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Homeschooling Teen Profile: Adam Nisbett


Homeschool Friendly College: Jacksonville State University


Stepping Stones: by Michaela Popielski


Millie's Column: "A Look at the Life of David," by Millie


The World Around Us: by Evangeline


Libbi's Nonfiction Book Review: "Culture Shift"


Catherine's Column: by Catherine


Anime Review: by Xbolt


NEW Column: Game Reviews, by Super Searcher


NEW Column: "Confessions of a Fifteen-Year-Old Film Historian," by Locksley


Homeschooling High School: "Revelation on Homeschooling Teens," by Lee Binz


Career-of-the-Month: Plumber


E-Mail Etiquette: Tip-of-the-Month


And much more!!!






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September is...


Baby Safety Month

Better Breakfast Month

Childhood Cancer Month

Children's Good Manners Month

Classical Music Month

Constitution Week (September 17-23)

Ethnic Foods Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Library Card Sign-up Month

National Beach Clean-up Month

National Five-a-Day Month

National Literacy Month

National Piano Month

National Rice Month

National Chicken Month

National Honey Month

Mushroom Month

School Success Month

Sewing Month

Women of Achievement Month

5 Labor Day

11 Grandparents Day

11 Patriot Day (9-11)

16 Mexican Independence Day

17 U.S. Constitution Anniversary (1787)

19 Talk Like a Pirate Day

23 Autumnal Equinox

29 Rosh Hashanah


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(e LEET)

- noun -

A group of people considered to be the best in a particular society or category, esp. because of their power, talent, or wealth. "The concept of an elite has come to mean a small but powerful and dominant group of leaders who enjoy privileges and resources that others do not have." See if you can find the word "elite" used elsewhere in this issue!



E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month


In a work environment you need to be very respectful of how you use your employer's resources. When you are on the job, you are being paid to do your job--not e-mail friends and fiddle around at Web sites.


There is an incorrect assumption of privacy by many when it comes to your online activities during business hours. The bottom line is you should expect no privacy. You are on company time!


The sending of personal e-mail using your company's e-mail system and address on a company provided computer and connection will most likely be a violation of e-mail policy.


Review your company's e-mail policy and be aware of what is expected of you when using company equipment and connectivity.


This E-mail Etiquette Tip is provided as a courtesy by: www.NetManners.com 


"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." ~Anatole France


MOVIE QUOTE- Can you guess what movie this quote came from?


"I woke up in the desert like I'd been dropped out of the sky."

(Answer: Cowboys and Aliens)

Celebrate Constitution Week


Get your community group, church, or civic club to sponsor the distribution of a pocket-sized Constitution. Hand them out to family, friends, homeschool groups, co-workers. Whitten Printers of Phoenix produces a Citizens Rule Book which contains the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and quotes by Founding Fathers. It's available for only $1.00 each or even less for quantity orders. Call (602)258-6406, or order online at www.HomeschoolPatriot.com.


Impress your friends by learning the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. There was a time when students were required to know The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. These days it's more important than ever to learn the opening words to the document that defines the legal authority of our government. If you memorize the preamble in parts, it will be much easier for you. But first read the preamble several times so you can get used to its language. Then take the time to think about what the preamble is actually ensuring. By understanding what it means, it will help you to remember what it says.


"We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect

Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the

common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the

blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and

establish the Constitution of the United States of America."



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Talk Like a Pirate


It's time to brush up on your Pirate Vocabulary for "Talk Like a Pirate Day"!


Ye - you 


Me - my


Ahoy - hello


Avast - hey


Aye - yes


Blimey - an exclamation of surprise


Booty - loot


Bucko - friend


Cap'n - short for Captain


Davey Jones' Locker - the bottom of the sea


Deadlights - eyes


Doubloon - a Spanish gold coin


Gangway - get out of my way


Grub - food


Landlubber - a non-sailor


Larboard - the left side of the ship (also called port)


Me hearties - typical way for a pirate leader to address his crew


Matey - friend


No quarter given - surrender will not be accepted


Sail ho - I see a ship


Sea dog - an experienced seaman


Shanty - a sea song


Shipshape - well organized, under control


Shiver me timbers - an expression of surprise

Starboard - the right side of the ship



Catherine's Column


By: Catherine Amaris Munoz


"Those who trust in Him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with Him in love: Because grace and mercy are with His holy ones, and His care is with the elect." ~Wisdom 3:9


Hi, fellow home-schooling teens!! My name is Catherine Munoz. I am a homeschooler from Monrovia, California, USA. I am in the 12th grade. This is my fifth column for the "Homeschooling Teen e-zine", and I am excited to share more columns with you all in the future!


Wow, the summer season is almost behind us! I hope you had a fun one. I know my summer here in Monrovia, CA has been a hot one, but not as hot as it can possibly be. According to www.weather.com, the temperature in Monrovia has reached up to 112-degrees! (Although I can almost argue that it had reached 116-degrees a few years ago. Oh well.) Despite the heat, I had a great experience (one of the best I've had all summer!) on a bicycle ride with my friend around the Monrovia/Arcadia perimeter. I actually grew up in Pasadena, so being that I moved to the Monrovia area just recently - only about 4 years ago- this was going to have been my first time ever truly exploring my local town this closely. With my friend leading the way, we ventured up the steep hills of Monrovia, bringing us to a more "wealthy" area, where we saw huge estates and homes, which surely cost millions of dollars, at least. I was amazed that such a community existed in practically what is my own backyard! Even more breathtaking was the beautiful wildlife we encountered. We saw a deer family of five, calmly eating the nearby grass, and also several hawks soaring directly above our heads! I can't say I had ever seen those birds of prey so close before. What an experience. I know one thing for sure: my summer is complete now. Here is a photo of the Monrovia Mountains. I saw sights such as this on my adventure... =oD


Monrovia Mountain Photo   


Above photo provided by: http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc37504.php 


September's Music Corner:


This month's featured Christian music artists are: "Owl City" & "The Letter Black"


Owl City is an electro-pop/electronica musical project begun by American singer and songwriter, Adam Young. Young is Christian and he allows for that to show through in his lyrics. He began his musical career in his parent's basement, in Owatonna, Minnesota. But Adam now doesn't need any help coming out of the shadows, for he (and his music) is widely known throughout the nation. Owl City just completed their 2011 tour of his latest-released studio album, All Things Bright and Beautiful. I believe that the songs on this album sound particularly ethereal, and it makes me happy. Overall, I would describe this is as "feel-good" music! Sparking with originality, Adam Young continues to successfully please the yearning ears of his fan base. For more information on Owl City, and to hear what I'm talking about, go to http://www.owlcitymusic.com.


The Letter Black is a Christian rock band, formed in 2006. They were formally known as Breaking The Silence. I find it awesome that TLB's lead female vocalist, Sarah Anthony, and the lead male vocalist/guitarist, Taylor Carroll, are married to each other. They have joined forces by sharing the stage with other famous Christian groups, including Skillet, which was one of the bands featured in last month's Music Corner. Their most recent album was just released in 2010, and is called Hanging On by a Thread. What's more interesting is that on the same day of their album's release, The Letter Black went to #8 in the rock section of iTunes! My favorite songs on their Hanging On by a Thread album are "Invisible" & "Hanging On by a Thread". The Letter Black has been compared to the secular rock band Evanescence. I think you'll find The Letter Black intriguing. Check them out @ http://www.theletterblack.com!



September's Movie Review: "Source Code (2011)"


Leading character, Colter Stevens, a US Army helicopter pilot, is played by actor Jake Gyllenhaal in this non-stop-action thriller. Source Code sure kept me at the edge of my seat from the start, when a man wakes up on a train as someone other than himself. Eight minutes later, a bomb explodes, killing every passenger on that unfortunate train. Immediately after this tragic incident, Stevens then finds himself within a pod, where he is confused as to his whereabouts and is denied answers, except for the fact that he must find whom the bomber is. He gets sent out on this mission again and again, and is on the same train each time, with the same people, hearing the same conversations around him: practically déja vu. Eventually, he learns that what he is experiencing is not more than a man-made simulation. The true reason for Stevens' pod holding and for the mysterious identity-switch remains unknown for a long duration of the movie. I would recommend Source Code to any one who likes a movie with a slowly unraveling and twisting plot. The first 1/2 of the movie can seem to be repetitive, but just give your questions a chance to be answered: I can assure you, they will be. I didn't catch Source Code in theaters (it was released in the US in April of 2011), but you will be able to rent it-- like I did--or buy it on DVD. It was worth it.


September's Recipe: "Refreshing Lemon Bars"


Lemon Bars  


Above photo provided by: www.allyou.com


"Tart, sweet, and refreshing, these lemon bars are delicious and are perfect as an end-of-summer treat! You can use even more lemon than is requested in the recipe for an amazing kick."


Makes one 9x13-inch tray. Estimated total time required: Preparation- 35 minutes; Bake time- No less than 35 minutes, suggested; Cooling time- 1 hour.


What you'll need:

For crust:

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

6-oz. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" pieces


For filling:

6 large eggs

3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice      

1/2 cup all purpose flour

For garnish:

About 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar



To make the crust:

1.) Preheat oven to 325-degrees F. Combine flour & confectioners' sugar, and beat with a spatula until well mixed. Add butter and continue to mix until butter is the size of small peas (about 30 sec.). A pastry blender helps a lot at this step. The mixture will be very dry. Gently press mixture evenly onto bottom of 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Let crust cool to room temperature. Reduce oven temperature to 300-degrees F.


To make filling:

2.) In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and then the flour. Pour filling on top of the crust.


3.) Bake until lemon filling is set, about 40 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and the put in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or keep at room temperature for 3 hours, before cutting. Cut into squares measuring about 2-1/4-inches & dust tops with confectioners' sugar. Enjoy! =oD



College Bound Reading List


Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom,  

by Teri Ann Berg Olsen


Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom


Learning for Life is a collection of quotations compiled specifically with homeschoolers in mind. The 420-page softcover book includes Bible verses as well as nearly 3,000 quotations by more than 1,000 people on teaching, learning, and the pursuit of knowledge. The sections of quotes arranged by subject are suitable for browsing, or look up your favorite authors in the index. An appendix with biographical notes features famous educators and homeschoolers.


Learning for Life is a convenient resource for anyone who needs quotations for written or spoken presentations, and would be a great time saver for the busy high school or college student who is looking to add insightful quotes to a term paper or speech. Quotations can be useful as a catchy introduction as well as to provide support or controversy, history or humor. Familiar as well as mind-challenging quotes can make an otherwise ordinary presentation into a memorable one.


Learning for Life makes a unique and useful gift for homeschoolers, Christian teachers, education majors, speakers, writers, history buffs, and book lovers. As stated in the book, Learning for Life isn't just a book of quotations... "it's a handbook of living lessons on learning!" For more information or to order a copy, see: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/learningforlife.html 


The Bookshelf



Rebekah Hall, our Bookshelf columnist, has graduated from homeschooling and is now going to Thomas Aquinas College in California. She writes, "I've very much enjoyed writing for HT and really appreciate the experience it's given me. I wish you all well and hope that the magazine continues to flourish as it has." Rebekah's departure means that we need a new Fiction Book Reviewer. If you enjoy reading, writing, and are interested in taking over this position, please contact mail@homeschoolingteen.com. Rebekah's old columns can still be seen at http://www.homeschoolingteen.com/category/book-reviews. Watch for our profile of Thomas Aquinas College in the October issue of Homeschooling Teen!


Nonfiction Book Review by Libbi


Book Review: Culture Shift, by R. Alber Mohler Jr.


America is losing her heart. She is becoming a dirtied, hopeless, and heartless criminal. With issues ranging from debt to the horrendous crime of abortion, America needs a shove in the right direction. And quick. Not only are Americans consumed by are technological cravings, but we are almost as dependent on technology as we are on food. Imagine going 30 days without one single electronic item. No phones, computers, TVs, iPods, cars, and the list goes on. If you are like the majority of America, you just started hyperventilating, sweating, and shaking. It is scary how much America relies on technology. Not only this, but 4 out of every 10 women in America has had an abortion. That means that for every ten babies conceived, only six are birthed. R. Albert Mohler shows these truths in a different light then many of America's citizens would. American culture needs a shift. And fast. 


I thought this book was a much needed wake-up call to America; exposing the dark areas of this country in a way most churches wouldn't dare. What he speaks on is so relevant to America's Christians today. WE as the body of Christ need to stop sitting and start working toward a better future! In fact, one of my favorite quotes from the book is:


"How are Christians to think about these new cultural challenges? Some Christians prefer not to think seriously about these issues. This falls far short of an acceptable posture, however. Those who do not think seriously about how Christians should respond to these challenges will find that the dominant culture will simply pull them into its vortex. They will simply fail to live and think as Christians."


(If you would like to read an excerpt of the book, click here)


The only downside of this book is that at certain times, it was a bit hard to get in to, and slightly uninteresting at other parts. I would recommend this book especially to anyone entering a seminary. This book would also be great for any high school student about to enter college. Overall, it was a great book, and I sincerely hope you will read it!


Sincerely, Libbi H.


Libbi is a homeschooler who runs the Life is Funner blog at http://lifeisfunner.blogspot.com . She likes peacocks, the color pink, hair accessories, and reading biographies.



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Game Reviews by Super Searcher


The Battle For Middle Earth 


This is a review of the game Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth. The characters and story are based on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, which were based on the popular book, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. However, the game does have its own different scenarios. For example, in the book and the movie one of my favorite characters dies, but in the game he can survive. In the game you can play both as good and evil, with two factions on each side. Good has Gondor and Rohan; Evil has Eisengard and Mordor. The campaigns are very long, which makes for an enjoyable experience. Also the characters and game play are quite fun. In the campaign you don't just stay as one person. It rotates between the different groups of people you can play, such as the Fellowship, Rohan, Gondor, and others. Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth is a real time strategy game. Real time means that everything has to be built up slowly, characters move at a regular pace, and battles can drag on for a long time. The strategy is that you really need to think about what you are doing; otherwise, the opponent can get you very quickly. The AI in the game, like most RTS games, is quite hard to beat. But the game also comes with a player-vs.-player multiplayer option. If you are a fan of either the book or the movie, chances are you will like this game.


-A game review by Super Searcher.






Anime Reviews by Xbolt






Toradora! (don't forget that exclamation mark) is your standard anime about normal people, who do normal things. No metaphysics to see here! But I thought it was a fun anime. It's a comedy show, but it has a story to it that can get dramatic at times too. Which is a good thing.


Ryuji Takasu is a junior-year high school student. However, his eyes are scary-looking and make people think that he's a dangerous delinquent, when he's actually a really nice guy. He excels at cooking, and is obsessed with keeping things clean. (Even at other people's houses.)


Taiga Aisaka is a girl in Ryuji's class. She gets upset very easily, and often snaps out at people. Because of this, and the fact that's she's very short, she has the nickname "Palmtop Tiger." She comes from a well-to-do family, but due to issues in her family life, she lives by herself. Because of her spoiled upbringing, she doesn't know how to do any household chores. And so she relies on Ryuji to do that stuff, and spends most of her time at his house, then goes back to her apartment to sleep. (Their houses are right next to each other. You can get from one to the other via windows without even touching the ground.)


Yusaku Kitamura is Ryuji's best friend, and also the guy Taiga is infatuated with. She kind of shuts down whenever he enters the room. Yusaku's a very diligent guy, and he should be. He's the vice-president of the student council after all.


Minori Kushieda is my favorite character. She's a close friend of Taiga's, and has a really opposite personality. As opposed to Taiga's violent nature, Minori is always smiling and cheerful, with a seemingly endless supply of energy. She's the captain of the girl's softball team, and holds quite a few part-time jobs on top of it.


Ami Kawashima is a childhood friend of Yusaku's. She is rather pretty, and even works as a model. But she took a break from that when she transferred into Ryuji's school. She appears to be kind and generous to everyone, but this is merely a deception. In truth, she's a selfish, arrogant person who is quite prepared to use abusive language on people. She tried this on Taiga, who responded with a slap in the face. Since then, they became rivals. Ami teases Taiga at will, and Taiga always refers to her as "Baka-chi" (Stupid Chihuahua).


The title Toradora! is derived from the names of the two main characters: Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu. "Taiga" sounds like "tiger" in English, and "tiger" in Japanese is tora. "Ryuji" literally means "son of dragon" in Japanese, and a transcription of the English word "dragon" into Japanese is dora-gon.


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Career-of-the-Month: Plumber




The word "plumber" dates back to the Roman Empire. In Roman times lead was known as plumbum in Latin which is why the periodic table of the elements uses the symbol 'Pb' for lead. Lead was used for Roman roof conduits and drain pipes, as well as for piping and making baths. Thus a person with expertise in working with lead was first known as a Plumbarius which was later shortened to plumber.


Many American homes built in the late 1800s and early 1900s also used lead pipes for indoor plumbing. However, now we know that exposure to lead in drinking water can cause adverse developmental and health effects, particularly in children and infants. Beginning in 1986, a nationwide ban restricted the use of lead pipes for drinking water supplies. Modern plumbers work mostly with copper and plastic.


Plumbing may not be the most glamorous job, but plumbers are always in demand. How many times have you wished that you had a plumber in the house? Even Albert Einstein once said, "If I had my life to live over again, I'd be a plumber." He was a smart guy with an impressive career as a theoretical physicist, and yet he recognized the fact that it would be good to have a practical skill to fall back on.


Plumbers don't just take care of leaking pipes, repairing faucets, or fixing toilets. There are many other jobs involved in this profession as well. Plumbers are responsible for installing, maintaining, and servicing any system that involves water, waste, and natural gas in residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Plumbers install the water, waste disposal, drainage, and gas systems in new homes. They also install plumbing fixtures (bathtubs, showers, sinks, toilets) and appliances (dishwashers, waste disposals, water heaters).


American Standard honored the plumber with its famous early 20th century ad campaign and motto: "The Plumber protects the health of the nation." When you think about it, the plumbing profession is directly related to every citizen's health and safety. The proper construction and maintenance of our sanitary sewers and potable water systems is the first line of defense against many diseases. No amount of medication could do what maintaining a clean water supply has accomplished for our society. An excellent report on plumbers as health workers can be found here: http://www.worldplumbinginfo.com/files/eOFFICIAL_FIRST_DEFENSE.pdf 


Plumbers use a variety of tools such as wrenches, saws, pipe cutters, pipe-bending machines, and soldering irons. They connect the lengths of pipe with fittings, using methods that depend on the type of pipe used. For plastic pipe, plumbers connect the sections and fittings with adhesives. For copper pipe, they slide a fitting over the end of the pipe and solder it in place. After the piping is in place, plumbers install the fixtures and appliances and connect the system to the outside water line and sewer or septic system. Finally, using pressure gauges, they check the system to ensure that the plumbing works properly.


When plumbers working in construction install piping in a building, they work from blueprints or drawings that show the planned location of pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances. Recently, plumbers have become more involved in the design process. Their knowledge of codes and the operation of plumbing systems can cut costs. First they lay out the job to fit the piping into the structure of the house with the least waste of material. Then they measure and mark areas in which pipes will be installed and connected. Construction plumbers also check for obstructions such as electrical wiring and, if necessary, plan the pipe installation around the problem.


The first step to becoming a plumber is to serve as an apprentice. Apprentice plumbers are required to be 17 or 18 years of age, depending on the state. Most states also require a high school diploma or equivalent. The most comprehensive apprenticeship programs combine classroom instruction and hands-on work experience with testing to obtain a license and certifications. One way to become an apprentice plumber is to join a local union and apply to their plumber apprentice program. Another option is to look for plumbing companies or contractors that offer apprenticeship programs.


You might also investigate local community colleges or vocational/trade schools to get your plumbing training. Make sure that the school is accredited and covers all aspects of plumbing including on- the-job training, and has a good success rate of graduates getting plumbing positions. Plumbing courses include classes in math, drafting, blueprint reading, and local plumbing codes. It generally takes four to five years to complete an apprentice plumber program. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, you'll take a trade test if you are in a union apprenticeship program and a test regulated by your state. Pass those tests and you'll become a licensed journeyman plumber.


Once licensed and certified, journeyman plumbers can continue furthering their education and upgrading their skills. For example, with additional training, plumbers can become supervisors for mechanical and plumbing contractors. Some plumbers go into business for themselves, often starting as a self-employed plumber working from home. Others move into closely related areas such as construction management or building inspection.


Each state has different requirements and testing, but in order to become a master plumber, you will generally need four to five years of experience as a journeyman plumber followed by another test. This test might cover federal plumbing codes, local or state plumbing codes, installation and maintenance of plumbing systems, repairing plumbing systems, and managing plumbing projects.


Because plumbers must frequently lift heavy pipes, stand for long periods, and sometimes work in uncomfortable or cramped positions, they need physical strength and stamina. They may also have to work outdoors in inclement weather. Apprentice plumbers don't get paid much if at all, but they do get plenty of experience. The average salary of a journeyman plumber starts at about $40,000/year, while master plumbers earn over $70,000/year. So an experienced plumber can make quite a lot of money in this field.


Related Occupations


Building inspector

Construction manager


Heating/air-conditioning/refrigeration technician



Sheet metal worker




Plumbers and Politics


"My dear fellow," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson in his last days to a young relative engaged in a hot political canvass, "politics is a vile and bungling business. I used to think meanly of the plumber; but he shines in comparison with the politician." (Source:  The Pittsburgh Press, 12 Jul 1896)


During the 2008 U.S. presidential election campaign, "Joe the Plumber" became a political rallying cry after Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber, questioned Barack Obama's proposed tax plan. "Joe the Plumber" was catapulted into the media spotlight, and their famous exchange was replayed for millions of viewers the world over. Joe has since become an American folk hero and icon of the working class. He even became an elected official himself, winning a seat on the Republican Party committee for northwest Ohio's Lucas County. Now some Ohio Republicans are hoping that Joe will consider running for Congress against Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, who has represented the state's 9th congressional district for almost three decades. This idea was first fielded by the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans in 2010 when Derek Khanna, the political director, and his friend Trevor Lair, the organization's chairman, launched a website to gather signatures to petition Samuel J. Werzulbacher to challenge Rep. Kaptur. "I like the idea of it - just regular Americans running. If a regular guy runs, right away the media's going to attack him," Wurzelbacher said. "What kind of education does he have? What does he know about this? My answer to that is, regular Americans aren't experts, but dammit, look where the experts have gotten us." Good point... especially when you consider how experts built the Titanic and regular guys built the Ark.





Is Public Education Necessary?


In early American history, a literate and well-educated majority of Americans thrived without a national, tax-funded educational program. In fact, few of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence and drafted the U.S. Constitution had ever seen a public school, and yet they benefited from a free system of education vastly superior to the imagined benefits of today's state-controlled schooling. What happened over the course of the last two and a half centuries? Where did we get the idea that state-provided education is desirable and necessary? In 1852, Massachusetts became the first state to begin forced schooling. At that time, it took soldiers and guns to get parents to hand over their children. Why was that? And how did Americans then come to surrender the educational freedom that produced such widespread academic excellence to embrace a state of functional illiteracy under complete government control?


Is Public Education Necessary? by Samuel Blumenfeld unpacks two centuries of source material to present an accurate history of the religious and philosophical transformations that gave birth to the educational statism controlling America's children today. From the New England Puritans who wanted to make sure everyone could read the Bible, to the Unitarians who wanted to perfect humankind and reform the world, Blumenfeld shows that public education in America has always been more about religion than literacy. He then goes on to demonstrate that the push for public schools has not been a democratic movement concerned with empowering the people, but a campaign by the wealthy and powerful "intellectual elites" to maintain social order - all the while brainwashing the public to believe something totally different from their real motives. As a result, today many well intentioned people are passionate supporters of the public schools, totally unaware of the actual intentions behind these institutions.


Is Public Education Necessary? is an eye-opening study of the history of education in America. This is a well-researched, carefully documented book with extensive quotations from original sources, great for research and well worth reading. At 229 pages, Blumenfeld's book is much more focused than John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education which is almost twice as long. However, Gatto's book is available in its entirety online for free at www.johntaylorgatto.com. A free audio version is also available online at http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/The_Underground_History_of_American_Education. If you'd like something shorter to start with, read Education: Free and Compulsory by Murray Rothbard. It was written decades ago, in 1971, and yet amazingly supports homeschooling which was essentially unheard of at that time. Rothbard's book is only about 50 pages long, and it's also available online for free, at http://mises.org/resources/2689. As homeschoolers, we have a chance to restore balance to the nation's educational system by raising students who (contrary to popular opinion) can think for themselves - which is probably why the power elite tend to be so adamantly opposed to home education. And that's exactly why more American citizens need to wise up to the REAL history of public education in this country.



Free Education Online


Learners TV is a comprehensive site offering a HUGE collection of FREE downloadable Video Lectures, Video Courses, Science Animations, Lecture Notes, Online Tests, and Lecture Presentations for high school age and up students! (There are over 14,800 video lectures alone on this site, not to mention supporting resources and videos.) Subjects include: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics, Computer Science, Engineering, Medicine, Management & Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, History, Language Training, Literature, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Astronomy, Political Science, and more. This site provides video and audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world. Science Animations provide students with fun and innovative ways of learning. Free live timed online tests with instant feedback and explanations will help you refine your test taking skills. Most of the materials offered are licensed by the respective institutes under a Creative Commons License. There are some ad links on the site, but almost everything is directly clickable with no sign-ups required. If you are a homeschooling high schooler, you will definitely want to check this out! http://www.learnerstv.com 



Homeschooling Teen


September 2011


Welcome... Homeschooling Teen is a free e-zine for homeschooled high schoolers and young adult alumni. Published once a month, much of the content is written by our subscribers, and there are many opportunities for readers to participate - whether it's writing book or movie reviews, sending in original short stories and poems, or submitting other articles of interest. Additionally, in each issue we feature a profile of a Homeschooling Teen and a Homeschool Friendly College. Write to us at mail@homeschoolingteen.com



Be Somebody...Be Yourself 

Homeschooling Teen Profile: Adam Nisbett


Adam Nisbett  



Adam Nisbett, the second of ten children, was born in Arlington, Texas. When he was two years old his family moved to a hundred-acre farm near St. James, Missouri. As a homeschooled child, he enjoyed having the freedom to roam through the pastures and woods where his favorite pastime was birdwatching. Adam also began drawing birds at an early age. His mother, Kim, who has a bachelor's degree in art, started giving him formal art lessons when he was eight. Adam practiced sketching and painting the birds that came to the family's feeder and pond. "I've just found that while I'm out watching the birds, it makes me want to paint what I'm seeing," said Adam, "and then while I'm painting, it inspires me to want to go out and watch the real creation that God's made."


Adam's combined interest in art and birds, especially waterfowl, led him to be a regular participant in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He entered the duck stamp contest seven times and won first in his age group every year. Finally his efforts culminated in his winning First Place overall. The 2004-2005 Junior Duck Stamp featured his painting of two Fulvous Whistling Ducks that he raised himself. Adam also won the American Birding Association's "Young Birder of the Year" competition in 2005, as well as an HSLDA art contest. He says, "I am constantly amazed at the beauty, intricacy, and perfection of the artistry that I observe in God's creation. I am thankful to have been very blessed with the skill and opportunity to attempt to capture a portion of that beauty in my artwork."


2004 Jr. Duck Stamp 


Besides birds and wildlife art, Adam's other interests include reading, photography, graphic design, classical music, and history (especially Scottish and American). Adam says that homeschooling "taught me how to learn on my own. If I get interested in something and want to learn about it, all I need is just a good book on the subject and I'm ready to go." Adam was homeschooled through high school, and he also became interested in robotics. He headed up several winning robotics teams, taking part in the First LEGO League and Botball competitions.


Adam's father, Dr. J. Keith Nisbett, is the Associate Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (previously known as the University of Missouri - Rolla until January 2008). Adam enrolled in the university and was able to take several of his dad's classes. "I am also one of the few who enjoy Calculus, Physics, Circuits, etc. and I have often said that if I had the time and money, I would probably enjoy taking just about everything offered on campus." Adam received a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering with a focus on robotics at Missouri S&T. He is currently a research assistant and grad student working on his Ph.D. in Robotics at Georgia Tech.


Even though Adam's college major is in the field of technology, in his spare time he still pursues his passions of birdwatching, art and photography. Adam says, "My favorite activity by far though is birdwatching and my artwork and photography are simply my way of trying to capture the beauty that I see as I am wandering around observing God's creation." Adam is active in the Audubon Society, has held several art shows at local nature centers, and is continually trying to improve his skills as a birder and an artist. Adam's wildlife art can be seen at his website: www.adam-nisbett.com.







http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ - The Federal Junior Duck Stamp program is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to support environmental education and teach youth about wildlife and wetlands. The pictorial stamp design is selected in an annual national art contest.




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$30,000 Scholarship Contest


The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded at VFW's Post, District, State and National levels through the audio-essay competition.


The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's university, college, or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000 and the first-place winner from each State competition wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Deadline for the competition is Nov. 1, 2011. For more detailed info and last year's winning entry go to http://vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy 


There is also another contest, "Patriots Pen." The Patriot's Pen program is a written essay contest, open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories. The 2011-2012 theme is: "Are You Proud of Your Country?" Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words. For additional details, see: http://www.vfw.org/Community/Patriot-s-Pen 


More Scholarship Opportunities


12th Grade - Graduate School: Ayn Rand Novel - Atlas Shrugged http://essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com/AtlasShrugged.aspx?theme=blue 

Deadline: September 17, 2011


9th - 12th Grades: National Peace Essay Contest


Deadline: February 1, 2012


12th Grade: American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA)


Deadline: April 5, 2012






Stepping Stones, by Michaela Popielski




Stepping Stones




Stepping Stones, by Michaela Popielski


Hi guys! I hope you liked my first devotional. If it seemed not so put together I'm sorry. It was my first and I'm getting better at planning. On a different note, this month's devotion will be on condemnation. Condemnation means: Reject, accuse, blame, smear, object. We've all felt this way at one point or another. An example of this would be probably like this: your younger sister/brother is running around the house and accidently knocks down your mom's prized vase and you get blamed even if you didn't do it. I know it's a corny example but it still holds true. Condemnation is one of Satan's favorite tools to get us to stumble. Even if we get blamed sometimes for stuff we did or didn't do but we've also been the condemner.


We've all blamed someone at one point or another. It goes back and forth. I've held condemnation and a grudge against a girl in my co-op who is my chemistry partner! Talk about God's sense of irony. We've both irritated each other and so now I need to work on not holding grudges against her even though she's hurt me emotionally in the past. But anyway, I got most of this subject from one of the lessons one of my youth leaders did a lesson on. I've studied a bit and found more verses on guilt offerings and of course judgment. Since these go together in a way I thought it would be nice to know what God expects of us. Even if we don't pay in animals or shekels anymore. These verses mean a lot. Not only do they say we are free from condemnation if we believe in Christ but that we won't hunger or thirst. Spiritually speaking. Also the fact he forgives us for judging isn't to be sneezed at either so you'll find some verses on forgiveness in here as well. If it seems all over the place I'm sorry but I got started late since school has started and I'm taking some heavy classes. So here is the September devotional. Also I finally got a Bible.


Sept.1 John 12:1-11.


Sept.2. John 4:1-27.


Sept.3. Rom.8:1-8, Rev 12:10-12.


Sept.4. Lev.5:1-13, Is.55:7.


Sept.5. Lev.5:14-19. Lev.6:1-13.


Sept.6. Lev.6:8-23.


Sept.7. Ps.32:1. 2, Tim. 3:16-17.


Sept.8. Ps.103:10-12, Lev.7.1-10.


Sept.9. Lev.7:11-21.


Sept.10. Rom.8:31-39.


Sept.11. John 3:17-18, John 5:24, 2Cor.5:17.


Sept.12. Rom2:1-29.


Sept.13. Is.65.


Sept.14. 1 Thess.4:15-16, Gen.19:1-29.


Sept.15. 1 Tim. 6:16, Matt.8:1, Eccl. 12:7.


Sept.16. Rev.22:12, John 14:1-3.


Sept.17. Matt.7:1-9, Gal.1:8.


Sept.18. Ps.7.


Sept.19. Ps.10.


Sept.20. James3:1-12.


Sept.21. John8:1-11.


Sept.22. John3:16-18.


Sept.23. Deu. 1:16-17.


Sept.24. 2Chron. 19.4-7.


Sept.25. Ez. 17:22-24, Ez.18:1-21.


Sept.26. Mark 11:25, Matt.6:14-15, Luke 17:3-4.


Sept.27. Matt. 18:21-22, Luke 6:36-37


Sept.28. Matt. 5:44, Eph. 4:22, Col.3:13.


Sept.29. Prov.9:11, Rom.12:20, Acts 7:59-60.


Sept.30. Gen.50: 20-21, James 5:15, Col.2:13-14.


Editor's Note: Visit www.HomeschoolingTeen.com on the first of each month for Michaela's Stepping Stones Devotionals. Then you can get started on them right away without having to wait for the magazine to come out!




ReConnect Weekend Hosted by Generations of Virtue   

Building a relationship with your teen that will last a lifetime


Culture says it's inevitable that your relationship with your teen will be rocky at best. With Hollywood's ideals raining down and corrupt moral agendas breaking through your front door, is it possible to have a healthy, dynamic relationship with your teen? The answer is yes.

ReConnect: Build a relationship with your teen that will last a lifetime. This is a weekend retreat by Generations of Virtue for parents and teens.

When: November 18-20

Where: Island Hotel, Newport Beach, California

Rate: $99 (summer pricing good until August 31). Adult and teen tickets are the same price and include your conference essentials, special lunch on Saturday, and admission. Come be impacted and ministered to by our lineup of inspiring speakers.    Register: www.reconnectweekend.com, or call 719-495-9941




The World Around Us, by Evangeline


A few months back, an author sent me his book pitch. I declined to review his book because I did not feel comfortable reviewing a book with an explicit image on its cover. Included in his reply to me was: "Thank you for the reply, dear Evangeline."


Dear?! Seriously?


I frequently correspond with people I don't know, mostly authors and publicists. The thing that bugs me most is when they get too comfortable in their emails. I always appreciate authors and publicists who can maintain a certain level of professionalism while also having a little hint of casualness and of course, friendliness, in their emails.


I definitely don't appreciate being called "dear" by someone I don't know!


You might be thinking that I shouldn't be turning this into an issue because I am receiving free books from these people. Yes, I appreciate the free books, but the format of review pitches sent to me say a lot about the book being pitched.


I have received review pitches containing serious grammatical and capitalization errors. The books being pitched are English books. If the 80-word pitch contains grammatical errors, what more about the 150,000-word book? If the authors can't even use proper capitalization in their pitches, how can I expect their books to be worth my read?


Now, I know that the majority of you reading this probably will never send book pitches to strangers. Nevertheless, this rule of not getting too cozy with strangers in emails still stays the same.


Never use endearing terms when emailing strangers unless you are friends with them. It doesn't reflect well on you and while you do not see it, there would be raised eyebrows on the other side of the computer screen.


Evangeline is a 17-year old homeschooler from Malaysia. She likes reading, writing, editing Wikipedia, listening to music and surfing the net. She is always on the lookout for new posts for her blog: http://sugarpeach.wordpress.com


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Introductory Column:  

Confessions of a Fifteen-Year-Old Film Historian


Friends, Homeschoolers, and Teenagers;


My name is Locksley Hooker, and I am exceedingly, excessively and extremely excited to be presenting the first of a monthly series in which I introduce a new classic film/comedian/show or something along those lines for a new generation (AKA, you guys). The time period I would like to deal with is roughly between the late 1920's (when "talkie's" motion pictures with sound started to catch on) to the late 60's (about the time things went to color). Now I know your mind is telling you to skip this part of the magazine, because after all, if you wanted to hear about that kind of thing, couldn't you just flip on Turner Classic Movies? But I beg of you, bear with me, because here is the difference between me and that nice old fella that hosts TCM; I'm a teenager, like you. If I can sit through these movies and really enjoy them, I promise you can too.


For as long as I can remember, I was blessed with a family that enjoyed the old as well as the new. I can remember laughing my head off, at about seven years old, listening to some old tapes of "The Jack Benny Show" in the car with my Dad. Abbot and Costello's Jack and the Bean Stalk was a hit with my friends at my birthday sleepover. And probably the first science-fiction story I ever seriously tried to write was my own version of a Suspense play. Now that I'm fifteen, my love for this era has only grown. On my wall are posters of Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and The Wizard of Oz respectively, while my friends have problems deciding whether Taylor Lautner or Justin Beiber deserve that hallowed space. I own a large phonograph player, in which David Brubeck's jazz or The Beatles is usually playing instead of Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga. And on my DVD shelf, my prized possession of an eight-disc Marx Brother's collection sits where the average teenager has her Twilight series enshrined. I try very hard not to sound like I'm being scornful or pretentious when I say these things. My point in doing this column is certainly not to tell my fellow homeschool teens their interests are wrong or that they are being stupid not spending hours poring over the TCM movie catalog. My point is simply this: an era is being forgotten here that deserves remembrance. And more than that, an era that I think many young people, especially homeschoolers from households where open-mindedness is encouraged, would really enjoy if they were introduced to it by someone other than an elderly film historian.


Remember that not so long ago, teenagers, just like you and yours, were watching and listening to these things; Johnny Dollar and Suspense were what they popped popcorn and got scared of at late-night sleepovers. Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper and Frank Sinatra were their heartthrobs. Arsenic and Old Lace, Casablanca and A Night At The Opera were the movies they talked about with friends at school. And although not every movie was as squeaky clean as The Wizard of Oz, for the most part, it was an era that valued morals, character and Godliness. So, the point of this tirade? Take a listen to what I have to say here every month, just a listen, and if you really feel in a daring mood, try listening to an old radio show, or finding one of the old films I talked about. If you're anything like me or millions of other teenagers from a by-gone age, you won't regret it.


-Thank you for your time, blessings!
-Locksley Hooker

Millie's Column


I wanted us for this column to take a deeper look at Psalm chapter 1.


A Look at the Life of David


David states in verse 1: "Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers."


Wow! It is a joy not to follow the advice of the wicked. Why? Well maybe because they're Fools. Yes the Bible says a fool says in their heart there is no God. And anyone who will stubbornly continue to walk in their sin is a fool. Or he goes on to say stand with sinners. Why? Well I believe because the Bible says in Proverbs 2:20 "Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous." And 2 Corinthians 16:4 says "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?" Or join in with mockers (I try to stay away from any shows that accepts mocking people as being ok or funny - I won't give any names) Why? Probably because the Proverbs states in chapter 3: 34 "The Lord mocks the mockers; but is gracious to the humble" Mockery no matter how little someone can try to make it seem is a sin of pridefulness. And God hates pride. Proverbs 16:5 "The Lord detests the proud;" Verse 2 states "But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night."


Several times throughout the whole book of Psalms especially in 119, David mentions how he meditates on God's word. 119: 15-16, 23,117 these verses are just to name a few. No wonder David had such a love for God's law. He consumed his mind with IT. No wonder he was so determined not to sin. No wonder he was determined to live a blameless life. David knew God's word and he knew the power in it.


Verse 3 says: "They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do."


Matthew 7:16 says "By their fruit you will recognize them... As Christians we can look at a person's fruit (their deeds) and tell what type of person they are. That's why our trees must never wither because other people are also looking at our fruit to see what type of people we are. Just like we get parched and need a sip of water to rehydrate ourselves. We also sometimes get parched in our spiritual lives when we listen to secular music, watch a secular TV show, read a pagan magazine that talks about gossip, movies, entertainment, or anything of secular nature. That's why it is important to make sure you rehydrate yourself with God's word everyday so that your leaves never wither or die. And some days, just like you may need a little bit more water in the summertime than you need in the wintertime, some days especially when you are going through a tough time in your life you will need to pray or read your BIBLE just a little bit longer to make sure your leaves are thoroughly saturated in God's Everlasting Fountain were your thirst will always be quenched and all you do will prosper.


Millie is the youngest of three siblings. A Christian, she has been homeschooled for ten years and her favorite subject is math. Millie also enjoys reading, writing, cooking, studying, movies, comedy, dancing and exercising. Millie's career aspirations include either criminal justice or law school, and she hopes to attend college soon.



College Bound: Homeschool Friendly Colleges



Jacksonville State University


Jacksonville State University... Where You're Going  From the moment you step foot on the campus of Jacksonville State University in Alabama or enroll in our online studies program you'll discover that you are not the only one invested in your future. For more than 125 years our focus at Jacksonville State University has been on one thing: getting you ready for where you are going.

Jacksonville State University is a public university -- a comprehensive teaching institution that provides educational, cultural, and social experiences for a diverse undergraduate and graduate student population. Located in northeast Alabama in Calhoun County, the school's 459-acre campus is set in a picturesque area in the foothills of the Appalachians. The school is situated just north of Interstate 20 nearly mid-way between Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta, Ga.

Where You're Going... a top-notch education is waiting.

As a student-centered university, JSU strives to balance academic challenges with a range of support services for students, academic, career and personal goals. As an academic institution, JSU seeks to produce broadly educated graduates with skills for employment, citizenship, and lifelong learning. As a comprehensive university, JSU supports scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths.

JSU offers more than 150 courses of study including 24 graduate majors, seven graduate degrees, and extensive online offerings. Historically, JSU has graduated more teachers than any other college of education in Alabama, and the Princeton Review ranks the JSU College of Business among the nation's best. JSU also offers excellent opportunities to pursue advanced degrees online. There are complete online undergraduate and graduate programs in emergency management available, as well as the online STEP (RN-BSN-MSN) program for nurses.  In December 2010, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected JSU for the Science Education Alliance's National Genomics Research Initiative.

Where You're Going... the faculty actually knows your name.
The first step toward helping you succeed is really getting to know you. Our faculty works to build a strong learning environment that works for every student. The individualized attention and smaller class sizes at JSU translate into bigger academic success for you, and that is something worth knowing!

Where You're Going... is the Friendliest Campus in the South.
According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, JSU deserves the title "Friendliest Campus in the South." Factor in the local area's national reputation for Southern hospitality and this may just be the friendliest campus anywhere. At JSU, being friendly isn't something we do, it's just who we are.

Where You're Going... you can go the distance.
Jacksonville State University currently offers twenty academic programs online, including bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and graduate certificates, with even more coming online in Spring 2011. Check myjsuonline.com often for the latest offerings.

Where You're Going... there are more paths to uncover.
Jacksonville State University is surrounded by 375,000 acres of the lush Talladega National Forest and recently completed the 23,000 square foot Little River Canyon Center, which serves as home to the JSU Field Schools. Also near JSU are the Chief Ladiga Rail Trail and Mt. Cheaha, Alabama's highest peak. With such great outdoor activities right at your backdoor, JSU offers plenty of room to explore your future. So whether you're into hiking, biking or simply relaxing, you'll find that enjoying campus life at JSU just comes naturally.

Where You're Going... has a rhythm of its own.
For the nationally acclaimed "Marching Southerners," excellence is the norm. This award-winning band has been leading the way both musically and stylistically for more than 50 years. And every year, they carry on the tradition of captivating stadium crowds throughout the Southeast.

Jacksonville State University is ready to help you tackle the exciting challenges that lie ahead and achieve success personally and professionally. We look forward to helping you get ready for where you're going next.

Visit us online at www.whereyouaregoing.com, call 1-800-231-JAX1 or e-mail jaxfacts@jsu.edu
More Quick Facts About JSU

·    JSU began in 1883 as a two-year school to train teachers.    

·    In Fall 2009, 9,351 students were enrolled at Jacksonville State University (59% female, 41% male). 3,334 of those students took courses via Distance Education.


·   Jacksonville State University's International House Program began in 1946. In 2009, JSU's student body included 234 international students representing 71 countries. Today, Jacksonville State University has an English Language Institute and partnerships with four Chinese universities.


·    Students at Jacksonville State University experience a low student to teacher ratio (20:1) and have the opportunity to participate in more than 100 clubs and organizations while pursuing their degrees.


·    Prestigious alumni of JSU include Randy Owen, lead singer of the award-winning group Alabama; and Heather Whitestone McCallum, Miss America 1995.


·    JSU is the only school in the nation to lay claim to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national titles in football (1992), men's basketball (1985), baseball (1990 and 1991), and women's gymnastics (1984 and 1985).


·    JSU's colors are red and white and our mascot is a Gamecock.


To follow JSU online, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleStateUniversity or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JSUNews.



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Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips


Revelation on Homeschooling Teens, by Lee Binz


Our pastor did a series on Revelation, and I had quite a revelation about teenagers, and how to deal with them. In Revelation, each letter to the churches is a rather "difficult" message for them to receive. And each one follows a recipe for instruction: Encouragement. Correction. Motivation.


Each letter contains an encouragement; a listing of something the church was doing right, no matter how small. It included a correction, or instruction on what they should do differently. It also gave some motivation - the big WHY they should correct their behavior.


God's advice is always good and best, and his example here is just great! When you have to give your teens a difficult and tough message, it is good to start with an affirmation of what they do right. It cannot be ALL rotten, and starting with something good can help teen hear what you have to say.


Provide correction, but also explain why they should change and also tell them how they can change. "Because I said so" does not go as far with teenagers as it does with young children. Yes, behavior needs to change, but when you explain the details to them it can help them reason through the situation like an adult.


They may not reason like an adult now, but hearing your reasoning may help them when they grow up. As adults, they will be better able to think through different situations, because they will have heard your motivational reasons and they can apply it to situations as they arise.


Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, and her husband, Matt, are leaders in the Christian homeschool community. Their boys earned full-tuition scholarships at their first choice university. They have an abundance of homeschool resources to show you how they did it! Learn how to homeschool with excellence on http://www.TheHomeScholar.com.


Source: http://www.homeschool-articles.com/revelation-on-homeschooling-teens/



ACU Hires Dr. Tracy F. Munsil as Associate Professor


Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Tracy F. Munsil as an Associate Professor in the area of Political Science, with the goal of building an elite program to equip Christian leaders to engage the world of politics and public policy. Dr. Munsil, formerly a homeschool mom, most recently was a full-time faculty member in the Arizona State University School of Politics and Global Studies.


"ACU is committed to preparing leaders to enter every area of influence, and we are thankful we are able to bring an accomplished teacher and scholar like Dr. Munsil to lead our efforts to build a top political science program," said Dr. Gary Damore, ACU Provost. "Students at Arizona State University rated Dr. Munsil as a top professor in every category, and we are excited to have her available to teach and mentor our students."


Dr. Munsil specializes in political theory at the Founding of America, along with biblical worldview application to public policy and culture. Her doctoral dissertation, "In Virtue's Cause," discussed the thinking and writing of America's foremost female intellectual at the Founding, Mercy Otis Warren.


"I'm excited to be at Arizona Christian University - especially at this time in our nation's history," said Dr. Munsil. "I want ACU students who have a passion for political engagement to have all they need for significant Christian influence. Not only will students learn about the political ideas and institutions that so powerfully shape their world, they will understand the role of faith in politics, and appreciate the unique and exceptional nature of the American system of government."


Dr. Munsil earned her PhD in Political Science from Arizona State University. She also earned her M.A. in Political Science and her B.A. in Journalism from ASU. While there she was the Outstanding Graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, and Editor in Chief of ASU's daily newspaper.


Dr. Munsil also has served as Assistant Commentary Editor for the Washington Times, book critic for the South Bend Tribune, Editor of Arizona Citizen, Director of Research and Publications for The Center for Arizona Policy, executive director of a conservative political action committee, and Vice Chair of the Legislative District 8 Republican Party.


Dr. Munsil has been married for more than 25 years to Arizona Christian University President Len Munsil. The Munsils have 8 children, ranging in age from 24 to 15, including two who are students at ACU. The Munsils are huge fans and advocates of home education, having homeschooled their children from 1991 through 2005.


Learn more about ACU at http://arizonachristian.edu/. (Arizona Christian University was originally called Southwestern College. Find out about the institution's Home School Learner Grant and read our Homeschool Friendly College review at http://www.homeschoolingteen.com/2010/10/southwestern-college/.)






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Early College Prep: Where Your Child can get a Good Recommendation Writer


School has now started. That said, if your teen is in his or her final two years of high school, then he or she is probably gearing up for college. While writing the perfect entrance essay and having high test scores will certainly help your home schooled child get into the college he or she wants, an area that your child should definitely not neglect is establishing strong relationships with third parties-these people might just be able to provide some strong letters of recommendation and increase your child's chances of college acceptance (both traditional and online). And no, if you are your child's teacher you will not be eligible to provide a rec letter-college admission officers will consider your opinion biased (this is why family members are typically not allowed to write rec letters). Instead, your child should start fortifying relationships with the people listed below.




If your son or daughter has any sort of part-time job, this includes anything from working at a retail store, fast food restaurant, or working in the neighborhood as a lawn mower, babysitter or pet sitter, then your child's employer can definitely provide a great rec letter if your child is/was good at their job duties. Employer rec letters are excellent because it shows that your child has a strong work ethic-a quality that is needed to succeed in college.


Volunteer Directors


If your child volunteers at an animal shelter, homeless shelter or food pantry for example, he or she should be able to ask his or her volunteering director or group leader for a rec letter when the time comes. Rec letters from volunteer directors are always welcomed because it demonstrates that your child knows how to give back to the community and is truly involved in more endeavors that just school work.


Coaches/Instructors/ Troop Leaders


If your child plays for a club sport, a dance company or is involved in a national organization like the Eagle Scouts for example, then his or her coach, instructor or troop leader should be able to provide a pretty good rec letter, especially if your child has been involved with the organization/sport for several years. College admission offers typically favor rec letters from these sort of sources because not only does it show that your child is a well-rounded student that is concerned with more than just his or her studies (colleges don't like one-dimensional students), but these sources usually can easily demonstrate your child's sportsmanship, dedication, and strong will.


Other Alternatives

If your child missed all opportunities to establish strong bonds with individuals, their last resort can include turning to people who have known your child for quite some time even though they might not know them on a "personal level" exactly. We're talking about turning to people who may be able to pull some weight without having to say too much simply because their title, such as your child's long-time pediatrician, dentist, or church pastor.


Author Bio: This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at http://www.onlinecollege.org about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.



Study Smart


From our friends at www.KnowledgeHouse.info  


There is only one way to get good grades, and that is by studying and applying yourself. Sincere motivation, along with some decent effort, will help you to do well in school. You can start developing good study habits by approaching your studies with a positive attitude and arranging your home environment to encourage learning. Here are some ideas that can help.


Have a specific area where you always study. Any good-sized desk or table will do as long as it is well-lit and has a comfortable chair. Your study space should be in a quiet spot that is shielded from the distractions of siblings, television, phone calls and other activity, but avoid sleep inducing places like beds. The kitchen table will work if family members agree to stay out of the room during study time. You might want to hang a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door.


Store paper, pencils, pens, pencil sharpener, eraser, dictionary, and other necessities near your study area. You can get your homework done easier and faster when everything is close at hand. But keep your study surface clean and clear because a cluttered, messy area is mentally distracting. Supplies and completed schoolwork can be tucked neatly inside closed cabinets or drawers, in a plastic storage box, or on a shelf. A bookcase encourages reading and studious behavior, a globe or wall map is an excellent accessory, and a computer is useful for research and writing reports.


When registering for classes, clubs, or other activities, make sure that your goals and times are manageable so you can set up a realistic study schedule while balancing family, friends, and fun. Set aside a regular time for homework to be done each day and stick to it. Then when it's out of the way, you can enjoy whatever free time you have left without having to think about getting started on your assignments.


To be efficient and effective in your studying, you need to know yourself and your style of learning. Some students prefer to tackle the hardest or least enjoyable task first. Others like to quickly get off to a good start with something simpler. Either way, having a routine will help you get your work done. A good rule of thumb is to plan on spending between 30-60 minutes per subject. Try to pace yourself to finish all of your work within that time period, keeping in mind that the subjects which come easy to you will take less time, leaving extra time for the more difficult ones.

Get your brain in gear by taking an active approach to studying. Take notes, highlight important points, write comments in the margins, make flashcards, draw diagrams, recite text aloud to yourself, rewrite lecture notes in your own words, look up difficult words in a dictionary, find places on a map, research additional information in reference books or on the internet, do the chapter review questions. Don't just sit there passively reading while letting your mind wander and then forgetting everything you just read.


In general, you should concentrate on gathering meaning rather than merely memorizing facts. But it's okay to use mnemonic tricks and techniques to help improve recall. One of the best ways to reinforce a concept in your own mind is to teach someone else. Start a study group. Choose friends that are motivated and interested in learning. Don't be afraid to ask questions if you have trouble understanding a concept. If you are really having difficulty, consider getting additional help from a parent, teacher, or tutor.


Use an assignment book or calendar to keep track of deadlines for term papers, projects, exams, performances, etc. Don't forget to provide time in your daily or weekly study plan for those special reports and projects that are due at different times. If you don't stagger your work on the long-range projects over a period of time, you will suddenly find yourself facing not only their completion, but also your usual amount of daily assignments - and probably an important test besides.


Studies show that the more you review the material, the better it is remembered and the easier it is to retrieve. So you should also plan some systematic review work a few times a week. Then everything you've learned will remain fresh and vivid in your mind, and you won't have to do any last-minute cramming. By studying well and reviewing regularly, you will always be prepared for quizzes, tests, and exams. Relax and take them with confidence.



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