This week on HSHSP Ep 150: Why All the Language Arts Credits in Homeschool? Interview with Katie Glennon. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
Why All the Language Arts Credits in Homeschool? Interview with Katie Glennon.
Homeschool high schoolers need 4 Language Arts credits on their transcripts. Why so many? We went to our friend, Katie Glennon, of Literary Cafe podcast and Katie’sHomeschoolCottage.com to find out.
Katie and her husband were originally teachers. Katie left education and had 2 children. They began homeschooling when one son was too wiggly for success in the traditional classroom. They kept on homeschool right through high school. (He’s now a Summa Cum Laude college graduate!)
Homeschooling was important for her next son, who has dyslexia (he is now in college, btw).
Katie believes that homeschooling in generally and especially in Language Arts, we will have the most success if we:
- Play to their interests
- Play to their skills
Teens need a rich Language Arts experience to help them develop their thinking and communication skills. To help with with these skills, give them exposure to:
- literature at their level and interests
- speech at their level and interests
- writing at their level and interests
Giving teens reading, speaking and writing skills is important because words can plant goodness and growth in their lives!
Teach them to analyze what they read through their filter as a Christian. We can develop this skill by discussing what they are reading together. Have them participate in the discussion so that they can solidify a good critical thinking filter. (Mom might be wise to read along with her teens so she knows what they are reading and can discuss it. Audiobooks can help with this.)
How did Katie do discussion with her wiggly son? She found that if he was being respected for his opinions and could talk while he wiggled, he did great!
Be sure to give homeschool high schoolers background that helps them understand the context of the writing:
- General historical context (the world of the Pilgrims was a different context than that of the Enlightenment)
- The writer’s personal context (Charles Dickens’ family had experience with debtor’s prison)
- The way the book, poem or speech influenced the world (Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
Teach teens basic speech skills (even if they only use it in the living room). This helps then focus their thinking skills and confidence. (7SistersHomeschool.com has a popular Speech curriculum.) For more on teaching public speaking skills to your teens, check out this post in our Authoritative Guide series.
How did she handle reading with her son who had dyslexia?
Read alouds, brain-integration therapy, allowing him choice in reading material.
You’ll enjoy Katie’s podcast. Try this great episode on book reports: Essential Guide to Out of the Box Book Report Ideas and Literary Study.
Visit her website with encouragement, resources, tutoring and courses: Katie’s Homeschool Cottage.
And you’ll enjoy Katie’s favorite Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode: Heavy Equipment Mothering.
Also check out our comprehensive, real-book based English/Language Arts curriculum. For instance:
- One More Year of High School English/Language Arts (A good for for 11th grade)
- What characteristics of a writing curriculum makes it more likable?
- Does your homeschool high schooler still need grammar? Yes! Read more to find out why.
- Do something out of the box! Here are creative Language Arts ideas from our friend, Julie Polanco.
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