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Homeschooling High School: Senior Year Public School or Community College Dual Enrollment?

Hi Lee,I have a question and maybe you can advise me in. I have been homeschooling my 4 children for the last 7 years. My oldest will start her senior year sometime in the next few months. My next one will be starting her junior year. For the last year, they have done nothing but beg me to send them back to public school. Suddenly they want to experience it. My head says it would be...

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Putting Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences. As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single homeschool transcript document. Here are 7 steps for putting public school classes on your homeschool transcript: 1. Choose an acronym Create...

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Washington State Homeschool Graduation Requirements

For many homeschoolers, college follows shortly after graduation. Gaining college admission and scholarships is the concluding act of your homeschooling career. Let me show you how to do it. Click to register for my free class: College Applications Simply ExplainedHomeschool law may not be the same as the law covering public or private schools. In Washington State, for example, public school is covered in one area of the law, and homeschool law is covered in an entirely different...

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11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School

11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. I love educator Charles Sykes' "11 Rules" list! It's from the book, Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add. Here it is! 11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in...

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Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts

Are you allowing yourself enough flexibility for delight directed learning or are you putting your Enlgish credits in a box? Do you feel insecure because you aren't sure what "Language Arts 10" means? How many books do your children read each year in high school? Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts I was fascinated by an opinion column in the Seattle Times, Seattle Sacrifices Monster Lit, which stated:"We should allow principals and teachers to select the curriculum...

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From Homeschool to Public High School

It is very difficult to have homeschool credits accepted by a public high school. From Homeschool to Public High School Don't be surprised if they don't accept any of your high school credits. They may accept them if the public school is not accredited, but usually it is at the discretion of the principal of the school.Here are some ideas for your transcript that might be helpful if you are trying to move from homeschool to public...

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Does Homeschooling Make You a Bad Person?

This article title just SCREAMS for attention! "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person."  I'm sure the author chose the title just so people would get upset enough to share it with friends.  A "bad" person?  Really?Her thesis is simple. "If every parent sent every single child to public school, schools would improve. Not immediately, could take generations, mediocre educations in the meantime, but worth it for the eventual common...

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Considering Homeschooling?

What advice would you give to a mom who is considering homeschooling?  These are comments from my Facebook friends.  What do YOU tell someone who is thinking about homeschooling for the first time? DianeDon't be too hard on your kids. it's all going to be fine. if you are stressed, they'll be stressed.DianneYou don't have to do it all, you don't have to be perfect, and your kids will learn anyway and be better for it. Be kind...

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Words I Hate

There are certain words I hate.  They don't seem to be important for homeschooling.  Although I know it can be useful for some people, many of these words have their roots in public schools. rubricliterary analysisumbrella organizationaccountabilitybenchmarkcredentialinclusivenorm or normativesocializationalternative educationaccreditationparent-partnershipcertifiedapprovedIn fact, to me some words just scream "Certified teacher!  Lookout!"  Some things are useful - even important - with public school children or in a brick and mortar school.  That doesn't mean they are words that...

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Withdraw from Public School

This is the time of year when parents may consider homeschooling for the first time.  It can be a scary thought!This first step is to locate your state homeschool law.  Search for the name of your state and the words "homeschool organization" to locate a group that can help you. You can also search for your state here: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp.  Contact your state homeschool organization, and make sure you follow the state law for homeschoolers, which is...

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Can we get real?

I really appreciate when other real parents allow me to share their stories.  Recently Lois contacted me about this blog post: Our Community College Stories.  Here is the story that Lois has allowed me to share about her daughter. Interesting Lee. One area my daughter did well in was in our local Community College.Our successful method was — talking to students about the professors; getting recommendations about them in conjunction with RateMyProfessor.com. I found the latter to...

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Finding Homeschool Friendships

Finding friendships can be difficult.  It's especially hard when friends stop homeschooling, and begin going to public school.  I do have an article that may help:   When Friends Stop Homeschooling As homeschool parents, remember that real socialization doesn’t have anything to do with “school.” Real socialization is as normal and easy as having fun!When I was homeschooling, we didn’t meet other kids at co-op classes. We got together with other kids to have FUN!  We went...

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Public School for Senior Year

A homeschool transcript is easily accepted by almost all colleges.  It's strange to think that public schools don't value our hard work the way that colleges do.  If you are thinking about sending your child to public school for a year or more, consider how it will look on your transcript. Hi Lee,I come to you biting my nails!! Our oldest daughter asked me about attending the local high school her senior year next year.  I...

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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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Should I Weight Homeschool Honors Classes?

To Weight or Not to Weight... That is the Question!  Which is nobler?  Leanne asked about weighting rigorous courses. What about Honors classes? I see you didn't "weight" the grade for Honors English. Don't the public schools do this? If I wanted to would I make it a 1.5 credit course, or a 5.0 for the grade? We used James Stobaugh for American Lit and it was very rigorous, plus Evan is taking Brit Lit with...

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