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Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Studies

Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Studies
The nice thing about homeschooling is that you can create almost any electives for your child under the sun!  You aren't limited to electives that a teacher is interested in, and you aren't limited to electives that you feel comfortable teaching.The bad part about homeschooling, is that when you recognize you can teach any elective under the sun, you have to somehow find the materials for your child to use!  Donna was talking to me about...
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Guest — Jill Robinson
One resource that should not be passed up is local colleges and universities. Also, given the number of foreign students at most c... Read More
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:58
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good idea, Jill! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:03
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How Do You Encourage Hard Work in your Student?

How Do You Encourage Hard Work in your Student?
Accountability is instrumental in successfully homeschooling high school. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified

Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified
Finding a college is more than watching where your friends and neighbors’ children go to school. Take your sophomore or junior to a college fair and/or search online for the perfect college match for your student. Once you have some possibilities, visit the college in person. Visiting is the only way to see if it’s a perfect match. Try to whittle down the list to a handful of colleges by the end of junior year. When...
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The HomeScholar Coffee Break Books

The HomeScholar Coffee Break Books
Have you tried The HomeScholar Coffee Break Books on Kindle?Please share some encouragement and leave a review on Amazon. It doesn't need to be a long review, just give some stars and let people know what you thought in a sentence or two.  It would really mean the world to me!"Coffee Break Books" series is designed especially for parents who don’t want to spend hours and hours reading a 400-page book on homeschooling high school.  This series...
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Quick Tips for Washington State Homeschoolers

Quick Tips for Washington State Homeschoolers
Let me give Washington State Homeschoolers two quick tips about social studies.1. You do NOT have to teach Washington State History I've been getting questions about the 11 Required subjects. "Does my homeschool high schooler have to take the Washington State History that is required by public education?"  No, you do NOT need WA State History.  It is NOT one of the required subjects, so it's optional for homeschoolers who sign a Declaration of Intent.  You can...
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What is Your High School Graduation Rate?

What is Your High School Graduation Rate?
Great news!  In The Great State of Washington, 24 kids out of 100 don't graduate high school!  Oh, wait... that's not good news!  When you really think of it, a 24% drop out rate is amazingly high! What is YOUR graduation rate?  What is the rate for your local high school?  What is the rate for your own homeschool?I know a LOT of homeschoolers, representing a huge variety of kids and educational styles, and I haven’t...
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Guest — Beth
"The state with the highest on-time graduation rate was Iowa, with 88 percent. The lowest was Nevada, with 62 percent. All of tho... Read More
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:51
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How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens

How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens
It can happen overnight. One day, your child is pleasant, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning. The next day, well, not so much. It can happen to boys and girls. It's common, but that doesn't make it easier for parents to deal with. What do you do with a child who will only do the bare minimum, and really isn't interested in learning? Teens can be motivated by natural learning they consider to be fun! Learn how to capture the...
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Guest — karen
I have been dealing with this for a year now. Its heartbreaking because he is so intelligent.
Sunday, 19 May 2013 12:22
Guest — Lee
Thank you, Laura! Blessings, Lee
Sunday, 11 November 2012 13:11
Guest — Laura
What a great article, Lee. Even though my youngest still doesn't LOVE school, she is much more motivated to work hard since I let ... Read More
Friday, 09 November 2012 21:40
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Teach Teens to Vote

Teach Teens to Vote
So many important things to do, but it's hard to do it all! I remember when I was homeschooling, and how exhausting it was.  Matt and I were talking about all the things parents COULD do to help their children become strong and independent adults.  Then I thought about how exhausted I was by 7pm each night.  At that point I was tired of having meaningful conversations, tired of intentional parenting.  Just tired.  I know other...
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Internet Addiction is Not New

Internet Addiction is Not New
Our modern world brings up new concerns, but addiction itself is not new.  With knowledge and awareness, parents can help children resist the temptation to put computer interactions before basic needs and responsibilities.   Learn about internet addiction on Pinterest here: Pinterest.com/HomeScholar/Internet-Addiction. Limit the amount of time your children spend on digital media to prevent it from happening while your children are living at home. Discuss the signs of addiction, to avoid serious difficulties in the future. Subscribe...
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Prepmatic SAT Vocabulary Prep

Prepmatic SAT Vocabulary Prep
If you are preparing to take the SAT, it’s encouraging to note that there are quite a variety of study aides out there to choose from—and study you should.  Most students can increase their scores significantly with regular review, and higher scores mean more scholarship money. For those interested in the latest and greatest, a new product has just hit the shelves this summer, called Prepmatic.  Founded by a young entrepreneur, Elie Schoppik, Prepmatic is a “web-based application that...
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Military Academy and ROTC Scholarship Success

Military Academy and ROTC Scholarship Success
Let me just stand back and let another mom tell you the good news: Homeschoolers win Scholarships!  Military Academy and ROTC!  Here are some real tips from a real mom with experience!  Thanks for sharing, Cassie! Hi Lee,Now that we are nearing the end of the year I wanted to update you on Sara's plans for next year. Sara was fortunate to receive a nomination to the US Naval Academy from our representative and a nomination to the US...
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Guest — Jessica Cramer
Thank you so much for posting this information. Our son is interested in the Air Force Academy and the ROTC at Embry-Riddle in Flo... Read More
Friday, 05 October 2012 16:39
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Time to Have "The Talk"

Time to Have "The Talk"
When children are young, we shield them from much of our "rated R" world.  But something happens that changes that.....  Your children grow up.  That's when we realize that we need to shelter young children, but discuss with teens. When your children enter their teen years, it's time to begin having "the talk" about social issues, morality, and integrity.  Allow them to see more of the world, and explain to them what you see in the...
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Scared? Listen to Your Heart

Scared? Listen to Your Heart
What are your plans for fall?  Are you at the Crossroads?  Wondering if you should continue homeschooling?  If so, I think this article will really help you! My job is to make sure you don't make a decision based on fear - so you can listen to your heart. Facing the Crossroads   Everyone makes the decision to homeschool for their own reason.  I don't know what is right for your family, but you do. If you...
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Thinking about High School

Thinking about High School
Sometimes people ask for specific recommendations when parents and students start thinking about homeschooling high school.  It's hard to give specific recommendations to a general question, but here are some places to start looking.I have several resources on my website that you might want to check out.  First is my HomeScholar Recommends homeschool curriculum page that has a lot of information on what we used and what worked for us.  It covers gifts, books, resources and...
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Guest — Becky
Tried to access the reading list and the link would not work
Friday, 20 July 2012 04:10
Guest — Lee
Hi Becky. It should be working now. Please try it again. Thanks!
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:56
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What Homeschooling High School Looks Like

What Homeschooling High School Looks Like
What does homeschooling look like? When people ask me what homeschooling looks like, I often tell them it looks like my boy, lying on top of my dog, reading a book in the sun.  Our homeschool room was the room with the dog and the book.  We had a rigorous, academic homeschool, and so we were often busy from about 8:00 in the morning until about 3:00 in the afternoon.  I had a schedule and an...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Elise, I read aloud to my children for 1/2 hour per day, 4 days a week, until they started community college at 16 and 18. ... Read More
Monday, 23 July 2012 10:09
Guest — Elise Knight
I loved hearing what your days looked like in homeschooling high school, Lee! It helps to hear how others do it. I'm planning on... Read More
Saturday, 21 July 2012 22:06
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