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We are so excited about next week’s Back 2 Homeschool virtual conference! There are so many great sessions coming straight to your home, so you can enjoy them the day they are initially released or any day after that since you’ll have lifetime access to all the recordings and resources. See what you can expect to receive each day next week if you have registered for the Back2Homeschool conference. Haven’t done that yet?? What are you waiting for? The price for a ticket is $19 this weekend only– after that, it goes up to $25!  Click here to register today!  We’ll start sending out the SWAG bag of goodies and the link to the virtual exhibit hall on Sunday night, and the first sessions will be released on Monday morning. It’s almost time for us to have our Back2Homeschool homeschool mom (and dad!) fun!!

Meet the homeschool speakers who contributed the following workshops for this conference here.

Monday– Homeschool Foundation Focus

  • For the Heart of Your Homeschool– Leslie Nunnery
  • Seven Keys To A Successful Homeschool– Ruth Adams
  • The Compelling Case for Homeschooling– Mike Donnelly
  • Understanding The Different Methods of Teaching– Faithe Thomas
  • Kindergarten at Home– Carisa Hinson
  • How to Help Your Wiggly Kids Learn– Sharon Fisher
  • 5 Intentional Ways to Connect With Your Child– Jessica Anderson
  • Connecting With Your Child Through Singing Together– Katie Sutton
  • The Lifestyle of a Charlotte Mason Homeschool– Dollie Freeman
  • Created to be Creators– Penny Mayes
  • Teaching the Bible At Home– Danika Cooley

 

Tuesday– Homeschool Academics Focus

  • Homeschooling: The Making Of Theodore Roosevelt– Charlene Notgrass
  • Spelling Beyond the Book– Laura Macfarlan
  • Why and How to Create Your Own Unit Studies- Leah Courtney
  • 5 Steps to a Superior Science Education– Jeannie Fulbright
  • Visualizing History: Increasing Reading Comprehension and Independent Learning Through Visuals and Hands-on Projects–Penny Mayes
  • Curriculum 911: What to Do When Homeschool Isn’t Going Well– Kim Sorgius
  • Developing and Drafting an SEP- Student Education Plan– Krisa Winn
  • How to Teach Spelling– Cynthia L. Simmons
  • IRL Math: Math In Real Life– Andrea Hall
  • Dealing with the DARK SIDE of History– Linda Lacour Hobar
  • Teaching Reluctant Readers and Writers– Karen Johnson Bateman
  • Preparing Now For College Writing Success– Dr. Lynn Lease
  • A Charlotte Mason Plant Study: Give it time, it will grow on you — Jasmine Lucero

 

Wednesday– Homeschool Encouragement Focus

  • Quick Start Guide for this New Homeschool Year– Leslie Nunnery
  • Eternals before Externals– Karen Debeus
  • How to Find Your Homeschool Rhythm– Rebecca Spooner
  • How to Choose the Best for YOUR Homeschool- Kerry Beck
  • Theme Based Learning in the Early Years– Carisa Hinson
  • Your Kids Don’t Have To Go To College– Diane Benson
  • Rethink Your Why– Leslie Nunnery and Jamie Erickson 
  • Teaching Deep Biblical Truths– B.A. Snider
  • About to Burn Out? Here’s Some Help For Homeschool Success– Sharon Fisher
  • Teach The Heart Not The Mind- Lani Carey
  • Homeschool Teachers Are A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!– Davis Carman
  • College Readiness– Realizing the Dream– Elisa Turner

 

Thursday– Homeschool Organization Focus

  • Homeschool Portfolios and Record Keeping 101– Rebecca Spooner
  • Discovering God’s Unique Design– Lesa Dale
  • Scholarships 101– Creating The Strategy– Elisa Turner
  • Be Better Prepared For Your School Year Than Ever– Karen Debeus
  • Organizing Your Homeschool Classes– Leslie Nunnery
  • Creating The Perfect Homeschool Schedule– Amy Roberts
  • Understanding the Way Your Child Learns– Faithe Thomas
  • It’s Crunch Time: How to Choose the Best Curriculum for “Your” Family– Kerry Beck
  • 5 Stones of Goal Setting– Lesa Dale
  • A Four Year Guide to Preparing your Homeschooler for College.– Michelle Osborn

 

Friday– Homeschool Family Focus

  • A Grumble Free (Homeschool) Year– Tricia Goyer
  • 10 Ways To Keep The Heart Of Your Child– Kim Sorgius
  • Homeschooling and Parenting Without Guilt– Margie Abbitt
  • Rethink Chores and Responsibilities– Leslie Nunnery
  • Financial Aid for Homeschoolers– Dariu Dumitru
  • Raising Future Millionaires : Money Habits Every Child Should Master –Holly Reid Toodle
  • 7 Practical Tips To Stay Sane As A Working Homeschool Parent- Jessica Anderson
  • Our Family’s Journey Towards Home Education– Jessica Hager
  • What You Wished You Knew– Over 30 Year’s Worth Of Questions And Answers From Homeschool Parents Just Like You!”–Deb, Joy, and Hope Deffinbaugh
  • Homeschooling With Little Ones In The Mix– Leah Courtney
  • The Nutrition Connection– Regina Tyndall
  • Busy Mom’s Game Plan: How To Stay Close To God– Kerry Beck
  • Self-Care Tips, Tools, and Techniques– Shayla Lorraine Bryant
  • Calming Angry Kids– Tricia Goyer
  • Rethink Your Influence– Leslie Nunnery and Lisa Schmidt
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“Oh, curriculum, curriculum, how shall we choose thee? How can we know that we have chosen well for our beloved children??”

When I am talking to homeschool moms, the question of curriculum comes up a lot. There are so many options available to us now, and we tend to be overwhelmed and almost paralyzed as we take a look at them all. Add terms like, “learning styles,” “Charlotte Mason,” and more to the volume of choices to wade through, and homeschool moms and dads can really get nervous about the entire process.

This summer, we hope to alleviate some of those fears and help you wade through the choppy waters of curriculum as we walk together through the results of the 2019 Homeschool Family Favorites Top 10 Curriculum Choices for each subject and level. Coming up in the days ahead, we’ll take a look at the top 10 curriculums as chosen by Teach Them Diligently families and give you a little more details about the top 3 of each one. We’ll also talk specifically about how to choose curriculums for each of those stages. Stay tuned, so you don’t miss a thing. In the meantime, I encourage you to download the 2019 Homeschool Family Favorite’s Guide and start utilizing that resource to help you decide what your homeschool will look like next year. Click here or at the bottom of this post to download now.

Still wanting more Curriculum Information? Check out these awesome posts from the TTD Blog.

  1. The Number 1 Reason a Curriculum Fails and Why You Should Change How You Select Yours by Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed gives a lot of helpful insight from a gal who has a masters degree in curriculum. (She’s a curriculum WHIZ, I tell you!) You’ll find some great tips here for choosing the perfect curriculum for your family.
  2. Get a Dad’s Perspective on Curriculum choice through this article from Steve Blackston of Husband of a Homeschool Mom. Steve’s articles are fantastic to help dad’s see mom’s point of view– and mom’s to see dad’s. I encourage you to check them all out by searching his name in the search bar on the blog.
  3. What to do when a curriculum isn’t working by Lana Wilson. Trust me, there will be choices you make that simply do not work for your family. We all have done that! This article will give you some great insights as to what options you have. I think you’ll find that it’s almost always better to jump ship that remain on a sinking one when it comes to curriculum.
  4. My Homeschool Doesn’t Have to Look Just Like Your Homeschool. We are all different. Our children are different. We even have different needs at different seasons. This article will walk through (and hopefully give you a sense of freedom!) several areas of homeschooling!

 

Be sure to download your copy of the Homeschool Family Favorites Guide today and be watching the TTDBlog in the days ahead as we walk through the curriculum choices you have!

Homeschool Family Favorite Guide Free downloadable

Looking to buy or sell used curriculum and resources?? Check out Homeschool Yard Sale!! We’re hoping it will become your go-to place for all things “swap.” :) Check it out here! It’s free to use!

 

 

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You CAN Homeschool High School

Does the idea of homeschooling high school fill you with dread?

Take heart. You can homeschool high school.

Here’s the deal, there are so many more options than there were several years ago and they are expanding. Homeschooling high school is easier and more effective than ever before. My two cents about planning high school at home:

  1. Maximize your resources.
  2. Don’t switch around if you have something that works well (unless you have an amazing opportunity).
  3. Give your kids a lot of exposure to various opportunities (help your kids find them, interview, be selective).
  4. Pick subjects that teach what they claim to teach.
  5. Be realistic about your abilities.
  6. Be realistic about your kids abilities.

My son was involved in co-op (chorale, art, history unit study), on-line classes (pre-law and copy writing), private tutoring (creative writing, Latin, Algebra. II), classes at home (history, science), Great Courses & other DVD’s.

He also had the opportunity to travel to GA to campaign, go to Challenge and back to D.C. and is going to TP Nationals and Challenge staff training in the next several weeks. He was involved in drama camp, Shakespeare camp and the Festival of One Act Plays for 2 years. He worked one day a week as a farm hand and went ballroom dancing twice a month, and even helped with house rebuild projects and gardening, while doing a serious work out schedule.

He worked to fund his traveling, and travels to fund his sense of adventure. The drama is a great rhetoric exercise (public speaking/performance, memory work), not to mention fun, and was used to supplement literature. Ballroom dancing/working out equaled gym. Challenge, TeenPact events are great because they are serious apologetic/faith building programs in addition to exposure to politics.

Tips for Making a Plan

My plan for my kids was always to give them as many opportunities as made sense that we could afford and to have a clear college prep program. We did pass on some opportunities, and we didn’t participate in every single social event. Our kids didn’t do youth groups. That is part of the challenge of high school, determining where your time and energy should be, and what opportunities you have where you live. Our life in NM (activities for our older girls) was very different that the activities/opportunities our 3 younger children had.

If you have areas of weakness (for me sophomore and up, math and science), it can be helpful to bite the bullet and hire a tutor, get online classes, or take classes at the local high school. We tried program after program for math for our older girls and the result was that they felt inadequate about math and didn’t get a solid, sequential scope of upper level math. It would have been far less expensive to have just hired a tutor every week than switching around.

I see true value in finding something and sticking with it. We used Life of Fred for math. You can find lots of discussion online about the adequacy of it (or not), but we stuck with it. Our math tutor thought it was just fine and our son moved forward. If we had changed the curriculum again, that would have been time not spent moving forward.

I think the idea that every subject needs to be “Christian” is a bit odd. I have always taken the approach that I want the curriculum to teach the subject it claims to teach; Bible verses at the top of the math page just seems odd to me and confusing. The vote is in and multi-tasking does not work. I stay away from vendors that integrate their doctrine in the curriculum. It’s not that I don’t have a doctrine, it’s just that I don’t really want it taught pedantically. The exception to this, for us, is Rod and Staff grammar.

Do What Works for Your Family

My kids are not brilliant, but they are all pretty smart. They may not go to Ivy League. Most of them have more linguistic ability than symbolic. I focused heavily on writing/speaking, lit, history, while my husband does a lot of science exploration, apologetics, strategy focus with them. If my husband was homeschooling, they would probably all go into the science field because his love and passion for science is catching.

I do look at catalogs each year, but the siren song of “new, new new” can outweigh common sense so I stick with a few vendors that fit with my pedagogy and choose from them. For me, that limits choices, saves money and gives me a piece of mind because I am not always second guessing and wondering what we are missing.

I am also over switching mid year if things don’t work out or don’t fit with my kids learning style. I believe in learning styles, ages and stages and all of that, but I also believe that kids need to shore up areas of weakness. This might take more time on my part, but switching curriculum’s catering to a child is costly too. I have found that generally things don’t work when I am not directing, discussing or involved in what the kids are doing. In other words, it’s rare to find a truly awful curriculum and common to find homeschoolers who want the curriculum to work magic for them. The reality is, in order for homeschooling to work, you have to show up.

In conclusion, I am doing some things just the same for my younger kids as for my older with lots of opportunities, great literature, college prep classes, and totally different with more outsourcing of academic courses with my younger kids. It is exciting to see the homeschool world expand and grow and the opportunities that we can offer our kids, and afford, and grow with it.

 

What are you planning for high school?

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Article contribution by, Lisa Nehring whom has 1 husband, 3 graduate degrees, 5 kids and a black belt in homeschooling. She blogs regularly at http://goldengrasses.blogspot.com about faith, family, and education with tons of book and curriculum reviews thrown in for good measure.

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Since the movie, The Bucket List, it seems everyone has a bucket list for something. Merriam-Webster  defines ‘bucket list’ as “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.” Do you have a homeschool bucket list?

We might tweak a homeschool bucket list to read:  “a list of things we want to accomplish before our children graduate”.  Our bucket list may be described as goals and may change early. Even if we don’t have a written list, we all have a fluid sense of what we want to accomplish tucked away in the crevices of our brain.

Here are some common homeschool bucket list items:

  • College admission
  • Above average skills in all subjects
  • Skills to make a reasoned argument
  • A love for learning
  • Life skills (budgeting, cooking, driving)
  • Well-rounded adult
  • High college entrance scores
  • Exotic field trips
  • Music, art, drama, or athletic achievements

“Oh no,” you say. “I want more than that for my kiddos. I want them to be good people, serve God, have good character, and be productive.” Do our actions back up our statement?

Quite frequently in my homeschool career, I said I wanted my children to leave our school as adults who serve God. I often said my bucket list (goals) was to raise godly adults.

The deep-down truth? My actions indicated I was really focusing most on the items in the bucket list above. Issues of character development ran a distant second to academic goals.

We need to be honest with ourselves about what we’re actually putting on our bucket list. It’s easy to get caught up chasing academic goals at the expense of our deepest desires for our children.

Support groups, the latest book, the ‘perfect’ homeschool family at the convention, or pressure from family and friends may make us alter our bucket list to only educational goals. It’s hard work to maintain the focus on our real heart’s desire for our children.

How do we match our actions to our heart?

To create a bucket list that includes love of God, service to others, honesty, patience, and all the other qualities we strive for, work through this activity:

  1. Create a homeschool bucket list including only character qualities you want your child to develop. These are not life-long objectives, so re-evaluate and update often.
  2. Make suitable-for-framing copy of your list, frame it, and hang it for all to see. What better way to match actions with ideas than to allow those ideas to be public?
  3. Explain the bucket list to your children. Ask what they would like to add. Ask them what area they need to work on. In other words, allow them to adopt the character bucket list as their own.
  4. As your children get older and move closer to graduation, encourage them to make their own life-long bucket list.

You may find you need to detox from academics for a while — especially if a child is floundering with character issues. If you find yourself slipping back to academic goals as a primary motivator, put the books away and engage in activities that build the qualities on your list. You can catch up on algebra or composition later, but can you catch up on character training?

Every now and then, you may have to review your personal bucket list. Not just to check off all the things you dream of doing but to be sure your list supports your mission regarding character training goals. It’s easy to get off track with what’s important because life is busy. So, re-evaluate and steady your course of action as needed.

My children have all graduated from our homeschool. Have they completed everything on the bucket list? No. Like all of us, they are still growing and maturing in the Lord. The ideas are implanted, and those seeds will grow as they become mature adults.

What’s on your homeschool bucket list? Even if your children are young, begin preparing the list of qualities God has put in your heart for your children. Homeschooling bucket lists are, after all, about far more than academics!

 

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Aiming Arrows into Adulthood

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As homeschooling parents, how can we prepare our children for adulthood? And how can we prepare our hearts (through prayer and effective communication) to release our kids, into a new season? There’s life after graduation– with college, careers, romance, weddings, and next-generation purpose. Let’s aim and launch our arrows to hit God’s mark!

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How to Build Unit Studies

By Sharon Gibson, Homeschool Legacy and Once-A-Week Unit Studies

By this point you’ve probably already discovered unit studies and are fascinated by their many advantages and creative possibilities. Now you’re ready to get down to brass tacks and find out exactly how to fit it them into your homeschool lifestyle. So, let’s get started!

To begin, you have a few options when it comes to unit studies. Some parents design their own. The benefit here is you can truly tailor a unit study to suit your children’s individual interests. While somewhat labor intensive to prepare, it is doable.

Other parents opt for prepackaged unit studies that provide a springboard of ideas from which you can launch into partially preparing your own. There are even a few gems out there that pretty much do it all for you, allowing you the opportunity to just grab & go!

Some families use unit studies as their main curriculum, while others choose to supplement their curriculum with the creative, hands-on activities unit studies afford. Still others use them as an occasional and delightful change of pace. Their flexible nature allows you to decide what works best for your family.

Scheduling will vary according to each family’s needs, as well. Those who use unit studies for a major portion of their curriculum might complete their Bible, reading, math, grammar, spelling, and writing assignments on alternate mornings, reserving their afternoons for unit study assignments, which often concentrate on science and history. Once early childhood language skills are established, however, grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary, and even spelling can also be woven into their unit studies.

I have scheduled unit studies differently from one year to the next. Some years we spent every afternoon doing unit study activities, while others just two or three afternoons a week. And there were years, as circumstances warranted, when we opted for a more literature-based approach, eliminating the hands-on activities altogether. But for the most part, what worked best for us was to complete our regular school subjects three days a week, have a light “3Rs only Friday,” and one “unit study day” each week.

We chose Wednesday as our unit study day because it gave us a nice mid-week breather from school as usual. We dropped our regular, daily subjects and focused entirely on that week’s unit study topic, while alternately weaving Bible, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, geography, science, history, etc. into the unit study topic.

So, let’s take a look inside a unit study day and give you a child’s perspective of what one might look like for your family. Each academic subject we cover through a given assignment will be noted in parentheses. But what is an equally important, and a not-to-be-missed facet of the day you are about to “experience” is the relationship building that is going on, by engaging the whole family in the learning process. For the most part, only the level of difficulty regarding each child’s reading selections and writing assignments will vary. Otherwise, everyone is involved in the assignments together. I love that! Let’s see what you think…

It is the second week of our Revolutionary War study. Last week Mom had us learning about different events leading up to the war, so we could better understand the colonial mindset and why the colonists were so mad at King George. (History)

Today began with a family devotional that taught us about the Great Awakening of the 1700s and the Black Robe Brigade! That sounded scary to me, but Mom explained that it was just the name given to the daring, black-robed colonial ministers who had courageously preached liberty from the church pulpit. We talked about the important role they played (and each of us should play) in bettering their communities and encouraging their citizens to stand up for freedom. We also learned about a famous pastor named, Jonathan Edwards, a popular and effective evangelist of his time. We ended our devotional reading the third chapter of Revelation and discussing the direct connection between the health of a nation and the spiritual health of her churches. (Bible/History)

Mom had some chores to do, so my brother and I each picked a book from the basketful Mom brought home from the library earlier in the week. I love to read so it was hard to choose, but I finally I decided on If You Lived in Colonial Times, and my big brother, who is an artist, of course chose The Art of Colonial America. Afterwards, we explained to Mom what we had learned from our reading. Tomorrow, I think I’ll read a book I noticed in the basket about colonial Williamsburg. My brother has decided he’s going to read the one about colonial craftsmen. (Reading/History)

Our focus this week is to learn about the life and times of colonial Americans, so we discussed some vocabulary words they used a lot back then. Mom had each of us look up a word in the dictionary and explain its meaning; one was “tyrant” and the other was “tyranny.” Then we took turns looking up some of King George’s intolerable acts and describing them to Mom when we were done. Boy, King George sure was a TYRANT! No wonder the colonists were so mad at him!

(Vocabulary/Research/History/Dictionary Skills)

Mom likes to get the hard stuff done before lunch, so we had to do a writing assignment. I DREAD writing assignments! But I will say this about Mom…she does at least TRY to make them a little fun. And today’s writing assignment really was fun! We learned that newspapers were the colonists’ primary source for finding out what was going on back then (Did you know they didn’t even have radios, or TVs, or computers?). We also found out that newspapers were so expensive that most people couldn’t afford them. Instead, a person, known as the Town Crier, would ring a bell to announce the news of the day. Wow! I thought that was only done back in the middle ages! Anyway, Mom had us each pretend we were colonial reporters writing a newspaper article about one of King George’s many intolerable acts and how it would affect us colonists. My favorite part was when we got to dress up like the Town Crier, ring a bell, and shout our news to our family. (Writing, Grammar, Spelling, History, Public Speaking, Drama)

While we ate lunch, we all watched a documentary about the important roles Christians can and should play in a republic. (Civics)

After lunch, mom surprised us by having us make and play a real, honest-to-goodness, colonial children’s game! It was fun and sort of like playing horseshoes. My brother can’t wait for us to teach Dad how to play it when he gets home from work tonight. (History/Culture/Arts & Crafts/Fun and Games)

For our last assignment of the day, Mom gave us each a map and had us color and label the thirteen original colonies. Boy, some of those states are so small it was hard to find room enough to label them! When Dad gets home, my brother and I have decided we’re gonna see if he can name ’em all! (Geography/ History)

We ended our day with my favorite part of every school day, curled up on the couch reading a great book together. Mom usually picks a classic or other award-winning book…she says it will make us better writers if we are exposed to excellent literature. This week’s read-aloud isn’t an award winner, but it’s still fun. It’s called “Can’t You Make Them Behave King George?” My brother and I talked about how much fun it would be to get in a time machine and go back to visit the colonists, but since we can’t,

I guess unit studies are the next best thing. (Literature/History)

If you missed the earlier posts in this series, check them out! Sharon has already introduced us to What is a Unit Study? and how unit studies can be a great help to your homeschool with Unit Studies to the Rescue!

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Dual credit is a way for high school students to earn college credits while studying advanced level subjects, and it’s a great way to challenge your teen who is interested in getting a head start on college.

Teach Them Diligently Convention vendor Dual Credit at Home shares eight facts every parent should know before starting a dual enrollment program for their child.

1. Understand the terms “traditional student” and “non-traditional student.”

The term “traditional student” typically refers to students that graduate from high school and then generally earn their college degree by taking on-campus classes. “Non-traditional” students are typically those that either mix high school and college or complete high school traditionally but then do college non-traditionally – generally earning their degree through a mixture of exams, online classes, and perhaps on-campus classes.

2. Colleges require all students to meet core subject requirements no matter what degree they are pursuing.

Before you begin your studies in your chosen field, you must first pass a series of core classes necessary for all degree programs. These required credits can be earned by paying for and attending on-campus college classes or they can be earned by passing college-level exams, proving you have mastered the subject.

3. Dual credit studies are academically challenging.

Having your teen study their high school core subjects at the college level can provide the challenge they might not be experiencing with their typical high school level courses. Remember, our kids are capable of more than we typically require!

4. Dual credit studies are impressive on your high school transcript.

Your student will use their high school transcript for either college and scholarship applications or job/internship applications and interviews. Their dual credit studies shown on that transcript show initiative, a passion for learning, and a willingness to be challenged. College admissions officers and prospective employers are always impressed with students who go above and beyond a typical high school course of study.

5. Dual credit programs cost less than traditional classes(even when a college waives “tuition” for dual credit students).

Most colleges and universities will allow you to earn some of your core credits by passing exams while some allow you to earn all core credits this way. This saves both traditional and non-traditional students so much money by not having to pay for classes in those core subjects.

The Dual Credit at Home program takes your student through the process of studying for and taking 13 exams in core subjects like American Government, College Composition, U.S. History, and College Mathematics. This gives your student the high school credits and college credits for these 13 subjects – up to 13 classes your student will not have to take in college! And with a one-semester class at a junior college typically costing about $495 in tuition, fees, and books, that’s a huge savings!

Even when a college waives dual credit tuition, enrolled students still pay the fees and purchase the over-priced textbooks. Because Dual Credit at Home students can earn up to 57 college credits, the credits cost less than even the junior college dual credit classes where tuition has been waived.

6. Dual credit programs save time.

Dual Credit at Home students study two subjects at a time and can take those exams after five weeks of study for most subjects and eight weeks of study for the more difficult subjects. Following this study calendar makes it possible to study several subjects in-depth over the typical 16-week college semester. In fact, Dual Credit at Home students are earning 21 credits in the first 16 weeks following the Study Plans, 18 credits in the second 16 weeks, and 24 credits in the final 16 weeks!

But not all students choose to complete the program in 49 weeks; some choose to spread it over a longer period of time. Either way, because it is being done during high school, it’s accelerating the degree process. When Dual Credit at Home students graduate from high school they are around the half way mark of completing their bachelor’s degree.

7. A dual credit program provides academic mastery.

A dual credit program can be used to master subjects simply for the high school credits. Not all Dual Credit at Home students take the official exams for college credit, yet they still develop college-level mastery of each subject. Students that plan to attend a college that won’t accept certain exam credits may still complete the entire program in order to earn all of the high school credits and only the college credits that their particular school will accept.

8. How does a student complete their degree following a dual credit program?

Students choose a college to attend and request that their test transcripts be sent to that college. The college receives and evaluates the transcripts and applies the earned credits to their corresponding courses according to their school’s policy. Students then complete their chosen degree plan earning the remaining credits by either exams or classes.

If you’ve read this article through to this point, chances are you have a high school student and are considering the idea of dual credit studies! It’s my hope that this article has answered some of the questions you might have about dual credit and encouraged you to successfully implement it in your home school. Earning college credit is a big step for your teen and one you want to help them take successfully.

 

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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