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The Homeschool Highschool Podcast

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The Homeschool Highschool Podcast
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HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry

This week on HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry. HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry Apprenticing your teens for adulthood. What is that? Vicki is joined by Susan Landry of the Sparrow's Home, where Susan writes about home, homeschooling, cooking and all things related. (She bucks the trend of staying with one topic; she believes God created us as whole people, so she creates wholistic post topics. She works on mentoring moms!) Susan homeschooled her teens through graduation and loves it! She believes in apprenticing your teens for adulthood. Susan believes that we are also mentoring or apprenticing teens is the balance between free-ranging teens and helicoptering teens. She noticed a trend in blogs and in the media that urges parents to *quit doing so much for your teens*: teaching teens to be independent and stand on their own two feet by not doing anything for teens. By stepping back and out of the parenting picture. Susan felt that we need to HELP them become adults! We can be helpers, apprenticers and mentors without helicoptering (heavy equipment mothering, one of our favorite HSHSP episodes). The balance we must find is between "stepping out of the picture" and helicoptering. It is apprenticing your teens for adulthood! How do we apprentice our teens for adulthood? * We DON'T say things like: We're telling you that you can't watch this! * We DO say things like: You can't watch this and this is why. We want you to learn to make choices on what you watch. We want you to become a Christian man. * In other words: cast the vision for healthy, Christian adulthood. Then, have lots of conversations. Have you noticed that parenting teenagers is different than parenting young children? For homeschool high schoolers, we offer: * Guidance * Boundaries * Discussion on both Parenting of teens should not be *hard boundaries only* vs *here are the tv controllers, figure it out*. Parenting is not a dichotomy (black and white). In order to figure out if you are close to that health middle ground, ask yourself: Would you treat a friend this way? Here are some examples: * It is okay to keep fixing their food while they are home. * But at same time training them to cook and involving them in the process. * If teens forget things for co-op at home, do bring it. * But not if they have a habit of it, bad habits are broken by natural consequences. Remember: Would you treat your friend this way? People who believe in hands off in kids' education say: Don't meddle in your teens' education. Susan feels like homeschooling moms are the poster child for meddling in their teens' education, but it should be healthy meddling. Apprenticing your teens for adulthood looks like: * Involving homeschool high schoolers in curriculum planning * Involving homeschool high schoolers in discussions about current events * Teaching homeschool high schoolers Biblical worldview, apologetics and critical thinking skills. (We also recommend philosophy. Catch this HSHSP episode with Dr. Micah Tillman.) * Giving your homeschool high schoolers opportunities to travel * Talking to your homeschool high schoolers about what they learn in co-op, dual enrollment clas...

25 MIN4 d ago
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HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry

HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe

This week on HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe. HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe Vicki is so excited to have our fellow podcaster, Meryl van der Merwe of the Homeschooling with Technology podcast, join us today to talk about technology and teens and homeschooling high school. Meryl is also the owner of a fun online academy where students use technology in multiple ways in each course: FundaFundaAcademy.com. Meryl and her husband moved from South Africa to the United States (Tennessee) in 2003 for a better American life. When their four kids started school here, they found that American schools were far behind what her kids had learned. She did not want to waste their time or bore them by having them repeat things they had already learned, so she and her husband decided to start homeschooling. She calls herself an *unsuspecting homeschooler*. Meryl's kids have all graduated now. Four of the five graduated fr...

22 MIN1 w ago
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HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe

HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum

This week on HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum. HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum In Vicki's years as a homeschool advisor and career coach, one of the saddest things she has watched is the stress that 11th and 12th graders often feel if they are not settled on what they are going to do when they graduate. Do you have a teen like that? It's okay. There are non-intimidating ways to help them explore. High schoolers really need to do LOTS of career exploration. This is especially true when they are not sure what they want to do for a college major or career. The problem for many homeschool high schoolers is that their schedules are packed. Often their core academics and transcript-building extracurriculars leave them little time to squeeze in something as nebulous as official Career Exploration. So, let's talk practical. One practical way of helping Career Exploration happen for your teens who are not sure a...

9 MIN2 w ago
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HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum

HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck

This week on HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck. HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck As many homeschool families know by now, 7Sister Vicki LOVES career exploration. She is joined today by Jamie Beck a homeschooling mom and career coach in California. Jamie homeschools her 12 year old through a charter school in California. She also has an elementary-aged son in traditional school, which shows that there's not ONE right way to homeschool...even if it is in a traditional school setting ;) Jamie decided to homeschool and started teaching Career Education when her daughter was 2 and a half year old. She started by creating a children's book, which did not do financially well. She felt it was a failure but she used the failure, not as defeat, but to give herself impetus to develop a Career Exploration program for young people. (See links at the end of the post.) Jamie's top piece of ...

24 MIN3 w ago
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HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck

HSHSP Ep 178: What’s Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman

This week on HSHSP Ep 178: What's Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman. HSHSP Ep 178: What's Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman Many of us homeschool moms are *digital immigrants*, we were around in the days before the internet and always feel like we are a step behind our kids in the things going on in the digital world. Our kids, on the other hand, are *digital natives* and tend to be very comfortable there. We moms worry about the safety of our children and teens when they are online. That's why I asked our friend and fellow homeschool mom, Leah Nieman (our favorite technology expert) to join us for a realistic discussion about the world of technology for those of us homeschool moms who are not experts ourselves. She shares with us what's good and bad about tech for teens. Leah Nieman. Photo used with permission. The key issues that parents need to know about the online world include: * Privacy * Education of parents * Leah remi...

33 MINSEP 17
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HSHSP Ep 178: What’s Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman

HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt

This week on HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt. HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt Homeschooling and family business go well together. Join Vicki and Kym for this encouraging interview on becoming a mompreneur, with Cheryl Pitt of 2 to 1 Conference. We are so excited that on this episode we have the opportunity to interview our good friend, Cheryl Pitt! Cheryl is a true mom entrepreneur: a Mompreneur! Cheryl is a homeschool mom and serial entrepreneur. She and her husband have 4 kids ages 23-4. She and her husband also raised his youngest brothers and are caregivers for their grandfather. Cheryl has had to make lots of adjustments while being a business woman, wife, caregiver and homeschool mom. One of her priorities has always been her family's homeschooling. She prioritizes watching her kids to understand their strengths, interests and needs. For instance: * Her oldest liked checklists and workbooks * Her husband brother (...

24 MINSEP 10
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HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt

HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans

This week on HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans. HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans Do your homeschool high schoolers have days that they HATE their studies? Teens get bored with nothing but textbooks! Join Vicki and our friend, Susan Evans, who reminds us that teens don't outgrow the need for experiential learning! When they have hands-on experiences, they regain a love for learning. Susan is an expert on hands-on learning. That's the way she educates her homeschool high schoolers. Her good-natured teens still love education because Susan comes up with hands-on experiences for their transcript credits. Susan reminds us that having fun in education, makes education successful. She tells the story of teaching writing in a low-performing school. She did mystery events with her. Then her students wrote mystery stories about the event. The next testing showed her students scored signifi...

21 MINSEP 3
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HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans

HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major

This week on HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major. HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major Is your homeschool high schooler wrestling with college major choices? Can I make a suggestion? We need more homeschool high schoolers to choose psychology as a college major. The United States is woefully short on mental health professionals and there is such a great need! Christians are especially needed in the field. Many parents these days discourage teens from considering psychology as a career. It is one of those professions that usually needs a graduate degree and the pay is never as competitive as the STEM-related careers. US News and World Report reports that mental health counselors achieve an average salary compared to other US careers (median salary of $43,000 whereas in much of the US, the median income is $50,000). However, there are some careers teens can choose, not to become wealthy but because they feel called. Psychology car...

14 MINAUG 27
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HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major

HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents’ Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer

This week on HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents' Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer. HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents' Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer Homeschool high schoolers can really get some inspiration when they learn about American First Ladies. Our friend, Dr. Jill Hummer, of Wilson College, is a national expert on Presidents' Wives. Jill and her husband, Josh, homeschool their family. Josh was homeschooled himself, which makes them a second-generation homeschool family! Jill is also a Political Science professor at Wilson College in Pennsylvania. She is known for her expertise on First Ladies, having been interviewed on History Channel, given lectures on C-Span, and authored an interesting and authoritative book on the topic. Why should homeschool high schooler learn about First Ladies? Learning about Presidents' Wives may inspire a future First Lady (or maybe even a future President)! Learning about Presidents' Wives can also build a sparkle credit for the ho...

26 MINAUG 20
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HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents’ Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer

HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School

This week on HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School. HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School How do you help your homeschool high schoolers be best prepared for what comes AFTER they graduate? There are 2 career-related experiences they really should do: * Career Exploration: This is a course that helps teens explore their talents, strengths, interests, abilities, experiences and values to help them narrow down career possibilities. * Career Pathways: These are the courses that your homeschool high schooler will do that help prepare them for their future careers or college-majors. Join Vicki and our wonderful guests: 7Sister Marilyn and our friend, Barb Varnell. You know them from our How to Get Started Homeschooling High School suite of episodes: * The Nuts and Bolts of Starting Homeschool High School: How to get started (and still feel encouraged) * Transcripts for Transfer Students: What happens when you start homeschool during the middle of hig...

27 MINAUG 13
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HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School

Latest Episodes

HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry

This week on HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry. HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry Apprenticing your teens for adulthood. What is that? Vicki is joined by Susan Landry of the Sparrow's Home, where Susan writes about home, homeschooling, cooking and all things related. (She bucks the trend of staying with one topic; she believes God created us as whole people, so she creates wholistic post topics. She works on mentoring moms!) Susan homeschooled her teens through graduation and loves it! She believes in apprenticing your teens for adulthood. Susan believes that we are also mentoring or apprenticing teens is the balance between free-ranging teens and helicoptering teens. She noticed a trend in blogs and in the media that urges parents to *quit doing so much for your teens*: teaching teens to be independent and stand on their own two feet by not doing anything for teens. By stepping back and out of the parenting picture. Susan felt that we need to HELP them become adults! We can be helpers, apprenticers and mentors without helicoptering (heavy equipment mothering, one of our favorite HSHSP episodes). The balance we must find is between "stepping out of the picture" and helicoptering. It is apprenticing your teens for adulthood! How do we apprentice our teens for adulthood? * We DON'T say things like: We're telling you that you can't watch this! * We DO say things like: You can't watch this and this is why. We want you to learn to make choices on what you watch. We want you to become a Christian man. * In other words: cast the vision for healthy, Christian adulthood. Then, have lots of conversations. Have you noticed that parenting teenagers is different than parenting young children? For homeschool high schoolers, we offer: * Guidance * Boundaries * Discussion on both Parenting of teens should not be *hard boundaries only* vs *here are the tv controllers, figure it out*. Parenting is not a dichotomy (black and white). In order to figure out if you are close to that health middle ground, ask yourself: Would you treat a friend this way? Here are some examples: * It is okay to keep fixing their food while they are home. * But at same time training them to cook and involving them in the process. * If teens forget things for co-op at home, do bring it. * But not if they have a habit of it, bad habits are broken by natural consequences. Remember: Would you treat your friend this way? People who believe in hands off in kids' education say: Don't meddle in your teens' education. Susan feels like homeschooling moms are the poster child for meddling in their teens' education, but it should be healthy meddling. Apprenticing your teens for adulthood looks like: * Involving homeschool high schoolers in curriculum planning * Involving homeschool high schoolers in discussions about current events * Teaching homeschool high schoolers Biblical worldview, apologetics and critical thinking skills. (We also recommend philosophy. Catch this HSHSP episode with Dr. Micah Tillman.) * Giving your homeschool high schoolers opportunities to travel * Talking to your homeschool high schoolers about what they learn in co-op, dual enrollment clas...

25 MIN4 d ago
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HSHSP Ep 183: Apprenticing Your Teens for Adulthood, Interview with Susan Landry

HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe

This week on HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe. HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe Vicki is so excited to have our fellow podcaster, Meryl van der Merwe of the Homeschooling with Technology podcast, join us today to talk about technology and teens and homeschooling high school. Meryl is also the owner of a fun online academy where students use technology in multiple ways in each course: FundaFundaAcademy.com. Meryl and her husband moved from South Africa to the United States (Tennessee) in 2003 for a better American life. When their four kids started school here, they found that American schools were far behind what her kids had learned. She did not want to waste their time or bore them by having them repeat things they had already learned, so she and her husband decided to start homeschooling. She calls herself an *unsuspecting homeschooler*. Meryl's kids have all graduated now. Four of the five graduated fr...

22 MIN1 w ago
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HSHSP Ep 182: Tech Skills for Teens, Interview with Meryl van der Merwe

HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum

This week on HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum. HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum In Vicki's years as a homeschool advisor and career coach, one of the saddest things she has watched is the stress that 11th and 12th graders often feel if they are not settled on what they are going to do when they graduate. Do you have a teen like that? It's okay. There are non-intimidating ways to help them explore. High schoolers really need to do LOTS of career exploration. This is especially true when they are not sure what they want to do for a college major or career. The problem for many homeschool high schoolers is that their schedules are packed. Often their core academics and transcript-building extracurriculars leave them little time to squeeze in something as nebulous as official Career Exploration. So, let's talk practical. One practical way of helping Career Exploration happen for your teens who are not sure a...

9 MIN2 w ago
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HSHSP Ep 180: Integrating Career Exploration into High School Curriculum

HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck

This week on HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck. HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck As many homeschool families know by now, 7Sister Vicki LOVES career exploration. She is joined today by Jamie Beck a homeschooling mom and career coach in California. Jamie homeschools her 12 year old through a charter school in California. She also has an elementary-aged son in traditional school, which shows that there's not ONE right way to homeschool...even if it is in a traditional school setting ;) Jamie decided to homeschool and started teaching Career Education when her daughter was 2 and a half year old. She started by creating a children's book, which did not do financially well. She felt it was a failure but she used the failure, not as defeat, but to give herself impetus to develop a Career Exploration program for young people. (See links at the end of the post.) Jamie's top piece of ...

24 MIN3 w ago
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HSHSP Ep 179: Career Coaching with Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Jamie Beck

HSHSP Ep 178: What’s Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman

This week on HSHSP Ep 178: What's Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman. HSHSP Ep 178: What's Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman Many of us homeschool moms are *digital immigrants*, we were around in the days before the internet and always feel like we are a step behind our kids in the things going on in the digital world. Our kids, on the other hand, are *digital natives* and tend to be very comfortable there. We moms worry about the safety of our children and teens when they are online. That's why I asked our friend and fellow homeschool mom, Leah Nieman (our favorite technology expert) to join us for a realistic discussion about the world of technology for those of us homeschool moms who are not experts ourselves. She shares with us what's good and bad about tech for teens. Leah Nieman. Photo used with permission. The key issues that parents need to know about the online world include: * Privacy * Education of parents * Leah remi...

33 MINSEP 17
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HSHSP Ep 178: What’s Good and Bad about Tech for Teens, Interview with Leah Nieman

HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt

This week on HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt. HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt Homeschooling and family business go well together. Join Vicki and Kym for this encouraging interview on becoming a mompreneur, with Cheryl Pitt of 2 to 1 Conference. We are so excited that on this episode we have the opportunity to interview our good friend, Cheryl Pitt! Cheryl is a true mom entrepreneur: a Mompreneur! Cheryl is a homeschool mom and serial entrepreneur. She and her husband have 4 kids ages 23-4. She and her husband also raised his youngest brothers and are caregivers for their grandfather. Cheryl has had to make lots of adjustments while being a business woman, wife, caregiver and homeschool mom. One of her priorities has always been her family's homeschooling. She prioritizes watching her kids to understand their strengths, interests and needs. For instance: * Her oldest liked checklists and workbooks * Her husband brother (...

24 MINSEP 10
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HSHSP Ep 177: Becoming a Mompreneur, Interview with Cheryl Pitt

HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans

This week on HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans. HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans Do your homeschool high schoolers have days that they HATE their studies? Teens get bored with nothing but textbooks! Join Vicki and our friend, Susan Evans, who reminds us that teens don't outgrow the need for experiential learning! When they have hands-on experiences, they regain a love for learning. Susan is an expert on hands-on learning. That's the way she educates her homeschool high schoolers. Her good-natured teens still love education because Susan comes up with hands-on experiences for their transcript credits. Susan reminds us that having fun in education, makes education successful. She tells the story of teaching writing in a low-performing school. She did mystery events with her. Then her students wrote mystery stories about the event. The next testing showed her students scored signifi...

21 MINSEP 3
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HSHSP Ep 176: Hands-on Learning in Homeschool High School, Interview with Susan Evans

HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major

This week on HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major. HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major Is your homeschool high schooler wrestling with college major choices? Can I make a suggestion? We need more homeschool high schoolers to choose psychology as a college major. The United States is woefully short on mental health professionals and there is such a great need! Christians are especially needed in the field. Many parents these days discourage teens from considering psychology as a career. It is one of those professions that usually needs a graduate degree and the pay is never as competitive as the STEM-related careers. US News and World Report reports that mental health counselors achieve an average salary compared to other US careers (median salary of $43,000 whereas in much of the US, the median income is $50,000). However, there are some careers teens can choose, not to become wealthy but because they feel called. Psychology car...

14 MINAUG 27
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HSHSP Ep 175: How Teens Can Explore Psychology as College Major

HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents’ Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer

This week on HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents' Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer. HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents' Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer Homeschool high schoolers can really get some inspiration when they learn about American First Ladies. Our friend, Dr. Jill Hummer, of Wilson College, is a national expert on Presidents' Wives. Jill and her husband, Josh, homeschool their family. Josh was homeschooled himself, which makes them a second-generation homeschool family! Jill is also a Political Science professor at Wilson College in Pennsylvania. She is known for her expertise on First Ladies, having been interviewed on History Channel, given lectures on C-Span, and authored an interesting and authoritative book on the topic. Why should homeschool high schooler learn about First Ladies? Learning about Presidents' Wives may inspire a future First Lady (or maybe even a future President)! Learning about Presidents' Wives can also build a sparkle credit for the ho...

26 MINAUG 20
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HSHSP Ep 174: Teaching About Presidents’ Wives, Interview with Jill Hummer

HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School

This week on HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School. HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School How do you help your homeschool high schoolers be best prepared for what comes AFTER they graduate? There are 2 career-related experiences they really should do: * Career Exploration: This is a course that helps teens explore their talents, strengths, interests, abilities, experiences and values to help them narrow down career possibilities. * Career Pathways: These are the courses that your homeschool high schooler will do that help prepare them for their future careers or college-majors. Join Vicki and our wonderful guests: 7Sister Marilyn and our friend, Barb Varnell. You know them from our How to Get Started Homeschooling High School suite of episodes: * The Nuts and Bolts of Starting Homeschool High School: How to get started (and still feel encouraged) * Transcripts for Transfer Students: What happens when you start homeschool during the middle of hig...

27 MINAUG 13
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HSHSP Ep 173: Career Pathways for Homeschool High School