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Homeschooling in Washington State and the Running Start Program

Homeschooling in Washington State and the Running Start Program
Homeschool law usually isn't the same as the law covering public or private schools. Homeschooling in Washington State, for example, public ...
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Highlight on High School History

Highlight on High School History
In March 2019, I hosted the Highlight on High School History week. During that week, I invited some dear friends who are experts in their fields - his...
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Training Teens: Prepare for Independent Living

Training Teens: Prepare for Independent Living
One day, someday, our children will be living on their own. They will sink or swim based on the skills we have given them, and their ability to adapt ...
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Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs] For Homeschool Students

Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs] For Homeschool Students
Do you know how your teen can find and gain admission to a perfect fit college? I do! Click to register for my free class: College Applications Simply...
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Guest — Rebecca
I tried a Creative Writing course on Coursera. I wouldn’t recommend this type of course to my graduating sons. Anything considere... Read More
Thursday, 06 August 2020 20:42
Robin
Thank you for the fantastic info, Rebecca! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thursday, 06 August 2020 21:24
Lee Binz
Sandra, thanks os much for sharing your first-hand experience! I really appreciate it. Blessings, Lee
Monday, 03 September 2018 14:52
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Beyond Academics

Beyond Academics
Beyond Academics Homeschooling is not merely about academics. Preparing your child for adulthood goes way beyond learning English, math, and science!There are three overlapping areas that are important for success in both college and life: college prep activities to include on a transcript, skills for independent learning that all adults require, and health and safety issues that will prepare kids for a happy and healthy adulthood.Colleges are interested in students who are well-rounded, students with life...
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Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges

Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges
Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges I was just talking to one of my Gold Care Club members about the cost of sending SAT scores to colleges. Without planning, it can get priceyWhen you register for the SAT test, the student can indicate up to four college recipients during registration. Only four score sends are included with your registration; you have to pay to send additional scores. I believe that it is $11-$12 per college when you...
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Seek Individuality and Capitalize on Strengths

Seek Individuality and Capitalize on Strengths
How can you ensure long-term success when you are homeschooling unique children and preparing for unknown plans in their college or career future? Seek Individuality and Capitalize on Strengths Seek individuality, don't hid from it. And capitalize on strengths instead of focusing on weaknesses. Read Mary's story for some real encouragement today!It’s not About Me, It’s About Themby Mary in NC, mother of 3Stunt actor, criminal justice student, and flutist – what do they all have...
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Guest — Purva Brown - The Classical Unschooler
I love this! So encouraging. It's fascinating too looking back at my own childhood, even though I was not homeschooled. I wanted t... Read More
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:17
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Purva, I'm with you! I'm thankful for the privilege of homeschooling! I love the individuals that my children are growing into. Bl... Read More
Monday, 01 February 2016 10:55
Guest — Laurie Beth
Mary, I would love to know more about how you helped your middle daughter. My oldest was diagnosed with auditory processing with ... Read More
Monday, 01 February 2016 09:29
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Teach Note-Taking in High School

Teach Note-Taking in High School
Note-taking skills can really help your children become successful in college and career. It's a pretty easy class to teach, too!   This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.   Teach Note-Taking in High School   Teach the Skill I used the Advanced Communication Series by IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing.) It contains three DVDs: note taking, essay writing, and...
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The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Your Way to College

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Your Way to College
Homeschooling Your Way to College Do you need some encouragement for today? Listen to my radio interview by Melanie Wilson of the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.College Admission and Scholarship Secrets for Homeschoolers with Lee BinzIn this 1 hour interview, I tried to spend a long time explaining exactly WHY you do NOT need to be afraid of homeschooling high school. Then I spent quite a long time talking about key strategies for success, so you can...
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Guest — Olivia
I'm new to high school homeschool. My daughter is 8th grade, with aspirations of attending college. She's very active in volleybal... Read More
Sunday, 25 October 2015 15:34
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Olivia, Lee has written about meeting NCAA guidelines in these blog posts: NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers - Some really helpful c... Read More
Monday, 26 October 2015 19:58
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Work Samples: Yummy Dessert of Comprehensive Records

Work Samples: Yummy Dessert of Comprehensive Records
Provide colleges with the information they need! Going beyond the transcript can improve your chance of earning scholarships.  A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, but colleges want more if you expect them to give you scholarship money. They generally like to see more comprehensive homeschool records. Work Samples: Yummy Dessert of Comprehensive Records Samples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records.I provided three writing samples...
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Graduate and Go To Work

Graduate and Go To Work
As a parent, your work during high school includes planning for and providing the best possible education for your children so they can learn the life skills they need. Graduate and Go to Work It’s your job to prepare them to be ready for a variety of different possibilities and then encourage them to pursue what they’ll need to know in order to function in their job, whether that includes college or not.Education is not just...
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Guest — Anna
Lee, I think you will find this documentary interesting: http://youtu.be/BcxDVYo2wH8 I am so thankful my husband didn't go to co... Read More
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:22
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PSAT and SAT Change Fall 2015

PSAT and SAT Change Fall 2015
There are big changes coming to the PSAT and SAT this fall. Are you ready?This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. PSAT and SAT change Fall 2015 The PSAT and SAT change will affect children who are starting junior year in 2015. The changes will start with the new format PSAT in October. Then the SAT test will change in the spring...
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Test Prep Like Marathon Training

Test Prep Like Marathon Training
Preparing for the SAT or ACT Test is Like Training for a Marathon.  Figure out which race you can win. Choose between the SAT or ACT test, to see which one makes your child look smarter. Study for just one test. They aren't really the same, and it takes a couple of months to study for one specific test over the other. Studying for both at the same time, especially close to the test date, can...
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Guest — Lee
For Saxon Advanced Math, that's often listed as 1/2 credit geometry and 1 credit pre-calculus. Unless you did a separate geometry ... Read More
Sunday, 08 February 2015 08:01
Guest — Robin
Hi Lee, Thank you so much for reminding us to focus on one test at at time. It is so easy to get caught up in a testing frenzy! ... Read More
Saturday, 07 February 2015 12:39
Guest — Lee
Nikki, Thanks so much for letting us know the links didn't work! We'll get that fixed up in a jiffy. Here are those links for you... Read More
Friday, 30 January 2015 18:49
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Overseas Homeschool Friends - Listen Up!

Overseas Homeschool Friends - Listen Up!
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. If you are living overseas and are homeschooling because you are military, missionary, or for other reasons live outside the US, I have a great resource for you to add to your home library. The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition One of my overseas homeschool parents suggested this, so I asked to review...
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Following Advice for 3 Years = College Admission and Scholarships

Following Advice for 3 Years = College Admission and Scholarships
What is it like to homeschool? Great fun experiences and opportunities! And as the homeschool parent, you can put the academics awesomeness into your high school records. I just got a sweet letter from Kathy explaining how she used a hike up Mt. Fuji for a PE class, for example. Feel FREE to look outside the box, and do whatever works with your child to help them learn, and prepare them for college admission and scholarships!...
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