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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--March 2006

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--March 2006
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Options Other Than College

Dear Friends,

As we march into spring, you may find that your older children are
itching to put their studies aside and experience "life!" And if your
juniors and seniors are having second thoughts about whether college
is really for them at this stage of life, we suggest that you assure
them that options other than college are legitimate and worth
investigating. This newsletter will help to guide them on their way.

Students interested in entering the marketplace and earning a salary
right after they graduate can gain experience in a business
establishment, an office environment, or an apprenticeship which will
prove educational, challenging, and may ultimately lead to a lifelong
career. Some companies are actively seeking motivated high school
graduates who are willing to forego college for on-the-job training.

Some high school graduates will want further skills training without
attending college. For these students, vocational and technical/trade
schools offer certification programs for numerous careers. As students
work through these programs, they will have opportunity to develop
skills and form relationships with teachers who, in turn, may open
doors for interviews and jobs in the workplace. To begin your search
for more information on resources for this type of training, we invite
you to look at our Vocation section of the high school website.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2879

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2880

If the 9-to-5 workday isn't attractive to your student and he or she
wants to go in a different direction, consider the military. Today our
military is opening its doors wider and wider to homeschool grads,
offering them the same benefits and incentives as other high school
graduates. Your grad will receive superb training in the defense of
our country and our freedoms as well as training in a particular
skill. At the end of his or her term of service, if desired, there
will be the opportunity to attend college with federal money.

See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2881

Maybe your child needs time after high school graduation to stop, take
a breath, and consider what the next step should be. The gap year
concept is gaining in popularity giving our children the time to
mature, expand their horizons, and gain "real-life" experiences. This
gap year can help them narrow down what it is they want to pursue. So,
how can they do this without it being a wasted year? Following are
some suggested resources; however, please understand that discretion
should be used since some of the chapters in the books are written
from a non-Christian worldview.

"The Uncollege Alternative: Your Guide to Incredible Careers and
Amazing Adventures Outside College"
See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2882

"Taking Time Off, 2nd Edition (College Admissions Guides)"
See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2883

"Planning Your Gap Year: Hundreds of Opportunities for Employment,
Study, Volunteer Work and Independent Travel"
See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2884

If the budget allows, traveling can quickly broaden a student's
horizons. This can take the form of pleasure trips or short-term
mission trips. Be sure and check out our website for mission
organizations offering short-term trips for high-schoolers.

See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2885

For longer mission involvement, your student may wish to raise support
and go for a year or two with a group such as Operations Mobilization
on board one of their ships. Through volunteering their time and
talents, your student has the opportunity to see the world--or at
least a part of it.

See http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2886

Parlez vous franšais? No hablo espa˝ol! Are languages what your
student finds fascinating? How about a language immersion course?
There are many offered with various time commitments. Some have the
student live with a national family while others use school
dormitories. These programs provide flexibility to fit each student's
level of expertise, schedule, and budget.

Estudio Sampere
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2887

Concordia Language Villages (affiliated with Concordia College)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2888

It's exciting to see all the choices your children have as you begin
launching them on a life of their own where they will accept the
responsibility for creating their own homes and families. This is an
opportunity to pray with and for your children as they make decisions
as young adults. You can help them incorporate possible post high
school plans into your homeschool day. Consider "Career Development"
as an elective course and help them investigate their ideas and
develop an outline that includes their various options, any necessary
training required, websites to check out, resumes to complete, etc.

Remember that even if college is not a consideration, you should still
maintain good records of coursework completed in high school, and
create a transcript for your child. Later, your child may decide to
attend college so taking the SAT/ACT tests now while the information
is fresh on his or her mind is recommended.

Read more about it at:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2889

http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=2890

Lastly, and most importantly, help your child to see that planning for
the future does not need to be an apprehensive time, but instead a
time full of promise as godly counsel and advice is sought in this
next phase of life. The Lord will give you and your child direction
and guidance. Let the familiar words of Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NIV)
encourage you as you lead your children in this endeavor:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own
understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make
your paths straight."

Have a blessed day walking in joy,

Becky and Diane

Stay tuned for April's newsletter "Planning for Next Year--What You
Can Do Now to Have a Smooth September."

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Some families are facing what seems like a lifelong commitment to
homeschooling, with children at both ends of the spectrum-some
graduating and some just reaching school age. If you're going to
be "in" for a while, consider a lifetime membership with HSLDA.
It's a good deal for families with more than 10 years of
homeschooling ahead.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1936

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