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4/9/2009 10:11:47 AM
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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--High School on the Horizon

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
April 2009: High School on the Horizon
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Dear Friends,

Our Homeschooling Thru High School newsletter subscribers are a varied
lot! Some of you have been teaching high school for many years; and as
a veteran homeschooler in your circle of friends, many people come to
you with questions. Or, you may be in the midst of homeschooling your
first high schooler. Still others of you have yet to begin the high
school adventure or you may have recently pulled a teen out of public
or private school.

Regardless of your level of experience, we believe there is value for
all of us to be reminded of the basics.

Prepare for Teaching High School

You'll want to prepare for the task of teaching high school by picking
up at least one of these great resource books that lay a good
foundation and provide many practical tips:

> "The High School Handbook: Junior and Senior High School at Home" by
Mary Schofield
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6376

> "Senior High: A Home Designed Form+U+La" by Barbara Edtl Shelton,
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6377

> "Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission"
by Jeanne Gowan Dennis,
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6378

> "High School @ Home" by Diana Johnson,
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6379

Information from these books will prove helpful to refer back to many
times throughout the high school years. All of the authors were
homeschool parents, so they know the questions you have, the concerns
you think about, and the encouragement that you need!

Take a Mom/Dad to Lunch

One thing we love about homeschooling parents is that most of them
want to support and encourage others. Take time to develop a
relationship with another homeschooling family who is currently
teaching a teen or one who has already graduated one or more children.
A free breakfast or lunch may be quite a lure! Inviting a homeschool
mom or couple either to your home or to a restaurant will give you
uninterrupted time for picking their brains. Potential questions may
include: What do you see as the benefits of homeschooling high
school? (You may first want to ask if they are having a good day!)
What curriculum has worked for you and why? What curriculum has not
worked and why? (Both of the preceding questions are necessary so that
you can compare/contrast curriculum that may best suit your teen.)
What part of homeschooling high school did you find to be a challenge?
How did you structure your day? Are there any tips that you want to
pass on to someone just starting out?

Be an Excited Learner

Just as you desire your teen to be excited about the learning
experience, you'll want to set a good example by investigating and
exploring the many aspects of teaching high school. Keep your ears
open for teaching seminars. Make plans to attend your state
homeschool conferences where speakers (like us!) may be presenting
high school workshops. Although it always takes a special effort to
be away from home, the information you'll glean from a one-hour
workshop may save you hours of time finding the information on your
own. If you can't attend your state homeschool conference, ask if the
sessions will be taped for purchase later, and then set aside time on
your calendar to listen to a tape as a personal teacher training
session. If you need a place to start, you may want to order a set of
the 2008 HSLDA Homeschooling Thru High School Symposium seminars
called "The Essentials of Teaching High School at Home" at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6391 .

Become Spiritually Equipped

Although teaching high school is serious business, keep in mind that
one of the most crucial aspects of homeschooling your teen is simply
the opportunity to continue building a strong relationship. The teen
years are exciting, and you will see your child grow and mature in
many ways. Do your best to keep the lines of communication open and
carry on with the training that you began many years ago. We
recommend an excellent book on the spiritual training of teens called
"Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens" by Paul
David Tripp.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6380

Other parenting books and family relationship helps may be found on
our website under Resources.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6381

Watch and Pray

Homeschooling during the high school years is a noble task that may
meet resistance from others including your teen! When your decision
to homeschool high school is challenged, that's a good time to
remember the reasons you are homeschooling in the first place.
Elizabeth Smith's "Why Homeschool Teens" may help you to refocus and
remember your objectives. http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6382

To add to this article, you will be blessed by Elizabeth's thoughts on
giving God a chance which she shared in our December newsletter at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6383 .

Especially during the high school years, pray about all aspects of
your home education including but not limited to courses to teach,
curriculum to use, activities to participate in, and perhaps even
changes to the family's routine/schedule relating to mom's teaching
responsibilities. Pray for your teen's spiritual growth and
relationship with the Lord. Pray for your teen's relationships with
friends and his/her character development. Pray about...everything!
As a precaution, although spiritual fruit is a wonderful bonus when
homeschooling your teen, it should never be the reason that you
homeschool. If it is, then the absence of spiritual fruit will lead
to discouragement, weariness, and despair. Rather, see your faithful
obedience to the task of homeschooling as an opportunity to trust in
the Lord's provision and power to take your meager sacrifice and
accomplish His purposes in His timing and in His ways. Your focus will
then rightly be on the Lord and not on your child nor on your
teaching.

Next month, we will set out a proposed timeline to remind you of major
deadlines and important to-dos for the high school years. Until then,
greet each new day as another opportunity to thank the Lord for the
teens He's entrusted to you.

With joy to you,

Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

Free Three Month Trial Membership to HSLDA

Have you thought about joining HSLDA at one time or another, but have
set aside that decision? Now is your opportunity to join HSLDA on a
free three-month trial basis. During your trial period, you may check
out all of the benefits of HSLDA membership (legal help, support for
teens with learning difficulties, curriculum discounts and the
opportunity to buy/sell using the online HSLDA Curriculum Market, as
well as personal assistance from Becky and Diane regarding your high
school questions). Deadline to take advantage of this special trial
membership is April 30. The free three-month trial period covers the
months of May, June, and July 2009. Join now:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6384

Resources

If you are currently planning out next year's high school courses,
take a look at the suggestions for helpful resources in 27 different
subject areas:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6385

The College Board
The College Board website provides a wealth of information including
many helpful tips for parents of teens such as how to guide your teen
in choosing a major, action plans for each year of high school, and
more.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6386

Economics

What's new on our website: Resources for Economics/Finance
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6387

Quote to Inspire You

"The smallest things become great when God requires them of us; they
are small only in themselves; they are always great when they are done
for God..."
--Fenelon

Becky and Diane's Speaking Engagements

May 22-23, 2009 -- CheNH (New Hampshire)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5181
(Becky)

June 4-6, 2009 - LEAH (Rochester, New York)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6071
(Diane)

June 6, 2009 - EPHSC (Shepherdstown, WV)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6389
(Becky)

June 13, 2009 - HIS (Frisco, Texas)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6390
(Becky)

June 18-20, 2009 - CHEC (Colorado)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6072
(Diane)

July 17-18, 2009 -- AFHE (Arizona)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=5589
(Becky)

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