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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 A...
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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 wh...
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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 hel...
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Thank you for the encouragement. Our children's well being and health are so important, school can be completed slightly slower th... Read More
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 20:47
Lee Binz
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
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 21:05
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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. Yo...
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Guest — Chris James
Great blog!! I think that's really a perfect plan for homeschooling high school. I have some plans for my high school child, I hav... Read More
Saturday, 04 August 2018 06:13
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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 y...
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Guest — Adriana
Thank you so much for this post! It helped us tremendously to make our decision to modify our son’s high school plan. I am now i... Read More
Friday, 20 November 2020 15:36
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
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:49
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
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:39
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How to Estimate Grades in Classes Without Tests

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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 t...
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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 ahe...
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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 co...
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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 le...
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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 u...
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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 pos...
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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...
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I have the book, t's sitting right here on my desk...and referred to repeatedly... ... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2016 15:30
Guest — Lee
That's awesome, D'Ann! So glad you find it helpful! Blessings, Anita Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Monday, 17 October 2016 09:13
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Homeschooling High School without Tests

Homeschooling High School without Tests
When your children are younger, you might be completely confident about avoiding tests and simply focusing on learning in your homeschool. When they reach high school, you may think you have no choice. You need to give grades and include them on a transcript! Don't panic. Did you know that you don't have to test to give a grade?As a home educator, you have the option of evaluating your children with methods other than tests. You...
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Biggest Questions About Homeschooling High School

Biggest Questions About Homeschooling High School
Biggest Questions About Homeschooling High School It's possible to become disabled by fear or anxiety. Your job is to learn enough so you don't panic and bail out. Spend a moment removing your fear of homeschooling high school, so you can move forward with confidence.What is your biggest question? What about MATH? We are in a golden age of homeschooling. Never in history have there been so many excellent resources to help the mathematically challenged parent...
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Guest — Lee
Oh I'm so glad, Robin! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:50
Guest — Robin
Lee, You always make me feel better. Thank you!
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 18:28
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11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School

11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School
11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. I love educator Charles Sykes' "11 Rules" list! It's from the book, Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add. Here it is! 11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in...
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[...] to Susan from Kerugma I found this list of 11 rules your kids did not and will not learn in school, the caution though as we... Read More
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More Encouraging Posts

  • Homeschool High School: Driven Crazy by Drivers Ed!

    I remember when I was homeschooling high school. Sometimes I'd get hung up on ONE small issue that would drive me completely BATTY! I remember wishing for ANYONE to give me one clear, concise, yes-or-no answer. One issue I seemed to stress about was driver education. Wendy asked a question I asked myself years ago!



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  • Socialization for Homeschool Students


    I was thinking about socialization because of a conversation I recently had with a non- homeschooler . It is unbelievable that this is still as big a topic as it is surrounding homeschooled children, considering that socialization affects all children, no matter what context they are schooled in. 

    Most parents appreciate a little help and encouragement on their homeschooling journey. My
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  • Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?

    Are Apologia science textbooks rigorous enough for college-bound students?  Sure, they are popular with homeschoolers, but how GOOD are they as science books?

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    Are Apologia science textbooks fairly rigorous, for college-bound students?  I've heard a few conflicting reports...
    ~Jill in Seattle

    Apologia is a very rigorous college prep series.  I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all
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  • Top 6 Tips for High School Math

    Do you get cold sweats just thinking about teaching your teen high school math? Did your last exposure to trigonometry leave you covered in hives? If so, you are not alone! Every homeschool parent "loses it" at some point during high school math. 

    Do you have trouble with math? Here are my top tips for teaching high school math. 

    1. Do

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