The Right Foundation for Your Child's Future
Huber, Kim, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
This time of year, many high school seniors are making final decisions about where they will attend college next fall. For some, attaining their life goals will be possible only with a college degree. But college is not for everyone. Many children, home-schooled or not, will graduate from high school and move right into the work world.
Equipping a child with the tools necessary to succeed in the college, career or vocation he chooses should begin early in the high school years. I believe you first should provide a good general high school program covering the basic subjects of language arts, math, science and history. Once that program has been established, a college or vocational track can be added.
Our children should be well-read and be able to speak and write well. Can your child effectively convey his thoughts and convictions both orally and through the written word? One resource for good writing is "Writers Inc. - School to Work." This student handbook includes various forms of writing, from business letters to resumes, and covers the writing skills needed in the workplace. To hone your child's public-speaking skills, you might want to take a look at "Who's Afraid of Public Speaking?" by J. Mark Fox.
Good general mathematics skills also are essential. The Meridian Creative Group has done an excellent job of providing a practical math course with its "Mathematics for Everyday Living" series. Topics addressed include the mathematics of budgeting, saving, insurance, investments and taxes.
Make sure your child is able to research a topic using reference and resource materials. No one could ever learn everything about all things, but you can teach your child how to find information and interpret it. The list of resources could be endless, but here are a few ideas:
Traditional resources: encyclopedias, dictionaries, libraries, textbooks, magazine articles and so forth. Old-fashioned legwork: conducting interviews and getting information from tutors, teachers, professionals, businesses, organizations and the phone book. Computer-related helpers: software and the Internet.
Although college-bound students will spend more time in the sciences and humanities, all high-school students should have a working knowledge of the sciences and have a good history base. …