Sometimes you come across a resource so good you just can’t stop recommending it. That is exactly how we feel about The High School Handbook. This one book contains so much helpful information regarding those all too important years, you just might not need another.
In The High School Handbook, Ms. Schofield does an excellent job of laying the groundwork for Jr. and Sr. High. She provides a helpful, step-by-step process to organizing your students’ workload, as well as ideas on how each can be implemented to their fullest. She explains, with clear reasoning, why each step is taken and how it benefits both your student and yourself. To further assist you with each step, Ms. Schofield has graciously placed helpful sample forms throughout the book, showing how her family has organized each area. She has also included blank forms for you to copy and use at your own disposal, making your job even easier.
Ms. Schofield covers every area of Jr. and Sr. High that you could possibly imagine. If you are unsure of how to organize your classes, this book will help. If you are unsure which classes are needed to attend a university, this book will help. Need tips on grading, courses standards, transcripts, and college? This book is definitely the one for you. From Language Arts and Arithmetic, to Driver’s Ed and Work Permits, this book has something for everyone.
On a personal level, I am extremely grateful I chose to read the book before our children started junior and senior high. Our children were still in elementary school (we are not including sixth grade as part of “middle school”). Had I waited until the summer before junior high, I might have stressed myself out with the amount of paperwork and organizing needing to be done. However, having read the book a full year in advance, I had plenty of time to prepare whatever forms were necessary. I very much appreciated the sections on Missionary Opportunities, Apprenticeship, and College at Home, as each of these areas are of particular interest to our family.
Once again, I find myself cracking open the pages to dig even deeper; hoping to find new sources of information or perhaps little facets I might have missed the first few go-rounds. High school is here in full force, with graduation a few short years away.
I highly recommend The High School Handbook for everyone with a child going into Jr. and/or Sr. High. Even if you don’t homeschool, it will help you to better understand what classes your child should be taking in their studies. It will help you prepare them for ACT and SAT exams, College Applications, and other areas common to upper grades. I greatly encourage you to read this book. Don’t wait until your child is about to start their higher education, help them now. You won’t regret it!
Chime In!: For those of you with children already in Junior or Senior High, was there a particular book(s) that you found helpful in organizing the chaos?