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Plan a College Visit Today!

Plan a College Visit Today!
If you have a high school student, and particularly if you have a junior, please arrange for a college visit! It's important that students try to choose some colleges to visit, and Spring is the most popular time to go. College visits are appropriate any time during high school. Some will incorporate college visits with family vacations. Others will take a week off just to visit one college after another. Visiting colleges can tell you many...
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My Favorite Homeschool High School Books

My Favorite Homeschool High School Books
People often ask what books I recommend for high school.   This is my favorite for beginners, because it is relatively short and easy to read. I love the different transcript suggestions, and modeled mine after the ones in this book. Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook by Cafi Cohen______ This book I used a lot when trying to come up with course descriptions. It was a little bit more complicated - I don't think that life has...
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How do I give credit for PE?

How do I give credit for PE?
It's easy to determine the credit value of some classes. Saxon Algebra, for example, is clearly one high school credit. It can be much more difficult to determine credit value when you don't use a book. PE and electives are good examples of those sticky situations. When it was my turn to muddle through high school, I spent a lot of time doing research on these issues. There are many ways of determining high school credit....
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Boundaries with Young Adults

Boundaries with Young Adults
As I mentioned before, we've been reading the book "Love and Respect." I keep wondering, though.... How do you show respect for a young adult who sometimes does, well, dumb things. I've decided that I need to have a boundary for my 18 year old men. My husband and I try to only intervene if we believe the boys are doing something that is "life-threateningly" dumb, that is, doing something that could negatively alter the course...
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More Fun with Maps

More Fun with Maps
One day I had the kids create their own continent. I have a list of things that their continent MUST have (isthmus, peninsula, plateau, moraine - that was a great one to look up in the dictionary, etc.) and they drew it on paper. When they were all done, we did a paper mache model of their continent, using the same layered cardboard idea. My kids had so much fun making these maps! One day they...
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Introductory Logic, by Nance

Introductory Logic, by Nance
Originally written for Christian schools, this logic series presents material from a strongly Christian perspective. My children LOVED the series, and I found that using the DVD meant that I didn't need to learn any of it! Whoo Hoo! I dodged a bullet on that one, because Logic was like Calculus to me! If you are considering Logic for next year, give this one a try. It can be used in Junior or Senior High School....
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Guest — Vanessa S
I was telling my 7th & 9th graders tonight about the Bluedorn's books on logic . . . they were very interested. I'm very inte... Read More
Monday, 05 March 2012 20:36
Guest — Lauren
Just bought this yesterday!
Monday, 05 March 2012 19:16
Guest — Lisa B.
Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge, Lee! I'm going to check this out. I LOVE having DVDs do the teaching for me - especia... Read More
Monday, 05 March 2012 17:14
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He is Risen!

Greetings on this joyous Easter morning! Today our family will celebrate our risen Savior starting with coffee at Starbucks (just like in the first century, I think.) Then we will enjoy church with my sister and her family. Alex will be playing keyboards with the worship team and then conducting the choir in The Easter Song. We pray that Easter will be a joyous celebration for your family this year! He is Risen!(You know the drill.)Blessings,Matt...
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Guest — lori@allyouhavetogive
Happy Easter Lee and Matt... I've changed my sidebar! The new site looks GREAT!! I have a lot of poking around to do~ Peace! Lori... Read More
Sunday, 23 March 2008 16:01
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Finding the Perfect College Fit

Finding the Perfect College Fit
  Each college is unique. They each have different expectations and requirements. Make sure you ask them what they want! The good news is that means there is a college out there that will be a perfect fit - you just have to look hard enough to find it! I asked California State University Chico what they wanted from a high school student. They said that they wanted one full year of fine arts in one...
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Cheap and Easy Pre-Algebra

Cheap and Easy Pre-Algebra
When my children did pre-algebra, we used Access to Algebra and Geometry by Addison Wesley. At the time, it was the book recommended by Sonlight. Now there are many more options for homeschooling families. It's great to have so many things to choose from! But sometimes cost is a huge issue. Sometimes you don't need something "new and improved" with all the bells and whistles. Sometimes you just need a math book! Since this is an...
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Memories of the Way I Was...

Memories of the Way I Was...
I've been consulting with a lot of clients in full panic mode. And it reminded me that two, three, four even five years ago, that was ME! I remember having trouble sleeping. Long painful discussions about minuscule college savings accounts. Tears and fears about being unable to provide the college experience my kids needed. There were glimmers of hope, sure. Whispers of scholarships, and homeschooled kids who successfully achieved the financial support they needed. Whispers of...
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Guest — Sisterlisa
Looks great Lee (And Dawn) ;O) Beautiful new blog design!
Thursday, 20 March 2008 19:42
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You Are Capable!

This time of year people start considering options for next year. Some parents are considering accessing classes in a school environment (public, private or co-op classrooms.) Whatever decisions you make, I encourage you to just make sure that you are the person in control, not a school or a school teacher. The control issue is very important. It means that you don't have to jump through hoops in order to get the class that you want....
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Failure is an Option!

Have you ever notice that everyone else's children seem perfect? They are smarter, nicer, more musical or athletic, right? We all know that nobody is perfect, but why do other kids seem more perfect than our own?Rarely do mothers and fathers share failures and short-comings of their kids. Usually they share successes and strengths! I often share my children's strengths - does that mean they are perfect? No Way!This past month I have really been faced...
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Thinking About High School Already??

The best time to consider homeschooling high school is.... now! I love it when parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders tell me that they are beginning to learn about homeschooling high school. It's a great training time for parents! You can learn all of the issues around record keeping, academics, and encouraging specialization. At the same time, there is no pressure to "perform" or be perfect, since it's all just for practice.When my oldest child...
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How to Use Family Math

How to Use Family Math
My first week of homeschooling I took my one and only "class", and it was on Family Math. I learned how to play about 10 or so of the games. The basic idea is to start at the top of the directions and work your way down, and the game WILL eventually make sense. Usually my kids understood the game better than me: I'm just there to read the directions!This is how I used it: I...
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Lisa, Alex and Kevin still talk about how much fun they had with Family Math! I hope you enjoy it! Blessings, Lee -- The HomeSch... Read More
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Guest — Lisa in ME
I love this book & I always bring it up when talking to new homeschoolers or those looking for ways to make school more fun. T... Read More
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Continuing Education for Homeschool Professionals!

In many states nurses, doctors, and other professionals are required to take a certain amount of continuing education courses each year. They need to stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends.Homeschooling parents have a similar need for continuing education. Soon it will be homeschool convention time, and I encourage you to put them on your calendar now! If you don't have a convention in your state, go to a neighboring state. Conventions can show you...
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