February Homeschool Calendar Reminders

February Homeschool Calendar Reminders
Each month there are reminders that will help you in your homeschool journey! Have you looked at the calendar for February? Are you on track?Middle School: Learn why homeschooling works. Yes, even for the middle school and high school years! The Purpose of Middle SchoolFreshmen: If you haven't already, start working on your child's high school reco...
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A Homeschooler’s Guide to Accommodations for the SAT, ACT, and College

A Homeschooler’s Guide to Accommodations for the SAT, ACT, and College
Do you have a struggling learner in your high school homeschool? Do you worry that they will have trouble when it comes to high school tests? If you do, help is on the way!As a part of #TestingWeek next week, my friends Hal and Melanie Young, from Raising Real Men, will be helping us understand high school tests in terms of guiding us through accom...
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Many Ways to Say “I love you”

Many Ways to Say “I love you”
My kids think I'm crazy, but I've always celebrated Valentine's Day with pink, red, and heart-shaped food. I'm not usually a very crafty person, but I love to create food surprises on the holidays.In case you need some suggestions on what to make for your Valentine sweetheart, I've included some ideas in this post! You will love these ...
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Is a Perfect PSAT Score Required for Merit Scholarships?

Perfect is swell, but is a perfect PSAT score required for merit scholarships? (Of course, you could always use studying as a way to do better on all of the high school tests! Test Preparation without Getting Smarter)

"I finished watching your DVD Getting The Big Scholarships.... it was awesome!  Thank you for taking the time to help others.  In receiving a merit scholarship wouldn't you have to have a perfect PSAT score?  I 've had a financial aid officer tell me this. "
~Diane in Washington

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Free Resources Helped Marie Earn $27,000 in Scholarships

Free Resources Helped Marie Earn $27,000 in Scholarships
Do you like free stuff? Marie does - and it's made a HUGE difference in her life to read my free eBook. Download your copy today!"Hi Lee, I've used your site often since I began homeschooling high school, and now my oldest is on track to graduate in June. I just read your e-book Focus on the Future and had to write and thank you for all of the info...
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[Free Class] High School Testing Simply Explained

[Free Class] High School Testing Simply Explained
One of the biggest high school anxiety producers is testing - specifically the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. I've seen otherwise proud, overcoming, victorious homeschool moms be reduced to wobbly-kneed bowls of jello when faced with their children taking these tests.High School Testing Simply ExplainedFebruary 18 - 3:00pm (Pacific) or February 21 - 1:0...
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[Free eBook] Making the Grades

[Free eBook] Making the Grades
[Free eBook] Making the GradesDoes anyone take "mommy grades" seriously?! Do I really even need to grade at all? Maybe it's just english papers that you hate to grade? (I can help with that, too! My Coffee Break book, Easy English for Simple Homeschooling, can help!)Have you ever asked yourself these questions? If so, you're not alone! I used ...
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February Newsletter Giveaway - Enter to Win!

February Newsletter Giveaway - Enter to Win!
If you follow my blog, and often enter my newsletter giveaways, you know that I usually stick to mostly middle school and high school items. However, I'm so excited about this month's giveaway! My grandbaby, Aiden has one and LOVES it!This month, my giveaway comes from Lee Orlian at Teepee Joy. She is giving away One pre-designed Teepee Joy se...
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The Purpose of Middle School

the purpose of middle school 

Purpose for Students

Middle school is the pause between elementary school and high school. Children learn at different rates –not just homeschoolers, ALL kids! The pause, middle school, gives slow or reluctant learners time to catch up before high school. At the same time, it gives quick and academically capable children a chance to continue learning at their level. Do you find yourself becoming stressed out over middle school? Read my article, Taming Middle School Anxiety. It's sure to help you and your student calm any anxiety this stage of life brings.

The first purpose of middle school is to give students in need some remedial help. Students below grade level in math can spend time focusing on math. They can use the time to reach grade level. The good news about middle school is that it’s impossible for you to be behind. If your child is below grade level, then the purpose of middle school is to help them achieve grade level. You haven’t done anything wrong and your child is exactly where they should be.

The second purpose is to give students who are ahead of grade level the chance to keep moving ahead, straight into high school level work. Children completing high school level work competently, using high school level material with good understanding, can obtain early high school credits on their transcripts. Algebra, biology, and foreign language are common high school level classes to teach in the middle school years.

Some children are right at grade level. Not all children require remedial work or are ready for advanced classes. Your child doesn’t have to do remedial or high school work; you can have them do remedial work in certain areas, move ahead into high school work in other areas, and remain at grade level for the rest.

Your job is to teach your children at their level in each subject, all the time. Your child might be on grade level for everything but math, or excel in foreign language but suffer in math, with other subjects right on target. The joy of homeschooling is being able to provide for your child’s academic needs in EVERY subject.

Middle school is a time for your children to learn something new. They need to learn how to learn, and should become increasingly independent and responsible. You want them to start taking ownership of their own education.

Parents often believe that on the first day of seventh grade their children will become independent and responsible. If you think they will, you’re going to be sadly disappointed.

Independence doesn’t happen abruptly; it happens in fits and starts. Children will be independent one day, and completely irresponsible the next. You need to be understanding. Like the hormones that affect a young person’s mood from day-to-day, the same is true of their independence.

For boys and girls alike, independence and responsibility is not a straight line. It has its ups and downs. It’s challenging; as a parent, you never know which kind of child you’re going to wake up to in the morning.

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High School Record Keeping Simply Explained

High School Record Keeping Simply Explained
Here's how to keep high school records in 5 easy steps for under $10. You don't need an expensive system. In fact, owning a fancy system is no guarantee you will actually use it. The best record keeping system is simple enough to use, and doesn't cost much at all. What I suggest is so simple, you can keep records for your whole family for just a fe...
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Health Class Unit Study on Pot

Health Class Unit Study on Pot
My goal is for you to have a discussion with your teen.Why? Let me explain what it's like to live in a state with legalized recreational pot. I live in Washington state. I was at a stop light sitting in my car and suddenly smelled pot. Thick smoke coming from the car next to me. I was in a nice restaurant, and the couple near us reeked of pot,...
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Ask Questions During College Visits

Ask Questions During College Visits

Is your child a high school Junior? It's time for college visits!

Ask questions during college visits. Try to ask questions that will engage people in dialog and show you value their opinions. When you are talking with people during college visits, you want them to get to know you. Open questions with plenty of dialog can help them get to know you better. You can show that you trust their opinion by asking them important questions about your future. Asking open ended questions can demonstrate that you can listen, as well as talk. Do you struggle with coming up with questions? My blog post, Essential Questions for Your College Visits, can help.

For example, you might discuss your college major. "I'm thinking about this major but I don't really like one aspect" or "I really love this major, do you think it is a good fit, and how do you know?" Asking questions during college visits is not always about yes or no questions such as, "Do you offer a biology major?" or questions that can be answered with a one sentence reply such as "Is Chapel required for all students?" Part of asking questions is allowing the college to get to know you and who you are as a person. They will get to know you and be more likely to remember you, particularly if you ask questions that show you value their opinion.

You may want to discuss extra-curricular on-campus activities. "I've had so much fun with my high school activities and I'm wondering what activities you think I might enjoy on campus." This kind of question will answer the usually unspoken question, "What about socialization?" By openly discussing your high school activities and saying how much you enjoy them, it demonstrates great social skills.  More importantly perhaps, colleges value students that will become active on campus. They want students who will participate in more than just academics. By showing that you are eager to join on-campus groups, you are showing that you will be a valuable asset to the college for the long run. You want them to know you won't just be hiding in the library studying, and will bring more to campus than just your brain.

Everyone likes the sound of their own voice, even college admission advisers.  Ask questions, but also ask them what they think, and show you value their opinion. Remember, it's mostly about being yourself, vulnerable and genuine. Look them in the eye, and be interested in them as a person.

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January 2019 Gold Care Club Update

January  2019 Gold Care Club Update
New for this month...How-to Training CoursesQuick Start: Homeschool High School ExcellenceBeginner: Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live Convention Part 1/3Intermediate: Making the GradesAdvanced: Making a TranscriptEncouragement: Graduate Your Homeschooler in StyleJust for Fun! Homeschool Humor from Todd Wilson, The Family Man Member's Only ...
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What is a good score on the ACT test?

What is a good score on the ACT test?
What is a good score on the ACT test?The definition of a "good score" always depends on what college you are applying to, but I can give you some generalizations that will help you think it through. My class, High School Testing - Simply Explained, is sure to help you figure out all of the ins-and-outs to high school testing.The ACT is scored on a ...
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January Homeschool Calendar Reminders

January Homeschool Calendar Reminders
It's a new year! Here are some handy January homeschool calendar reminders for you!   Middle School: Avoid panic! Spend some time this month learning how to homeschool high school. Then next year you'll begin high school feeling confident in your decision to homeschool. Taming Middle School Anxiety   Freshman: It doesn...
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