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Homeschooling Teenagers: Choose Your Battles

Homeschooling Teenagers: Choose Your Battles
There are challenges with homeschooling teenagers. A resistant 16-year-old can certainly have an attitude, at times, that makes you want to throw in the towel!  It's hard to be a Christian parent homeschooling a resistant teen who doesn't want to homeschool anymore.  It may seem like an uphill battle, but there are ways to find the right path for your family. The biggest factor in success of homeschooling is when the child WANTS to homeschool, you...
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Free Class: No Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach

Free Class: No Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach
No-Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach The other day I presented my grades, credits, and transcripts class for a group of homeschoolers. The positive feedback from the attendees was so overwhelmingly positive! My grade was 4.9 stars (out of 5.0 possible.) I have to say, it's nice to be appreciated!For the class last week, I partnered with Luke and Trisha Gilkerson at Intoxicated on Life. I first met Luke and Trisha on Facebook, actually. Check out...
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How to Successfully Move to a New State While Homeschooling

How to Successfully Move to a New State While Homeschooling
Moving can mean a lot of change, but it can be good change! There are some things you can do to help your child make a smooth transition to a new location. Moving to a New State For homeschoolers, finding friends can be a priority. A homeschool co-op might be the best way to find homeschool friends. You can also look for homeschool support groups that have teen activities. Search local activities to see if they...
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PSAT and SAT Change Fall 2015

PSAT and SAT Change Fall 2015
There are big changes coming to the PSAT and SAT this fall. Are you ready?This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. PSAT and SAT change Fall 2015 The PSAT and SAT change will affect children who are starting junior year in 2015. The changes will start with the new format PSAT in October. Then the SAT test will change in the spring...
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Cosmetology for High School Credit

Cosmetology for High School Credit
Sometimes we forget how many homeschool high school course options there are for our kids to choose from. Are you teaching an occupational education class in your homeschool? If your child loves to spend time painting nails or trying out all the hairstyles on Pinterest and just enjoys all things having to do with beauty, why not consider cosmetology for high school credit? Occupational Education: Cosmetology You can call an elective class “Occupational Education: Cosmetology.” Some public high...
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Adjusting Homeschool Schedules

Adjusting Homeschool Schedules
Adjusting Homeschool Schedules When we were homeschooling, it seemed like I was adjusting our schedules every year. Each year our situation seemed unique, our schedule had different requirements, and my children had a different attitude.One year, I clearly explained what I hoped to accomplish during my tutoring time with each child:Tutor Time with Mom ~Update High School Records & Reading List & Congressional AwardBible: Read Aloud Memory Verse DailyChemistry:  Vocabulary, On your own questions and NarrationFrench: Check French dictation...
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Guest — Cynthia Dunn
A mom I know with several children once shared that she took her oldest child, a teen son, out to lunch every Friday to "conferen... Read More
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 05:52
Guest — Shan
Hello! I plan to take you with us on our journey through high school. We are only beginning 6th grade this year but knowing that... Read More
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:09
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Proof Positive: Homeschooling Works

Proof Positive: Homeschooling Works
Everyone has Opinions Not all our family and friends approve of homeschooling, or believe that homeschooling works. So now what?It may not really matter to you. Everyone has an opinion about everything, after all. Homeschooling is like religion or politics; there will always be some people that disagree.It's not their decision. Each parent is responsible to make their own decisions for their children. Those decisions should be based on the child and their options, not based...
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Struggling with Writing?

Struggling with Writing?
I quit "teaching" literature in 5th grade and let my daughter pick books (from a list of classic literature) to read with no formal  instruction. She enjoyed this approach and has been a voracious reader over the years. After reading Hamlet, she decided she enjoyed Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies and read several of them. At 16, she just took the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP exam and scored very well. She now has 6 English college credits!  I...
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Hi Lois, I'm so glad it helped! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 30 December 2010 07:47
Guest — Lois
Awhile ago I wrote to ask your advice on different writing programs. I chose Write At Home this year, and it is the best academic ... Read More
Thursday, 30 December 2010 06:03
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Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions

Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions
    Homeschooling is more fun for MANY reasons, but one reason it that we can play games instead of use curriculum.  Here are some great ideas you can give as Christmas gifts. Then in January you can incorporate games across all subject areas! In my homeschool, we scheduled a few hours every Friday just to play games. Sometimes they loved the games (Diplomacy!) and other times they tolerated the games (Elemento) but they were ALWAYS...
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We LOVE Apples to Apples here!
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:20
Guest — Bonnie
THIS IS GREAT!!!! Thank you so much!
Monday, 17 November 2014 19:53
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How Homeschoolers Measure Up: Comparing Percentiles

How Homeschoolers Measure Up: Comparing Percentiles
How Homeschoolers Measure Up with Test Scores Homeschoolers tend to do GREAT on standardized test scores. For example: on average, homeschoolers score above the 79th percentile in reading. But what does that mean to you? How does your homeschooler measure up? Are you average? Of course not!Homeschooling alone can't guarantee that your child will score in the 79th percentile in reading, because every child is unique! But what homeschooing CAN do, is allow your child to...
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Prepare Your Child for High School

Prepare Your Child for High School
I help prepare parents to homeschool high school all the time. I tell them to "read books, attend conferences, watch instructional videos and invest in yourself and your chosen profession." Parents also want to know the other side of the equation. How do you prepare your child for high school? Prepare Your Child for High School I have great news. The way you prepare your child for high school is the same way you prepare them for success...
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Helping them start to make decisions about what they want to learn in middle school as preparation for high school. My 8th grader ... Read More
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Guest — Lori Barrett
Lee you are right on target as usual! ;-) I would have to say that character traits and work ethic are possibly even MORE import... Read More
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Guest — Donna Vail
Hi Lee, I have two teenagers and three more rising through the grades. I love your article. It is a great reminder to stay on poin... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:10
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High School for Academically Behind Children

High School for Academically Behind Children
High School for Academically Behind Children Remedial Subjects are Normal Homeschoolers have normal children. They are good at some things, but not others. Great homeschoolers can have struggling learners. As hard as this is during elementary school, it Can be more distressing as you begin high school. Keep the Big Picture in Mind In the grand scheme of things, it can be helpful to remember that a full 30% of kids who attend college are at...
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6 Ways to Deal with an Unfinished Class

6 Ways to Deal with an Unfinished Class
When you don't finish a subject within the regular school year, you have options!  In a public, private, or alternative school, the only option is usually a big "W" on your transcript - for "Withdraw." But independent homeschoolers have many more options available!You can give 1/2 credit instead of 1 creditIf it's a class that doesn't need a whole credit, then you can award 1/2 credit and just be done with it. For example, if you...
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Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan

Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan
When deciding whether or not you'll have your student do a 5th year of high school, or a Super Senior year, you'll need to weigh the desires and maturity of your student against their age and abilities. It's normal for a child to graduate high school between the ages of 17 and 20. For many parents, that means that you can provide a 5th year of high school and still graduate your child on time. Although graduating...
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I have a question about super senior year. My son is doing a super senior year for the purpose of STOA debate tournaments. I sig... Read More
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:58
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Olga! Those are some good questions! These are the kind of questions people ask Lee during Gold Care Club consultations, becaus... Read More
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Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping

Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping
Use the "Binder Queen Method" of record keeping.My favorite method of record keeping is not a product you buy, it's reasonably price and easy to assemble.  I recommend a simple 3 ring binder, divider tabs, and lined notebook paper. Super-smart moms might want "college ruled" paper, but that is completely optional!I have seen far to many moms buy the latest and greatest record keeping, and then not use it. It doesn't matter what you BUY, you...
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Beth, this is how I bundled them: we laid the one piece transcript on top of the spiral-bound comprehensive record. On top of tha... Read More
Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:55
Guest — Beth Orth
Hi Lee, I have one more question! I have been reading your kindle books--Setting the Records Straight and Comprehensive Homeschoo... Read More
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 21:13
Guest — Beth Orth
Lee I really appreciate your tips. I am wondering if you can tell me, when we send colleges the first transcript (in progress duri... Read More
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