Parent Partnership Problems: Love with Some Strings Attached

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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Put Your Weak Areas First in 4 Easy Steps

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
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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Do You Need Summer School?

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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LOL, summer in Texas just ain't worth it, so when we were living there, we'd take breaks in Spring and Fall when the weather was m... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:56
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's so smart, Jo! You have found what works! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Friday, 06 June 2014 10:06
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Educational Gaps

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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The gaps in my own education: 13 years of American history, absolutely no world history. I think the hugest gap was Critical Thi... Read More
Monday, 30 September 2013 17:46
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Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious

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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Lee, I've read this article in the past but I am grateful for the reminders! As it happens. we are enjoying a quick "last" vacatio... Read More
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:03
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Your Plan for September

Your Plan for September
It's time to make your plan for September!  Here are some ideas, to get you started!SeniorsLocate your favorite colleges online, find the admission application due date, and put it on your calendar. Start college applications on the first day of school during senior year. And no, I'm not kidding! College admission and scholarships are first-come, first-served.Senior Year Inspection ChecklistRead more! College Admission BookJuniorsYou have a very busy year ahead!  Make sure you have a transcript ready to...
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You know you are an OFFICIAL homeschooler when.....

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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Great! Thank you!
Friday, 09 August 2013 19:23
Guest — JW
LOL, what a fun list! Let's see... When you didn't learn geography, logic, world history, and Latin when you yourself were in sc... Read More
Friday, 09 August 2013 16:31
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Alternative Education and Homeschooling Independently

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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Thank you for the encouragement! I appreciate it! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:40
Guest — Kimberly
Homeschooling does require investment and when you're choosing for one parent to stay home and educate the kids, it can be a finan... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:45
Guest — Deana
Thank You Lee!!! We have been so blessed by your approach to home school through High School. We drove in the wee hrs of the morni... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 08:37
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Perfect Children Work Perfectly Independently

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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How Do You Encourage Hard Work in your Student?

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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Time to Have "The Talk"

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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Drill Sergeant Not Needed

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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Thanks Julieanne! I'm so glad you like it! You can find Julieanne's full review on her blog here: http://www.joyinourjourney.com... Read More
Monday, 24 September 2012 09:56
Guest — Julieanne Miller
Lee, I just read your book this week, and you're right - it is SO helpful! The tasks like writing course descriptions, figuring... Read More
Saturday, 22 September 2012 17:56
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Words I Hate

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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Here is my previous article about literary analysis and how much it stressed me out: http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/i-hate-lit... Read More
Friday, 21 September 2012 07:59
Guest — Homeschool Mom
Thanks for this post. I understand why you don't like those words, but would please explain to me why you don't like the words lit... Read More
Friday, 21 September 2012 07:33
Guest — Rebecca
WHITEBOARD (as if they're the end-all, be-all) TECHNOLOGY(see above) emergent literacy (it's called Learning to READ) MULIPLE INTE... Read More
Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:48
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Independent Homeschool Support

Independent Homeschool Support
I encourage parents to homeschool independently.Homeschooling is legal in every state, and you can educate your children in a way that makes sense, without being tied to a school system.  That will allow you to homeschool outside the box, keeping your children challenged but not overwhelmed.  When you homeschool independently, you can choose homeschool curriculum that is a perfect fit, and teach any elective class under the sun.  The world is your oyster! But when you...
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