Teaching Teens

Teaching your teen can seem a bit daunting, but I actually found that I enjoyed high school with my sons and seeing them mature. here are some ideas when considering homeschooling your teen.

Make a plan for the year, better still, make a four year high school plan if you are going to homeschool them until graduation. “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” Planning makes all the difference because you and your child can see what classes need to be taken. It provides structure and also gives opportunity to do other things.

Get your child involved in the selection of classes. High school is the time to explore career possibilities. Yes, they still need to take the required English, Math, Science, Social Studies classes, but there is latitude in which that can be taught. Do you have a child who likes to write and is interested in pursuing that as a career? You can find curriculum that is writing a novel in a year! One of my sons was a voracious reader and read the Iliad, the Odyssey, and all of the Greek comedies and tragedies in one year, as well as writing analysis on these works. Would I have chosen this without his input? Uh, no! lol

Plan classes according to interest. What do they like? Can you create or find a class that would be make them look forward to their classes. There are so many online options now for students to take a variety of classes.

Find help to teach the tough subjects. I am not a Renaissance woman, nor can I teach ALL subjects. By the time my sons were in high school, I only taught a few of their class and had others teach them subjects that they were either passionate about or were qualified to teach. You may not have the money to hire teachers, but co-ops are great for this or swapping with another homeschool mom something you like to teach with them can are options.

Find opportunities to talk or shadow professionals. Let’s say your daughter loves animals and decides to be a veterinarian. That is great, but has she ever see what a vet’s typical day looks like? What kind of schooling they need? Hours they work? Now is the time to find out before going to university. the vast majority of professionals love to discuss the career they have chosen. Reach out and contact someone.

You’ve got this! I know you can do this and I am here to help, offer suggestions, etc. Email me if I can be of assistance. My rates are reasonable if you wish to set up a consultations and I love to help. However, I cannot offer legal advice. Contact Home School Legal Defense if you need to pursue this area.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Happy Spring!

Today is the beginning of spring and it is my favorite time of the year. Trees are blooming, birds are singing, and school is wrapping up. I hope you and your child(ren) get a great number of opportunities to be outdoors experiencing the wonder of all that is taking place. Here are some ideas for teaching:

Go on a nature walk. Look for signs of spring; sketch plants; identify wildflowers, birds.

Go to the zoo or a farm. Going to where there are animals, and especially where your child can see baby animals. It is a great hands-on biology experience for everyone. What better way to discuss the life cycle than seeing it in person?

Enjoy the rain. The expression, “April showers bring May flowers” is especially true here in Ohio. So, if it is just a shower, with no lightning, why not let your child don on a raincoat, boots, and an umbrella? They can enjoy hearing the sounds of the water hitting the umbrella, can jump in water puddles, make mud pies, add food coloring to water puddles, blow bubbles on the sidewalk, grass, car, etc.

Plant a garden. It’s so rewarding to watch the seeds sprout and plants begin to grow. Your student can draw pictures of the various stages of plant development as well as take on some responsibility. They can water and weed the garden, and help with harvesting throughout the growing season.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Teaching to Your Child’s Level

Have you ever been in a situation like this picture where you feel like the subject that was being taught or discussed was waaay over your head? Yeah, me too! So, when you get “the deer in the headlights” look from your child when you are teaching something, remember the time that you felt this way. It helps you realize what they are feeling and the frustration that is occurring. Here are some things I have found helpful having been a classroom teacher and home educator.

  1. Is background information needed before teaching the concept? I know this sounds like an automatic thing, but sometimes I forget that I am starting at ground zero with my student. Do not assume your child knows what you are talking. Orally quiz them to see what they know. If I asked you to explain the laws of thermodynamics you may not be able to do so because you just don’t know (or it has been a long time since you learned this <lol> ).
  2. Speak in simple terms. When you are teaching something, you must talk to your pupil in terms that is understood. You might be discussing how to write a thesis statement for a paper, but you don’t have to jump right in and say that. Explain the concept (thesis means the main idea of paper) and then introduce the terminology. I taught 8th grade Earth and Space Science and I didn’t use technical terms until I explained it simply.
  3. Use hands-on experiences as much as possible. Did you know you learn much quicker and concepts are remembered longer the more senses are involved? If I explained to you how to make a soufflĂ© and you didn’t have any directions to read, it would be very difficult, in my case, impossible! I will be able to make it if I can read the directions (see) , watch a video (see, hear), and make it (feel).
  4. Model and work together with your child. Let’s say you are teaching your child to learn to write the upper case L. You can start with a large surface and use paper and pencil until they get comfortable with that and using the writing instrument properly. Next, move to writing on paper. Using handwriting paper, have them trace the letter multiple times while instructing them. Demonstrate as you talk about forming the letter. (Start up at the top of the line and go to the bottom, etc.) You can put your hand over the top of their hand, guiding as they work on the letter. Don’t let a child do something independently until you see success.
  5. If at first you don’t succeed, try again! I listen to a teaching pastor that I dearly love because he explains something and then reiterates what he has just said by coming at it from a different angle. If you have explained division and your child is still not understanding, try using different modalities. Use manipulatives, find a video that explains it, start with simpler problems, etc.
  6. Stop and come back to it. Sometimes you just need to regroup and return to the subject. You may need to go back and review previous concepts. Your student could also just need to ruminate about the new material.

I hope these ideas are helpful.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Enter for a Chance to Win

Giveaway Closed- Congratulations to Jennifer K and Kaitlin W.

The Giveaway for a free portfolio review assessment ends on February 14, 2022. So, if you have not yet entered, you still have this week to do it. All of the details are on my post from last week, but I am posting the link here for you. https://schoolmarmohio.com/2022/02/02/homeschool-assessment-giveaway-2022/

I hop you win! Have a great week ~Lisa~

Homeschool Assessment Giveaway 2022

It is February which means it’s time for my annual Giveaway that begins today and ends at 12:00PM EST February 14. As usual, I will pick two winners and announce the winners on February 15, 2022. There are three ways you can win:

  1. Schedule a review with me. The Calendly schedule calendar is below and you can sign up right now. Days and times are limited for now, but I will open up more this summer if needed. Early evening appointments are on Tuesdays should you need it. Need more information? See the Homeschool Assessments Tab above. It has all the particulars.
  2. Follow me on Instagram. Here is where I share about children’s books and other homeschool things. This is an area where I want to grow in and will be dedicating more time and content to that. https://www.instagram.com/schoolmarmohio/
  3. Refer a friend. Write a comment below letting me know how many people you recommended having me do an assessment for them. Each referral is an entry.

If you won last year, then you are not eligible this year, sorry! Best wishes! I will notify the winners here and on Instagram on 02.15.22

Have a great week! ~Lisa~