathered some practical guidelines based on our experience raising our own high schoolers and advising others in our local community. Let's talk about some of those guidelines now that have worked for us over the years. 

    Keep in mind that these are not set in stone, and you should always do what is best for your teens. 

    College-Bound Teens

    Let's shift gears and talk about college-bound teens. In addition to meeting the state’s homeschool graduation requirements, college-preparation homeschoolers often need to go above and beyond. 

    Colleges may look for a higher level of rigor or specific courses on the transcript, so it is a good idea to research the colleges your teens are interested in to see what they are looking for in incoming freshmen. This can help you determine if your teen needs additional credits or more challenging coursework.

    For example, some colleges may require three years of World Language, even if your state only requires two. They may also expect four years of Social Studies, Math, and Sciences, even if your state only requires three.

    • 20 min
    When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling

    When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling

    This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling.


    When Mom Is Tired of Homeschooling

    Homeschool burnout. It’s definitely real.

    We all have moments where we feel exhausted and overwhelmed. There are days when we feel like giving up and taking a very long break from teaching. We have all had those moments where we have jokingly picked up the phone to register our kids in school.

    However, deep down, we know that homeschooling is the right choice for us. What are you to do in these moments? Let's dive into some practical tips to help you navigate those challenging moments when you are tired of homeschooling. (Caveat: there are times when we must quit homeschooling, or that it is best for us for one reason or another- there's not ONE right way to educate your kids!)

    Acknowledge Your Feelings

    It is essential to remember that it is okay to feel tired of homeschooling and that there are strategies to overcome homeschool burnout. First things first:

    * acknowledge your feelings of exhaustion and frustration!

    Homeschooling can be a demanding task, with demanding kids, and it is natural to feel overwhelmed at times. Remember, homeschool mama self-care is vitally important. (BTW- check out our Cousin Teresa Wiedrick's delightful book: Homeschool Mama Self-Care. You will be glad you did.)

    Remember that feeling tired does not make you a bad homeschooler or parent. Give yourself permission to feel and recognize that it is okay to take a break when needed. 

    Take a Step Back

    It is important to give ourselves permission to take a step back and take a break. Whether it is an hour, a day, or even longer, giving ourselves time to recharge can make a big difference. 

    Try having a brutally honest conversation with yourself about your current season in life. Talk to your spouse or your teens to reevaluate your homeschooling journey and remind yourself why you chose this path in the first place. 

    Oftentimes, simply making a decision and realizing you have options can be freeing and energizing.

    Embrace a Change of Pace

    When you are feeling burned out from your current routine, consider shaking things up a bit. Try scheduling your homeschool activities differently or take a temporary break from your regular curriculum. 

    Plan a unit study week focused on a subject (such as these unit studies based on movies) everyone is interested in or embark on a field trip that sparks creativity and excitement. 

    When you introduce something different to your normal routine, you will give your brain a pattern interruption and activate your creativity.

    And let's not forget the power of prayer. Seeking guidance from God can provide us with the wisdom and strength we need to overcome exhaustion when you are tired of homeschooling. 

    Prioritize Self-Care

    It is almost too easy to neglect self-care as a homeschool parent when you are so focused on your homeschool high schoolers' education.

    • 20 min

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mamajourney ,

Empowering and encouraging

I appreciate this podcast! It helps fill in the gaps and gives me wisdom where needed. I’m encouraged when I listen and hear something positive that we are already doing. So fun!

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Solid advice

Sometimes it’s hard to think objectively when you’re smack in the middle of raising a teen. I’ve appreciated the wise advice and balanced perspective given in this podcast.

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Real, Practical, and Encouraging

Real homeschool moms sharing ideas and encouragement that will actually make a positive impact on your homeschool in the high school years!

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