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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #4Choose the Correct Speed Whatever level you are facing, teach math at their level, and continue moving forward. Complete one lesson every day, never miss a day. If your child understands a concept, skip the lesson and move on. It's extremely helpful with math-reluctant kids to include math during the summer, so they maintain their understanding.  If possible, do a math section during the summer, unless you are traveling.  Most...
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3
Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #3Have the Correct Attitude They say attitude is everything. It's so true, especially for math! Try not to instill or encourage fear of math.  Do what you can to make it enjoyable or tolerable. Don't label yourself or your children as math-haters.  Another saying is "fake it till you make it." Also true in math! For best results, try to convey a matter-or-fact attitude, rather than horror about daily work.If...
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Guest — Barbara
Great advice! Thanks, Lee!
Monday, 21 October 2013 19:06
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #2

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #2
Choose the Correct Curriculum A common question between homeschoolers is “what math curriculum do you use?”  We all have our preferences, but in the end there isn’t really one “best” curriculum for everyone, despite what the sales people may tell you at homeschool conventions.  There’s no magic program that will guarantee your child will love math, but there is one key which will at least prevent them from HATING it, and that is to use a...
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Biology Microscopes?

Biology Microscopes?
Do you really "need" a microscope?Trina asked me about Biology - "Do I need to purchase a microscope?  Apologia said it's optional but what would be better for the college bound student?"  It's optional, and it's expensive, but it's best to have a microscope.  If you can afford it, buy it.  If you have more children, the cost-per-child is actually VERY reasonable. If you are looking for science equipment, I love working with HomeScienceTools.com   I used...
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Guest — J W
I'd say if there's no way a microscope is going to happen, Google image search will do nicely. However, if your child is serious ... Read More
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 09:00
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LEGO and Engineering

LEGO and Engineering
It would be lovely if every child wanted to specialize in something reasonable.  Something that made money, provided income, or was valuable for family harmony.  Sadly, most teenagers are still children, at least some of the time, and they may want to specialize in the most unusual things!  Instead of worrying, try to translate their interests into something reasonable.  In other words, if they DID specialize in that one seemingly - bizarre thing, what would that...
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Guest — Homeschooling in florida
Thanks for the informative post i really like this home scholar helping parents home school high school on ur pc will come back... Read More
Friday, 17 February 2012 03:38
Guest — Lee
Dear Tami, I hope you know there is a college scholarship for duct tape, LOL! http://duckbrand.com/Promotions/stuck-at-prom.aspx B... Read More
Monday, 06 February 2012 09:14
Guest — J W
Oh, and I forgot all about the photographers who take the pictures for the cardboard boxes these things come in! It might help if... Read More
Saturday, 04 February 2012 20:48
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Can we get real?

Can we get real?
I really appreciate when other real parents allow me to share their stories.  Recently Lois contacted me about this blog post: Our Community College Stories.  Here is the story that Lois has allowed me to share about her daughter. Interesting Lee. One area my daughter did well in was in our local Community College.Our successful method was — talking to students about the professors; getting recommendations about them in conjunction with RateMyProfessor.com. I found the latter to...
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Guest — J W
OK - just tried out a French "little kid" book by Edouard Manceau. These are great once you get used to the cursive writing. Tin... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 14:12
Guest — J W
Actually four ideas, but two of them we've implemented for quite some time. The first idea is when we learn a rule of grammar, I ... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:16
Guest — Lee
Joelle! Don't leave us hanging! What are your great ideas for French? I've got to know! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:47
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Calming Math Anxieties

Calming Math Anxieties
Hi Lee,Thanks for the e-mail. Even though I’m a few years away from high school yet I know it will come before I know it. I don’t know if you can offer any help but I thought I’d ask any way. My oldest is 11 and technically will be entering 6th grade next year which is middle school as you know, my concern is that I’m at a point where I no longer am comfortable or...
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Guest — Nuez
@ Courtney : Its Khanacademy.org ;not kahn
Thursday, 06 October 2011 20:17
Guest — Courtney
My daughter is in 6th/7th grade and is studying algebra through http://www.time4learning.com. There are also great (free) videos f... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 19:04
Guest — Michelle
I am loving the Thinkwell math program. They have a homeschool version and it is working GREAT for my daughter who doesn't love ma... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 16:08
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Math at the High School Level

Math at the High School Level
At the high school level, sometimes it can see like math takes FOREVER!  It can simply take a LONG time to complete math when you are working at a high school level.  Kids get slower after they have worked for an hour or more, so it makes sense to break it up into two pieces.  Some kids need more practice and some need less.  Each child only NEEDS to do the number of problems necessary in...
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My 9th grader has done well with VideoText Interactive. It's pricey, but it's a good fit for a home school situation. The only t... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:45
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STEM Scholarships for Homeschoolers

STEM Scholarships for Homeschoolers
Scholarships abound for STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Tracie wrote on Facebook: "Lee, When is the best time to start applying for scholarships, of any kind? What about the essays, any tips/hints? How many should you apply for?"Tracie, many private scholarships like this are available junior year, but most are for senior year in high school, starting the summer before senior year. Scholarships from colleges are something you apply to when you apply to the...
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High School Math Ideas

High School Math Ideas
Kim wrote to suggest some math resources.  You may want to look at PLATO and MyMathLab to see if they will fit your children. Hi, Lee.  I read your article on math choices for high school students (and parents) and I would like to add another option which isn't well-known amongst homeschooling circles (yet) but is highly touted and becoming increasingly used by public high schools and many colleges (all levels). Both are available to homeschoolers;...
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JanElle, thanks for asking and being sure to source my blog! You can definitely use the quote. ... Read More
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 12:20
Guest — Audrey
Is MyMathLab free? I don't see my son's college text though.
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 19:14
Guest — Lois
I recently subscribed to ALEKS math for my 7th grader and 10th grader. It's an on-line course that uses a pie chart to show progre... Read More
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:07
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Free Homeschooling High School Articles

Free Homeschooling High School Articles
I love having my articles published by other sources! Here are some free homeschool magazine articles to encourage you! Free MagazineGrab this free magazine from Heart of the Matter Online, January 2011. Read my article on page 42, "You CAN Teach High School Science Labs."  Focus on Science IssueFree Magazine ArticleMy article on record keeping was published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, then carried by Christianbook .com Read  Homeschool Record Keeping: The Cure for Homeschool Dementia"Free...
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Math for Homeschool Geeks: Free Calculus Resources

Math for Homeschool Geeks: Free Calculus Resources
Other parents think you have it made.  They are jealous of your student's math ability, and amazed that you can successfully teach math at home. Ha!  If only they knew you were hanging on by a thread!The truth is that often the STUDENT is a math geek, and the parent would rather be ANYWHERE else but studying math, even hanging off a cliff!  For that reason, I've located some free resources for calculus.  These are free...
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Homeschooling Middle School - Making Science Fun

Homeschooling Middle School - Making Science Fun
The goal of middle school science is to make it a fun topic that children will want to continue when they get into high school.  There are so many ways to make learning fun, it's almost hard to list them all! My 7th grade daughter is looking for some FUN science - not just busy work. I wondered what you would suggest to whet her appetite more than I am doing now. We have been using...
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Guest — Amber
Jennifer, I'm so glad you brought up 4-H, especially in science! There are so many great programs and projects focused on science... Read More
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 07:45
Guest — Jenifer
Lee, You touched on 4-H as a resource. I would like to add to that. I am a huge proponent of using 4-H in homeschooling. You might... Read More
Monday, 25 October 2010 08:24
Guest — Kriss Trent
http://www.homeschoolscience.com The first sentence on their web site is "Make science your children's favorite subject." Even t... Read More
Monday, 25 October 2010 06:40
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Using Calculators in Your Homeschool

Using Calculators in Your Homeschool
Calculators are used in public schools. Calculators can be used in a homeschool.  Calculators are neither evil nor a God-given right. Calculators are a tool that can help students do math faster, much like a computer will help students write faster.   Calculators can't really teach math concepts anymore than a computer can teach a student to write, but they can be a great tool. When students are very young, the emphasis is on learning how to...
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Guest — Nina
If you are teaching your high school aged kids advanced math, sophisticated computation tools like graphing calculators make the c... Read More
Sunday, 23 January 2011 10:59
Guest — Anna-Marie
My husband and I were just discussing this a few days ago. We decided to introduce it around 5th grade. Maybe we should consider... Read More
Monday, 18 October 2010 19:22
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Homeschool Science - Choosing Curriculum

Homeschool Science - Choosing Curriculum
Not everyone loves Apologia.  I always encourage parents to use what works for their student, because not all children learn the same way.  It's more important that a curriculum WORKS than if it is popular, inexpensive, or highly rated. I'm hoping you can help me.......this is my first year to homeschool a high school student. My daughter is now in "9th grade" and I am completely lost with regards to science. I am not into science,...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Ann! I wrote a blog post about putting weak areas first, as you suggested, and I even used science as an example. I wonder i... Read More
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 06:06
Guest — Ann
hi Lee! I was just telling my husband--I SO appreciate your advice--it is so down-to-earth, practical, and wise! My youngest and I... Read More
Monday, 04 October 2010 18:52
Guest — Margaret
Answers in Genesis has some great science curriculum. We are doing Geology this year, and adding in some extra stuff to make it a ... Read More
Friday, 01 October 2010 22:18
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