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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter -- September 2010

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
September 2010--Kicking Off another Year
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Feeling Like the Kicker or the Ball?


Dear Friends,

This edition of the high school newsletter is most likely reaching
your inbox during your first or second week of school. For some of
you...so far so good. For others, you may be thinking that it is
going to be a very long year! Regardless of how your school year has
begun, we'd like to share some tips that hopefully will keep you going
strong throughout the year.

Practice Flexibility

We encourage taking time to plan everything from lessons, to field
trips, to science experiments, and more! But, we caution you against
rigidly adhering to those plans if circumstances suggest that
something should be changed.

For example, although most students will include physical education
(PE) during the early years of high school, you may elect to delay
adding PE to your teen's high school plan until the later years if
time is short due to the arrival of a new baby in the family or an
unexpected illness. Or, it may prove helpful to delay teaching a
co-op class right now because extra time must be taken to teach
younger children. Your participation in the co-op may come in later
years.

If you view situations such as these as simply temporary detours and
not as dead end roadblocks, you won't fret about the changes in plans.
Flexibility is key--be careful that you don't try to replicate someone
else's schedule or high school plan. Your teen, your situation, and
your family's best interests may be better served by following a
unique high school plan.

Check Your Fears at the Door

Are you afraid of teaching high school? Do you doubt your ability to
provide your teen a quality education? Have your friends put their
children in school this year? Is your teen making it known that
homeschooling would not be his choice? Any of these questions may
stir up fears that one day or another may get the best of you.

We want to let you in on a secret. You are not alone in this respect;
many moms are anxious about the same things you are. ("Lies
Homeschooling Moms Believe" by Todd Wilson is a light hearted, helpful
resource in this regard). Acknowledging your fears is often the first
step in diminishing their power. Yes, you may doubt your ability to
homeschool high school, but you can take the teeth out of fear by
remembering that the Lord has provided a multitude of resources that
will prepare you to do your best. If you are an HSLDA member, call
us (540-338-5600) or send us an email at highschool@hslda.org . We are
here to answer your questions or provide a recommendation. Many times
parents tell us that receiving a suggestion from a knowledgeable
source gives them confidence and reassurance that they are on the
right path. If you are new to teaching high school, any of the
following reference books would be great to have on hand as you
journey through these years.

> "Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8980 by Jeanne Gowan Dennis
> "Senior High: A Home Designed Form+U+La"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8981 by Barbara Edtl Shelton
> "The High School Handbook: For Junior High, Too"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8982 by Mary Schofield
> "Homeschooled and Headed for College"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8983 by Denise Boiko
> "100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right
Curriculum and Approach for Your Child's Learning Style"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8984 by Cathy Duffy

Another antidote to fear is to take your worries to the Lord in
prayer. Do you fear that your child won't be able to find a job, get
admitted to the college or trade school of his or her choice, and that
it will be your fault? If you do, ask the Lord's direction in
preparing your child. When you are weak, He will prove Himself to be
strong. Also, remember that no one (not even you) can thwart the
Lord's plans for your child. He is sovereign over all of the details
of your child's life, and He (not the admissions officer!) is at work
in your teen's life and future plans.

If you find yourself worrying constantly, then perhaps you are trying
to shoulder too much of the responsibility. Ruth Bell Graham, in her
poem, "In His Hands," reminds us that the Lord's shoulders are wider
than ours:

Listen, Lord,
a mother's praying
low and quiet;
listen, please.
Listen what her tears
are saying,
see her heart upon its knees;
Lift the load
from her bowed shoulders
till she sees
and understands,
You, who hold the worlds together;
hold her problems in Your hands.

Banish Annoying Feelings

Emotions are a natural part of who we are. But when feelings go
unchecked, they are not productive and can cause havoc in our
homeschools during the high school years.
Are you feeling envious? Remember that the Lord is your portion and He
has given you an inheritance.

Are you feeling powerless? The Lord promises to be your strength.

Are you feeling hopeless? The Lord provides you with a hope and a
future.

Are you feeling weary? Wait on the Lord and He will give you wings to
soar.

Replacing feelings with truths from the Word of God will refocus your
thoughts and actions.

Love Them to the End

Some of your teens may struggle during the high school years as you
train them academically and spiritually. They may strain your
patience, question your authority, or express doubts about the faith
and values that you wish to impart to them. Prepare in advance for
situations in which you will be tempted to react negatively or not in
accordance to Scripture. Maintain a humble spirit towards your teen
and don't give in to feelings of superiority.

It sometimes helps to remember that the Lord didn't give up on you
when you were running your own life. He did not abandon you when you
ignored Him. He didn't cast you out when you turned to your own way.
Although the Lord was betrayed, deserted, disappointed, and questioned
by his disciples, this verse (John 13:1) reminds us that He "loved
them to the end." And, He loves you--all the way to Calvary. No one is
perfect in the Lord's sight apart from the righteousness of Christ.
Your teens' sins may be different than yours, but all of us are
debtors to mercy and grace. The Lord will give you the strength to
keep going, keep loving, and keep entrusting your teen to Him.

We encourage you to spend time daily in the Word of God--there's no
substitute for that! You'll be in a better position to see things from
the Lord's perspective when relating to your teens. Choose verses from
Scripture to pray for your teen. Here are some to consider:

Create clean hearts in our children and renew within them a steadfast
spirit (Psalm 51:10).

Give them wisdom to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him
in all respects, bearing good fruit in every good work, and increasing
in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10).

Pray that they would pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
perseverance, and gentleness (I Timothy 6:11).

Look Ahead, not through the Rearview Mirror

You may be encouraged to know that the HSLDA staff regularly prays for
our member families (another good reason to join HSLDA if you haven't
already!). We count it a privilege to lift you up before the throne of
the Lord.

We look forward with you to a new school year. It's a time of fresh
beginnings and an opportunity for the Lord to do a new work in your
teen and in you!

Join us next month as we take a closer look at teaching history during
the high school years.

Strolling into September with you,

Becky Cooke and Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

Quote of the month

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
--Corrie Ten Boom

Becky and Diane's Speaking Engagements

October 22, 2010 - Map Your Future, Indianapolis, IN (Becky and Diane)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8760
March 25-26, 2010 - St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo, MO (Becky)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8985
April 14-16, 2011 - MACHE, MN (Becky and Diane)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8761
April 29-30, 2011 - MassHOPE, MA (Diane)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8762

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