Do you need poetry in your homeschool?

Do you need poetry in your homeschool?

It’s National Poetry Month! I just happen to love poetry and have been writing it and reading it for a long time. I’ve also taught it over the years to students in my Creative Writing, Lit & Comp and Poetry classes. Poetry is word art and if you are going to study...

Looking Back: a Homeschool Graduate’s Tips for College

Looking Back: a Homeschool Graduate’s Tips for College

I still remember that day in the fall of my junior year when I realized that college was actually approaching, and I had to make my own decision about a major step in my life. I felt unable to choose from all the options; being the introvert that I am I planned to be...

SAT and ACT Prep for Homeschool Students

SAT and ACT Prep for Homeschool Students

(The following is a guest post from Erika Oppenheimer, an SAT and ACT test prep coach in New York City and the author of Acing It! A Mindful Guide to Maximum Results on Your College Admissions Test.) The SAT and ACT preparation process is challenging, regardless of a...

Meditations on Middle School – One Teacher’s Tale

Meditations on Middle School – One Teacher’s Tale

(The following post is a guest post from Nicole Henry, True North Homeschool Academy Junior High teacher.) I cut my teaching teeth at a private, Christian school in inner-city Chicago. I found the job posting on a lunch-hour visit to my alma mater, Moody Bible...

Build Teamwork by Camping!

Build Teamwork by Camping!

Camping & TeamworkFor our second podcast on Teamwork at Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age,  I recount an amazing month-long backpacking trip I took to the High Unitas Wilderness Area in Utah the summer before I started college. Camping is...

The Jr High Brain

The Jr High Brain

If you are raising a middle school student, you might have this strange sense of deja vu.  You feel like you’ve been through this stage before...but somehow a little different. They were shorter...less smelly (most of the time)...and talked less (or at least less...

Surviving the Middle School Years

Surviving the Middle School Years

(The following is a guest post from Tammie Polk, True North Homeschool Academy contributor.)“OMG!!! I HAVE A JUNIOR HIGH/MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT!!!” says every parent at one point in their homeschool journey!Don’t let this drive you mad, Mama! There is a way...

12 Tips for Junior High Success

12 Tips for Junior High Success

Do you need junior high tips? Junior High is looming and you are 1 part excited and 2 parts scared. Your delightful little is now a lanky, gawky and possibly awkward teen. But, never fear, this is a wonderfully, exciting time in a young person's life to homeschool as...

5 Benefits of Standardized Testing

5 Benefits of Standardized Testing

Regardless of how over or underprepared you might feel for a standardized test, bring it up amongst homeschoolers, and you are sure to elicit strong opinions! I would propose that standardized testing, while not the only standard of measure, can provide some excellent...

More Book Recommendations for Tweens & Teens

More Book Recommendations for Tweens & Teens

Are you looking for a great book for your tween or teen?  Check out these book recommendations from the students in the True North Homeschool Academy Writing Club! Fantasy Book Recommendations The Map to Everywhere series (four books), by Carrie Ryan and John Parke...

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