• Career Exploration as Character Development in Homeschool High School

    By Vicki Tillman on 28 July 2015 / By Age Group, By Subject, Career Exploration, Curricula, Digital Homeschooling, Electives High School, Homeschool High School, Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    Career Exploration is a necessary subject for homeschool high school. AND it is a great way to invest in character development for your teen.

    Career Exploration as Character Development in Homeschool High School

    Career Exploration as Character Development in Homeschool High School

    Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on college for your teens if they don't have a solid direction and sense of calling on their lives? Any should you send them to college if they are not mature in their characters and personalities?

    Here's one thing you can do: Cover these 2 issues with one subject (Career Exploration)

    You can intentionally use Career Exploration as character development in homeschool high school.

    A comprehensive Career Exploration credit for your homeschool high schooler includes:

    • Exploration of seeking God's will
    • Understanding experiences and accomplishments that have already happened in life
    • Exploring what other people see in then
    • Identifying values (financial, lifestyle, family and success orientation)
    • Understanding the role models that God has brought to them
    • Identifying strengths and weaknesses
    • Exploring various career options
    • Capturing all the above in a personal mission statement
    • Creating resume and cover letters

    So, how do you use Career Exploration as character development in homeschool high school?

    As your teens work their way through the Career Exploration journey:

    • Ask them what God is showing them in each of the topics (this is a great thing to do during quiet, purposeful moments or one-on-one times while in the car running errands)Step by step through Career Exploration in High School
    • Have them follow 7 Sisters Step by Step guide (which is included in the Career Exploration Bundle or alone as a FREEBIE). It includes instructions for writing a research paper about themselves using the information they've learned in their course.
    • Remind your homeschool high schoolers that God gives them gifts and callings to steward. As they intentionally invest in these, they will need:
    1. discipline and determination
    2. balance and buddies
    3. listening and loving
    4. submission and spunk
    • Have them volunteer in organizations that can use their skills or talents.
    • Remind them that as they truly come to know who God has created them to be AND determine to develop themselves, that they will truly accomplish excellent Career Exploration and a solid leap of character development.

    High School Career Exploration Bundle - a comprehensive curriculum for teensFor my work as a counselor, homeschool high school advisor, and career coach, I developed our 7 Sisters Career Exploration curriculum. It has been used successfully for years by the 7 Sisters teens and in the homeschool community. Download your Career Exploration Bundle for your teens and give them a solid:

    Career Exploration as character development in homeschool high school


  • Reading about Role Models for Character Development in Homeschool High School

    By Vicki Tillman on 28 July 2015 / By Subject, Curricula, Digital Homeschooling, High School Language Arts, Homeschool High School, Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    If you want to create a vision for your teen of what a good life is, one great way to do it is reading about role models for character development in your homeschool high school.

    Reading about Role Models for Character Development in Homeschool High School

    Role Models for Character Development in Homeschool High School

    When my kids were in high school, they read biographies of people that God had used to:

    • take courageous stands
    • work selflessly for God
    • faithfully face dangers
    • overcome disabilities or discouragement

    Here were some of the books we were reading about role modes for character development in homeschool high school:

    God's Smuggler Literature Study Guide by 7 Sisters HomeschoolGod's Smuggler by Brother Andrew. This was kid #5's favorite book for all of high school. This is Brother Andrew's own story of smuggling Bibles into Russia during the Cold War.

    One of his favorite quotes from the book is, "God, you made blind eyes see, now make seeing eyes blind!" (His prayer as his car full of Bibles was being searched at the border.)


    Joni: The Story of Joni Eareckson Tada Study Guide 7SistersHomeschool.comJoni by Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni has changed lives around the world through her ministry Joni and Friends. Paralyzed as a teen in a diving accident, Joni's relationship with God helped her pull through depression and grief and find purpose in helping others with disabilities. All teens should read this book!

     

     

    Study Guide for Something Beautiful for God

    Something Beautiful for God by Malcolm Muggeridge is the story of Mother Theresa. This is a beautiful and honest portrayal of a woman who selflessly served God by ministering to the poor and dying in Calcutta. Catholic and Protestant readers alike will benefit from reading about such persistent faith and service in this great role model!

     

    The Hiding Place Study Guide $3.99 What your student needs to know and no more than that!The Hiding Place by Corie ten Boom. My teens all loved this book- it truly is one of those rare biographies that should be read several times over the years. What a courageous stand Corie and her family took hiding Jews from the Nazis in WWII and that courage survived through concentration camp life and the loss of her father and sister. What a powerful role model for character development.

     

    The Practice of the Presence of God Study Guide from 7 Sisters Homeschool

    The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Written in the 1600's this delightful, little book tells how to keep one's mind on God and prayerful even in the mundane chores of life. Brother Andrew worked in the kitchen at his monastery- yet he found God's presence whereever he was. Perfect role modeling for teens who are growing up in a technology-noisy world.

     

    Born Again Literature Study Guide by 7 Sisters HomeschoolBorn Again by Chuck Colson. From prison after the infamous Watergate scandals of the Nixon administration to one of the 20th century's greatest apologists, Chuck Colson's biography honestly presents the story of repentance and redemption. All people need to have role modeling for a humble, repentant lifestyle!

    Because these stories were so important in role modeling for character development, 7 Sisters' Sabrina Justison developed study guides for each of the books that helped our teens and local co-ops and group classes.

    Teens learned the stories with study guides that were NO busywork, had solid background and comprehension/inferential questions, and vocabulary WITHOUT killing the book!

    Download some literature study guides from 7 Sisters today!

    What are some of your teens' favorite biographies?

    Role Models for Character Development in Homeschool High School


  • 3 Biblical Ways to Develop Character in Homeschool High School

    By Vicki Tillman on 27 July 2015 / By Age Group, By Subject, Curricula, Digital Homeschooling, Homeschool High School, Homeschool Information, Social Studies & More / 2 Comments

    Most of us homeschool our teens for high school in part because we want to develop their character. Here are 3 Biblical ways to develop that character.

    3 Biblical Ways to Develop Character in Homeschool High School

    Develop character in homeschool high school

    When my kids hit the teen years, one of my goals was to develop character in homeschool high school. Character development was part of our academic goals.

    I envision my teenagers as young adults who can make a difference in the world, help out worthy causes, and become people of influence no matter where in life God places them. Here are 3 goals I found in my Scripture study:

    1) Serve- How many verses in the Bible can you find on serving? We serve God by helping the "least of these my brethren" (Matthew 25:40) or how about most of the book of James?

    My teens develop character in homeschool high school by serving at church in various capacities like church worship team, sound system help, creating videos, missions trips and so on. They also learn to help out spontaneously in things like clean-up after co-op.

    2) Social skills- My teens develop character in homeschool high school by learning to be ladies and gentlemen. They learn to hold doors open for others, hold polite conversations, carry things for their teachers at group classes. They review the skills they learned when they were in 5th-6th grades. Social Skills for Children

    In my opinion, when Jesus as a child grew in "wisdom and stature and favour with God and man" (Luke 2:52), he was behaving like a gracious gentleman toward his neighbors.

    3) Study philosophy- My teens develop character in homeschool high school by learning wisdom. The book of Proverbs is a wisdom book that frequently says, "Get wisdom!" (for example, Prov. 3:13, 4:5,7).

    Of course, the greatest wisdom is to be gained from knowing God in Scripture. But my homeschool high schoolers gained wisdom from wise people, too:   3 ways to develop character in homeschool high school

    They studied C.S. Lewis' Narnia and Space Trilogy for the theological and philosophical ideas embedded there.

    They earned their world history credit with philosophy and philosophers integrated in the curriculum with History and Philosophy of the Western World (which they found to be fun and accessible). Well, my oldest son, Dr. Micah Tillman actually co-wrote it :)

    History and Philosophy of the Western WorldThese are 3 ways to develop character in homeschool high school that we found to be based on Scriptural ideas. What do you do to develop character in your teens?

    Develop character in homeschool high school


  • 5 Reasons Homeschoolers Need a Drama Credit

    By Vicki Tillman on 24 July 2015 / By Age Group, By Subject, Fine Arts, Homeschool High School, Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    Your homeschool high schooler needs a drama credit!  Homeschool graduate, Ezra Tillman, talks about drama and homeschooling.

    Your teen needs a homeschool high school drama credit

    Homeschool high school drama credit

    This weekend 7 Sister Sabrina is holding her annual drama camp presentation. It is an original play called "Ferguson Figures It Out". As always, the homeschool high schoolers in the camp are earning drama credit for their transcripts AND reporting that these 2 weeks are some of the most meaningful weeks of their lives.

    If you have a teen, he/she could really benefit from a homeschool high school drama credit. My son, Ezra, is a college graduate now but he reports that he NEEDED those drama credits- for his personal growth and development.

    Here is Ezra's op-ed about why your teen needs a homeschool high school drama credit:

    Let’s face it, drama is useless for homeschoolers. In fact it’s worse than useless; it’s a waste of time!

    Now those statements may cause you to cringe or they may arouse an amen!

    Well, I guess the real question is what is useful?Your teen needs a homeschool high school drama credit

    I’ll tell you one thing; I don’t remember 90% of the content I was taught in high school (if I’m being generous).

    What I do remember are the skills and principles that were instilled in me either explicitly or implicitly from my teachers or the work they had me do.

    "Well, that’s all fine and dandy," you may say, "but what’s that got to do with drama?"  Well, simmer down and I’ll tell you!

    Drama teaches you skills and principles out the wazoo.

    If you are in a play:                                                                                    

    1. You learn teamwork and social skills- such as helping fellow actors out when they forget a line; and  cooperating with others to get the best performance
    2. You learn to be disciplined- such as memorizing difficult lines and practicing self-control because you can’t just go bouncing around all over the stage- you can only do what is appropriate for the scene
    3. You learn patience-  a lot of the times, you aren’t on the stage or the director may need to rehearse a certain scene with you over and over because you aren’t doing what the scene requires
    4. You learn humility-  such as realizing that you aren’t the right person for the lead role and that you need to sacrifice your pride to achieve a final result that is bigger than yourself
    5. You can grow spiritually-   A director is in a powerful position to encourage students to think bigger than themselves and realize that ultimately the play and life are in God’s hands. We students learn that everything we do, whether we eat or drink or do drama, should be done to the glory of God. Some of the times I have felt closest to God and my brothers and sisters who were with me were during Mrs. Justison’s Drama Camps.Drama Camp Curriculum

    Now, in order for any of the things I mentioned to happen a student must be willing to learn and participate; and a teacher or director must be intentional. If well done the skills and principles students learn through drama can serve them very well throughout their lives.

    Take a look at Sabrina's exciting drama how-to's, scripts, and freebies.

    Homeschool high school drama credit


  • Live Classes: Human Development and Introduction to Psychology

    By Vicki Tillman on 21 July 2015 / Curricula, Digital Homeschooling, Electives High School, Homeschool High School, Homeschool Information, Homeschool Transcripts, Online Classes / 2 Comments

    By request, I’m offering two 1-semester, full credit courses this fall!

    Close up image of young people using laptop at classroom

    Live Classes: Human Development and Introduction to Psychology

    The classes will be presented in Google Hangout format.

    I have room for 5 more homeschool high schoolers in each class.

    Descriptions for Live Classes: Human Development and Introduction to Psychology

    Human DevelopmentHuman Development from a Christian Worldview

    Mondays, 10:30am August 31-December 14 (except Labor Day)

    Human Development is the study of the ways people grow and change from womb to old age. It is a delightful exploration of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes throughout the life span.

    • Why does a 2 year old always say “no”?
    • Why do your grandparents tell the same old story again and again?
    • Why do toddlers “toddle”?

    This fun and useful course adds sparkle to the transcript while giving homeschool high schoolers tools for understanding siblings, peers, and parents- as well as preparing them for future parenthood (and taking care of YOU in your old age).

    (Watch the video below to discover why your teen should study Human Development.)

     

    Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective

    Mondays 9:00am EST  August 31-December 14 (except Labor Day)

    This homeschool high school course will give your teens the social science credit they need for their transcript from a Christian worldview. The online class will be .5 credit (all that is needed for most transcripts) and coaching will be offered on extending the learning for a full credit for those who wish.

    Introduction to Psychology helps homeschool high schoolers understand themselves and the people around them, gain some tools to become more understanding and helpful friends and family members, and sparkle up the transcript!

    (Watch the video below to find out why your teens should “like psych”!)

    We will cover these topics:

    -The Brain and How it Works
    -Perception
    -Genetics
    -Learning
    -History of Psychology (Ancient to Pre-modern Times )
    -History of Psychology into Modern Times
    -Communication
    -Needs and Motivation
    -Looking at Personality & Theory
    -Sleep & Dreams
    -Abnormal Psychology
    -Psychological Testing
    -Christian Counseling
    -Careers in Psychology
    -How to Help a Friend in Crisis

    Live Classes: Human Development and Introduction to Psychology. Here’s how it works:

    1) Register for the class (I am only accepting 6 students in each class)

    2) I’ll be in touch with Google Hangout instructions, you’ll follow those on the start date

    3) Purchase the text from the 7 Sisters estore (Click here for Human Development and Introduction to Psychology.)

    4) Come to class, read text, do homework and tests, plus a project presentation at the end of semester

    5) Have fun!

    The Teacher for Live Classes: Human Development and Introduction to Psychology

    Vicki Tillman, MA, LPCMH, BCMLCDSC_2057_[3]

    Besides homeschooling my 5 children through graduation, I have served as academic advisor to local homeschool high schoolers for 18 years. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, in practice at Pike Creek Psychological Center. I also serve as a Certified Master Coach offering career and homeschool coaching through Pike Creek or 7 Sisters Homeschool. I authored the 2 texts used in these courses.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at vicki@7sistershomeschool.com


  • Perfect for the Teen Who Wants General Topics: Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition

    By Vicki Tillman on 20 July 2015 / Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    When your homeschool high schooler wants a something different for Language Arts, try: Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition for general topics Language Arts.

    General Topics Language Art

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition for General Topics Language Arts

    When my oldest kids were in high school, we took a general approach to literature for the first 2 years of high school. They had many interests and I wanted to develop others, too, so locking them into a full year on one topic like British Literature would not be best fit.

    We took a general approach reading a variety of books. I assigned anchor books- one each month and they filled out their 25 or more other of their choice. My assignments had to do with books that were:

    • Classics
    • Stretch books (ones that were a bit more difficult than their usual reading)
    • Religious books

    7 Sisters recreated the “Generalist Approach” for our comprehensive Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A. In its no busywork, don’t kill the book, encourage the writer format this course is excellent for individual study or co-ops.Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A (Part B will be released in the fall) is the natural next step:

    • Students who completed Introduction to High School Literature and Composition Parts A & B
    • Students who completed a year on a specific topic like American Literature and want a more general year

    Here’s a description:

    Included in Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A (Part B, the second semester, will be released in Fall, 2015) are 2 Composition guides and 6 Literature guides (these are also found individually in the 7 Sisters store):

    Also included are five literature study guides to accompany the reading of:

    Borrow the novels for Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition from your local library or click here to purchase a copy from Amazon.

    Download your Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition for a great general topics Language Arts year!

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition for General Topic Language Arts


  • What is it? It is awesome! Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A

    By Vicki Tillman on 20 July 2015 / Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    We're SO excited! It's HERE! 7 Sisters Homeschool Intermediate Literature and Composition for your homeschool high schooler!

     Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature and Composition Part A

    So many homeschool high schoolers have enjoyed Introduction to Literature and Composition (Parts A and B) that our editors have worked hard to give them a second year of their favorite Language Arts program AND it is here!

    Intermediate Literature and Composition has arrived! The first semester (Part A is ready for your download today!)

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature and Composition is Year 2 of 7 Sisters' Language Arts general-topics series. It follows follows the same format as Year 1:

    • No busywork, don't-kill-the-book, inspirational Literature Study Guides
    • No busywork, YOU CAN DO IT Composition Guides
    • Vocabulary in each Literature Guide
    • Editing rubrics in each Writing Guide with reminders lessons on language mechanics where necessary

    If your homeschool high schoolers have had a little experience with literature guides and high school-level writing, Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition: Part A is a great way to learn this year's Language Arts!

    This one-semester guide (easily followed the second semester by Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition: Part B- coming in fall 2015) will extend your high schooler's language arts skills.

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A is a downloadable text that will inform and inspire your homeschooling high schoolers without boring or burdening them with busywork.

    7 Sisters Literature Guides philosophy is "don't kill the book" AND make it adaptable (so a variety of teens in your home, from average to honors, can earn the credit level they need for their transcript).

    The guides contain brief background information, important literature terms and themes, vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking questions.

    Composition Guides contain concise 15 minute daily lessons that teach half of the writing skills needed in second year high school (or advanced 9th graders). The lessons contain information, instruction, and assignments.

    Rubrics for editing and grading are included. (Answer Keys are included in the price of the text but downloaded separately for homeschool parents' convenience in grading.)

    Both the Literature Guides and the Composition Guides are excellent for self-instruction and are favorites with co-op classes.

    Included in Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A (Part B, the second semester, will be released in Fall, 2015) are 2 Composition guides and 6 Literature guides (these are also found individually in the 7 Sisters store):

    This delightful short-story form will develop your homeschool high schooler's love of writing and creativity while tweaking some skills they will need for other college-level writing.  The topics covered include character development, basic storyline development, basic story conversation format,  using dialect, rubric for editing and grading.

    Intermediate Essay Writing from 7 Sisters HomeschoolThis user-friendly, no busywork Composition Guide will help your homeschool high schooler learn the fundamentals of writing a cohesive essay and to edit it well. Topics include persuasive essays, compare/contrast essays, literary analysis, editorial/letter to the editor, and optional SAT essays.

    Also included are five literature study guides to accompany the reading of:

    Written to accompany American author Harper Lee's beloved 1960 novel, this 17-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of To Kill a Mockingbird. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This study guide focuses on the following literary devices: complex personification, dramatic foils.

    Study Guide for A Raisin in the Sun from 7 Sisters HomeschoolWritten to accompany American author Lorraine Hansberry's iconic story that brought the African American socio-economic struggles of 1950s-era Chicago to the stage, this 14-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of A Raisin in the Sun. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This guide focuses on the following literary devices: symbols, the use of dialect, the power of peripety in a story.

    Francie Nolan's coming of age story just after the turn of the 20th century in Brooklyn, NY's Williamsburg Village has touched so many readers! Written to accompany American author Betty Smith's inspiring 1943 timeless novel, this 16-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This guide focuses on the following literary devices: foreshadowing, motif, the theme of the Immigrant's Dream of a better life.

    The Practice of the Presence of God Study Guide from 7 Sisters HomeschoolWritten to accompany French author Brother Lawrence’s posthumous 1691 Christian text compilation, this 12-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of The Practice of the Presence of God. This book is a collection of letters and conversations by Brother Lawrence, a Carmelite monk who worked in his monastery’s kitchen. Though only 100 pages long, Brother Lawrence’s book is packed with character development concepts, including performing all tasks with a purposefully loving attitude, which are as essential today as they were three centuries ago. Brother Lawrence encourages his readers to be constantly aware of God’s presence, not limiting conversation with Him to morning devotions, but maintaining it throughout each task of the day. What great concepts for Christian teens (and adults)! This study guide focuses on the following literary device: interpretational and inferential reading.

    Written to accompany British author George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novel, this 11-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of Animal Farm. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This study guide focuses on the following literary devices: allegory, dystopian satire.

    Study Guide for A Christmas Carol from 7 Sisters HomeschoolWritten to accompany British author Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 story, this 15-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of A Christmas Carol. Instead of attempting to examine every element of the book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This guide focuses on the following literary devices: comparison of settings and dramatic.

    Borrow the novels for Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition from your local library or click here to purchase a copy from Amazon.

    Download your copy of Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition today!

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A


  • What's Included in Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A

    By Vicki Tillman on 20 July 2015 / By Subject, Curricula, Digital Homeschooling, High School Language Arts, Homeschool High School, Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    We're SO excited! It's HERE! 7 Sisters Homeschool Intermediate Literature and Composition for your homeschool high schooler!

     Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature and Composition Part A

    So many homeschool high schoolers have enjoyed Introduction to Literature and Composition (Parts A and B) that our editors have worked hard to give them a second year of their favorite Language Arts program AND it is here!

    Intermediate Literature and Composition has arrived! The first semester (Part A is ready for your download today!)

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature and Composition is Year 2 of 7 Sisters' Language Arts general-topics series. It follows follows the same format as Year 1:

    • No busywork, don't-kill-the-book, inspirational Literature Study Guides
    • No busywork, YOU CAN DO IT Composition Guides
    • Vocabulary in each Literature Guide
    • Editing rubrics in each Writing Guide with reminders lessons on language mechanics where necessary

    If your homeschool high schoolers have had a little experience with literature guides and high school-level writing, Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition: Part A is a great way to learn this year's Language Arts!

    This one-semester guide (easily followed the second semester by Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition: Part B- coming in fall 2015) will extend your high schooler's language arts skills.

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A is a downloadable text that will inform and inspire your homeschooling high schoolers without boring or burdening them with busywork.

    7 Sisters Literature Guides philosophy is "don't kill the book" AND make it adaptable (so a variety of teens in your home, from average to honors, can earn the credit level they need for their transcript).

    The guides contain brief background information, important literature terms and themes, vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking questions.

    Composition Guides contain concise 15 minute daily lessons that teach half of the writing skills needed in second year high school (or advanced 9th graders). The lessons contain information, instruction, and assignments.

    Rubrics for editing and grading are included. (Answer Keys are included in the price of the text but downloaded separately for homeschool parents' convenience in grading.)

    Both the Literature Guides and the Composition Guides are excellent for self-instruction and are favorites with co-op classes.

    Included in Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A (Part B, the second semester, will be released in Fall, 2015) are 2 Composition guides and 6 Literature guides (these are also found individually in the 7 Sisters store):

    This delightful short-story form will develop your homeschool high schooler's love of writing and creativity while tweaking some skills they will need for other college-level writing.  The topics covered include character development, basic storyline development, basic story conversation format,  using dialect, rubric for editing and grading.

    Intermediate Essay Writing from 7 Sisters HomeschoolThis user-friendly, no busywork Composition Guide will help your homeschool high schooler learn the fundamentals of writing a cohesive essay and to edit it well. Topics include persuasive essays, compare/contrast essays, literary analysis, editorial/letter to the editor, and optional SAT essays.

    Also included are five literature study guides to accompany the reading of:

    Written to accompany American author Harper Lee's beloved 1960 novel, this 17-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of To Kill a Mockingbird. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This study guide focuses on the following literary devices: complex personification, dramatic foils.

    Study Guide for A Raisin in the Sun from 7 Sisters HomeschoolWritten to accompany American author Lorraine Hansberry's iconic story that brought the African American socio-economic struggles of 1950s-era Chicago to the stage, this 14-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of A Raisin in the Sun. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This guide focuses on the following literary devices: symbols, the use of dialect, the power of peripety in a story.

    Francie Nolan's coming of age story just after the turn of the 20th century in Brooklyn, NY's Williamsburg Village has touched so many readers! Written to accompany American author Betty Smith's inspiring 1943 timeless novel, this 16-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This guide focuses on the following literary devices: foreshadowing, motif, the theme of the Immigrant's Dream of a better life.

    The Practice of the Presence of God Study Guide from 7 Sisters HomeschoolWritten to accompany French author Brother Lawrence’s posthumous 1691 Christian text compilation, this 12-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of The Practice of the Presence of God. This book is a collection of letters and conversations by Brother Lawrence, a Carmelite monk who worked in his monastery’s kitchen. Though only 100 pages long, Brother Lawrence’s book is packed with character development concepts, including performing all tasks with a purposefully loving attitude, which are as essential today as they were three centuries ago. Brother Lawrence encourages his readers to be constantly aware of God’s presence, not limiting conversation with Him to morning devotions, but maintaining it throughout each task of the day. What great concepts for Christian teens (and adults)! This study guide focuses on the following literary device: interpretational and inferential reading.

    Written to accompany British author George Orwell’s 1945 allegorical novel, this 11-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of Animal Farm. Instead of attempting to examine every element of a book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This study guide focuses on the following literary devices: allegory, dystopian satire.

    Study Guide for A Christmas Carol from 7 Sisters HomeschoolWritten to accompany British author Charles Dickens’ beloved 1843 story, this 15-page literature study guide helps you get the most out of A Christmas Carol. Instead of attempting to examine every element of the book on the first reading, our study guides choose two or three respected literary devices and use them as a focal point. This guide focuses on the following literary devices: comparison of settings and dramatic.

    Borrow the novels for Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition from your local library or click here to purchase a copy from Amazon.

    Download your copy of Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition today!

    Intermediate Guide to High School Literature & Composition Part A


  • 5 Reasons Why You Need Human Development on the Homeschool Transcript

    By Vicki Tillman on 17 July 2015 / Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    Your teen needs Human Development on the homeschool transcript. Here's why:

    5 Reasons Why You Need Human Development on the Homeschool Transcript

    Human Development on the Homeschool Transcript

    "My homeschool high schoolers need Human Development on their transcript!"

    That's what I said to myself years ago when my oldest kids hit the teen years. I work as a counselor and a lot of my training was in Human Development. Despite all the parenting books I read and read when I started the parenting journey, none were as helpful as my college Human Development courses. Some Tillmans at various stages of Human Development :)

    For my kids' homeschool high school Health credit, I wanted them to have Human Development as true life preparation. I couldn't find a high school text written from a Christian worldview, so I created one for them. That was the birth of 7 Sisters' Human Development from a Christian Worldview.

    Human Development was one of my homeschool high schoolers' favorite courses. Even my adult kids still talk about object permanence in infants, "making interesting sights last", and metacognition. They understand the people around them much better!

    Why does your teen need Human Development for the homeschool transcript?

    ...The same reasons my homeschool high schoolers need it. Here are my top 5 reasons:

    1) Human Development prepares teens for life

    It covers the ways people grow and change from womb to old age. It explains why babies work hard to make you laugh, 2 year-olds say "no", why your grandparents tell you the same stories over and over. This helps teens in their sibling relationships, babysitting, future marriage and parenting, AND taking care of YOU when you're old!

    2) Human Development gives the homeschool transcript *sparkle*

    Human Development on the homeschool transcript is attractive to college admissions officers because it is an out-of-the-box course. NOT just a ho-hum health course, it shows the ability to be creative- even with academics.

    3) Human Development is FUN!Human Development from a Christian Worldview

    Why not have some academic courses that are just plain FUN? Human Development on the homeschool transcript is *sparkle*, but it is also just plain fun. 7 Sisters Human Development has suggested activities and discussion that really help teens understand their relatives and friends.

    4) 7 Sisters Human Development is written from a Christian perspective

    Discussion questions in the text help homeschool high schoolers wrestle with important cultural problems from a Christian perspective. How should we treat peers who have disabilities? How does God view the elderly? Is the child in a womb a person or thing?

    5) 7 Sisters Human Development is a self-directed study, great for individual learning AND it is also DELIGHTFUL for co-ops and group classes

    Human Development from a Christian WorldviewIndependent learners can choose the level they want to earn in the course (average high school, college prep, advanced, honors). Rather than simply boring extra text-work, college prep and up earn levels with interesting and inspiring activities and readings.

    This adaptability makes Human Development great for the homeschool transcript but also for a co-op or group class setting. Each teen in the group can work on his/her level and still enjoy class discussion and activities.

    My kids recommend Human Development. Download it today!

    Human Development on the Homeschool Transcript


  • 5 Ways to Make a Fantastic Financial Literacy Credit

    By Vicki Tillman on 15 July 2015 / Homeschool Information / 0 Comment

    Homeschool high schoolers need a fantastic Financial Literacy credit on their transcripts.

    5 Ways to Make a Fantastic Financial Literacy Credit

    Fantastic Financial Literacy Credit

    Your high schoolers' homeschool transcripts look better if they have *sparkle* credits. For instance, they may be required to have Consumer Math on the transcript. However, if you *sparkle it* by making it a fantastic Financial Literacy credit, the transcript will have more power.

    Here are 5 ways to give your homeschool high schooler a fantastic Financial Literacy credit:

    1) Choose an excellent curriculum for Financial Literacy  Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective

    A favorite course for many of our local homeschool high schoolers has been Sara Hayes' Financial Literacy class. Our teens have enjoyed learning from Sara's interactive curriculum about:

    • Money: What is it really
    • Financial goals and strategies (including budgeting and planning for the future)
    • Biblical look at saving and investing
    • Biblical outlook on credit
    • The various kinds of financial institutions that they will be interacting with through life
    • The many kinds of insurance and how to choose
    • How career choices impact finances and how to know *best fit*
    • What kinds of taxes they will be facing as adults

    2) A fantastic Financial Literacy course will be leveled according to student need and interest

    Sara's Financial Literacy text includes instructions for *leveling* the curriculum. For instance, a homeschool high schooler who is capable of doing simple *average* level work, can take tests open book and requires parent discussion on some in-depth subjects.

    On the other hand, an *honors* homeschool high schooler will do the book on his/her own. He/she will follow the instructions in the text for *leveling up* the curriculum (including reading a couple of books by experts like Suzy Orman or Larry Burkett- something we adults could benefit from. This makes a rich, practical experience with varied perspectives.

    3) Have some fun with infographics infographics-consumer-math

    Infographics are an awesome extra to add to a fantastic Financial Literacy credit. They add pizzazz!

    4) Do some projects

    Sara's fantastic Financial Literacy credit includes small projects for each chapter, such as actually monitoring spending, creating realistic budgets, look at cost-benefit for several colleges, and more. These real-life, hands-on experiences make the financial learning stick!

    5) Share with your learning co-op

    Discussing topics together like college, career, and car choices make co-ops fun and a fantastic Financial Literacy credit. Sharing budgets, research, and making presentations are so rewarding in the co-op setting.

    Financial Literacy was a fantastic credit on my son's transcript. The skills he learned in this course have helped him manage his college budgeting and choices.

    Your homeschool high schooler will be blessed, too! Download a copy today!

    Fantastic Financial Literacy Credit


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