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Home School Honor Societies - March MANNA
By Jeanine Martin
After the 126,000th test and 659,000th homework assignment, students may view high school as endless drudgery. What they need is recognition for their efforts! The home school community is blessed to have honor societies exclusively for us. If your students meet the qualifications, sign them up. You’ll show your teens that you think they are awesome; and they will have an achievement, which looks great on high school transcripts and resumes when applying to colleges.
Eta Sigma Alpha National Home school Honor Society was founded in 1999 in Houston, TX. It has over 295 chapters, including San Antonio (Zeta Lambda Chapter), Bulverde (Psi Kappa Chapter), and New Braunfels (Delta Nu Chapter). To be eligible for membership, students must submit a standardized test administered in an independent group setting. Parent administered tests are not acceptable. The minimum composite scores are as follows: SAT (1800), ACT (26), PSAT (180), ITBS (90%), and Stanford (90%). Graduating seniors may order ESA diplomas, shawls, tassels, caps, and gowns. Please see www.etasigmaalpha.com for more information.
Mu Eta Sigma is a national math honor society, which encourages mathematical excellence and scholarships within the home school community. Membership is through the national organization, rather than local chapters. Eligibility is based on the math sections of standardized tests with the following minimum scores: SAT (580), ACT (24), PSAT (58), ITBS (90%), and Stanford (90%). Please see www.mathhonorsociety.com for more information.
Home school honor societies are a wonderful way to recognize your teens’ accomplishments. I encourage all home school mothers and fathers to consider them.
SAT Test Preparation - February MANNA
By: Jeanine Martin
Below is the final installment of articles about how to prepare for the SAT test. We are thankful for Mrs. Martin’s efforts to help home schoolers prepare for the SAT. In addition to her great tips and resource list, we want to remind our MANNA readers that the FEAST Bookstore also has resources available to help prepare your children for the SAT.
The Writing Skills section includes multiple-choice questions related to improving sentences, identifying sentence errors, and improving paragraphs. Expect to be asked about subject-verb agreement, adjective-noun agreement, verb tenses, and parallel structure. Years of grammar lessons with your children will pay off in this section. Parallel structure may be the most unfamiliar though. Reviewing related lessons in Rod and Staff Grammar will help.
The student will also have 25 minutes to respond to a prompt by writing an argumentative essay. I suggest using the first five minutes to write a mini-outline, which states what main point the student plan to argue, lists three reasons for this positon, and gives a counterargument. Begin the essay with a descriptive example that leads to the hypothesis. The second paragraph should discuss a counterargument that ends with a mild refutation. In the next three paragraphs, the student will state his/her reasons for the hypothesis being careful to include examples and transition words. The final paragraph concludes the essay.
The essay should be at least 1-1/2 pages long, and some examples should come from history and literature. The Official SAT Study Guide and 501 Writing Prompts have several essay prompts, which students can use to practice. If a student needs to review how to write argumentative essays, study the appropriate lesson in Rod and Staff or some other grammar/writing textbook.
With adequate time, hard work, and perseverance, it is possible for homeschooled teens to do well on the SAT. Good luck to all!
THE Christian Connector has launched a Christian College Scholarship Resource page on our website. Home school students can take advantage of this great free service which will allow students to search for different types of scholarships of interest offered at the participating Christian colleges. The schools included provided over $150 million in scholarships last year alone!
Find out more information at their website: http://sat.collegeboard.com/home
Find out more information at their website: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.html
Where are you headed with home schooling? The link below lists colleges and universities in the state of Texas, along with basic information about those institutions. Texas Colleges and Universities: http://www.window.state.tx.us/scholars/schools/
Also, the following link will help you consider the curriculum that your young person will receive at various colleges across the country.
After years of thinking carefully about your curriculum choices, doesn’t it make sense to do the same for college? Do your homework on colleges together!
What Will They Learn: A guide to what college rankings won’t tell you (http://whatwilltheylearn.com/)
For EVEN MORE College Info check out these links:
- Test Code Numbers (you must be signed in to view)
- Christianconnector.com a free Christian Higher Education Resource Center
- Everychanceeverytexan a resource for Texas Scholarships!
- ASVAB - Career Exploration Program - offered free at FEAST
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