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5 Simple Steps to Your Big Picture Plan for Homeschooling High School

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Do you have a middle schooler or 9th grader? If you are planning on homeschooling through high school, there are some things I know about you:

 

  • You know how important these high school years are.
  • You wish you were more confident about your student’s academic foundation for high school.
  • You’re anxious about how this beloved child going to get into college.
  • You pray that there will be scholarship money available from somewhere.
  • You’re stressed that you don’t have any big picture plan for homeschooling high school and you have no idea where to start.

 

If you don’t have one, you need a big picture plan for homeschooling high school. And I’ll show you how to make one in 5 simple steps.

How do I know these things? Because I’ve been right where you are now.  We homeschooled our two through high school. By God’s grace, one has a doctoral degree, graduating with honors, and the other is now in his last year of graduate school, also working on a doctoral degree. I’ve successfully been through this homeschool-to-college thing and have helped many others do the same. And I can help you.

But you only have two kids – it was easy for you, you declare. What if I told you I was diagnosed with breast cancer halfway through my oldest’s high school years,  when we were supposed to be visiting colleges, have all the record-keeping done for merit-based scholarships, be taking the SAT and ACT, and preparing to fill the gaps in courses and credits to get everything we needed by the end of senior year?

Yup, that’s what happened, but it worked out, because God was merciful.  Did I wish I had been a little more organized prior to that?  Yes.  Did we get to do everything we planned on the schedule we’d thought? No. But that’s okay, life seldom works out just like we plan it, but having a plan made ahead of time will help when life’s interruptions and the unexpected occurs. Because it will.

 

Step 1:  Set up a spreadsheet or make a form you can use to create your big picture plan for homeschooling high school.

Or you can use a few from our upper grades Teacher’s Manual by clicking here.

 

Step 2: Especially if your student is planning on college, take an online survey of colleges’ undergraduate requirements.

Choose a couple of public and private colleges in your state or places you’ve considered/are considering. Search under one of these:

  • undergraduate admissions
  • undergraduate requirements
  • recommended high school courses

And don’t forget to check with your homeschooling accountability group for their requirements!

 

Step 3:  Based on your research, fill in the courses you know your student will need.

Something along the lines of:

  • four English/Language arts courses – usually a General Literature, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature.  The titles don’t have to be exactly the same. Though colleges do want to see courses that look familiar to them, not something real unique. 😀
  • 3-4 math courses, with Alg. I, II and Geometry.  If your student might consider a science or math major, try to squeeze in 4 and take Pre-calculus next.
  • 2-3 sciences that have labs with them — usually, biology, chemistry and physics. Note that physical science is not a lab science.
  • 3 1 credit courses of the same foreign language. This could be a modern language, such as Spanish, French, or Mandarin, or it could be an ancient language, like Latin,  Greek or Hebrew
  • 3 credits in “social sciences” (I never have liked that vague term, btw.)  This usually needs to include 1 credit (year) of American History, 1/2 credit in American government and 1/2 credit in economics. You might also include World History for one of the social science credits.
  • 1 year of fine arts –this could be anything from singing in the choir or piano lessons to music appreciation
  • 1 year of physical education — this could be a matter of recording playing hoops in the driveway or taking tae kwon do classes, or a combination of running, exercise DVDs, etc.  You just have to track the time here and equal about 145-150 hours.
  • academic electives — colleges like to see some academic electives such as a high school composition coursePublic Speaking, Research Paper, world geography, extra math or science, etc.

Make sure to get the three main math courses in as early as you can, because your student will do better on college readiness exams with them under his belt.  You may need your student to take the SAT/ACT for the first time without the third math course, but make sure by the second time he or she has had them all.

Scholarship hint:   it’s usually grade point average  as of the end of the junior year that determine merit-based scholarship eligibility.

 

Step 4:  Consider your child’s gifts and abilities with the fine arts and physical education credit and to round out the elective credits.

  • Does your son play on a city soccer team? By all means, count that for physical education.  Does your daughter take piano or guitar lessons?  Count that for your fine arts credit.  And you can count music lessons, recitals, and performances for that credit; both when your student is the performer or when she attends a performance related to her ‘course.’
  • If your student likes to cook, how about a Nutrition course? You can simply find a few books to read about nutrition, have her write a few papers about the latest research, do a month or two of meal-planning, and cook a number of nutritious meals… it’s not too hard to put together. If you need additional help, consider our e-book: Designing a High School Course using Real Books.
  • If your student loves art, there are a number of directions you could go in putting together an elective: art history, survey of a certain genre of art, watercolor or oil painting lessons, study of impressionism, cubism or other art movement.

 

Step 5 : Start early preparing for college readiness exams like the S.A.T. and A.C.T.

  • It’s a good idea in late middle school to begin working on vocabulary.  I know I’m not totally unbiased, but research shows reading a variety of books helps build vocabulary — so please consider using literature-based homeschool curriculum for the bulk of your high school courses.  Have your students get in the habit of jotting down unfamiliar words and trying to figure out by the book context what the word might mean before looking it up.
  • When your student hits 9th grade, purchase an up to date study guide for the SAT and for the ACT, if you are planning on having your student take both tests.  (Find out which test is prefered in the colleges you might consider.) Make sure to get the study guide that’s put out by the people who make the tests, as they are the only ones who can legally use real questions/problems that have been used on previous tests. The most valuable part of these guides are the practice tests.  Have your student work through the book, cover to cover, and take the first practice test straight through, under simulated test conditions.  Then grade it and look back over the sections where review is necessary. Then take the next practice test… etc.
  • Plan on taking the college readiness test(s) of your choice at least twice.  Both of mine did this and made a lot of improvement the second time.
  • If your student has a rough time on part or all of the test, consider getting a college student, a parent you know who’s a wiz at math, grammar etc., or a college prep test tutor to work with your student.  It is worth the time/money if your student gets scholarship money, correct?

 

So, do you have a middle school or new high school student? Have you made a high school plan yet?   Tell me in the comments!

Would it help to have a little e-book with a four and five year planning forms, examples and planning tips?  Click here.

 

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On Sale Saturday 7/23/16 only – Our High School Literature Courses at 20% Off!

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High School Literature Courses 20% off on Saturday only

Colleges will love to see these three essential English courses on your student’s high school transcript! We recommend high schoolers take them in this order: American Literature, British Literature then World Literature.  (World Literature is best for 11th/12th graders).

We consider our Essay Styles course a prerequisite to all of our history and literature courses, or it can be taken along with your first high school literature or history course.

Normally $43.97, at 20% off you’ll be saving $8.79 per course if you pick these up before midnight on Saturday (7/22/16).  

Yay!

 

Read more and see samples:

American Literature

British Literature

World Literature

 

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On Sale 7/22/16 at 40% off – Our Teacher’s Manuals!

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Our Teacher’s Manuals are on Sale at 40% off the regular price

Our Teacher’s Manuals cover how to teach literature-based history, geography,  language arts, science and fine arts, all from a biblical worldview, from Kindergarten through High School.  One comes with each of our Unit Programs (the Complete Programs), but you may also get them separately.

On 7/22/16 until midnight our Teacher’s Manuals are going to be 40% off.  Normally $50, for 7/22/16 they will be $30, saving you $20 per manual. 

Our Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Manual covers:

  • what supplies you’ll need and how to organize and store them
  • dealing with your toddler when you’re trying to school and how to handle poor attitudes with your kids when they occur (and they will)
  • making school more fun and engaging by learning to recognize your children’s learning styles and teaching accordingly
  • how to teach phonics, reading, grammar, punctuation, literature, poetry and more, using whole, living books, the Charlotte Mason way
  • choosing the right copywork to teach the skills your students needs to learn
  • integrating science, art, music and more into your history studies
  • teaching you multi-age children together

Read more about our Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Teacher’s Manual here and see the Table of Contents.

 

Our Sixth through Twelfth Grade Manual

Like our K-5th Grade manual, our 6th-12th grade manual teaches YOU to teach history, language arts, science (through 8th grade) and fine arts.  Even more importantly, it helps you do the big picture thinking and planning to get your middle school students ready for high school!

Starting to think about this early makes it a lot less scary!

  • You’ll unlock  informative lists of the essential English skills your student needs to learn in middle and high school.
  • Special sections will show you how you can evaluate your student’s learning using narration, describe different learning styles and how to teach to them, and help you (and your student) prepare for standardized testing.
  • Guide your student to efficiently self-edit his writing, using our self-editing forms
  • Discover how to plan and teach units and courses and what type of high school electives your student must have.
  • Learn the five types of high school essays your student needs to know and how to teach them.
  • Find out how to award high school credits, keep a high school course record book and portfolio of your student’s work.

 

Read more about our 6th-12th Grade Teacher’s Manual here and see the Table of Contents.

 

If you’d like to learn how to teach using whole books rather than dry, dusty textbooks, you need our Teacher’s Manuals!

 

 

 

 

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Our History Courses on Sale 7/21/16

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Day 4 of our Big Summer Back-to-School Sale Features our High School History Courses at 15% off!

Until midnight on Thursday, American History I and World History I are each $37.37, saving you $6.60 per course!

You’ll also be able to pick up the companion to World History I — the WHI Teacher’s Guide is normally $39.97 for a printed copy (today $33.97).  We also offer an immediate digital download, normally $9.97 but today only $8.47.

 

To pick up all the high school history courses your highschooler needs, check out the links below:

American History I

World History I

World History I Teacher’s Guide

 

 

 

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On Sale 7/21/16 — High School History Courses!

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Pick up one of our High School History Courses, written from a biblical worldview,  at 15% off!

Your high school students needs a course in American History and one in World History during their high school years. This is a great chance to have them both, with the extra plus of having them written from your family’s worldview!

American History I and World History I are normally $43.97, but from 8:00 am on 7/21/16 to midnight that night they will each be $37.37, saving you $8.47 on each course, or $16.94 on both.

Also on sale is the World History I Teacher’s Guide (with all of the  answers and evaluation tips, of course)!  This is normally $39.97 (printed copy) or $9.97 (digital download).  Today they are only $33.97 (saving you $6.00) and $8.47 (saving you $1.50).

 

 

Get your High School History Courses and Teacher’s Guide at these prices TODAY only  by clicking on the links below:

American History I* 

World History I

World History I Teacher’s Guide

(Don’t forget to select the hard copy or digital version of the World History I Teacher’s Guide from the drop down menu!)

*In case you were wondering, the American History I Teacher’s Guide is in the back of the American History I course.  Because our World History I course is almost 200 pages, we had to split it and the Teacher’s Guide into two books!  You wouldn’t have wanted to carry them around in one book, trust me.  

 

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On Sale 7/20/16 — Unit Programs and Daily Lesson Plans!

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Day 3 of our Big Summer Back-to-School Sale features our Unit Programs and our Daily Lesson Plans at 15% off!

We’re changing the time a little on this and starting the sale at 8:00 am instead of at midnight. So beginning at 8:00 am on 7/20/16 until midnight that night  you will save $14.25 off any Unit Program and a whopping $37.50 off the printed copy of our Daily Lesson Plans or $30 off the CD version of our Daily Lesson Plans! WOOHOO!

 

Unit Programs –  normally $95 are $80.75:

Primary Unit Program (Kindergarten through 2nd grade)

Intermediate Unit Program (3rd through 5th grades)

Preparatory Unit Program (6th through 8th grades)

Secondary Unit Program (9th through 12th grades)

 

Daily Lesson Plans (Printed copies) – normally $250 are $212.50:

First Grade Daily Lesson Plans

Second Grade Daily Lesson Plans

Third Grade Daily Lesson Plans

Fourth Grade Daily Lesson Plans

Middle School-1 Daily Lesson Plans (best for 7th or 8th grade student)

 

Daily Lesson Plans (on CD) — normally $200 are $170

Use the links above, then using the drop-down menu, select the CD option!

 

 

 

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On Sale 7/19/16 — High School English Electives!

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Day 2 of our Big Summer Back-to-School Sale features our High School English electives at 20% off!

 

On Day 2 for 24 hours beginning at midnight Monday — which is actually Tuesday, 7/19/16 — we are offering our high school English electives for 20% off.

Normally $43.97, for 24 hours you will save $8.79 on each course!

Also, Essay Styles for High School, when combined with General Literature (coming in August–pre-ordering soon!) is the perfect 9th grade English course, earning your student 1 1/2 high school credits!

 

To pick up one or more English electives for your high schooler(s), click on the following:

Essay Styles for High School

The Steps to Writing a Research Paper

The Art of Public Speaking

 

 

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Our Summer Back-to-School Sale is ON — beginning July 18th, 2016!

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Our Summer Back-to-School Sale is ON!

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We are all on a budget, so any time we can save a few pennies, it’s a good thing, right?

Because we have never offered some of our products on sale and because some of our items are going to be offered at deep discounts, we are offering the sale prices on each item for only 24 hours.

To find out item is going to be on sale the next day and how much you’re going to be saving, check right here the afternoon/evening before! YAHOO!

The first item on sale is our TRIAL ANCIENTS UNITs of our Daily Lesson Plans!  Beginning at midnight last night and continuing for 24 hours, until the clock turns to 7/19/16, every edition of our digital trial daily lesson plans is going to be…. drum roll……

70% off!

Instead of $19.97 you will only pay $5.99 for SIX WEEKS of daily lesson plans in history, science, language arts and fine arts!

This is for the DIGITAL TRIAL UNITS of our Daily Lesson Plans, so as soon as your payment is processed you’ll get a link to your download! (Usually within minutes.)

So if you’ve been wanting to take a closer look at our Daily Lesson Plans, now’s your chance!  But remember this is only for 24 hours beginning at MIDNIGHT! (7/18/16)

To take advantage of this great deal:

  1. Go to the level of the daily lesson plans you are interested in (Links below)
  2. Select CHOOSE AN OPTION -> TRIAL ANCIENTS UNIT
  3. Click ADD TO CART.
  4. Repeat for any other levels you are interested in picking up at a 70% discount!

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Middle School

 

Editor’s Note: if you tried to order before 7:24 am 7/18/16 and did not get the sale price, the shopping cart glitch is now fixed.  Also on the first grade plans, the “View Cart” button is under the weather this morning, so just click the shopping cart icon in the top right hand corner of the page when you are ready to check out.  Thanks for your understanding!  

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What comes with Daily Lesson Plans?

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Today I’m answering a question received this week from someone asking about what comes with Daily Lesson Plans.

 

Here’s the question:

I want to make sure that I am understanding ordering options correctly.  The 1st grade daily lesson plans are $200/$250 for the lesson plans.  This does not include the lists of books, the teacher manuals, or the k-2 unit program?  I guess what I am really trying to ask, is, side-by-side, what are the exact differences between the Daily Lesson Plans and the Unit Programs?  Thank you for your time.  

 

Here’s my answer (formatted for a blog post):

 

Good Morning, M.,
Thanks for your inquiry!

Our structured daily lesson plans are $250/$200 for one school year of daily lesson plans in:

what comes with daily lesson plans

The Themes/Objectives Page

  • history
  • science (including geography)
  • language arts (reading, poetry, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary…)
  • fine arts

They include reading assignments in our pre-read books, narration prompts, discussion questions, all assignments, evaluation tips for the assignments, copywork selections, grammar assignments and teacher keys, for one school year.

Each week you have the teaching objectives laid out for you so you can see what your educational goals are for the week.

We provide a book list for the week, along with a list of any resources and supplies you need for that week’s activities. We also provide detailed instructions for any of the projects or activities we have in the plans. You can see a sample week of our first grade daily lesson plans here.

So the daily lesson plans should be all of the curriculum you need for those four school subjects for one year, rather than needing to buy separate curriculums for all of them, with several extra books for different aspects of language arts.
what comes with daily lesson plans

The History/Reading/Geography Page

 

We started with our unstructured Unit Programs

The Unit programs are our initial unstructured curriculum. In a nutshell, the Primary (K-2) Program gives you a list of pre-read books divided into historical units, then by topics within those units. In each of our program components there are enough book suggestions for three years (or four, in the case of high school).  In fact, there are about 400 books in each of the four Unit Program components, all read by one of the authors.

The Teacher’s Manual that comes as a part of the unit program tells you how to teach history, science, grammar, punctuation, writing, spelling, vocabulary, and more, using living books.

 

what comes with daily lesson plans

The Language Arts Page

We give you tools like English Skill checklists, phonics checklists, assignment ideas, planning forms, and much more, for each of the grade levels. So with are Unit Programs you have all the tools you need to teach three (or four, in the case of high school) years of school. You can create the structure if you want to, but most people choose our unit programs because they don’t want the structure.  Read  more about our Unit Programs here.

 

We created the Daily Lesson Plans from our Unit Programs

 In a nutshell, we took the Unit Programs and created the lesson plans:

  • we choose the books that would be read each week for 35 weeks
  • we divided up the reading into daily reading assignments

     

    what comes with daily lesson plans

    The Science Page

  • we created discussion questions and narration prompts over the reading
  • we choose poetry that would be integrated into the history units
  • we integrated geography studies into the history and reading
  • we choose the spelling and vocabulary words for 35 weeks of study
  • we selected the copywork from the history and science books to teach grammar, punctuation, etc.
  • we added interesting and informative Internet links and historical notes here and there to add historical, biographical and other background or enrichment information
  • we pulled out science and history facts for memorization
  • we created graphic organizers specifically to help your student learn to organize his/her thoughts (a pre-writing/writing skill)
  • we created a short teacher’s guide to the daily plans that describes how to best use them, how to set up student notebooks, a summary of the Charlotte Mason methods we use in the plans, how to teach narration, etc.
So we give you the TOOLS to create that kind of structure in the Unit Programs, but most people who use them don’t want that much structure.  They would prefer to go to the library and grab books, choose a project or activity idea in history and science every week, choose 3-4 English skills from our checklist, find copywork selections, spelling and vocabulary words from the history and science books to illustrate the English skills and just journal what they ended up doing, rather than planning it all out ahead of time.
So although the tools are there in the Unit Programs, YOU decide what you are going to do with those tools, whereas in the Daily Lesson Plans we have taken the time to plan all of that out FOR you.

 

The Bottom Line

So, you do not get the Primary Unit Program, Teacher’s Manual or extended book list when you order the Daily Lesson Plans, because you already have everything you need to teach the year in the plans themselves.

That said, some people decide to add the Teacher’s Manual with the Daily Lesson Plans just because it has additional background information about teaching the subjects we cover.  But you can certainly do just fine without it.  Some people buy both programs together so they have additional books listed and have the Teacher’s Overviews for each historical unit — but again, this is not necessary, and most people don’t do that.
We have found over the 10 years we have been doing this (plus 15 more than we have homeschooled) that moms usually prefer the unstructured OR the structured type of curriculum, so we have priced them according to the amount of time and effort we put into the curriculum.
I hope that clarifies things for you, M!  If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.  🙂

 

Editor’s Note:
I hope that clarifies things for YOU, too, if you were wondering what comes with our Daily Lesson Plans!
If you have questions about anything you see on our website, please email at infodesk@trainupachildpub.com or fill out the contact form found on every page of our website.
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6 tips for raising godly leaders

6 Tips for Raising Leaders

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Have you noticed lately that the world is becoming notably less tolerant of our biblical beliefs? Moral relativism and immoral perspectives are not creeping, but charging,  into our communities, public education system and even into our churches. Soon our children and grandchildren are going to be on the front lines. It is our jobs to prepare them. It’s  our job to be raising godly leaders.

Coming from a corporate background prior to marriage, kids and homeschooling, I’ve always had an interest in leadership. But there’s a difference between training leaders in the marketplace and raising leaders at home.

As Christian parents we not only want to raise leaders; we want to raise godly leaders.

I know it’s a lot to ask harried moms struggling  to get in the academic basics, but it’s crucial that we look at the big picture and intentionally raise our children to be godly leaders.

So, how do we go about raising godly leaders?  Here are 6 tips:

 

1.  Teach the Word daily and model integrity.

  • Men and women who are leaders have integrity. Integrity is moral uprightness; displaying strong principles based on truth. Without daily teaching of the Truth, your children will not know how to recognize it from the falsehoods constantly bombarding them from our culture.
  • When an integrity issue comes up, put the books away and deal with it immediately. There are some non-negotiables when it comes to behavior, and integrity is one of them.
  • As Christian parents, hold yourselves to the same standard and remember that you have little ears and eyes listening and watching. And when you are at fault for something – apologize immediately. Just as they are accountable to us, we are accountable to God.

 

2. Keep your eyes on the big picture: share your vision for your children with them from an early age.

Teach your sons and daughters that they are made in God’s image, and that He has given them unique strengths and special talents. Teach them that God gives us those to accomplish great things for His kingdom. Share with them how excited you are about them and how you can’t wait to see those special gifts and talents develop as they grow up!

Remind them of this periodically and identify and reinforce these gifts and talents as they appear, because they will!

 

3. Train your children to have sound physical and mental habits.

Probably because my husband and I lived so far away from our parents, we had no clue how to raise children.  Then we moved to the South where children’s roles are very well defined, and we learned the secret: You train them to have good habits.

As Charlotte Mason wrote:

“The habits of the child produce the character of the man . . .every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend.”

Habits are skills that are cultivated in our children by training, repetition and accountability. Character is molded through habit training, whether they be physical habits or intellectual ones.

 

4.  Read and discuss stories that show children as godly leaders.

If you are using a literature-based homeschool curriculum (and I hope you are!), read historical fiction and literature with characters who demonstrate the leadership traits you would like to see in your children, such as: integrity, humility, responsibility for self and others, reliability, initiative, willingness to be self-sacrificing, ability to learn from mistakes, resistance to peer pressure, willingness to tackle difficult problems with a positive attitude, diligence, and  perseverance.

 

5.  As you study history and current events, regularly point out and discuss examples of exemplary and poor leadership.

History is full of examples of leadership and good character, as well as their opposites!  If you use a Charlotte Mason-style, literature-based homeschool curriculum, you have the perfect opportunity to set a feast of inspiring characters before your children on a regular basis!  Choose books with plenty of examples of great men and women of the past, and in your discussions and assignments, compare and contrast them with others, as we do in our high school World History I course, subtitled Lessons in Leadership.

Additionally, do not wait until your kids are old enough to vote to discuss local and national candidates for public office. Talk about the jobs candidates are campaigning for as well as their track record and experience. Identify leadership experience within their backgrounds.

The newspaper and other media are full of articles of both exemplary and poor leaders. Draw their attention to these snippets and help them to identify these differences in discussions.

 

6. Give your children opportunities to practice leadership inside and outside the home.

From being responsible for their own belongings at home, teach them to be responsible for pets, chores and their own school supplies. Let them be responsible for a family event, such as a service project, teaching them to plan, anticipate, organize and communicate with others what their roles will be. Give them a small garden to research, plan, plant, weed and harvest. Encourage industriousness and entrepreneurship.

Let older children be responsible for helping to teach younger children at home, as well helping teach Sunday School, Youth Group, etc., at church. Help them expand into service to the community, such as spearheading a neighborhood or road clean-up project.

Encourage your high school students to earn all or part of the money for their own activities, rather than just handing money over like so many other parents do. This happened regularly with friends of my son, particularly, and it was very difficult at the time, but our firm stance on this issue has reaped many benefits since then!

Let your high school student make his own appointments. Does he need to go to the dentist? Call the doctor’s office to get a refill on a prescription?  Look for a summer job?  Please don’t do those things for him — let him do them himself.

We owe it to our children to prepare them to live in the world they will be facing in just a few short years.  They must be mature, steadfast and well-grounded to be who they were designed to be.

What are you doing to encourage godly leadership in your children?  What are your biggest challenges to instilling leadership characteristics in them?

 

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