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Archive: July 2009
7/17/2009 9:22:02 AM
Artistic Pursuits

Are you looking for a well-structured and easy to use art curriculum for your high schooler?  Artistic Pursuits offers a comprehensive art curriculum for many levels from grades K – 12th . Materials include hands on projects as well as art appreciation and art history.  The curriculum may be used independently by your teen, and art supply packs are also available to purchase.

7/10/2009 9:45:54 AM
Homeschoolers Are Eligible for Federal Financial Aid

Some homeschoolers – and some colleges – may have the mistaken impression that students must earn a GED in order to qualify for federal college financial aid.  However, this is not the case.  Many years ago, HSLDA worked with the US Department of Education to clarify this issue.  Read more details here:

7/10/2009 9:42:24 AM
Earning High School Credit Prior to 9th grade

If your teen has completed a high school course prior to the 9th grade, it is possible to show this course on his/her high school transcript.  For your personal recordkeeping, be sure to document the course by noting materials used (books, videos, supplemental readings), scope and sequence of the course (what concepts were covered), method of evaluation, and credits earned for the course.  In order to receive high school credit, all course materials must be high school level.  To find out if the materials are high school level, contact the publisher of the curriculum/book, search out a review by Cathy Duffyor glean information from homeschool catalogs regarding the grade level of materials.

7/10/2009 9:40:14 AM
Record Keeping for High School

If you are heading into the high school years and you are taking your role seriously as your teen’s official school record keeper, don’t miss the feature article in the March/April 2009 edition of HSLDA’s Court Report entitled “Record Keeping:  Is It Worth the Trouble?”  Additional tips and advice may be found in the HSLDA high school brochure,

Recordkeeping for High School: Simplifying the Process.

7/10/2009 9:36:29 AM
Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Encourage your teen to use the summer months to check out possible volunteer opportunities.  If ideas are needed, we’ve come up with a list to begin the search.

It’s helpful to determine the hours that your teen has available for volunteering before he/she makes a commitment.  Volunteering provides your teen first and foremost with the opportunity to serve, but he’ll also learn new skills, work with dedicated professionals, and hopefully develop a life long habit of involvement in the lives of others.