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8 Tips for Buying Homeschool Curriculum

8 Tips for Buying Homeschool Curriculum
I know it's time to buy your curriculum, so let me give you a few quick pointers, for buying homeschool curriculum.  {This post contains affiliat...
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Avoid Digital Learning When You Can

Avoid Digital Learning When You Can
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Avoid Digital Learning When You Can I'm concerned about all the digital learning.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding children ages 13-18 years, teenagers should have no more than two hours per day of personal technology use, and video games should be limited to 30 minutes per day; no violent games should be...
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Guest — TIM
Good thoughts on this Important subject Lee. I think a good follow up question to consider is what should fill that digital use t... Read More
Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:00
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good Point, Tim! If a student is taking a typing class or a class on basic coding, parents will have to decide if the time spent w... Read More
Friday, 19 June 2015 00:06
Guest — Birdie
Dear Lee. Thank you for sharing this good information. The computer is in the "back drop" of our learning. I absolutely agree t... Read More
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:41
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My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers

My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Curriculum for New and Struggling Homeschoolers You know what? I blame Cathy Duffy for my homeschool success, I truly do! She has been such an awesome resource for new and struggling homeschoolers for as long as I can remember. I strongly encourage you to have a copy of her Top Picks for your homeschool library and...
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Guest — Birdie
Lee, I agree with you about Cathy Duffy. Awesome! Somehow someone blessed me with her older book when we started home to learn. ... Read More
Monday, 23 February 2015 13:45
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's great feedback, Birdie! I have seldom heard of anyone who hasn't re-considered curriculum. I have known a few families that... Read More
Monday, 23 February 2015 21:59
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Including Online Classes

Including Online Classes
Many homeschool students are taking online classes these days, either to supplement or cover all their coursework. If your child is one of them, I encourage you to remember that online classes are great TOOLS you can use in your homeschool, but they can easily become an unpleasant taskmaster.  Including Online Classes Think carefully before you cede your authority as a home school parent to another person or institution, and be aware of the potential constraints...
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Guest — Debbie
We have greatly appreciated two websites to help with our children's studies. They are actually earning college credits as they g... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2015 13:17
Guest — Janice
We LOVE our non-accredited online classes! For one thing, I think I've always given too much work, and the online class has made ... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2015 06:45
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's awesome, Janice! It's especially nice that the providers of the classes have faith in the parent's ability to give grades! ... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2015 10:20
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Cosmetology for High School Credit

Cosmetology for High School Credit
Sometimes we forget how many homeschool high school course options there are for our kids to choose from. Are you teaching an occupational education class in your homeschool? If your child loves to spend time painting nails or trying out all the hairstyles on Pinterest and just enjoys all things having to do with beauty, why not consider cosmetology for high school credit? Occupational Education: Cosmetology You can call an elective class “Occupational Education: Cosmetology.” Some public high...
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Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions

Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions
    Homeschooling is more fun for MANY reasons, but one reason it that we can play games instead of use curriculum.  Here are some great ideas you can give as Christmas gifts. Then in January you can incorporate games across all subject areas! In my homeschool, we scheduled a few hours every Friday just to play games. Sometimes they loved the games (Diplomacy!) and other times they tolerated the games (Elemento) but they were ALWAYS...
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Guest — Elisabeth
We LOVE Apples to Apples here!
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:20
Guest — Bonnie
THIS IS GREAT!!!! Thank you so much!
Monday, 17 November 2014 19:53
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Homeschool Curriculum Mismatch

Homeschool Curriculum Mismatch
We used Jay Wile for my two oldest. We struggled/battled/survived but it is just not working for my 9th grader. We stopped halfway through Physical Science, switched to Alpha & Omega Switched-On Schoolhouse, which wasn't much better. I'm dreading Biology next year but will struggle through Jay Wile if there is nothing else out there for the non-Science family. Homeschool Curriculum Mismatch How do you know when a homeschooling curriculum just isn't working for you? Listen to the...
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Guest — Lynette
We used Shepherd Science for Biology and Chemistry 101 for Chemistry. Both are excellent DVD resources. We did use Apologia for Ge... Read More
Friday, 24 October 2014 06:31
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Lynette, It's always nice to get info on what others use for science, since we spend so much money on those programs! Thanks ... Read More
Friday, 24 October 2014 10:23
Guest — Julieanne
We've used Apologia with our girls, and while the texts have been hard, they have been excellent in teaching our children how to s... Read More
Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:51
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Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy

Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy
Economics is usually a 1/2 credit, semester-long class taught during senior year in high school. Sometimes homeschoolers want to provide a full 1 credit class on economics, or want to prepare for the AP exams in economics. There are a lot of different ways to cover economics as a homeschooler. Here are some options you might consider.This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Fast and Easy EconomicsNot everything...
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Guest — Terrible Tuesday: That’s a lot of straws | Oddly Said
[…] high schooling people: Making homeschool economics fast and easy. I like the idea of using the Great Courses classes. I ... Read More
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 17:20
Guest — Alane
Hi Lee, Another resource to add to your list is Hillsdale college offers a free 10 lecture series about economics (as well as gov... Read More
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 07:49
Guest — Sheryl Chandler
Lee, I did not realize your son helped Jay Richards with 'Money, Greed and God'. I read it last summer and loved it...and I'm not ... Read More
Monday, 15 September 2014 18:04
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Capture Learning for High School Credit

Capture Learning for High School Credit
You can put FUN on your homeschool transcript! Did you know that? It's such a freeing concept! High school credits created for fun will be the easiest your child will ever earn. Your children do something for fun, you count the hours they work, and give them appropriate credit on their transcript. Easy-peasy! Capture Learning for High School Credit Evelyn wrote an example, so you can see how it works in real life....I have been following your blog and newsletter...
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Apologia Science is Great College Preparation

Apologia Science is Great College Preparation This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.img class="aligncenter wp-image-14863" alt="Apologia Science" src="https://hhhblogs.s3.amazonaws.com/2012/08/apologia.png" width="553" height="414" Apologia Science is a very rigorous college preparation series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum because I know it's more about how it fits your child than the textbook or curriculum itself. When it comes to science, though, we had such...
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Guest — Wanda
We used Apologia science throughout our son's highschool homeschool years. After the first year or two he said something much lik... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2015 20:01
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you for sharing your story, Wanda! We love Apologia at our house too! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2015 21:51
Guest — Penny Turpin
I have used several of the Exploring Creation Zoology Books and the Anatomy & Phys books. In high school, we have used Apologi... Read More
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:54
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Our Charlotte Mason Pond

Our Charlotte Mason Pond
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.  Our Charlotte Mason Pond Charlotte Mason would have loved my pond. It's only two blocks from my house. The pond has salmon, river otters, blue herons, bald eagles, and a huge variety of ducks and geese. The park will sometimes even see visiting wildlife: coyotes, rabbits, racoons, and more. When we moved here, I thought I...
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Guest — Dawn @ The Momma Knows
That is EXACTLY what our foray into Charlotte Mason was like for us, too. My boys wanted nothing to do with nature journaling, or... Read More
Friday, 13 March 2015 22:14
Guest — JW
Re-reading my reply from two years ago and howling with laughter at the memories. The grass isn't always greener on the other sid... Read More
Friday, 25 July 2014 09:00
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That is so true, Jo! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Friday, 25 July 2014 11:22
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Teaching Students to Learn

Teaching Students to Learn
Teaching Students to Learn As homeschool parents, our plan is NOT to teach something. Our goal is teaching students to learn. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they might not have learned a thing. Instead, I offered them a curriculum at their ability level and they had to learn something they didn’t already know. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will be expected...
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Guest — Sharon
Having dropped out of high school in tenth grade, I knew I would only be able to get my children so far academically. Out of neces... Read More
Friday, 09 January 2015 06:25
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Brilliant, Sharon! I applaud your unstoppable spirit! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:51
Guest — Lee
Thank you for encouraging me today Mary! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 14 August 2014 19:13
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Will Changing Curriculum Mess Up My Kids?

Will Changing Curriculum Mess Up My Kids?
Is your curriculum just not working? Is everyone miserable and learning just isn't fun anymore, but you're worried about changing curriculum mid-year? Click on the video below for a stress free way to change up your curriculum when it just isn't working!Do you have concerns about changing your curriculum? Have you ever changed your curriculum mid-year? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new...
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Guest — Lee
Karen, I have quite a few articles and blog posts on struggling learners, so look at some of those articles. But start with this o... Read More
Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:32
Guest — Karen West
Thank you for this message. I have been panicking over changing curriculum the whole time I have been homeschooling for 7 years. M... Read More
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:04
Guest — Susan Raber
We've changed curriculum and methods several times over the years. We just enjoy change because it brings in new perspectives and ... Read More
Monday, 19 May 2014 05:50
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What is Your Homeschool Budget?

What is Your Homeschool Budget?
 What is your homeschool budget? The average family spend $500 per child each year on curriculum. Are you more, less, or about the same? In some states, the budget is around $9000 per child per year. Whatever your budget, I'll bet yours is lower than that! I always wonder if these studies include things like piano lessons, which can really add up.... Do you have a budget, or just buy what you need for school and...
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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes
Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....
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