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Am I Teaching Too Much English?

Am I Teaching Too Much English?
Am I Teaching Too Much English? It can be tempting to double up in your homeschool, but is that a good idea? Are you teaching too much English? Click on Lee's video, below, to find out!Have you ever tried using more than one English curriculum at a time? What is your favorite English curriculum? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!If you...
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Guest — Dana Snowden
I am and secondary English teacher gone home school mom. I think Easy Grammar at http://www.easygrammar.com/ is the best and eas... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:23
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Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts

Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts
Are you allowing yourself enough flexibility for delight directed learning or are you putting your Enlgish credits in a box? Do you feel insecure because you aren't sure what "Language Arts 10" means? How many books do your children read each year in high school? Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts I was fascinated by an opinion column in the Seattle Times, Seattle Sacrifices Monster Lit, which stated:"We should allow principals and teachers to select the curriculum...
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Guest — Laine
Actually, I found it at homescholar.org. She even has sample lesson plans available on the web site. Hope you enjoy it! Laine... Read More
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:19
Guest — Lisa
I was wondering where Laine was able to find Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings? It sounds like something I would like to try... Read More
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:15
Guest — Laine
I used Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings for a co-op class, and it was fantastic! The kids loved it, and even enjoyed th... Read More
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:10
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Avoid This One Fatal Flaw When Teaching High School English

Avoid This One Fatal Flaw When Teaching High School English
High School English can include so MANY things that it can be overwhelming! You can teach communication skills, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, penmanship, composition reports, poetry, prose, reading skills, reading for pleasure, classical literature, non-fiction, reading aloud, speed reading, comprehension, public speaking, speech and debate, American Literature, British Literature, Great Books, literary analysis, essay writing, research, proof-reading, timed essays, sentence structure, paragraph outline, mythology, fables, capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, dialogue, word choice, editing, novel writing, short...
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Guest — Julia Wallace
Thank you so much!! My son really struggles with writing - as in papers. That is what we are going to tackle this year. I am go... Read More
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 12:05
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
You can do this, Julia! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thursday, 25 August 2016 10:23
Guest — Joie
Lee, I think I might have this tattooed on my forehead! I can't be reminded of this enough. Joie
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:07
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How Do You Know It's High School Level?

How Do You Know It's High School Level?
How Do You Know it's High School Level? This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. I was consulting with a homeschool parent about the age-old question, "How do you know it's high school level?"  She asked me how to tell whether "Movies as Literature" was a high school course.   The more we talked about it, the more confident she became.  Meanwhile,...
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Guest — Lily
I have used it with my daughters and I plan to use it in two years with my son. One of my daughters was rather the 'cool' type; su... Read More
Sunday, 17 August 2014 07:33
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Lily, It's wonderful that you are willing to use whatever method works to teach your children the information they need. Keep... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 23:08
Guest — Ariana
We bought this neat curriculum guide this summer for my Freshman who is interested in Film School, Movie Directing.
Monday, 11 August 2014 17:24
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Passion Directed Learning

Passion Directed Learning
Passion Directed Learning I was amazed how often my son Kevin studied chess when we were homeschooling!  I remember giving him choices about what he could work on, but my GOODNESS he loved chess!  When we were using Power-Glide French, it had the students write some essays during the year; some were about France and some were in French.  One of Kevin's essays was about FIDE - Federation Internationale d’Echecs, or in English, the World Chess Federation. ...
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Guest — Lisa
Great article, Lee! Our children have God-given gifts and it's those gifts that my husband and I look to encourage. Our children a... Read More
Thursday, 21 July 2011 10:57
Guest — elaine
Good Idea My 16 year old is so involved with World Of Warcraft an interactive online game that it seems like that's all he wants ... Read More
Friday, 01 April 2011 04:58
Guest — Alison
my daughter does not need to do art as a separate subject. She could just submit her maths book! Every page is a detailed unique s... Read More
Friday, 15 October 2010 02:07
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Are You Qualified to Teach High School English?

Are You Qualified to Teach High School English?
Are You Qualified to Teach High School English? You are totally, completely, and 100% qualified to teach high school English! It's not because you know everything there is to know about literature, or even because you know how to grade perfectly, but because you are your child's parent - the one who knows them and loves them best. Remember that some public school English teachers don't have an English degree. They may not even have the...
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Guest — Anita
English is not one of my greatest concerns, with the possible exception of grammar, because the girls and I all love to read and w... Read More
Saturday, 07 March 2015 06:37
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Anita, That's right! Your standards are perfect for them! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Saturday, 07 March 2015 18:37
Guest — Nancy Lueckhof
Dear Lee, I just read this post from a friend. It is written by a Prof. from Hillsdale College. I edited a bit here and there, bu... Read More
Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:59
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What Species of Reader Are You? Infographic Included!

What Species of Reader Are You? Infographic Included!
Are you creating a library of wonderful books at home? When you are making purchases for the coming school year, remember that these are books that can stay in your house forever. Make sure they are good, worthy books!I love this infographic - a classification chart for book readers, as if we are some new species of animal!  HahaVisit Laura-e-Kelly.com for more about books, reading, and authors.If you would like some help finding great books for high school...
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Encourage Reading Fluency and Enjoyment

Encourage Reading Fluency and Enjoyment
The best way to help a child enjoy reading is to make it as enjoyable as possible. Increasing enjoyment means they become more proficient and fluent in reading. Here is how to improve reading fluency and enjoyment with teens.1. Provide real books (not "school reading books") with a real story line.  Choose award winning books, within your approval, of course.  A great source of choosing "real books" is the Jim Trelease Read Aloud Handbook and the Sonlight Catalog.2. Provide...
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English and Math and the New SAT

English and Math and the New SAT
English and Math and the New SAT There are big changes in the SAT. What does it mean to you? Let me explain the differences in the new SAT sections for you.   English When you read about the new English section, there are three key phrases you need to understand. First, they refer to “relevant words” which means they are focusing on more widely-used vocabulary words from the workplace. Second, they talk about “evidence-based reading...
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Guest — JW
Strange, I thought I saw on the College Board website the new SAT won't have essay anymore. I'm glad they're moving to computer-b... Read More
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:40
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Jo, the essay will be optional on the new SAT's. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:12
Guest — Kristine
Lee, you advised me several years ago to have my child take both tests. I wasn't really sure it would make a difference, but she ... Read More
Monday, 09 June 2014 06:05
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Learning Leadership: Great List of Leadership Books for Teens

Learning Leadership: Great List of Leadership Books for Teens
Leadership is something you learn by doing. Become good at something, do it often for fun, and pretty soon you'll be leading others as they do it, too. The next thing you know, you're leading! Leadership is also something you can learn by reading about. Read about leadership and about examples of good leaders, to become knowledgeable and skillful; then act on that wisdom as you lead others. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and...
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Guest — Sharon Gaston
My favorite is "Do Hard Things" by Alex and Brett Harris. They encourage teens to step out of their comfort zone and try something... Read More
Saturday, 07 April 2018 01:45
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Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School

Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School
Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School Today, not many teenagers have written books. This need not be true. After writing and publishing a book on American history, I think that writing a book is something every homeschool high-school student should do before they graduate.Here are three reasons why:Reason #1- It looks good on your college application. Colleges are looking for something that stands out on applications. Writing...
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Guest — Kris
Love to hear advice from grown homeschoolers! Great tip! My husband has always wanted to write a book about his colorful upbring... Read More
Thursday, 12 December 2013 07:44
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Quick Essay vs. Perfect Papers

Quick Essay vs. Perfect Papers
The SAT requires a 25 minute hand-written essay.  What about brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing, and proof reading?  It can't all get done in just 25 minutes!Writing a good essay is an important skill, and it can be frustrating to “teach to the test", but you want your student to be successful at it. On the other hand, the SAT essay teaches a completely different kind of writing - and it's just as important as a polished...
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Guest — J W
Yep. Have the grandmother, who has a BA in English, teach it, hee hee hee!
Thursday, 06 September 2012 20:20
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Nice Soft Boundaries for Homeschool English

Nice Soft Boundaries for Homeschool English
I'm a big fan of providing nice soft boundaries for homeschool english, rather than hard and fast rules.One mom was struggling to balance English for her reluctant readers. It can be hard to figure out how much time to spend reading and writing - particularly with struggling readers and writers who may suffer and struggle through the process.  Here are some nice soft boundaries, as you think it through. In general, think about having 1 hour...
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Guest — Tami D
I have a couple of girls who struggled with reading due to some trauma. I had already been filling our "Wasted" travel tiem with g... Read More
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:42
Guest — Sa ndxy
We used audio books but only if they could follow along with the written text. The reading the first three chapters and being to ... Read More
Monday, 27 August 2012 17:35
Guest — Debbie D.
Thank you for this. My son starts his freshman year this year. I have been struggling over what to have him read. He is a very rel... Read More
Monday, 27 August 2012 16:17
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Determining Homeschool English Credits

Determining Homeschool English Credits
Are you ever unsure about how many English credits to give your students? Does your student spend more time on English assignments than they do on any other subject? These are common conundrums and you are not alone! Can composition and literature be documented as two separate credits?My student spends an hour on composition and an hour on literature each day. In answer to this I will tell you that there are some classes that simply take...
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Happy Valentine's Day! Freebies from Institute for Excellence in Writing

Happy Valentine's Day! Freebies from Institute for Excellence in Writing
 I hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day!  Here is my heart-shaped sweet for you - Freebies from the Institute for Excellence in Writing !  IEW has a wonderful online catalog, called a Magalog.  This year, if you sign up for their 2012 Magalog before February 14th,  you get some GREAT freebies!  This is pretty cool stuff, and I just HAD to share it!Request a 2012 Magalog and receive four free downloads HERE.These are the four great...
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Guest — Lee
Ooops - here is the link: http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/2012 Blessings, Lee... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:47
Guest — Lee
Here is the link: Request a 2012 Magalog and receive four free downloads here I don't know if they will extend or not, but I'd j... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:44
Guest — Terry Martinez
Would love to receive the magalog and free downloads, but didn't get this in time. Any chance there is an extension?
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:38
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