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Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers: A Parent-Friendly Curriculum for Teaching Teens to Handle Money, Live Moral Lives and Get Ready for Adulthood, 2nd Edition Paperback – April 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0974218137 ISBN-10: 0974218138 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cardamom Publishers; 2 edition (April 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974218138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974218137
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.....by using this book as it is intended you will save your children much future grief.... -- Eclectic Homeschool Online, June 2004

High school students will likely find these projects meaningful and relevant... -- Cindy Prechtel's Homeschooling from the Heart, April 2004

I highly recommend this book for anyone with older children.

Terri Miller, Staff Writer -- The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Spring 2004

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is an amazing resource designed for those preparing to leave home. -- The Virginia Home Educator, Spring 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is an amazing resource designed for those preparing to leave home.

More About the Author

Barbara Frank is the mother of four homeschooled-from-birth young adults, the president of Cardamom Publishers and the author of several books including "Thriving in the 21st Century," "The Imperfect Homeschooler's Guide to Homeschooling" and "Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers."

Her work has appeared in publications including "Focus on the Family" magazine and "The Old Schoolhouse" magazine. She has a journalism degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Find her on the web at www.BarbaraFrankOnline.com and www.thrivinginthe21stcentury.com.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia E. Downes VINE VOICE on October 4, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
Barbara Frank says that, Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a "parent-friendly curriculum for teaching teenagers to live as morally and financially responsible adults." That is exactly what it is; and, how I wish it had been available for my own children!

The spiral-bound, 100-page book includes lessons for the work-bound as well as the college-bound teenager. It teaches them life skills by having your teen read, research, and complete real-life projects that are related to the concept being studied. By the time your teen completes the curriculum, he will have had hands-on practice in buying a car, getting a loan, purchasing car insurance, learning about credit cards (the good, bad, and ugly!), purchasing health insurance, renting an apartment, grocery shopping, paying utilities, buying a home, paying taxes, and keeping a budget. For college-bound teens, there is also a project on college applications and writing the college essay.

Here's an example of one of the projects. For the Rent Project, you child has to look up rentals in the newspaper, but not just in your own town, but also in several other areas. After your child completes his research on rent, deposits, late fees, amenities, etc., then he must create a comparison chart of his findings and discover for himself what the best deal is. I love how Barbara not only requires the student to research the information, but the student must also create lists, charts, graphs, etc. to discover where and how to get the best deal.

An excellent reading list of books recommended for teenagers is included, along with ways to evaluate your student's reading assignments. The books on the list cover dating, personal living, money, investing, and the working world.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Cayt Oberst on September 19, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
I am a homeschooling mother of 5. My oldest just recently started high school. Before reading this, I was overwhelmed at trying to figure out how to prepare them for all the real life situations that would be staring in their faces after high school! This book has helped me to stay focused on teaching them what they needed to learn. My 15 year old loves it and my 14 year takes a great interest in the topics as well. My 15 year old (a girl) is already saving her money for a car. I highly recommend this book to anyone considering homeschooling their teenagers thru high school, and even if you are already almost done schooling them, it will still be helpful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lavish Bookshelf on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Life Prep for Homeschooling Teenagers is a fabulous starting place for any panicking parent of a teen. I know. I am one of those panicking parents.

As talk around the house turns to driving and plans for the future, as a homeschooling mom I wonder if we have focused too much on the reading and math. As I look at my growing kids, I'm wondering if diagramming sentences is a good lesson for life or should we focus on balancing a checkbook?

Thankfully, Barbara Frank has blazed that trail and written a book to to share her advice. Life Prep for Homeschooling Teenagers is laid out in an easy to read fashion, with information for the work-bound teenager as well as the college-bound teenager.

Personally, I was impressed with the reading list included in this book. The list is just the sort of "out of the box" reading list that I was looking for to fill in some educational gaps. It's easy to focus on books that colleges consider to be "the classics" but Ms. Frank's reading list covers books ranging from Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years to the PBS video series Affluenza (which I have seen and enjoyed).

For me, the best part of Life Prep was the projects. Written in a workbook type format, this section allows teens to dream big, then springs a little reality on them. Got a teen looking at a fancy car? Have them explore price comparison, car purchasing and securing insurance using the study prompts found in the book. Got a teen dreaming of a job? Have them look at taxes to see just how big that paycheck might end up being.

If you have a teen you want to prepare them for all aspects of grown-up life. That can be a stressful thought. For me, I'm hoping to relax a little, enjoy my years with my teen and rely on Barbara Frank's Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers.
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By Lily V on September 22, 2013
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Am using this as part of an Econ course. There are a lot of projects in the book that are very practical and are helping my teenager to better understand person finance.
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