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Is Finishing the Book Important for Homeschoolers?

Is Finishing the Book Important for Homeschoolers?
Many "accredited" programs will say that you only have to finish 3/4 of a textbook to say you finished a course.  I know there were times when my kids were in public school that they didn't even finish that much!  I'm sure you've noticed that for many textbooks, the first chapter (or two or three!) is simply review.  If you absolutely can't finish a book, or if you decide it's not worth the hassle, then I...
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Guest — Lee
Wow, Joelle! That sounds like what I was talking about in my "What IF? Homeschool High School Without Fear" article! Here is the... Read More
Saturday, 19 July 2008 06:21
Guest — J W
I made up a curriculum that was "supposed to" take 2 years. Our first year, we got a good bit accomplished - Creation to the Macc... Read More
Saturday, 19 July 2008 06:10
Guest — Vicki
On the few occasions we used textbooks, if we didn't finish the text during 'the school year', we just picked up where we left of... Read More
Thursday, 17 July 2008 19:10
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The Downside of Wide Screen TVs

The Downside of Wide Screen TVs
When parents are REALLY anxious about high school, my favorite thing to do is get together.  It takes about three hours talking them "down from the ledge" and explain all the high school issues in one fun coffee klatch.  When I started getting calls from around the country, I took a huge step of faith, and recorded myself giving my 3 hour presentation.  That's how we ended up with the DVD "Preparing to Homeschool High School." ...
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Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!

Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!
At this time of the year, friends are discussing their curriculum choices for next year. I have been asked by several people what we used during the high school years. Every child is unique, of course, but here is a snapshot of our freshman year:These are the things I made them do: American Literature & Composition (Sonlight 100) American History (Sonlight 100) Biology with Lab (Apologia) Algebra 1 (Jacob's Algebra) Fine Arts 1: American Art (art...
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Guest — J W
Must do - I made my shopping list for the WHO convention, and I'm not even going to think about it until the materials arrive on m... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:55
Guest — Lee
So many people have been talking about Notgrass! I think I'll have to look at that book at the curriculum fair. It's become very... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 19:45
Guest — My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
My son is in 8th grade next year so we are getting ready to get ready for high school. We are using Apologia's 8th grade science ... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 18:15
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Letting Go of Teaching

Letting Go of Teaching
High school is a good time to let go of the idea of "teaching" everything. What's important is that the students "learn". Sometimes that will mean finding self-teaching curriculum and allowing them to learn without your help. But sometimes "not teaching" really means letting go!If your child loves something, and you see that it is your child's area of specialization, then you don't have to have control over it. Let your child experience and enjoy learning...
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Guest — Yvonne
Lee, you take the homeschool guilt out of my life. I appreciate you!
Sunday, 01 June 2008 04:26
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Don't Drop the Ball!

Don't Drop the Ball!
Preparing students for college admission is a lot like being a juggler. You can be successful if you don't drop the ball! Each spring I get frantic phone calls from parents, asking for help getting their kids into college. Their Suzie or Jimmy wants to go to Harvard, but has never taken math...and didn't hear about SAT testing...and they want to know what I can do to help. At that point, there really isn't much I...
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High School - Think Early, Think Often!

High School - Think Early, Think Often!
Humans, by nature, tend to fear the unknown. This is particularly true for parents of young students when it comes to homeschooling high school. They will often think: "How could I possibly teach high school level subjects?" They also fear that their decision to homeschool high school will jeopardize their children's future, including college plans. Sometime parents will have themselves so convinced that homeschooling high school is an impossibility that by the time they reach middle...
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Military or Missionary?

Military or Missionary?
I have quite a few clients that are military or missionary. When my clients are in the Seattle area, I go to people's homes and spend three hours teaching families about high school (mostly to moms who don't have time to read all the books on the topic.) Once I started getting more out of state clients, I realized that visiting, say, Illinois wasn't going to work for me! That's when I filmed myself giving the...
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Leaving Public School

Leaving Public School
  One of the major differences between regular school and homeschool is that at home, all students can be taught at their level. In public school, kids who miss something (a concept, a formula, a skill) may simply be moved along in the curriculum by a teacher who assumes that they "got it." If this happens often enough, the student may find that they are completely lost in many of their classes. When a child comes...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Danielle, Thanks for the nice comment! I hope this helps! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 01 May 2008 05:15
Guest — Danielle Says Hello
Thanks for the link!! It will be very helpful in planning for the fall!
Thursday, 01 May 2008 03:54
Guest — Lee
Thank you, Dayna! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 02 April 2008 16:50
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My Favorite Homeschool High School Books

My Favorite Homeschool High School Books
People often ask what books I recommend for high school.   This is my favorite for beginners, because it is relatively short and easy to read. I love the different transcript suggestions, and modeled mine after the ones in this book. Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook by Cafi Cohen______ This book I used a lot when trying to come up with course descriptions. It was a little bit more complicated - I don't think that life has...
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You Are Capable!

This time of year people start considering options for next year. Some parents are considering accessing classes in a school environment (public, private or co-op classrooms.) Whatever decisions you make, I encourage you to just make sure that you are the person in control, not a school or a school teacher. The control issue is very important. It means that you don't have to jump through hoops in order to get the class that you want....
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Thinking About High School Already??

The best time to consider homeschooling high school is.... now! I love it when parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders tell me that they are beginning to learn about homeschooling high school. It's a great training time for parents! You can learn all of the issues around record keeping, academics, and encouraging specialization. At the same time, there is no pressure to "perform" or be perfect, since it's all just for practice.When my oldest child...
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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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