Classics that can Raise SAT Scores

Classics that can Raise SAT Scores
 Hi Lee,One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT. They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you. Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank you for...
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Guest — D. M. Rutledge
Hi Lee! You have been quoted as saying, "Homeschool families tend to focus on the classics and colleges like to see that kids have... Read More
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:55
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Deanna, In her article College Bound Reading List, Lee talks gives examples of a wide variety of classic and contemporary lit... Read More
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:58
Guest — Cheri Frame
Lee, thanks for the ideas. I have not used these books, but look forward to it!
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56
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Homeschool High School: Pemberly Ball

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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Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?

Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?
An "understanding" of grammar is important.  You need it in order to write well. You need it in order to score well on the SAT and ACT tests.  However, grammar is NOT taught every year in high school.  Colleges don't require or test the ability to diagram a sentence. Taking a special grammar class every year is not necessary for the critical life skill of writing.  You may want to teach grammar separately in high school,...
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I like using the "Real SAT" books. Here is an article about the SAT and ACT that will help: http://www.thehomescholar.com/sat-tes... Read More
Thursday, 11 August 2011 19:43
Guest — Vanessa S
I'm just starting high school this year with my oldest (and with 6 children, I'll be doing it for a quite a while - 16 more years!... Read More
Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:00
Guest — Rebecca
We study grammar very seriously through junior high, so by the time they reach high school, so much is simply review. I have had ... Read More
Monday, 08 August 2011 20:22
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Test Prep on a High School Transcript

Test Prep on a High School Transcript
SAT preparation is a good idea, but you don't want to announce "WE STUDY FOR THE TEST" in big bold letters, so I don't recommend the title "SAT Preparation" for a course title.  Instead, I prefer calling it something else. Many public and private schools will include test prep in their regular English and math courses.  Others will provide separate classes for SAT prep, like you are doing.  It's completely fine to give credit for test...
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Guest — June
What a timely article! I'd decided to do just this with my younger daughter this coming year(having seen with her sister how I sh... Read More
Friday, 22 July 2011 17:35
Guest — Joanna
That's a much better name! Do you have any suggestions for writing the course description?
Friday, 22 July 2011 08:34
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Homeschooling High School: Favorite Writing Curriculum

Homeschooling High School: Favorite Writing Curriculum
If you ask 10 homeschoolers, you may get 10 different answers about favorite writing programs. Learning how to write well often starts with reading great writing. Having trouble finding books your middle schooler will love? I've done the work for you! Click to download: The HomeScholar Middle School Reading List Do you have any favorites for teaching composition beginning in 9th grade? Funny thing, I am a writer and editor by trade but haven't a clue...
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Guest — Lisa
We like IEW and started with level B this past year with a 5th and 7th grader. We didn't do a lot of formal writing before this pa... Read More
Saturday, 25 June 2011 18:14
Guest — Rebecca
I too was overwhelmed at the idea of watching hours of video to teach the IEW classes. So I didn't. I just purchased the student ... Read More
Friday, 24 June 2011 19:52
Guest — Alicia
I can't say enough about Institute for Excellence in Writing. They have a wonderful support loop with instructors who will help yo... Read More
Friday, 24 June 2011 17:54
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Along the Latin Road

Along the Latin Road
I really loved Latin Road. I had no real Latin background, and when I looked at the other books they looked SO difficult to even START their programs. Latin Road is written by a homeschool mom who assumes you know nothing — an accurate assumption in my case! I worked two weeks ahead of my kids for the whole year, doing the work before them. The student does copy work, copying off the information in the...
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Guest — Christine
I loved Latin Road, my son Hated it. I agree with Lee, it is the best program around. The biggest problem is it is time intensive ... Read More
Saturday, 14 May 2011 06:18
Guest — Leanne Hamby
Lee, We absolutely adore The Latin Road. The work is not difficult, the pace is just right, and the copy work is a good way for ... Read More
Saturday, 14 May 2011 02:44
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Living Books for Homeschool College Preparation

Living Books for Homeschool College Preparation
Cori and I chatted about literature-based curriculum, and she had a follow up question about using living books. Lee, you wrote: "We used a literature based curriculum for high school, and my children read TONS of books in high school.   What does literature-based learning look like in the REAL world, where parents are faced with the demands of homeschooling, housework, and household economics?"   Where should I look to find out exactly how you did this please? ...
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Doubling Up on English for CLEP Tests

Doubling Up on English for CLEP Tests
Weighing the pros and cons of studying for a CLEP Exam? My son is interested in CLEP for English, but I need some help with planning this along with his other work.  He is doing an English curriculum, should he just stop it for the 8 weeks to study for the CLEP?  He already takes a long time to finish his English, especially the writing.  We are praying and weighing out the benefits and would appreciate...
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A point of clarification, there is no CLEP for English as in the study of grammar, sentence structure, etc. There is a CLEP called... Read More
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 08:37
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Homeschool English Evaluation

Homeschool English Evaluation
Sometimes combining subjects works perfectly.  Other times it can be best to separate subjects.  My best advice is always do what works - and if it doesn't work, then try something else. My 13 yr old son can recite to me things he has learned or read but when I ask him to write a paper on it, he freezes up and the knowledge simply never makes it on the paper. It's like his brain knows...
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Good idea to teach it as a separate subject. One thing I do with my younger (elementary) boys is have them write in a journal eve... Read More
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 07:34
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Perfect English Evaluation?

Perfect English Evaluation?
My husband volunteered to grade all of our English papers.  Not because I wasn't smart enough to do it myself, but because I didn't actually DO it.  I was always busy with other tasks, and it never seemed to get done.  My husband took over the job, and took it very seriously.  He was a little difficult to please.  He gave feedback;  circling things that were confusing.  Pointing out misspelled words or  mixed verb tenses.  It...
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That's certainly true. One of my best college professors (and in my major) never got the highest score on his own tests, during t... Read More
Thursday, 02 September 2010 05:25
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Homeschool English: Beware of "Random" Quotation Marks

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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Ugh! I do the "same thing" and it is really "annoying!"
Saturday, 21 August 2010 19:03
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Homeschool High School: Senior Year English

Homeschool High School: Senior Year English
Colleges want four years of high school English.  You've done it all and you have one more year of high school to go.  What to do about English?Hey Lee,I am a high school senior, and I was wondering what you would recommend me to take for English class this fall. I don't actually "need" another English credit so this is mostly going to be something that I'm doing just to make my transcript look better. I'm...
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Hi Melissa, Each state has their own law covering homeschooling, so I can't say for certain if it is required for you or not. I ... Read More
Monday, 17 June 2013 09:27
Guest — Melissa
So a research paper is not required for the Senior English credit? That's the only credit my daughter has left to graduate.
Sunday, 16 June 2013 15:53
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Online English Class Ideas

Online English Class Ideas
Math and science may scare some people, but I was intimidated by English. I think math and science are wonderful, because there is always a right answer and wrong answer. Unfortunately, English isn't that way. English can be very difficult to teach and difficult to correct. How do you know writing is "right" or "wrong" when it could be just the voice of the writer? I finally decided that my job as a homeschool parent was...
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My daughter has been using One Year Adventure Novel now for the past two years. It has been perfect for her, and one of the best ... Read More
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:41
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Thursday, 12 August 2010 05:38
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Homeschool Summer Reading Fun

Homeschool Summer Reading Fun
In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.~Alfred Lord TennysonIn summer a homeschool parent's fancy turns to reading.~Lee Binz One of the great things about summer is the opportunity to read without being interrupted.Set two goals:First:  Demonstrate the love of literature by finding a book for yourself and reading it in front of your children, showing them how enjoyable it is. Second:  Find books that your children will enjoy reading.For some,...
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I'm a curator for Scoop.it and I shared your blog post on my Scoop.it Homeschool Resources site at http://www.scoop.it/t/homescho... Read More
Monday, 11 July 2011 16:38
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Homeschoolers And Classical Conversations

Homeschoolers And Classical Conversations
When she was good,She was very, very good,And when she was bad she was horrid.From the poem "THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL"by Henry Wadsworth LongfellowClassical education is very popular right now.  What are your opinions on this new-again fad? "Hi Lee,Have you ever evaluated or looked at "Classical Conversations".   friend of mine just found out about this and told me this is really taking the home schooling community by storm. Just wondered  if you had any...
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Pamela, what a perfect example of what I was saying! Even in the same family, sometimes it's a fit and other times it's not. Thank... Read More
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Guest — Pamela
We have 2 daughters. Both went trough Foundations and loved it. That being said, one daughter (and I) knew Challenge would not be ... Read More
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Guest — Kristi
Any created tool to teach (or to do anything in life) is just that a tool. Something created that takes too high a place in our l... Read More
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