1. Start record keeping.
You can initiate a record-keeping system in five minutes or less. Just grab a box, put it in an out-of-the-way corner, and assign it as the place to store your child's records. You can get started with your new record-keeping system just by remembering to put things in the box. Sure, there are better and fancier containers in which to keep records, but anything is better than nothing.
2. Mark your calendar.
Mark your calendar with important dates now, while this year's calendar is still looking empty. Find the dates for important tests on the College Board website. Many high school kids take the PSAT in the fall of 10th grade and again in 11th grade which is also the year they take the SAT or ACT.
3. Have a parent-teacher meeting.
Go ahead, talk to yourself. Review your high school plan with your spouse and students. Every college has different requirements, so check with a college that your children might want to attend to see what is required. These are the usual requirements: English, four years; math, three to four years; science, three years; social studies, three to four years; foreign language, two to three years; PE, two years; fine arts, one year; and 24 credits from electives.
4. Adjust curriculum.
While you are looking at your high school plan, think about what is working for you. If it doesn't work, throw it out. Try a different strategy that may work better. It doesn't matter how wonderful the curriculum is; what matters is whether your children are learning. Out with the old, and in with the new!
5. Begin a transcript.
You don't have to finish, your goal is to just start your child's transcript. The way to make a transcript accurate and professional-looking is to work on it regularly. Spend just a few minutes writing down what you have already done.
6. Identify specialization.
In five minutes or less you can determine your child's area of specialization. What's the one thing you notice your child doing whenever he/she can grab a moment? Is it possible that is your child's special interest?
7. Make a reading list.
Have your students help make a reading list. Ask them to collect books they have read in the past three months. Then they can practice typing skills while listing the name and author of each book.
8. Sip tea.
Each of the above resolutions is quick and easy, and you could get through the list in a few hours. Once you have accomplished these resolutions, it's time to take a break. Your job is to sip some herbal tea and relax.
Copyright Lee Binz, 2012
Lee Binz is The HomeScholar, specializing in helping parents homeschool high school. She has developed a five-part mini-course, The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School.
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