Updated General Conference SDA Homeschoolers Meetup Information

There will be just ONE group ‘field trip’ to the Alamo on Wednesday, July 8th at 8:45am.      Look for the  SDA Homeschoolers sign  to the left of the main entrance.   Admission to the Alamo is free.   We look forward to fellowship time with you!

There will also be ONE meetup on Thursday, July 9th at 9:30am in the Convention Center.   Meeting room number to be announced.   Rob Weaver from the Assoc. of Adventist Colleges and Universities will be at our meetup to discuss SDA college admissions for homeschool students.   A VERY helpful handout has been prepared with all basic SDA college admissions information in one place!  Don’t miss out!

It doesn’t matter if your children are not middle or high school aged, we want to spend time visiting with you!  There will be time for parents to get to know each other. The youngers will enjoy participating in the postcard swap!   Bring postcards from your state or country to trade with other children to create a fun collection!

SA postcard

Free SAT Test Preparation

Answers Marked on TestThinking ahead to college with your high school student?  Preparing for the SAT test does not have to be a costly endeavor.  Free SAT preparation resources are available.   Follow this link for more information:  SAT Prep Resources

Thinking About High School ~ English/Language Arts

Thinking about high school English/Language Arts (ELA) curriculum? Things to consider as you make your choices: What are your student’s future educational goals? Is your student planning to pursue vocational training or attend a college/university? What are your student’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to reading and written communication skills.

high school englishVocational training programs will require basic technical reading comprehension skills as well as basic writing abilities. Your student will also need to be able to communicate effectively on written tests. It might be a good idea to compare your student’s abilities with the minimum high school competencies for ELA in your local area. Many high school competency ELA tests mirror the level of essential skills needed for success in vocational studies.

If your student is planning to complete a degree program at a college or university, then your focus will be different. Acquiring strong composition skills, especially in the areas of report of information, persuasive and analytical writing will be a priority. A college-bound student will also want to develop an outlining/note-taking strategy to help with keeping track of lecture information.

What to do for literature studies? The answer is one of personal family preference. Many SDA families choose to exclude fiction from literature study. It is important to note that literature study can be accomplished without fiction: essays, biographies, journals and other non-fictions works can provide the foundation for analytical writing, one of the main purposes for literature study.

Continued grammar or vocabulary lessons and the study of Greek/Latin roots can be helpful for students preparing to take the SAT or ACT.

Resources:

Online Grammar Handbook– from the University of Minnesota.  Helpful for high school level students to see what type of writing and competency is required at the college level.

Elements of Style : classic writing handbook

Merriam-Webster – online dictionary with a Word-of-the-Day

SAT Question of the Day – get an idea of what type of grammar/writing is on the test.

The Bible Timeline – A New Resource

The Bible TimelineHere’s a wonderful new resource from Amazing Facts that is sure to be a blessing to your homeschool Bible & History studies.  An interactive Bible timeline!  The website describes itself this way:

“With more than 850 interconnected entries, the Bible Prophecy Timeline is a comprehensive study tool that allows you to explore every character and major event of the Bible, from the creation of the world to last-day prophecies. Each entry in the Timeline contains a brief but insightful article with interesting facts about the person or event, plus artwork and full Scripture references and passages to help you find it in the Bible.” 

Click the image above or the following link to learn more –The Bible Timeline

From Kitchen Table to Brick & Mortar

Here’s an interesting quick read about a homeschooled student making the transition from homeschooling to college.

Home-school students do well first time in college

Current research is supporting the claims that homeschoolers are not at a disadvantage when it comes to transitioning to college.   Encouraging news for those of us who are homeschooling high school-aged students.

SDA Higher Education Resource Links

cap-and-diplomaDo you have a homeschooler preparing  to attend an Adventist college or university next year?   Adventistcolleges.org can help.   This is the official hub site with links to North American Adventist colleges and universities, as well as general information needed for students preparing for college.  All the information and links you need at one site.

logoReady to apply?  The  Adventist Connect   undergraduate web application offers you these benefits:

  • Apply to as many as 13 accredited Adventist colleges and universities with just one application
  • Maximize your exposure to multiple schools
  • Your application fee is waived for your top three schools

Click the image above or the links in the post to visit these helpful sites.

SAT Test Prep Resources for Your College Bound Homeschooler

Answers Marked on TestDo you have a student who is preparing for college entrance examinations? These two SAT test preparation websites can help- for free.  The official SAT website offers a study plan, a question of the day, and a full free practice test.  You can register to keep track of your progress and get college readiness reminders for both students and parents.
The CK-12 Foundation offers a free downloadable SAT study course, featuring math, reading and writing lessons as well as practice questions.

 

You can easily incorporate these resources into your high school student’s curriculum; review and practice one question a day or spend an hour or two on a particular lesson once or twice a week.