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2015 HomeScholar Year in Review

2015 HomeScholar Year in Review
2015 HomeScholar Year in Review Every month I help parents homeschool though high school, not only through this blog, but also through my monthly newsletter articles. Here are last year's articles for you to ...Share With Your Homeschool Group!My online articles are a free service to the homeschool community and can be used by local homeschool groups, so feel free to share with your newsletter editor. My articles may be reprinted without permission if used in...
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You are Not Alone! Homeschool Growth Infographic

You are Not Alone! Homeschool Growth Infographic
Homeschooling is a normal, natural method of education, not some strange or foreign concept. Educating children at home is now a common choice for parents to make. Homeschooling has grown so much since the 70's, and now approximately 3 percent of the school-age population was homeschooled in  2011–12. And since it's growing like crazy, there must be so many more now. So you see? You are NOT alone!This infographic covers a history of home-schooling beginning in...
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From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers

From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers
Success! I love it when people write to say THANK YOU and share their successes! I got this awesome note from Jen in Pennsylvania. Read some of her tips, and see what you can glean from her experiences today. From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my homeschool-mom journey.I've been a Gold Care Club member for a long time and it has been...
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What Does Homeschool Freedom Mean to YOU?

What Does Homeschool Freedom Mean to YOU?
What Does Homeschool Freedom Mean to YOU? What does homeschool freedom mean to you? I'll go first - you chime in! 1. Freedom of Expression Homeschoolers have the freedom to craft your homeschool to perfectly fit your children, without overreaching governmental interference. As teachers, we can hug and love our children until they grow up and become confident, self-assured adults. It's amazing what a little love can do! 2. Freedom of Religion We have the freedom...
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Failing Grades in Online School

Failing Grades in Online School
Failing Grades in Online School Many parents choose online classes for their students, and from time to time will experience the "crash and burn" of failing grades from these classes. How can you make sure your smart child is represented fairly on the transcript, even if your child has failed some classes?If your classes are NOT accredited, then the class and grades are essentially like a homeschool co-op, and you are completely in charge of those...
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How to Successfully Move to a New State While Homeschooling

How to Successfully Move to a New State While Homeschooling
Moving can mean a lot of change, but it can be good change! There are some things you can do to help your child make a smooth transition to a new location. Moving to a New State For homeschoolers, finding friends can be a priority. A homeschool co-op might be the best way to find homeschool friends. You can also look for homeschool support groups that have teen activities. Search local activities to see if they...
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Learn 100% About One College

Learn 100% About One College
What Colleges Want It's difficult to find out exactly what colleges want, because they are all different. Instead of the stress of figuring out what ALL colleges want, try to figure out what your number one college is and learn 100% about ONE college. Get to know absolutely everything about them. Learn their preferences and visit that college for sure. Then tailor your remaining homeschool years to meet their requirements.  In all of your communications, show them you love...
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My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers

My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Curriculum for New and Struggling Homeschoolers You know what? I blame Cathy Duffy for my homeschool success, I truly do! She has been such an awesome resource for new and struggling homeschoolers for as long as I can remember. I strongly encourage you to have a copy of her Top Picks for your homeschool library and...
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Guest — Birdie
Lee, I agree with you about Cathy Duffy. Awesome! Somehow someone blessed me with her older book when we started home to learn. ... Read More
Monday, 23 February 2015 13:45
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's great feedback, Birdie! I have seldom heard of anyone who hasn't re-considered curriculum. I have known a few families that... Read More
Monday, 23 February 2015 21:59
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Cosmetology for High School Credit

Cosmetology for High School Credit
Sometimes we forget how many homeschool high school course options there are for our kids to choose from. Are you teaching an occupational education class in your homeschool? If your child loves to spend time painting nails or trying out all the hairstyles on Pinterest and just enjoys all things having to do with beauty, why not consider cosmetology for high school credit? Occupational Education: Cosmetology You can call an elective class “Occupational Education: Cosmetology.” Some public high...
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2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar

2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar
2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar  Every month I help parents homeschool though high school by publishing an email newsletter. January is a great time to look back and see all we have learned in the past year. Join me below for a 2014 homeschool year in review with The HomeScholar.  January Complete the FAFSA for Fun and Profit  February  iTired: Dealing with Homeschool Fatigue  March Know Your State Homeschool Law  April  How to...
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Planning for Reasonable Compliance

Planning for Reasonable Compliance
After making your curriculum purchases, it's possible you have just bought 19 kinds of curriculum, and yet the days remain just 24 hours long. In fact, I strongly encourage you to not overwork your teenagers. Consider not having them do school for more hours than an adult might go to work. Eight hours is a great number to consider a general, maximum number of hours. How do you make sure you aren't overworking your children? Count...
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Teaching Students to Learn

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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Guest — Sharon
Having dropped out of high school in tenth grade, I knew I would only be able to get my children so far academically. Out of neces... Read More
Friday, 09 January 2015 06:25
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Brilliant, Sharon! I applaud your unstoppable spirit! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
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Guest — Lee
Thank you for encouraging me today Mary! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 14 August 2014 19:13
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Find Freedom in Home Education!

Find Freedom in Home Education!
I love celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July!  It always reminds me of the freedoms we enjoy. I'm thankful we are free to homeschool in the way that is right for our children. Independent homeschoolers can teach each child at their level in every subject all the time, using curriculum that meets their needs and methods that matches their learning style. How awesome is that? Consider homeschooling independently, outside the public school box.  It's great...
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10 Great Ways to Create Wholesome Technology Boundaries

10 Great Ways to Create Wholesome Technology Boundaries
10 Great Ways to Create Wholesome Technology Boundaries How do you determine appropriate technology boundaries that work for you and your family? You have 10 ways to create boundaries that will work at any age. It's very important to find technology boundaries with children of all ages, so they can have a healthy, happy childhood and grow into healthy, happy young adults!Control the LocationStart with the easiest way to control technology – location. Many of the...
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Finishing School with The Popcorn Party Plan

Finishing School with The Popcorn Party Plan
End of School Year Popcorn Party Plan   When it's time to finish up the school year, it can be difficult to feel done.  For parents that are not completely done with a textbook or unit of study, then you may want to think outside the box in order to finish up your classes quickly – and still have time to enjoy summer. If you want to quickly finish, consider finishing school with The Popcorn Party...
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Hi Ann! So glad you enjoyed it! I was thinking about you, wishing CT was closer to VA Have a great end to your school year! B... Read More
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 07:38
Guest — Ann
hi Lee-- I was just thinking about this article today, and hoping you would share it again. The end of an era is in sight! Thanks... Read More
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:32
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    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.


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    Should you put your social security number on a college application? That is a very common question that I hear from parents.

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  • Test Preparation Without Getting Smarter

    When the SAT ® or ACT ® is just a few days away, test preparation shouldn't make you worry about getting smarter! Just prepare for the test. Sure, it would be great if every child was compliant, studied for the college admission tests with a willing and eager attitude, and scored above average, but we live in the real world. Sometimes the test

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