It can be a temptation to totally panic when you start planning middle school for the first time. You may like my article, Taming Middle School Anxiety. But right now, let me give you 7 easy steps to assist you in your planning.
1. Make a plan for your classes
That way you'll be sure to have all the courses you need for college and career success.
2. Emphasize the basics
Literacy covers a multitude of challenges, so keep classes challenging, but not overwhelming.
3. Develop study skills
Help your student buckle down and do the toughest classes first, and the fun stuff second.
4. Encourage organization
Help them learn how to become organized as they learn to prioritize their work.
5. Practice time management
Truthfully, this takes years and YEARS of work, and starting early can really help, just don't expect perfection.
6. Think about college financing
Consider how you will save for college, and how you can position your student for scholarships based on their unique skills and abilities.
7. Don't panic!
You have two full years of middle school before your child should begin high school classes. Take it easy! It doesn't need to be so hard!
Read "The Why and How to Homeschool Middle School" for more tips!
I have 5 Fabulous Finds for parents planning for middle school.
1. Read Taming Middle School Anxiety to calm your concerns
2. Read 7 Ways to Encourage Reading in Middle School
3. Sign up for a FREE recorded class "12 Keys to High School Success"
4. Read the coordinating Coffee Break Book: Homeschooling Middle School with Powerful Purpose
5. Read about the High School Solution for the best preparation young teens
The High School Solution will help a homeschool parent like you! You can homeschool middle school and high school with confidence and excellence. Homeschooling high school can seem a daunting challenge to even the most seasoned homeschool parent. It's a great help to parents that homeschool in all sorts of ways, giving you the training you need to become your child's best teacher and guidance counselor. You can continue homeschooling independently, even in the upper grades.
During Alex's first week at college, he came home and thanked me for a specific skill he learned when we were homeschooling. Believe it or not, he thanked me for teaching him how to write essays in high school, specifically a quick essay.
Learning to write a quick one or two page, hand-written essay is important for three reasons.
Visiting colleges is an important step in determining where your child will apply. It shows colleges that you are interested in coming to their school. With college visits, you'll want to have prepared some questions in advance that will give you information you can't find online or in their view-books. Ask open-ended questions to, hopefully, engage in meaningful conversation.
Let me guess.... You KNOW that you should get your homeschool transcript done now, but you really don't want to do it. You know you should, but it doesn't sound like fun, does it?
But wait! What if we can MAKE it fun??
How about if I share with you all my easy-peasy, light-and-breezy tips for making transcripts in a
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