Thinking About High School English – A Revisit

I’m revisiting this post because there are currently some questions about high school English curriculum on the AHE email group.  When this post was first written, my oldest was a high school sophmore.  Since then I have graduated two high schoolers.  I was curious- Have I changed my mind about what I’ve written?   No, my thoughts/advice remain the same.  It is especially important to choose curriculum in light of your student’s strengths and weakness. 

 

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.

Pinned on Pinterest: Printable Planners and Organizers for Children

My 11yo needs a bit of extra help organizing his day.  I’ve discovered that he functions best when he has a clear understanding of  not only his school assignments, but the chores and playdates, and other activities that we are doing each day.  A chore chart and family calendar are helpful to him, but what about putting all of his information in one location?

I  use a paper planner to help me stay on track,  so I decided that he would benefit from one as well.  As I researched for free printable planners and organizers for children,  I pinned them on the AHE Organizational Ideas Pinterest Board in case there were other parents like me looking for an inexpensive way to keep a child on track.  Click on the link below and you’ll see what I’ve found so far.   If you know of any other free printable planners for children, please share a link in the comments below so I can add them to the Pinterest board

What’s Your Homeschooling ‘Thing’?

 

What’s your homeschooling ‘thing’ right now?  What is that one item that you love to use or  just can’t live without? That simple item that is at the top of your supply list?   For many years my ‘thing’ was freezer paper (my craft paper go-to).  However, now that my children are older, my new can’t-live-without item is colored paper, specifically the neon Astrobright colored paper.

For many years each of my three children had a main pastel color that I used for planning and printables.   I could look at a stack of papers and know that the pale green papers were for one child, the yellow for another, etc.  Keeping each child’s paperwork organized by color made sorting and organizing so much easier.

Now that I’m down to one student, my love of colored paper has increased, not decreased!  Now I’m in love with the shockingly bright Astrobright paper.   I categorize and print multiplication fact cards and review sheets by color.  A different neon color for each part of speech in his grammar notebook, the uses are endless!  I always keep a healthy supply of colored paper, cardstock and lined notebook paper on hand.  Always ready to print!

What item makes life easier/more cheerful/more organized/simpler for you?  Share with us your homeschooling thing in the comments!

Financial Aid Webinar – Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University is hosting an online financial aid webinar this week.  You have two opportunities to participate. Don’t dismiss this webinar because your student is not planning to attend Walla Walla University.   The webinars will cover the process of applying for financial aid to most college and universities, grants, scholarships, and affordability of a Christian education.     BOTH of the hour-long webinars will be on Wednesday, November 8th at 4pm and 7pm PST.    Click the links or the image above to register today!

New Curriculum Updates for SEM

SonLight Education Ministry (SEM)  has released several new items this week that are ready for free download.

For those who are not aware, SonLight Education Ministry is a sister ministry to Adventist Home Educator.  SEM offers free .pdf downloads of True Education curriculum/materials on a well-organized Google Drive page.  SEM Google Drive

Take a moment to visit the updated Released Materials page at the SEM website.

Lunch and Learn Q&A – Tomorrow @ Noon EST

Need help getting started with Sonlight Education Ministry materials?  Join Sonlight counselor Yolanda on Periscope for a Lunch and Learn  Q&A – Friday, December 9th at 12:00 noon Eastern Time.   The focus for this lunch and learn will be on the Road Map and Route– have your questions ready!  If you are not able to participate in tomorrow’s lunch and learn, you may leave a question for Yolanda on the Sonlight Education Ministry Facebook page and watch the replay at your convenience.

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You can find Yolanda’s Periscope page HERE as well as download the app to able to participate.

Link to the Road Map and Route

Another lunch and learn Periscope session is scheduled for December 30th.

See you tomorrow!

 

 

 

First Things First: A Spiritual Foundations Link-Up

It is back-to-school time for so many SDA homeschool families in North America and around the world.  There are parents busily working on lesson planning, buying supplies and evaluating potential curriculum.    But have we forgotten the most important thing in preparing for the new school year?   I’ve gathered a few links that remind me that we must always remember to put first things first in our homeschooling efforts.  Have we worked to lay a proper spiritual foundation for our homeschools?

bible“Do you turn to Google or God first?”  The blog post, Have You Prayed Over Your Homeschool , asks an important (and convicting) question.

God has given us wonderful promises in the Bible that we can apply to our homeschools.  Life of a Homeschool Mom shares 12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool.   Let’s claim God’s promises!

Here’s a nice printable to add to your planning book:  the Homeschool Mom’s Prayer Lifeline.  It’s a prayer calendar reminding you to pray for specific aspects your child’s homeschool education: character, relationships, etc.

Have you taken the time to consider the principles taught in the book Education, by E.G. White?   It is a must for every SDA homeschooling family.  This audio book version of Education will allow you to download and listen while you fold laundry, cook a meal or take a walk.