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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Homeschooling Special Situations

Preparing for Life (in the "Real World")
...with or without college

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

Career choices, life skills... there's so much to do!

"What You'll Wish You'd Known" by Paul Graham, the high school
graduation speech he longs to give

Life Skills for Kids: Equipping Your Child for the Real World by
Christine Field -- Christian-focused book of tips and lists for parents of
toddlers to pre-teens, written by a homeschool mom

Cents-ability -- a program from the Girls Scouts of America

The ABCs of Life : Lesson One: The Skills We All Need but Were
Never Taught by Jon Oliver and Michael Ryan -- discusses many of
the essential elements that are needed for a child to grow into an
effective, caring adult and helps adults know how to teach their children
about vital personal qualities such as self-control, self-confidence,
personal responsibility, problem-solving, and cooperation.

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers by Barbara Frank -- a
curriculum for teaching life skills to high school aged students, includes
hands-on projects and writing assignments for buying a car, finding
health insurance, using credit, etc.,written by a homeschool mom

Real Life 101: A Guide To Stuff That Actually Matters by Derek
Avdul and Steve Avdul -- a reference book of practical adult knowledge
such as how to budget, buy or lease a car, set up health insurance, etc.

The Teenager's Guide to the Real World by Marshall Brain -- a book
with many chapters available free online

Autodidactic Profiles: Self-Educated People Who Have Made a
Difference  by Charles D. Hayes, lifelong learning advocate

10 Tips to Secure a Management Position without a College
Degree by Steve Olson

What's Wrong with Vocational School?  Too Many Americans are
Going to College by Charles Murray

How At-Risk Youth can Develop a Career and be Productive a
motivational brochure by Captain Bob Web, discusses how kids labeled
failures in the school system can find motivation and develop successful
careers outside the system (discusses homeschooling on page 18)

What Do You Like? from the USBLS -- a teen-friendly website that
summarizes the info found in the US Dept of Labor Occupational
Outlook Handbook (see below), helps narrow down possible career

US Dept Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook -- training and
education needed, earnings expected, job prospects, what workers do
on the job, typical working conditions (choose from occupations listed on
the menu to the right, or search a particular job)

The Career Interests Game from Western Illinois University,based on
Dr. John Holland's theory that people and work environments can be
loosely classified into six different groups.  Typical occupations (both
degreed and non-degreed) are linked to each type, and also links to
careers associated with each major (under "What can I do with this
major?).  Also, check with your local college career centers to see what
free resources it provides.

Career Cruising -- a professional quality interactive career guidance
software available by subscription, pricey but a 30 day trial available,
also check to see if available at local libraries and college career centers

In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing
Careers by Deborah Reber and Lisa Fyfe -- interviews women about
their careers and how they got there " astounding amount of
information from women across the globe in a variety of career fields..."

The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many
Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine -- "...shows how
you can have it all and create a structure for yourself that blends your
many talents, abilities, and intelligences into one vital and satisfying

Career Vision -- a consulting service that will assess your student's
career aptitudes and help them with career planning -- info on careers in the manufacturing industry (degreed
and non-degreed)

Homeschool Graduates Enlisting in the Military from the HSLDA

Monyopolis -- free online game promotes math and money skills
needed in real life financial planning

Investing for Life: Youth -- complete personal finance and investing
self-study course for young investors from the NAIC

Foundations in Personal Finance: Homeschool Pack by Dave
Ramsey -- empowers students to make sound financial decisions for life

Reality Check -- how much will your "dream life" cost you? gives a tally
of monthly expenses and examples of kinds of jobs that pay in that range

Taking Charge: Resumes That Work by Larry and Susan Kaseman

Related Issues

Becoming a Man: The Views and Experiences of Some Second
Generation Australian Males by David Crawford, University of
Western Sydney -- a study asks men when it was they became "men"...

Emotional Literacy by Steve Hein -- identify and communicate feelings

Respect, Values, and Emotions... --  from the University of Illinois
Family Works program

Respect by Steve Hein -- what it is and isn't, how to earn it, how to
show it (for parents as much as teens ;-)

Headed for College?
The Diner's Resources and Tips for Homeschoolers preparing
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