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When to Start Delight Directed Learning

When to Start Delight Directed Learning
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the opportunity it gives our children to learn more about the things they are passionate about, which is sometimes called delight directed learning. That kind of learning is sometimes a little foreign to people who are used to more ‘schoolish’ methods, and it leads to a lot of questions. “When did you start doing delight directed learning?  Did you find it hard to get through a year-long school...
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How to Teach a Homeschool Geek

How to Teach a Homeschool Geek
Strategies for teaching your geeky homeschool student. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Grading Estimate

Grading Estimate
Let me guess.  You didn't use tests on all your homeschool subjects, right?  Neither did I! And yet, somehow, my children survived! Some homeschoolers think it's tons of fun to go back through four years of high school records and try to find or recreate every possible test, quiz, and assignment.  For me, that doesn't sound like fun.  I was not one of those people.  Plus I've noticed that even when parents do some forensic grading like that,...
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When is the SAT not the SAT?

When is the SAT not the SAT?
When is the SAT not the SAT? When it’s the Stanford Achievement Test!Some homeschool families test or assess their students each year.  The test their children for a quick check-up on how they are doing, or to comply with the homeschooling laws in their state. When they use a standardized test, some families use the “Stanford Achievement Test."  You may be familiar with this test. It measures ability level in elementary, middle school, and 9-10th grades. ...
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3 Waves of Scholarships

3 Waves of Scholarships
Scholarships come in waves.  They don't all come at once and they don't all come when you receive college admission. And, unfortunately, they don't all come by the time you have to decide on your college, either.  To say the least, they certainly don't come when it's convenient, that's for sure.Three Waves of Scholarships Scholarships come in Waves - 3 waves, actually.  The first wave is scholarship money based on application numbers.  That means the score on...
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Lee, I love your posts. They are truly amusing as well as informational.
Friday, 08 March 2019 00:50
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Thank you, Denise! Lee is always thankful to hear that she has blessed parents. And when her humor is understood! Robin Assistant... Read More
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The Problem with Homeschoolers

The Problem with Homeschoolers
One of the biggest problems with homeschool parents and how to avoid it. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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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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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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"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
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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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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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