Erin is in her 14th year of a six-month homeschooling experiment. She and her children have chosen an eclectic mix of homeschooling methods: all-in-one boxed curricula, literature-based learning, self-directed courses, co-op classes, massive open online courses (MOOCs), part-time enrollment in traditional high school courses, and dual-enrollment community college classes that have been synthesized into transcripts for college applications. Her eldest is enjoying his freshman year at a four-year university; her daughter is currently a homeschooled high school junior. When not homeschooling, Erin is a yoga teacher, a responder on the VaHomeschoolers Helpline, and managing editor of VaHomeschoolers Voice magazine.
A Methodical Approach to the College Application Process, Part 1: Laying the Groundwork
Friday, Session 2, 2:30–3:30pm
Is your homeschooled teen planning to attend a four-year college after high school? Functioning as your child’s guidance counselor can be an intimidating prospect, but there are several steps you can take along the way to bring a little sanity to the process and to feel comfortable that you will have the information you need when the time comes to assemble college applications. Is your child already a junior or senior? Don’t panic! It’s not too late to create an orderly, low-stress plan.
A Methodical Approach to the College Application Process, Part 2: Assembling the Paperwork
Friday, Session 3, 4:15–5:15 p.m.
Many parents who homeschool the high school years will need to create some sort of transcript to represent their child’s high school experiences. However, there is more to applying to a four-year college than that! In this second part of the College Application Process series, learn about: other documentation you may have to prepare as your student’s guidance counselor, including the school profile and the counselor recommendation letter; possible considerations for the homeschool supplement of the Common App; and, oh, yes, information about putting together a transcript.
Pros and Cons of Part-Time and/or Dual Enrollment in High School
Saturday, Session 1, 9–10 a.m.
Some school districts allow homeschooled students to take classes as part-time students; many homeschoolers take advantage of dual-enrollment opportunities at local community colleges. Explore the benefits and potential challenges of each of these options for homeschooled high school students as well as potential positives and pitfalls of transfer and/or guaranteed admission agreements.
Fuel Your Soul: Live Longer, Live Happier, Nurture Connections
Saturday, Session 4, 2:45–3:45 p.m.
As parents, particularly homeschooling parents, you spend a great deal of time on ensuring your children’s health, education, and happiness. But what about your own well-being? Do you nurture yourself just as well? If not, it can be easy to become isolated, to feel burned out, or to lose your sense of self. And fast forward to that future empty nest—will you know how to fill your time? What if there were a way to remain mentally active, increase your self-confidence, widen your social circle, and update your resume for future job potential? Examine the possibilities for finding or creating opportunities to feed your passions, make new friends, and fuel your soul during your homeschooling journey.