Category Archives: Middle and High School

Four Online Learning Tools for Teenagers

Online learning tools for teens

Our teens were born into a world where technology abounds. They easily adopt new technologies and many text as quickly as they breathe. Teens are tech savvy, and learn well through technology. Because of this, it is important to have tools available to them that are natural, and easy for them to use and understand.

Here are four online learning tools for teenagers that can make your and their homeschooling journey a bit easier!

  1. Khan Academy: Have a child struggling with math? Are your teen’s math lessons over your head? Khan Academy is FREE and there to help. With interactive tools, questions and videos, it can easily be a full on curriculum, or a tool designed to help when your teen is struggling with a certain concept.
  2. Evernote: Have a teen who is involved in co-op classes? Evernote is a great tool! Evernote allows teens to take notes on one device, and have them available at home to print. They can also share notes with others, discuss class topics, and much more. Teens are able to keep notes and gather sources for their homeschool projects, and then share when the assignment is due. Evernote as a high school learning tool would be a great way to get your teen used to the online world of note taking before starting college. The basic version is free!
  3. The Chemical Touch: Have a teen learning the periodic table? This app (99 cents) provides detailed information on the elements, standard amino acids, and nucleobases. This app provides your teen with a wealth of information right at their fingertips!
  4. Currclick: Offering a variety of online classes, books and resources, Currclick is a one stop shop for many homeschool families. Currclick can be used independently and is a great learning tool for teens interested in studying a certain subject in depth,  taking an online class with friends from across the world, or for a particular subject that mom may not be comfortable teaching.

Teens are able to teach themselves just about anything they want thanks to online learning tools. For more information about how teens are learning on their own check out this post, How Teens are Teaching Themselves. It also includes site recommendations related to comic strips, coding and game design.  

There are many online learning tools available on the web or mobile devices. Finding a learning tool that fits your teen’s needs and interests is easier than ever! Don’t discourage online learning, after all, our teens will need and utilize technology for the rest of their lives.

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

How to Prep Your Homeschool Child for the ACT or SAT

ACT and SAT prep

If you are homeschooling a high schooler, you probably realize that college testing season will be here before you know it, and as a homeschool parent you may be concerned about how to best prep your homeschool child for the ACT or SAT. Homeschool parents are typically the sole person responsible for their child’s education so this can make testing season rather stressful. You may wonder if you taught everything your child needs to know, and if your child isn’t used to standardized testing you may wonder if they are fully prepared to take the tests.

There are a few things you can do to best prepare yourself and your child for the ACT or SAT.

Prepare now for testing season

Students who study ahead of time tend to score higher on these tests because they walk in feeling confident and prepared.

You can find study test packets here:

Method Test Prep

ACT Test Prep

There are also free practice tests online:

SAT Practice

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TestPrepReview

Consider allowing your child to take the PSAT in their early years of high school. This will give them an idea of what they need to focus on and will gauge their preliminary scores.

Standardize Test

Not everyone tests their homeschoolers and that’s fine. However, if you have a child in high school that you know is going to take college placement exams in a few years, test them now to prepare them for the big test later. This will allow them to gain confidence in their test taking abilities and will make them less nervous when it comes time to prep for college placement.

Be confident in your abilities as a teacher

Homeschoolers have an advantage when it comes to college entrance exams because they can turn preparation into daily lessons. Studying for the test can become school, after all they will be focusing on reading, writing and math while prepping to take the test.

Homeschoolers tend to turn out great scores on these exams, and consistently score higher than their public school counterparts. In 2002 and 2003 the average homeschooled students ACT score was 22.5 compared to the national average of 20.8. In 2002 the average homeschooled students SAT score was 72 points higher than the national average.

For more great articles on college placement tests, check out Let’s Homeschool High School and HSLDA’s testing page.

 

 

Guide To Attending a Homeschool Expo

Have you stayed away from the Homeschool Expo just because of the magnitude of it all?  Looking at the listing of workshops or a peak into the exhibit hall can give you a deer in the headlights look!  Where do you start?

  • Plan ahead by reading about the available workshops and making a note of when it will be held.  If there are two you want to attend at the same time, consider which would be best to attend and get the other on CD.  If you go with a friend or a spouse, you can each attend one and share notes afterwards.
  • Have a list of curriculum you want to look over.  Plan on taking the time you need and ask the exhibitors your questions.
  • Know your prices.  If you buy at the conference it will save on shipping, but you will want to have some kind of luggage or cart on wheels to save your strength.
  • Do you have a budget?  If you do, don’t spend it all at once!  The school year is long and you will probably need something else before the year is out.

Attending the Homeschool Expo is educational and exciting.  The workshops and exhibitors are there for you.  You might also want to consider Homeschooling for Excellence, a one day conference for beginning homeschoolers.

http://www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com/homeschooling-101

Homeschooling The Confrontational Highschooler

She sat across from me and said, “I’m sending him to public school next year.” “I’m afraid our relationship will be ruined if I continue to homeschool.”

This mother of a teen is not alone with her fears, but as we continued to talk, we recognized the lack of time we had spent with our parents. The lack of time we spent with our parents caused a gulf in communication and relationship.

When your kids are at school all day, the window to talk with your teen is shortened and you still find yourself doing homework until late at night. Sending your child to school doesn’t eliminate problems with their obedience, it just shortens the time you are with them.

The Southeast Homeschool Expo has experienced parents to guide through the High School Years. After my first Homeschooling the Highschooler Conference, I found myself taking a big sigh of relief. There is help and I can construct a course that will benefit my individual child.

Don’t let your family miss World View Teen Track being held at this year’s conference. Among the speakers is Dr. Jeff Myers, one of the world’s leading authorities on youth leadership development.

http://www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com/

http://www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com/worldview-teen-track

Interest Your Teen to Study

For Teens – Studying Disasters is a great age appropriate topic for teens.  Disasters that were recorded on site in real time are unique and captivating.  Watch for more of our posts on using YouTube to study disasters – watch the Hindenburg disaster of 1937

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA