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Simple Science for Homeschooling High School

Simple Science for Homeschooling High School
"Houston, we have a problem!" Homeschool parents often approach teaching high school science as if being asked to build the space shuttle. But teachin...
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Guest — Isa
Another thing to keep in mind is the level of science can be determined by a child's goals. Unlike their brothers, my older daught... Read More
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 06:05
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I'm Not Afraid to Teach High School Geology!

I'm Not Afraid to Teach High School Geology!
High school geology and earth science: learn about the rock types, different layers of the atmosphere, throw in some volcanoes and earthquakes…I think...
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Top 6 Tips for High School Math

Top 6 Tips for High School Math
Do you get cold sweats just thinking about teaching your teen high school math? Did your last exposure to trigonometry leave you covered in hives? If ...
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Judgement Free Math Tips

Judgement Free Math Tips
This is totally a no judgment zone! Let's talk about homeschool math without making you cry. My article High School Math without the Moaning ...
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Saxon Advanced Math on the Transcript

Saxon Advanced Math on the Transcript
With most math textbooks, it's easy to name your class for the homeschool transcript. "Algebra 1" on the textbook means the class title is "Algebra 1"...
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Guest — Jenny
Thank you so much for this information! I am not quite sure what to do for my 10th grader... We are looking at transitioning to ho... Read More
Sunday, 31 May 2020 17:04
Robin
Hi Jenny, In her article High School Math at Home, Lee says gives some options for those who want to use Saxon for advanced math:... Read More
Monday, 01 June 2020 02:59
Guest — Chris Waughtal
This information is SOOOO helpful. I am really behind the 8 ball with my son's transcript, and this book has been giving me fits. ... Read More
Tuesday, 07 January 2020 01:22
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Does Writing for Science Have a Voice?

Does Writing for Science Have a Voice?
Does Writing for Science Have a Voice? I got a question on Facebook about science writing the other day and I wanted to share it with you in case you have the same question. Lee, I've been getting mixed answers and am hoping you can join in. Should high school science papers be written in active or passive voice? Thanks! Here's the short answer - high school science papers aren't necessary! Having said that, "lab reports"...
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Math is Important!

Math is Important!
The engineering community is very concerned about math. The statistics paint a grim picture. Math is Important! 1. Jobs requiring math are increasing at four times the rate of overall job growth2. American children rank 13th in the world when it comes to basic math skills3. Less than 1/3 of American 8th graders are at least proficient in math4. 93% of American 6th to 8th graders realize they need math skills later in life, but few directly...
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The Road to Independent Learning: Homeschool Science

The Road to Independent Learning: Homeschool Science
The Road to Independent Learning: Homeschool Science Independent learning is a process, and being able to work independently on biology usually comes along early in that process. I've seen children successfully learn biology on their own, my own two sons included. I am happy to share how we did it - just remember that every child and family is unique.We used Apologia Biology. I had a list of assignments that told my children what pages to read...
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Guest — Renee
I have been using FREE Donna Young schedules for Apologia science the past three years. http://donnayoung.org/apologia/index.html ... Read More
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:41
Guest — Ann
For those out there (like me!) who are not good at schedules, yearly schedules for Apologia Biology can be purchased through Sonli... Read More
Saturday, 02 November 2013 04:19
Guest — Yvonne
Excellent advice, Lee. Spot on!
Thursday, 29 July 2010 11:23
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Is Physics a Required Subject?

Is Physics a Required Subject?
Do the kids have to have Physics or could they take Advanced Chemistry instead? My daughter doesn't have any desire at all to take  Physics and would rather take Advanced Chemistry instead. She is planning on going to college for Pre-Law so I didn't see any problem with that, but wasn't sure what colleges expect. Should I call her top 4 choices for school before getting her book to get her going on it?~ Anita in...
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Guest — Jennifer
My daughter completed Apologia Biology and Chemistry in 9th and 10th grades. In 11th grade, she took Athletic Training/Exercise P... Read More
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:32
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Way to go, Jennifer! Like Lee says, "It’s always a good idea to check with your child’s favorite colleges." but you saw an interes... Read More
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 15:37
Guest — KC
Look at the state requirements then go from there.
Friday, 14 November 2014 21:42
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Homeschool Introduction to Engineering Class

Homeschool Introduction to Engineering Class
Homeschool parents of budding engineers, listen up! Engineering is a LOT of fun, but a future in engineering requires some math and science.My 14 year old will be participating in the First Lego League in which he will 1) Build and program a small robot to accomplish challenges and 2) investigate a research topic then prepare a presentation. Both activities culminate in a competition with other teams at a regional tournament. This is to build science,...
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Guest — brandy
The advice our good counselors (local homeschooling moms, whose kids have transitions into college, & some college admins) gav... Read More
Friday, 26 December 2014 13:52
Guest — Kathy G in WA
When your child is a junior, please check out the Washington Aerospace Scholars program! It is hosted by the Museum of Flight and... Read More
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 19:47
Guest — Lee
Wow, Kathy! That sounds like an awesome program. Hopefully they still have it when my son is a junior (he's 3!). The Museum of Fli... Read More
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 08:14
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Do Homeschoolers Really Need Algebra and Geometry to Graduate?

Do Homeschoolers Really Need Algebra and Geometry to Graduate?
Dear Lee,I am worried about math for my 10th grade son. He has struggled in math for years.  Due to some research about dyslexia in my younger son, I stumbled upon something called dyscalculia. I am wondering if my 10th grader has this and how it will affect his chances at getting into a college. My question is, do they really need algebra and geometry to graduate?Thank you for your help,~ Michelle in Oregon Do Homeschoolers...
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Guest — Evelyn Krieger
There are ways of teaching algebra and geometry in a very basic way. It is not uncommon for good schools to offer 3 levels of eac... Read More
Friday, 21 June 2013 10:24
Guest — Karleen Mauldin
Here's an idea for Michelle in Orgeon: Perhaps try to find a tutor who could tutor your son with the sole aim of passing the Coll... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:51
Guest — Jean Lynd
While I won't say that all colleges require those levels of math, as a homeschooling mom who is trying to get a kid into college t... Read More
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:51
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Mastery vs. Perfection

Mastery vs. Perfection
I receive many questions from homeschoolers about math. This one is about mastery vs. perfection when it comes to math. Mastery vs. Perfection Dear Lee,Thank you very much for sharing so much with the rest of us homeschoolers! I have a question regarding carelessness.  Using math as an example, my 12 yr. old son is working out of Saxon Algebra 1 currently and is understanding everything very well but gets a few wrong (2-4 on average,...
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Guest — Suzanne (princapecos)
When we used Saxon, we began also using the DIVE CDs. While you may not need that extra help, one thing the DIVE teacher encourage... Read More
Friday, 08 May 2015 12:28
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's a great idea, Suzanne! Kids will find that process more encouraging, and certainly more enlightening! Robin Assistant to Th... Read More
Monday, 11 May 2015 22:45
Guest — Jill Pike
I do have a son in engineering, and college has encouraged him to take the time (on tests, anyway!) to check and recheck answers. ... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 09:09
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Is Saxon Math Good for Teaching Geometry?

Is Saxon Math Good for Teaching Geometry?
I am often asked about a particular homeschool curriculum. Sandy had a great question about Saxon geometry...Lee,We recently watched your Preparing to Homeschool High School videos in our homeschool group. They were great! I have a question about Saxon Math. My 10th grader is taking Advanced Math and has already completed Algebra 1 and 2. Do you have an opinion about Saxon and the way geometry is included? Would you suggest another route? My eighth grader...
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Guest — Sally
There's so much truth in this statement, "The problem with teenagers is that you have to match their learning style AND their pref... Read More
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 20:02
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Sally, Knowing your child is something homeschooling moms do better than anyone else! You figured out what she needed, and yo... Read More
Wednesday, 23 September 2015 21:02
Guest — Lisa
Hello, My son took Saxon Alg 1 in his Freshman year, Saxon Alg 2 in his Sophomore year. I am not sure if I should have him take ... Read More
Friday, 10 July 2015 19:19
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How Do I Teach Chemistry?

How Do I Teach Chemistry?
How Do I Teach Chemistry? Are you wondering how on earth you can cover chemistry in your homeschool high school? Click on Lee's video below for tips on how to teach chemistry!How do you teach high school chemistry? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!For planning your chemistry class and any high school courses, check out my online training class: Planning High...
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Guest — Julieanne
Do you have any other chemistry suggestions besides Apologia? I know several homeschool families whose children are really struggl... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2014 00:02
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Julieanne, In her article You CAN Teach High School Science Labs! Lee says "...use what works for [your] student, because not... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 23:25
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Homeschool High School Lab Science

Homeschool High School Lab Science
Why would anyone skip Biology Lab? What could possibly be more fun than dissecting critters and peeping through a microscope, and what is a lab science anyway?Biology lab can be a lot of fun, but it's also fairly expensive, which is something I discuss in my Special Report, 7 Secrets to Homeschooling Though a Financial Storm. Holly read the report and had a follow up question.Dear Lee,I just read your special report and think it was...
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Guest — Angela
We dissected a mouse today that was killed by our dog yesterday. It was great & low cost! We did pay for the dissection kit, b... Read More
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 20:42
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Angela, I think it must be only homeschoolers who think that's a good idea! I'm impressed! I have never used an animal that died... Read More
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Guest — Ariana
Knowing which college to look at for specific science requirements made me wonder if there is a flow chart of sorts that helps you... Read More
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:22
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