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Why Study Spanish?

Why Study Spanish?

This quotation from Charlemagne is timeless. We have always heard that it is beneficial to learn another language, but do we really believe it? Well, I do.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” – Charlemagne

My Visit to Spain

As a cautious high school student, I boarded my first plane flight to Spain with a group of strangers. Armed only with three years of poorly learned high school Spanish I ventured headlong into a homestay with a wonderfully patient family. Later in my junior year of college, I lived in Córdoba, Spain for an academic year taking classes in Spanish and living life in a Spanish dorm. I quickly had to learn to navigate in my new world.

My Second Soul

So this brings me to my second soul. That summer after my junior year in Spain I was invited by my brother to be a translator on a mission trip to Mexico. I however was not a believer. I was very far from God. A dear friend suddenly died while I was in Spain and the heartbreak of losing him so young shocked me to my core. “What could I say of myself if I passed suddenly as he did?” The big questions of eternity loomed in my heart and my head.

While in Mexico I was paired up with a pastor’s wife and we did door-to-door evangelism together. She used her parallel Bible and I would read and explain concepts in Spanish. It was during that trip after many late-night talks that I surrendered myself to Jesus. I gained my second soul through Spanish.

Why Choose Spanish?

Aside from the beauty of the language and the connections you will make as you study it, Spanish is the language of over 450 million people in the world! By learning Spanish you will be able to understand your native English more. And you will be humbled by how much you do not know about your own language!

I hope you will be able to join me (Emily Harkey) and my students this year in our journey into Spanish with True North Homeschool Academy, or with another curriculum or class – it is truly through the struggles and joys of learning another language that you are able to “possess a second soul”.

More About Emily & Her Spanish Classes

Currently, Emily Harkey teaches Spanish A, Spanish B and section two of our Spanish Level One classes. We are thankful for her expertise. She really immerses the students in the language and culture and she loves the benefits of the interaction students get in her online classes. Hear more from her about her philosophy and teaching styles in the video below:

Thank you, Emily, for sharing from your heart! If you want to learn more about why your child might want to learn Spanish, check out our blog post 5 Reasons to Study Spanish!

Spanish Curriculum Giveaway!

Enter from May 21 – June 4, 2021: True North Homeschool Academy is giving away Spanish curriculum. Enter for a chance to win our self-paced elementary level Spanish curricula from Risas y SonRisas or Level One (used for Spanish 1) or Level Two (used for Spanish II) of the Spanish curriculum, Breaking the Spanish Barrier. It’s an exciting opportunity and one we hope you will ENTER TO WIN! True North offers Spanish classes for your elementary students as well as Spanish for middle school (junior high) and high school Spanish levels 1-3.

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Typical Course of Study: High School

Typical Course of Study: High School

As the world of Homeschooling has expanded and options have increased and become more focused, it’s a great time to be homeschooling.

Frankly, the options for High School Homeschooling are better than ever! As the world of homeschooling has expanded and the unknowns of the next school year loom, parents of high schoolers are wondering how to plan for what’s ahead. A basic understanding of a typical course of study can be a simple and helpful guide to planning the future, even when that future seems uncertain!

Focus on the Core 4 in High School

You should focus on the Core 4 high school subjects and then add electives and extra-curricular ones.
Some of this will depend on what type of transcript you are creating and where your students plan to land after high school. Vocational programs, college or university, ivy league or conservatory, or the Military all warrant focusing on different aspects of your student’s learning program.

I will link to classes we offer here at True North Homeschool Academy since we try to create classes with a typical course of study plan for each age group. Still, you should choose the curriculum or classes that work best for your family. It’s always awesome if you decide that means our online classes, but we want this blog article to help you make an amazing transcript for your high schooler, even if TNHA classes don’t fit your plan.

Typical Course of Study: High School

Let’s start by looking at high school as a four-year program. This will give us a long-view approach and help us determine what classes make sense within our subject areas. I’ll list each subject and then a common 4-year course of study. You are going to want to focus on the Core Four and go from there:

English– 9th-grade Literature & Composition, World Lit & Comp, U.S. Lit & Composition, British Lit, and Composition

(English can also include spelling, vocabulary, short story, novel writing, Speech and Rhetoric, Poetry,  etc.).

Math – Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Personal Finance

SciencePhysical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy & Physiology or other advanced Science

History World Geography, World History, U.S. History, Government & Economics

(History can also include other areas or times of History like Ancient History)

Once you plan these, filling in with electives and extracurricular activities will be much easier.

 

Typical Course of Study: High School – Electives and Extra-curriculars

Foreign Language– this can be any Ancient or Modern Language. Keep in mind that Latin is a fantastic foundation for grammar and learning how to learn a Foreign Language, and Critical Languages are a great way to earn Scholarship Dollars; French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, Latin

Physical Education – ½ credit each year. Check out our amazing Dance at the Movies for a fun credit of P.E!

Music – a general overview of music, including Music Theory, Voice, Songwriting, or instrument lessons- also counts. Check out our Music at the Movies for a fascinating look at the power of music in culture!

Art/Humanities – a general understanding of Form and Color, Photography, Photoshop, etc.

Bible/Apologetics Studies – should include a general overview of the Old and New Testament, Church History, and Apologetics. Every educated person was expected to have a general understanding of the Bible and could easily reference books and passages. Take time to read and discuss the Bible together and memorize Scripture. Awanas and the Bible Bee are excellent programs to commit the Bible to memory.

Basic Computer Information Systems – Powerpoint, Video Editing, Internet Safety, and Accountability.

Health – should include general health information, introduction to addictions, cybersecurity and addictions, ages and stages, and reproductive health.

Vocational & Career Interests, including Entrepreneurship – in today’s quickly changing market and the gig economy they will inevitably be a part of, your students need to explore Vocational and Career Options as Life Skills and Personal Finance.

Typical Course of Study electives can vary and be wildly diverse. Think about students’ areas of interest and what’s available to them. Many students delve deeply into a subject area that piques their interest, like art, drama, music, electronics, etc. And don’t forget to provide a robust reading list for your high school students, including short stories, novels, plays, and poems.

High School is also a time to explore new areas of interest so take some time to seek out and expose your student to activities and unique experiences.

Include Community Service in Your Homeschool

A typical course of study for your high school should also include Community Service– I would recommend 15 hours a year or more. It’s tricky with Covid, but you can always write letters to service men and women and collect coats or food for the local coat drive or food pantry. You might have to get creative, but high schoolers typically are creative.

Please teach your students about internet safety and how to protect themselves from addictions, pornography, and perpetrators. Teach them how to manage social media and how to be accountable. Getting snared in addiction at a young age can have devastating implications for them. I highly recommend Glow Kids for every parent and young adult.

Testing Options and More

ACT Test Prep can save you thousands of dollars in Scholarship earned, National Latin Exam looks great on a transcript, and our Performance Series test is a straightforward way to assess where your student is at and helps them gain confidence with standardized tests.

Want to know more about credits, transcripts, and standardized tests to ensure your high school student is getting a typical course of study? Survive Homeschooling High School is a comprehensive eBook that will walk you through how to plan and prepare for high school. Suppose you have a good handle on your high school plan but want help with the logistics of a transcript or assigning credits. In that case, you may want to check out our Academic Advising- we offer Academic Advising, SPED Advising for nontraditional learners, and NCAA Advising for those looking to compete for an NCAA position.

It’s a great time to homeschool, and the options for High School Homeschooling are better than ever! Check out our live online dynamic, interactive classes taught within an international community by world-class teachers! Students interact and work together- we believe excellent education occurs within a community!

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5 Reasons to Study Spanish!

5 Reasons to Study Spanish!

Have you ever considered teaching your child a foreign language?  It’s a dilemma many homeschool parents face.  When you start, what curriculum to use, and why do our students need to learn a foreign language anyway?  At True North Homeschool Academy, we believe that learning a foreign language has many benefits.  See just a few of them below.

Why learn Spanish? Here are 5 Compelling Reasons.

1) There are currently 20 million people studying Spanish right now!

Of all the foreign languages to study, Spanish might be the most popular, and for a good reason. There are approximately 437- 527 million Spanish Speakers worldwide, depending on which list you look at, but it’s definitely in the top 5 languages spoken worldwide.

2) Spanish is also spoken and understood by over 52 million people in the United States.

But buckle up because that number is going to grow! By 2060, the Latino population of the U.S. will reach close to 130 million, making it the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world, overtaking Mexico, and increasing the Spanish language’s global standing.

3).  Spanish, as a language, has a bright future.

With Spanish speakers on the rise, not only in the U.S., It is currently ranked as the second most important language for British citizens to learn.

4).  Spanish will increase your employability.

The Spanish market is a huge demographic for companies to target. Currently, the Latin American market has a 1.5 trillion dollar purchasing power (according to Forbes), making Spanish-speaking employees more valuable than ever to employees as they tap into this profitable market.

5) Understanding Spanish will allow you more opportunities.

These opportunities may come as the chase to travel, work, or study abroad with a richer experience.  Speaking Spanish will also open up an entire entertainment world, with Spanish You-Tubes, television, and movies produced in Spanish.

Why learn a foreign language? For the health and brain benefits, of course!

  1. Learning a foreign language can stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s! Mono-lingual adults showed signs of cognitive decline up to 3 years earlier than bilingual adults.
  2. Bilingual children score higher on problem-solving than monolingual kids. Learning a new language can improve overall cognitive functioning, including how second-semester you are. In other words, bi-lingual people are better able to observe and understand their surroundings, as well as edit out distractions. Bi-lingual people are better able to spot misleading information. Isn’t it interesting that Sherlock Holms, Lord Peter Wimsey (great fictional detectives), and their creators, Sir Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers, were bi or multi-lingual?
  3. Learning a foreign language enhances your understanding of your mother tongue.   Learning a second language causes a student to look carefully at sentence structure, grammatical functions, and the nuances of vocabulary. A fun aspect of Spanish is that it’s a derivative of Latin. Latin words significantly influence English. You probably know some Spanish and Latin vocabulary already!
  4. Learning a second language enhances memory and vocabulary.  These benefits allow students to score better on standardized tests!
  5. Learning a second language is good, clean fun! Kids naturally love to talk and write in codes, and a foreign language is just that. A terrific code to decipher for young minds eager to learn and develop! The early your child learns a second language, the more confident and adept they will be at learning multiple languages!

So are you convinced that your child needs to learn Spanish but not quite sure where to start?

If you are looking for a great second-semester memory-enhancing, code-deciphering, FUN class, check our Spanish for Children or Beginning Latin! Classes meet live online each week with a passionate, invested multi-lingual speaker.

Looking for a self-paced option? We have Self Paced Spanish!

(Wondering if live, online homeschool courses are right for you?  Check out the reasons we love live classes!)

Why Learn German?

Why Learn German?

Why should your child study German? Honestly, the best reason of all is simply because they want to. Whether the interest comes from family heritage, an interest in history, or just that it sounds “cool,” that internal drive is what motivates students to move beyond requirements to any level of mastery.

Benefits of Learning The German Language

Most of the benefits provided by learning German are common to learning any foreign language:

  • It satisfies college requirements.
  • It increases a student’s understanding of English.
  • It increases a student’s ability to recognize context clues.
  • It increases cultural understanding, both of their native culture and the culture of the target language.
  • It broadens perspectives and shows new ways of looking at the world.

German has the added advantage of being delightfully literal.

 

A Good Teacher Makes Language Learning Less Intimidating

I took German in high school because Russian wasn’t offered. I had never really thought much about language before that. Spanish made more sense, or so everyone told me, but I did not enjoy my eighth-grade introduction to Spanish. Fortunately, I had two excellent German teachers whose teaching styles perfectly matched my preferred learning style.

The first was Ms. Glendening. She opened the doors of wonder for me and a whole new world of language. When I wasn’t able to afford to go on the class trip to Germany, she was visibly disappointed. She then searched for a scholarship opportunity that paid for a year of study abroad. My second teacher was living in Germany.

As a teacher, I try to emulate the best characteristics of both: immersive, meaningful, playful, and encouraging.

Beautiful postcard view of the famous historic town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber on a sunny day with blue sky and clouds in summer, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany

Parts of German grammar can be intimidating. There is no getting around gender or case or adjective endings. How tedious this is for students has a lot to do with how it is taught, however. One of the clearest methods I know is a simple sentence-building activity that visually demonstrates how German sentences are put together. I turned it into a sort of simple choose-your-own-adventure type game. This grammar drill ended up the most requested game for our end-of-year party.

If a student develops a passion for German that brings them beyond college requirements, there are, of course, other benefits.

  • German is the dominant language of the EU, with more native language speakers than any other European language. It is the second most spoken second language (behind English).
  • Germany has the largest GDP of EU member countries.
  • Germany directly invests over $10 billion into the US economy. Several German companies have satellite offices in the US.
  • It is the language of Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Brecht, Beethoven, Mozart, and many others.
  • German immigration has greatly influenced American culture.
  • Many of the world’s most significant works in science, theology, psychology, history, and literature are written in German.
  • Plus, binge-watching your favorite television series sounds like more of an accomplishment in German!

Join us this fall on the wonderful adventure of learning German! German I, German II, and National German Exam Test Prep are all available and taught by Dana Hanley.

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Why Should Your Homeschooler Study Critical Languages?

Why Should Your Homeschooler Study Critical Languages?

Why should your homeschooler study critical languages?  Critical Language Study is a foreign language study that puts your homeschooler ahead of the pack.

Foreign Language study can be a struggle for even the most dedicated Homeschooler. It’s just hard to teach what you don’t know. Thankfully, there are so many great resources available now for instruction with fluent speakers and teachers, that it’s just a matter of finding a great fit!

So, why not ramp your foreign language studies up a bit by going after a Critical Language?

Why Should Your Homeschool Study a Critical Language

What is “Critical Language?”

A Critical Language is a term used to designate a language where the demand outstrips the supply. In other words, there is a high need for a language professional in these areas, but our country can’t meet the supply.

These languages are essential for reasons of diplomacy, trade, and national security. Because diplomacy, trade and national security fluctuate, the list of Critical Languages fluctuates as well.  The current list for Critical Languages includes 60 languages, which can be found here. 

Everyone knows that foreign language study enhances your educational Opportunities, and develops leadership potential and career readiness.  However, these languages are often overlooked because they may be considered more difficult to learn due to a different alphabet, pronunciation or grammatical structure;  they are not closely related to English, like Spanish, French or German would be.

However, anyone who obtains proficiency in a Critical Language automatically has improved scholarship opportunities as well as improved career prospects, as jobs in government, international companies, non-profit organization or security services are looking for professionals with second language training.

Foreign Language Exploration

Foreign Language Exploration

This class is a fun way to give kids a fun tasted of multiple languages: Every 2 weeks students are introduced to a new language: French, German, Spanish, Hebrew, Latin and ASL so that they are better informed as to what language they are interested in studying more in-depth! Such a fun way to get an overview of multiple languages! Taught live from True North teachers from around the world!

What are the best languages to get ahead with your career?

Mandarin and Spanish are on the list, time and again. In fact, if you know English, Spanish and Chinese, you can communicate with 2/3 of the world’s population, which never fails to look amazing on a resume!

Interested in Career Fields that utilize these languages?

  1. Become a Translator (having to do with the written word)
  2. Become an interpreter- this has to do with the spoken word, (this would be more challenging than translating).
  3. Apply for a foreign language Intelligence Officer
  4. Work as a Foreign Language Teacher
  5. Work as an International Sales Manager
  6. Work in a business/ Customer relations that requires a foreign language
  7. Work in the military as a linguist/ Foreign Service Officer
  8. Work as a Humanitarian/International Development Services Offices
  9. Work as a Foreign Correspondent

Jobs Opportunity Listings for those with a Second Language

Scholarship opportunities available for those with Critical Language Training:

Professional Organizations for Language Study and Specialists

Relevant Websites and Publications

Interested in foreign Language study that will take you further? We offer multiple levels of Spanish , ASL  Hebrew, LatinGerman, ASL and French,  at True North Homeschool Academy. Classes are taught by exceptional teachers from across the U.S, Mexico, Italy and Israel who are fluent polyglots. Culture studies and inspiration included!

Modern hebrew online class for homeschool highschool students

Modern Hebrew

Study the ancient language that was brought back to life just 2 generations ago! Taught live weekly from Israel, our students absolutely love this class and learning live from Israel weekly!

Check out other Foreign Language Resources:

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Spanish I

Spanish I

Spanish I

Spanish I will equip your high school students to master the Spanish language! More than 450 million people in the world speak Spanish, making it second only to Chinese in terms of the most spoken languages in the world. English is just behind, with approximately 360 million native speakers. This is also a Critical Language, meaning it is important to U.S Trade, Diplomacy, or Security. Students with a second language earn more scholarship dollars and are more marketable. It’s doable to learn a second language and encouraged, particularly as your student will live in a dynamic and ever-changing economy that will require diverse skills!

A different language is a different vision of life. ~Federico Fellini

This is a practical and straightforward course with an emphasis on:

  • grammar skill-building
  • conversation skills
  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing
  • vocabulary

Excellent training for those interested in being competitively trained for a diverse and global market! Taught by a native speaker, live from Mexico each week, students will have regular homework assignments, listen, hear and respond in Spanish and have a Country Cultural Project due each year. This will focus on the people groups worldwide that speak the language and understand the culture, food, industry, economics, and language of the chosen country.

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.  ~Frank Smith

Spanish Standards for True North Homeschool Academy

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Read 5 Reasons to Study Spanish!

  1. There are currently 20 million people currently studying the language!
  2.  Spanish is spoken and understood by over 52 million people in the United States.
  3.  The person who studies it has a bright future.
  4. It will increase your employability.
  5. It will allow you more opportunities.

Required Materials for Spanish I

 

Un lenguaje nuevo es una vida nueva.
A new language is a new life.

Honors Spanish Section 4

Section 4 Wednesday 11:30 Honors with Cat Garcia

¡Bienvenidos high school students to Español I Honors!
In Español 1 Honors, students will be held to a higher academic standard.
Students must attend class on time and regularly, prepared to learn. They will be expected to go above and beyond what is being taught in a regular Español 1 course. This entails grammar topics, additional vocabulary, weekly homework, and additional cultural projects.

Students will be expected to have excellent communication and study skills, working at a faster pace. Students will be expected to speak Spanish in class to enforce what is learned.

This course will use CI, comprehensible input by the instructor modeling the language and then allowing students several opportunities to practice. Our focus will be on reading, and listening followed by speaking to be able to express themselves.
Middle School students who want to earn High School Credit for Foreign Language may join this Spanish I high school level class.
Elementary Spanish B

Elementary Spanish B

Spanish B – Elementary Level I – Grades 5th -6th

Spanish B is an online Spanish class that will give your students a clear introduction to Spanish grammar, reading, and dialogue. Upper elementary students will enjoy learning this Romance language through chanting, writing, and engaging conversations.

Students will learn grammatical concepts such as verb conjugations, noun genders, and tenses. A great grammatical foundation will allow them to create Spanish sentences properly and give students the confidence to converse with others.

This once-a-week class will cover the first 5 units of the text. This ensures students will have the time to master the material. Students will meet once a week for 60 minutes.  During this time they will learn the new lesson and practice their vocabulary and dialogue with the teacher and their peers.

The Spanish B course is created with an independent student in mind. Since the class meets weekly, students must work independently on memorization, learning chants, and completing the workbook.

(Parents will need to oversee homework as well as administer quizzes.)

Spanish is a critical language, and there are more Spanish speakers worldwide than those who speak English.

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Sprechen Sie STEM? The German Language Opens Doors to Exciting Career Opportunities!

Sprechen Sie STEM? The German Language Opens Doors to Exciting Career Opportunities!

In today’s fast-paced world, the importance of learning a second language cannot be overstated. While languages like Latin, Spanish and French have traditionally been the go-to choices for language learners, there’s a new kid on the block that’s quickly gaining recognition for its role in unlocking a world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career opportunities: German! Ja, das ist richtig (Yes, that’s right)!

So, why is German gaining so much traction in the STEM world? Well, grab your lederhosen and let’s explore how this language can open doors to exciting career paths in a lighthearted way!

The Land of Innovation

Germany, often referred to as the “Land of Ideas,” is renowned for its contributions to science and technology. German inventors and innovators have given us everything from the automobile to aspirin. By learning German, you’re tapping into a treasure trove of knowledge and innovation. Plus, who wouldn’t want to visit the birthplace of the bratwurst while pursuing a STEM career?

Engineering Excellence

When it comes to engineering, Germany takes the cake (or should we say, the Black Forest cake). The country is famous for its precision engineering, and many global engineering giants like Volkswagen, Siemens, and Bosch call Germany home. Knowing German can give you a leg up in landing a dream job with these industry leaders.

Leading in Research

Germany is a research powerhouse, with numerous world-class universities and research institutions. If you’re passionate about scientific discoveries, learning German can help you access cutting-edge research and even pursue higher education in Germany, often tuition-free!

International Influence

German isn’t just spoken in Germany; it’s also widely used in Austria, Switzerland, and even parts of Italy and Belgium. With your newfound language skills, you’ll be ready to collaborate with scientists and engineers from various German-speaking countries, broadening your professional network.

STEM Study Abroad

Imagine studying STEM subjects in the heart of Europe, surrounded by centuries-old architecture, picturesque landscapes, and yes, delicious sausages. Learning German can make this dream a reality, as many universities in German-speaking countries offer STEM programs in English.

Foreign Language Exploration

Foreign Language Exploration

Still undecided about what language to study? Foreign Language Exploration is a Spring Semester Class that allows your kids to meet our Foreign Language Teachers and get a taste of six Foreign Languages, including Spanish, Latin, French, ASL, Hebrew, and of course, German! Register Today!

Bilingual Boost

Being bilingual is like having a secret superpower. Studies have shown that bilingual individuals tend to have improved cognitive skills, problem-solving abilities, and even better career prospects. Learning German can give your STEM career a boost and make you a hot commodity in the job market.

In a nutshell, if you’re contemplating a STEM career, learning German is a strategic move that can open doors to a world of opportunities. From engineering marvels to scientific breakthroughs and international collaborations, the German language is your ticket to success in the STEM universe. Plus, who can resist the allure of schnitzels, pretzels, and Oktoberfest?

German Recipe ebook

FREE German Recipe Book

Grab this free e-book for a taste of German Culture! This recipe book was complied and created by True North Homeschool Academy students in their German Culture studies class.

So, dust off your language books, fire up your favorite language learning app, and immerse yourself in the wunderbar world of STEM auf Deutsch (in German). Viel Erfolg (Good luck) on your STEM journey with a sprinkle of German flair! Prost!

Check out all of our German Classes!

Crafting a Comprehensive High School Plan: A Guide for Success

Crafting a Comprehensive High School Plan: A Guide for Success

I don’t know about you but I saw my high school guidance counselor a total of 3 times during high school when she signed off on the classes I was going to take. But, in public (or private) school, most students are following a typical lock step method of education, and the classes are in place for whatever track the student happens to be on, vocational or college bound based on test and performance scores. Easy peasy for the guidance counselor. Plus, they don’t have parental investment in the kids or hopes and dreams for their future.

Educational Freedom

With homeschooling, as we’ve said so many times before, you have so much freedom. Freedom to choose what to study and when, and to personalize as little or as much as you want to. Like I point out in my workshop What a Homeschooling Parent Actually Does, being a Guidance Counselor is one of the roles of the Homeschooling Parent. And what a great role it can be with some simple parameters.

Personalized Learning Plan

Crafting a Personalized Learning Plan can be so helpful. It’s like a map that you can follow to the letter or take fun little detours from, but regardless of it still keeps you on track. A Personalized Learning Plan can provide a clear path toward academic achievement and personal growth.

Start with the End in Mind

Where do you see your kids going post high school? You know them best and you have great ideas about what they are capable of, the cost of many things, including vocational and college training and also what it takes to support certain lifestyles. Start talking with your kids while their young about the lifestyle that they want and how they’ll pay for it. 

Set Clear Goals and Objectives 

Before diving into the nitty-gritty details of planning, take some time to establish clear goals and objectives for your child’s high school years. Consider academic aspirations, personal interests, and potential post-secondary paths. Are there specific subjects your child wants to excel in? Are they considering college, vocational training, or other career paths? Defining these goals will serve as the foundation for creating a tailored plan. Consider serious hobbies or areas of interest as well. How important are they to current and future plans, what will it take to support those interests? 

Academic Coaching

Still not sure exactly how to put it all together, need credit recovery assistance, have a gifted, 2E or struggling learner? We get you and we’d love to help! 1:1 Coaching means you’ve got an expert to help guide, resource and encourage you! Set an appointment today!

Understand Graduation Requirements

Research the educational and graduation requirements for your state. This includes necessary credits in subjects like mathematics, science, English, social studies, and electives.

Plan a Four-Year Program

Divide the high school years into four academic years, each focusing on a balanced curriculum that aligns with your child’s goals. Incorporate core subjects, such as mathematics, science, English, and History, and include elective courses that cater to your child’s interests. Also consider subjects like computer science, foreign languages, Art and Music, Bible, Career Exploration and Entrepreneurship. And look, just because you plan a 4 year program, doesn’t mean it has to be accomplished in 4 years. I’ve worked with students who have finished high school as young as 13 and as old as 21. So, again, you have freedom to work with your kids and your lifestyle.

Plan by Year 

Using a Typical Course of Study as a guide, plan by year, taking into account any prerequisites or sequential learning paths. Be sure to include Middle School Courses that are high school level hours and rigor and don’t forget to include CLEP, DE, Honors and AP courses if you choose to go that route. 

Include Extracurricular Activities High school isn’t just about academics. Factor in extracurricular activities such as church,  sports, arts, community service, and clubs. These activities play a crucial role in personal development, building social skills, and enhancing college applications.

Take Advantage of Amazing Opportunities 

Each family, locale and season presents unique opportunities. Be flexible enough in your schedule that you can take advantage of them as they pop up! And remember, parents, YOU are your kids very best resource. Include them in your hobbies, activities, business, dreams and big ideas! You never know where they’ll lead!

Keep Your Student Involved in the Process

Involve your child in the planning process. Their input is valuable as they’ll be more engaged when they have a say in their education. Discuss their interests, strengths, and preferences to tailor the plan to their needs. Again, talk to them about the kind of lifestyle they want and how they’ll support that. Help them understand that how they’ll support that lifestyle goes beyond money and can include social, familial, spiritual, physical and mental resources!

Monitor Progress and Adjust as Needed

Review your high school plan and schedule to monitor progress. Are your student’s goals being met? Is the schedule realistic and manageable? Make adjustments as necessary, considering any changes in goals, interests, or circumstances.

Foster a Love for Learning 

While planning is crucial, remember that fostering a love for learning is paramount. Incorporate projects, hands-on activities, and real-world applications to keep your child engaged and excited about their education.

Embrace Flexibility and Growth

As your child progresses through high school, they may discover new interests, strengths, and passions. Embrace flexibility in your plan to accommodate these changes. The high school journey is a time of growth and self-discovery, and your plan should reflect that evolution.

Crafting a high school plan is a collaborative and dynamic process. It requires careful consideration of your child’s goals, a well-structured curriculum, and a flexible approach. With dedication, open communication, and a commitment to fostering a love for learning, you can craft a high school experience that equips your child for a great high school experience and future success!

The Remarkable Gift of Grit

The Remarkable Gift of Grit

Ready for Adventure?

But here’s the twist: “Enchantment” wasn’t just about sand particles or meteorological mischief; it was a metaphor for something greater. It embodied the essence of courage, resolve, and unwavering strength. Yes, my friends, we’re talking about grit – that powerful blend of passion and perseverance that seems to be in short supply these days.

In a world where people easily crumble like delicate snowflakes and take offense at the drop of a hat, it’s high time we pondered this vital question: Are our children truly growing in grit? Are they emerging as fearless warriors, fortified with unyielding character and an indomitable spirit? Because let me tell you, this remarkable gift of grit will serve as their secret weapon in navigating an increasingly secular world.

So join me on this gritty adventure as we explore the importance of grit and why it’s high time we raise a generation of resilient, tenacious individuals who can conquer any challenge that comes their way. Trust me, it’ll be one heck of a ride.

Get Intentional!

In her excellent book, aptly titled, Grit, Angela Duckworth, takes on the task of developing the idea of grit in our children. She advocates for making Grit development a part of kid’s life skills curriculum.

I couldn’t agree more. Our kids need grit. It’s what allows them to go out and compete, take risks, fail and try again.

Key Ingredients for Developing Grit

  1. Practice– Practice is what lets us learn as we go. To practice and develop well we must get assessment and feedback.
  2. Purpose– Grit is not always about pursuing those things that we might have a natural inclination toward. Students should consider pursuing something that we can develop an interest in over the long term.
  3. Hope- This is tied to trying and failing. Failure is a huge part of developing grit. We need to teach our kids that success does not come without failure. Winners keep pursuing goals despite setbacks.
  4. Time– We need to set aside time to practice with deliberation, fail and succeed.

Create Some Grit Goals

Angela Duckworth has some practical recommendations for bestowing the remarkable gift of grit to your children:

  1. Choose something that requires deliberate daily practice.
  2. Commit to doing this activity for 2 years.
  3. Finish what you’ve started for specified interval.

Latin was our Grit Goal

In our homeschool, we utilized grit goals. For two years we studied Latin together. As a result, my two younger kids developed a true love for language learning. It’s now been several years since. My son taught Latin through college earning excellent money and graduating debt free. My daughter has gained fluency in a Critical Language and has studied 4 other languages since. The point is, that one grit goal developed their understanding of what they could do. They developed the tools and skills needed to do difficult things. That little bit of grit made them grittier.

Latin 1 for homeschoolers

Latin I

Latin teaches students how to manage many moving parts, including vocabulary, grammar, declensions, conjugations, tenses and culture. The’ll learn English grammar in a new and intentional way as well as develop critical thinking skills. Learning Latin is a great grit goal!

Grit Goals Make your Grittier

Our grit goal for this coming year will change, as our family changes, and kids grow. Our oldest son is at Boot Camp, as I write this. A program that bestows on thousands of young people the remarkable gift of grit each year. Our second son is participating in a demanding memory work competition, Our youngest has added another language to her list.

Grit goals can be academic, physical, social, mental, spiritual. Where is your student the most vulnerable? It might be time to think about some grit goals so that they can develop the courage needed to face whatever’s ahead.

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