Homeschooling Teen




Homeschooling Teen Profile: Amy Puetz


Homeschool Friendly College: Jacksonville State university  

Teen Culture Today: by Juliana


How to Make Yourself Indispensible: Advice for Young People: by Gary DeMar


Career of the Month: Teacher


College Bound Reading List: Learning for Life


Review: The Teaching Company


Homeschooling High School: Free Online Classes From Top Universities


Anime Reviews: by Xbolt


E-Mail Etiquette: Tip of the Month


Plus a whole lot more!!!

Be Somebody...Be Yourself 

College Bound 

Preparing For College - ACT & SAT Information

Another school year has started for some, and 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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Family Fun Month

National Inventors Month

National Back-to-School Month

National Water Quality Month

1 William Clark's Birthday (1770)

3 National Watermelon Day

4 National Chocolate Chip Day

5 National Waffle Day

6 National Root Beer Float Day

12 The Perseid Meteor Shower

13 International Lefthanders Day

14 National Creamsicle Day

16 Wilbur Wright's Birthday (1867)

17 Sand Castle Day

18 Meriwether Lewis' Birthday (1774)

18 National Ice Cream Pie Day

19 Orville Wright's Birthday (1871)

19 National Aviation Day

20 Lemonade Day

21 Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration Begins

25 National Park Service Established (1916)

31 National Trail Mix Day

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ABERRATION "ab uh RAY shun" (noun) - something not typical; a deviation from the standard

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Celebrate "National Ice Cream Pie Day" on August 18!

Ice Cream Pie 

Ice Cream Pie


To make this deep-dish ice cream pie, spread vanilla ice cream (or your favorite flavor) in a prepared graham cracker pie crust. Top with cherries, sliced bananas, coconut, cookie crumbs, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, M&M's, crushed peppermint candy, etc. Cover with marshmallow cr?me or chocolate fudge. Keep in the freezer until ready to eat. For more ice cream ideas, click here:

E-mail Etiquette Tip of the Month


Do your best to reply to e-mails as promptly as possible. There is an expectation of a speedy response with e-mail and not doing so could give the impression you don't care or are ignoring the person on the other side.


If you do not have the time to give the type of response you would like, pop off a quick e-mail and let the other side know you are pressed for time and that you will be e-mailing them shortly. Thank them for their understanding and then, follow through.


If you do not respond to an e-mail or do not acknowledge its receipt to the sender, they will assume you are ignoring them. Which is exactly what you are doing.


Assuming you are not ignoring the sender, at the very least send a quick thank you for the e-mail letting them know you'll be in touch. That's simply the courteous thing to do!


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


"Students will rise to the level of expectation."


(Answer: Stand and Deliver)

Did You Know...?

Most schools around the world start at the end of August or early September, with some notable exceptions. In Australia and Nigeria, the school year begins in January! The school year in Costa Rica starts in February! The school year in South Korea typically begins in March! In Japan, the school year starts in April!

College Bound Reading List

Learning for Life 

Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom, by Teri Ann Berg Olsen


There are many books of quotations, but Learning for Life is the only one written specifically with Christian homeschoolers in mind. Learning for Life includes almost 3,000 quotations by more than 1,000 people (including a collection of Bible verses) on teaching, learning, and the pursuit of knowledge. This is a convenient resource for students who need quotations for written or spoken presentations. References will make them seem so smart! It has an easy to use layout and would be an excellent time saver for the busy college student who is looking to add insightful quotes to a term paper or speech but doesn't have time to spend searching in library books or on the internet. 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. The sections of thoughtful quotes and how they are divided into areas of life is suitable for browsing, or look for your favorite authors in the handy index. The 420-page softcover book also includes biographical notes including information on famous educators and famous homeschoolers. Learning for Life would make 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:  


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The Teaching Company 

Review: The Teaching Company


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The Teaching Company produces mentally stimulating courses taught by outstanding professors from leading colleges and universities, offering the adventure of learning without the homework or exams. Since 1990, they have made hundreds of courses in DVD, audio CD, and MP3 formats available for studying at home or on the go.


While targeted to adult education and lifelong learners, the majority of Teaching Company courses are typical of what would be seen in a university or college undergraduate program for non-majors. Subjects include: Business and Economics, Fine Arts and Music, Ancient and Medieval History, Modern History, Literature and English Language, Philosophy and Intellectual History, Religion, Science and Mathematics, and Social Sciences.


The Teaching Company also publishes several courses on subjects traditionally covered in high school, including: Algebra I, Algebra II, Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, Art of Reading & Building Great Sentences, Basic Math, Biology, Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, Chemistry, Early American History: Native Americans Through the Forty-Niners, Economics, Geometry, How to Become a Super Star Student, How the Earth Works, Meaning from Data: Statistics Made Clear, The Joy of Science, The Joy of Thinking, Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology, and World History: The Fertile Crescent to the American Revolution.


Just think how neat it would be to attend a class taught by a Harvard professor in the comfort and convenience of your own home - not to mention that it would look impressive on a high school transcript! Although the Teaching Company does not offer degrees or credits, the homeschool parent can easily assign a suitable grade. As a homeschooling parent myself, I've always noticed the effectiveness of audio books and DVDs for teaching purposes. I had been aware of The Teaching Company for years, but it wasn't until my oldest son started high school that their course offerings became relevant to our homeschool and we purchased Economics, Chemistry, and "Great Ideas of Classical Physics."


I personally prefer DVDs that the whole family can watch together. However, the audio resources would be good for long commutes or car trips. In most cases, the video version of a presentation is enhanced by the use of visual aids (e.g. charts, graphs, illustrations, or physical experiments), although the visual content of a course can usually be effectively explained to an audio audience. However, due to the highly visual nature of some subject matter, certain courses are available only on DVD. This means that the course requires the student to see the visual elements in order to understand the material.


Each individual lecture in a course is about 30 minutes in length, so the program can be listened to or viewed a little bit at a time. The lectures are titled so that you can easily go back to review a particular topic. Every course comes with its own guidebook, but assigning homework and giving tests is up to you. Transcripts are also available, which are softcover books of 170-250 pages. These contain slightly edited, written transcripts of all the lectures in a course, as well as a copy of the guidebook.


List prices for the various Teaching Company courses range from $25 all the way up to $625. Most seem to average around $200. The cost depends on how long a program has been available, the number of lectures it includes, and the various formats from which you can choose. Generally, the DVD format is most expensive. The MP3 format is least expensive.


When you think about it, though, the Teaching Company courses are a relatively low cost for the large number of DVDs, CDs or tapes you get in a set. Compared to real college tuition, they are pretty cheap! Even better, you never need to pay the full price because each course goes on sale at least once a year. During their annual Back-to-School special in August, many courses that are regularly priced at $254.95 can be purchased for only $79.95! This really gives you a superior value for a minimal investment.


If more than one person in your family is benefiting from a course, the final cost will be reduced considerably. Another way to save money would be to start a Teaching Company co-op in which you share the cost while taking the opportunity to study and discuss the subject together with other students. Perhaps you could even try looking for used copies on eBay. It wouldn't hurt to check at your local public library, either, because they may have Teaching Company titles in their collection; and even if they don't, they may be able to order them for you through interlibrary loan. In addition, university and college libraries sometimes carry these programs as a valuable supplemental resource to complement their own courses.


Taking a course taught by a world-class professor really does make a difference in what you get out of it. These scholars are gifted communicators and experts in their field who have an impressive knowledge as well as a contagious enthusiasm for their subject. Nevertheless, the instructor's worldview can be an important factor to consider - especially in the areas of science, religion, and history. The Teaching Company provides a biography of each professor so you can review their background before purchasing their course. I noticed that some of the lecturers on religious topics are historians or philosophers from liberal Ivy League universities, others are theologians, one is from Houston Baptist University, and another is a former Benedictine monk. This information provides a clue as to their point of view.


While most publishers do not guarantee that you will be personally satisfied with their books or recordings, The Teaching Company offers a lifetime satisfaction guarantee. Not only will they replace a tape or disc that becomes broken or damaged, but they will refund your money or exchange a course if you should find it to be less than completely satisfying. The Teaching Company's founder, Thomas Rollins, says his company values clients so much that he does not want them to have any product they do not absolutely love. He said, "We call our lectures The Great Courses, and if we do not deliver great courses, we do not deserve their money."


If you're ready to graduate from The Standard Deviants and venture into something a little more serious, The Teaching Company courses provide a great foundation for a lifetime of learning. Ratings, reviews, and detailed information about each course are available on the Teaching Company website:


What Homeschoolers Are Saying About The Teaching Company:


"Economics 3rd Edition by Timothy Taylor was a great introduction to economics. He made what could be a boring subject actually sound interesting. Basic Math was a great SAT prep for the kids, too, going over fractions, decimals, and percents and getting that math base really solid. I'd also recommend the Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis."


"The high school chemistry course was excellent - it took all the mystery out of the math used for chemistry, so solving problems in later chemistry courses were a piece of cake after this course."


"Unless you have a gifted student, I would not do their Algebra I until after completing a textbook-based Algebra I course. There is a book with practice problems as well as the problems you do along with the lesson - but it is definitely an aid to understanding algebraic concepts, not a stand-alone course. Algebra II is our absolute favorite and I would do that one before Algebra I. I know that sounds strange but Murray Siegel, the Algebra II teacher does such a great job of explaining concepts, and he starts early enough in algebra that you don't miss anything. We love this teacher!"


"I found the high school history course to be a little beneath us... plus it got a little "old" with him dressing up in all the costumes. But other people like that."


"We have loved many of the courses - most are excellent, interesting, and well worth the money. Our favorites - anything taught by Thomas Childers, Kenneth Harl, Rufus Fears, Murray Siegel. We've liked Vandiver's classical history material, and F. X. Noble's literature material as well, and others, but off the top of my head, these are our favorites."


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HST Blogroll 

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2010 Homeschool Graduate Makes Scholarship Road Easier for Others


OCEAN PARK, WA - After spending much of the past year hunting down scholarships available to home-schooled students, David Craft realized there was a problem. "There are lots of scholarships available only to those in traditional schools, but none to speak of just for homeschooled students," he lamented. "When I searched online for 'homeschool scholarships' I came up with only a few results, most of which had nothing to do with homeschooling."


When David saw that many scholarships were in the $200 to $500 range, he realized there were businesses run by home school families who could probably also offer scholarships. "Perhaps they had just never thought of doing it," he said." It's an important concern, because while some general scholarships invite homeschoolers to apply, the forms are designed for students in traditional schools. They place a lot of emphasis on class rank, and often have several pages asking for involvement in student government, school clubs, and student leadership positions. Homeschooled students are clearly the underdogs in these competitions."


David, along with the support of his family, has launched a new website located at The two-fold purpose, as stated on the site, is "to inspire businesses and individuals to recognize the unique potential of homeschooled students by creating scholarships designed for them, and to provide a place for homeschooled students to find those scholarships."


Not destined to become another of the many scholarship search sites, this site will feature only those scholarships designed specifically for homeschool students, or scholarships that have a proven record of being homeschool-friendly. David hopes the homeschool community throughout the nation will help provide him with little-known scholarship opportunities to post on his site. He's well on his way with 15 homeschool-specific scholarships already listed, and hopes to grow the list as more businesses and organizations decide to take the challenge.


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Homeschooling High School: Helpful Tips


Free University Courses Online


With the advance of computer technology, it is no longer necessary for students to live in college dorms and walk the halls of brick and mortar institutions. More and more students are using e-books, multimedia, and the Internet to learn at home. Distance learning is the name attached to a type of study that uses the Internet to provide college-level training to students all around the world.


What if you can't afford to pay for tuition? No problem! A high quality education doesn't have to come at a high cost. In fact, it's possible to take classes from top universities like MIT, Yale, and Tufts without ever submitting an application. Many of the best universities are now offering online courses to the general public free of charge. This is a noble effort compatible with the age-old ideals of scholarship and free inquiry, but all thanks to modern technology.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a longtime leader in shared intellectual property in academia, initiated an OpenCourseWare program in 2002. This initiative is what inspired a number of other institutions to make their course materials available as open educational resources.


OpenCourseWare is based on the idea that all humans are endowed with a capacity to learn, improve, and progress. The OpenCourseWare movement seeks to provide people around the world with an opportunity to access high quality learning opportunities, assuring that no individual who is prepared and who desires to advance his or her education is turned away. Such classes are suitable for people who want to enhance their personal knowledge or advance in their current field, and as a starting point for self-directed higher education.


The only catch is that these are not degree-granting or credit-bearing programs and you will not have access to faculty, but you can work through the materials at your own pace and in whatever manner you desire. Ideal for homeschooling high school, the student can choose from an assortment of core courses and electives, and in some cases can combine modules to create a customized academic course. The parent can monitor their child's progress and assign an applicable grade, just as with any homeschool curriculum. An added bonus is that a college-level class looks impressive on a high school transcript.


Some institutions of higher learning, such as MIT, specifically look for students who are motivated self-learners, show initiative, and take advantage of advanced classes such as these. The following list ranks ten of the best free OpenCourseWare university programs available today. - MIT offers the largest selection by far, with over 2,000 university classes available online free of charge. Lecture notes, exams, audio and videos represent almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. Translated into a number of different languages, students all over the world use MIT's OpenCourseWare. High school students and educators should check out "Highlights for High School," the most useful MIT courses for high schoolers: . See also MIT's OpenCourseWare videos on YouTube: - The Connexions program at Rice University is another pioneer in the idea of open educational resources. Their Content Commons contains educational materials for everyone - from children to college students to professionals - organized in small modules that are easily connected into larger collections or courses. Connexions modules are like small "knowledge chunks" and collections are groups of modules structured into books, course notes, or other uses. Their open license allows for free use and reuse of all content. Browse by subject, popularity, title, author, etc. Subjects include Arts, Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics,

Science & Technology. - The Open University is the UK's largest academic institution, giving everyone free access to both undergraduate and graduate-level course materials. Courses cover a wide range of topics such as the arts, history, business, education, IT and computing, mathematics and statistics, science, health and technology. In the Learning Space, you will find hundreds of free study units, each with a discussion forum. Study independently at your own pace or join a group and use the free learning tools to work with others. - Tufts OpenCourseWare provides free courseware and classes including assignments, lecture notes, supplementary materials and other resources. Tufts' course offerings demonstrate the University's strength in the life and health sciences. Courses are sorted by school (i.e. School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, etc.). - Carnegie Mellon University offers a number of free online courses and materials through a program called Open Learning Initiative. OLI courses are intended to allow anyone at an introductory college level to learn about a particular subject without formal instruction. Course options include: statistics, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, economics, French, logic, and physics. Independent learners can get free materials, activities, and assessments for self-guided studies; while instructors can customize these courses to suit their students' needs. - Utah State University OpenCourseWare provides an unprecedented degree of free and open access to the knowledge and expertise of Utah State faculty for the benefit of every citizen in the state of Utah and every person in the world. The wide range of available courses includes everything from anthropology to physics, Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences, and theatre arts to wildland resources. Consisting of the same educational material used in on-campus courses, these comprehensive text-based courses can be downloaded as zip files or viewed directly on the site. - A collection of openly licensed educational resources from the University of Michigan ranging from course materials to videos to software tools to student work; all content is ready for downloading and remixing. - Yale University, one of the nation's leading Ivy League institutions, provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn. All lectures were recorded in the Yale College classroom and are available in video, audio, and text transcript format. - Stanford University, one of the world's leading private research institutions, has joined forces with iTunes in providing access to Stanford courses, lectures and interviews offered as iTunes U. These courses can be downloaded and played on iPods, PCs, and Macs and can also be burned to CDs. - UC Berkeley, well known for its progressive tendencies, has been offering webcasts of certain courses since 2001. Hundreds of UC Berkeley courses, both current and archived, are now available as podcasts and webcasts. Courses cover a wide range of subjects including astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, psychology, legal studies, and philosophy. - UC Irvine in Orange County, CA, one of the nation's top public universities, joined the OpenCourseWare Consortium in 2006. Since then, its list of university level courses offered online free of charge has been growing rapidly with the addition of about ten new courses every month. Many of their online course offerings are directed at working adults seeking continuing education. In addition, they also provide students and self learners around the globe with access to UCI faculty-created undergraduate and graduate courses that are currently being taught to matriculated UCI students. Course categories include: Business and Management, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Information & Computer Sciences, Law, Physical Sciences, Social Ecology, and Social Sciences. Course materials include syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams.


While the above sources are the most comprehensive, many other colleges and universities also make selected courses available online for free. So if you haven't found your favorite subject at the universities in this list, try doing a Google search. By using the right combination of keywords, you may be able to locate course syllabi, lectures, tutorials, notes, podcasts, and online books. Let us know if you find something good!


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Homeschooling Teen


August 2010 ~ Back to School Issue


Welcome... Homeschooling Teen is a free e-zine for homeschooled high schoolers and young adult alumni. Published once a month, each issue is full of fellowship and fun, human interest and humor. Much of the content is written by other 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 favorite websites for the links section. Additionally, in each issue we feature a profile of a different Homeschooling Teen subscriber and/or a famous homeschooled teen. Write to us at   




 Amy Puetz

Homeschooling Teen Profile: Amy Puetz


My homeschooling adventure began in the 8th grade. My life drastically changed once we began homeschooling. The world just had a different light to it, and I actually felt truly alive for the first time. There was such freedom in homeschooling. I was no longer confined by the opinions of my peers, and the shell that I had put up to protect myself from the harsh world started to crumble. It wasn't long before I began thinking about my future and what God wanted me to do with my life. Over the years I had many ambitions-I wanted to be an archaeologist, a photographer, a counselor for troubled teens, or the owner of a movie studio that made Christian films. Most of all, I wanted to fulfill the God-given role of being a wife and mother. At 15, I began experiencing some serious health problems after a tonsillectomy. I went from being a healthy teen in 1996 to a very sick person in 1999. Simply walking across the room was terribly fatiguing. I knew college was out of the question and that even my dream of marriage and children was hazy. After all, I couldn't take care of myself, let alone anyone else. I needed to look at my future realistically and ask the question, "What can I do?"


Around this time I began designing fliers and newsletters for a business my sisters and I had started. I realized that I truly enjoyed creating things on the computer. It didn't drain me too much physically, and it was something I felt gifted in. That is when I found out about a correspondence course in Computer Graphic Arts from Harcourt Learning Direct. (Harcourt Learning Direct is now Penn Foster. You may visit their website at After I graduated from high school in 2000 I began taking the correspondence course. I completed the two-year course in nine months. That in itself was a huge accomplishment, because most of the time my brain felt like it was in a fog!


Completing the correspondence class was easy, compared to trying to find a job that I could do with my limited energy. I began creating cards and t-shirts and tried to sell the ideas to Christian companies, but it never panned out. While I was waiting to land my first job, I had the idea of creating a historical costume book. The idea sprung from my love of dressing up as a child. My sisters and I had this wonderful collection of dresses and we would use them to create different characters. In my book, I wanted to show people how to take one dress and add accessories to make it look like different eras. It took me about a year to complete the ebook, Costumes With Character, and this year I'm actually working on revising it to offer as a printed book!


I managed to get a few jobs creating designs for some businesses, and for a few people in my church. One of my t-shirt designs landed a contract with Victory Won, a pro-life company. The front of the shirt says, "Americans born to be free" and the back says, "If only they are free to be born." God gave me that statement one day, and I just knew I had to create a t-shirt that shared it with the world.


Over the next few years I continued to grow my business by adding a website, , and writing ebook unit studies about inspiring, Christian ladies. I can't help but smile at God's sense of humor. If someone had told me when I was a child that I would eventually be a writer, I would have laughed out loud. I didn't exactly hate writing, but I certainly wasn't very good at it either. After I graduated I went through an Excellence in Writing class from Andrew Pudewa. Writing might not be easy for me, but I now have the tools to do it. God can redirect our paths when He wants us to do something new. I have 5 books in my Heroines of the Past ebook series and several others on the way.


In 2004 I started writing a historical column for Home School Enrichment Magazine, and I have compiled those articles into a printed book - Uncover Exciting History. I also have two other books published, Countdown to Christmas and Countdown to Easter. Homeschooling really helped prepare me for the different hats it takes to be self employed. While being educated at home, I learned perseverance, dedication, and the importance of working hard.


As a homeschool grad, I can look back over the last ten years and be thankful that God led me to start a business that would encourage and bless homeschool families. I'd like to say a few things to encourage you as you look ahead to your post-high school years. This is directed mostly to girls, but guys may get something out of this too!


Because of the wonderful Christian examples of our mothers, most homeschool girls have one goal in life, and that is to get married and raise a family. This is a wonderful and God-given aspiration, but before God brings the right man into our lives, many of us will experience a season of singleness. It is imperative that we have a plan of what to do with our lives during this season, and a direction to go in case we never marry. For one, if we stay active it is much easier to be content, and two, if we look at the time of singleness as a learning time, we will grow.


Homeschool families should teach their girls how to cook, clean, and take care of a house and children, but those should not be the only skills they learn. Most homeschool families have a bit of entrepreneurship blood in their veins and a stay-at-home daughter can certainly benefit from knowing how to do some basic home-business skills. Here are a few things I would recommend if you are thinking about starting a home business:

·     Learn how to create a website. HTML may not be very fun to learn but something that will come in handy.

·     Learn how to write articles. As I mentioned before, Andrew Pudewa has some very good curriculum available. Visit his website at

·     Learn basic book keeping skills.

·     Learn a little about marketing.

·     Continue dreaming. When starting a home business, we will run into many roadblocks. It's important to never give up on our dreams.

·     And most important of all, seek God's will through prayer.


Have goals of what to do after high school. It doesn't have to include college! There are lots of different options for getting more education without going to a secular school. Correspondence classes worked really well for me. There are also online classes available and you might even consider taking a class in a specialized area at a local college. What I especially liked about my correspondence curriculum was that I learned about the particular subject I was interested in, instead of taking two years of boring classes that I didn't need.


When I graduated it seemed like the general consciences among homeschoolers was that girls should be preparing for marriage instead of a job. I'm not disagreeing with this, but I think that we need to have a backup plan in case the looked-for prince charming is a long time in coming. So many girls spend years in discontented singleness because they didn't plan for those years while still in high school. Choosing to have a career during singleness is a wise decision, but it is also important to keep in mind that if God changes our course and we marry and have children, the career may need to be laid aside. For people like me who are looking at a lifetime of singleness, I'm glad that I decided early on to be content in pursuing a job that I could love. 


While I was in high school I took a career test from Crown Financial Ministries, called Career Direct. This was very helpful in determining the kind of job I would enjoy. Based on the answers I gave it determined the kind of work environment I should have and also the areas I had weakness and strengths. Although I wanted it to tell me that "Amy, you should be a __________" and the blank would have the name of a profession, it was more of a road map to what kind of job I would find rewarding. Several different jobs fit into the categories where I have strengths. For instance, it told me that I'm a very detail-oriented person, and that I would be better at working with details than with people.  I would highly recommend that every high school student take the Career Direct assessment. You may get more information at


Most homeschoolers have a deep love of learning. We should continue to expand this after completing school, and we will always be growing. We should also make goals for the future, both spiritual and physical. Where do we want to be in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years? What are some practical steps that we can take to accomplish those goals? A Bible study I went through several years ago that really encouraged me in this area was A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George.


In closing, I would like to say that God is in control of our future, and He has plans for us. Bathe every decision in prayer and ask Him to show you what He wants you to do. God has created every one of us with a unique assortment of gifts that He wants us to use for His glory.


About the Author: Amy Puetz (pronounced Pitts) is a homeschool graduate, a self-taught historian, and a servant of Jesus Christ. She is the author of Uncover Exciting History and Countdown to Christmas. History has been a passion for her since childhood. Years of in-depth study (both in modern and old sources) have equipped her to write history related books. She especially loves to dig for little-know stories that show God's providential hand. Because of a chronic illness (fibromyalgia) that limits what she can do, the Lord led her to start an online business which she can do from home. She is the author of several e-books. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and reading. She also publishes a bimonthly e-zine for ladies of all ages called, Heroines of the Past E-zine. Visit her website at to see many resources relating to history.


Teen Culture Today: insight to the world around us...

Great Abilities

By Juliana P.


      Do you ever wonder why some people are so much more talented than others?  And how is it that they seem to get more credit than others??  We may say, "O well they just got more share of the world's talent that I did..." or anything to that effect to justify why we think it is.  Have you ever thought that it was God's planning that gave you the abilities that you have??  While you continue to read on, analyze yourself, and try to pinpoint what you think your special talents and abilities are and find ways to use them - you may be surprised with what you discover!


      In today's society, everyone is concerned with having the best and greatest abilities.  Not only among today's teenagers but also in the society that we, as teenagers, observe around us.  Everyone is obsessed with being the best or having invented the "next big thing".  For example, when Amazon came out with their E-reader, the Kindle, Apple came out with the iPad, and Sony and Barnes and Noble came out with E-readers as well.  The daily battle in technology is just one of the many examples that I could pull from in this case!  People today around the United States do their best to prove themselves to have the greatest abilities.  Hollywood shows us this everyday in the battle between this celebrity and that one.  Or the competition between music stars such as Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert, just to name a few.  Everywhere around us the competition for being the best and the greatest exists, and it is our human nature that helps to cause rather than to stop this battle.


      As Christians, sometimes we get ourselves involved in a similar situation of competition on whose abilities serve God best.  Have you known people to cry because they didn't feel that they sang or played the best in church?  I can tell you for a fact that I have done that before - it is not wrong to want to do your best!  What is wrong is to be upset when you don't do well.  Regardless of what other people tell you, when you sing a song or play an instrument in church, you shouldn't be doing it to showcase how well you can do but you should be doing it for the glory of God!  Even if you mess up remember that God doesn't care about the mistakes - what matters is that you chose to use your talents for Him!!


      I had the privilege recently to observe a dramatic duo entitled "Great Abilities."  In this drama, two guys (played by a good friend of mine and another teenager who attended his church) try to showcase their abilities in many areas before realizing that in order to truly have great abilities, you must be able to look past showcasing our abilities and be willing to do it all for God.  They also came to the conclusion that we are supposed to use our abilities generously for His glory instead of using them to try to raise ourselves up.  Serving God willingly with your abilities shows how we are different than the average person walking down the street.  It can help us serve God and show others the love of Jesus Christ every day, just by using our own God given abilities.  Every one is given a special talent or ability - even if you don't know what it is, I promise that you have one!!  Some are given more talents than others but that doesn't matter, what matters is how you use it!  Whether you use your voice to sing a song at church or you use a gift of compassion to reach out to those in need, we all need to use our GREAT ABILITIES for Jesus Christ.


Do you have a question or comment? E-mail me at . I will be glad to answer whatever questions or comments you may have! Thanks so much!  ~ Juliana

How to Make Yourself Indispensible: Advice for Young People


By Gary DeMar   


1. Read at least 10 pages every day of a non-fiction book in various fields: science, history, literature, music, art, science fiction, theology, economics, etc. Increase it by one page per day until you get it up to 20 pages per day. R. J. Rushdoony read at least one book a day-"underlined, with a personal index in the back cover-six days a week for 25 years. He then followed suit with another 25 years of the same schedule." Go and do likewise. In ten days, you will have read a 200-page book. That's more than 35 books per year. In ten years, 350 books. In 40 years, 1400 books. Increase the number of pages per day, and you will have read in a lifetime more books than most people have seen in their local public library.


2. Learn how to skim a book to determine if it's worth reading all of it. Learn how to speed read to mine books for information.


3. Keep a notebook of insights, facts, well stated truths, and new vocabulary words. I use "Moleskine Notebooks." I carry one with me everywhere I go. You can't trust your memory.


4. Each year, read at least one book in a category that you find difficult and even boring so you are able to discuss five principles about that subject. Think of yourself stuck with some guy at a party who is fascinated with celestial mechanics. You will make a friend.


5. Take the initiative and ask questions of people who know more than you do. If you're young, that means almost everybody you meet. Listen more than you speak. If an answer is not clear, ask for clarification. Learn at least ten new things every day.


6. Be able to do a job interview without using the word "like" more than three times unless the word is absolutely called for as in "I would like to work for you" and not "Like, I would like really like to like work for you."


7. Be able to give a talk for 12 minutes without using notes. If ever called on to give an impromptu talk, be ready to give one that lasts for about 3 minutes. Less is often more. When someone asks you to speak and gives you a time limit, DO NOT go over. You want people to say, "I wish he had more time" rather than "When will he shut up?"


8. Start your own business so you will know how much work goes into running a company and how difficult it is to make a profit, hire and fire employees (most of whom aren't qualified for the work), market, fill out forms, pay taxes, fill out forms, pay taxes, fill out forms, pay taxes.


9. Don't be afraid to fail. Some of the best lessons you will ever learn come from failures, but only if you decide to learn from them.


10. "Power is perfected in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9). Sometimes (most times?) God uses your weaknesses over your strengths to turn you into the person He wants you to be.


Copyright (C) 2010 by American Vision. Reprinted with permission.


Editor's Note: here are two additional tips, thanks to Eugene!


11. Master the art of effective research through a combination of Internet search techniques and traditional Library use. Consider your Public Library as a powerful information tool and learn it as if you were about to become employed there.


12. Master the art of communications through writing and speaking; the world's highest paid employees are required to effectively and eloquently communicate with customers and co-workers.

College Bound: Homeschool Friendly Colleges 

Jacksonville State University... Where You're Going

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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 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, call 1-800-231-JAX1 or e-mail

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.

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Top Ten Reasons to Study Classics


(source unknown, unfortunately)


10. "You acquire a certain logic and intuitive sense about language." -Newspaper editor


9. "Classics gives a perspective on life of beauty and greatness of the Roman and Greek cultures--arts, philosophy, literature, leadership, etc." -Owner of business consulting firm


8. "Improved vocabulary, confidence in front of people, better writing techniques. Key item: The discipline I learned has been a critical success factor, especially in the U.S. Military." -Retired military


7. "...strong vocabulary and the ability to write, two qualities which are sorely lacking in many medical students. Practically any term in medicine comes from Latin or Greek, which allows me to memorize complicated words or phrases more easily." -Medical student


6. "I found law school a breeze because of the discipline and hard work habits I developed in Classics. My awareness of linguistic processes and details is a constant strength in reading, and thinking." -Law school/Texas Legislature


5. "Classics taught me the value of discussion without argument; taught me to listen and appreciate other points of view." -Dentist


4. "Latin definitely has helped me. It implies some skills and character traits: attention to detail, knowledge of how languages work, good vocabulary, good writing skills, worldly outlook ...and maybe even wisdom." -Medical editor


3. "I appreciate having studied the Classics so much that I wish that I had the power to influence/persuade the curriculum writers in my district to make the study of Latin mandatory for all students who are seriously college bound. I see the study of Latin as one possible remedy for the plummeting SAT verbal scores." -English teacher


2. "Because of its great breadth for embracing as it does logical thinking, precise analysis, lucid expression and with its overview of human thought and development, history, economics, business and politics, Classics constitutes the single best preparation in general sense for almost any of life's available pursuits!" -Founder of a middle school


1. AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON IS: Impressive credentials for any kind of job!


Found on a school blackboard: "Latin is the first subject we do in life entirely for its own sake. A degree at university in Classics leads to almost any job in the world. It gives one a disinterestedness in the study of any subject. Disinterestedness is NOT being uninterested. Quite the opposite: it is a love of studying without any practical result intended - and it gives the soul a peace, an inner control, a quiet joy beyond words."


Why Take Latin? Does Latin help your SAT scores?  The answer is a definitive Yes!


The mean Verbal SAT scores for 2002 were:

All students: 504

Spanish: 581

German: 622

French: 637

Latin: 666


But there's more to studying Latin than SAT Scores!


-Latin develops a person's English.


-A person's reading, writing and speaking of his or her own language is improved by studying Latin.  His or her vocabulary is enriched (90% of English words over two syllables are derived from Latin), grammar is sharpened, and a

sense of organization is instilled in him or her.


-Latin provides a solid foundation for the acquisition of other languages.


-Latin equips a person with the strongest single foundation for mastering Romance languages, modern inflected ones such as Russian and German, and even non-related tongues like Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese.  Working with Latin broadens a person's notion of structures possible in languages other than English In addition, Latin gives one a grip on about 80% of the Romance languages-French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.


-Reading, writing and translating Greek and Latin sharpens the mind.


-On account of their non-English word structure and sentence patterns, the classical languages have for centuries stimulated such mental qualities as being observant, accurate, analytic and logical.  Thus the mind is developed in demanding and PRACTICAL ways.  Classics majors are hired by firms that need personnel who can define and identify problems, think on their feet, and arrive at sound and creative solutions.


-The civilizations of Greece and Rome link us with cultures of 57 nations on four continents.


-A background in the classical civilizations makes Americans aware of customs, values and ideas that we have in common with Eastern and Western Europeans and with North and South Americans.  We share many concepts in government, religion, art, literature, and economic systems.



USA Science & Engineering Festival


The first ever USA Science & Engineering Festival is coming to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this October, and the organizers want to get the word out to the homeschool community.


The festival will offer hundreds of hands-on science exhibits, workshops, and performances. More than 400 of the nation's leading science, engineering, and academic organizations will participate in the festival and expo.


In addition, nationwide student contest opportunities are open to students now. These contests are being held in advance of festival events October 10-23, 2010, and the expo on the National Mall October 23-24, 2010.


Contest opportunities include:


"Why Science is Cool" K-12 Kavli Science Video Contest - This contest challenges students to use their love of science to inspire everyone. The winning videos will be broadcast on a large screen at the festival, as well as other venues, including potential media partners and websites. Cash prizes will support science education at the student's school or organization, and electronics certificates and software will be awarded to the students. Winners receive a travel stipend to D.C. to attend the expo. D.C. regional winners will be invited to a special Discovery Channel Mythbusters reception in D.C. in September. The Kavli video contest offers a great way to hone skills in digital storytelling, electronic journalism, and media production, while broadening students' understanding of science, and inspiring an appreciation for science through the art of communication. Deadline: August 31, 2010


"You Can Do the Rubik's Cube" - Regional K-12 teams will compete for the fastest time to collectively solve 25 Rubik's Cubes. The top six finalists will compete for the championship at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall on October 23. Prizes range from $100 to $1,000 and will be awarded by Dr. Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik's Cube. Deadline for team registration: October 1, 2010.


"Environmental Engineering Challenge: Design a Sustainable Dream House" - The American Academy of Environmental Engineers is challenging middle and high school students to design a residential home that a family of four could comfortably live in while taking advantage of sustainable design concepts such as energy efficiency, reusable natural resources, the sun, and much more. The top winner in each category will get a chance to present their submittal in Washington, D.C. during the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall, October 23-24, 2010. Deadline for entries: September 15, 2010


Will you be there when science takes over the National Mall? For details, visit



Anime Reviews by Xbolt

 Azumanga Daioh

Azumanga Daioh


Azumanga Daioh is yet another school life comedy featuring a group of high school girls. The series has been praised for its off-beat humor driven by eccentric characters.


Chiyo Mihama is a genius in every sense of the word. She skipped five grades, entering high school at age 10. Despite the huge age gap, she gets along well with her older classmates, and is a very nice person. Chiyo is also very short, and absolutely inept at sports. Her ponytails are of particular interest to Osaka, who often daydreams that they come off, allow her to fly, control her mind, and other stuff like that.


Tomo Takino is absurdly energetic and competitive, but is a real slacker. She never considers the consequences of anything she does, and generally irritates the rest of her classmates. If given the right motivation however, she can be quite capable of things.


Koyomi Mizuhara is a grade-school friend of Tomo's, despite having drastically different personalities. She is the most serious member of the group, and often the most irritated by Tomo's antics. As you can probably guess, their clashing personalities make for lots of Comedic Situations.


Sakaki is very tall, and soft-spoken. Being shy, she rarely speaks, and her demeanor is often misinterpreted as 'cool and mysterious'. She is very good at sports, and holds a secret desire for all things cute. She especially loves cats, but they rarely allow her to pet them, and bite her instead.


Ayuma Kasuga, commonly called Osaka, is often slow, inattentive, and stuck in her own world. One time, she was so intensely focused on something, that she didn't notice all the papers, chairs, and even desks flying through the air during Tomo's attempts to exterminate a cockroach from the classroom.


Kagura is a dedicated member of the school's swim team, but is a good athlete all around. She tries to outdo Sakaki in everything, but rarely succeeds. Like Tomo, she is very energetic, but is not prone to impulsive outbursts and irritating behavior. She does, however, share her lack of interest in studying.


Yukari Tanizaki is the girls' English teacher. Depending on her mood, she can be a loving teacher, or merciless tyrant. She will often hit her students with blunt objects if they annoy her. For those unfortunate enough to ride in her car, the event leaves them emotionally scarred for life. The one exception is Tomo, who shares a lot of similarities with her.


Minamo Kurosawa is the school's gym teacher. She is a high school friend of Yukari's, and their relationship is similar to that between Tomo and Yomi. She is a lot nicer to her students than Yukari is, and is much more sensible and in control, despite being constantly insulted by Yukari.


The story covers three years of classes, tests, culture festivals, and athletic events at school, as well as time spent traveling to and from school, studying at Chiyo's house, and summer vacations, concluding with the graduation of the main cast. The plot is generally realistic in tone, but with occasional bursts of surrealism and absurdity.


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Career-of-the-Month: Teacher


Almost everyone, at one time or another, has taught another person something. Mothers and fathers are our first teachers. They taught you many things before you were old enough to attend school. Parents who homeschool their children continue to teach them throughout the school years. But usually the word "teacher" brings to mind a person who has a professional career of teaching other people's children.


Teachers teach their students to read, write, do math, and much more. They use chalkboards, worksheets, games, videos, computers, and other tools to teach different subjects. Teachers try to make their lessons easy to understand.

They teach things in different ways so that different students can learn in the way that is easiest for them. When students are not doing as well as they should, teachers help them. Teachers also assign homework and projects.


Teachers may do their work almost any place, but the majority work in schools. Most teachers have a college degree from a school of education, where they receive special training in educational philosophy and classroom management.

Teacher's colleges used to be called "normal schools," which means "a college where rules are learned."


Most school teachers have to teach what the principal tells them. Teachers plan their daily schedules and lessons before they teach, which can take a lot of time. After class, teachers grade papers and projects. They make and grade tests, fill out students' report cards, and write evaluations. They also meet with parents to discuss their child's progress. Some teachers help with sports or other after-school activities. Teachers work in public schools, private schools, Christian schools, and tutoring centers.


Kindergarten and elementary school teachers usually teach several subjects to one class. Middle school and high school teachers often focus on one subject; English, science, or history, for example. High school teachers spend more time explaining a subject and less time with activities. In some schools, two or more teachers work as a team. Other teachers teach one special subject, such as art, music, reading, or gym. Some teachers specialize in a foreign language, or teaching English as a second language.


Some of the greatest authors, poets, scientists, and philosophers have been teachers. Meet some famous teachers and learn about their contributions to education at: .

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