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High School Writing Plan

During the summer before my son's junior year, I struggled with choosing a writing curriculum. When my husband forwarded my older son information on a chess scholarship, I had an idea. Using the internet, I spent months doing an extensive search for essay contests and scholarship opportunities for both my boys. The results were both an awakening and an answer to prayer. To put it bluntly, there are a lot of people and organizations out there...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Tip for Parents New the High School

1. Read a book: For beginners I recommend "Curriculum Manual for Junior and Senior High" by Cathy Duffy, and "Homeschoolers' College Admission Handbook" by Cafi Cohen. 2. Take a class: Do a Google search for your state and the words "homeschool convention." Go to the convention and take classes on high school. You may find a support group that will have an expert speak on the subject. 3: Get some help: Contact a veteran homeschooler with...
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Homeschooling Resources - What about Teaching High School Science?

Have you wondered how parents can teach a subject they don't know? How will you teach high school sciences without having a background in science? Carol asked me about physics, and was resigned to studying physics herself over summer, so that she could teach it to her student. Here is my response: Carol,You can certainly study physics over the summer if you WANT to.... But I didn't want to! We used Apologia Physics, and it was...
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Homeschool Transcript Tip

This is the time of year when parents put the finishing touches on their transcripts. Remember that colleges need to see a "Graduation Date" on your transcript. You also need to update their final grades and GPA. If the student has been admitted to college, you need to mail the final transcript after graduation.
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Hear the HomeScholar!

Hear the HomeScholar!
I was recently interviewed by Thor Tolo on KGNW 820 AM in Seattle. I spoke about the importance of independent homeschooling. My son was interviewed with me, and it's fun to hear the perspective of a homeschool graduate. You can hear the interview here. The HomeScholar on the Radio
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Homeschooling Resources - How to Compile a Reading List

Colleges love to see a reading list from homeschoolers - but how do you go about getting a reading list? Obviously the easiest way is to have your student keep track of all the books they have read. I was never very successful with that strategy myself (nobody is perfect!) Instead, each summer as I compiled the previous year's work, I had to think of other ways to recreate the information. Consider these ideas: Keep your...
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Contest Winner!

Contest Winner!
Joan Purswell was the winner of our drawing to win "A Moment of Peace." Joan was visiting the Christian Heritage Convention in Washington to research homeschooling for her grandchild.Congratulations, Joan!!
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Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!

Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!
I've always done my taxes by myself, but this year with my new business I was WAY in over my head, so I had to see an // ![DATA[ D(["mb","\u003cspan name\u003d\"st\"\>accountant\u003c/span\>. It was amazing! I\nnormally spend more than a month on my taxes! This time I took the stuff\nto him, and the next morning he called to say he was DONE! Even though I\nhad to pay to have it done, I still came out ahead because...
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