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Archive: December 2007
12/19/2007 10:19:19 AM

It's never too early to begin researching scholarships to augment the funding of your children's post high school plans.  We have recently added additional scholarship sources to our HSLDA high school website. At this same site, you will also find a listing of competitions which give monetary awards.

12/18/2007 8:07:27 AM
Staying Physically Fit in 2008

The start of a new year is a great opportunity to resolve to get off the couch and on a regular exercise regimen. Home School Family Fitness: A Complete Curriculum Guide by Bruce Whitney, a homeschool dad with a PhD in Kinesiology, makes your job of encouraging your teen to keep physically fit easy by providing you with fitness tests, lesson plans, and motivational tips.  The book is family friendly and includes activities for all grades K – 12.

12/18/2007 8:02:25 AM
Choosing the Right College

Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) publishes a book each year called Choosing the Right College.  It evaluates colleges, majors, and professors from a conservative viewpoint. 


12/17/2007 3:08:36 PM
Finding Ways to be Frugal


Being a good steward of our resources is important no matter in what season of life we find ourselves.  But during the teen years, it seems that there are many demands vying for limited resources!  Check out some of these books/websites for ways you can pinch dollars (inflation has caused “pinching pennies” to be a thing of the past!).  Homeschooling on a Shoestring:  A Jam-Packed Guide by Melissa Morgan and Judith Waite Allee, The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (an oldie but goodie resource that is still useful!)  by Amy Dacyczyn (an oldie but goodie resource that is still useful!) , and  Miserly Moms: Living on One Income in a Two Income Economy by Jonni McCoy.   Also, the Miserly Moms website provides tips, recipes, articles, and even budget tools and calculator links.
12/17/2007 3:04:43 PM
Keeping the Communication Lines Open

Especially in a high school home school setting, there are numerous opportunities throughout the day for communication lines to either ring busy or end up in a dropped call!  If you could use some help in learning to better communicate with your teen, these books provide insightful assistance for parents relating to their young adults: 

Age of Opportunity and War of Words:  Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles (both by Paul David Tripp).    

12/6/2007 10:42:39 AM
HSLDA’s Congressional Action Program

Since the last election, HSLDA has brought back its Congressional Action Program (CAP). Homeschool families (especially those within driving distance of Washington, DC) are encouraged to consider joining this great program. There is training available prior to lobbying your representatives and senators on family and educational issues currently before Congress. For more information, you can contact HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department at 540.338.5600.

12/5/2007 2:00:15 PM
Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology

The Siemens Foundation sponsors a competition in math, science, and technology giving students an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation. Complete details and eligibility requirements may be found on the Siemens website.  Scholarships range from $1000 to $100,000. National finalists this year included homeschool students.