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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
Saturday, 07 March 2015 18:37
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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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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Lee Binz
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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Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles

Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles
Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles Teenagers. The very word can make adults shudder! Often the mere mention of the word is accompanied by a head shake or a groan. But it doesn't have to be that way. A little understanding and "choosing your battles" can go a long way with your teenager in your homeschool! Resistance is Futile Resistance can look like many things in teenagers - from refusing to put on a coat when asked, to...
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Guest — Kathryn Lairson
I so needed this. I now realize what nag nag nag I had become. Thank you.
Monday, 09 March 2015 08:18
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
We all need that reminder from time to time, Kathryn! Parenting teens can be the most demanding, rewarding task we have ever under... Read More
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:52
Guest — MOMofK
Reading this again and feeling grateful for the advice. This past year has been a real roller coaster with our 16-17yo son and I'... Read More
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:13
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