Educating teenagers at home comes with its own set of challenges. From test prep, to transcripts, to the college search process, we are here to support you as you launch your children into adulthood.

  • The Surprising Benefits When Teens Read Their Writing Aloud

    Reading aloud has great value, as any teacher of young children will tell you. Socially, it encourages bonding and a sense of community—picture an adult and children snuggled together on the couch at home, or gathered around a book in a classroom. Academically, reading aloud builds vocabulary and comprehension, stretching […]

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  • Reading the Classics with High School Students

    Throughout history, education has been about the exploration of great ideas—the purpose of life; the living out of virtues—all part of the process of thoughtful maturing. High school is the perfect time for students to join this great conversation through encounters with classic literature. Not only are they developmentally ready […]

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  • How to Create a High School Transcript for Your Homeschool

    When my firstborn reached eighth grade, I began thinking about his high school transcript. I admit it: my initial emotion was dread. How could I accurately summarize four full years on one little page? And how complicated would it be to figure out a GPA? A homeschool friend with older […]

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  • Why I Don’t Regret Being Homeschooled

    I’m an autistic 19-year-old junior in college named Rebecca Giles. I was homeschooled, and I feel that this allowed me to achieve far more than I could have in an institutional school environment, because homeschooling is more adaptable to each student’s individual needs, strengths, and interests. Homeschooling was uniquely right […]

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    More Than Just a Paycheck: How Jobs Can Help Your High Schooler

    The writer of Proverbs had much to say about the importance of work: “Those who work…will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense” (Proverbs 12:11). “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23). “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness […]

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    A Graduation Speech

    As I type this, I am preparing for our fifth high school graduation and looking forward to the celebration of this milestone in our son’s life. At the same time, I am having an emotional crisis. No matter how many times we go through this, it just seems surreal as […]

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  • 10 Options for Homeschooling Through High School: The Many Looks of Homeschool High School

    The days of sitting around the kitchen table all day to homeschool are long gone—at least for homeschooled high school students. Numerous options are now available to broaden their exposure to new subject matter, provide a group learning environment for specific subjects, or get a jump on their college education. […]

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  • Launch to Landing: One Homeschooler’s Path to a Career with NASA

    “This will be a significant adjustment for you,” my English professor declared to his students on my first day of college classes. “You have gone from a high school system where you learn from teachers, to now being responsible to teach yourselves.” He was attempting to help his class grasp […]

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  • The College Search Process: One Family’s Experience

    My story is not typical. Since my husband is a long-time employee of a Christian liberal arts college, also my alma mater, our older children simply attended that institution. It was close, familiar, and tuition was largely covered due to my husband’s tenure. But when our youngest daughter leaned toward […]

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    To Test or Not To Test?: Considering the SAT and ACT

    Testing. The very word can strike fear into the hearts of both children and parents. On a daily basis, we homeschoolers enjoy the luxury of deciding how often we test our children. Once our children reach high school, though, a lot more is at stake—namely college admission and scholarship possibilities. […]

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    My Life as a Homeschool Graduate

    I grew up a homeschooled kid in the early 80s, when it was still pretty unusual – some people didn’t even know the term homeschooling back then! For those who want to know more about the nitty gritty of my daily life as a child, check out my mom Mary […]

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    5 Ways Being Homeschooled Helped Me Excel in College

    The summer of 2009 found my dad and me embarking on a 1,200-mile trip across prairies, through deserts, and into a suburb of Los Angeles, where I would be attending a private university. During the twenty-four-hour trek from Kansas to California, I had plenty of time to mull over the […]

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  • For the Mamas: When They Start to Leave the Nest

    When my firstborn graduated high school, I could not believe we had survived and that she was a thriving adult on the cusp of college and a bright future. I watched with pride and tears as she left for her first day. The family nest was changing. I still had […]

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  • College Prep: Math!

    Have you ever wished you could purchase a curriculum called “Work Ethic”? Are you looking for the perfect product to teach “Study Skills”? We all want our children to grow up to become hard working adults but it doesn’t happen by accident. A work ethic is taught through hard work. […]

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  • High School Recordkeeping: Finding the Right Balance

    Even the most relaxed homeschoolers sometimes get a bit stressed and paranoid as high school rolls around. They wonder if there is any way they can maintain a family-like environment, while still coming up with a transcript that will help their students get into college. In addition, the question arises: […]

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  • College Prep 101: Is Writing on Track?

    If your bookshelf looks anything like mine, it holds an assortment of curricula you’ve stopped and started at various times along the way. Some we couldn’t get into for various reasons and ended up finding alternatives. But there are others we fully intended to use—we just never got around to […]

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  • College Prep 101: Teaching Responsible Study Habits

    For high schoolers, there’s more to planning for college than simply getting accepted. Unless your student has experienced a more rigorous course of study and learned some good study habits, he’ll be overwhelmed to arrive on campus and discover the mountains of reading, writing, and studying that await him. You […]

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