Is High School Accreditation Necessary?

Is High School Accreditation Necessary?
Frankie on Facebook was concerned about high school accreditation, and contacted me with this question: I have a son who is entering High School and we are trying to find a High School program that is accredited. The trick is to find one that will also be accepted by an accredited College. At this point my son seems to want to go into the criminal justice direction but it has been tough for me since there...
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Foreign Language on Your iPad!

Foreign Language on Your iPad!
This just in!  You can watch foreign language channels on your iPad or iPod and practice your foreign language skills!Find the iPod Touch app called "TVU."  You can't get your local channels, but you can get channels from across the country and the globe!  The app costs $4.99, so it's much cheaper than cable, and you can get channels that broadcast in the language you want your children to learn. There are dozens of foreign language...
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Hey! I'm a Homeschool Superhero!

Hey! I'm a Homeschool Superhero!
Have you heard about these FREE homeschool interviews?   Kerry Beck is hosting interviews with some of the coolest people in the homeschool community - to get your homeschool year off to the right start! Why is she doing this?She knows what it is like to be in the trenches as a homeschool mom. Sometimes you need a little encouragement or a few fun tricks from experienced homeschoolers.  Real homeschool parents who have real experience balancing school,...
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Guest — Marian
Thanks Lee! Thoroughly enjoyed the Homeschool Superheroes interview! You did a wonderful job!
Thursday, 26 August 2010 17:26
Guest — Kerry Beck
It is actually a fully digital product. You will receive links to the audios and transcriptions and can download the audios on to ... Read More
Monday, 23 August 2010 09:18
Guest — Lee
I'm not actually running this promotion, it's done by another group. I'm just the source of one interview. However, I'll try to ... Read More
Monday, 23 August 2010 08:12
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Homeschool English: Beware of "Random" Quotation Marks

Homeschool English: Beware of "Random" Quotation Marks
Just say "NO" to "random" quotation marks! I keep finding "random quotation marks" in things I have "written myself." I find it "frustrating" and think I should read the book "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" by Lynne Truss again. It's a hilarious book.  I do remember that there were some "questionable" words, and I hesitated before showing it to my older teenagers.  Don't use it with "younger" children, and you may want to pre-read it before giving...
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Guest — Carletta
Ugh! I do the "same thing" and it is really "annoying!"
Saturday, 21 August 2010 19:03
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Homeschool Lessons from Nature: All Kits Learn Differently

Homeschool Lessons from Nature: All Kits Learn Differently
I was watching a bunny run across my back yard.  Now, bunnies always catch my attention - but it was the reason for running that KEPT my attention. Apparently, Mr Bunny did NOT want to mess with a family of raccoons.  One mommy raccoon and four baby kits we slowly making their way toward our neighbor's house.  I've never seen a raccoon with four babies before! When they came to the gate, mommy and three babies...
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Guest — Bev
Even as adults, we some times insist on taking the hard road. Thanks for sharing this story. I can see all kinds of applications... Read More
Saturday, 21 August 2010 13:12
Guest — J W
Two very different kids here. I simply sell what materials I can, and buy used.
Friday, 20 August 2010 20:18
Guest — Leanne Hamby
Lee, What a great illustration! Jesus taught in such a manner, and got his point across, as you have also done. Thank you for t... Read More
Friday, 20 August 2010 19:04
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Homeschool High School: Senior Year English

Homeschool High School: Senior Year English
Colleges want four years of high school English.  You've done it all and you have one more year of high school to go.  What to do about English?Hey Lee,I am a high school senior, and I was wondering what you would recommend me to take for English class this fall. I don't actually "need" another English credit so this is mostly going to be something that I'm doing just to make my transcript look better. I'm...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Melissa, Each state has their own law covering homeschooling, so I can't say for certain if it is required for you or not. I ... Read More
Monday, 17 June 2013 09:27
Guest — Melissa
So a research paper is not required for the Senior English credit? That's the only credit my daughter has left to graduate.
Sunday, 16 June 2013 15:53
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Free Tool for Homeschooling Teens

Free Tool for Homeschooling Teens
We found this tool extremely useful in the run up to our son's wedding.  I somehow think others might be able to use it to take the edge off some of the more dramatic moments of homeschooling teens. Enjoy! Drama Button You can sign up for our free monthly newsletter here.
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Saturday, 14 August 2010 06:18
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Online English Class Ideas

Online English Class Ideas
Math and science may scare some people, but I was intimidated by English. I think math and science are wonderful, because there is always a right answer and wrong answer. Unfortunately, English isn't that way. English can be very difficult to teach and difficult to correct. How do you know writing is "right" or "wrong" when it could be just the voice of the writer? I finally decided that my job as a homeschool parent was...
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Guest — Mikki
My daughter has been using One Year Adventure Novel now for the past two years. It has been perfect for her, and one of the best ... Read More
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:41
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Thursday, 12 August 2010 05:38
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Need Homeschool Help? Private Consultation vs. The Gold Care Club.

Need Homeschool Help? Private Consultation vs. The Gold Care Club.
Panicky parents are asking for appointments.  With so many requests for a consultation, my calendar is filling up months in advance.  If you need an appointment my fee is $125 per hour.  You can get more information here. A much cheaper and much quicker option is to join the Gold Care Club.  As long as you can remember to call me on Wednesdays, you'll get help quickly, and it's only $97 per month for 20 minutes...
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Homeschool High School: What about umbrella schools?

Homeschool High School: What about umbrella schools?
Thinking about an umbrella school next year?  The grass may not be greener on the other side, as one mother so clearly demonstrates in her blog question. I just read about your transcript help. I am so overwhelmed. Last year my son applied for and got into a very competitive performing arts public high school. The problem? They refused to "count" his 9th grade work and insisted he redo the 9th grade! He begged me to...
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Hi, Patricia. Thanks for sharing your experience. Lee was responding to a homeschooler who's experience was not as positive. Ble... Read More
Thursday, 09 March 2017 18:02
Guest — Patricia Herr
Clonlara is an accredited educational institution with decades of experience assisting homeshoolers. Homeschoolers using Clonlara... Read More
Thursday, 09 March 2017 10:31
Guest — Kim in Florida
Thanks for the info, Lee. My daughter, a rising senior and in her second year of homeschooling, had a momentary whim to return to... Read More
Monday, 09 August 2010 19:19
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Kevin and Liz: The Wedding

Kevin and Liz: The Wedding
I wanted to take a short break from my normal homeschooling instruction and share a few brief videos with you that we made to commemorate my oldest son's wedding, two months after he graduated college. It got me thinking that this is the real reason we homeschooled. It wasn't just preparation for college ... it was preparation for life. As a parent, it doesn't get much better than watching your son walk down the aisle with...
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Guest — Susan Alkire
Wonderfully put together. Congratulations to the bride and groom. We pray for a very LONG, successfully, happy marriage with God ... Read More
Friday, 14 March 2014 17:47
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you, Susan! We celebrate 4 years of marriage this summer. Liz Binz Assistant to The HommeScholar... Read More
Friday, 14 March 2014 18:18
Guest — Maria
Very heartwarming - and at the same time a prophetic ensemble of videos that play out an event that will happen to each one of you... Read More
Saturday, 06 August 2011 13:38
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Where to Find a Homeschool Support Group

Where to Find a Homeschool Support Group
Are you looking for a homeschool support group?  I'm located in Seattle Washington, so I'm not familiar with every local support groups, but you can find some support groups listed here: Homeschool.com (General), A to Z (General) and HSLDA (Christian) You can sign up for our free monthly newsletter here.
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Saturday, 07 August 2010 05:51
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Choosing a Career or College Major

Choosing a Career or College Major
We were sitting at the dining table, filling out college applications and came to the part that said "What is your major?"  My son panicked. It's rare to have a teenager know exactly what they want to do in life. Very few high school seniors can confidently say what their major will be. One step in the right direction is to do some career planning in your home. Here are some resources that may help.  Don't...
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Does the SAT Have Analogies?

Does the SAT Have Analogies?
Do you remember the dreaded analogies in high school?  Here are some examples from our past: Cat is to meow as dog is to bark Poverty is to wealth as hunger is to food. Designed to encourage critical thinking, analogies used to be included in the SAT test. But wait!  Analogies aren't on the test anymore!  For the past few years, the SAT has eliminated all analogies, and has something even MORE fun instead!  When they...
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Guest — Evie Coleman
The elimination of analogies from SAT is welcomed, indeed! I know that it develops important skills, but I never did take to them.... Read More
Monday, 27 September 2010 02:26
Guest — J W
Ooo! Love analogies - thanks for the link! Chicken is to grasshopper as dog is to... 1) broccoli 2) cat 3) disgusting stuff Fla... Read More
Friday, 06 August 2010 21:29
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Searching For Homeschool Socialization

Searching For Homeschool Socialization
Socialization is not about a group of kids all the same age.  True socialization is about people of ALL ages getting together. When kids are feeling alone, then getting out into the world can provide the socialization they are craving.  Here are some suggestions for socialization activities: Family and family outings. Play-only groups;  many support groups will have park days in the summer.  It may be worth joining a group JUST to meet kids are park...
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