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“How America Works”

These videos at MikeRoweWorks give home schoolers a way to explore and consider certain fields they might be interested in working as careers. Click on the link to learn more.

https://www.mikeroweworks.org/haw/

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How to Build Emotional Resilience as You Make Decisions About Your Future

Growing up is a can be a difficult time. You are learning to be independent. You are trying to find your way.

When you were younger, you probably had friends or relatives who were supportive of you. As you grow, you may encounter failure, or experience negative emotions.

This may happen, for example, if you apply to a certain school or university and don’t get accepted. Or perhaps you don’t have the money to take the next step. This article will help you deal with some of that.

Let’s start with not being able to go to school because of money. Did you know that many community colleges offer the basics that are required at 4-year colleges? Sometimes you can take some of these classes as a senior in high school. Or, even if you go as a Freshman and Sophomore in college, the cost is much less than a 4-year college. You can get basics out of the way for a lot less money.

There are lots of good options at community colleges. There are trades you can learn. You can learn to be a dental hygienist or health care worker. You can learn to be an auto mechanic. There are good paying careers that you can achieve by going through a trade program at a community college. Check them out.

Flexibility and adaptation are undoubtedly two outlooks that help people recover from bad situations. Whereas someone who may feel entrenched in their negative feelings finds it harder to remove themselves from those feelings and change direction, those who are willing to see emotions as things that grip them tighter the more they focus on them, and understand how to let go and change direction quickly, come out on top.

If your first pathway does not work out, consider your options.

In a way, emotions are like quicksand or Chinese finger traps.

By seeing negative events in your life as flexible, short term situations, you can more easily move on. Let’s imagine someone who sees these negative events as a fixed point in space and time (pardon the sci-fi speak, but this does make sense). To them, that disappointment they felt with themselves or that failure they felt, is a fixed point in their life. It’s always there. Nothing they can do will change that fact that there is failure and disappointment in their lives.

Those who view situations as being temporary, will be more likely to see the same situation as a speed bump in Life’s rear view mirror.

So what can you do to help you adopt this outlook?

Ever poured paint or bleach into a bucket of water? That’s how negative people think. When one bad thing enters their life, it starts to spread and color everything else. They may well have been the life and soul of the party until that point, but now everything is just a mess!

Just because you don’t get something done the first time doesn’t mean you won’t get it done at another point in the future. Stop. Consider the next best step or options. Move ahead one step at a time.

Sometimes, looking back, we can see that God was blocking a pathway because there was a better pathway available.

This is where the Christian, the child of God has another option. A Christian can pray and ask God why something is not working out and what to do about it.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Jesus did not say that Christians would not have problems.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”

Christians can go to God and pour out their hearts to him.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. Selah.

But first, someone must be born again to establish a connection with God. That connection was broken in the garden when Adam and Eve sinnned and from then on, the broken connection was passed down to all mankind. Jesus made a way to re-establish connection with God.

Romans 10:9 that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart, one believes resulting in righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made resulting in salvation.

How come some people give up and cry into a bottle, while others just pick themselves up, dust themselves off and carry on as if nothing happened? A big part of it can be a person’s relationship to God and obedience to the Word of God.

If you establish a relationship with God, He can help you deal with problems and build emotional resilience.

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Homeschooling and College

Homeschooled students tend to excel, both in content and the eagerness and ability to learn. So, they will often want to enter one of those excellent schools in their mid to late teens. But applying to college, difficult for anyone, can be especially tough for those who acquired an education in a non-traditional setting.

The absence of state, or even licensed private school, transcripts is the first hurdle for most homeschooled individuals. But that barrier has been overcome by thousands, perhaps millions, of homeschooled students. Universities, even the most (and sometimes particularly the most) prestigious accept homeschooled students. Here, too, such students frequently excel.

One common method for tackling ‘the transcript problem’ is to generate one as the child matures. Many homeschooled programs are structured, making it easier to keep records and assign grades much as is done in public schools. Such records are taken seriously by many colleges. It’s best to start earlier than usual to explore which ones might be targeted for admission.

Select a half-dozen possible colleges or universities and ask the admissions department officials what they look for in terms of transcripts. More and more are becoming used to answering the question from parents of homeschooled teens. Over 2 million kids per year are now homeschooled – many of them choose to go to a traditional four-year college.

There are other forms, in some ways even more important, for admissions officials to judge fitness. Decisions for admission, at least the ‘first cut’ of applications, are made based on standardized tests such as the SAT and the ACT. Homeschooled students are free to take these like their public or private school peers. On average, homeschooled students do much better on these tests, giving them a leg up for college admission.

Have your high schooler take a number of CLEP tests.  Passing a CLEP test proves knowledge of a particular subject.

After gathering these objective data, other criteria come into play. Many colleges have their own admissions tests. Even apart from administered tests, college applications very often have a section requiring students to write some sort of essay. Those sections provide students with an opportunity not only to express intelligent views of the world, but to give admissions officers insight into individual tastes and ability.

Individual essays are often used to ferret out unusual personal interests, aptitude and other unique attributes that make the applicant stand out. That’s an area in which homeschoolers, with their non-traditional education, can easily excel.

A mixture of Advanced Placement courses, many of which can be taken in an independent study mode not requiring attendance in a traditional classroom, is also a good idea. Those help flesh out the ‘transcript’ provided to admissions officers. Some of them can be taken as part of an accelerated learning program, in which the student studies material in advance of the common age of his or her peers.

Those courses help show decision makers that the student is fully prepared.   They can demonstrate the common fact that homeschooled students are typically more than ready to tackle the demands of college.

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Why You Need Inspiration in Making Decisions About the Future

As you near the end of your home schooling years, you approach the moment of decision about your future.

Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” says Yahweh, “thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.

God has a plan for every person and gave each person the gifts necessary to fulfill that plan.

Sometimes in making decisions, inspiration is involved. Inspiration cannot be measured or quantified. You cannot quantify it by saying that you had this much inspiration today and therefore have accomplished so much.

In today’s world, people often consider that which can be measured is more important or more valuable. But without inspiration, there’s nothing to measure because we produce nothing. Inspiration is what creates and all that is measured springs from this nebulous concept.

There are three parts to inspiration, according to psychologists Todd Thrash and Andrew Elliot.

  1. Evocation. Inspiration is created spontaneously and without intent. The word inspiration means “divine breath.” Inspiration is not a part of our baser, more primal brains; it serves no purpose for basic survival
  1. This part comes in moments of clarity and with the awareness of new possibilities. Inspiration is indeed the mark of higher consciousness in us. Inspiration comes from a place of beauty and clarity.
  1. Approach It’s a fancy way of saying that the person with the inspiration seeks to communicate that vision. Either by talking about it, creating the vision in real life or letting others share in the vision.

People who are inspired have some common traits. For one thing, they are more open to new experiences. That almost always comes before the inspiration hits, indicating a certain willingness to be open to inspiration as a precedent to experiencing it.

You can pray and ask God to inspire you with the next step.  In order to do that, you must first be born again by way of the instruction in the Bible below.

Once you are born again, God as Father can inspire you by His Spirit and through reading the Bible.

One thing inspired people have in common is a strong desire to master what they do.  They want to master it because they love it.  They have found their passion and want to master it.

There are other critical factors in people who are often inspired.

  1. A confidence in their abilities. Even though they may not be experts in everything, they are comfortable with their specialties.
  1. Self-esteem. Inspired people have the confidence not to doubt themselves, indicating that they are able not to sabotage themselves.
  1. It’s difficult to be inspired if you’re stuck in a negative state. People with optimism are more open and more prone to inspiration.

Inspiration is not just a flash of vision; it’s a motivation that births creativity and motivation. People who get inspired are usually the ones more eager to jump into a project.

Going to college is not just about checking the next check chart in the pathway to life.  It is beginning to get in touch with your passions and inspiration and purpose for life, so you have a direction with the career pathway you choose.

And, it may not be college.  Mike Rowe, of MikeRoweWorks, focuses on jobs such as construction, welding, electrical and all sorts of hands-on jobs that make civilization work.  He offers “sweat equity” scholarships.

If you totally clueless, you might talk to good supportive friends and relatives who want you to succeed about what they think your strengths are.  This can never substitute for knowing yourself, but, it can help you if you are wildly off track (like wanting a singing career when you can’t carry a tune or read music).

Or, you can take some of these tests, they may help you realize things about yourself that will help you take the next correct step.

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Homeschool Student Interested in Government | History?

There comes a point where the reality of the corruption of the current government becomes evident, both here and abroad.

A homeschool student interested in pursuing a career in government or history needs to be able to face the reality of what is going on.

Here is something happening in Australia. A class project could be about how the United States government is similarly overextending its power.  What happened in Australia to bring it to this place?  (hint:  No Second Amendment)

Australian Senator Refuses Shot

Apparently, the common folk in Australia don’t have the same rights as this Australian Senator.  We have seen the lockdowns and tyranny exerted over average Australian citizens.

But the Senator gets to choose.

Article here.

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If you are looking for a government or history curriculum for homeschool students, consider contacting hillsdale.edu as they have one.

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