Start a Business and Change the World

Start a Business and Change the World
Does your teen have big ideas but you’re not sure how to help make them happen? Do you encourage your teen to change the world but don’t know exactly how? According to the Kauffman Foundation, 54 percent of millennials either want to start a business...
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Top Field Trip Tips for Homeschoolers

Top Field Trip Tips for Homeschoolers
What field trips have you taken this year, or past years, that you have really enjoyed with your teens? My Facebook group was going crazy, sharing some great ideas. You can include field trips in your course descriptions, by the way. While course des...
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9 Question Check-Up for Planning Senior Year

9 Question Check-Up for Planning Senior Year
Senior year starting and you have a child that is college bound? Do a quick check to make sure you are ready to go! If you have a senior this year, let's do a quick check to see how prepared you are for the coming year. ​Have you chosen 4-8 colleges ...
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Jessica Zbavitel
Your checklists are always extremely helpful. Thanks!
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Lee Binz
You're welcome Jessica! I'm so glad you find them helpful Blessings, Lee
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7 Simple Steps to Planning 7th and 8th Grade

7 Simple Steps to Planning 7th and 8th Grade
It can be a temptation to totally panic when you start planning middle school for the first time. You may like my article, Taming Middle School Anxiety . But right now, let me give you 7 easy steps to assist you in your planning. 1. Make a plan ...
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Plan Ahead for a Challenging Homeschool Year for Parents

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Can you see a season of stress ahead of you? I'd love to show you how to plan ahead. When you know it's coming you can survive the stress when you plan ahead for a challenging homeschool year.  You can have a bright future ahead - see ...
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Plan Ahead for a Challenging Homeschool Year for Teens

Plan Ahead for a Challenging Homeschool Year for Teens
Occasionally a teenager will have a health, psychological, or emotional crisis that will make homeschooling seem virtually impossible. I'd love to help you make some reasonable goals that you can modify to meet your needs. If you don't know what I'm ...
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Hi Anita! Exactly! You know your children's needs best. Lee wants you to trust yourself, because you are the best guidance counsel... Read More
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The Perfect Plan for Homeschool High School

The Perfect Plan for Homeschool High School
 Planning the coming year with high school students? Let me give you a quick review of what you really need to cover each year of high school. You'll end up with the perfect plan for homeschooling high school. English Make a plan for English tha...
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Super Senior Five Year High School

Super Senior Five Year High School
Can you take the Five Year Plan for high school? It's called by many names: 5th Year Senior, Fifth Year Program, Super-Senior. What it means is that your teen takes an extra year of high school. Can you do that?  Yes! Of course you can! One of t...
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Lin Knowles
I'm dealing with this issue from the opposite end. My fall-birthday son started high school at 8th-grade age. Two years in, he dec... Read More
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Lee Binz
Hi Lin! I think it would be easiest to create a transcript by subject, not by year. Then you don't need to worry about it. Bless... Read More
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How to Estimate Grades in Classes Without Tests

How to Estimate Grades in Classes Without Tests
Not every class has tests, but every class on your transcript should have a final grade. Teachers in schools need tests to evaluate 30 children at a time. When homeschooling, though, we have very few students to assess at one time, and tests are not ...
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How to Gear Up for Junior Year

How to Gear Up for Junior Year
Junior year is the time that can have the most impact on getting into college and getting scholarships. You can be prepared by doing some research ahead of time. My Coffee Break book can provide some great Junior year readiness: Junior Year is the Ke...
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College Application Essays Made Easy

College Application Essays Made Easy
College application essays earn college admission and scholarships. Read this executive summary for busy parents and teens to learn the 11 keys for compelling essays. Read more Tips for Tackling College Application Essays Grab a free instant dow...
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[Free Book] Leaving Our Mark on the World

[Free Book] Leaving Our Mark on the World
Learning outside the box can maximize college admission and scholarships! Find out how in my annual yearbook!  Grab this free book and you will learn tips for earning scholarships, test preparation, college planning, and homeschool success. Leav...
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10 Tips for Unschooling

10 Tips for Unschooling
Homeschoolers of all varieties can be successful. Each family has their own style, from classical or school-at-home to eclectic, Charlotte Mason, or unschooling. I know that unschoolers are successful in high school, college admission, and careers! H...
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Top 15 Blog Posts of 2016

Top 15 Blog Posts of 2016
Top 15 Blog Posts of 2016 Each week I help families homeschool by blogging about different topics of interest. This is my list of my favorite blog posts from 2016. Feel free to... Share them with your homeschool group! My blog posts (as well as artic...
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Set Your Priorities for Freshman and Sophomore Years

Set Your Priorities for Freshman and  Sophomore Years

Set Your Priorities for Freshman and Sophomore Years


Set your priorities for freshman and sophomore years. Consider what you have to do in order to be ready for college even if your child isn’t planning on it, just in case your child chooses to go.

Know your local homeschool laws and how they apply to homeschooling high school. When you look at homeschool laws, they are not usually the same laws that apply to public schools. In most states, the law will detail what applies to public schools, what applies to private schools, and what applies to homeschooling - all separately.

When you see in your local news that the high school requires 100 hours of community service and a technology class, it probably does not apply to you as a homeschooler. You may choose to cover these things, but it's probably not a homeschool requirement. Homeschool requirements are found in your state’s homeschool law. Don’t panic over the local high school graduation requirements - get acquainted with your local homeschool law.

As you start homeschooling 9th and 10th grade, you are learning how to homeschool high school. Take it one step at a time. Keep good records, right from the start. Everything you keep is part of your child’s official, lasting record.

Start looking ahead to college and understand that college preparation usually involves more than what is required for public high school graduation. By providing college prep to your child, you're exceeding public high school requirements. Looking ahead to college is going to give you a better-educated child.

Would you like to learn more about homeschooling 9th and 10th grades?


This article is Chapter 1 of my Coffee Break Book, How to Homeschool 9th and 10th Grades: Simple Steps for Starting Strong. Regular price is $2.99 on Kindle or $6.95 in paperback. Grab your copy here today!



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