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Homeschoolers And Classical Conversations

Homeschoolers And Classical Conversations
When she was good,She was very, very good,And when she was bad she was horrid.From the poem "THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL"by Henry Wadsworth LongfellowClassical education is very popular right now.  What are your opinions on this new-again fad? "Hi Lee,Have you ever evaluated or looked at "Classical Conversations".   friend of mine just found out about this and told me this is really taking the home schooling community by storm. Just wondered  if you had any...
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Lee Binz
Pamela, what a perfect example of what I was saying! Even in the same family, sometimes it's a fit and other times it's not. Thank... Read More
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:18
Guest — Pamela
We have 2 daughters. Both went trough Foundations and loved it. That being said, one daughter (and I) knew Challenge would not be ... Read More
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:05
Guest — Kristi
Any created tool to teach (or to do anything in life) is just that a tool. Something created that takes too high a place in our l... Read More
Saturday, 05 June 2010 10:09
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Homeschool High School - Reading Books or Reading Excerpts

Homeschool High School - Reading Books or Reading Excerpts
I recently picked up a high school textbook called "American Literature" to see what public school kids were reading these days. First of all, it was HUGE - much bigger than the dictionary.  Yikes!  No wonder kids have back pain!  When I looked inside, I had fond feelings for my own high school honors English teacher.  I remember her reading aloud, and how fun she made everything.  I remembered reading Shakespeare plays as a  lass, each...
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Guest — Audrey
Ugh. This is where I am tonight. What shall we do for summer reading? What shall we do for senior year? This year, despite a great... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 17:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Debra, When a child doesn't enjoy reading, or has difficulty, sometimes the solution is to read whole books that are SHORT (lik... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 05:53
Guest — Debra
Lee!! This is great. So often in homeschooling circles I feel criticized for thinking it is okay to read some abridged titles, a... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 05:44
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Blogging for Homeschool High School Credit

Blogging for Homeschool High School Credit
Blogging is a great way to encourage writing skills, turn social skills into academic courses, and guide techie kids into using their computer skills while doing some writing.  Any skills kids use while blogging can be used for academics.Blogging can be an English course, or you can have them blog about something they love, to provide written material based on delight-directed learning.  That may help you document the love of science or history with some writings. ...
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Guest — Lips that Speak Knowledge » Some Notable Homeschooling Posts
[...] Blogging for Homeschool High School Credit from The Home Scholar: Another creative idea for making school relevant for your ... Read More
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 12:31
Guest — Susan
My daughter who is 12 has a blog that she puts her poetry on. I've been blogging for about 5 years now. I recommend Blogger becau... Read More
Thursday, 22 April 2010 08:34
Guest — Jamie
My daughters both have blogs, even the 9yr old. I'm trying to get into having them do a blog post each week; sometimes I give them... Read More
Thursday, 22 April 2010 06:18
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Homeschool Transcripts - Where Does Shakespeare Fit?

Homeschool Transcripts - Where Does Shakespeare Fit?
I have often said that the easy part about writing the transcripts is the typing.  The hard part is knowing what to type!  That's why I became so frustrated with transcript software, and why in my business I focus more on "WHAT" to type. My daughter is studying Shakespeare and I'm wondering what  "subject" will that fall under. Might you know? Is drama, theatre,  or ????~Tisha in CaliforniaHi Tisha,Put it where you need it.If you're doing...
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Sonlight is Guaranteed!

Sonlight is Guaranteed!
Dear Lee, Thanks SO much for responding quickly. I have used Apologia before and most likely will go back to that. Thank you... I am ordering some Owl pellets to dissect until we get the Apologia curic. ;) I am still trying to consider his English. I have heard nothing but GOOD about Sonlight. But my son doesn't like to read. My oldest did, but not my youngest. lol  So, I am still pondering that area....
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Guest — Lee
Dear Sharon, Yes, my boys did the assignments mostly on their own. I did read aloud to them all through high school, but that was ... Read More
Friday, 24 June 2011 05:24
Guest — Sharon Nelson
@ Lee: Did your boys use Sonlight in high school in a self study format, e.g., they followed the weekly schedule and did the work ... Read More
Thursday, 23 June 2011 20:47
Guest — Luke Holzmann
Thanks for posting this Lee! I saw it on Twitter yesterday and finally got to it in my RSS reader today [smile]. ~Luke... Read More
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 06:53
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Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box

Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box
One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can tailor your school to meet the needs and interests of your students.  To do that, you need to think outside the box a little bit.  Once you do that, all things are possible!   Even speech and debate!I have another question for you.  Are there ways outside of a school setting to get a child involved in a debate club or with public speaking, other than...
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Guest — Karen
4H has speech and debating clubs
Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:52
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good point, Karen! The monthly 4-H meetings alone are a good education in parliamentary procedure. Robin Assistant to The HomeScho... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:21
Guest — Lee
Dear Kelly, You don't have to take speech and debate in high school. If you do take speech and debate, you don't have to compete... Read More
Monday, 08 October 2012 15:58
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Looking for Language Arts

Looking for Language Arts
Diane asked me a question on my Facebook wall, "My daughter is going into the 9th grade and I am looking for a good language arts/grammar program. Do you have a recommendation as to where to look for one? Thanks."There are SO many good language arts and grammar programs out there, I can't point to one and say "that's it!"  It also has so much to do with the curriculum being a good "fit" for your...
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Guest — J W
We've really loved the "Wordly Wise," "Just Write," and "Writing Skills" series from Educators Publishing Service.
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 19:51
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Free Bible Curriculum!

Free Bible Curriculum!
Homeschooling is an investment in your children, but it doesn't mean it has to be a huge investment of money.  When you want to have a course called "Bible" all you really need is a Bible.  Count the hours you require of your high school students, and when you have 75-90 hours, call it a half credit class.  If you count 120-180 hours, call it a one credit class. If you would like some supplements to...
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Guest — Lee
Nancy, You don't have to use a textbook or curriculum or book list. You can just use your Bible as the text. Estimate hours - 1... Read More
Thursday, 01 November 2012 12:16
Guest — Nancy
Do you just keep record of time read or what do you do with the Bible to count Bible as a credit?
Thursday, 01 November 2012 04:46
Guest — Janet
Amen and amen. All you need for "Bible" is a Bible. I've said that a few times and I think it confused people! Thank you!... Read More
Tuesday, 08 September 2009 04:41
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Distance Learning with Speech and Debate

Distance Learning with Speech and Debate
In the city, there are lots of educational opportunities - some would say TOO MANY because we become overwhelmed with options.  That's not what it's like for everyone, however.  I have some ideas if your child has a urge to try speech and debate, but there are no other homeschoolers nearby.Toastmasters has international meetings.  You may be able to find a toastmasters group where you live, even if you are overseas.You can look online for a...
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Literature Appreciation for a Reluctant Reader

Literature Appreciation for a Reluctant Reader
How do you get your child to appreciate literature? If you decide to do without a formal literature analysis, then what can you do to teach literature appreciation - expecially in a reluctant reader?I am wondering what you would recommend her to do for her literature.  Should I just let her read what ever she wants or should I have her pick from a list of options.  How much reading should I be requiring?Sandy in UtahDear...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Luke, I'm looking forward to hearing you and your mom speak at the Heart of the Matter Online Conference! Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 31 July 2009 07:35
Guest — Luke Holzmann
Good thoughts, Lee! I think we've found from our experience that there is quite a bit of analysis that happens naturally as you ta... Read More
Friday, 31 July 2009 07:32
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11th Grade English - What is Required?

11th Grade English - What is Required?
What do you need to cover in 11th grade English?  Whatever it takes to read and write reasonably well, and score well on the college admission tests!"Hi Lee.  I enjoy reading your blog via The HomeScholar.  I have a question for you -- I'm concerned about whether I'm covering all that I need to for 11th grade English and wondering what I missed in the  10th grade.  We used BJU for 9th grade English/Lit and the...
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Guest — Linda Aragoni
I totally agree that what a teacher (home-school or other) should teach depends entirely on what the student needs to learn. I'm n... Read More
Friday, 17 July 2009 12:57
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Speeding Up Dawdling Readers

Speeding Up Dawdling Readers
There are ways to speed up readers that are slow but competent.You can use books on audio, which can speed them along - even if they are reading along with the audio, it's a good way for them to practice reading faster.You can read plays WHILE watching plays.  We did that with Shakespeare for my dawdling reading.  We got the BBC version of the Shakespeare plays, which are word for word, and then followed along with...
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Guest — Annie Blake
My dawdler is almost 11 which means he is 2 years before high school here in Ireland. Although he reads slowly he is a very compet... Read More
Friday, 29 May 2009 21:38
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Creative writing with chess? If only I had known!

Creative writing with chess?  If only I had known! High School, USMaterials Required: Chess set, paper and pensActivity Time: 2 monthsConcepts Taught: English Creative WritingThis is for students who are independant creative writers who want to work on their own but need structure to stay on task. Have them write 32 character sketches for the pieces on a chess board. Then have other students play a chess game, one move per day. The author must write a short story for each move. Once the...
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Guest — J W
Ooo! I wish my husband (chess brain) and I (creative writer but chess flop) had time to work on something like that!!!
Monday, 04 May 2009 15:59
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FREE Homeschooling High School Resource!

FREE Homeschooling High School Resource!
How do you teach writing a quick essay like the one on the SAT?  I like "501 Writing Prompts" by Learning Express.  It's short, inexpensive, concise - perfect for my family!  Thanks to a tip from a reader, I have found out that the book is available FREE for a short time!  (This book is no longer available.  Please find it on Amazon for under $10 here.)I want to encourage you to grab this free e-book while it...
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Guest — Autumn Donaldson
Check your library's resource section (not their actual physical resources, but their online resources) - they often have free tes... Read More
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:30
Guest — Lisa
Thanks for the link. I saved a copy today.
Thursday, 19 March 2009 17:00
Guest — Lee
Thanks, Donna! I got so excited about it, I could hardly believe it! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 19 March 2009 13:47
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Homeschool Grading: What is an "A"?

Homeschool Grading:  What is an "A"?
Do you have a book to recommend for how to figure out what requirements are for an "A" in a certain subject?  For example, English papers, science subjects, etc., if you are not using a textbook?Hi Diane,In my homeschool, I provided a simple percentage grade for tests that we gave.  If they got 10 wrong and there were 100 questions, they got 90%.  But that's only a grade for a test.  Since you came to my...
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Guest — Lee
I suppose I should recommend my own book, Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Description... Read More
Monday, 23 August 2010 07:42
Guest — Karen Dean
The book, "Making the Grade" by homeschool mom Lesha Myers is absolutely excellent! She has lots of grading ideas for every subjec... Read More
Sunday, 22 August 2010 12:30
Guest — TMW
Just FYI: 501 Writing Prompts is available for free in PDF form at the following link: Read More
Monday, 16 March 2009 18:25
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