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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--Lessons for Life

HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--May 2006
May 5, 2006

Lessons for Life

Dear Friends,

Before we launch into our topic for the May high school newsletter, we
want to extend our warmest wishes for a Happy Mother's Day to the moms
in our email audience. All of you ladies have our deepest respect and
appreciation for the vital roles you play in your families. You are
doing much more than just teaching your children academics--as one
needlework quotation says, you are "tending souls and building minds."
Be encouraged this month and rest in grace as you continue to serve
your families for the glory of the Lord.

As you think over the goals you have for your high-schoolers and the
values you want to impart during these high school years, take time
out from the math, science, English, history, and foreign language
lessons to spend a little time thinking about and mapping out a plan
to teach some valuable life skills to your teen. We've come up with
eight different categories of "life lessons" for you to consider.
Begin now to help him or her prepare for adulthood by including some
of these skills into your school time. Long after their high school
transcript and GPA have faded into memory, these skills will serve
them well into the future.

A word of caution, though, as you read through these
suggestions--don't try to teach or accomplish all of these skills in
one year! Little by little, bit by bit, precept upon precept,
introduce and teach various life skills as you are able and as time
permits. Please don't be overwhelmed by all you read here. Perhaps
just settle on a course of action that will include two or three of
our suggestions, and purpose in your heart to at least get started--or
to continue--thinking about these lessons for life. Since we have so
much to share with you regarding lessons for life, this will be a
two-part series. We'll share four categories this month, and then
pick up with four more categories in the June newsletter.

As a general resource that highlights many of the categories below,
you may want to check out "Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers" by
Barbara Franks
Available at:

HOME SWEET HOME--Managing the Home Front

Every day is home economics day when homeschooling! These skills are
important for both guys and gals to learn. The first ones that come to
mind are the traditional: cooking and sewing (moms, you can benefit
from a night off in the kitchen!) However, include etiquette and
hospitality in your training. The children can practice by
entertaining friends for an evening incorporating what they have
learned about being a host or hostess, applying conversation skills,
serving refreshments, etc. Such a "project" will also teach time
management which is important to keeping a household running smoothly.

Then there are those handyman needs which will make maintaining a home
easier on the budget and provide abilities which may some day
translate into a full-time job. Both boys and girls can benefit from
learning some basics.

Another area is car maintenance! Learning to pump gas, change a tire
and check the pressure, change the oil, wash and wax a car, not only
teaches skills, but also makes the child aware of the necessity for
safety and develops the desire to take care of the child's investment.

For resources see:


Local county governments sometimes team up with universities to offer
practical courses to the community, which your student may be
interested in taking as electives. Examples of cooperative extension
classes include finances, savvy consumer techniques, home economics,
Master Gardener certification, and nutrition. It may even be possible
for you and your student to take a course together. To find out if
such classes are offered in your area, try an Internet search using
your county's name along with "cooperative extension."

"The Hidden Art of Homemaking" by Edith Schaeffer
Available at:

NUTRITION AND HEALTH--Keeping Fit and Eating Well

Eat your vegetables! Does that sound familiar? Nutritious eating
habits begin early in the home. Providing a variety of cuisine will
help your children sample all kinds of foods so when they are away
from home, they will enjoy a healthy diet.

Eating is only part of the equation. Help your children develop and
execute an exercise program that will be easy for them to continue
while in college and beyond. This will aid them in not succumbing to
the Freshman 15 (gaining 15 pounds their freshman year)!

High school is a good time to learn some skills which can save a life
such as CPR, EMT, lifesaving, and babysitting courses to name a few.
Along with this training, your child will also learn first aid
techniques. Some summer jobs require these skills so they may make
your child more marketable.

"Hearth & Home: Recipes for Life" by Karey Swan
Available at:

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT--Tracking the Dollars

Handling money wisely is a big part of everyone's life. Teach your
child to set up his own budget and keep track of both income (from
part time jobs, gifts, allowances, etc.) and also expenses
(recreation, clothing, etc.). Balancing a checking account, learning
about the wise and foolish use of credit, being knowledgeable about
the costs of car and life insurance, and even being able to complete
an annual income tax form are valuable skills.

"Money Matters for Teens" by Larry Burkett is a resource you could use
as an outline to flesh out some lessons.
Available at:

JOB PREPARATION--Learning to Earn a Living

Working at a part-time job or setting up an entrepreneurial business
are great ways for teens to develop responsibility and increase their
marketable skills. Take time to teach your teen good interview
techniques. Have your child think up possible interview questions and
then organize his thoughts and develop answers for each question. He
can also create a resume, and then as a culminating project have
someone video him as you interview him for a job. You'll find resume
and interview resources on our website to help you get started.

The College Board website has great tips for writing resumes in its
free resource called Resume Writing 101.

Taking time to investigate possible career choices is also a good use
of your teen's time. Many helpful career resources can be used to
motivate or peak your teen's interest regarding a vocational career
path. much to teach, so little time! Once again, let us remind
you not to be overwhelmed or feel in the least bit condemned regarding
your ability to instruct your child in all of the areas listed above.
Take it slowly. Remember that "only Robinson Crusoe had everything
done by Friday." (Unknown) (But we think it sure sounds like a
homeschool mom!)

Develop a plan, and then in a deliberate manner begin a course of
action to help you accomplish whatever your time and resources allow.
You are teaching very precious souls--and the Lord will give you the
strength, ability, and grace you need to carry out His plans for your
children. Let Proverbs 19:21 encourage you: "Many are the plans in a
man's heart, but it is the Lord's purposes that prevail."

Next month, we'll look at four more areas of life training during the
high school years: Technically Speaking--Learning the Basics, The
Cultural Arts--Participating in and Appreciating the Fine Arts, A
Lifetime of Giving--Volunteering and Serving Others, and Spiritual
Training--Building a Firm Foundation.

With joy to each and every one,
Becky and Diane

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