Suggested Resources for Public Speaking

Suggested Resources for Public Speaking
There are plenty of ways to teach public speaking in your homeschool!You can focus on speech and debate. It's pretty intense, and takes a lot of work on the part of the child. On the other hand, if your child likes it, it's a great way to include English and Social Studies through that delight directed learning. Try contacting these organizations.​...
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School is Closed - Homeschool is Always Open

School is Closed - Homeschool is Always Open
Is your school closed due to one of the recent natural disasters? Consider homeschooling!Homeschooling high school provides the best possible academic preparation that meets the exact needs of your child, both academically and developmentally. It provides the best, safe and secure learning environment. Homeschooling also provides the best care...
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September Homeschool Calendar Reminders

September Homeschool Calendar Reminders
The start of the homeschool year is here! Here are some September homeschool calendar reminders to help kick off your homeschool year the right way!Middle School: 7th and 8th grade is the best time to learn about high school and practice record keeping. Don't be anxious, middle school or junior high is "training time" for parents. Taming Middle Sch...
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[Free Workshop] High School Testing - Simply Explained

[Free Workshop] High School Testing - Simply Explained
If there is one thing I know about fall, it's that there are two big things happening right now 1. Football! 2. High school tests!It's fall again, and football is starting up - and parents are starting to freak out about high school tests again. From a distance it seems like homeschooling will be gentle and fun, but when you're in th...
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Gail was Riveted - Ate it Up - Got Plugged In

Gail was Riveted - Ate it Up - Got Plugged In
"Today was my very first, ever, live webinar with you and I was 'riveted'. I had to do it from my phone in the car, but listened to 95% of it before I had to log off and manage the kids :) Anyway ... I loved your webinar ... I ate up every minute I could until my kids interrupted me. I am excited to get more plugged into your services and your weal...
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Total Transcript Solution Review by Laura Delgado and TOS

Total Transcript Solution Review by Laura Delgado and TOS
Total Transcript Solution Review by Laura DelgadoandThe Old Schoolhouse® Product & Curriculum Reviews"Lee Binz is quite literally the first and last name in homeschooling high school. If you haven't heard of her, my guess is that not only have you not homeschooled a high schooler, you haven't even contemplated homeschooling one. Among Lee's num...
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Have a Morning Meeting

Oops. They were supposed to be independent and work on their homework. Instead they goofed off.  Tell me the truth, am I the only one this has happened to?

Have a Morning Meeting

Never under-estimate a teenager’s ability to avoid work. Although sometimes these are intentional lapses, many times teens are simply focused on other things (like their hair, or their new shoes), and they forget trivial things like math assignments or research reports.

Of course, it would be nice to have teenagers suddenly just BE responsible one day. Nice, but unlikely. It is much more common for teenagers to slowly BECOME responsible. It takes a lot of time, and a lot of practice, often with constant shaping and molding from their parents. Kids do not start the first day of 9th grade as responsible adults. They BEGIN the process of becoming responsible adults.

I raised two boys, and I have heard unconfirmed reports that this process can take longer for boys than for girls...often into a young man’s 20’s. Naturally, this doesn’t apply to all boys, but don’t be shocked if your teens don’t magically become mature at age 18. It usually doesn’t work out as neat and tidy as all that.

What is the solution?  Have a morning meeting!

Having a morning meeting can help. If you check in with your child each day, you can shape and mold their ‘responsibility index.’ A quick 15 or 30 minute check-in each day can give you the time you need to assess the situation and correct the behavior, shaping and molding your child’s responsibility as you go.  It's all about shaping and molding...

See what Susan had to say about morning meetings that she put in place in her house.See what Susan had to say about morning meetings that she put in place in her house.

"Thank you for your morning meeting concept and for sharing that in your webinars. We’ve taken that idea to heart and it’s bearing wonderful fruit. Our days are going the smoothest ever and we experience more joy. "Thank you for your morning meeting concept and for sharing that in your webinars. We’ve taken that idea to heart and it’s bearing wonderful fruit.Our days are going the smoothest ever and we experience more joy.

We instituted morning meetings faithfully this year for the first time. We’d held morning meetings before, but without this much mutual commitment, dedication, and persistence. Each morning we gather for scripture, a devotional, time of reflection and prayer then discuss the day. We talk about what is “on” for the day, any meetings, extracurriculars, and I ask “Where do you need me today?” and “How can I support you today?”. Too, we are appreciating the morning meetings so much that we made sure to made an end of day meeting constant as well. We discuss how the day went, focus on blessings and highlights as well as any challenges. Then, we end noting what went particularly well/top blessings.We instituted morning meetings faithfully this year for the first time. We’d held morning meetings before, but without this much mutual commitment, dedication, and persistence. Each morning we gather for scripture, a devotional, time of reflection and prayer then discuss the day. We talk about what is “on” for the day, any meetings, extracurriculars, and I ask “Where do you need me today?” and “How can I support you today?”. Too, we are appreciating the morning meetings so much that we made sure to made an end of day meeting constant as well. We discuss how the day went, focus on blessings and highlights as well as any challenges. Then, we end noting what went particularly well/top blessings.

These conversations are gold! Again, thank you." 
~ Susan

have a morning meeting Susan


A morning meeting can help your child stay on task, so they do not ‘forget’ school for a week (or longer!) and suddenly fall hopelessly behind. A daily meeting is a great goal. In practice, of course, a day will be missed here and there. We are all busy people with busy lives, after all! But if you forget a day or two, you will still benefit. If you miss a few days, you can regroup and discover any missed assignments.

In real life, adults are often faced with frequent ‘check-ups.’ In our business, we attempt to have regular meetings with our employees. While they do not ALWAYS happen, they USUALLY happen, and the meetings help us stay on top of any missed assignments.  Regular meetings, and quick check-ins are real life.  And they really work.

If you tend to fall behind, or if you see your student overwhelmed by an insurmountable mountain of work, instituting a ‘Morning Meeting’ can be the perfect answer.



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[FREE BOOK] Senior Year Step-by-Step

[FREE BOOK] Senior Year Step-by-Step
Does the thought of homeschooling senior year of high school seem scary to you? It doesn't have to be! You can do it, just take it one step at a time!Learn how to navigate all the way through senior year - from before senior year starts to after senior year ends. Hopefully, you'll have a really good idea where you're going and what it's g...
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Enter NOW! September Newsletter Giveaway

Enter NOW! September Newsletter Giveaway
This month's giveaway is sponsored by my good friends at IEW! Enter to win Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization, and introduce your students to the beauty of literature through the doorway of poetry. Enrich vocabulary while infusing reliably correct and sophisticated English language patterns into students' minds. How? By listeni...
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How homeschoolers can avoid a crazy busy life.

How homeschoolers can avoid a crazy busy life.
How do you avoid a crazy busy life?With these 7 easy steps! Take a moment to evaluate your homeschool, so you aren't expecting too much of your children. Remember, it's the person with the most BALANCED life who wins - not the person with the most CRAZY-BUSY life! So pencil in some free and unscheduled down time each day. Your sanity is worth ...
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Facebook Follower + Homeschool Freebies = Success

Facebook Follower + Homeschool Freebies = Success
While I love working with my Gold Care Club members, and getting to know them personally, I'll often get thank you notes from people who have success just by consuming my freely shared resources! Check out what Nancy in Georgia wrote!Your Facebook page was referred to me by a fellow homeschooler a couple of years ago. I have been following you sinc...
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Math Books That Will NOT Increase Your Test Scores

Math Books That Will NOT Increase Your Test Scores
It's tempting to think that taking pre-calculus or calculus will help your SAT or ACT score, but it's not true!What will not help?​Calculus​Physics​Pre-Calculus Differential Equations Statistics Why not? Because it's not included on the test. Almost all the math covered by the SAT or ACT is completed before 11th grade. The usual...
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Hi Teresa, There are two math CLEP Tests, college algebra and college mathematics. You can read more about those tests on the Coll... Read More
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Need Big Scholarships? Register NOW for my Free Class!

Need Big Scholarships? Register NOW for my Free Class!
Could there be colleges that PAY YOU for attending? You betcha!I want to teach you about BIG scholarships! Get expert secrets on finding the best merit-based scholarships and placing your children on the best possible footing to win them!I've had clients who won 50% tuition, full-tuition, and full-ride scholarships! Some of my clients have even had...
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August 2017 Gold Care Club Update

August 2017 Gold Care Club Update
New for this month...How To Training CoursesQuick Start: Your Goals This School YearBeginner: Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live 3 Hour Virginia Convention PresentationIntermediate: Scheduling is the Key to SanityAdvanced: College Application BonanzaEncouragement: Affording Christian CollegeMembers Only WebinarScheduling is the Key to ...
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35 Reasons Why Your Child Might Not be Motivated

35 Reasons Why Your Child Might Not be Motivated
As I've worked with thousands of homeschoolers, I've developed a checklist of reasons why homeschoolers may be lazy, lackadaisical, or unmotivated couch potatoes resistant to learning. Look over this list, and see if you can further evaluate why your teen is causing you grief right now.​Do they feel their work has value?Do they believe work will be...
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