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Kathleen's Two Favorite Tips

Kathleen's Two Favorite Tips
 Kathleen shared her two favorite tips for homeschooling high school.1. Start transcripts as soon as your child is doing high school work.2. Save every academic thing in a folder so you can use it later.Read her experiences here, so you can be encouraged too!Dear Lee,I wanted to let you know how much your newsletters have meant to me. My daughter, Michaela, is graduating this year and she has already been accepted to the 4 private Christian...
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Homeschool In the News

Homeschool In the News
In The News Want to get kids into college? Let them play!As admissions officers at selective colleges like to say, an entire freshman class could be filled with students with perfect grades and test scores. But academic achievement in college requires readiness skills that transcend mere book learning. It requires the ability to engage actively with people and ideas. In short, it requires a deep connection with the world.CNN.comMath prodigy proud of his autism  At age two,...
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Margin Means Saying No

Margin Means Saying No
 Have you ever wondered why some books are easier to read than others?  It’s not just because of the vocabulary words they use; it’s also due to how much white space is on the page. You need that ‘white space’ in your life, too, otherwise known as ‘‘margin.”   Margin means having some free time and some down time.  Your children need free time in their homeschool, so they can develop whatever God-given gift they were given....
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May Day is Important to Seniors

May Day is Important to Seniors
 So many holidays in May!  For parents with young children, you may be thinking about May Day and celebrating with flowers.  Moms of all ages are thinking about Mother's Day .  Patriotic Parents are thinking about Memorial Day. But parents of seniors have a special day to remember, called the National Candidates Reply Deadline.On May 1, high school seniors who have been offered college admission have to make their final decision. Most students have until that...
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Purpose of Activity List

Purpose of Activity List
 There are many different ways to college and compile activity lists for your students.  What will those tests be used for?  There are 2 purposes:1. The activity list is attached to your comprehensive academic records and becomes a part of your description of your homeschool along with your course descriptions2. Activities and awards are easily forgotten over time, so a list provides a memory prompt.  When faced with online college applications, and you face time pressure...
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Guest — DeEtta
Great idea!
Sunday, 29 April 2012 05:24
Guest — Sharon
Is this for the high school years only?
Sunday, 29 April 2012 03:44
Guest — Lee
Hi Leane, Yes, extracurricular activities, but also work experience, volunteer hours, or things like that. Blessings, Lee... Read More
Saturday, 28 April 2012 19:31
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Planning Courses for Freedom, Fun, and Success

Planning Courses for Freedom, Fun, and Success
Are you thinking about Planning High School Courses?  It's that time of year when people start looking ahead to the following school year.  Is that you?As a homeschool parent, you know how to educate your children best. You use what you know about your students and their learning styles, and make sure to cover a wide range of academic areas. But when it comes to homeschooling high school, sometimes parents become paralyzed over how to choose...
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Pinterest is my New Best Friend

Pinterest is my New Best Friend
I have a great idea!  Let's share ideas about homeschooling, high school, and fun family activities!  Let me introduce you to my new "best friend" online - Pinterest.  Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. It allows you to share information and ideas in an organized way so people can easily get resources online.  It's also a great way to meet new people who share your interests. I have Pinterest boards on a wide variety of things. Some of...
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I took Pinterest a step further.... I invited my homeschooled teens to Pinterest. They set up boards with similar title headings... Read More
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 13:15
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Shelter First, Launch Second

Shelter First, Launch Second
Homeschoolers often spend much of their lives talking about how their children should not be in the public schools, because as parents we’re supposed to be raising, sheltering, and taking care of them. At a certain point, though, your children will become adults, and will give up their childish ways.  At that time, they may enter college, and you will have completed your responsibility to shelter them.Although as adults you and I wouldn’t put ourselves in...
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Guest — Lee
I agree with you, Joelle! I thought youth group was a great time to experience a bit of real life. Kids don't not actually have ... Read More
Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:25
Guest — J W
I agree. There are other ways to practice functioning in the world outside your four walls. One is interaction with a variety of... Read More
Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:28
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Your Child’s Best Guidance Counselor—You!

Your Child’s Best Guidance Counselor—You!
 I was getting my hair done one day, and listening to two moms talk about their children in public school. One of them was describing how her child simply could not get through a Pre-Algebra class, which was too hard for him and how the public school insisted that he move on to Algebra 1; the school wouldn’t let him retake Pre-Algebra because he would fail, and they didn’t want him to be left behind.  She...
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Guest — Pia
Very well said. I agree with you.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 04:49
Guest — Cheri
I thought I would be done "advising" once they graduated high school. Initially, my goal was to get them to that point. I now real... Read More
Saturday, 21 April 2012 06:41
Guest — J W
Actually I have misjudged a child's abilities a few times, but that's what bookshelves are for, LOL! We just came back to whateve... Read More
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 18:23
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Springtime Panic

Springtime Panic
 I'm not naming any names, but today in my Gold Care Club consulting, it seemed like everyone was having a springtime panic.Some parents have other words to describe that spring feeling, when the tulip bulbs begin to emerge:Freaked outBreaking downPanic attackFalling behindCan't catch upHopelessAnxietyHere are some ideas to get you through the next few months.1. Put your weakest areas first.If your weakest area is math, put it first each day, and make sure it's your priority...
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Guest — Margaret
Love this. My panic has to do with submitting portfolios for the school district. It does help to start my academic year on July ... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2012 07:03
Guest — Donna Vail
I loved this article and have been noticing the same thing all around me. We've become immune to this spring time panic by doing o... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2012 06:19
Guest — Lori
This is our second year homeschooling and one thing I have changed is the scheduling of books. Rather than begin and end with the ... Read More
Thursday, 12 April 2012 10:52
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Calming Math Anxieties

Calming Math Anxieties
Hi Lee,Thanks for the e-mail. Even though I’m a few years away from high school yet I know it will come before I know it. I don’t know if you can offer any help but I thought I’d ask any way. My oldest is 11 and technically will be entering 6th grade next year which is middle school as you know, my concern is that I’m at a point where I no longer am comfortable or...
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Guest — Nuez
@ Courtney : Its Khanacademy.org ;not kahn
Thursday, 06 October 2011 20:17
Guest — Courtney
My daughter is in 6th/7th grade and is studying algebra through http://www.time4learning.com. There are also great (free) videos f... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 19:04
Guest — Michelle
I am loving the Thinkwell math program. They have a homeschool version and it is working GREAT for my daughter who doesn't love ma... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 16:08
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Homeschooling in the News

Homeschooling in the News
In the NewsHome-schools gaining more students in MississippiThis is a very encouraging news report about a regular homeschool family.  Brita Wren is interviewed by WLOX News in Mississippi. "I think I had higher expectations sometimes than the schools that they were in to begin with, that we expected them to do their best," said Wren. "There's no peer pressure, no bullying; there's no busy work."WLOX News New law gives homeschoolers more respect, freedom Minnesota parents who teach...
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Harvard is Pro Homeschooling

Harvard is Pro Homeschooling
The easy part of earning admission to Harvard is being a homeschooler.  The hard part about getting into Harvard is the same thing that makes it hard for every other student to get in.  Harvard accepts homeschoolers, and if your homeschooler has an eye on the Ivy League schools, don't worry that homeschooling will hold them back.  Here is a story about one family and how they educated for excellence, with excellent results.Here is a YouTube...
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Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts

Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts
Dear Lee,"Did you schedule the art studies or simply allow them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study." Art is really, TRULY my weak area, for that reason I basically reserved time for art study, or else we would most likely never do it! We never had a challenge getting math or science finished, only art, LOL! I planned it for 2-3 times...
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We do it bits & pieces with my older. My younger is a budding artist, so no worries there. I find art everywhere. Literally... Read More
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:19
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Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice

Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice
I used Latin Road for 3 years. My boys were RATHER successful with it, not to mention my son still remembers all of his Latin even after three years without cracking a book! He was required to take a college placement test at the college he’s attending, so they could find out which course would be applicable for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and began the university in Junior level! Yippee! He liked...
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