IN THIS ISSUE
Homeschooling Teen Profile: Amy Puetz
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
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
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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SAT WORD OF THE MONTH
ABERRATION "ab uh RAY shun" (noun) - something not
typical; a deviation from the standard
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"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn
nothing." ~John Powell
Celebrate "National Ice Cream
Pie Day" on August 18!
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: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfkicecream.html
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
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
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: 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: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/learningforlife.html
Send your book reviews to: email@example.com
Review: The Teaching Company
Courtesy of www.KnowledgeHouse.info
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
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
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: http://www.teach12.com
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."
Have you ever viewed or listened to programs from The Teaching Company?
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2010 Homeschool Graduate Makes
Scholarship Road Easier for Others
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 homeschoolscholarships.org. 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.
For more information, visit: www.homeschoolscholarships.org
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
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: http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school
. See also MIT's OpenCourseWare videos on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MIT
http://cnx.org - 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,
- 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.
http://ocw.usu.edu - 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
- 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
http://oyc.yale.edu - 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.
http://itunes.stanford.edu - 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.
http://ocw.uci.edu - 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!
For additional online curriculum and courses, many of which are free,
go to: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/online.html
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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 email@example.com
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
http://www.pennfoster.edu.) 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
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, www.AmyPuetz.com , 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
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 http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/
· 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
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 http://careerdirectonline.org/.
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 www.AmyPuetz.com
to see many resources relating to history.
Teen Culture Today: insight to the
world around us...
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
Jacksonville State University... Where You're Going
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State University currently offers twenty academic programs online,
including bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and graduate
certificates, with even more coming online in Spring 2011. Check myjsuonline.com often for the latest offerings.
Where You're Going... there are more paths to uncover.
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.
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.
State University is ready to help you tackle the exciting challenges
that lie ahead and achieve success personally and professionally. We
look forward to helping you get ready for where you're going next.
Visit us online at www.whereyouaregoing.com, call 1-800-231-JAX1 or e-mail email@example.com
More Quick Facts About JSU
· JSU began in 1883 as a two-year school to train teachers.
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
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
is the only school in the nation to lay claim to National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) national titles in football (1992), men's
basketball (1985), baseball (1990 and 1991), and women's gymnastics
(1984 and 1985).
· JSU's colors are red and white and our mascot is a Gamecock.
· To follow JSU online, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JacksonvilleStateUniversity or follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JSUNews.
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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
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
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
The mean Verbal SAT scores for 2002 were:
All students: 504
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,
sense of organization is instilled in him or her.
-Latin provides a solid foundation for the acquisition of other
-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.
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 &
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
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
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 http://www.usasciencefestival.org
Anime Reviews by Xbolt
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
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
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
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.
Find more anime reviews at Xbolt's blog: http://blog.xboltz.net
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
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
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: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfkeducators.html
Read more about the history of teaching and teachers throughout history
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