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Homeschooling Younger Children - Keeping your kids up on current events

My kids are 10 and 12. I get the God's World News, and have them read it and answer the questions on the TM sheet. This is also my only work on reading comprehension, as I always forget narration. That is why I like using God's World. It gives them a little practice with multiple choice quizzes. If there is a story we are following (like now we are following the convention) I will call them...
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Homeschool Transcripts - What about Narrative Transcripts?

>>>>Catherine asks: How important is it to have a typical looking transcript with grades and a GPA vs a more narrative type of transcript or even one with courses listed but no grades, since our goal is mastery and so they'd all just be A's anyway?<<<<Hi Catherine,Maybe you could try to think about it a little differently. Think of yourself as a foreign language translator. Your job is to translate what you have done in your...
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Dear Heidi, I cover that in "Setting the Records Straight" found here: https://www.createspace.com/3408564 You can learn more ab... Read More
Thursday, 30 December 2010 20:06
Guest — Heidi
The next question is "how" does an unschooler put together the grading criteria?
Thursday, 30 December 2010 19:22
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Homeschooling Resources - Pre-Calculus Question Part 1

A friend of mine was having a problem with her daughter taking pre-calculus. After doing well on the first test, she had failed the second. She thought it might be the curriculum and was looking for advice on what to do.I responded:A wise woman once said: "When it doesn't work, stop using it." Time to switch, if you ask me. First thing I suggest is going online to The Teaching Company, and getting a video of...
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Homeschooling Resources - Pre-Calculus Question Part 2

My friend developed a plan and I wanted to encourage her to implement it.I wrote:Do you remember when the kids were babies, and things would get really hard and miserable? One thing that helped me at THAT stage of life, was realizing that those things only tend to last for a week or two. I was never sure whether it was me adapting to them, or them adapting to me, but after two weeks the thing...
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Homeschool Records - The best record keeping ever!

My client this week uses the best record keeping I've ever seen! She had her daughter keep a computer log of every moment she spent in every class. The excel spreadsheet for English has a line that says: 11/3/06 read "The Giver" 75 minutes, for example. Her "Voice" spreadsheet says how many minutes she spent each day practicing vocal techniques and taking lessons. She has spreadsheets for ever single course, and has the minutes spent on...
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Home School Education - Homeschooling Grandmothers Unite!

Joyce in Maine wrote to me today:"Thank you!! we are late to homeschooling. I am a grandparent of an 11th grader who is now raising her. Our decision to home was just made this week and we are doing ok, but floundering around at times. My daughter (her aunt) homeschools her kids and has been an enormous help. I have found your letter to have some really great stuff in it. We want her to go...
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Joyce,You won't regret your decision! I am also homeschooling my two teen grandkids. We started when each one was in the middle of... Read More
Thursday, 25 October 2007 06:18
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Home School Education - Need Help Finding a College?

It's hard to have a high school Junior! Even when they want to go to college, they sometimes lack motivation to research the possibilities. There is a new website designed to help. Seattle PI reporter Amy Rolph writes "A new Web site was introduced with the intended purpose of making it easier for the next class of freshmen to pick the right college." Read her article here, or go directly to the U-CAN website and see...
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Homeschool Grading in the News!

Homeschool Grading in the News!
The Harvard Crimson In a Class of Their Own How did this homeschooler get into Harvard? He explains in this article. "My mom wrote out exhaustive transcripts for us. Every class we took and what the class consisted of. It wouldn't just say 'English.' It was what texts we used and how the grade was determined." The Washington Post Giving Proper Credit To Home-Schooled "Home-school networks also have proliferated, offering group classes, organized sports, debate clubs...
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Homeschool Records - How to Determine Homeschool Credits

This question comes from Jurene in Spokane, who purchased a transcript last year, and now is planning to create a music appreciation course with the Symphony: "Dear Lee,This is where I need your insight. I know we talked much about how much time Ellen spent on different subjects to justify awarding a credit. If you could simply give me a yardstick of sorts. How much time would warrant a credit or a partial credit." Dear Jurene,...
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Homeschool Transcript - Strap on Your Auxiliary Brain!

Homeschool Transcript - Strap on Your Auxiliary Brain!
My son Kevin is a chess genius. When he was in high school, he was ranked second in state even though he never had a chess coach like the other kids. Instead of a coach, my husband purchased a high-powered chess program for his Palm Pilot, and he would play Kevin while using the chess program. We used to tease my husband that he was "strapping on his auxiliary brain" when he played with the chess...
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Bits and Pieces

US News and World Report Admittedly Unequal Many colleges are rejecting women at rates drastically higher than those for men, although engineering is the exception. They recommend that boys emphasize their masculinity and girls consider an engineering major. Newsweek The Search for Authenticity A leading admissions dean explains what colleges really want. It's all about getting the complete picture of a student without packaging by consultants.     Homeschool Blog Empty Nest Mom Goes to College...
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September Reminders

9th Grade:Plan a rigorous curriculum! See the ACT College Preparation Plan.10th Grade:Consider taking the PSAT "for fun." Register for the PSAT here.\u003cspan style\u003d\"color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>: \u003cbr\>Go to a college fair. Register by Sept. 15 to take the PSAT "for real" \u003c/span\>\u003ca style\u003d\"color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\" href\u003d\"http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t\u003dhnm5ndcab.0.yeg7gecab.t665w6bab.1&ts\u003dS0279&p\u003dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.collegeboard.com%2Fstudent%2Ftesting%2Fpsat%2Fabout.html\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>Register for the PSAT. \u003c/a\>\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>\u003ca href\u003d\"http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t\u003dhnm5ndcab.0.9eg7gecab.t665w6bab.1&ts\u003dS0279&p\u003dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.collegeboard.com%2Fstudent%2Fplan%2Faction%2Fseniors.html\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>12th Grade\u003c/a\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>: \u003cbr\>Start college applications, and take the ACT or SAT. Register for the \u003c/span\>\u003ca style\u003d\"color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"...
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July and August Contest winners

July and August Contest winners
Winner of "A Moment of Peace"WATCH ConventionLorrie Flem, PublisherTeach Magazine At conventions I usually have a gaggle of teenage girls standing around waiting for the drawing. I carefully mixed up the names, and randomly chose one of the girls to draw the winner. I was careful to make sure that the girl turned her back and covered her eyes when she drew. When the girl looked at the winner's name, she screamed, "It's my Mom! Lorrie...
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I am so enjoying my prize - a copy of Lee's new dvd set. It is awesome. I keep having to watch in bits and pieces because I get bu... Read More
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Tips for Homeschooling Teens

Tips for Homeschooling Teens
Children learn all the time, even when we aren't looking - and even over summer! You might want to "pre-test" your children in some subject areas before you start school next year. For example, Spelling Power offers a placement test for their program, and you can check their spelling level at the beginning of each year, to make sure they are learning something new. In most math books, the first chapter or two is review. You...
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We Have a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who encouraged their friends to sign up for my free newsletter! A big thanks to Chrissie Hasenohrl, Sharon Hicks, Sonja Knight, Kristine McGowan, Chris Ryan, and Karla Sigrist. The winner of our July contest is Renee Gardiner in Germany! Renee was named by the most new subscribers, and she wins a free one hour telephone consultation. Congratulations Renee Gardiner!
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