How Do I Cover the Weak Areas?

How Do I Cover the Weak Areas? It's important to invest in your weaknesses, both your child's and your own as a homeschool educator. Click on the video below to get some tips from Lee!   Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!

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Teaching Students to Learn

Teaching Students to Learn As homeschool parents, our plan is NOT to teach something. Our goal is teaching students to learn. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they might not have learned a thing. Instead, I offered them a curriculum at their ability level and they had to learn something 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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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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HELP! Homeschooling High School isn't Working!

Help! Homeschooling High School isn't Working! I have heard more than one homeschool mom lament, "Homeschooling high school isn't working!" When you're homeschooling high school, if it works, use it; if it doesn't work, then stop using that curriculum and try something else. You don't even have to teach; your children just need to learn. You don't necessarily have to teach ANYTHING in high school, just make sure they learn. Self-teaching is a great skill to...

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How Do I Prove My Child is Educated?

In this video, I talk about how to prove to the colleges that your child's homeschool education is rigorous. Here are a couple of brief articles that will give you more info on registering for the SAT and ACT tests. This one has links for waivers from the testing sites: Click on "Register" or "Registration":  Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications This one has links to Sample tests:  Should I Choose the SAT or ACT for...

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The Greatest Advantages of Homeschooling

  What do you think are the greatest advantages of homeschooling?Several summers ago my two sons were invited to compete in a full-tuition scholarship competition. There were ten winners out of 108 students. Two of the winners were homeschoolers.  Both were mine.  I wondered later, “How did that happen!?” I believe it happened because of four great advantages of homeschooling through high school. The Curriculum AdvantageMany homeschoolers have a very rigorous academic plan. Whether they choose to...

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Facing My Biggest Challenges

What's one homeschooling challenge you've faced, and what solutions did you find? Fear of failure is one challenge I think all homeschool parents experience.  During the early days of our homeschooling, it seemed relatively easy.  In high school, though, parents are faced with subjects they don’t understand.  My biggest challenges involved calculus, physics, and foreign language. I researched the problem, and found a surprising solution.  I did not have to learn the subjects myself, and I didn’t have...

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Sonlight for Good Readers

I try to be very careful about what curriculum I recommend, because different approaches will work for different families, but Sonlight is one of the curriculums I have made a point of praising, because we used it in our homeschool for about five years, and really enjoyed it.  The only reason I stopped using it was because I had prolific readers and they read all the books!  I especially recommend Sonlight to people that are new...

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Invest in Your Weaknesses

Invest in Your Weaknesses One key to high school curriculum is to invest in your weaknesses. This means that you put your curriculum budget money towards your area of weakness. Identify your weaknesses, perhaps math, foreign language, or art, for example, and spend your money on strong curriculum in that area.  Your weakness should also be the area where you’re most willing to make mistakes in curriculum. If you make a poor choice in math curriculum...

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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 1

 When thinking about curriculum for your high school student, you want to do what works--whatever you have been doing through elementary and junior high-- if it’s working, keep doing it. If the curriculum is working, keep using those curriculum choices.At high school level, it helps to make sure you’re using a curriculum that is made for homeschoolers. If you have to teach a subject you’re not familiar with, buy a curriculum that is meant for homeschoolers. ...

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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2

 Always at Their LevelAs you choose curriculum for your high school student, it’s important to always teach them at their level, for every subject, all the time. One of the reasons why public schools and classroom settings have such a hard time educating kids is that they look at a student’s age and then put them in an age-based course with no regard to ability. Just because your child is 14 or 15 does not mean...

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Struggles with Daily Math

What do you do when your child struggles with daily work? It can be confusing! Let me suggest a few ideas: check the curriculum try to motivate kids to work more carefully consider using a test to inform you on a grade, or provide a grade that reflects their poor scores.Karen asked a question about her son's math, and I will illustrate how she can use these strategies to help.Hi Lee, I bought your book, Setting the Records Straight and want...

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Classics that can Raise SAT Scores

 Hi Lee,One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT. They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you. Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank you for...

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Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice

I used Latin Road for 3 years. My boys were RATHER successful with it, not to mention my son still remembers all of his Latin even after three years without cracking a book! He was required to take a college placement test at the college he’s attending, so they could find out which course would be applicable for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and began the university in Junior level! Yippee! He liked...

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Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts

Dear Lee,"Did you schedule the art studies or simply allow them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study." Art is really, TRULY my weak area, for that reason I basically reserved time for art study, or else we would most likely never do it! We never had a challenge getting math or science finished, only art, LOL! I planned it for 2-3 times...

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