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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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Overseas Homeschool Friends - Listen Up!

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. If you are living overseas and are homeschooling because you are military, missionary, or for other reasons live outside the US, I have a great resource for you to add to your home library. The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition One of my overseas homeschool parents suggested this, so I asked to review...

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Personal Homeschool Testimonials

It is always so encouraging for me to receive personal homeschool testimonials from families that have been able to benefit from The HomeScholar. I just had to share these two that were posted on my Facebook. // ![DATA[(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));// ]]>Post by Ginger Sorrells Dodson.// ![DATA[(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs =...

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3 Big Ideas That Save Money on Gifts

You can save money on gifts for the holidays! Several great ways to save money on gifts included: buying things that are useful AND are things you will eventually need to buy anyway.  Buying gifts that improve your chances of receiving really great scholarships saves you money in the long run, too! Here are three HUGE ideas to help you save money on gifts this holiday season.  1. Buy Great Books  Many homeschoolers love great books...

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How to Earn $1600 an Hour Writing Course Descriptions

  If your homeschool family is struggling to make the time to write course descriptions, this might be a good blog post to share with your spouse.If you had the perfect job, working from home, loving your children, how much could you earn per hour, do you think? Traci found out that her job as a homeschool parent was actually earning her WELL over minimum wage. Can you believe it? $1600/hour for working on her homeschool...

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Digging Into College Statistics

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. When you are looking at different colleges, spend some time enjoying college statistics before you visit. Little numbers on a page can indicate HUGE differences between colleges - and can explain how some colleges are "cheap" while others are a good investment.  First, look at college statistics that can indicate if your child will...

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Fun Read for Parents: The Perfect Score Project by Debbie Stier

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT by Debbie Stier is a very funny book about a mom trying to help her test-averse son. Trying to get him the best possible score, she ended up taking the SAT by herself, as an adult, seven different times in five different locations - can you imagine?!...

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Our Charlotte Mason Pond

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.  Our Charlotte Mason Pond Charlotte Mason would have loved my pond. It's only two blocks from my house. The pond has salmon, river otters, blue herons, bald eagles, and a huge variety of ducks and geese. The park will sometimes even see visiting wildlife: coyotes, rabbits, racoons, and more. When we moved here, I thought I...

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Simple Ways to Count Down the Days

Here are some simple ways to count down until Christmas!  These ideas are great for little kids, big kids AND adult kids! Our 25 Days of Christmas CountdownThis mom uses things she already owns, and combines them into a daily family tradition. "Each day we will read a Christmas book, watch a Christmas movie, make a fun craft or do a fun Christmas activity, and eat a yummy treat."Read EnjoyingLifeWith4KidsAdvent ActivitiesThis mom thinks about what they...

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This Book is So Much Fun! The Homeschool Experiment Review

Well that was the most fun I've had in a LONG time!  I just finished reading The Homeschool Experiment, a novel by Charity Hawkins, and it was REALLY fun to read!This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. This Book is So Much Fun! The Homeschool Experiment Review I feel like I've been in so many of those conversations and situations, and...

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Prepmatic SAT Vocabulary Prep

If you are preparing to take the SAT, it’s encouraging to note that there are quite a variety of study aides out there to choose from—and study you should.  Most students can increase their scores significantly with regular review, and higher scores mean more scholarship money. For those interested in the latest and greatest, a new product has just hit the shelves this summer, called Prepmatic.  Founded by a young entrepreneur, Elie Schoppik, Prepmatic is a “web-based application that...

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Internet Addiction is Not New

Our modern world brings up new concerns, but addiction itself is not new.  With knowledge and awareness, parents can help children resist the temptation to put computer interactions before basic needs and responsibilities.   Learn about internet addiction on Pinterest here: Pinterest.com/HomeScholar/Internet-Addiction. Limit the amount of time your children spend on digital media to prevent it from happening while your children are living at home. Discuss the signs of addiction, to avoid serious difficulties in the future. Subscribe...

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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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Considering Homeschooling?

What advice would you give to a mom who is considering homeschooling?  These are comments from my Facebook friends.  What do YOU tell someone who is thinking about homeschooling for the first time? DianeDon't be too hard on your kids. it's all going to be fine. if you are stressed, they'll be stressed.DianneYou don't have to do it all, you don't have to be perfect, and your kids will learn anyway and be better for it. Be kind...

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Hand Holding Calms Nerves

As a nurse working in a hospital,  I learned that the warm touch of hand-holding can improve heath and healing.  I think it's true for homeschoolers as well! I loved what Anita wrote in this note about hand-holding!Dear Lee, I want to thank you so very much for all the hand holding for my first graduate.  It was so nice to be able to email you with questions that I had regarding my daughters transcripts and...

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