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Yes, You Can Homeschool High School! 
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Hey Mama,
Homeschooling high school can be a challenge, but with God's help you can educate your high schoolers at home! Our magazine writers will tell you the same thing. Lee Binz writes that, "You don't have to be afraid. It's not as hard as you think." Judah Burk shares in her article that you don't have to worry if you can "successfully homeschool your student through high school." Need advice for teaching high school? Read those articles and search our magazine for tips and expert advice. Then prayerfully consider your options and see what God will do.

And remember . . .
Our God is an awesome God. He reigns. He REIGNS. And nothing can snatch us out of His hand. We belong to Him. So just be available. What does He have next for you? Stand by, it's coming. His ways are above ours, and He is working behind the scenes for our good. ALL things work together for GOOD for those who love Him. And you love Him! What is the next step? What now?
Despite the problems, and all the issues, He is on the throne. Be available. I can't say this enough, because it's true. Know His word, apply it rightly, and be available. He will take care of the rest. He loves you, Mama. Daughter of the King, YOU are loved by your Heavenly Father . . . and, subsequently,  . . . His hand is on your head today.
~ gena

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Diana Waring
Dear Friends,

Today's topic--homeschooling high school-is one of my favorites, because the teen years can be the very BEST years of your homeschooling journey. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Teenagers' brains have matured enough that you can have fascinating discussions with them on a level that is way beyond, "Johnny, please stop pulling the dog's tail."
  2. Your teens are entering a new phase in their lives, the beginning of adulthood, and you have the opportunity to nurture and guide them in important issues (like finding their purpose and goals in life, considering college or career, looking at marriage, etc.).
  3. As they question their own relationship to God (common in these teen years), the visible reality of your own walk of faith may become the most important example for their lives.
  4. When your teens struggle emotionally (which is normal as their bodies change), you are there to be supportive, kind, and a good listener.
  5. Your home is the best place for them to practice learning how to "flap their wings and fly"--it's a much safer place to make mistakes than when they are on their own (where a mistake in their checking account could have dire results!).
If you are concerned about the quality of education your students will receive, then the good news is that there are many homeschool curriculums and programs that can provide excellent high school academics. (In fact, I happen to have one!)

By the time high school rolls around, your kids are going to be able to do much of their learning independently. You become their best audience, their cheerleader, their facilitator. Encourage them to dive in to discover what fascinates them. Open the doors for them to do internships or apprenticeships. Make time in the schedule for practicing piano,flying drones,starting a business,or whatever they are passionate about.

Honestly, for high school, home is the BEST place to be!

Remember, stay relational!
P.S. In this week's video blog, you'll hear the amazing story of how Octavian became Augustus Caesar, Rome's first emperor--and his connection to the Bible! 
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Recharge Your Relationship
By Dr. James C. Dobson

The healthiest marriages and those with the highest sexual voltage are those that "breathe"--relationships that move from a time of closeness and tenderness to a more distant posture and then come together for another reunion as the cycle concludes.

Husbands and wives need to maintain a regenerating system that will keep love alive for a lifetime. The natural progression of a marriage is to become more "distant" rather than more intimate. Why? The tendency of everything in the universe is to move from order to disorder. If you buy a new car, it will steadily deteriorate from the day you drive it home. Your body is slowly aging and dying. Your house has to be repainted and repaired every few summers. A business that is not managed carefully will unravel and collapse. Even the sun and all the stars are slowly burning themselves out.

Not surprisingly, human relationships also conform to the principle of disintegration. The natural tendency is for husbands and wives to drift away from each other unless they work at staying together.

Romantic love has a way of coming and going. Emotions oscillate from high to low to high, etc. One of the best ways to regenerate "that lovin' feeling" in the down times is to talk about the times and places when passions ran high. Do you recall those days when you just couldn't wait to see each other, and how each minute away seemed like an eternity? Recalling those moments together is one way to regenerate what you felt before.

Another suggestion is to return regularly to the kinds of romantic activities that drew you together in the first place. You need to put some fun and laughter into your lives, which otherwise can get dreary and oppressive.

The next time you feel that you're losing that closeness you once shared, try talking about your memories of earlier days and revisit the old haunts, sing the old songs, tell the old stories. It's the best bet to rekindle the sparks of romance that first drew you together. To keep a marriage vibrant and healthy, you simply have to give it some attention. Water the plant, place it in the sunlight, and it will grow. If you put it in a cold dark corner, however, it is likely to die.

With a little effort and creativity, you can keep the fireworks in your marriage--even when the Fourth of July has come and gone.

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Every morning, bright and early, for the last two weeks, I've driven my son, Ike (17), to his new job. Although I'm not super wild about the rise and shine part, I do enjoy the talking time and the drive. That is, until this morning.

We were driving along, chatting away, when I glanced over and saw a group of kids huddled up wearing backpacks . . . did you hear me? BACKPACKS!!! It can't be school, I thought . . . it's too early. But a mile further down the road, I saw a steady stream of cars pouring into the local middle school. Ike was skeptical. "They can't be going to school this early," he said, like he had some insider information. But they were . . . and it is TOO EARLY.

So, first let me address the topic for the day: Can you homeschool high school? Answer: You bet you can. In fact, the best time to homeschool is high school. 

Now that that's out of the way, let me address something way more important. Don't start school too early!!! It's still summer! You're not done recovering, and your children still have more summer fun to explore. So, stay out of Walmart (back-to-school sales), avoid friends who are talking about starting up school, turn off the computer, and go do something summery. That's an order!!!

Be real,

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It seems to me, as I work with the teenagers and children in my Bible classes, that Biblical literacy is at an all-time low. Children think that they know all about the Bible, but when we actually begin talking about the Bible, I realize that they have very little idea of the big picture. The details that they do know are ones that they often don't understand or don't know how they fit into the big picture of the Bible. Kenneth Berding is a college professor, who, in his struggle with the same issues, has created a curriculum and kit to try to help teens and adults grow in their knowledge of the Bible and the big ideas that it contains.

I received for review a copy of the Bible Fluency Complete Learning Kit. This kit includes a DVD set of Bible Fluency teaching videos, an instructional guide to allow for note taking from the videos, a workbook for deeper study, a set of personal-sized flashcards, a CD of songs to help memorize the flashcards, and a copy of Berding's book, Bible Revival. Although the kit is self-contained, there are additional downloadable worksheets and lesson plans on the author's website.

The kit does not come with clear instructions for use. However, use of the kit is fairly self-explanatory, and those needing more detail can download the teaching curriculum online. For my own personal use, I simply popped in the teaching DVD and watched the video for each section, taking notes in the instructional guide. Although the video length varied, they each averaged 20 minutes.

Then, I began learning the section of the songs that would go with that week's book of the Bible, and I would use the workbook to delve deeper into the materials for the week. The workbook includes more in-depth study of different chapters and verses from the Bible to explain the song stanzas. There are questions included as you go throughout the study. The flashcards, of course, helped with learning the songs that would give me the key cues for the
material in each book of the Bible.
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