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Develop a Project List
Volume 78, Program 19
11/8/2007
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What kind of projects can help prepare your teen for life after high school? On today’s Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Smith discusses this question with HSLDA High School Coordinator Diane Kummer.

Mike Smith:
Diane, many students learn best by actually doing—can you give us some ideas of hands-on projects that parents may want to consider during the high school years to equip their students for life after high school?

Diane Kummer:
Mike, life skills projects provide teens with the opportunity to enter the adult world. For example, give your teen a car project providing him with an imaginary dollar amount and then asking him to research the purchase of a car. The project will necessitate doing consumer research to be sure he’s getting the most for his money, calling insurance agents to compare premium quotes, finding out about your state’s requirements for car inspections and title registration, and much more. Another life skill project might be to learn a couple of computer applications by taking advantage of some free tutorials on the internet and have your teen put together a PowerPoint presentation for the family’s enjoyment. These are just a couple of projects that will teach your teen valuable life skills.

Mike:
Diane, what if parents are feeling overwhelmed by the thought of squeezing in all of these projects during their child’s high school years?

Diane:
Mike, one thing I’m always reminding parents is that they don’t have to do everything today! High school spans four years. Teach life skills to your teen, little by little, precept upon precept. Plan a few projects each year, and you’ll see progress being made.

Mike:
Diane, that’s great advice. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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