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Interested in Movie Thor? Study Norse Mythology in Your Homeschool!

Kids love amazing things.  Unreal, incredible things.  Especially in movies, they LOVE superheros.  Spiderman.  The Incredibles. Batman.  And now Thor.The big news:  Kids love these things.The bad news: Hollywood.The good news:  It can encourage reading.If your child is old enough to see Thor, or if they aren't allowed but are interested, I have a suggestion.  Read books about mythology!My children enjoyed reading about mythology.  Of course, it's important to compare mythology to the truth!  But you...

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The Relative Importance of Homeschool Transcripts and Standardized Tests

"How important is the transcript compared to SAT or ACT scores when it comes to college admissions or scholarships? I know it is good to have both but without those great scores it seems like all is lost."~ Anne on FacebookHi Anne!The transcript is extremely important. It's the one page overview of your student so the college can give them a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" quickly. It's a good idea to have some outside documentation...

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How do You Answer the Socialization Question?

What do you do when people ask you about the socialization of their children?  Do you blow them off with a flip answer, or have you had any good conversations where people ‘see the light?'I asked a few of my friends what kinds of experiences they’ve had with this question, and they shared some of their stories below.“My husband is military and last summer brought a move; our first move since we started home schooling. As...

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Homeschoolers Grow Up!

Guess what?  One day they grow up and graduate from homeschooling!  I'm not kidding - it's true!  Here is Michelle's story. Hi Lee,Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and everything you do to support homeschoolers and promote homeschooling through high school. I will briefly share my experience in case you want to blog about it - hopefully it will encourage others.We started our homeschooling journey when our boys were 5 & 7. David was just coming...

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Should you Mix Academics with Socialization?

It's hard to mix oil and water.  Sure they are both liquids, but they really are two completely different substances.   When I hear "What she really wants is the peer interaction she'd get at a school," I think about oil and water. Mixing peer interaction and school academics is similar to mixing oil and water.   They may seem similar.  They both involve teenagers who like to talk, right?  But they are two completely different things.  In...

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When "When he is old" has not arrived

Many parents hold firmly to Proverbs 22:6 as they raise their children. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." That's a wonderful promise.  It's great motivation to work hard as we train up our children to know right from wrong, and to make good choices.But it says "When he is old..."  What happens before he gets old?  What happens when the child...

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