Originally Sent: 6/6/2013
June 6, 2013
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It’s a Team Effort
Can you believe another school year is completed? School days fly by when you’re having fun (at least most of the days! ). We hope you are scheduling some free time to refresh and refuel before planning the upcoming year. As you recline in that hammock with a tall glass of iced tea, be encouraged to know that we at HSLDA are ready to help by directing you to many resources for homeschooling high school. You are definitely not on this journey alone!
HSLDA developed the high school program with you in mind. Our member families enjoy the benefit of calling or emailing us with their particular questions or concerns. We take pleasure in chatting with them and offering tips and advice. Because we deal with many families and situations, we can point you in the right direction or suggest ideas that others have found useful. Along with the high school consultants, there are four learning specialists who are available to help tailor a high school plan for your teens who struggle or have to work too hard to learn. Don’t hesitate to contact them. Many of our members tell us that HSLDA’s consultation service is well worth the membership fee they pay.
We also support the homeschool community at large by providing a wonderful website. You’ll find information covering all areas of high school and beyond. This summer is a good time to become familiar with the site, so you will be able to easily find the information when needed. We are always adding to the high school section of the website, so check back to benefit from new postings.
If you’ve recently become a subscriber to our newsletter, please know that you can read back issues in the archive on the website, where they are listed topically as well as by date. We’ve written on a great variety of topics that parents teaching teens at home will find helpful. Many of our newsletters are derived from questions our members ask us. We appreciate your input! In addition, we contribute on a weekly basis to HSLDA’s Homeschooling Now blog, giving practical tips for teaching high school.
Two high school brochures, “A Guide for Homeschooling through High School” and “You Can Homeschool through High School,” will give you a summary of the most common areas of high school about which parents have questions. Families can access these brochures online. However, if you prefer hard copies of the publications, call our office at (540) 338-5600 or email email@example.com and they will be sent to you free of charge. (You can even order brochures to distribute at your support group meetings.) These are resources to keep handy to refer to when putting together your high school plan, creating the transcript, knowing what records to keep, and keeping track of important things to do each year of high school.
Another resource is the High School Teacher Training Program we offer twice a year on the Patrick Henry College campus. These one-day training sessions are special opportunities for parents to come together and meet each other while learning important aspects of teaching high school. Asking questions and listening to others’ questions are part of the fun and encourage parents by showing that they aren’t the only ones who are learning as they go along! The next Teacher Training Day is scheduled for October 18, 2013. Sign up on the high school website, and plan to attend.
Do you live too far away? We can bring the program to your area and will help you plan the event—just give us a call. If that’s not possible, the next best thing to being there in person is listening to audios of the sessions. They are available for purchase in HSLDA’s online bookstore.
Do you have a teen whom you desire to challenge with advanced courses? Patrick Henry College Prep Academy, an arm of HSLDA, offers homeschool students online Advanced Placement courses. (If you are a member of HSLDA, discounts are available to your student.) PHC Prep courses are distinguished from other AP courses because of the Christian worldview that is threaded throughout the course material. Check their webpage for course listings and details of the program.
You can see from all of these resources that we are concerned about homeschool families and are proactive in providing a support system for you. Lest you think we have it completely covered, there are other helps just waiting for you.
Many publishers offer books on all areas of homeschooling high school. We recommend you choose one or two to keep on hand for reference during these years. Trying to read everything will boggle your mind and may confuse you, so be selective in your choices. We’ve provided a sampling to get you started.
Your state homeschool organization is always willing to guide you and answer your questions. Many have a list of high school activities and classes available throughout your state. In addition, your state holds a statewide homeschool conference each year, offering workshops and a vendor hall. When you attend, take advantage of the high school sessions and look upon them as teacher training opportunities. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and come home with helpful information to use in the upcoming school year. A word of caution—many wonderful tips and ideas will be given, but don’t think you can incorporate all of them. Rather, pick and choose those ideas for which you have energy, finances, or enthusiasm.
The organization’s website will usually provide information on local support groups. This is where you’ll be able to connect locally with other homeschool families and your teens can meet friends. These groups may offer co-op classes and schedule social activities for their families. In addition, support group meetings provide opportunities to mentor as well as to be mentored. You’ll be able to counsel parents whose children are in the lower grades and you’ll find solutions from fellow parents of teens who may have gone through a similar situation to the one you may be facing. The meetings will also provide refreshment for the next week.
Experienced Homeschool Families
We were both blessed with homeschooling families who were at least one step ahead of us. These families not only encouraged us but answered our questions, gave helpful suggestions so we could avoid unnecessary mistakes, and were sounding boards for solutions to difficulties we weren’t sure how to solve. They were a reminder that we were not the only ones experiencing the challenges of high school.
If you are on the brink of high school, now’s the time to meet families already homeschooling high school. Don’t wait until a need arises. You may be surprised to find they and their children will be new friends for your family as well as prayer partners to lift up the burdens you may be carrying.
Greatest Resource of All
The Lord is your ultimate resource for all you do, especially homeschooling your teens. He is a God who delights to be involved in the details of your lives. Bring Him your ideas and plans to make sure they are His. He promises to give you wisdom and guidance at your asking. In fact, He’s waiting for you to let Him bring everything to pass for you and your family. Remember that even though “the mind of man plans his way,” it is “the Lord who directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
Are you weary and heavy laden at the end of this school year? The Lord is beckoning you to “come unto Him and He will give you rest” Matthew 11:28. Then trust Him for next year’s plan, taking advantage of the resources and people He brings across your path.
Remember that glass of iced tea you were enjoying? Give yourself permission to have another glass and spend a few more minutes in the hammock.
Next month join us as we explore the neglected world of manners!
Enjoying days of sun and warm temperatures,
Becky Cooke & Diane Kummer
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