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When Guess is Best

When Guess is Best
One of the hallmarks of our homeschool back when our children were in high school was to teach them using the concept of mastery: when they had mastered a subject, they were ready to move on to something else.  How did we know when they’d mastered a subject?  Why, we gave them a multiple choice fill-in-the-bubble test, of course, right?  Wrong! We were looking for their ability to problem-solve and use higher-order reasoning skills, which are better evaluated with...
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Guest — Gina
Lee, what I do is I evaluate my children if they feel if they mastered a subject. For example, my son felt he was a wiz at Biology... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 15:32
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Coast Guard Academy Admissions

Coast Guard Academy Admissions
If you are a prepared homeschool parent, no doubt you’re steadily working on your child’s transcripts, you have test dates on your calendar, and perhaps even a few college visits planned for the summer of junior year.  But even with all that preparation, it’s important to remember that admission requirements are often unique between schools, and what one school requires might be very different from another.  If your child has her heart set on a particular...
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Sunday, 17 January 2021 18:06
Guest — Cassie
My son is in 7th grade homeschooling and wants to attend the Coast Guard Academy so we’ve been going back and forth if he should g... Read More
Saturday, 16 January 2021 23:15
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Do Online Schools Scare You Silly?

Do Online Schools Scare You Silly?
It's a Feeding Frenzy of Ads Preying on Homeschool Fears I just got an advertisement for an online, accredited program.  I just have to respond!  If you look at the ad, you might feel insecure, or inadequate.  But you are a homeschool parent!  Let me tell you the truth!fully accredited providers- are not better than parents that are official educators, though not accreditedsuperior, personalized education- nothing is more personalized than parent-provided educationhighly accountable schooling- can be...
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Guest — Dr Joe
Hello Lee! You are certainly right that the homeschool parent is superior in many ways to centralized, online instruction. But the... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:45
Guest — Birdie
Hello Lee. Your post today has to be one of my favorite from you. I have spent time reading through many sites, blogs, ezines, e... Read More
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 21:28
Guest — JW
I am leery of computerized school because my husband is a programmer with well over 20 years of experience. Things go wrong all t... Read More
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:21
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Is Logic a Math Course or English?

Is Logic a Math Course or English?
Course descriptions are an important part of your high school student’s records, but sometimes it’s easy to get stumped about what to call certain courses, or what to count them as.  Audrey recently asked me,“What category is ‘Logic’? Math or English?  I want to know where to give my son credit. Our math course (Geometry: Videotext) has logic in it, but I always thought logic was an ‘English’ subject. I also will be using ‘Introductory Logic’ by Wilson...
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Guest — Deb
We are also using Introductory Logic by Nance. I too was going to give 1/2 credit and use as an elective. Thank you for the clar... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:17
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Alternative Education and Homeschooling Independently

Alternative Education and Homeschooling Independently
Homeschooling is hard enough all on its own, but when others criticize us for our educational choices, it becomes even harder.  That’s why I try really hard not to judge the way other people choose to educate their children, knowing that most parents are doing their very best with their situation. Because I’m a huge advocate of independent homeschooling through high school, sometimes people who choose to use government-funded programs perceive that I am critical of...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you for the encouragement! I appreciate it! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:40
Guest — Kimberly
Homeschooling does require investment and when you're choosing for one parent to stay home and educate the kids, it can be a finan... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:45
Guest — Deana
Thank You Lee!!! We have been so blessed by your approach to home school through High School. We drove in the wee hrs of the morni... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 08:37
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Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!

Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!
"Honey, There's a Crazed Mob of Scholarship-Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!" While we can't promise that this will happen to you, "The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships" really is a treasure trove for college bound homeschoolers and their parents! This paperback book is available now on Amazon. Grab your copy today! Find a College - and Afford it! This book will help your student find a college to love, a college that...
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Teaching Teens to Sleep is Important

Teaching Teens to Sleep is Important
Is Sleep the Only Reason Homeschool Kids are Healthier & Happier?Recently I read an article Homeschoolers Are Healthier and Happier Than Public or Private School Students about sleep and success in high school.It stated that homeschooled students are healthier and happier, due in large part to the fact that they get more sleep than their schooled peers.  It reminded me of when my children were toddlers, and how difficult it was to convince them to sleep.  Now again...
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Guest — Leslie Klein Thompson
I feel each child is different. For my youngest child,just turned 10, sleep is a huge factor. Her biological clock is a late one. ... Read More
Friday, 28 June 2013 15:04
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When to Stop and Smell the Roses

When to Stop and Smell the Roses
There comes a time in every homeschool year, when parents give a deep sigh, look toward Heaven and cry out, "Please Lord!  Make it stop!"That of course begs the question, when CAN you stop?  When are you done for the year?Here is a quick tip. 80% done is completely and officially "done."Public school teachers go through four years of college and learn that they are expected to complete about 80% of the curriculum.  Think about your...
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Guest — Tamara
Wish I had read this post a month ago! We started a particular American history curriculum in January because I wanted to give a "... Read More
Thursday, 27 June 2013 18:39
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The Difference Between the SAT and the ACT

The Difference Between the SAT and the ACT
How you can choose between the SAT and ACT. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Guest — Martha
Hi, I have been using the California Achievement Test for the annual evaluation is this a comparable test and is it acceptable fo... Read More
Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:32
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Martha, Standardized testing that is required by the school district isn't a replacement for SAT or ACT. Sorry about that.... Read More
Monday, 17 June 2013 22:14
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Inspiration for Course Descriptions

Inspiration for Course Descriptions
Google is a marvelous thing!  It's possible to find course titles and descriptions with a simple search!  For example, the website for the Indiana Department of Education has a page of Course Titles and Descriptions. That means acres and acres of real public school classes for you to stare at in amazement, enjoying their strange mixture.Look at the variety of course titles here - great options!  Look at the words for course descriptions - mix and match!...
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How Do I Teach Subjects I Don't Know?

How Do I Teach Subjects I Don't Know?
Strategies on teaching subjects that you as the parents haven't mastered.   Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Homeschool Records Worth Imitating

Homeschool Records Worth Imitating
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is hearing the stories my clients tell of their success in college admission and scholarships.  I know from experience the excitement of hearing that my student was admitted to his number one college, and the relief we felt when he won scholarships.  Hearing your stories is what keeps me doing this work of encouragement, so imagine my delight when Lisa in Washington sent me this:                                                           “Hi Lee!  During the registration...
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High School Plan in Full Color

High School Plan in Full Color
You know how your children have their own learning style?So do parents!When you need to wrap your head around the high school years, try to do it in a way that will make sense to you.Penny shared her success with class planning in color!Hi Lee,I was using the HomeScholar Planning Guide to start my planning for next year, but was having a little difficulty visualizing how classes might fit (without a lot of erasing!), so I...
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Guest — Evelyn Krieger
I love this! I think she should send it to the PostIt note company.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 14:25
Guest — Kim
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Guest — Kristal
LOVE this idea!
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:13
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Teaching Your Dyslexic Student

Teaching Your Dyslexic Student
Strategies for teaching your child with learning difficulties.     Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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When to Start Delight Directed Learning

When to Start Delight Directed Learning
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the opportunity it gives our children to learn more about the things they are passionate about, which is sometimes called delight directed learning. That kind of learning is sometimes a little foreign to people who are used to more ‘schoolish’ methods, and it leads to a lot of questions. “When did you start doing delight directed learning?  Did you find it hard to get through a year-long school...
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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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