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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter -- May 2009

HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
Important Pit Stops on the High School Time Line

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Dear Friends,

Time governs our days. The harder we try to hang on to it, the faster
it seems to go! But, with careful planning, it is possible to use
your time wisely during the high school years.

We suggest that you lay out a time line of important to-dos and major
deadlines. You'll see the big picture, while at the same time you will
be able to prioritize individual items. Your confidence will grow, and
you'll see progress as items are checked off your list.

To help you get started, we've outlined a possible time line below.
Jump in at any point, but be sure to make up for any lost time by
doing a quick review of prior years to check if any items were missed.
For a more detailed look at what to include in your time line for high
school, you may wish to download the HSLDA brochure "Keeping on Track:
A Time Line for High School"
along with the helpful links.

Before High School

If you have students in the 7th and 8th grades, take advantage of
these years to solidify foundational skills in reading, writing, and
math. A good grasp of these areas will give your teens an advantage
when tackling high school courses.

Continue to foster reading of all types and have your teens keep a
reading list. Reading aloud as a family may even entice your children
who do not enjoy this pastime. Or, listen to books on tape in the car
(on both short and long trips) to stimulate an interest in good
literature. The College Board,
provides a comprehensive reading list recommended for high schoolers.
(Parents, please review the list for acceptable books before handing
it to your children.) Other good sources for reading lists are found
or included in a former newsletter, "The Pleasure and Pursuit of
Reading," .

It's always a good idea to lay out a map before beginning a journey.
The same holds true for high school. So sketch out a rough blueprint
for your teen's four years of high school using the brochure
"Developing a Plan for High School: Sample Four Year Plans."

Now...on to the high school years!

Freshmen Year

Ninth grade is a good year to discuss your teen's future goals and
together choose courses of interest to supplement the necessary core
courses. Remind your child that all course grades are going to "count"
in view of those future plans, so it is important to take her studies
seriously. This is the year to consider beginning or continuing some
outside activities to enhance and enrich the academic program, develop
life skills, provide camaraderie, or serve others.

Sophomore Year

You'll be surprised how much your child will mature each year. The
10th grade, then, may be an opportune time for your child to take a
class from another teacher. If he plans to go to college, such classes
will provide sources for those college letters of recommendation. This
will also be the year to register for the PSAT (for practice), , or the PLAN, . These tests serve as good
practice for your teen by familiarizing him with the test environment,
pacing himself in a timed test, and developing test strategies.

Tenth grade is also a good time to begin preparing for the SAT and ACT
(college entrance tests) by providing your teen with test prep

It is not too early to check out colleges if your teen is headed in
that direction. Most college websites have web tours available. A
visit to a college fair will allow your teen to meet representatives
from many different colleges, pick up literature and applications on
the various schools, and learn about admission requirements and
financial aid information. The National Association of College
Admissions Counselors, , and the
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, , are two websites to use to
locate such events in your area.

If your teen is not college bound, discuss possible career interests,
have him take a career test, or begin to research a possible
internship or job shadowing opportunity for the future.

Junior Year

You have now reached the halfway mark of the high school years. It's
especially important for your teen to continue to focus on the
academics as the 9th through 11th grade courses will provide the most
recent grades colleges will see when making admission decisions.
Register and choose convenient dates to take the SAT or ACT test. You
may want to have your teen take either test in the fall of the junior
year and then again in the spring to try and improve his scores.

The junior year is when the PSAT test must be taken in order to
qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

Use this year to begin narrowing down the post high school study
options, whether it's college, vo-tech schools, apprenticeships, the
military or others. Each option requires advance planning to know what
deadlines to adhere to and what forms are necessary to complete. If
financial aid will be necessary, then become familiar with what
information will be needed for completing the forms. Scholarships, take time and effort to find so
it's not too early to begin the search. Remember that they, too, will
have specific deadlines and requirements for applying.

If your teen does not have a resume, this is a good time to create
one and continue to update it throughout the remainder of high school.
It'll then be ready to submit to potential employers, military
recruiters, scholarship committees, and others who may ask for it.

Senior Year

Even though 12th grade seems far off in the distance for some of you,
it'll be here before you know it. As you prepare to launch your teen
into the next phase of his life, enjoy this year together. Spend time
strengthening communication skills and family ties while encouraging
your teen to continue working hard to complete challenging courses and
keep up the grades.

Schedule enough time to complete those school applications, request
ACT or SAT scores to be sent to the schools of choice, obtain letters
of recommendation, complete financial aid applications, and finish
school visits.

As this year comes to a close, commit your child to the Lord to guide
him or her in His paths of righteousness for His name sake. Then
celebrate the journey by honoring your teen with a graduation ceremony
complete with awarding that coveted high school diploma.

Next month please join us for thoughts on how to motivate your teens
for yet another year.

Thank you for investing precious time in the lives of your teens,

Becky Cooke & Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

Diane & Becky's Speaking Engagements:

May 22-23, 2009 -- CheNH (New Hampshire)

June 4-6, 2009 - LEAH (Rochester, New York)

June 6, 2009 - EPHSC (Shepherdstown, WV)

June 13, 2009 - HIS (Frisco, Texas)

June 18-20, 2009 - CHEC (Colorado)

July 17-18, 2009 -- AFHE (Arizona)

Quote to inspire you:

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes
off your goal."
--Henry Ford

Therefore, fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of
faith.... (Hebrews 12:2)

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