Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch

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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Teaching the Difficult Classes

Teaching the Difficult Classes
What do you do if your student needs to take a class that is way out of your comfort zone. We all have that subject, don't we? This video shares how I "taught" physics.Whether you teach the classes or not, learn how to translate all those great homeschool high school classes into the words and numbers that colleges will understand.  Get the Total Transcript Solution.
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That is some great advice!!! That's the only way I can teach those hard subjects is because I had the answer key and I can learn ... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:43
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What Colleges Need

What Colleges Need
Different colleges ask for different information from homeschoolers.  It can be difficult to determine what extra information they may require from you.The only way to find out is to check their website and also speak to them in person.  Some colleges will have one policy posted, but admission personnel require more or less than the posted policy.  Other colleges won't have a policy posted on their website, but the admission personnel will know the details (or...
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Weighting Grades

Weighting Grades
Weighting Grades Is the stress of weighting grades weighing you down? Let go of that burden!Teri on facebook asked this question: How to compete with the 5 pt grading scale in public school...they take a college credit type class and it's weighted at 5 pts vs 4pts for an A then their GPA can be higher than 4.0 overall. A friend told me that some exclusive/ivy league colleges aren't even looking at kids unless their GPA...
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Lee Binz
Each college is unique. Always do as your favorite college asks. That is why it is important to get to know the college. Many coll... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 14:21
Laurie Beth Keller
FWIW, I followed your advice, unweighted all grades and have "Unweighted GPA: x.x" on the transcript. My student and I called the... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 10:56
Guest — Homeschool High School Credits
Weighted grades are for honors classes, college courses, AP classes, etc.  Since these course are more rigorous, they have a great... Read More
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Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time

Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time
Some questions are easy to answer.When is the PSAT?How do I find a College Fair?Should my freshman take Physics before Biology?But other questions are very big, and very complicated.  Sandi asked a big and complicated question on my blog the other day.Hi Lee. I have 5 kids, 3 remain to be homeschooled. All high school age. My 17 yo has had some issues with seizures since Spring. As a result he has fallen behind somewhat in...
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Homeschooling High School: To Teach or To Learn - What is Your Goal?

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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Guest — Lee
We used Apologia biology, chemistry and physics for science. For math we used Saxon with DIVE CDs. The key is to use homeschool ... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 17:07
Guest — Homeschool Mom
Hi Lee, I really enjoy your postings. I completely agree with you that teens must teach themselves. My son is pretty good at that... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 16:18
Guest — Lee
Aw, thanks, Leisa!!
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 09:52
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The Best High School Guidance Counselor

The Best High School Guidance Counselor
You are the best high school guidance counselor for your child!  This article illustrates one way that you are better than a school counselor For the College-Bound, Smart Ways to Borrow."Families should recognize that higher education is a business, backed by Madison Avenue-scale marketing, and the advice they receive is likely to be biased. High school counselors encourage students to apply to "name" colleges to boost the high school's reputation, says Bissonnette. College financial aid officers...
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Teach Teens to Sleep

Teach Teens to Sleep
Once upon a time, I relied heavily on the book, Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber. I had to actually teach my babies to sleep through the night.  Then, in the blink of an eye it seems, the babies have become teenagers.  You would think that teenagers would be capable of sleeping through the night.  Often, though, it seems like they were only capable of sleeping through the day! It's important to teach your...
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Sorry, Joelle! Try to choose a quieter dorm, and ask for a quieter roommate Blessings, Lee... Read More
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Guest — J W
Great ideas - now how do you teach your teens to sleep in spite of noise? The only thing I hated about college was there was only... Read More
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High School with Learning Challenges

High School with Learning Challenges
If your child struggles with learning challenges, you are not alone!  Read my article "College for Struggling Learners" to hear about other teenagers with learning problems. These are the resources listed in the article, linked so you can easily access the information. Learning Disabilities Association of AmericaTypical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia - often complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Learning Disabilities Association Tips for College AdmissionLearning Disabilities - 8 Tips For...
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How long should a homeschool day last?

How long should a homeschool day last?
In general, a high school students take about 5-7 classes in one year.  Each class represents about one hour a day plus any required homework.  In a homeschool, that means math and English make take a bit longer than an hour - my children did some of that in the evening. In high school, my children worked from 8am until about 3 or 4pm each day. One day a week they worked much shorter hours on...
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Surviving Struggles: Face Challenges Confidently!

Surviving Struggles: Face Challenges Confidently!
Did you get my newsletter today?  The focus is on life's challenges.  It has articles about single parent homeschooling, when friends stop homeschooling, and facing trauma while homeschooling.  Will you please take a moment to encourage others?  Be honest and share your struggles that you have faced while homeschooling.  Life isn't always a bowl of cherries.  If someone else is struggling right now, your story could be just the encouragement they need!  Please add a comment...
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Guest — Jennifer
Thank you so much for this timely encouragement. I have dyslexic teen and my husband has been ill for four years. It is getting ... Read More
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 07:33
Guest — Lee
Dear LJ, I do have a blog post that may help: http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/new-homeschoolers-starting-high-school-with-chro... Read More
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:32
Guest — L J Larson
We are trrying to do high school through our teen's serious illness. With hospital appointments and hospitalizations, and her gen... Read More
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Teen Wants to go to Public School

Teen Wants to go to Public School
There are certainly some challenging things that can happen to homeschoolers.  One of the biggest challenges is a child that wants to go to public school.  Nobody will have the answer for you, and nobody can solve this problem.  It's something you just have to work through - and pray over.  If you are in the midst of the struggle, I can consult with you on the phone if you are a Gold Care Club member....
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How Do You Decide Between Colleges?

How Do You Decide Between Colleges?
When you have multiple college offers with wonderful scholarships, how do you decide between colleges?Here are two methods. First, you can develop a chart and compare each college.  Make sure that comparison includes "your dollars out of pocket each year of college" as your only financial comparison, because there are too many variables to compare any other numbers.The second method is the livability test.  Where does your student want to live for the next four years? ...
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Homeschoolers: Don't Miss the College Fairs!

Homeschoolers: Don't Miss the College Fairs!
Trying to decide if you should go to a college fair?   Now is the time! Particularly for high school juniors, a college fair is a very important step in going to college.  You can find a large college fair through www.nacacnet.org and you can find smaller Christian college fairs through National Christian College Fairs.  When push comes to shove, though, our busy schedules make it difficult to prioritize this important step. Can you describe what the...
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Homeschool Coping Mechanisms: VENTI and VENTING

Homeschool Coping Mechanisms: VENTI and VENTING
Recently my facebook friends have been talking about coffee a lot.  I think it's the cooler weather of fall, but for some reason coffee is a hot topic! Having a hot Venti Starbucks Latte is certainly one of my preferred coping mechanism for most of life's stresses. There is another great strategy to consider:  VENTING.   Just add two more letters to a Venti, and you find another friendly warm coping mechanism. Venting your concerns to a...
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