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November 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 




Homeschooling Teen Profile: Leanne Albillar


Homeschool Friendly College: Freed-Hardeman University


Poem: "The Light of Love," by Darian


NEW Column! Ashley's Column, by Ashley


NEW Column! "Ask Nia," by Shaniyah


NEW Column! The Sports Report, by Caela


Stepping Stones: by Michaela Popielski


Millie's Column: by Millie


Confessions of a Fifteen-Year-Old Film Historian: by Locksley


Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author: by Emily Russell


Libbi's Nonfiction Book Review: "Awakening," by Stovall Weems


Catherine's Column: by Catherine


The World Around Us: by Evangeline


Anime Review: by Xbolt


Game Review: by Super Searcher


Cartoon: "Know Brainz," by Savanna and Devin


Homeschooling High School: "Four Great Resources for  

Homeschooled Teens," by Sarah Fudin


Career-of-the-Month: Computer Support Specialist


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


And much more!!!



College Bound 

Preparing For College - ACT & SAT Information  

Now is the time for high school juniors - especially if they dream of attending a highly selective college - to start thinking about taking the SAT and/or ACT. Besides good transcripts and letters of recommendation, entrance exams are an important part of the admission process. While some colleges have waived these tests as a requirement, many colleges and universities still rely heavily on SAT and ACT scores to help in admissions decisions. A typical applicant to a competitive college might boast section scores in the upper 20s for the ACT and above 600 for the SAT.  


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November is...


Aviation History Month

National Adoption Month

American Indian Heritage Month

Creative Child & Adult Month

National Novel Writing Month

International Drum Month

Peanut Butter Lover's Month

National Raisin Bread Month

National Pepper Month

American Diabetes Month

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Good Nutrition Month

Daylight Savings Time Ends

(first Sunday in November, except AZ & HI)

National Bible Week (Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week)

National Family Week

(Thanksgiving week)

National Game & Puzzle Week

(Thanksgiving week)


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Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Pilgrim Timeline


Plymouth Colony existed from 1620 until 1691 when it was incorporated into the Massachusetts Bay Colony. During this time period, the Dutch artists Rembrandt and Vermeer were painting masterpieces, the Three Musketeers were guarding the king of France, Isaac Newton was making scientific discoveries, the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays was published in England, and pirates of all nationalities were using the island of Tortuga as their base of operations in the Caribbean.

Homemade Family Videos


Thanksgiving is a good opportunity to gather the family together to make a video as a gift to send to faraway relatives and friends. You can write an original script in which everyone has a part, or just follow people around like in reality TV. Another option would be to have a talent show in which one person sings, another recites a poem, etc. You might even dress up in costume. It's a fun and easy way to spend quality family time while sharing the holidays with distant relatives. If you can, edit the footage on your computer, burn it onto a DVD, and design a personalized label for it. Be sure to mail the DVD in a padded envelope so it won't get broken. You might also want to have a home video party starring your family. We never laugh so hard as when we're watching our own movies!



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Stepping Stones, by Michaela Popielski


Stepping Stones 


Hey everyone. Well, its that time of year again. At least by the time you read this it will be. Right now its the middle of October. But anyway, once again its time for the usual practice of planning Thanksgiving meals, what you want to give/get for Christmas and above all good old fashioned family time. Sometimes its hard to feel thankful for what we have. Like maybe we have the beat-up hunk of junk instead of the latest Impala or we have last season's jeans instead of this season jeans. The way I see it we live in a society where to get noticed you have to have the latest fashions, car or whatever and you've probably noticed too, no one values you for who you are, so we covet for things we don't have. I'm very very very guilty of this. Or maybe for some of us (and I know this may be touchy for a few people) it's a reminder of what we don't have.


We all struggle with being content. It's hard when the world seems to have so much stuff out there that's appealing that we lose sight of what's important. Like what God gave us. He loves us and he wants us to be happy but not for physical things. Granted he probably doesn't mind us loving mp3's, IPods and other things like that. What I mean is grateful for what for we have instead of what we don't have and putting possessions above of God. Corrie ten Boom once said "Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open." And that's the truth. God does take some things away but he fills the space with what we need. Now the loss of a loved one is harder because they were a human being not an object. I still wonder sometimes about the relative I've lost. Even though it sucked losing them, it made me stronger and more aware of life and things that matter. Though I don't mind shopping every now and then. God has reasons even if we don't get it. I still wonder what he is thinking sometimes. So I guess the subject is thankfulness, and whatever else gets thrown in since some verses may mean more than one thing and I may run out of verses on said subject. Also there will be some stories so I'll stop my cyber preaching now and get to work finding some verses. Happy reading! ~Michaela


P.S. If you need or want too, feel free to split the longer reads into sections and read a section a day. It may be a bit slower but you won't miss anything and quite possibly avoid a headache if you're tired.


Nov. 1 Prov.11, Ps. 75.                        

Nov. 2. Ps. 11, 1 Sam. 25.                    

Nov. 3. John 10:10, Ps. 106.                

Nov. 4. John 11:1-44.                          

Nov. 5. Luke 15:1-32.                          

Nov. 6. Prov.12, Job. 2:7-10.                  

Nov. 7. Num. 11.                                

Nov. 8. 1 Sam.1.                                

Nov. 9. Ps. 106.                                  

Nov. 10. Prov. 13.                                

Nov. 11. Ps. 119:9-16, 41-48.                

Nov. 12. Isaiah. 3.                              

Nov. 13. Hosea. 1;3.                          

Nov. 14. 2 Kings: 1-18.                                                                      

Nov. 15. Ps. 68.                                  

Nov. 16. Judg. 3:12-30.                      

Nov. 17. Prov. 14.  

Nov. 18. Luke 19:29-37, 11:1-4.

Nov. 19. Ps 8.

Nov. 20. Ps. 9.

Nov. 21. Prov.16.

Nov. 22. Ps. 59.    

Nov. 23. Ps. 149.  

Nov. 24. Ps.136.

Nov. 25. Prov. 17.

Nov. 26. 1 Chron. 21.

Nov. 26. Acts 7:59-60, Jer. 7:22-23.

Nov. 27. Hosea 14:9, Prov. 18.      

Nov. 28. Ps. 116.

Nov. 29. Prov. 18.

Nov. 30. Is. 44:6-23.                             




Prospective [prä-spek-tiv also prō-spek-tiv] (adj) - 1. (of a person) expected or expecting to be something particular in the future; 2. concerned with or related to the future; likely to happen at a future date ("prospective earnings"; "a prospective student"; "a prospective bride"; "a prospective buyer") See if you can find the word "prospective" used elsewhere in this issue!

E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month


Before you send off a terse e-mail complaining or assuming no response, be sure you have covered the following to enable a response to get through any spam filtering or blocking software you and your ISP may have in place.


Did you add their e-mail address to your address book, approved or whitelist so their e-mail could get through?


When you know you will be communicating with a specific person on a regular basis, make sure you add them to your (or your ISP's) approved list or address book as soon as possible.


If you are unsure, always send a follow up e-mail asking what's up before you assume you are being ignored. If that doesn't work, why not pick up the old fashioned telephone and give your contact a call?


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


"The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer...he can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen." ~Robert L. Schwartz


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


"When you get married, have some kids. You're gonna figure out real quick how much you don't know." 

(Answer: Courageous)

Bookshelf of a (Maybe) Teen Author, by Emily Russell


Cindy Ella, by Robin Palmer


"This formulaic, fairy-tale-based romance will be a favorite with girls." - School Library Journal


This book starts with Cindy's letter to Castle Heights High's newspaper editor. Of course, none of her letters are ever printed, so it doesn't really matter that the whole thing is about the evils of prom. When the letter actually is printed, Cindy becomes a social outcast to everyone except her two best friends. Will her lower-than-ever status be erased? Or is her nouvea feminist, opinionated and good-willed self destined to live a life of television reruns alone with twenty-some cats?

This book really stinks, for a number of reasons. To be fair, some of it was more the publisher's fault than the writer's.

1. The back of the book spoils it. The little summary on the back is supposed to tell you the starting basics of the story and leave you wondering where it goes from there. In only twelve lines, the back of this book managed to explain the whole storyline.   

2. Even without the summary spoilers, this story was still too predictable, even for a romance. They may all end with happily-ever-afters, but at least there's something interesting before that. Or maybe there was some seemingly impossible obstacle preventing a relationship between hero and heroine. This book? Other than popularity (unoriginal!) there's no conflict between their relationship.   

3. From a Christian perspective, this was horrible:
a) The main character was a feminist.
b) Said main character's best friends were a hippie girl and gay dude.
c) Every chapter had at least one cuss word.
These may be typical teen-lit stuff, but that doesn't mean I approve of them.   

4. Love was painted wrong. This is to be expected in today's novels, but I still expected a little better. One day Cindy Ella is 'totally in love' with her crush; the next day, she is positive that her new tutor is her soul mate. Adults may call that 'normal teenage thinking,' but take it from a teenager and her friends: that is definitely not normal! Sure, having three crushes is just fine; calling every cute dude she meets her soul mate is going a little overboard.   

Now, after this negative review, I want to point out that there is a positive. This would be the author's portrayal of the characters. It's hard for me to explain, but this is one of those fairy-tale rewrites where the 'bad guys' are actually real people. You know, airheads that you could definitely find in the stores of LA as opposed to airheads you would only find in a preteen comedy show.   

For a good attempt at writing a teen's perspective, and for character development, I'll give this book one and a half stars. I was going to give it two, but... besides the points I listed, this novel was just plain boring and unoriginal. 

~Emily Rachelle


Check out my blog! Struggles of a (Maybe) Teen Author



Christopher Paolini's new book - Inheritance - Releasing on November 8, 2011  




Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost? This is the much-anticipated, thrilling conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle! Read more about homeschool author Christopher Paolini at http://www.homeschoolingteen.com/2008/11/christopher-paolini/ 


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Catherine's Column


By: Catherine Amaris Munoz


Catherine was unable to send in her column for this month because her internet went down. She's looking forward to getting the internet back soon so she can write again next time!




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NEW Column! 




Hi, my name is Shaniyah Francis and I have only recently started my home schooling journey. All through 6th and 7th grade, I have been known to work in the school newspaper and the yearbook. Writing is something that I have been doing since I can remember. I know that I am not alone in that matter. This is what I want to do, write. I think that I can help with problems other home school students may be feeling, like being isolated from a regular teen age life... I would like to do an advice column. Have people email me questions on a variety of subjects from home school life to how to deal with the problems they may be facing.




Ever since I have begun home schooling online I have no life! I like this boy, but I never have time to see him. My friends say that I don't even go out anymore to the mall or the movies. It's work and no play! My question is can you please give me some sort of direction for balance? I don't want school work to fall behind but I don't want to be sheltered!??!







I think that every home school student has this problem. You still want to be a teen and go out on the weekends like your friends but you have an obligation to your school work. I suggest work the same hours as your friends. I know it may sound crazy but it may work. Chances are your friends won't text or call until after or before school so why not take those 6 or 7 hours and power through your school work. 6 or 7 hours 5 days a week, you should be good. Also, when you have those restless nights like I do, take that time to complete some assignment for your self. Make it a pattern. If your friends get up at 5:30 a.m., then you wake up, get dressed, and eat breakfast just like you would if you were going to school. Get off of your online classes when the bell rings at your local high school.


Until next time....

Work hard and play harder, NIA


Shaniyah is an aspiring journalist who also writes poetry and is working on a novel. If you have a question you would like her to answer, email her at cakenyah1@aol.com


NEW Column! Talk to Ashley


Hello, my name is Ashley Cline! I'm in the tenth grade, and tenth year of homeschooling. This is my new column! This column is called Talk to Ashley, (that's me!) kinda of a question or help column. If you have questions about life, school, life's trials, friends, family, etc., please ask away! Just email me at Ashleia@cox.net and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I'll also love to answer questions here for more asked questions. Let's be friends! And help each other out with teenage life.

My first Talk to Ashley column will be on breakups. I haven't actually gotten any emails yet, of course, but this is based on myself. Everyone most likely will go through breakups, or at least heartbreaks. I've had a boyfriend for awhile, that I thought was the one, but it turns out we were having some problems in our relationship. So we decided to break and try to pray, and read the Bible to find out what's up. It's hard, but some things to keep you going if you are going through one.

Pray about it, by yourself, or with friends and/or family. Read the Bible. Look in a concordance for verses about sadness, it will help. Just reading anything in the Bible and praying and getting closer to God will help a lot. Understand that life is going to have its ups and downs, its heartbreaks, and you must remember that there will always be a sunrise on the other side, God is watching over you, and one day you'll see Him in Heaven and have no more heartbreaks. Also, find the people you love and surround yourself with Christian friends to encourage, support, and uplift your spirit. Hope this helps lots, with everyday circumstances! : )


High School: Helpful Tips


Four Great Resources for Homeschooled Teens, by Sarah Fudin  

  In recent years, with the growth of public interest in education, the resources and tools available to homeschooled students have increased exponentially. As the United States strives to raise the bar and improve the quality of education for everyone, a greater emphasis has been placed on the performance of students everywhere.     

Due to the nature of homeschooling, however, it can sometimes be difficult for students to access these resources as easily. It is important for parents and students in homeschooling families to stay up to date with the very latest in educational tools, college prep materials, and information about jobs and scholarships. The following are five great online resources that homeschooling students should be aware of.     


1. The College Board - College Board is not just a place to register for the SAT, it's also an amazing wealth of information that allstudents should be familiar with. Among test prep and guidance regarding college applications, the College Board also has a useful page for high school students. This page contains invaluable information about time management, study skills, resume writing, searching for an internship and preparing for college. Additionally, the College Board has several pages geared specifically towards homeschooled students that offer important information you might not be able to get elsewhere, such as Homeschooled Students & the SAT and Homeschooled Students & College Admissions.   


2. CollegeScholarships.org - Since its creation in 1999, CollegeScholarships.org has dedicated itself to helping students locate the resources they need to finance their education and pursue their dreams. In addition to offering some of their own scholarships, CollegeScholarships.org breaks down scholarships into categories such as scholarships for athletes, minorities, etc. They also offer resources on essay writing, resume building and cautionary advice about scholarship scams as well. Most interestingly, Collegescholarships.org has a page dedicated to scholarships for home school students, which includes general information as well as links to some resources.      


All of that said, CollegeScholarships.org is certainly not the only scholarship search for homeschooled students. Both FastWeb.com and FinAid.org allow you to incorporate homeschooling into your search as well.    


3. HippoCampus - HippoCampus is an extremely useful educational site that is offered for free to high school and college students everywhere. Their content is geared towards any student with an active desire to learn, regardless of where they go to school, so it is easily accessible to homeschooled students. Through a wide array of multimedia content, HippoCampus provides detailed slide-show presentations and videos in subjects ranging from algebra and calculus to religion and U.S. history. This site is an excellent study tool for tests and a good way to visually reiterate what you've learned throughout the day.   


4.eduTecher - eduTecher maintains an enormous compilation of useful web tools that can help enrich and expand your learning. Developed in 2007, eduTecher sought to keep track of the rapidly growing number of online educational resources that are part of the trend of integrating technology into learning. While many of the site's resources are geared towards teachers, any student wishing to enhance their learning can access these materials and will likely find them very useful. On the site, you can narrow down your search for resources by grade level and subject matter, and from there you can view seemingly endless lists of different websites and programs geared towards education. For high school students in particular, eduTecher features resources for performance and time management, file sharing (safe access to videos and documents for multimedia presentations), note taking, shopping and further enrichment in different academic subjects.


Sarah Fudin currently works in community relations for the University of Southern California's Master of Arts in Teaching program, which provides aspiring teachers the opportunity to earn a Masters degree in teaching and teacher certification online. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.




Anime Reviews by Xbolt


Full Metal Panic!

 Full Metal Panic Anime

Full Metal Panic! follows Sergeant Sousuke Sagara, a military specialist working for Mithril, a secret anti-terrorist organization. He is tasked with guarding Kaname Chidori, an ordinary high school girl who may not actually be totally ordinary. Oh, and it has big mech fights.


I like FMP! for the fact that it doesn't take itself too seriously. It has a story, sure, but there are quite a few laughs throughout, mostly because of Sousuke.


In order to guard Kaname, the Sergeant has to adapt to regular high school life. To say he fails would be an understatement. He overreacts to absolutely everything, and sees a terrorist threat around every corner. Kaname is unamused.


Just about every character on the show, I liked. (Well, except for the main villain.)


They're all very different, and play off each other well. The socially inept Sousuke, the tsundere Kaname, the charmingly clumsy Tessa, the cool military guy Kalinin, the "ladies man" Kurz, the ruthless insulter Melissa, etc.


NEXT MONTH: Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu


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Game Reviews by Super Searcher


MINECRAFT: Mine, Craft, Build


MINECRAFT: Mine, Craft, Build 


This review is about Minecraft. The name of the game basically states what the game is: you mine materials and craft materials. It's an adventure building sandbox game in which everything is shaped like blocks. So if you like LEGOs you will like this game. Minecraft is currently in Beta 1.8 but the full release of the game will be out in a few months. There are two game modes: Survival, and Creative. Creative mode is pretty simple. You get an unlimited supply of every building material and you get to "fly." Survival mode is a bit different. You start out with nothing and slowly work your way up to the better stuff with the supplies you get. You start with wood tools and can dig down to get iron, diamonds, and other minerals to make better tools. In Survival mode, there are also different types of animals and creatures for you to fight. One of the most dangerous is the Creeper, a green armless monster that explodes when it is near you. The Creeper is the builders' worst enemy because it destroys the blocks around them. There are also common zombies and giant spiders. You also have passive farm animals - cows, pigs, sheep. Along with the different game styles, there are two different ways to play: singleplayer and multiplayer. Honestly I like multiplayer better because I get to play with my friends. But singleplayer has its advantages, too, like there aren't any griefers trying to blow up your stuff (just Creepers!). For those of you who own Minecraft or want to buy Minecraft (about $20), if you download the 1.9 pre-release you will get extra stuff like potions and experience points. This game may look too blocky at first and not seem like much, but it is one of the best I've ever played. I really recommend getting it. Go to www.minecraft.net to view the trailer and buy the game. The original Minecraft Classic is downloadable for free if you want to try it, but it's not as good as the buyable version.


-A game review by Super Searcher and his brother, Dune Jumper



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8 Myths about Home Schooling


By Marina Chernyak


Many parents choose take advantage of homeschooling their children. Others, however, simply look at homeschooling as a huge disadvantage in the lives of children. Often times, these are the people who have been plagued by the myths that often surround homeschooling. Home schooling, if done correctly, can provide many great benefits for students. If you are considering home schooling, this article could be beneficial for you. The following are 8 myths that are commonly associated with the topic.


Kids who are home schooled do not have social skills. This is perhaps one of the biggest myths associated with home schooling. Yes, it is true that these kids do not have as much social interaction on a daily basis as children who attend public school, but it doesn't mean that they do not have ANY social skills. Parents who home school kids make an extra effort to socialize their children. Whether it is at church or the park, there are opportunities for socialization other than just public school. Parents of home schooled children often ban together and form organizations that provide socialization opportunities for their children.


Kids who are home schooled can't function in the school setting. Myth. Many times, people get the wrong impression of home school. They expect that a child is home schooled because he somehow can't function in the school setting. This is untrue. Many parents choose to home school because they feel they can provide their children with a better education. It may also fit more easily into their schedule. Families who travel around a lot enjoy the advantages of homeschooling rather than switching schools time and time again.


Kids who are home schooled have over protective parents. This is another myth. As stated above, some parents simply feel that home schooling is the better option. It often has very little to do with protecting their children and more to do with helping their children earn a solid education. While protecting children may be the reason for some parents, the overwhelming majority just believe in a more solid education for their children.


Kids who are home schooled miss out on extracurricular activities. Myth - Home schooled children may not participate in after school sports at the local school, but they do have opportunities to play in local sports. Many parents take advantage of winter basketball leagues or other sports that are opened to all children. It is up to the parent which extracurricular activity their children participate in. It should not be assumed that just because the child is homeschooled that he has any less of an opportunity than public school children in playing sports and getting involved.


Kids who are home schooled aren't as smart. Once again, this is untrue. There have been countless home schooled kids who have gone on to be doctors and lawyers. A great education does not lie within a public school. It lies within the person who is willing to teach the child. Parents make great teachers for children if they are willing to put for the time, energy and effort to provide their child with the best education possible.


Kids who are home schooled do not do as well in college. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, many home schooled children enter college well ahead of public school children.


Kids who are home schooled can't function in society as adults. Myth. Society is full of adults who were home schooled that have done just fine in society. As long as children who are home schooled are familiar with how society works, they often do very well.


Homeschooling is easy. Myth. If you are considering homeschooling you will want to pay close attention to this myth. As a parent, home schooling will take a lot of time on your part. Before you choose to do it you must make sure that it will work into your schedule and that you have the time to devote to teaching your children.

The myths listed above have given homeschooling a bad name. Now that you know the truth, you can make an informed decision about homeschooling. Will you choose to teach your children at home?


About the Author: Marina is a freelance writer and co-owner of a nesting doll store,  www.matryoshkanestingdolls.com. She learned a lot about homeschooling from her sister who has been homeschooling her teenagers for the last 3 years.

Confessions of a Fifteen-Year-Old Film Historian, by Locksley Hooker


Editor's Note: Locksley was unable to write her column due to the very sudden and unexpected loss of her mother. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.


In memory of Christina Hooker


March 23, 1976 - October 19, 2011


 In memory of Christina Hooker


Christina Lee Jones Hooker, 35, of LaFayette, Georgia, went to be with Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. She passed after a very short and unforeseen affliction. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She loved and served her family faithfully as she did Christ. Her death is a tragedy beyond measure, and her resurrection will be a triumph that will rival it. Christina was a devoted homemaker and homeschooling mother, whose life and joy centered around raising and adoring her husband and children. Survivors include her loving husband of more than 17 years, Jonathan Christian Hooker; five daughters, Locksley, Ruby, Isabel, Esther and Naomi Hooker; her parents, Bruce and Teresa "Teri" Jones; sister, Samantha Jones Cashen; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorial services were held on Monday, October 24, 2011, at Highlands Presbyterian Church with Pastor Travis Hutchinson officiating. Online guest book at www.wilsonfuneralhome.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:

Leanne Albillar


 Leanne Albillar


Leanne Marie Albillar is a talented young lady with a unique combination of leadership skills and creative ability. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, but grew up on a ranch in the Arizona desert. An only child, she was raised in a nurturing environment with the undivided love and attention of her parents, who homeschooled her through high school. They also gave Leanne the freedom to pursue her own interests. As a result, Leanne has always liked to try new things. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, reading, writing, knitting, crafting, scrapbooking, calligraphy, photography, playing games, and watching movies.


When she was younger, Leanne went on field trips with the Desert Hills Christian Homeschoolers support group. For a few years in the summer she was able to go to Hero Camp, a Christian camp for homeschooled kids. Leanne joined a homeschool book club, attended various homeschool enrichment classes, and took some ceramics classes. She later participated in TeenPact Arizona, a hands-on legislative experience held at the state capitol. In high school, she performed many community service projects with the Epsilon Delta chapter of the National Home School Honor Society.

Leanne received the President's Volunteer Service Award for all of the hours that she spent on charitable projects such as packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, helping out at the Pioneer Living History Museum, and providing Christmas Cheer programs at senior care homes. But her favorite place to volunteer was at the Dreamchaser Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation ranch. Dreamchaser is dedicated to rescuing horses, gentling them, and then adopting them out to loving homes. Leanne was able to assist with the care and training of horses that had been previously neglected, abandoned, and even abused.


The Albillar family adopted a couple of Quarter Horses (Cassius and Clayton), both of which had been bound for a slaughterhouse in Canada but were rescued by Dreamchaser. Now the two animals have a stable home where they can live happily and love being ridden. In addition to the horses, Leanne has many other pets. She has one cat (Charlie), three dogs (Doc, Elvira, and Billy), four goats (Tsvetok, Francois, Picasso, and George), nine chickens (Magda, Angelique, Carolyn, Cassandra, Charity, Millicent, Julia, Natalie, and Liz), and two desert tortoises (John and Tiny Tim).


Leanne took Karate lessons for several years and earned a 1st degree Black Belt. Then she joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and advanced to the rank of Cadet 1st Lieutenant. She served as the cadet administration officer as well as being a mission radio operator. While in the CAP she marched in parades, assisted with crowd control at the Luke Air Force Base open house/air show, and she even got to fly a small plane out of Deer Valley Airport. Leanne loved every aspect of CAP, especially flying and manning the radios for emergency services.


A straight-A student, Leanne's favorite subject was history. She also studied cults from a Christian perspective, and learned to play the guitar and piano. With so many varied interests, her future goals ranged from considering an apprenticeship at the Al-Marah Arabian horse farm to possibly attending Patrick Henry College and majoring in strategic intelligence. However, Leanne has one special talent that stands out from the rest, which will always serve her well no matter what else she decides to do. Leanne has an artistic flair for making clay sculptures and jewelry. She is passionate about detail and loves the challenge of creating pieces that are new and different.


Leanne's favorite materials to work with are polymer clay, hemp, beads, wire, acrylic paint, and Mod Podge. Leanne also belongs to an Art Charms group, and she has an incredible knack for creating miniature works of art from found objects like bottle caps, nuts and bolts, even rocks and leaves. The unique products that she and her mom sell at craft fairs and online include intricate woven hemp bracelets, Kumihimo braided bead bracelets, steampunk robot pendants decked out with gears and other hardware, Christmas ornaments, altered Altoid tins, decorated Scrabble tiles, desert scenes, colorful clay creatures and bobblehead turkeys. All of these and more can be seen at her Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/VibrantPony.

Since graduating from high school, Leanne has held a variety of jobs: dog groomer, horse trainer, pet sitter, house cleaner, receptionist at a Neighborhood Storage center, and cashier at Walmart. When she's not busy working, taking care of animals, or crafting things, Leanne is a self-described "gamer girl and total Left 4 Dead addict." She also loves Minecraft, Portal, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Not surprisingly, some of her hand-sculpted crafts are based on these games - such as a pair of Weighted Companion Cube earrings and a complete set of cute little zombie figurines!


Coincidently, Leanne's fiancé is majoring in Game Technology at college. Leanne and Peter first met in the local homeschool group twelve years ago - when she was six and he was nine years old! They grew up in the same neighborhood and regularly got together with their homeschooling friends. After graduating high school, Leanne and Peter didn't go their separate ways but continued to see each other and became even closer. They will be getting married on January 15, 2012. Leanne's creative talents are being put to good use as they are painting and fixing up a small house to live in after their wedding.


From excelling in academics to engaging in extracurricular activities, Leanne's homeschool accomplishments established a foundation of self-confidence that gave her the courage to keep trying new things. She learned the value of teamwork in her varied roles as both a follower and a leader. Additionally, she was able to take part in more real-life experiences than she would have been able to do in a regular school setting. Leanne's bold, positive outlook on life is reflected in one of her favorite Bible verses:  


"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind" (2 Timothy 1:7).



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The World Around Us, by Evangeline



American Amanda Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito are finally free. They were convicted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher but an appeals court overturned the conviction after overwhelming evidence and testimony presented by independent experts and defense teams. I am exceedingly glad that they have been released from this nightmarish ride.


The Italian police and prosecutors, particularly a certain Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, totally bungled the whole case. Thanks to the Italian police who either failed to follow proper forensic procedure or mishandled evidence 54 times, thanks to the Italian prosecution wild hypothesis and suggestions ranging from Kercher being killed during a Satanic ritual orgy to her being the victim of marijuana-induced rage, and thanks to the police, prosecutors, and Italian and British media for being wholly-bent on pinning Knox and Sollecito as the murderers, both of these young people had to live through a four-year ordeal.


Nevertheless, the truth has won over the outrageous lies and accusations. Kercher has been almost forgotten and buried under this circus of a case. No one deserves to be as brutally murdered as she was and her family has been put under tremendous pain because of this trial. The question on everyone's mind now is this - who is to be blamed? The actual murderer (Rudy Guede who had his sentence reduced to a lenient 16 years), media, police or prosecutors?




Ashton Kutcher landed in hot soup (or should I say hot tub?) again. I've always wondered why Demi Moore married a man 15 years ago. To give her the cougar effect perhaps? But that doesn't matter much now. I am not a big fan of women who marry men more than 10 years younger than them, but I can't help feeling sorry for Moore. No woman, cougar or not, deserves to be cheated on.




On October 5, 2011, the world lost a great entrepreneur and inventor. Steve Jobs, the co-founder and driving force behind Apple, died of respiratory arrest at the age of 56. Jobs was a visionary and a technology genius who gave us what we want even when we did not know what we want. The world, especially the technology world, will definitely miss his man with a brilliant mind. He was one of a kind. RIP Steve Jobs.




The Hamas Palestinian government after more than five years has finally freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit was abducted at the Kerem Shalom border crossing June 25, 2006. He was not allowed visits from humanitarian organizations including the International Committee of the Red Cross and was used as a pawn in negotiations for the release of Hamas and Palestinian prisoners. So that Israel would know that he still lives, 20 Palestinian women prisoners were released in exchange for a DVD of Shalit.

On October 11, 2011, a prisoner swap was agreed upon in negotiations and the deal signed in Egypt. In exchange for the release of Shalit, 1,027 prisoners would be released from Israeli jails. Among the 1,027 prisoners are 280 serving life sentences. This deal was met with mixed reactions in Israel. Although the majority supported the deal, there were some against it as they viewed it as a victory for Hamas.


Shalit was released on October 18. While his release is a joyous occasion, there are concerns that Hamas will resort to capturing more Israeli soldiers to free the more than 5,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Only time will tell if there are more pros or cons to the release. Nevertheless, Israel has just showed to the world the worth of one of their soldiers.





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:







College Bound: Homeschool-FriendlyColleges 






Freed-Hardeman University


Freed-Hardeman is a private Christian university located in the town of Henderson, a rural community in West Tennessee. The school traces its heritage to members of the Churches of Christ who helped build it, and was named in honor of its founders A.G. Freed and N. B. Hardeman. FHU is consistently ranked in the top tier of Southern universities by U.S. News and World Reports' annual college ranking. For the last 11 years, the school has been recognized by the magazine in the "Great School, Great Price" category. With an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students, FHU is small enough to have a friendly, family atmosphere, yet large enough to offer plenty of student activities and an impressive list of majors.


At FHU there are twelve academic departments organized into six schools - Arts and Humanities, Biblical Studies, Business, Education, Sciences and Mathematics, and the Honors College. FHU offers more than 40 undergraduate majors in such fields as: Arts and Humanities; Behavioral Sciences and Family Studies; Biblical Studies; Biology; Business; Nursing; Chemistry and Engineering Sciences; Communication and Literature; Fine Arts; Health and Human Performance; Mathematics and Computer Science; History, Philosophy, and Political Studies. Students can also enter the college without declaring a major.


Since the majority of the students live in the university's residence halls, the campus quickly becomes a home away from home. Dormitories are staffed by mature Christians and a team of student assistants. Counseling and health services are available on campus.

Although Chester County is considered a safe place to live, the university has its own security staff and security camera surveillance. Members of the security staff are trained and certified by the state of Tennessee. In addition, the university utilizes LionAlert as a means of mass notification via email and text messages in the event of threatening weather or some other incident.


Character and career education, reflected in the school's motto of "Teaching how to live and how to make a living," have been the school's focus for many years. At FHU academic excellence is paired with a commitment to Christian principles. Chapel and devotional periods are a regular part of campus life and the study of the Bible is included in every student's curriculum. Standards of conduct reflect that commitment to principle. The administration has demonstrated its dedication to students' spiritual development by appointing a vice president for spiritual development-a seasoned Christian whose main job is promoting spiritual growth among young people.


Although proud of its heritage, Freed-Hardeman is also focused on the future. The iKnow initiative was created by the university to shift the paradigm of traditional instruction at FHU. Beginning in the fall of 2012, iKnow 2.0 will provide an iPad to every student who enrolls as a freshman, as well as all faculty members at the institution. The most exciting part of the program will be the ability to access textbooks via the iPad. Historically, students have gone to the university bookstore and spent hundreds per semester on books. Now, because of the iPad, students will have access to interactive digital textbooks that are not only more participatory, but significantly more affordable.


In addition, FHU has partnered with Inkling, a company working with publishers to provide enriched, interactive, and engaging content, on the iPad. Their goal, along with FHU, is not to reinvent the textbook or reinvent publishing, but to reinvent the way people learn on campus. While FHU looks to the future with its emphasis on technology, it is firmly grounded in a tradition of educating the whole person. It seeks to help its students grow as Jesus grew: mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.


Jared Gott, Director of Recruitment for FHU, says: "We work with many homeschool students and ... we would love to work with your homeschool organization, with your students, and with any parents that are looking for college options.  We can send you any information that you require ... I'll be more than happy to help you out.  We want to serve your homeschool organization the best way we can and help you guide your students into their postsecondary careers."


For more information about FHU, check out the following:


why.fhu.edu- a microsite where prospective students can see what sets Freed-Hardeman apart from other institutions.


apply.fhu.edu- FHU has a free application and after a student applies, they can learn about scholarship possibilities.







/know brainz/


Cartoon by Devin and Savannah Hicks


 Cartoon - November, 2011

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Millie's Column

True Love


The Bible describes the true meaning of love in the thirteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians. The Bible was clear in the verse 1 John 8:4 NIV  that "...God is love" and we can use Jesus as our perfect example of how we should be here on earth. Verses 4-7 of the Love chapter states, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5:It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6:Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7:It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." Jesus as shown in the four gospels was always patient and kind to anyone and everyone who needed healing, teaching or even the casting out of spirits and there were many. Jesus was jealous of no one, He never boasted in the fact that He was God's son. He wasn't proud, rude or even for that matter dismissive of anyone that came his way. He never demanded His own way, this is proven true in Matt 26:39 where it says, "a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." And indeed Jesus submitted to His father will, bearing our sins on the cross, which showed us not only His obedience to His father but also his selflessness. We only saw Jesus have a righteous anger. He kept no record of wrong, by asking God in Luke 23:34, before the division of His clothes yet during His persecution, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Jesus didn't delight in any evil but only in the truth. In fact Jesus stated in John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." And in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life..." Jesus trusted in God every step of the way during his crucifixion and He persevered unto the end, He could have called down ten thousand, He could have asked God for Him to make another way for our sins to be cleansed, but instead he never gave up hope, knowing that He would be risen on the third to be seated in Heaven and at the right hand of His Father, Our Lord. So thankfully to Jesus you and I have a prime example of what Love really is. So as we go about our day busy or not lets remember that love as described in the scripture and through Jesus is not a feeling, but instead a way of life.


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.


Readers Write:


I had a really bad day and opened up my Bible and was reading about God's love for us and it hit me that God loves me. There is always another chance for us, at least till we are at the Judgement seat. Despite all I have done wrong He loves me and he loves you. Well it inspired me, and this is what I wrote. -Darian


The Light of Love

By Darian M. Basham


I'm sitting on the couch,

staring at the computer.

What has been said?

What hasnt been?

I don't know what to say....


There is music in the background,

but I don't hear the words.

I cant think clearly.

Everything is a distraction.

I want to scream....


The walls are closeing in,

and I cant get out.

I'm being pulled under,

its like I'm drowning.

I am alone in the pressing darkness.....


With tears of fear rolling down my face,

I cry for help.

Seeing no one,

I hear a voice say,

"Take my hand"....


Thinking help had came,

I took the out streched hand,

and found my self falling into the unknown.

I hit the rocky bottom.

The end had finally came....


Laying among those rocks,

I suddenly saw a light.

With gentle arms surrounding me,

I heard the sweetest voice.

"Your not done my dear child, I have a job for you......"


"It will be an upward battle,

You'll always have to fight.

But you keep your faith,

and in His time,

He will deliver you......"


With tears of joy falling freely down my face,

I praise God,

for loving someone such as I.

I do not understand how or why,

But now I want to live......


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Career-of-the-Month: Computer Support Specialist


Computer support specialists help people use computers. When something goes wrong, support specialists figure out why. Then they try to fix it. To do well at this job, workers need to be good listeners and good at solving problems.


Many support specialists answer questions over the phone or by e-mail. Others also help people face-to-face. To answer a problem over the phone, the specialist takes the person through the necessary steps to fix the problem.


Computer support specialists also install printers, software, and other computer tools. Then they teach people how to use them. Sometimes they write instruction books. Some specialists check computer systems to make sure they are working well.


Computer support specialists may work for the company that makes the computers or software, or for an organization that uses the computers or software. They can work in schools, government, computer stores, and many other places. Some computer specialists even start their own businesses. They may be asked by a manufacturer for feedback about a product, since they work with it daily.


Most computer specialists spend a long time sitting in front of computers in offices or computer labs. Computer support specialists normally work a 40-hour week, but that can include being "on call" by phone when they are not on their shift. Some specialists work at night or on weekends.


To become a computer support specialist, one must have experience working with computers. Students can start getting ready by learning about computers in school, in the library, or on their own. Studying math is also important because it helps you learn to solve problems. The ability to read and speak well is useful, too.


Community colleges offer courses leading to computer-related degrees. Passing a certification test is another way to prepare for a computer job. For example, CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills. Microsoft Certification helps validate your skills and experience whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional. Computer companies, associations, and technical career schools such as TechSkills offer these tests.


Since technology is always changing, computer workers need to continue learning new skills throughout their careers. Those who have a strong background in computers and are up to date with the latest skills will have the best chance of getting a job.


Related Occupations:

Computer programmers

Computer scientists

Computer software engineers

Database administrators

Systems analysts


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The Sports Report, by Caela Fox


The NBA Lockout


This is the second lockout in NBA history. This lockout has been going on for about four months. So far the NBA will be suspended for two weeks. They have cancelled 100 games already. This lockout is all about the revenue. The players and owners split $4.3 billion dollars. Last season the players got 57% of that revenue, and the owners got 47% of the revenue. For the lockout the players said that they would go from 57% to 53%, and the owners went from 47% to 50%. So this lockout is only separated by 3% of the revenue which is $129 million US dollars, and they can't figure out how to compromise. If this is not resolved soon the season may not even start till Christmas or the whole season will be cancelled. This is not good for the NBA, because they will lose a lot of fans over this lockout. The last lockout was in 1998-1999 season, the lockout started on July 1, 1998 and ended on January 20, 1999. The lockout lasted for 204 days. The season didn't start till February 5, 1999. That year each team only played 50 games instead of 82 games. The total of cancelled games that year was 464. In addition to the lockout Michael Jordon retired for the second time. The NBA lost 2.2% of their fans. The attendance went from 17,117 to 16,738 people. In the 1999-2000 seasons the attendance drop almost another 2%, but the television ratings dropped for three seasons. We all just hope that this lockout is resolved soon so that it doesn't have the same affect on the NBA as it did in the 1998-1999 season.


Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton


Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton both are Major League Baseball players, and MLB all-stars. They both have found and accepted Jesus Christ, but live very different lives. Let's start with Albert Pujols. Albert was born on January 16, 1980. He was raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic by his grandmother. He and his family immigrated to the U.S. for Dominican Republic in 1996, the lived in New York, until Albert witnessed a shooting so they moved to Independence, Missouri. Albert started playing baseball in high school; his avg. in high school was .500. He graduated high school in December 1998. He went to Maple Woods Community College in the spring of 1999. In his only college season he hit a grand slam and had an unassisted triple play in his first game. Albert has won many awards and honors. He has been a all-star nine times, National League MVP three times, Rookie of the year for the National League in 2001, 2004's NLCS MVP, 2003's NL Batting Champion, 2009-2010's NL Home Run Champion, and 2010's NL RBI Champion. He has won the NL Hank Aaron Award twice, The Silver Slugger Award six times, The Golden Glove Award twice, NL Player of the Month six times, The Roberto Clement Award in 2008, and The World Series in 2006. Albert got married on January 1, 2000 to Deidre. They have four children, Isabella,(she is Deidre's daughter form a previous relationship), Albert Jr., Sophia, and Ezra. Albert became a US citizen in 2007; he got a perfect 100% on the citizenship test. Albert and his family are devout and active Christians. One of his writings on his family foundation's website states "In the Pujols family, God is first; everything else is a distant second." He also writes, "My life's goal is to bring glory to the Jesus. My life is mot mostly dedicated to the Lord, it is 100% committed to Jesus Christ and his will. God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball. But baseball is not the end; baseball is the means by which my wife Dee Dee and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior." Albert and his family attend a Baptist church. Albert and his wife Dee Dee have a family foundation for people with Down syndrome because their daughter Isabella was born with Down syndrome. In 2009 the "Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome" it is in Chesterfield, Missouri, it opened on November 18th. He has also visited Dominican Republic. He takes doctors and dentist there to help the people; he also has a golf tournament to raise money to send dentist to the Dominican Republic.


Now for Josh Hamilton. Josh was born May 12, 1981, in Raleigh North Carolina. In 1999 he was drafted to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (now known as the Tampa Bay Rays). He never played a game for the Devil Rays, because of injuries and drug addiction. In 2004 he was kicked out of the MLB because he failed the drug test several times. His wife also kicked him out for the same reasons. From 2004 to 2007 Josh was not a part of the MLB. In 2004 he got married to Katie, who had a daughter from a previous relationship, her name is Julia. He started drinking and taking drugs, because he was hanging out with the wrong kind of people. Another reason he started on drugs and alcohol was because his parents were in a bad accident, and his mom got really hurt. The people who helped him out of his addiction were his grandmother, and his father-in-law. When he got out of his addiction he was entered in to the 2006 Rule 5 draft where he was drafted to the Chicago Cubs, who immediately traded him to the Cincinnati Reds for $100,000 dollars. His first MLB game was on April 2, 2007 as a pinch-hitter. His first game start was April 10th. He got his first MLB hit that game. Later that month he became the National League Rookie of the Month (in April). In December that year he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera. Ever since he stated with the Texas Rangers he has become the 2010 American League MVP, American League RBI champion, American League Championship Series MVP, USA today American League MVP, AL Players Choice Award for Outstanding player. He has also won Silver Slugger Award in 2008 and 2010, and American League RBI Champion in 2008. He has also participated in the All-star game from 2008 to 2011. His Career statistics are Batting average: .308, Home runs: 118, Runs batted in: 425, Hits: 698 (through 2011). To stay away from drugs and alcohol he doesn't carry any more than $20 bucks in his wallet. He also hangs out with his very close friend Jerry Narron when Josh is away from his family, and when the team goes to a bar the celebrate. He also keeps him occupied so he doesn't do anything stupid. Now that Josh is back with the Lord Jesus Christ he got his family back. He now spends a lot of time with fans and the media sharing his story about how God helped him get out of his addiction. It also shows how God watched over him, because he could have died from all the drugs and drinking. He says that James 4:7 which states "Humble yourself before God. Resist the devil and he'll flee from you". He says that the verse has helped him through everything in life. Now he and his wife have three daughters their name are Sierra, Michaela Grace, and Stella Faith. They are also very devout and active Christians. Now they both are in the World Series.


Daniel Wheldon


On Sunday morning October 16 in Las Vegas, there was an Indy race. On the 11th lap two cars hit each other's tires. That is what started a 15 car crash. Dan Wheldon was one of the last cars to crash, but there was no way for him to avoid the crash. His car clipped another car and went up into the air. While in the air his car was spinning and it hit the fence. Many cars burst in to flames, and the crash was so bad that later that day they had to patch the asphalt. A helicopter took him to the hospital from the track. He was pronounced died at 1:54 Sunday afternoon. He was only 33 years old. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. The next day they held five salute laps in his honor. He has been married for three years to Susie Behm. They have two little boys: Sebastian who is three years old and Olive who is seven months. Daniel came to America for a better life in 1999 when he was just 18 years old. He got his first big chance when he took the spot of Michael Andretti when he retired. In his career he has 16 wins. He also has won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011. After the 2011 season he was going to take Danica Patrick for the Andretti Autosport for the 2012 season. Daniel had such a big, bright future, and a long life to live, but unfortunately his life was cut short. This just shows us that anything can happen at any time, and that it is out of our hands. I wish his family all the happiness in the world and I will be praying for them, and hope all of you will too.


Caela's byline: I am the oldest of six children. I am a Christian. I love watching movies, playing on my computer, and I love watching sports. I want to go to Syracuse University, and eventually become a sports journalist. My favorite sports are hockey, football(soccer) ,and golf.


Nonfiction Book Review by Libbi


Awakening, by Stovall Weems


"This will be your best year ever- IF it is your best year spiritually."  ~Stovall Weems 


Have you ever wished there was some kind of caffeine for your spiritual life? You know, something to wake it up, and propel it forward? In this awesome, easy to read book, Pastor Stovall Weems shows the keys to "Awakening" a slumbering spiritual life. He does this effortlessly, weaving together all the components of a alive, refreshing, and vibrant spiritual life. He shows you how to "de-junk" your spiritual system, cleansing and removing the toxins so that your life can be made more vibrant through fasting and praying. 


I absolutely loved this book! It is not a usual thing for me to find a book that I am willing to read through slowly, chewing and digesting the contents. I could not believe how great this book was! I agreed with all of Pastor Weems theology, and I believe I am going to do one of the fasts in the back of his book in a couple of weeks or so. Criticisms? The only one I could think of is that he hasn't written any more! (That I know of :) I absolutely loved this book, and I am going to have to read it again! I never knew what a grand effect fasting had on the human body. It was awesome! 


I would recommend this book to anyone, just so long as they can read! One thing that helped when I was reading this book was that I did not just read it straight through, I read a little bit every day until I finished. When reading this book, you would be best served to read it in small portions to start with. I highly encourage you to read it, and make sure to let me know if you do! 

Sincerely, Libbi H. 


By the way, Waterbrook Multnomah gave me this book for free to review honestly.


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.



Help a Homeschooler Complete Her Master's Thesis


Editor's Note: Roya Dedeaux is a "grown homeschooler" currently working on her Master's thesis. She is hoping to get support from the homeschooling community for this large scale project.


Dear Homeschooler,


My name is Roya Dedeaux. I am currently working on my Master's degree in Counseling at California State University, Long Beach to meet my goal of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). I was homeschooled from the age of ten, when my mother removed me from the public school system. From that time, I have been interested in how our alternative education has impacted us as a culture.  


As I began my studies in the Counseling field, I became more and more aware of how many therapists are unaware of the diversity that the homeschooling population includes. I also heard many anecdotal stories of homeschoolers who felt they could not go to therapy because they were afraid that the therapist would not understand their lifestyle.  


I decided to use my current studies to benefit the homeschooling culture that I grew up with. The purpose of my study is to measure adult homeschooler's mental health needs, and their attitude towards seeking therapy. The results of my thesis will hopefully be used to benefit the homeschooling population by providing much needed information to the mental health profession. If there are any significant barriers for homeschoolers to seek therapy, this survey will isolate those as well.


To qualify to take this survey, you need to be over the age of 18. Additionally, you need to have EITHER been homeschooled yourself, OR homeschooled your own children. Any types of homeschooling methods, religious affiliations, or mental health needs are welcome. It should take approximately 25 minutes, is completely anonymous, and at the end you are qualified to win one of 2 $50.00 electronic gift certificates to Amazon.com!


Please feel free to pass this survey along to any other adult homeschoolers you know. I have two goals: 1st, to get 1000 responses, and 2nd, to get responses from every state! Thank you in advance for your help and support of a fellow homeschooler. --Roya Dedeaux


THE SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/homeschoolerssurvey


(The survey will be conducted from October 2011 to December 2011.)




Crying Out For Justice, and Discipling the Younger Generations


By Melissa Maynard


I have been in Kansas City MO for the past 10 months. I have done a 6 month internship at The International House of Prayer. During this season of my life God really gripped my heart. He started to show me the things that are paramount upon His heart. His heart is breaking for the babies being aborted every day, and for the children that do not have a father and grow up in broken homes. His heart is breaking for the children and youth that are being sold into slavery (human trafficking). God has put these issues upon my heart. He has called me specifically to pray and intercede on their behalf. During my internship I have fallen in love with God! I have experienced His love for me, and how much He loves me. I have been moved and touched by Gods love and compassion for those that are broken. Seeing the way God loves them and cares for them brought me closer to Him. I am starting to see people the way Jesus sees them!
I am called to cry out for justice and disciple youth and the younger generations. I am to teach them about prayer and the things of God. When I was 14 I knew God was calling me to work with youth and children. I thought about being a youth pastor, but I realized that what God was calling me to do, looked much different than being a youth pastor. When I was 16 I told God that I would give 10 years of my life to Him. I told Him I would spend that time in prayer and fasting. I knew that God called me to work with the younger generations, but I knew God was calling me to prayer, as well. I did not see how the two went together, until now. I want to see the youth of the world, on fire for God! I want the fatherless children to know God as their Father, someone that will never leave them nor forsake them. God is calling me to do this as my full-time ministry.


I will be walking out my ministry at The International House of Prayer. They do 24/7 prayer and worship. They are a ministry that prays for justice and does works of justice. I am going in to full-time ministry. Half of my time will be spent praying, and the other half, I will be discipling teens and kids. I will be helping to equip children to pray and develop a relationship with their heavenly father. God has called me to do a special work for Him. I am excited and ready to take each step He has placed before me, faithfully and obediently.

I am currently building up a team of partners to stand with me and link arms with me. So I can do what God has called me to do. I cannot do it without your help. I would like to personally invite you to be on my team. Would you be interested in partnering up with me in prayer and finances? I am looking for monthly support partners. God has showed me that my supporters are my feet. I cannot walk into the places or territory that God has called me to without support from those that care about the work I am doing. Please pray and ask God if you are to partner with me. Your financial gifts will be tax deductible.    

Blessings and love!





Melissa Maynard, 21, was homeschooled her whole life before entering the missions field.


About IHOP: The International House of Prayer, www.ihop.org, is a missions organization located in south Kansas City, Missouri. IHOP at its core is deeply committed to prayer, fasting, living the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), and seeing Jesus exalted and proclaimed to all nations with power as God's way to establish justice in the earth (Luke 18:1-8). IHOP's community of believers is committed to God, each other, and to establishing a 24/7 house of prayer where believers gather corporately to fast and pray.


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