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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--Lessons for Life, Part 2

HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter--June 2006
HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
Lessons for Life, Part 2

Dear Friends,

Fathers, we salute you and wish all of you an early Happy Father's
Day! You have a unique calling to provide for your families
spiritually, financially, emotionally, and physically. We thank you
for the job you are doing!

To all you seniors graduating this year, congratulations! You are now
ready to begin a new season of life and we look forward to hearing of
your successes.

In this month's newsletter, as well as in May's, we are encouraging
both moms and dads to think about and implement life-skills education
for your children. Last month we talked about the skills of Managing
the Home Front, Nutrition and Health, Financial Management, and Job
Preparation. This month, we are adding four more skills for your
consideration. Remember, exposure to these is beneficial while
expertise in each one is not required. Your children have a lifetime
to enjoy learning and practicing these skills.


Knowledge of computers has become paramount in our world today.
Therefore, it's absolutely necessary for your children to learn to use
the computer and Internet in a safe and God-honoring manner. This is
an area where families must talk with their children about what is and
is not acceptable when using the resources available through
technology. Please let your children know the dangers that can be
encountered and how to avoid them. Colleges, today, require incoming
students to know how to type, email, and use programs such as Word, at
the very least. Many tutorial programs are even available to download
free from the Internet.

If you know a homeschooling family who can benefit from receiving a
free computer from the government, please direct them to

THE CULTURAL ARTS--Participating in and Appreciating the Fine Arts

Understanding and enjoying fine art and music is possible, and you can
have fun learning right along with your children. Recognizing what to
listen for in a musical piece or what to look for in a painting will
increase your child's interest in "culture." This knowledge will come
in handy when attending concerts, ballets, or operas; visiting art
galleries or museums; or discussing the merits of a piece of art.
Volunteering to usher, collecting tickets, serving refreshments, etc.
at cultural events will expose your children to the fine arts and give
them an appreciation for these God-given gifts and talents.

Your children can also benefit from participating in recitals, art
shows, and theatrical productions. These opportunities will give them
practice in perfecting good stage presence, public speaking skills,
and simply being in front of people.

Art resources:

"The Gift of Music" by Jane Stuart Smith & Betty Carlson
Available at:

Public speaking:

A LIFETIME OF GIVING--Volunteering and Serving Others

Giving to others with no expectation of reward or payment is a godly
value well worth instilling in your teen. Opportunities to serve
their community are unlimited from making and taking meals to
shut-ins, contributing food or serving food in a shelter, writing
cards to servicemen and women, visiting the elderly in nursing homes,
caring for neighbors' pets while they are away, etc.

Another example would be for your teen to provide free babysitting one
hour a week for a homeschool mom with a number of small children so
that she can do her grocery shopping while your teen plans and directs
an arts and craft activity for the children. Your teen learns how to
prepare and plan out an activity, and another mom gets a well-deserved
break in her week.

Although your teen may volunteer as an individual, one important
aspect of homeschooling is that the whole family can be involved
together in a volunteer effort. However you choose to structure it,
volunteering can become a natural part of your teen's life that will
give him the opportunity to make a difference in others' lives long
after his high school years are over.

SPIRITUAL TRAINING--Building a Firm Foundation

Most likely, at the top of the lessons for life that you desire to
pass on to your children will be a love for the Lord and obedience to
Him. Homeschooling provides ample opportunity for parents to train
and disciple in personal/family devotions.

Dads and moms pursuing God themselves by daily being in His Word will
be the greatest example your child could ever have. If your home is
lacking in this regard, take it before the Lord in prayer and request
His help to be disciplined in this area. Also, a faithful commitment
to and service in a local church will develop a sense of spiritual
community and the practice of fellowship in your child that, with the
Lord's help, will continue to be a vital part of the rest of his/her

By instilling a thorough understanding of a variety of worldviews, you
will equip your child to be able to test the philosophies of the world
against biblical Christianity. Good resources are available to help
you as you endeavor to pass on to your children information they can
use to process current events and learn how their values affect the
way they perceive issues in the news.

Generation Joshua encourages young people to reach others in the name
of Christ especially in the civic and political arenas.

Myers Institute provides camps and resources for communicating a
biblical worldview.

"Understanding the Times: The Religious Worldviews of Our Day and the
Search for Truth" by David Noebel is a book that looks at many issues
from a number of worldviews.
Available at:

Encourage your child to be well read in the Christian classics. Start
off slowly if your child is not an avid reader, perhaps even reading
some of the book suggestions below as a family one chapter at a time.
In lieu of our suggestions, you may want to elicit book suggestions
from your pastor. Perhaps give your teen a list of good spiritual
books and allow him to choose three or four to read during the coming
school year. Then, once a quarter, set up a special time with him at
the local coffee shop to discuss the main points of the book and draw
him out about his thoughts on the book.

"Knowing God" by J.I. Packer
Available at:

"Pursuit of God" by A.W. Tozer
Available at:

"Pursuit of Holiness/The Practice of Godliness" by Jerry Bridges
Available at:

"Know What You Believe" by Paul Little
Available at:

"Know Why You Believe" by Paul Little
Available at:

An enjoyable video series called "Faith Lessons on the Promised
Land--Crossroads of the World" by Ray Vander Laan is a collection of
20-30 minute faith lessons from portions of Scripture taught at the
site in Israel where they originally took place.
Available at:

As you complete your school year and summer awaits you, take time to
enjoy some leisure activities to refresh you for the next year. We
will continue to be available to assist you through the summer so as
you plan for the fall, give us a call or email us with your questions
and concerns.

In our July newsletter we'll look at the unschooling option. Elizabeth
Smith, wife of HSLDA's president, Mike Smith, will share her thoughts
on alternatives you have as you homeschool through high school.

Last one in the pool is a rotten egg...

Applauding you,
Becky and Diane

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