When going into uncharted territory, some people like to read
and do research to get information, while others prefer to talk
to friends who have experience. Here is the best of both worlds:
a series of articles written by homeschool parents based on personal
experience with college-age children. Subtitled "Seasoned Homeschoolers
Share Their Experiences," this 119-page e-book is written for parents
who are homeschooling high schoolers and anticipating college as
the next step for their children.
Part One contains three articles that emphasize character, relying
on God and His plan for our children, and a validation of homeschooling
the high schooler who is college-bound. Part Two focuses on preparing
for college during the high school years. It includes information
on what to teach your high schooler, when to take which tests,
and how to prepare spiritually; choosing the correct college route
for each child; a "what we wish we'd known" article, how to write
a high school transcript with an example, and the importance of
grammar in high school and college. Part Three contains two inspiring
and encouraging stories about learning-challenged students and
how they succeeded in college. Part Four has a thoughtful discussion
of whether or not college is the right choice for your child and
includes some assistance in making this decision; it also relates
the journey of a relaxed homeschool family.
Two college grads who were homeschooled through high school share
their personal stories in Part Five. One followed a traditional
route; the other not so traditional (early college, on-line college,
CLEP exams, and international travel). Part Six has two points
of view (the father's and the daughter's) on one family's homeschool
high school graduation experience. While it is interesting to read
the two perspectives, I would have liked to read more than one
family's story on how people celebrate this milestone.
The appendix has three components, the first of which is long
list of high school learning projects, such as keeping a spiritual
journal, attending a play or concert and writing a review or evaluation,
making a PowerPoint presentation, and keeping a "book of the
centuries" timeline. There is also the authors' recommended
resource list divided by books / CDs, curriculum, and websites
as well as a list of TOS resources grouped under the headings General
Helps, Highschool/College Prep, Transcripts, Christian Ed / Bible,
Writing, Business / Life Skills, Communication. Many of the authors'
recommendations and all of the TOS recommendations are hyperlinked.
If you are homeschooling your high schooler, you will want to
get College Success Begins at Home as soon as possible
to get the wise advice of all these homeschool parents.