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Parent Partnership Problems: Love with Some Strings Attached

When it comes to homeschooling high school, outside programs can seem appealing compared to homeschooling independently. At first glance, "accredited ...

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Do You Need Summer School?

Do you need to do summer school in your homeschool? How do you know? Take this quick quiz to find out if you need to do summer school this summer.  1. Are you done with curriculum? One way to measure a high school credit is when you finish the curriculum.  You only need to be 75-80% finished to be "done" so there is some flexibility. While it's true that most homeschoolers finish curriculum in order to save...

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Homeschooling High School - How to Get it All Done

How do I get it ALL done? That is a big question. It all depends on what your "ALL" means to you? Is your "All" too big? What are your priorities?

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The Total Transcript Solution Loved in Omaha

I recently did a webinar for Omaha Homeschool Learning Center.  Their group organizer created a long comparison chart describing the differences between four homeschool transcript products.  Watch this video to hear him describe the highlights.  He compares the four major transcript products (Transcripts Made Easy, Total Transcript Solution, Transcript Boot Camp, and TranscriptPro) in the areas of information, support and tools. Guess which one was the clear winner!? To see his review for yourself, including all...

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Educational Gaps

So much to worry about, and so little time.  If you are worried about gaps in your child's education, though, I suggest you relax a bit.  OF COURSE the will have gaps - we ALL have gaps.   Instead of thinking about how you might compare against a perfect school, remember to deal in reality.  In real life, all schools have gaps, and no educational system is perfect.  Perhaps the only perfect schools are in heaven? ...

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How Do You Encourage Hard Work in your Student?

Accountability is instrumental in successfully homeschooling high school. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!

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Put Your Weak Areas First in 4 Easy Steps

Put Your Weak Areas First in 4 Easy Steps Your strengths come naturally to you, and will take care of themselves, but weaknesses don’t. Weak areas are avoided, possibly hated, definitely put on the back shelf in hopes everyone forgets them. But strengths aren't like that. If your child just loves art, then you’ll give Christmas presents that are art related, and they will be working on art every free moment. They may do so much...

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Accredited Online High School

Accredited Online High School It's that time of year again, when parents are looking for a great school for fall. Some parents are looking to online schools. Let me tell you what you do NOT need as you are searching for the perfect school. State certified teachers - because you know your child best, you are best equipped to guide your child. 1:1 approach to education - because that's exactly what homeschooling is like, the very...

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Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious

Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious About the Coming Year? The hardest part about homeschooling is when you are faced with something new.  The first time you had to teach a child to write in cursive, or mulitply, for example, it was pretty intimidating. If you are feeling stressed about the coming year, chances are you are faced with something new.  These are my "OH MY GOODNESS I'M PANICKING!" articles that I hope will talk you down from...

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Alternative Education and Homeschooling Independently

Homeschooling is hard enough all on its own, but when others criticize us for our educational choices, it becomes even harder.  That’s why I try really hard not to judge the way other people choose to educate their children, knowing that most parents are doing their very best with their situation. Because I’m a huge advocate of independent homeschooling through high school, sometimes people who choose to use government-funded programs perceive that I am critical of...

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You know you are an OFFICIAL homeschooler when.....

Each child has a pile of unfinished projects they still want to finish because they found something else they wanted to do first. ~ CynthiaYou tell the kids to go read in their rooms while mom and the dogs go nap. ~ BonnieYou're on a first name basis with the UPS man, the Postal Dude, and even the occasional FedEx person. ~ PamYou find a way to turn a Disney trip into an educational excursion! LOL!...

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Perfect Children Work Perfectly Independently

My children were not perfect.  I'm guessing your children aren't perfect either.  But somehow, some way, we need to get them on the road to independence.  Eventually they will need to work independently on their school subjects.  That's the goal - learning without you.That begs the questions, “How do I get my student to work independently?”A lot of people think that high school is the point where students should become self-teaching, but the truth is that...

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Time to Have "The Talk"

When children are young, we shield them from much of our "rated R" world.  But something happens that changes that.....  Your children grow up.  That's when we realize that we need to shelter young children, but discuss with teens. When your children enter their teen years, it's time to begin having "the talk" about social issues, morality, and integrity.  Allow them to see more of the world, and explain to them what you see in the...

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Words I Hate

There are certain words I hate.  They don't seem to be important for homeschooling.  Although I know it can be useful for some people, many of these words have their roots in public schools. rubricliterary analysisumbrella organizationaccountabilitybenchmarkcredentialinclusivenorm or normativesocializationalternative educationaccreditationparent-partnershipcertifiedapprovedIn fact, to me some words just scream "Certified teacher!  Lookout!"  Some things are useful - even important - with public school children or in a brick and mortar school.  That doesn't mean they are words that...

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Drill Sergeant Not Needed

Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Even scary words like "grades" and "credits" can be simple when you know the easy way to do it!I'll be glad to show you the easy way to calculate high school credits.  You'll be amazed at how simple it is!  No need for a scary-sounding boot camp, with sweating and tremendous effort while the Drill Sergeant is screaming at you. Instead, calculating homeschool credits is more...

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