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HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Code Apprentice

This week on HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Code Apprentice.  This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Code Apprentice's Paul Drake. Teens can learn employable coding skills during homeschool high school.

HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Code Apprentice

Paul Drake of Code Apprentice joins Vicki for a discussion on ways to introduce your homeschool high schoolers to coding, and to bring them to expertise level.

Paul is a homeschool graduate. He homeschooled all the way through, including co-ops during high school. Paul’s mother believed that it was important to explore interests, so when he asked to explore website building. His mother hopped on it and found experiences for him.

Paul got his introduction to website building from his dad. His dad introduced Paul to John at Samaritan’s Purse, who became his mentor. Paul did a lot of his own personal training, but John inspired him and opened doors for him to work at Samaritan’s Purse as soon as he graduated from homeschooling.

Teens need to learn to network! Paul can attest to that. His experiences with networking made his after-high-school success possible. Paul points out that homeschooling high school set him up for confident networking because homeschool teens are not age-group isolated, but are often having chances to chat with others

  • Talk to people older than you
  • Spend time in different organizations (volunteering, asking questions)

Paul reminds us: You can absolutely get a job in tech without having to go to college and get a degree. 

You absolutely can get a job in tech without going to college and getting a degree. Paul Drake of Code Apprentice tells how to develop employable coding skills.

There is greater demand for coders than there is supply. If you have built a portfolio in high school, you will be attractive to companies that need skilled coders.

Paul organization, Code Apprentice, helps teens build their coding skills, create portfolios AND work one-on-one with an expert mentor. Parents get progress reports and grades so that the training can be recorded on the transcript. Perfect for homeschool high schoolers!

Important goals of Code Apprentice is students obtain a *full stack coding education* and create an *end-to-end application* as they progress semester through semester during high school. Student develop a portfolio through project-based learning that makes them highly employable!

There are many resources for learning coding, Paul says coding training is available at:

  • Code Apprentice
  • Coding bootcamps
  • Co-op classes
  • Online courses
  • Mentoring experiences
  • Community college classes

Contact Paul Drake at info@CodeApprentice.tech

Visit CodeApprentice.tech for more information.

Join Vicki and Paul for an enlightening conversation.

Get more Career Exploration information in these episodes of Homeschool Highschool Podcast:

Career Exploration for Teens who Love Everything

Career Exploration for Teens who Don’t Have a Clue

You’ll also be blessed by these Career Exploration posts:

5 Steps to Helping Teens Find Purpose

Homeschool Career Exploration: 5 Steps to Help Teens Find Purpose 7SistersHomeschool.com Finding purpose is part of comprehensive Career Exploration course.

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Discovering Interests and Skills

Homeschool Career Exploration: Discovering Interests and Skills 7SistersHomeschool.com Expand your teens Career Exploration skills.

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HSHSP Ep 148: Coding for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Code Apprentice

HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture

This week on HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture. Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode on empowering teens with the soft skills for a kind culture.

HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture

We’ve all had the experience of being the new person in a group and NO ONE talking to you or welcoming you in. We’ve all had an experience with cliques. We don’t want our kids to be part of that kind of unwelcoming culture. Instead we MUST teach them to create a welcoming culture. Join Vicki and Kym for one of their favorite topics!

To create a welcoming culture, we have taught our teens and our homeschool umbrella school necessary soft skills. The basis of the skills is the Principals of GOOF.

Principals of GOOF:

  • Respect God
  • Respect Others
  • Respect Ourselves
  • Respect Facilities

To make GOOF work:

  • Establish the norms and teach them to teens and adults.
  • Empower some thought-leader teens to be *facilitators* who introduce teens around, usher them through the day, sit with them at lunch, answer questions.
    • Practice with these facilitators ahead of time. Even introverts can play this role, because it is a role (they don’t have to worry about *being themselves*, in a way). This is good for extroverts, too, they need the practice and the role so that they remember to be inclusive.
    • Teach them to look around the perimeter of a group, find teens who are standing alone. Walk up and talk to them. Include them.
  • For new kids.
    • Teach them the magic nonverbals: Simply smile through the day, keep the shoulders up and chin up.
    • Sit near the front.
Teach your teens to create a welcoming culture. It's a skill that will last for a lifetime.

Remember, if you invest in a few leaders catch the GOOF, it will spread…  HOWEVER, all homeschool high schoolers, need to be GOOF trained. Talk it, talk it, talk it.

Remember, as our friend Dr. Melanie Wilson says, “Relationship before rules”. Develop those relationships and listen in on her podcast: Homeschool Sanity.

Remember, teaching drama class to homeschool high schoolers helps develop the confidence in playing a role like *facilitator* in real life. That’s why we have our drama resources that our teens have loved available to you at 7Sisters.

Remember, that Alexa will read 7SistersHomeschool.com posts to you. Here’s a post to tell you how.

AND remember that Vicki has LOTS of free resources at Vicki Tillman Coaching, including Confidence-Building Skills for Meeting New People. Download it for your teens.

Join Vicki and Kym for a fun and enlightening how-to discussion on soft skills, welcoming skills for teens.

 

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HSHSP Ep 147: Soft Skills for Teens: Teaching a Welcoming Culture

Suggested Syllabus for Human Development from a Christian Worldview

Here is a suggested syllabus for Human Development from a Christian Worldview.

Suggested Syllabus for Human Development

Suggested Syllabus for Human Development from a Christian Worldview

We have received requests for a syllabus for homeschool high schoolers who are working on 7Sisters’ Human Development text. While we believe that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool, sometimes it is nice to have a guide that can be easily tweaked.

Before we get started, let me also suggest that you, as mom and/or co-0p teacher, use the Lesson Plans for Human Development. It is a teacher’s guide and resource list full of extra activities, discussion and video links that are keyed, week-to-week with the text.

Lesson Plans for 7SistersHomeschool's Human Development from a Christian Worldview

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Here is a suggested syllabus based on the course I have taught at our co-op and group classes.

Syllabus for Human Development

Name of Texts:

Human Development from a Christian Worldview, 7SistersHomeschool.com

Lesson Plans for Human Development from a Christian Worldview, 7SistersHomeschool.com

Human Development from a Christian Perspective by 7 Sisters Homeschool

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Purpose of the course:

To learn the ways people grow and change from youth through old age, physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially. Upon completion of the course, student will have covered the scope and sequence for an introductory Human Development course and earned one credit in Human Development as (state level: Average, College Prep, Advanced, Honors. See chart on page 4 of text for instructions for achieving each level.)

Topics covered:

  • Prenatal Life
  • The Neonate
  • The First Two Years
  • Preschool Years – Ages Two to Five
  • The Elementary Years
  • Adolescence
  • Young Adulthood
  • Middle Adulthood
  • Senior Adulthood

Grading Scale (adjust to your needs):

  • Attendance 10% (if in co-op or group class)
  • Class Participation 40% (For co-op:this includes passing around homework,- so you must keep homework current to get a good participation grade. For individual: this includes attitude and timeliness of assignments)
  • Assignments 50% (must be neatly written and stapled-if text is printed out, or neatly typed in the editable text; and handed in according to syllabus)
  • Papers (if leveling up, must be neatly done, stapled together, and handed in according to syllabus)

Due Dates for Projects (to Level Up from Average to College Prep, Advanced or Honors. Add dates):

Test Dates (add dates):

  • Test 1: for Chapters 1 & 2
  • Test 2: for Chapter 3 
  • Test 3: for Chapter 4
  • Test 4: for Chapter 5
  • Test 5: for Chapter 6
  • Test 6: for Chapters 7, 8, & 9

Weekly assignments:

Week 1 Chapter 1: Prenatal Life

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 2 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 1

Week 3 Chapter 2: The Neonate

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 4 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 2

Week 5 Complete any extra work. Study for Test 1. Take Test 1 on Friday. (Read this post for test-taking skills.)

Week 6 Chapter 3: The First Two Years

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 7 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 3

Week 8 Complete any extra work. Study for Test 2. Take Test 2 on Friday.

Week 9 Chapter 4: Preschool Years – Ages Two to Five

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 10 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 4

Week 11 Complete any extra work. Study for Test 3. Take Test 3 on Friday.

Week 12 Chapter 5: The Elementary Years

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 13 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 5

Week 14 Complete any extra work. Study for Test 4. Take Test 5 on Friday.

Week 15 Chapter 6: Adolescence

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 16 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 6

Week 17 Complete any extra work. Study for Test 5. Take Test 5 on Friday.

Week 18 Chapter 7: Young Adulthood

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 19 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 7

Week 20 Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 21 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 8

Week 22 Chapter 9: Senior Adulthood

  • Read chapter and answer questions.

Week 23 Special Projects/Enrichment Activities for Chapter 9

Week 24 Complete any extra work. Study for Test 6. Take Test 6 on Friday.

Week 25 Complete any further leveling up work.

This post will help your teen understand how to use a syllabus. Read and discuss it together.

 

Suggested Syllabus for Human Development from a Christian Worldview

 

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HSHSP 146: How to Find Teens’ Passions, Interview with Cindy West

This week on HSHSP 146: How to Find Teens’ Passions, Interview with Cindy West. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

Helping Teens Find Their Passions, Interview with Cindy West. Help homeschool high schoolers explore interests and talents for transcript credit.

HSHSP 146: How to Find Teens’ Passions, Interview with Cindy West

Join Vicki and our friend, Cindy West, of Our Journey Westward, NaturExplorers, and Homeschooling Gifted Kids. Cindy, who is well-known to many homeschool families,  has been homeschooling for 18 years has specialized in helping her homeschool high schoolers find and develop their interests and passions.

Cindy West of Our Journey Westward shares with Homeschool Highschool Podcast ways to help teens capture their passions as part of their academics.

Cindy West.
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Cindy’s teens learned how to identify, develop and make choices for their futures in their homeschool programs. Cindy shares how she helped her homeschool high schoolers lean into their interests and allow them to become passions.

  • Observe: Where do they get excited? Where do they invest their free time?
  • Get experiences: Go on field trips. Do some volunteer work, help others out who are in the field of interest. Go to the library
  • Discuss with experts: Interview adults. See if you can find shadowing or apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Include as part of their academic studies: Develop science, history and/or language arts courses.
  • Include as part of their career exploration electives: Give it an appropriate name and capture it on the transcript.

One of the special things that Cindy has done with her teens is allowing her teens to develop their own courses.

  • Divide the year into 36 weeks
  • Explore on the internet what other people cover for those courses
  • Ask teen to pinpoint their interests/goals for the course
  • Find a *spine*, a textbook or detailed, informative book (probably not in the juvenile section) as a base
  • Choose at least one major project: research paper, prepare a presentation, design an experiment
  • Plan out the year, month by month based on the topics of teen interest and what others cover
  • Turn the plan into a syllabus
  • Learn more about this with Cindy’s post on the topic.

Teens who develop their interests in homeschool high school gain important skills for life. Homeschool Highschool Podcast interview with Cindy West.

Cindy’s daughter was passionate about equine studies and developed high school courses to develop those interests. Her son has been interested in guitar, so they have deeply developed this interest and giftedness.

You’ll be blessed by this interview with Cindy West. Visit her website and social media, curriculum AND check out her book on homeschooling gifted kids to learn more!

Take a look at 7Sisters Career Exploration curriculum to help discover interests and gifts. You’ll also enjoy these posts:
How to Earn Credits in Homeschool High School
Helping Teens Identify Interests

HSHSP 146: How to Find Teens’ Passions, Interview with Cindy West

 

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HSHSP 145: Using Movies for Educational Purposes

This week on HSHSP 145: Using Movies for Educational Purposes. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

HSHSP EP 145: Movies for Educational Purposes. Movies can be an inspirational part of your homeschool high school Language Arts program.

HSHSP 145 Using Movies for Educational Purposes

Need some fun in your homeschool high school? Think: movies!

Movies and reading can both count for Language Arts assignments?

Movies can’t count as books, but they can be used to learn themes, plots, characters and other tools of literary analysis. Studying a movie can add some sparkle to a year that is getting bogged down in heavy literature books. However, you want to have good tools (like 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides).

Literature Analysis, Literal Thinkers and Movies

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Join Sabrina and Vicki for an enlightening discussion of movies for educational process. Let’s start with another of Sabrina’s famous quotes:

Stories are stories.

So, a story in a movie is still a story.

Stories are Stories. Literature analysis through movies.

Learning story analysis skills by watching movies is good for all teens. Homeschool high schoolers with learning difficulties will find analysis skills more accessible when they watch and discuss movies.

So where do you start? Choose one or two aspects of the story to discuss and analyze, even if the movie has lots of outstanding features that could be explored. That way teens can actually learn and hold onto their learning. We suggest 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides for this.

When teens learn some concepts from a film story, they can then find those concepts when they read books. Making these connections is a necessary facet of education (and an important life skill).

Watching movies as an educational tool, helps teens begin to think that any time they watch a movie, they can use their brains and think about what they are consuming. In other words, when given tools for analysis in a gentle way, most teens will have more critical thinking skills for watching movies any time.

All 7Sisters curriculum is level-able (adaptable for Average- through Honors-level studies.) Homeschool high schoolers who are college-bound Honors level cinema studies will find interesting and meaningful leveling-up activities in 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides.

The way the Cinema Studies guides work:

  • Students watch the movie.
  • They take notes as they watch the movie on anything that is interesting to them.
  • They watch the movie again several days later.
  • Then they complete the study guide (questions and a writing assignment).

As an aside, Vicki and Sabrina rabbit trailed onto the topic of audiobooks for books and poetry. They noted that Benedict Cumberbach is one of their favorite readers. Vicki has several pins on her Pinterest Poetry board with him reading a poem.

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a *moving* talk about movies!

Here’s a post about using Cinema Studies in your homeschool co-op.

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning in your High School Homeschool Co-op

For more creative ideas in Language Arts, check out this episode!

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature

 

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