Preparing Your Student for Life After High School
July 14, 2021
Mercy Every Minute
Deborah Wuehler, TOS Senior Editor
God as our Guidance Counselor
NEW! Before I share my article with you, I am so excited to introduce you to our new authors, Roger and Jan Smith. They are veterans and pioneers in the homeschool world and experts in marriage and parenting. We are so blessed to have them join us at The Homeschool Minute. Each month, they will share their parenting insights in our Pillar of Knowledge column. I think you will agree they are an excellent addition!
God as Our Guidance Counselor
Preparing our children for the future starts in preschool and continues through adulthood. We teach them to love God, love others, work hard, and try new things. We teach life skills and add in creative and educational products. We teach science and history from a Biblical perspective, and make sure they progress forward in math. We teach money management and civic engagement. We teach them to help in ministry or in the community. By the end of their education, they need to be able to listen, to think and reason, to read well, write well, and research well. Not everything all at once, but one step at a time, one year at a time. We train them up to let them go.
Although I know my students and their desires—I know their weaknesses and strengths—I must lean heavily on my Guidance Counselor: God Himself! I know that as I ask Him for guidance, He is faithful to direct my children’s steps.
Our daughter, Mercy, graduated in 2020 by doubling up on her classes and finishing a year early. She wanted to take time off to seek the Lord about her future. Recently, she was praying about attending a nearby college; so I needed to figure out how to finalize her transcript. I didn’t know how to record her two years of studies into one year. So, I attended Creating Transcripts for Your Unique Child* by Lee Binz and was greatly helped. We took that transcript and a few music awards and achievements to the college’s music department, and she was offered a scholarship on the spot. When praying about it, she believed that God would provide all the finances and that she would be able to take it slow. He heard her prayers and mine as we both sought our Guidance Counselor together.
I marvel at how God faithfully gives wisdom and direction as we obediently keep His children Home. Where They Belong.
*Lee Binz is giving the same class again August 10th and 12th. Register here.
Also, July 20th and 22nd, Lee offers a “Course Description Pool Party.” Register here.
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What does it take to be competitive in an ever increasingly competitive world?
The non-homeschool world questions if we are doing our children a disservice by not engaging them in a traditional school environment. As parents, we know that is not true, recognizing the unique opportunity to engage on a level and intimacy that cannot be achieved within a traditional classroom.
Through strategic curriculum selection, we engage with our kids creating competent, competitive students who have been taught skills relevant to their specific skills and talents. In turn, our students are allowed to explore all that is possible, giving them an imagination and confidence to ask, “What if?”
What if . . . stand as two words, I think, that hold so much power within the learning process. Intentionally engaging our students and challenging them to explore their potential above and beyond the pages of a text is what truly sets homeschooling apart from a traditional educational experience. Using STEM-based curricula that introduce actual knowledge that can be applied outside a classroom allows for a transition from theory to practical application.
With confidence, we know that our children have been taught in a manner that draws out their God-given skills and talents setting them apart from those who emerge from a traditional classroom. Our students, since better prepared, are proudly set apart from others in the marketplace.
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Believe It or Not, There’s Life After High School
Many parents start to freak out as their children prepare for the post-high school adventure. They’re stuck somewhere between knowing what might be good for their children and what others say is good for their children.
These days, the pressures begin much earlier. In some cases, even seventh graders are expected to know their plans after graduation or are sometimes asked, “What do you see yourself doing when you get out of high school . . . or for the rest of your life?” or “What’s next?”
For a very few kids, that’s an easy answer. Some have known what they wanted to do since birth, and their plan fits the typical college mold. But for others, the answer doesn’t come easy and sounds a little goofy. In most cases, the pimple-faced adolescent hasn’t even asked himself that question because he’s just trying to navigate what’s happening later that day (McD’s or Burger King).
Oftentimes, parents panic and put incredible pressure on their kids that they love so much. They don’t mean to, and their motive is that they just want their children to be happy. But, somewhere down deep, I think most parents don’t want to look dumb for raising a kid who doesn’t take the normal and well-marketed path that the majority is taking.
The problem is this: one path does not fit all . . . and it never has.
The truth is: God has a plan for each of your children. He even has a plan for you. One plan does not fit all, but everyone has a plan, and God knows it. Your job is to help discover that plan and give your child the freedom and resources to realize it. And guess what? God has enabled you to do just that. You don’t need special skills because you’re a parent. All you need to do is help them along the path they have chosen . . . and smile lots. Because the world may chuckle at the path that God has placed them on, but as long as mom and dad are smiling, everything is good.
Pillar of Knowledge
Roger Smith – When Does a Child Become an Adult?
Four-star general of the US Army, Lewis Hershey, once said, “A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and two years after he thinks he does.” Herein lies the tension that develops between parents and their emerging adult as they navigate unfamiliar waters that are both exciting and terrifying.
It is precisely during these oft tense years that parents must see their role differently, understanding the importance of their influence. Parents must be careful to avoid becoming opponents of their children, working to stay on the same team, dreaming together about possibilities in life. As teens dream about their future, adults tend to use too much realism and shoot down their grandiose desires. It is precisely in the dreams that we can encourage them because the unrealistic dreams have a way of taking care of themselves.
Your teen is rapidly becoming an adult, and you must think of him or her as one. Your words, your thoughts, and your dreams for your teenager make an impact and help move him or her toward adulthood. Your child is much more likely to stretch to live up to your high opinion of him than stoop to a low opinion.
Dr. Roger Smith is a family doctor in rural Louisiana, where he and his wife, Jan, raised four adventurous children who are all grown, making their own mark in the world. He speaks and writes on parenting issues and produces brief videos that can be found on Facebook @ParentingMattersNow.
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This program has many features to it, and it’s very parent- and child-friendly. In the beginning, it may look a bit overwhelming because there are so many resources included; however, I’ve found it is best to read over the parent materials, watch the beginning videos, then dive right in. I am incredibly pleased with how easy it is for me to use with my two middle children.
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Take Cover! We Have an Enemy
As Christians and homeschoolers, what kinds of wars are we fighting and why do we fight them? Be encouraged about what we face as Christians and homeschoolers. Deb Wuehler addresses the wars that are of particular concern to us:
- War Among Ourselves
- The Good Fight of Faith
- The War for Our Children
Discover what is really at the center of contention and find encouragement in truth.
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