Interested in Movie Thor? Study Norse Mythology in Your Homeschool!

Kids love amazing things.  Unreal, incredible things.  Especially in movies, they LOVE superheros.  Spiderman.  The Incredibles. Batman.  And now Thor.The big news:  Kids love these things.The bad news: Hollywood.The good news:  It can encourage reading.If your child is old enough to see Thor, or if they aren't allowed but are interested, I have a suggestion.  Read books about mythology!My children enjoyed reading about mythology.  Of course, it's important to compare mythology to the truth!  But you...

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Homeschooling High School: To Teach or To Learn - What is Your Goal?

As homeschool parents, our goal is NOT to teach something. Our goal is for the kids to LEARN. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they would have not learned a thing. Instead, I gave them curriculum at their ability level, and then they had to learn something that they didn’t already know. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will be expected...

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Apologia Science is Great College Preparation

Apologia Science is Great College Preparation This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.img class="aligncenter wp-image-14863" alt="Apologia Science" src="" width="553" height="414" Apologia Science is a very rigorous college preparation series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum because I know it's more about how it fits your child than the textbook or curriculum itself. When it comes to science, though, we had such...

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Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch

Do you feel like you want to "throw in the towel" with your homeschooling? Is it winter doldrums or your curriculum?Learn more about steps you can take right now to meet all of your homeschool high school goals.  

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Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions

    Homeschooling is more fun for MANY reasons, but one reason it that we can play games instead of use curriculum.  Here are some great ideas you can give as Christmas gifts. Then in January you can incorporate games across all subject areas! In my homeschool, we scheduled a few hours every Friday just to play games. Sometimes they loved the games (Diplomacy!) and other times they tolerated the games (any Art game) but they...

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Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy

Economics is usually a 1/2 credit, semester-long class taught during senior year in high school. Sometimes homeschoolers want to provide a full 1 credit class on economics, which can be done. There are a lot of different ways to cover economics as a homeschooler. Here are some options you might consider.This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Fast and Easy EconomicsNot everything in high school has to be...

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8 Tips for Buying Homeschool Curriculum

I know it's time to buy your curriculum, so let me give you a few quick pointers, for buying homeschool curriculum.  {This post contains affiliat...

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New to All This!

I'll admit it.  Sometimes parents ask BIG questions on Facebook, and it's hard to answer in a short paragraph.  If you only had a few sentences, how would you answer this new homeschool mom?Posted on The HomeScholar Fan Page: My daughter has been in a Classical Christian school since Kindergarten. She is now going into 7th grade and we want to home school her. She is so sick and tired of filling in work sheets, and...

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Homeschool High School Logic Course

Looking for a great homeschool high school logic course?Loreena asked, "What Logic curriculum did you use or would you recommend?"Introductory Logic by Nance is a wonderful beginning logic course.  It has a workbook and set of DVDs.  Although I felt incapable of teaching logic to my children, it was easy to provide the video and workbook for them to use.  My children did a great job with it!This program is written from a Christian perspective.   I...

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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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Avoid Digital Learning When You Can

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Avoid Digital Learning When You Can I'm concerned about all the digital learning.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding children ages 13-18 years, teenagers should have no more than two hours per day of personal technology use, and video games should be limited to 30 minutes per day; no violent games should be...

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Including Online Classes

Many homeschool students are taking online classes these days, either to supplement or cover all their coursework. If your child is one of them, I encourage you to remember that online classes are great TOOLS you can use in your homeschool, but they can easily become an unpleasant taskmaster.  Including Online Classes Think carefully before you cede your authority as a home school parent to another person or institution, and be aware of the potential constraints...

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Cosmetology for High School Credit

Sometimes we forget how many homeschool high school course options there are for our kids to choose from. Are you teaching an occupational education class in your homeschool? If your child loves to spend time painting nails or trying out all the hairstyles on Pinterest and just enjoys all things having to do with beauty, why not consider cosmetology for high school credit? Occupational Education: Cosmetology You can call an elective class “Occupational Education: Cosmetology.” Some public high...

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My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Curriculum for New and Struggling Homeschoolers You know what? I blame Cathy Duffy for my homeschool success, I truly do! She has been such an awesome resource for new and struggling homeschoolers for as long as I can remember. I strongly encourage you to have a copy of her Top Picks for your homeschool library and...

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Homeschool Curriculum Mismatch

We used Jay Wile for my two oldest. We struggled/battled/survived but it is just not working for my 9th grader. We stopped halfway through Physical Science, switched to Alpha & Omega Switched-On Schoolhouse, which wasn't much better. I'm dreading Biology next year but will struggle through Jay Wile if there is nothing else out there for the non-Science family. Homeschool Curriculum Mismatch How do you know when a homeschooling curriculum just isn't working for you? Listen to the...

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