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Archive: September 2006
9/28/2006 11:57:50 AM
Voter Registration

If you have teens in your homes who turned 18 years old this year, be sure to encourage them to register to vote. If you parents are not registered, go along with them to do so setting a good example in exercising your rights and privileges under the Constitution. Registration can be done at the DMV, libraries, local government centers, as well as at many churches.

9/28/2006 10:33:35 AM
Early Decision Changes

If you have been listening to the news, you will know that Harvard announced they are doing away with their early decision policy beginning the Fall of 2007. (Early decision means the earlier you submit your application, the earlier you will hear back regarding the admission decision.) Other universities are following suit so you may wish to check to see whether your colleges of choice are doing the same.

9/25/2006 9:59:05 AM
What College Admissions Officers Expect

Ever wonder what courses and skills college admissions officers expect high school students to have prior to enrolling at a college?  Check out this brochure entitled “What We Expect!” that was written by a consortium of ten academic college deans.

9/25/2006 9:55:49 AM
College Checklist for High Schoolers

The US Department of Education has compiled a handy checklist with action items for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who are planning to attend college.  The checklists provide helpful information to keep you on track as you homeschool through the high school years.  The College Board also provides a helpful college checklist.


9/20/2006 1:28:03 PM
US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

If your child is considering the military, you may want to check out the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) which is open to youths ages 13-17 who desire to learn more about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.  The program introduces youth to naval life, and through weekly or monthly drills provides instruction in basic seamanship, military skills, and leadership.  

9/18/2006 2:35:22 PM
Classical Music Anyone?

If you are looking for a Fine Arts elective you might want to consider exposing your teen to classical music.  Two book options to provide a framework as you put together a course include Fred Plotkin’s Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music or Julius Jacobson’s The Classical Music Experience: Discover the Music of the World's Greatest Composers  (complete with 2 CD’s). In addition, The Gift of Music by Jane Stuart Smith and Betty Carlson and Edith Schaeffer’s book, Forever Music, are valuable resources.

9/15/2006 10:26:56 AM
Pro-Life Essay Contest

You may want to consider providing your child with some incentive for his next writing project.  Homeschoolers for Life is sponsoring an essay contest for children in three age groups from 7 – 17.  Cash and other prizes will be awarded, and the deadline is October 16, 2006.  Homeschoolers for Life’s goal is to encourage children and teens to articulate a clear pro-life message.



9/7/2006 12:19:45 PM
National Writing Board

The National Writing Board offers student writing evaluations among its services.  You can submit one of your child’s history research papers and it will be critiqued and reviewed by two evaluators who assess the paper in five different areas for a fee of $100.  At your request the evaluation can then be forwarded to colleges so that admissions officers can view an independent analysis of your child’s writing skills.  

9/6/2006 9:27:48 AM
Short Term Mission Opportunity

For those of you who plan ahead, Focus on the Family  will be conducting their 10th annual Teen Missions Trip to Lima, Peru in July 2007. Because this trip fills up quickly, we wanted you to know about it so you can get your child’s application in by January 15, 2007 to receive the lower price for the trip. This is a good opportunity for your child to see mission work close-up and experience a life-changing, cross-cultural experience.