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Homeschool High School - Math is Fundamental

Homeschool High School - Math is Fundamental
Math is a fundamental skill required for college and to attract employers. My friend Don is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Seattle Pacific University.   He shares some great insights about the importance of teaching math in high school.“Math requirements vary by school. You don’t necessarily have to have extra math to get into a college, but you do need it to be well educated. Upper level math can train your mind. Math is a...
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How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?

How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?
Do not shy away from the creation-evolution debate. While not critical to teach to younger children, high school students need to have some understanding on both sides of the debate.  Although we didn't shy away from the debate in our homeschool, I wish I had covered the topic even more. Students need to become informed so they can provide reasoned arguments  for their beliefs. Without understanding the issues, they can't reasonably form their own belief system. They need...
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Guest — Lisa
This is a great article and I can see from the comments that it can quickly add fuel to the debate. I am in a very conservative a... Read More
Sunday, 20 October 2013 07:25
Guest — Kim
Joan, Creationism aligns with true scientific research and is compatible with science. Science is merely observing things and off... Read More
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:24
Guest — Joan Jahoda
Don't you need to teach a child the difference between belief and science? Belief has no place in this discussion since the only f... Read More
Friday, 21 June 2013 04:23
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What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?

What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?
I'm a huge fan of Apologia sciences!  I believe it's wonderful college preparation, and that their Biology, Chemistry, and Physics can provide the highest quality college prep education. On the other hand, I have heard mixed results from their General Science and Physical Science curriculum.  These are recent additions to Apologia, actually.  Years ago, they only provided Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Prior to that, the author Jay Wile recommended using unit studies to encourage the love...
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Guest — Lee
Lois, if your state wants four years of science, why don't you branch out a bit? Go for geology, astronomy, ornithology, or somet... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:23
Guest — Lois
At a recent home school conference/book fair, the lady working the Apologia booth told me you can count 8th grade physical science... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:13
Guest — Lee
Right - and there are different levels of science classes in other schools, from AP to remedial. As homeschoolers, we can also pr... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 07:19
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Incorporate Cartooning Into Your Homeschool

Incorporate Cartooning Into Your Homeschool
Any suggestions on how to incorporate cartooning into completing math assignments? So far, my son has come up with 1001 ways to destroy a math book. You can do anything in cartoons, but in reality, you can learn algebraic concepts.Hi Lois,There are some comics in Harold Jacob's book. I have no ideas for actually incorporating cartooning into algebra (LOL!)I have seen cartooning as an art, as occupational education (when you make it a business) and as...
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Guest — Ann
hi Lois-- If your math program is like Saxon or Teaching Textbooks, he will review that concept over and over in subsequent lesso... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 12:34
Guest — Lois
Thanks everybody for your comments. It's a character issue with him mostly.....he doesn't see why he needs to do something he does... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:25
Guest — Lee
Here is the book by Lucy's son: http://mubbybooks.com/featured_book.htm Blessings, Lee... Read More
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 15:39
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Online Lab Material

Online Lab Material
I know that each parent can determine what is right for their own child.  My job is to support independent homeschooling, however.  When I get  questions about alternative education programs, I don't want parents to feel that I'm being judgmental.  On the other hand, I do try to point out alternatives that retain independence, so you can ensure the successful education of your child.What about online lab material.  Have you seen anything like  this available for...
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Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair

Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair
Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering FairSaturday, March 20th, 2010  2:00-5:00 p.m.New Location: First Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchYou are invited to attend the third annual "Washington Homeschool Science & Engineering Fair" on 3/20/10 from 2-5 p.m. in Renton, WA.Attached is a Student Registration Form due 2/28/10. Each student needs an Adult Volunteer available at the fair to listen to other students' projects. Additional volunteers are needed for families with more than two children participating. Each student will give...
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Homeschool Math - Is Pre-Algebra Required?

Homeschool Math - Is Pre-Algebra Required?
My daughter is entering high school next year and we pretty much have her year laid out and what she wants to take.  We sat down and did this together. But my question is this - she has never had Pre-Algebra.  Is it necessary to take that or can she just go into Algebra I and be okay.  I don't remember taking Pre-Algebra in high school and am not quite sure what to do in this...
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Hi andra, my children are using teaching Textbooks and love the program. I had my daughter, 7th grade, Doing pre-algebra. She came... Read More
Saturday, 27 February 2010 18:17
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Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?

Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?
Are Apologia science textbooks rigorous enough for college-bound students?  Sure, they are popular with homeschoolers, but how GOOD are they as science books? Are Apologia science textbooks fairly rigorous, for college-bound students?  I've heard a few conflicting reports...~Jill in SeattleApologia is a very rigorous college prep series.  I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all about "fit" more than a textbook.  When it comes to science, though, I had such success with the...
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Lee Binz
Hi Jen! YES they are WELL prepared. No additional content needed - the study guide for the test is enough. And a student should al... Read More
Friday, 21 February 2020 17:25
Guest — Jen Gaerthofner
Thank you for taking the time to answer! I appreciate your time and advice.
Friday, 21 February 2020 19:05
Guest — Jen
Can anyone speak to whether or not this Bio text prepares students well for testing like the ACTs? I wonder if there isn't some a... Read More
Friday, 21 February 2020 16:23
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Teen Itching to Learn Programming?

Teen Itching to Learn Programming?
Here is an idea for teaching your homeschool children computer literacy!  The Scratch Website from MIT may be a perfect fit!  Read this article in Communications of the ACM, called Scratch: Programming for All.The article says that "Digital fluency" should mean designing, creating, and remixing, not just browsing, chatting, and interacting.  It says that just using a computer is like knowing how to read, but not write.  They promote computer programming in a fun, non-threatening way...
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Guest — Michael Badger
Scratch is an incredibly friendly programming language to learn. It's drag-n-drop interface makes programming a snap that anyone c... Read More
Thursday, 03 December 2009 16:45
Guest — dawn devore
Thanks for enhacing my children's life.
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:20
Guest — karen
My kids love scratch.
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:03
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Grading Homeschool Math

Grading Homeschool Math
Sometimes grades aren't perfect, and sometimes learning math is just hard!  What happens to the transcript grade when things don't go well? My daughter is working on Saxon Algebra 2 and says she understands it fine.  However when she takes the tests and even on her daily assignments she is frequently getting the wrong answers because of what I will call Stupid mistakes (not copying the problem correctly,  forgetting to put a negative where it belongs, ...
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Guest — Hayden
Admiring the dedication you put into your website and detailed information you offer. It's awesome to come across a blog every on... Read More
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:42
Guest — J W
I was exactly like Sandy's daughter! Fortunately, my Dad stuck with me and checked over my homework each night. I wish my teache... Read More
Sunday, 01 November 2009 06:37
Guest — Kimm
We use Saxon math as well. I grade using partial credit. I look at each problem as worth one point. If they miss something smal... Read More
Saturday, 31 October 2009 08:06
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Struggling with PSAT Math

Struggling with PSAT Math
Why would a math genius score poorly on the PSAT?  After reading my blog post of choosing math, Natalie asked me this question:Lee,Excellent advice you’ve provided! My 15 year old son has excelled with Saxon and is currently enjoying their Advanced Math with Pre-Cal and Trig as a sophomore. One problem I hope you may be able to address…Although he has excelled in his co-op math classes and is far ahead of schedule, he performed very...
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Biology for a Struggling Learner

Biology for a Struggling Learner
Homeschoolers can make accommodations for struggling learners, just like they do in other school situations.  If your child needs extra help learning, then you can provide that help.  The important thing is that they learn!  Mary had a question about how to accommodate her daughter in biology, and still determine credit.Good Morning Lee, Thanks for the information on credits that was helpful. My daughter did biology last year and struggled. She did the first part of...
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The Homeschool Advantage in Math

The Homeschool Advantage in Math
There was an article this morning in our paper about the new math curriculum being used in our area.  I can't believe they are choosing a single math curriculum that is supposed to fit an entire region.  How many teachers are involved?  How many different students?   All those different individuals, and there will be only ONE BOOK???  Here is the article, if you want to read it. I started getting concerned when they mentioned the book...
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Guest — J W
You're talking about my alma mater... I wonder what my old high school math teachers think of this (they're all retired, maybe ev... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 19:45
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Homeschooling - Break Free of the Public School Mold

Homeschooling - Break Free of the Public School Mold
You don't need to behave like a brick and mortar school when you are homeschooling science and social studies.Any articles/advice about teaching Science/Social....making sure they're covering what they need, without falling back into the whole teacher/student mode? If your child is planning to go into a hard science like biology, engineering, or medicine, then they will REALLY benefit from learning biology, chemistry and physics in high school.  If they don't seem interested in science, then sometimes...
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Botany for High School Credit

Botany for High School Credit
Colleges want to see three sciences and at least one science lab, but you still have a lot of freedom within those requirements.My daughter has expressed interest in studying Botany for this year (she's a freshman) instead of studying a traditional Biology course.  I have found a great course for her as well as additional supplemental materials.  I want to make sure before I purchase the materials that our course will be accepted by colleges/universities as...
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Guest — Nancy
I'd like to hear what people have found for Botany. That is the third science that we are planning on besides Chemistry and Physic... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 21:36
Guest — J W
There are many fine science curriculae out there, but I'd like to second Lee's recommendation of Apologia. It's fantastic. I'd r... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 12:46
Guest — Lee
Hi Julie, We did biology, chemistry and physics with Apologia because my son was going into engineering. When you have a child th... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 08:52
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