A Virtual Conference to Help Your Teens Set Their Life’s Direction

August 20, 2018
Written by:
Tasha Swearingen

A Virtual Conference to Help Your Teens Set Their Life's Direction

Does your teen feel totally lost when thinking about what he or she will do upon graduation? For many teens, the high school years are a stressful time academically and socially. Another major stressor is just figuring out what to do when they graduate. Wondering how you can help? Tune into this year’s virtual homeschool conference for some fantastic ideas! Take a sneak peek at our lineup of amazing speaker sessions.

High Stakes Testing (the SAT and the ACT)

Both the SAT and the ACT are standardized tests that university-bound students must take. Your student can choose which test to take or take both. But, what’s the difference between the two tests? Does it matter what time of year your student takes the test(s)? Find out the answers to these questions and more with a presentation from NKY Tutoring! You’ll also want to check out College Prep Genius’ session on acing the SAT or ACT!  

College…for Homeschoolers?

As a primary focus of our virtual convention, college prep is on our minds! That’s awesome for families with college-bound teens. To start, Time4Learning will lead a session titled “From Homeschool to College” designed to reassure Do colleges really recruit homeschoolers?homeschooling families that colleges not only accept homeschoolers; some also recruit homeschoolers!       

Of course, when the time comes for your student to think seriously about college, one of the first things on your mind will no doubt be the costs. Would you believe that students can actually attend college for FREE? College Prep Genius will host a session about different ways to get scholarships and how students can get into the college of their choosing. In addition, Tel Library will host a session on making college affordable.

When the time comes to start applying to colleges, you’ll want to be sure your student has an official transcript on hand. Are you nervous about everything that goes into making a transcript? If so, you won’t want to miss another great session by College Prep Genius, this time on developing an amazing transcript for your students.

Getting There – Teaching the Basics

Before you can worry about high stakes testing and college admittance, you’ll want to be sure you’re teaching the basics in a way your students will understand. Jeffrey Mays from Novare will explain how you can make sure you’re getting the most out of your science curriculum. The best science curriculum should not only solidify scientific concepts but should also integrate across subjects and pull in math, history, and other areas. If your science isn’t doing this, you’ll definitely want to tune in and find out what you can do!

We often say one benefit to homeschooling is that our students come away from it with a sense of self-governance and independence that is self-taught. For many, this sense of self-governance comes naturally and is simply a by-product of homeschooling. For others, a little more effort is involved. For those who may need to put in some effort, Nicholeen Peck will be teaching a class on how you can create an environment that’s conducive to independence and where your learners will be motivated to self-govern themselves!

Do you know how to prepare your homeschooled teen for college?Both logic and rhetoric have a place in the adult world and as teachers, we see it around us all the time. Our students, however, may not see the value in being able to infuse these traits into a conversation. Dr. Perrin will explain the value of logic and rhetoric and how these two principles have meaning to our high school students far beyond simply preparing for a research paper.

Finally, this virtual conference will touch on something that’s often been the topic of debate amongst homeschoolers: using a virtual school to homeschool. For some, it defies the true meaning of “homeschooling” when you use something government-run to assist you with your independent homeschooling. For others, it’s honestly just a life-saver; were it not for virtual schools, some would have to give up homeschooling completely. How do you feel about virtual schools? Do you see where they can be a valuable tool to homeschooling families? Regardless of your position, you’re sure to enjoy this informative class taught by Andy Wells at HomeschoolVirtual.com!  

As adults, sometimes we feel lost as to how we can best help our teens prepare for life in the real world. If this describes you, then this virtual conference couldn’t come at a better time! It’ll cover things from the day-to-day of homeschooling to college acceptance and everything in between. Best of all, you can attend this conference right from your own home. Register now for this virtual homeschool conference. Then, mark your calendars – you don’t want to miss this one!    

Tasha Swearingen

Tasha is a homeschooling mom to 5 and has been homeschooling for 14 years. Currently, her children's ages span from toddler to young adult. Tasha has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Social Sciences from Florida State University and is working on her MBA through SNHU/Berklee School of Music.