Essential Questions for Your College Visits

Essential Questions for Your College Visits
When you visit a college, prepare some questions in advance that will give you information you can't find online or in their view-books. Ask open-ended questions to, hopefully, engage in meaningful conversation.Here's the problem. You can google "what questions to ask on a college visit" and get hundreds of good questions. The only problem is that ...
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June Homeschool Calendar Reminders

June Homeschool Calendar Reminders
You  made it to June! It's time to lay back, relax your homeschool life, and enjoy the summer! Don't completely check out or you'll miss out on these calendar reminders, though!Middle School: Learn how to homeschool high school so you don't give up out of fear. Invest in yourself so you feel confident. Check out my High School Solution. F...
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31 Educational Games for Teens

31 Educational Games for Teens
Games for teens can make summer more fun. Staying sane in summer requires a careful balance of structure (so the kids don't go crazy) and time away from homeschooling (so the mom doesn't go crazy.) How do you keep that balance? Educational games!Check these out and please comment with YOUR favorite games for summer learning!{This post contains affi...
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[Free Workshop] Retain Sanity With These Keys to Success

[Free Workshop] Retain Sanity With These Keys to Success
Have you ever wished there was a Free Workshop called "How to Homeschool High School Without Going Bonkers"? Well, there is, and you are cordially invited to this free class! Yup, this is it! Retain Your Sanity With The 12 Keys to High School Success [Free Workshop]Those universal homeschool mom stressors that can incapacitate you with intense...
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5 Tips for a Balanced Summer

5 Tips for a Balanced Summer
Want to learn how to remain sane AND retain skills? When my kids were in middle school and high school, we did just a bit of structured school each day. We did a little math, a little writing, a little independent unit study of some sort. No, I'm not crazy – hear me out. It makes your life easier – not harder!I can tell you what some publ...
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Put Bible Class on Your Transcript

Put Bible Class on Your Transcript
If you are teaching religion classes at home, I suggest that you put Bible on the transcript, for 1 credit or 1/2 credit, each year you cover that subject. If the curriculum says it's a semester, then that's 1/2 credit. Sometimes you need to count hours to determine if it's a credit (120-180 hours) or if it's 1/2 credit (60-90 hours.)Some parents p...
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Top Homeschool Tip for Summer Vacation

Top Homeschool Tip for Summer Vacation
I took my favorite book with me on vacation almost every year - to read while my kids were reading something. Now I have to add my disclaimer, {This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.}, but seriously, this is my absolute favorite book!When you are on vacation, consider brin...
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[Free Book] Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer

[Free Book] Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer
Ahhhh, summer! It's the best season ever! June rolls around and our priorities turn to camping, vacation, snuggling young children, relaxing in a hammock, and reading great books. Have some watermelon, throw something on the grill, and enjoy the water. It's important to take a break, and spend some time relaxing so you are refreshed. Summ...
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June Newsletter Giveaway

June Newsletter Giveaway
My newsletter giveaway this month is sponsored by my friend, Sharon from Writing with Sharon Watson. She is giving away The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School set of textbooks and teacher's guide! (A $65 value)Have your students almost given up on writing? Do they reach for the tissue box when you say, "Write an essay"? Do you w...
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I'm excited about it too, Sharon! Looks awesome Blessings, Lee... Read More
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Looks great to me too - make sure you register here so you can win https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/homeschool-giveaway Blessi... Read More
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From My Heart to Yours

From My Heart to Yours
This is my last blog post about the College Launch Solution. You have until June 1 to purchase at a discount, so I wanted to share something very personal with you to help you understand my heart behind The HomeScholar brand.I was recently talking to my husband about life and how I got to where I am today.I said to him, "I feel like every experienc...
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The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon

How did I cope with boys in the summer? I made an "I'm bored" list for my kids to use.

I posted a list of things to do on the fridge. The lists were labeled "inside", "outside", "for money" and "special request". Any whining, or other expressions of boredom were directed there. The following is about 1/3 of each list from my fridge. I included every activity I could think of, and every toy in the house. It was very effective when the kids were younger.

I hope this helps! 

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Super-score to Improve Scholarships

Super-score to Improve Scholarships
When planning for college, you will need to have  your child take high school tests. You can find out all about high school tests in my article, High School Subject Tests Simply Explained.When using high school test scores, some college will "super-score" test results. That means they will look at each individual sub score earned each tim...
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Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself
Speak kindly to yourself. You are God's precious child. He is kind and loving, and He wants us to be kind and loving to our self as well.Women, in particular, can be very hard on themselves. Harsh self-talk that is edifying or helpful to our sense of well-being. Be kind to yourself because, "We are God's handiwork, created in Ch...
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Amy Tassone
Thank you, Lee, for this helpful and healthful reminder! Even if we "know" the importance of positive self-talk and rest, we stil... Read More
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Lee Binz, The HomeScholar
I'm so glad to hear that Amy! I had scheduled this post for later, but then suddenly there was a significant number of parents tha... Read More
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Jeanie Watkins
As a widowed mom,who did not do well in school myself, homescooling 4 children I am always questioning myself even though I believ... Read More
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Relax and watch my training video!

Relax and watch my training video!
Doesn't it feel good to hear about challenges other homeschoolers face? It helps me feel like I'm not alone or some kind of weirdo. That's where I want to go with this final training video and why I titled it, Fears and Tears, Cheers, or Wet-Behind-the-Ears. Watch it here.True confession.I have wasted waaay too much time in my life comparing m...
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Avoid the 'Failure to Launch' Your Child!

Avoid the 'Failure to Launch' Your Child!
Sure, Failure to Launch is a funny movie title, but it's not funny at all when it happens to you! You made a great first step to avoid this problem when you watched my first training video on Monday. If you missed that session, you can see it here: The Five Fundamentals of College and Launch.When making yesterday's video, I was thinking about some ...
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