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Can't Get Enough Jane Austen?

Can't Get Enough Jane Austen?
Those of you who follow along on my blog have seen photos of our "Pemberly Ball."  My son is Presidents of the Pemberly Society - the Jane Austen Club at Seattle Pacific University.  He organized a Regency Era Ball this month.  Since posting about the ball, many people have written to me asking where the girls got their lovely gowns.  Being the mother of boys, I must say that I don't have a clue!  But I...
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Guest — J W
Ooooooooooo, off on a bunny trail here, but I'll bet Threadbangers would like to know about the "prom dress remakes" that the Jane... Read More
Sunday, 01 March 2009 10:09
Guest — J W
Oh, and by the way, we spell home economics "occupational education." If the Washington state lists "occupational education" as o... Read More
Sunday, 01 March 2009 07:06
Guest — J W
Oh, that facebook on Pride & Prejudice is really funny! I'd like to see one on Mannesfield Manor. By the way, my Mom and you... Read More
Friday, 27 February 2009 21:53
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SAT Score Raising Classics

SAT Score Raising Classics
Hi Lee,One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT.  They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you.  :-)Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank you for...
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Guest — J W
I personally swear by _Cracking the SAT_ by The Princeton Review. It has a ton of tips, and great strategies that can also be use... Read More
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:23
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Find Your Preferred Method of Learning

Find Your Preferred Method of Learning
Books rule!  We love books.  We absorb books.  Anything that we need to know can be learned in a book.  Sometimes people ask me why our reading lists were so incredibly long.  It wasn't because I assigned all those books, I can tell you that much!  For both of my boys, reading is their "love language."  Give them a book, and they will love you forever.  Every Christmas, their wish list includes specific books.  Our reading...
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Guest — Stephanie
Great reminder! This is something that I routinely struggle with even though our dd isn't high school age yet (though she is doing... Read More
Friday, 23 January 2009 21:02
Guest — J W
This can really transform relationships! My husband and I have had our own tranformations once we realized that we were wired for... Read More
Friday, 23 January 2009 17:32
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How to Read a Million Books in a Week

How to Read a Million Books in a Week
We used to go camping a lot.  Car campers, we would take every creature comfort from home, and set up our tent next to the car.  We would take day hikes each day, and cook over an open fire.  To be honest, though, most of the time we all spent reading.When my children were younger, I would prepare unit studies for them to read.  Books on insects or trees, or stories of survival and outdoor living. ...
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Guest — Lee
I only managed to pre-read the assigned school books (Sonlight.) I didn't read ahead the reading for pleasure books. I wish I ac... Read More
Friday, 23 January 2009 07:40
Guest — J W
I had to laugh - "Hey, when you’re reading ahead for their 6th grade year, it’s pretty easy!" There's no possible way I could rea... Read More
Friday, 23 January 2009 07:32
Guest — Stephanie
Those memories sound wonderful! I love taking books on vacation, too. My husband laughs at me because I look like I'm moving in...... Read More
Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:33
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What Goes On a Homeschool Reading List?

What Goes On a Homeschool Reading List?
They call it a reading LIST for a reason. If they wanted the edition, publisher, and copyright date they would ask for a reading bibliography!When you are preparing your reading list for your high schooler, all you really need is the title and author of each book. You can include books the children read by themselves, books they read aloud to you, and books you read aloud to them. You can include some books on tape...
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Guest — J W
Oh, that is just too funny. That girl has a gift - several, in fact! Back atcha with "A Homeschool Family" video on: http://www... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2009 19:50
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Plagiarism Primer for Parents

Plagiarism Primer for Parents
One great way to instruct your children about the dangers of plagiarism is to have them do a short research paper on the topic.  I encourage you to have them research plagiarism online, and then write a one page report on what they learn.  It's not hard to learn enough about plagiarism in a short amount of time, and just taking a short time to do a little research is often all you need.For parents, I...
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Guest — Lee
Wow, Joelle! So people actually make a PROFIT from cheaters???? That's pretty low.... I've seen some documentaries about how th... Read More
Saturday, 10 January 2009 16:41
Guest — J W
Yeah, I've been aware of the problem early on because I graduated college a few years before UseNet and bulletin boards were repla... Read More
Saturday, 10 January 2009 11:00
Guest — Lee
Thanks, Christy! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 10 January 2009 06:43
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How Much Should My Homeschooler Write in High School?

How Much Should My Homeschooler Write in High School?
Ann emailed me to clarify her email address for my newsletter, and asked this question for my blog:As long as I'm writing, how many papers do you think a 10th grader and 12th grader should be writing in English? We were signed up with (an online program) and they required 24 plus a term paper. I'm trying to do it on my own this year, and I have no idea what is a typical number of...
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Guest — J W
Believe me, I told her that her writing is a gift, and I told her not to change! It's just that 6 paragraphs takes longer to edit... Read More
Thursday, 04 December 2008 17:14
Guest — Lee
Hi Joelle, First of all, I have REALLY missed you at church, and really REALLY missed you at choir! Secondly, surely you know th... Read More
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 20:13
Guest — J W
And how do you get a child to quit writing 6 paragraphs when one will suffice? ;-) That's our brand of "annoyance" (see http://w... Read More
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 19:56
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More School in Less Time!

More School in Less Time!
Audrey asks:How do you balance what you feel they need to know and do with what they feel they want to know and do? There are not enough hours in the day!This question is actually TWO questions!Q1: How can you get more hours in your day? To some extent, homeschoolers will ALWAYS feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!  It's part of parenting, and even more a part of homeschooling.  There are some things...
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Guest — J W
KISS - keep it simple, sweetheart! By the time my students graduate, I want them to: Be able to write a well-structured essay H... Read More
Thursday, 20 November 2008 14:32
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Songwriting for English!

Songwriting for English!
Dear Lee,Steven and I are settling into school very well this year, thanks to your help. His guitar teacher said that for English in college he took a course on how to write songs, and since Steven is specializing in music he would like to know:1. Can he take a course in songwriting for English?2. Will studying audio engineering for science work instead of Lego robotics engineering?I have found a couple of nice curriculums that could...
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Guest — J W
I recommend my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, College of Communications. Check into the Radio-TV-Film program. M... Read More
Wednesday, 10 September 2008 16:12
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"One Handful" Homeschool

"One Handful" Homeschool
Are you working too hard?  Are you trying to do too much in your homeschool?  Do you have enough margin? "Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great wealth and turmoil" Prov 15:16 "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife." Prov 17:1 "Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind." Ecclesiastes 4:6Trying to do twice as much...
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Guest — Alex
Your blog is interesting! Keep up the good work!
Saturday, 16 August 2008 00:54
Guest — J W
I once had a mother confess to me that when she first started homeschooling, she went way overboard. She figured that if public s... Read More
Monday, 04 August 2008 20:34
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Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!

Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!
At this time of the year, friends are discussing their curriculum choices for next year. I have been asked by several people what we used during the high school years. Every child is unique, of course, but here is a snapshot of our freshman year:These are the things I made them do: American Literature & Composition (Sonlight 100) American History (Sonlight 100) Biology with Lab (Apologia) Algebra 1 (Jacob's Algebra) Fine Arts 1: American Art (art...
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Guest — J W
Must do - I made my shopping list for the WHO convention, and I'm not even going to think about it until the materials arrive on m... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:55
Guest — Lee
So many people have been talking about Notgrass! I think I'll have to look at that book at the curriculum fair. It's become very... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 19:45
Guest — My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
My son is in 8th grade next year so we are getting ready to get ready for high school. We are using Apologia's 8th grade science ... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 18:15
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Save Those Receipts!!

Save Those Receipts!!
At the convention yesterday, one Mom asked me to blog about reading lists, because my tip was such an "Ah ha!" moment for her. We had a lot of trouble collecting books for our reading lists in high school because my sons are prolific readers, but at the same time they weren't good about keeping track of the books they read. We ended up including the books we owned but leaving off most of the library...
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Great High School Writing Course!

Great High School Writing Course!
I used the Advanced Communication Series by IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing .) It contains three DVDs: note taking, essay writing, and public speaking. It's a video geared to the student. My kids watched them twice a year during high school, once when we started school, and once toward then end of our school year as a "reminder." Instead of teaching note taking with ABC and 1-2-3, it teaches you to write your notes every...
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Guest — Alice
Oh, Perfect! This is just what we need. Thank you (again!).
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 18:15
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Great Readers Yield Great Readers

Great Readers Yield Great Readers
I loved the book "Read Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease. It's a wonderful way to find a reader that is perfect for your child's interest and grade level. It is more thorough for the lower grades, but I found it very useful in finding specific books each year. He gives a very brief overview of the book, and comments on the grade level. He has updated it many times since it first came out. When my...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks, Linda! That's a great addition! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 07 April 2008 19:49
Guest — Linda in FL
"All Through the Ages" is an awesome resource that recommends books of different reading levels for the different time period s in... Read More
Sunday, 06 April 2008 13:24
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Homeschooling High School? Start Here!

Homeschooling High School? Start Here!
Amazing FREE 5-Part Mini-Course Reveals: "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School" Click Here To Get FREE Mini-Course Welcome! Get your homeschooling high school questions answered here!  High school transcripts, record keeping, grades, credits, course planning and college admissions - I'm here to address your concerns. Email me your questions and be sure you subscribe to this blog because I update the content daily.  Enjoy your visit!
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Hello there, the Team at the HSBA Post would like to congratulate you on being one of the 2008 winners! Please read more here: h... Read More
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 13:43
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