Homeschool Encouragement from Another Mother

Homeschool Encouragement from Another Mother
Need some encouragement as you are facing high school for the first time? One of my online friends knows exactly what it's like to consider high school for the first time.  Here is what she wrote: In our homeschool co-op we have a few children graduate each year. We have about 40 local families and the kids range from preschool all the way to older teens – and graduated teens that still love to hang out...
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Should Homeschoolers Take the GED?

Should Homeschoolers Take the GED?
What is your opinion about a student taking the GED Test before moving onto college.  She will still be learning from home until she is finished with her senior studies and will be preparing for college and the SAT in the mean time. I thought however, it might be helpful for her to pass the GED first since she is still behind in a few subjects. A GED is usually not necessary. Most colleges do not...
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Homeschool Honor Societies - Legitimate Offer or Junk Mail?

Homeschool Honor Societies - Legitimate Offer or Junk Mail?
What is the difference between a legitimate offer and junk mail?  It can be very difficult to decide!   If you have a high school student who has taken the PSAT or SAT or ACT, you may get some offers to join an honor society. Some are legitimate and some are not.  Try to determine if the honor society is tied to some sort of actual "honor" like GPA or SAT scores.  Then look to see if...
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Graduating Homeschool High School With Bling

Graduating Homeschool High School With Bling
Homeschoolers can get a diploma from a great online supplier, HomeschoolDiploma.com.  They provide diplomas for individual homeschoolers and for groups graduating together.  Parents can order a cap, gown, invitation, and diploma.  There are optional fun things as well - "bling" as my son says. When my son graduated from the university, he had all sorts of bling.  White tassel for his Rhetoric minor, brown tassel for the School of Business and Economics.  Two orange cords demonstrating...
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Encouragement from The Other Side

Encouragement from The Other Side
It's nice to hear stories from parents who have been where you are, but have now graduated a student.  Have they ruined their children's lives?  Have the missed out on college admission or scholarships?  Hardly!  Mostly I hear stories that I call "Shock and Awe!"  Parents write to me and confess the wonderful results of homeschooling high school.  The most common feelings when high school is over?  Shock that it worked, and Awe at the admission...
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Guest — Wendy R
Thankyou so much for sharing your fears and success. I am very encouraged by all of your stories of struggles, growth, and success... Read More
Thursday, 07 October 2010 17:27
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Separating is Horrible - But Joy Awaits!

Separating is Horrible - But Joy Awaits!
Letting go is hard work.  Watching your children leave for college brings all sorts of emotions to the surface.   That's when you truly do the hard work of separating. Separating is horrible, and the work is hard, but it really pays off! I'm reading all my home educating friends talking about starting their new academic year and I'm thinking...I am so not ready to not be a home educator any more. I wonder what my cat...
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Homeschooling High School: When Should I Stop for Summer?

Homeschooling High School: When Should I Stop for Summer?
Summer break is important.  Homeschoolers don't usually  follow a regular school schedule, however.  How do you know  when to stop?  When does  being hardworking and persistent  become harmful?  At what point are you just hitting your head  against on the wall? I know that public schools do not finish textbooks so I am trying to decide what to do. I see that my son is burnt out. I think he is in summer mode now plus...
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Guest — Michelle Caskey
Good points, Lee. I like how you said, "When does being hardworking and persistent become harmful? At what point are you just hi... Read More
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Michelle, I think many homeschool moms would rather err on the side of "over achieving". That's why we have to be so careful to n... Read More
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Guest — Jeff Thompson
It's also not necessarily true that a student must complete Algebra I before moving on to Geometry. We had one of our kids do Geom... Read More
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