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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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How Can I Meet My Child's Social and Academic Needs?

How Can I Meet My Child's Social and Academic Needs?
If you aren't worried about meeting your child's social needs, you're probably worried about meeting their academic needs and vice versa! How can you possibly meet your child's social and academic needs in your homeschool? Click on Lee's video below to get some tips!Are you confident about socialization and academics in your homeschool? What are you worried about? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I...
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Guest — JW
We were pretty isolated from our home school community - long story short, we didn't "fit in" very well. However, we made acquain... Read More
Saturday, 21 June 2014 10:00
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How Can I Teach as Well as a Professional?

How Can I Teach as Well as a Professional?
Are you worried about being able to homeschool high school? How can you possibly teach as well as a professional educator? Click on Lee's video below to learn why you are your child's best teacher!Are you confident about homeschooling high school? What are your fears? 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 worried about homeschooling high...
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Guest — JW
If you have a special needs child, multiply the pressure from other people by about fifty. Multiply the self-doubt by about ten. ... Read More
Saturday, 14 June 2014 20:24
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Jo, You give such a thoughtful, but concise perspective! (And gracious too!) Bless you! Robin Assistant to The HomeSchola... Read More
Friday, 20 June 2014 09:50
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Encourage Reading Fluency and Enjoyment

Encourage Reading Fluency and Enjoyment
The best way to help a child enjoy reading is to make it as enjoyable as possible. Increasing enjoyment means they become more proficient and fluent in reading. Here is how to improve reading fluency and enjoyment with teens.1. Provide real books (not "school reading books") with a real story line.  Choose award winning books, within your approval, of course.  A great source of choosing "real books" is the Jim Trelease Read Aloud Handbook and the Sonlight Catalog.2. Provide...
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How to Plan Homeschool High School Courses

How to Plan Homeschool High School Courses
Planning for Next Year?Here is my collection of articles to help!  These past newsletter articles will help you learn how to plan homeschool high school course and choose your curriculum! Planning High School Courses 10 No-Fail Strategies for Choosing High School Curriculum High School English: A "Grouch Free" Guide to Grading High School Math without the Moaning Social Sciences and High School History You CAN Teach High School Science Labs! Teaching Tips for Foreign Language Physical Education...
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Do You Need Summer School?

Do You Need Summer School?
Do you need to do summer school in your homeschool? How do you know? Take this quick quiz to find out if you need to do summer school this summer.  1. Are you done with curriculum? One way to measure a high school credit is when you finish the curriculum.  You only need to be 75-80% finished to be "done" so there is some flexibility. While it's true that most homeschoolers finish curriculum in order to save...
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Guest — JW
LOL, summer in Texas just ain't worth it, so when we were living there, we'd take breaks in Spring and Fall when the weather was m... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 07:56
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's so smart, Jo! You have found what works! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Friday, 06 June 2014 10:06
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Will Changing Curriculum Mess Up My Kids?

Will Changing Curriculum Mess Up My Kids?
Is your curriculum just not working? Is everyone miserable and learning just isn't fun anymore, but you're worried about changing curriculum mid-year? Click on the video below for a stress free way to change up your curriculum when it just isn't working!Do you have concerns about changing your curriculum? Have you ever changed your curriculum mid-year? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new...
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Guest — Lee
Karen, I have quite a few articles and blog posts on struggling learners, so look at some of those articles. But start with this o... Read More
Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:32
Guest — Karen West
Thank you for this message. I have been panicking over changing curriculum the whole time I have been homeschooling for 7 years. M... Read More
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:04
Guest — Susan Raber
We've changed curriculum and methods several times over the years. We just enjoy change because it brings in new perspectives and ... Read More
Monday, 19 May 2014 05:50
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How to Explain Your Homeschool Legally

How to Explain Your Homeschool Legally
Sometimes it helps to explain the legality of your homeschool, so there will not be misunderstandings or additional questions.  These extra steps are not usually necessary, but for some situations, explaining that you homeschool legally is appropriate, especially for parents dealing with an uncooperative university or situation. As a homeschooler, it is easy to modify your transcript slightly, to clearly explain the seriousness, and legality of why you are an official and recognized form of education. Use some...
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Considering CLEP Tests

Considering CLEP Tests
Considering CLEP Tests This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. CLEP exams are college level tests that assume a student has learned naturally by reading a lot, going to museums, reading the paper, perhaps some hands-on learning. That's why CLEP is often a great fit for homeschoolers - it doesn't assume we learn in a classroom setting.  When homeschool parents sign...
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That's great news, Barbara! Be aware that the policy will probably only apply to Ohio STATE colleges, so you still need to check t... Read More
Saturday, 26 May 2018 23:21
Barbara Yoder
Looks like Ohio now has a CLEP for credit policy for 33 exam areas. https://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/clep... Read More
Saturday, 26 May 2018 19:34
Guest — Sally
For your Minnesota readers' info, all CLEP and Dante (DSST) tests are accepted for credit by all state colleges. This makes it pos... Read More
Saturday, 06 June 2015 17:52
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Breaking News! The SAT test will change in Spring of 2016

Breaking News!  The SAT test will change in Spring of 2016
The College Board® has just announced extensive changes to the SAT, saying that both the SAT and ACT "have become disconnected from the work of our high schools."So they are changing the test. CHANGE. I know what you're thinking. Change; that dreaded word that reminds us all about changing diapers. What is changing on the SAT?The test questions are different NO penalty for wrong answers Offered in print AND on computer at selected locations Only THREE...
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5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions

5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions
Kerrie posted the sweetest comment on Facebook, while in the midst of a challenging marathon of writing her course descriptions.This is what a house looks like at Christmastime when you wait until the last minute to write course descriptions and reading lists for college applications! Lee Binz of The HomeScholar - we should've listened to your advice and started much earlier! See well-worn copies of the two books on top of paper pile! (College Admission and...
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Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School

Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School
Three Reasons Why Every Homeschool Student Should Publish An Ebook Before They Graduate High School Today, not many teenagers have written books. This need not be true. After writing and publishing a book on American history, I think that writing a book is something every homeschool high-school student should do before they graduate.Here are three reasons why:Reason #1- It looks good on your college application. Colleges are looking for something that stands out on applications. Writing...
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Love to hear advice from grown homeschoolers! Great tip! My husband has always wanted to write a book about his colorful upbring... Read More
Thursday, 12 December 2013 07:44
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Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #2

Teaching Math the Right Way Tip #2
Choose the Correct Curriculum A common question between homeschoolers is “what math curriculum do you use?”  We all have our preferences, but in the end there isn’t really one “best” curriculum for everyone, despite what the sales people may tell you at homeschool conventions.  There’s no magic program that will guarantee your child will love math, but there is one key which will at least prevent them from HATING it, and that is to use a...
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Applying to California Colleges

Applying to California Colleges
Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay. California colleges can seem a little "homeschool-challenging" at times, but it really is possible to attend these colleges as an independent homeschooler.Let's look at a private college, the University of Southern California (USC).  You have to provide some additional outside documentation, through testing.  They want to see at least 3 SAT Subject Tests.To be honest, though, it's not...
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Guest — SoCalLynn
I think there needs to be some clarification here. USC is not part of the UC (University of California) college system. USC (Unive... Read More
Thursday, 10 October 2013 17:44
Guest — Lee
Thank you, SoCalLynn! I have made some edits to clarify. Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:33
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Educational Gaps

Educational Gaps
So much to worry about, and so little time.  If you are worried about gaps in your child's education, though, I suggest you relax a bit.  OF COURSE the will have gaps - we ALL have gaps.   Instead of thinking about how you might compare against a perfect school, remember to deal in reality.  In real life, all schools have gaps, and no educational system is perfect.  Perhaps the only perfect schools are in heaven? ...
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Guest — JW
The gaps in my own education: 13 years of American history, absolutely no world history. I think the hugest gap was Critical Thi... Read More
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