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English Grading Simplified

Parents are often nervous about high school subjects, and English is one of the more intimidating courses - at least it was for me. High School Englis...

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Is Socratic Dialogue Necessary for Homeschoolers?

I thought that all great homeschools had Socratic dialog. After reading the classics together, they enjoy deep and rich conversations about the nuance...

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Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School

Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School Today, not many teenagers have written books. This need not be true. After writing and publishing a book on American history, I think that writing a book is something every homeschool high-school student should do before they graduate.Here are three reasons why:Reason #1- It looks good on your college application. Colleges are looking for something that stands out on applications. Writing...

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What Species of Reader Are You? Infographic Included!

Are you creating a library of wonderful books at home? When you are making purchases for the coming school year, remember that these are books that can stay in your house forever. Make sure they are good, worthy books!I love this infographic - a classification chart for book readers, as if we are some new species of animal!  HahaVisit Laura-e-Kelly.com for more about books, reading, and authors.If you would like some help finding great books for high school...

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Homeschool English: Beware of "Random" Quotation Marks

Just say "NO" to "random" quotation marks! I keep finding "random quotation marks" in things I have "written myself." I find it "frustrating" and think I should read the book "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" by Lynne Truss again. It's a hilarious book.  I do remember that there were some "questionable" words, and I hesitated before showing it to my older teenagers.  Don't use it with "younger" children, and you may want to pre-read it before giving...

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High School Vocabulary for Homeschool Students

When children have reached the point of reading and writing well, working on vocabulary development can change from previous years. I have a variety o...

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Simple Homeschool Writing Program for Middle School and High School

An effective homeschool writing program for middle school and high school can be as unique as your student. There is no one-size-fits-all writing prog...

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How to Write Essays in High School

During Alex's first week at college, he came home and thanked me for a specific skill he learned when we were homeschooling. Believe it or not, he tha...

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Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box

One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can tailor your school to meet the needs and interests of your students.  To do that, you need to think outside the box a little bit.  Once you do that, all things are possible!   Even speech and debate!I have another question for you.  Are there ways outside of a school setting to get a child involved in a debate club or with public speaking, other than...

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Learning Leadership: Great List of Leadership Books for Teens

Leadership is something you learn by doing. Become good at something, do it often for fun, and pretty soon you'll be leading others as they do it, too. The next thing you know, you're leading! Leadership is also something you can learn by reading about. Read about leadership and about examples of good leaders, to become knowledgeable and skillful; then act on that wisdom as you lead others. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and...

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How to Teach Homeschool High School Literature

Teaching homeschool high school literature is often a challenge for parents. It can be intimidating given that there are so many different kinds of li...

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Nice Soft Boundaries for Homeschool English

I'm a big fan of providing nice soft boundaries for homeschool english, rather than hard and fast rules.One mom was struggling to balance English for her reluctant readers. It can be hard to figure out how much time to spend reading and writing - particularly with struggling readers and writers who may suffer and struggle through the process.  Here are some nice soft boundaries, as you think it through. In general, think about having 1 hour...

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Christmas Reading List

Relax and smell the peppermint mocha! Christmas is a great time to snuggle up with a warm beverage and read some classic literature. Christmastime is the perfect season for great literature.  Even during this frantic time, you can enjoy quality academics that don’t add to the craziness. During your busy season as a parent, pick a book or two for your family from my Christmas reading list. Encourage your teen to spend time relaxing with a...

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How to Confidently Grade Your Teen's Essays and Narratives

One of the hardest parts of teaching writing is knowing how to evaluate a paper. It seems like such risky business—a subjective effort char...

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Homeschool High School: Pemberly Ball

I've written in the past about our son's experience with a "Pemberly Ball." If you're wondering what that might be, check out these blog posts! Can't Get Enough Jane Austen?The Down-Side of Literature-Based EducationI Hate Literary Analysis - Part 4Now is a great time of year to start planning events for the winter and spring. If you are considering a “Pemberly Ball” for your own homeschool literary studies, you might be interested in how to find...

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