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CHSPE Deadline Approaches

Posted by Annie on Jun 3, 2011 in California, Education

My husband and I are both college dropouts, so it probably shouldn’t come to any surprise that our son has little interest in attending college. Now, don’t get me wrong — I place a high value on education — I am just not convinced that a college education means what it should for starters, or that it is worth the cost in this economy.

Barron's CHSPE: California High School Proficiency Exam (Barron's How to Prepare for the Chspe California High School Proficiency Examination) While, we have encouraged our son to pursue his dreams and to continue with his education, perhaps we’ve done a poor job advocating a college education, since we have little faith in public education as a whole ourselves. Who knows, perhaps he would have rejected college, even if we were strong supporters. There is really no way to know for certain.

What I do know is that unless my son changes his mind about formal education, which he hates, we were going to need some alternatives. As I started checking out his options, I discovered the CHSPE exam, which is offered to high school students in the state of California.

Student Eligibility to take the CHSPE

You may take the CHSPE only if, on the test date, you:

  • are at least 16 years old, or
  • have been enrolled in the tenth grade for one academic year or longer, or
  • will complete one academic year of enrollment in the tenth grade at the end of the semester during which the next regular administration will be conducted. (Regular administrations are the fall and spring administration each school year.)

CHSPE June Registration OpenRegistration for the June 18, 2011 administration of the CHSPE is now open. The regular registration deadline for the June administration is May 20, 2011. Registration materials including printed Registration Form, proof of eligibility, and appropriate payment, must be received in the CHSPE Office by 5 p.m. May 20, 2011 to avoid late registration fees.

Students can prepare for the CHSPE test using a variety of methods. We ordered Barron’s CHSPE: California High School Proficiency Exam (Barron’s How to Prepare for the CHSPE California High School Proficiency Examination) to assist our son in preparing for the exam. There are many free resources online.

If you reside in California and are considering the CHSPE option for high school completion, I would encourage you to explore your educational options and keep an open mind. It isn’t unusual for students to change their minds several times in their teen years regarding college, vocation, career and work opportunities they choose to explore.

Let’s face it: a college degree isn’t always needed for all career options. With the cost of a college education escalating the way it has in the past 10 years or so, it simply doesn’t make economic sense to go into debt for something that may never pay off the way we expect. I know plenty of individuals with masters degrees and PhD’s who are highly (over) educated but under employed, many will be paying off those college loans for most of their adult life.

I could write a book on this topic but instead, I’d like to provide you with resources to help you make some difficult and important decisions with your homeschooled child.

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Employment Opportunity

Posted by Annie on Jun 1, 2011 in employment

C3 Cyber Club is an established company that teaches kids exciting computer classes for ages 6 to 14 years old like 3D Lego Design, Video Game Design, Jr. Lego Robotics for Public Schools, Community Centers, private schools, Park and Recreation centers, Churches as an after school enrichment program. We are the only company offering unique mobile kids computer classes to the Loudoun & Fairfax County, Virginia area.

We are interested to recruit several homeschooling moms to market and represent our services to the homeschool network in targeted cities. If you know the ins and outs of homeschooling; are established within the homeschool community and interested in working part time – while continuing to homeschool your kids – this is a great opportunity for you.

Watch our marketing video about our products and what people say about us…

C3 Cyber Club is the only company offering kids mobile computer classes, our products are in demand and well accepted within the public school system. We would like to expand to offer our services to the homeschooling community. We will send teachers; provide laptops and software to co-op groups or homeschooling organizations that host a minimum of 8-students.

We provide training about our products and services. The successful applicant must attend between and 5 and 8 hours of training. Once you are familiar with our products and demonstrate the ability to work on your own, you can market our product from home.

We are seeking to add more homeschooling classes by fall, September-2011. Beginning in June, we launch our marketing campaign for our products and services; the project will last 3 months. We will provide marketing materials and an internet-marketing flyer. You will make contacts and follow up with leads. We are seeking an energetic and highly motivated person who is dependable & has an outgoing personality. Previous sales experience is not necessary, but you must be someone who is persuasive and has a knack for sales, marketing, & talking to people.

This is a commission based (plus bonuses) flexible part-time position. You must be able to add a minimum of 5 new homeschooling groups, your potential income is from $2,000 up to $10,000, all the details will be discussed at the job interview.

There are long-term opportunities here if you are successful! Please reply by email to davidc3cyberclub@gmail.com and include a resume and/or a short cover letter.

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Hummingbird Story Writing Contest

Posted by Annie on May 21, 2011 in Activity

Hey kids,

Do you love feeding, watching and photographing hummingbirds? This is your chance to try your hand at writing a story about hummingbirds. You could win Everything you need (except your recycled bottle) to make your own “Recycler” Hummingbird Feeder. When you submit a story you will have your own web page!

This contest is open to children ages 6-12. Submission deadline is May 31, 2011. The prize is a hummingbird Feeder kit and publication as a prize winner. One aspect of the contest that is especially popular with homeschoolers is that parents, friends, teachers, and relatives are encouraged to comment on the stories. This seems to give the children encouragement in their writing.

Here are the contest rules:

  • Minimum of 300 words for submission.
  • Submit original work written by you.
  • Contest open to children ages 6 to 12.
  • Fill out the “name” box and be sure to include your age.
  • Winners will be selected based on visitor comments (favorites).
  • Submissions deadline is May 31, 2011.
  • Winners announced June 15, 2011.

Click to enter the Hummingbird Story Writing Contest

Don’t wait, the deadline to enter is May 31, 2011!

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