Category Archive: Homeschooling High School

Blogging for High School Students

Has your homeschool teen considered starting a blog or website?  Beyond the obvious benefit of practicing the skill of writing for an audience, blogging can function as an unconventional extracurricular activity. While online platforms like WordPress and Blogger make it easy for anyone to start up a blog quickly, parents are well-advised to offer some …

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AP Exam Self-Study

AP exams offer the chance to demonstrate subject mastery and the possibility of earning college credit. While the majority of Advanced Placement testers take formal classes either in a brick and mortar or online school, self-study is an increasingly popular option. The decision to self-study for an AP exam needs to be made thoughtfully with …

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Calculating Homeschool Credits

Calculating high school credits is one of the responsibilities of homeschool parents. Each homeschool needs to determine what will count for a high school credit and how it will be listed on the homeschool transcript. This article explores three different approaches for determining credits. Your homeschool may use one of these methods or a combination …

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Is a Homeschool Co-op What You Need?

Are your high school students in a homeschool co-op? Is it a good fit for your family?  Homeschooling co-ops are one of many options families consider during the high school years along with outsourcing and dual enrollment. Homeschool co-op options vary widely from one community to the next. Some co-ops are primarily social organizations with …

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When College is a Bad Idea

Is it worth it to go to college? For students who will graduate the answer is generally yes. College graduates earn significantly more on average than students who do not have a college degree. During the recession, the gap between the earnings of students with a four college degree and those without continues to grow. …

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Seven Strategies for More Effective Note Taking

Learning to take good lecture notes is an important skill for success in college.  This is a task that can be practiced while homeschooling high school or as part of dual enrollment courses.  One research study found that 62% of what a student hears in class is forgotten by the next day. Good notes will …

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Keeping up with the Joneses

There are some pretty amazing homeschoolers out there and it is easy to fall into comparing your teen to others. You’ve probably heard of the homeschool prodigy who became a doctor at age 21 or the amazing homeschool cellist who performed at the White House. What about the homeschooled teen who wrote a best seller? …

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Beat the Homeschool Winter Blues

Seasoned homeschoolers know that winter, especially February and March, can be rough. With gray days and lousy weather it can feel like the school year will drag on forever. It isn’t just tough with little kids: teenagers can suffer in the winter too. Spring will come and it will get better. But until then, here …

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Homeschooling Citizenship and Government

American government is a standard core social studies course that homeschoolers should expect to include on their student’s high school transcript. U.S. government or political science studies do not have to be limited to readings and videos. This subject lends itself well to hands on community activities that help build a lifelong interest in the …

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How to Build a Better Vocabulary

A well-developed vocabulary is an asset for any high school or college student. Vocabulary skills will help you communicate effectively and perform well on standardized exams, such as the ACT and SAT. Some students seem to naturally pick up vocabulary through reading, but others need to make a more concerted effort. Before we explore strategies …

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