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Information on Speech and Debate

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Wanted to share information on Speech and Debate.  You can see my entire post by clicking the link above.

Many times I get asked what is required for High School.  If your child/student is in 8th or 9th grade, you want to have a general idea of what they want to do.  Will they go to college?  Into what interest/degree area are they leaning?  Do they have a college they want to go to?  Are they interested in Dual Credit college courses? of these answers are important so that you can plan their High School education.  In general, the state education agency has a list of required classes needed for graduation.  The state may also have a list of requirements for homeschool families.  Once you have a list of these courses, you can start to investigate your student’s college and major interests, and their corresponding degree plans.  For example, my son is interested in a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics at University of Texas at Dallas.  In order to plan his dual credit courses at the community college, I printed the required courses for the degree plan.  Believe it or not, English credit was not required.  So I can plan to have him complete his last credit (of 4 total) of English either at home or through the college.

One credit that is required for High School is a semester credit of Speech.  For UT-D, they require a Rhetoric credit, which appears to be a step above a Speech credit.  As my son is not a confident public speaker, I have been researching options for completing this credit at home or through co-op.  If you have a student that might excel in this area, you may be interested in Speech and Debate clubs.

To help with this topic, there is a great article through Great Homeschool Conventions on the 8 Benefits of Speech and Debate/Why Speech and Debate by Suzanne in 2015.

  1.  If you would like to complete a Speech curriculum at home, I recommend starting with Rick Green‘s Power of Purposeful Communication.  You can get the Combo Pack as well which includes his Living with Purpose. (I do not receive any commission for this recommendation.)
  2. Check your local homeschool group for Speech co-op classes and/or clubs.  In North Texas, we have DFW Speech and Debate that offers Summer Camps and Clubs It is important to investigate what is available in your area, as they have early registration deadlines in order to participate in the next year.
  3. In addition, the NMA (the Leadership Development Organization) produces a Leadership Speech Contest every year with monetary prizes.  The NMA has local Chapters and Councils that can assist you in getting connected.  They have their local contests in early Spring, so usually deadlines to participate are in January or early February.  Winners can then go on to compete nationally, fully supported by the NMA.  In North Texas, you can e-mail our local contacts: Jean Christopher or the Nokia Speech Contest Chair Peter Burns.
  4. Check out your local homeschool convention (This Crazy Homeschool Life 2018 List).  Many times, they have a Leadership or Speech and Debate group for the weekend that works with high school students.  It’s a great opportunity to discover talents and skills, as well as looking great on the high school resume!
  5. As mentioned above, registering for the Speech course through the local community college, is a great way to get High School and College credit simultaneously.

Sound Speech Student Text

I would like to recommend Bob Jones Sound Speech.  This text has been successfully used in our co-op for a Speech class.  They currently do not have it available on a streaming class.

A Beka Books also has a Speech for Today (Amazon Associate link to used titles) course that is available on their streaming list.



If you have suggestions for Speech and Debate opportunities, please feel free make recommendations in the Comments section.  Thanks so much!


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Homeschooling for High School: Preparing

“What do you recommend?” is a question I get all the time. And my standard response will always be, “It depends on your family lifestyle, learning styles of your students, and your homeschool goals.” As per my Full Disclosure, the following is based on my own personal experiences and will not always produce the same results. I highly recommend you seek your local support group as well to assist you.

High School planning should begin about the 7th or 8th grade.  As requirements for graduation are varied for each state, and college admissions are as varied as the colleges themselves, research and planning should begin early.

When your student is in the 7th or 8th grade, you will want to make decisions regarding whether your student will be going to Dual Credit classes, what classes you want to complete before graduation, and look at the pre-requisites and requirements for accomplishing your High School goals.

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A great place to start is high school seminars through your local homeschool groups in your area.  To find one, begin with your State Homeschool Support Association.  Generally, they will have a list of homeschool groups by area.  I highly recommend joining your state organization, as they are one line in defending your home school rights.  Home School Legal Defense Association is the first line of defense, and you can learn about them at

Our local homeschool group, Christian Educators Resource Center, provides a Homeschooling? How? Seminar, followed by a Homeschool High School DNA workshop.  We offer these free at our facility, and sometimes through the local library.

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Homeschool Bookfairs are a great place to gather tons of information on homeschooling, dual credit, SAT/PSAT test taking, and many other topics.  Although they only come around once a year, the homeschool bookfair can help you decide which planning products will help you get organized for high school homeschool.

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My favorite thing in the whole world is a Planner.  Something to keep my crazy, chaotic world organized.  Planning and organizing for homeschooling a high school student, as well as preparing for college, requires tools.  I have two (2) favorites right now, Jean and Judah Burk’s Home School Prep Genius (College Prep Genius); and Glenda Durano’s The Christian’s Guide to College Admissions (Junior and Senior Editions).  Each of them provide guidance and steps for preparing for College.

A good planner will not only help you keep ahead of all that needs to be done, but will also provide a place to keep your high school records.  A simple search for “home school high school transcript” will provide you with many different links to tools for creating report cards, high school transcripts, and high school resumes.

  • has been one of my favorite sites for documents.
  • has a variety of downloadable documents and planning tools.
  • has transcript templates, as a variety of other homeschool documents.



  • Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store.  They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families year round!  They can help you find the best curriculum for each of your children.   If you have trouble finding one in your area, let me know!
  • Shop the publishers directly!  These publishers put much energy into creating great homeschool resources,  so I recommend shopping their web-sites:
  • For the out-of-print, and hard to find pieces, I’m including Amazon pictures and linksBy clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase.  It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.

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