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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

TOS Review The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers

We received two e-books from Educational Diagnostic Prescriptive Services or EDUDPS. The author, Jill Dixon, has extensive experience in special education, serves has a consultant for the HSLDA and is a fellow homeschool mom with two highschool-graduates-attending-college under her belt.

The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers is an excellent guide to discover your student’s best career choice by using the proper, specific tools that he/she needs to succeed. This is accomplished by taking four clear self-administered and self-scored assessments. Through these you will be equipped to make the proper course choices for middle school, high school, and college and, most importantly, find the right career for your child!

This book is 200+ pages long. The assessment tests are only a small part of the arsenal of information provided. After each assessment you are provided with a list of careers and college majors that best suite your personality or preferences.

You are given a number of jobs and professional fields that afford future breadwinners maximum time at home as well as part-time and work-from-home jobs for wives/mothers.

The author then provides a list of common career fields listing the middle and high school courses you should take and extra activities you can participate in to better prepare you - or give you an opportunity to discover you don't enjoy that line of work before you invest in a specialized degree.

The latter portion of the book is dedicated to successfully navigating highschool with topics like "Activities That Can Be Counted Towards Credit Hours" and "Scholarship Sources."

After Jake completed the assessments we confirmed that he is a Visual and Kinesthetic learner who does not work well under pressure. It also confirmed that his desire to be a park ranger or forester is in line with his natural giftings and interests.

This is a great resource particularly for parents who are considering homeschooling a high schooler and need guidance planning the high school years. I wish I had used this when Jake was in 7th or 8th grade so I could have better laid out his high school classes and volunteer opportunities.

You can purchase The Career Guide two different ways:
$39.95 for a soft cover book, or
for a limited time your can purchase it for $26.20 which 25% off the original price of $34.95.

A word of caution about purchasing it as an e-book- The very nice folks at EDUDPS suffered copyright theft and have had to protect their work by very tightly securing their e-products. I am not technically savvy and personally found this to be difficult to work with. You are allowed only two printings -printing even a single page counts as one printing. So carefully read the fine print before purchasing this as an e-product.

You can go here to read the reviews of other TOS Crew members.

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