Resources for Parents of College-Bound Students Challenges for the college-bound student




Science in the High School Years

Succeeding with science instruction at the high school level

Eyes Wide Open

Five things every parent should know
about homeschooling high school

Skill Drill

Three skills every student needs for college

Literature and Our Teens

Social & aesthetic nourishment for homeschooled students

Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Five things about writing most students are never taught

Grammar for the Real World

How English grammar should be taught (but seldom is)

Developing your student as a writer

Part 1: How kids learn to write — and what you can do
to foster in your student the key abilities

Many of the skills vital to effective writing are not acquired in a writing class. In fact, it's probably more useful to think of young writers as being cultivated rather than taught.
    Roy Speed has been a writing consultant for more than thirty years, working with professionals in large organizations; in the homeschooling world, he teaches writing to adolescents, and he brings good news: There's a lot we parents can do, he says, to foster the development of our students as writers. — This is Part 1 of a session in which he shares what he's learned.


excerpt from workshop for parents

What course credits does
my student need?

In her workshop for parents, Diane Speed
discusses curriculum planning.


excerpt from workshop for parents

Does your student have "grit"?

In her workshop for parents, Diane Speed discusses character
traits psychologist Angela Duckworth calls "grit."


excerpt from a live class

Electronegativity & periodic trends

Diane Speed discusses with her chemistry students some
of the effects of electronegativity in atoms and molecules.


excerpt from a live class

Romeo & Juliet: The Prologue

Roy Speed discusses with students
the Prologue to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.




Advocating for oneself,
Part 1:

How adolescents learn to stand up for themselves

by Diane Speed

Advocating for oneself,
Part 2:

College admissions essays & interviews

by Diane Speed

Why All Our Students
Must Read Shakespeare

Things no one ever tells us
about the writer and his works

by Roy Speed

The development of adolescent minds

Reconsidering the high school curriculum:
What it's really about

by Roy & Diane Speed

Beyond the tour

Getting the most from your college visits

by Diane Speed

Advanced mathematics

How much math does my highschooler need?

by Diane Speed

Annotating the text, Part 1

Does your student annotate? Does it matter?

by Roy Speed

Annotating the text, Part 2

Levels of annotation:
Students who annotate books make them their own

by Roy Speed

The college admissions racket

Getting things into perspective

by Diane Speed

Taking lecture notes

What it takes for our students to learn this vital skill

by Diane Speed


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