Homeschooling Middle School - Making Science Fun

Homeschooling Middle School - Making Science Fun
The goal of middle school science is to make it a fun topic that children will want to continue when they get into high school.  There are so many ways to make learning fun, it's almost hard to list them all! My 7th grade daughter is looking for some FUN science - not just busy work. I wondered what you would suggest to whet her appetite more than I am doing now. We have been using...
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Guest — Amber
Jennifer, I'm so glad you brought up 4-H, especially in science! There are so many great programs and projects focused on science... Read More
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 07:45
Guest — Jenifer
Lee, You touched on 4-H as a resource. I would like to add to that. I am a huge proponent of using 4-H in homeschooling. You might... Read More
Monday, 25 October 2010 08:24
Guest — Kriss Trent
http://www.homeschoolscience.com The first sentence on their web site is "Make science your children's favorite subject." Even t... Read More
Monday, 25 October 2010 06:40
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"Lord, don't let me be ashamed that we homeschool!"

"Lord, don't let me be ashamed that we homeschool!"
As children get older, you begin to realize that you have less and less control over their behavior.  It's not until you reach the teen years that you truly understand why all the child training you did in the early years was so important.  Sometimes it seems like you can't tell them anything when they are older teens, and the only messages they hear from you are the ones you said a decade earlier! As children...
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Guest — Lee
You're not alone! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 25 October 2010 09:45
Guest — corine
... so true! Words of wisdom spoken here.
Sunday, 24 October 2010 20:02
Guest — Theresa
Thanks so much, Lee! Thank you for voicing my fears as I am beginning to feel that loss of control. It's very difficult, but it'... Read More
Sunday, 24 October 2010 05:42
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Homeschooling Courses - Aim for Nursing!

Homeschooling Courses - Aim for Nursing!
Wondering what homeschooling courses might help a student who wants to become a nurse?The more biology, chemistry and physics the better!  General bio, and chem are required, physics is sometimes required as well.  Having an AP test in one or all areas will help significantly. course in each area is a BIG deal. The more math the better.  Pre-Calculus is good, but having Calculus before graduation is even better.  I recommend a Teaching Company Course we...
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Guest — courtney
hi there,my name is Courtney im currently homeschooling in the UK, And I have a place to do adult nursing full time in September o... Read More
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 12:18
Guest — Becky
For us, taking advantage of the community college was very helpful. My daughter took almost all the non-nursing classes for her nu... Read More
Friday, 22 October 2010 06:52
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Using Calculators in Your Homeschool

Using Calculators in Your Homeschool
Calculators are used in public schools. Calculators can be used in a homeschool.  Calculators are neither evil nor a God-given right. Calculators are a tool that can help students do math faster, much like a computer will help students write faster.   Calculators can't really teach math concepts anymore than a computer can teach a student to write, but they can be a great tool. When students are very young, the emphasis is on learning how to...
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Guest — Nina
If you are teaching your high school aged kids advanced math, sophisticated computation tools like graphing calculators make the c... Read More
Sunday, 23 January 2011 10:59
Guest — Anna-Marie
My husband and I were just discussing this a few days ago. We decided to introduce it around 5th grade. Maybe we should consider... Read More
Monday, 18 October 2010 19:22
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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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Guest — Lisa
Love it!
Saturday, 16 October 2010 18:27
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Separating is Horrible - But Joy Awaits!

Separating is Horrible - But Joy Awaits!
Letting go is hard work.  Watching your children leave for college brings all sorts of emotions to the surface.   That's when you truly do the hard work of separating. Separating is horrible, and the work is hard, but it really pays off! I'm reading all my home educating friends talking about starting their new academic year and I'm thinking...I am so not ready to not be a home educator any more. I wonder what my cat...
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PSAT PANIC!!

PSAT PANIC!!
You are not the only one.  Some children are just perfectionists, nervous about tests.  Although no fault of their own, parents feel like they are the only one with a panicky teen.My son isn't feeling confident about taking the PSAT. My question is, does he have to take it? He has been having a hard time since the summer and because he's struggling emotionally, I am not sure it's a good idea for him to take...
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Guest — Kathy
One thing we did with these high-stakes tests is that we started them taking the ACT in 7th grade. We had a program called the Ro... Read More
Thursday, 29 November 2012 08:35
Guest — Lee
Dear Elise, I usually do recommend Student Search Service. You can get more information about it here: http://professionals.colle... Read More
Monday, 11 October 2010 18:05
Guest — elise k
Very helpful, Lee...Could you comment more on the pros and cons of saying yes to the Student Search Service on the PSAT, perhaps i... Read More
Monday, 11 October 2010 17:02
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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected
Midnight in Alaska, on a cruise ship on open water.  I'm looking for the Northern Lights with my husband. Instead of the Aurora Borealis I saw birds.  Dozens of small yellow birds, flapping like crazy, illuminated by the lights of the ship.  Not bats, not moths.  Tiny, bright yellow birds. The next morning I asked the Naturalist on the ship.  Dressed like a Park Ranger, I thought for sure she would have the answer.  Instead she...
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Guest — Kim
That is a great story, Lee. Very poignant, and reminds me of what is lacking in mainstream education today. Thanks for the remin... Read More
Saturday, 09 October 2010 16:58
Guest — Lee
Hi Janet, Sadly, I never did see the Northern Lights. I stayed up almost every night on the cruise, even though I'm a morning per... Read More
Saturday, 09 October 2010 16:17
Guest — Janet
Cool! Did you ever see the Northern Lights? Blessins, Janet
Saturday, 09 October 2010 15:56
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Is this enough for a high school credit?

Is this enough for a high school credit?
Is this enough for a high school credit?  That depends on what YOU think - it's up to the homeschool parent! I just finished watching your webinar on the grades, credits, and transcripts. My son is in the 9th grade and I am having him go through both books of the All American History.  This is one of those curriculums that can be adjusted to all ages so they give suggestions as to what you can...
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Encouragement from The Other Side

Encouragement from The Other Side
It's nice to hear stories from parents who have been where you are, but have now graduated a student.  Have they ruined their children's lives?  Have the missed out on college admission or scholarships?  Hardly!  Mostly I hear stories that I call "Shock and Awe!"  Parents write to me and confess the wonderful results of homeschooling high school.  The most common feelings when high school is over?  Shock that it worked, and Awe at the admission...
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Guest — Wendy R
Thankyou so much for sharing your fears and success. I am very encouraged by all of your stories of struggles, growth, and success... Read More
Thursday, 07 October 2010 17:27
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It's College Fair Time!

It's College Fair Time!
Put that College Fair on the Calendar!It's college fair season, and it's time to get that responsibility on your calendar before it gets full!  Attending a college fair is a key to finding a college, and I strongly recommend that every homeschooler attends a college fair in Junior Year.  I think they are great for freshmen, fabulous for sophomore and seniors, but should be required for Juniors.  One of the major tasks of Junior year is...
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Homeschool Science - Choosing Curriculum

Homeschool Science - Choosing Curriculum
Not everyone loves Apologia.  I always encourage parents to use what works for their student, because not all children learn the same way.  It's more important that a curriculum WORKS than if it is popular, inexpensive, or highly rated. I'm hoping you can help me.......this is my first year to homeschool a high school student. My daughter is now in "9th grade" and I am completely lost with regards to science. I am not into science,...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Ann! I wrote a blog post about putting weak areas first, as you suggested, and I even used science as an example. I wonder i... Read More
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 06:06
Guest — Ann
hi Lee! I was just telling my husband--I SO appreciate your advice--it is so down-to-earth, practical, and wise! My youngest and I... Read More
Monday, 04 October 2010 18:52
Guest — Margaret
Answers in Genesis has some great science curriculum. We are doing Geology this year, and adding in some extra stuff to make it a ... Read More
Friday, 01 October 2010 22:18
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"Cramming for Tests" or "Loving to Learn"?

"Cramming for Tests" or "Loving to Learn"?
I posted a public school student's valedictorian speech on my newsletter, and it brought up an interesting question about cramming for a test. I love that speech! But now I'm concerned because we're thinking of using CollegePlus (recommended on this website). Doesn't CollegePlus do just that - train people to cram for tests and then forget? I totally see the value of getting through college in high school, but please give some input about how to...
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Daily Homeschool Record Keeping

Daily Homeschool Record Keeping
What would you recommend for the daily record keeping of time and subjects… an official teacher record keeping book or something ‘home made’ on Excel. Should track grades on each assignment, as it is first done and as it is corrected to 100%, as well as track the time spent?~ homeschool mom For record keeping, I had a sheet of notebook paper for every class.  I would write the names of any papers and the results...
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Real Life Homeschool Education

Real Life Homeschool Education
It can be difficult to determine when an activity should be considered a high school course or just an activity.  Everyone has an opinion, and different parents may handle the same situation in a different way.  Stephanie asked for my opinion on getting high school credit for work experience. My son has been working at a restaurant as a cook for several months.  In order to keep this job, he had to memorize the entire menu...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Dawn, My vote would be for calling the dog walking a PE class. Volunteer work is more suited to helping with a non-profit. F... Read More
Monday, 11 October 2010 18:10
Guest — Dawn in Ohio
That brings up another thought. Our 15-year-old son has volunteered to walk a very difficult Australian shepherd dog for an elder... Read More
Monday, 11 October 2010 15:56
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