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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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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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Guest — Kris
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
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 JUST homeschooled kids that have to provide the additional testing.  It's also kids who go to unaccredited public...
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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
Monday, 30 September 2013 17:46
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"I love your transcript! Well done!"

"I love your transcript! Well done!"
"I love your transcript!  Well done!"  How nice would that be to hear? I spoke to Maryjane as a Gold Care Club member last fall.  We were discussing strategies for her senior in high school.  When we ended our conversation, I suggest that she read a few articles, and take some specific steps with her senior.  Here is what I suggested for her, the last time we spoke.Read Acronym for Outside ClassesRead Two for the Price of One Read 15...
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Transcripts in 45 Minutes!

Transcripts in 45 Minutes!
Shirley Solis had a lot to say about creating transcripts for her son! "Homeschool transcripts can be overwhelming if you don't know what you are doing! I am going to share my experience of how I created my son's transcript in 45 minutes!I have an expert friend who helped me create a transcript for my son. She has been doing this for years and teaches step by step how to gather the information and make this...
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Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious

Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious
Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious About the Coming Year? The hardest part about homeschooling is when you are faced with something new.  The first time you had to teach a child to write in cursive, or mulitply, for example, it was pretty intimidating. If you are feeling stressed about the coming year, chances are you are faced with something new.  These are my "OH MY GOODNESS I'M PANICKING!" articles that I hope will talk you down from...
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Guest — Kate Cushman
Lee, I've read this article in the past but I am grateful for the reminders! As it happens. we are enjoying a quick "last" vacatio... Read More
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:03
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Your Plan for September

Your Plan for September
It's time to make your plan for September!  Here are some ideas, to get you started!SeniorsLocate your favorite colleges online, find the admission application due date, and put it on your calendar. Start college applications on the first day of school during senior year. And no, I'm not kidding! College admission and scholarships are first-come, first-served.Senior Year Inspection ChecklistRead more! College Admission BookJuniorsYou have a very busy year ahead!  Make sure you have a transcript ready to...
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Please LIKE me on Facebook

Please LIKE me on Facebook
Hey, can you do me a quick favor?  I'd love for you to run over to my Facebook page and give me a quick "like".  It only takes a second, you know?By the way, in case you don't know, when you "Like" my page, it doesn't mean you see all my posts.  To actually SEE my Facebook posts in your news feed, you have to add me to you interest list, and then click "Show in...
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Earn College Credits while in High School

Earn College Credits while in High School
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to earn college credits through...
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What About College?

What About College?
It’s a common question, frequently posed by skeptical friends and  loved ones. When homeschooling high school, the question “what about college? ” becomes more pressing. Intuitively, parents know that if they try to homeschool high school – and in some way fail – there will be nobody to blame but themselves. Parents are looking for some peace of mind that this path can lead them to the promised land of college admissions and scholarships. I have...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lilia, I have a free class on making course descriptions here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-records-webinar.php... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:38
Guest — Lilia Janss
Hi, I am helping my son apply for ASU college admission and I am filling out the lab sciences forms they require;so I need descrip... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:44
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Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees

Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees
Military academies. The uncomplicated thing concerning getting in is to be a homeschooler. The complicated part with regards to getting in, is everything else! The military academy candidates looking for admission have to get a nomination, in most cases through a congressman. When was the last time you talked to your representative? Sally and I happen to be chatting concerning her son’s application to a military academy, and she has verified their admission requirements again.The things...
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Guest — Janet
Eva, I agree with J. Rivers, but I would be careful to check on any JROTC unit as to its quality. We were thinking of doing the sa... Read More
Monday, 02 September 2013 22:35
Guest — J. Rivers
Also, the Harvard University Extension School offers online courses, and summer programs for high schoolers. If a student takes c... Read More
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 20:47
Guest — J. Rivers
Jr. ROTC is beneficial, as are the Civil Air Patrol, Sea Cadets, and Coast Guard Auxiliary, if any of those are in your area. Sop... Read More
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:54
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A Big Homeschool Question: Is This Class a Credit or Not?

A Big Homeschool Question: Is This Class a Credit or Not?
Determining just how much theater comprises a high school credit is hard. The broad idea for almost all classes is 5 hours a week for a full year of school, which means you can easily determine if that’s an adequate amount of for a credit or perhaps for a half credit. There’s no real “absolute” right and wrong option.I like right-and-wrong math questions, therefore I never felt genuinely at ease estimating on credit value. I generally...
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Guest — Lee
Diana, This is a short blog post, not an exhaustive discussion of credits. For more information, try this free class: A Homeschoo... Read More
Sunday, 04 August 2013 08:01
Guest — Diana Boles
I think it's misleading to believe that logging hours is the only criteria to judge whether one has acquired the material for a co... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:16
Guest — Lee
Heather, The parent knows best - how much the child is doing everyday, if they are adding supplements, if the child has a learning... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:12
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