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Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't....

Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don't....
About half of our homeschool classes were traditional, textbookish classes. The rest we were just Wild & Crazy Guys!For fun, my son Kevin studied chess like crazy. One year we called it "Critical Thinking." No kidding - if you have a kid who plays competitive chess, I'm sure you understand! The next year we called it "Public Speaking" because he was going to different classes around our area, teaching to various homeschool groups and public and...
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Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
You know I don't really know where it started.... It has just always been. He got his first knife at 6 yrs old. Yes it was young... Read More
Monday, 02 June 2008 11:05
Guest — Lee
Wow! That IS unusual! Did that passion start with a book? Johnny Tremain? How fun! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:54
Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
How about knifemaking. He would love to become a bladesmith. Here is a link with a picture of his forge. Read More
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:04
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Practice Makes Perfect!

Practice Makes Perfect!
I tell people that they should start "practicing high school" in 7th grade. I forget that even "practice" can be stressful. I've been taking an accounting class for my business (and hating every minute of it!) I was sitting there feeling completely overwhelmed, wondering how I was ever going to become knowledgeable enough to do this job! Then it dawned on me that I felt this exact same way when my kids were in 7th grade!...
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When is an hour not really an hour?

When is an hour not really an hour?
Homeschooling books don't agree on the value of a credit. Some books say 120 hours, and some say 150 hours, and some say 180 hours. Some say could a "hour" as just 20 minutes. Others say an "hour" has to be the full 60 minutes and must NOT include homework (which I find hilarious, since ALL work for homeschoolers is homework!) Based on that information, I think you can pretty much just DECIDE on a scale...
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Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 2

Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 2
Why are you keeping things? If it's just for you, like a scrapbook, then keep anything you want as a momento. If you are keeping it because of college, then consider how it will be used. A college *may* ask for a graded English paper, or a math test, or a history paper. They won't ask for ALL of it, just a sample. Your binder is a collection of samples, so that you can hand one...
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Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 1

Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 1
The old "What to keep" question is complicated, because no two homeschoolers are alike! When you are doing school the textbook way, you can just keep tests and written work. You don't have to keep daily work - except the science lab notebook is usually kept. Anything that is flat, you can put it a notebook: awards, some art work. If the art work isn't flat, and you really WANT to keep it, then a photo...
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Guest — Lee
Ivette, try this free class: You want to keep these things until you ... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:03
Guest — Ivette
Hi, Lee. I am swimming in a sea of high-school level paper of all types of subjects. I have no emotional attachment to detailed de... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:55
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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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How about technology or computer credit?

How about technology or computer credit?
What kinds of things can you use for a technology or computer credit? This question came from a parent who was wondering if power-point, keyboarding, web mastering, audio-visual work at church could count as a technology or computer question. I'm not familiar with homeschool laws in every state, but ALL of those hours sound just GREAT to me! If your child has a lot of sound and studio experience, you may even have 180 hours for...
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My Favorite Homeschool High School Books

My Favorite Homeschool High School Books
People often ask what books I recommend for high school.   This is my favorite for beginners, because it is relatively short and easy to read. I love the different transcript suggestions, and modeled mine after the ones in this book. Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook by Cafi Cohen______ This book I used a lot when trying to come up with course descriptions. It was a little bit more complicated - I don't think that life has...
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How do I give credit for PE?

How do I give credit for PE?
It's easy to determine the credit value of some classes. Saxon Algebra, for example, is clearly one high school credit. It can be much more difficult to determine credit value when you don't use a book. PE and electives are good examples of those sticky situations. When it was my turn to muddle through high school, I spent a lot of time doing research on these issues. There are many ways of determining high school credit....
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Thinking About High School Already??

The best time to consider homeschooling high school is.... now! I love it when parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders tell me that they are beginning to learn about homeschooling high school. It's a great training time for parents! You can learn all of the issues around record keeping, academics, and encouraging specialization. At the same time, there is no pressure to "perform" or be perfect, since it's all just for practice.When my oldest child...
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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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Never Ending Record Keeping

Never ending record keepingAre you writing your own comprehensive records for your student? Frustrating, isn't it! One thing to remember about the Comprehensive Records - you're never done until graduation. It's like homeschooling in that you never really "finish." You can add touches and change things.... At some point you have to add final grades and final graduation dates. So don't worry that it doesn't feel complete. You won't until your student is finally away to...
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Homeschooling While Building a House

I've had friends who homeschooled while building a house. If you find yourself in that situation, remember that any construction experiences your high schoolers have can count as high school credit. Woodworking, carpentry, occupational credit, etc., might be good course titles to consider. Your kids are learning while you do these things, right? Let them live and learn. Have you read Barb Shelton's Homeschool Form + U + La? That was what her life was like....
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When to Start Record Keeping - Part 2

>>>>More record keeping basics<<<<Another thing that you can do is have a place where you keep all your records. That might include all their work, anything they have written, math tests, any workbooks, etc. Again, you really don't NEED to keep that stuff for 6th and 8th grades, but it will train you to keep those records when it DOES matter for next year. I kept a 3-ring binder, with dividers for each subject: math, science,...
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When to Start Record Keeping - Part 1

>>>>When is the best time to start keeping homeschool records?<<<< When I was homeschooling 6th and 8th grades (my two boys are two years apart) I began by keeping a daily schedule of their lesson plans. You can see more about what I did here. You can open the sample schedule to see what I did. Anyway, having this check list for their lesson plans gave me a record of everything they did. I figured I...
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