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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 l...
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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....
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Make a Plan for Junior Year

Make a Plan for Junior Year
Make a Plan for Junior Year What is your plan for Junior year? It's one of the most important years of high school. It's the year that can make all the difference in college admission and scholarship success. Your Goal Your goal is to choose colleges to apply to. By the end of junior year, decide on 4-8 colleges where you will apply for admission. They should be acceptable to both you and your child, with...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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How Do You Know it's High School Level?

How Do You Know it's High School Level?
How Do You Know it's High School Level? Homeschool students have the wonderful freedom to study a huge variety of different topics, going way beyond the usual high school subjects. My oldest son studied Russian history, and I know other students who’ve studied ornithology, bluegrass music, and U.S. government revenue generation policies! The question many parents wonder about is, "How do you know it's high school level?" How do you determine whether the work your student...
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What do You Need to Homeschool High School?

What do You Need to Homeschool High School?
What do You Need to Homeschool High School? You need to be courageous It takes some courage to step outside the box, but there is no need to fear. Homeschooling provides the best academic preparation, the best learning environment, and the best career preparation. Homeschooling high school provides statistically-proven results that surpass public and private school options. You need to know simple keys for success It takes some time to learn what makes homeschoolers successful. Simple...
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Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions Happy New Year! No year will feel complete without a little self-reflection and commitment to improve in the coming year. 1. Lose Weight Eliminate homeschool clutter.  No resolution appears more consistently on every list than losing weight. 2. Get in Shape Get your transcript done. Getting in shape and losing weight always seem to go together. 3. Break a Bad Habit Cover the core consistently.  Even acknowledging you have a bad...
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How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps

How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps
How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps 1. Say it        2. Explain it          3. Walk away Your priority is your children and your family. Your job is to educate them, and that's important! Don't feel guilty when you must say no to someone (or even say no to something awesome!). Put your priorities first: children and family. Everything else is great, but optional. Say no when you need to. You have my permission....
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Application Essays That Work

Application Essays That Work
Application Essays That Work My biggest college application essay tip is to write something that might make grandma gasp. (College Admission Essay Tip: Make Grandma Gasp, Not Blush! ) But, what does a great college application essay look like? Johns Hopkins University actually posts their favorite essays each year. Look at them to help you guide your child through the college admission procedure. Read the article: Essays That Worked (Class of 2019) Of course, each essay...
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Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents

Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents
Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents Parents new to homeschooling, listen up! You and your spouse can be EXCELLENT homeschool parents, regardless of your skills, because you LOVE your child. That's what ensures your success. You want them to do well, and if you have a weak area, you can find resources for that. But because you love your child, you will be motivated to find those resources. A school teacher might not be as motivated to...
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Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College

Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College
Are you busy getting all of your Christmas gifts purchased? If so, you won't want to miss this list! Christmas gifts for your homeschooler that will free you from checking your list twice! What are Gifts that Pay for College? Kids want fun things that they are interesting to them. Parents want educated children without going broke or crazy. Colleges want “passion” and delight directed learning. Give gifts that will increase the fun factor in school,...
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