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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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Guest — Olga Houston
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
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:44
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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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Guest — Lee
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
Saturday, 08 November 2014 15:18
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What Can We Learn From Pennsylvania Homeschoolers?

What Can We Learn From Pennsylvania Homeschoolers?
According to www.pahomeschoolers.com, homeschoolers in Pennsylvania may receive high school credit if they do any ONE of the following in a course:1. Complete two-thirds of a textbook2. Have 120 daily logged entries3. Have 120 hours of logged study4. Complete a 10 page research paper5. Complete a college course6. Pass an AP exam What Can We Learn From Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania? Do any ONE of the followingYou don't have to do ALL of them. You don't have to complete...
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Guest — Dottie
I enjoyed this article. It gives me a few new ideas on how to assess my children entering high school next year. I knew about the ... Read More
Friday, 31 May 2013 03:44
Guest — Lee
Thanks Audrey! I appreciate you for taking the time and spelling that out. Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 07:11
Guest — Audrey
As a PA resident, I will defend PA Homeschoolers. Remember this is just one of several diploma programs in the state. Unlike other... Read More
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 04:41
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How Can I Do Everything Right?

How Can I Do Everything Right?
How Can I Do Everything Right? Is it possible to do everything perfectly when you're homeschooling high school? Click on Lee's video below to learn more!Are you afraid of making mistakes when you homeschool high school? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!I can help you avoid some of those mistakes in your homeschool high school! Check out the Keys to Homeschool...
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Guest — Tricia
Thank you Lee! I struggle with this every day. I'm chronically ill as are my 4 children with tickborne infections. What advice ... Read More
Sunday, 14 September 2014 05:44
Guest — Lee
Dear Tricia, I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling with recurring illness. I know how much of a toll that can take on yo... Read More
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:52
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Junior High is Training Time for Parents

Junior High is Training Time for Parents
Junior High is Training Time for Parents Junior High is a great time for both homeschool parents and their students to get ready to homeschool high school! During 6th, 7th and 8th grade, parents should be spending time learning how to homeschool high school. Take classes on homeschooling high school at a convention or online convention, read books on how to homeschool high school, and visit the College Board® website to check out their college prep plan.In...
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Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades

Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades
I don't recommend weighting grades. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges tend to like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades. For an "Honors" or AP class, some high schools will add 1.0 to the grade - so the highest grade possible is a 5.0 instead of a 4.0.  Some high schools will increase the grade by 0.5, so honors...
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ME
Wow, that is complicated. Thank you for this article, I am grading standard grades; not weighted.
Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:17
Robin
That's really smart! You are making it much easier for yourself and for prospective colleges. Well done! Robin Assistant to The ... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:26
Guest — SCD
I don't weight any of my HS course grades, but my students have taken college dual-enrollment classes. Instead of weighting the g... Read More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:25
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How Do I Deal With Teenage Rebellion?

How Do I Deal With Teenage Rebellion?
The words "teenage" and "rebellion" may seem like they go hand in hand, but it hasn't always been that way. In the past, getting older meant a child was becoming an adult. Ask yourself a question about any behavior that you have been calling "rebellion." Is this behavior simply your child becoming an adult? Sometimes what we label as rebellion may simply be our child making decisions for themselves. How do I Deal with Teenage Rebellion? One thing that may...
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Guest — Jen
I love this article! My 12-year old asked for logic & Latin for this year's coursework. In researching resources, I came acros... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 13:21
Guest — Margie Collins
Thanks for this. I have recently prayed for wisdom as to recognising when to allow something different to what I want that is OK ... Read More
Thursday, 09 August 2012 04:11
Guest — Kimberly
We're going to skip the teenage years Our son is going to be a "young adult" instead - we're even going to have a "ceremony" on ... Read More
Thursday, 24 November 2011 08:14
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Homeschool Grade Levels and Graduation Age

Homeschool Grade Levels and Graduation Age
When homeschool kids are younger, and someone asked about grade level, it's not uncommon for a parent to say, "Well...she is in third grade reading, 5th grade math, and can spell at a 7th grade level!" Rarely did you hear a parent come right out and say, "He is 7 years old, therefore he is in 2nd grade." However, in high school the pressure to assign grade levels can be intense. Homeschool Grade Levels and Graduation Age...
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Guest — Lee
Awesome job, Mary! So important to personalize your homeschool. Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 06 August 2015 11:44
Guest — Mary
I would just like to add that we can graduate them from high school when we desire and there are many factors to consider. They c... Read More
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 13:17
Guest — Deborah
We graduated my son from high school but felt that he needed another year of something besides academics. He took a gap year, work... Read More
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:48
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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? This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. I was consulting with a homeschool parent about the age-old question, "How do you know it's high school level?"  She asked me how to tell whether "Movies as Literature" was a high school course.   The more we talked about it, the more confident she became.  Meanwhile,...
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Guest — Lily
I have used it with my daughters and I plan to use it in two years with my son. One of my daughters was rather the 'cool' type; su... Read More
Sunday, 17 August 2014 07:33
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Lily, It's wonderful that you are willing to use whatever method works to teach your children the information they need. Keep... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 23:08
Guest — Ariana
We bought this neat curriculum guide this summer for my Freshman who is interested in Film School, Movie Directing.
Monday, 11 August 2014 17:24
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How do I Keep Track of Homeschool High School Requirements?

How do I Keep Track of Homeschool High School Requirements?
How do I Keep Track of Homeschool High School Requirements? Are you worried about keeping up with homeschool high school requirements? Click on Lee's video below to learn record keeping basics so you'll never feel lost!Are you worried about record keeping and high school requirements? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!Learn how to keep great records! Check...
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Senior Year Homeschool and Way Behind!

Senior Year Homeschool and Way Behind!
It can happen; you lose track of time and the next thing you know your child is a high school senior! Parents often feel like they are behind, but don't know what steps to take. If you have a senior and don't know what to do next, let me provide some direction. Senior Year Homeschool and Way Behind Look over which classes colleges want to see for admission and determine if there are any holes in...
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Guest — JW
LOL, we were on track until my dear child decided to change her choice of career (thanks for the warning that kids do this, Lee). ... Read More
Thursday, 31 July 2014 08:01
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Isn't that the way, Jo? You're not alone, I'm sure! Lee writes about this, because teenagers are prone to changing their minds! ... Read More
Monday, 04 August 2014 13:52
Guest — Our Homeschool Week in Review
[...] found interesting and helpful this week. The Notebooking Fairy The Notebooking Fairy Notebook Ideas Senior Year Homeschool a... Read More
Friday, 15 July 2011 13:43
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"Only" a Small Christian College

"Only" a Small Christian College
"Only" a Small Christian College A slip of the finger and the email goes to the wrong person.  It's mortifying...I always hope it won't be hurtful to anyone, though. One day, I was on the receiving end. Someone wrote to a friend about me, and sent it to me instead! Not hurtful at all, but still...I think it's an opportunity for me to explain something:"While she touts that her boys got into their "first choice schools"...they are small, private...
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Guest — Suzanne
Anyone looking at sending their child/ren to the Ivy Leagues should do some major investigating. They now have official "sex weeks... Read More
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 00:44
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
So true, Suzanne! That's always good advice! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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Guest — Alesia
It never crossed our minds that our daughter would go to a Christian college after we completed our homeschooling journey. Not tha... Read More
Monday, 21 July 2014 20:40
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Teaching Students to Learn

Teaching Students to Learn
Teaching Students to Learn As homeschool parents, our plan is NOT to teach something. Our goal is teaching students to learn. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they might not have learned a thing. Instead, I offered them a curriculum at their ability level and they had to learn something they didn’t already know. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will be expected...
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Guest — Sharon
Having dropped out of high school in tenth grade, I knew I would only be able to get my children so far academically. Out of neces... Read More
Friday, 09 January 2015 06:25
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Brilliant, Sharon! I applaud your unstoppable spirit! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Friday, 09 January 2015 11:51
Guest — Lee
Thank you for encouraging me today Mary! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 14 August 2014 19:13
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HELP! Homeschooling High School isn't Working!

HELP! Homeschooling High School isn't Working!
Help! Homeschooling High School isn't Working! I have heard more than one homeschool mom lament, "Homeschooling high school isn't working!" When you're homeschooling high school, if it works, use it; if it doesn't work, then stop using that curriculum and try something else. You don't even have to teach; your children just need to learn. You don't necessarily have to teach ANYTHING in high school, just make sure they learn. Self-teaching is a great skill to...
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Guest — Ella
Lee, Thank you for this article! This is just what I was needing! I even had a dream a few nights ago that I sent our child to ... Read More
Monday, 08 June 2015 10:34
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you, Ella! God bless you too! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Monday, 08 June 2015 15:53
Guest — Anita
We had a non working moment I will call it, with science. My oldest, an 8th grader, absolutely dislikes it and curriculum I picked... Read More
Monday, 22 September 2014 11:37
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