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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
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 15:54
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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How Can I Ensure My Child is Meeting Age Level Expectations?

How Can I Ensure My Child is Meeting Age Level Expectations?
Are you worried that your child isn't working at the correct level for their age? This doesn't need to be a concern for homeschoolers! Click on Lee's video below to learn why.Are you worried about the level your child is working at? 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!If you're concerned about what to cover during the high school...
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Guest — JW
As the mother of a special needs teen, I'd say throw all your notions of who should be doing what out the window. Believe me, it'... Read More
Friday, 11 July 2014 19:05
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Jo, Good point. Only you know for sure what your child can do. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Saturday, 12 July 2014 07:49
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Are You Qualified to Teach High School English?

Are You Qualified to Teach High School English?
Are You Qualified to Teach High School English? You are totally, completely, and 100% qualified to teach high school English! It's not because you know everything there is to know about literature, or even because you know how to grade perfectly, but because you are your child's parent - the one who knows them and loves them best. Remember that some public school English teachers don't have an English degree. They may not even have the...
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Guest — Anita
English is not one of my greatest concerns, with the possible exception of grammar, because the girls and I all love to read and w... Read More
Saturday, 07 March 2015 06:37
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Anita, That's right! Your standards are perfect for them! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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Guest — Nancy Lueckhof
Dear Lee, I just read this post from a friend. It is written by a Prof. from Hillsdale College. I edited a bit here and there, bu... Read More
Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:59
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Help! My Child Knows More Than Me!!

Help! My Child Knows More Than Me!!
Help! My Child Knows More Than Me!! I sometimes hear from homeschooling parents who are concerned that their child knows more than they do! Their child will ask them a question and the parent doesn't understand what they're talking about. Or the child will insist the textbook is wrong!I am here to tell you, it's SO OK for your child to know more than you do! You don't HAVE to know all the stuff they are learning - that's their...
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Guest — JW
Latin. My daughter and I ended up simply learning together, doing the same assignments and shoring up each others' weaknesses. I... Read More
Thursday, 10 July 2014 07:46
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Jo, What a great idea! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thursday, 10 July 2014 19:54
Guest — Ann
When one of my boys insisted his answer was right, and I flipped out because it didn't match the answer key, I called Teaching Tex... Read More
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 20:05
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Wanton or Wonton: Homeschooling Spelling Matters

Wanton or Wonton: Homeschooling Spelling Matters
This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. A Wonton Disregard for Dumplings My husband asked me to spell "wanton" for one of our newsletters. Apparently, he had written "wonton disregard" which means, of course, that you don't care for Asian dumplings. He was trying to say "wanton disregard" but the spelling didn't quite come out right. When your children ask why...
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Guest — Sarah
I believe leaning to spell is very important when the students are young and learning to read. It is important to learn all the so... Read More
Monday, 30 September 2013 10:38
Guest — Jackie
Lee, I love your articles. Thank you for sharing. I hear lots of homeschool moms say they are terrible spellers and they guess t... Read More
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 06:56
Guest — Kim
I must admit I am a stickler for spelling. I guess it's because spelling comes easy for me, I'm a former newspaper editor, and whe... Read More
Monday, 20 May 2013 06:48
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From Homeschool to Public High School

From Homeschool to Public High School
It is very difficult to have homeschool credits accepted by a public high school. From Homeschool to Public High School Don't be surprised if they don't accept any of your high school credits. They may accept them if the public school is not accredited, but usually it is at the discretion of the principal of the school.Here are some ideas for your transcript that might be helpful if you are trying to move from homeschool to public...
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Guest — JW
Community college can be a fantastic option. My child has a year under her belt and hasn't encountered rated R stuff yet. That w... Read More
Saturday, 05 July 2014 11:20
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How to Attend Outside Classes as a Homeschool Student

How to Attend Outside Classes as a Homeschool Student
How do you attend outside classes and demonstrate that you are well educated and well socialized? Do you want to take a class at public high school or community college, but you are afraid of what the teachers think about homeschoolers? Let me explain the problem. This blog will help you learn how to attend outside classes as a homeschool student. Some teachers feel that homeschoolers are not well prepared socially or academically.  Often the only...
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