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Homeschool Convention Speaker Review

Homeschool Convention Speaker Review
I would love to speak at your local homeschool convention! I try to provide helpful, concrete information in an upbeat way.  My job is to re...
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Meet Me at Convention!

Meet Me at Convention!
Can you feel the spring in the air? I can!  And, if you've been around homeschooling long enough, you know that can only mean one thing.... It's ...
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Featured Expert Interview on Homeschool.com

Featured Expert Interview on Homeschool.com
I was a featured expert at Homeschool.com. Would you like to hear my interview? This might be encouraging for you today!Homeschooling Through High School – You Can Do It! - Lee BinzHomeschool.com's Extravaganza of ExpertsHomeschool.com - The #1 Homeschooling Community The more you find out about homeschooling high school, the less scary it sounds, and the less intimidating it becomes. Listen to this podcast on Homeschool.com and be encouraged today!
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My Husband LOVED These Audio Stories

My Husband LOVED These Audio Stories
With any curriculum, it's the FIT with the child that is the most important consideration. No matter how wonderful a curriculum might be, it has to be interesting and engaging, so the child can learn.  I have to say, this new curriculum was a great fit for me and my husband, and we learned a lot from it. I was thrilled to be able to look over Diana Waring's new addition to history, called "History Revealed,...
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Update: Children Grow Up and Leave Home

Update: Children Grow Up and Leave Home
People have been asking me for an update on my kids.  My boys are all grown up - they are men now and not boys anymore.  I could give you an update, but really, I want to give you more of a warning. Children grow up. They leave home. They stop leaving messes.The other day my kids came over.  I needed an excuse to make cookies, but I also made them dinner and we all watched a movie together.  It...
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Guest — JW
Thanks for the update!
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:20
Guest — Kris
You just brought me back down to earth with tears in my eyes.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:18
Guest — JW
LOL, if we were living in our dream home, I'd be constantly yelling about horse muck being tracked into the house, bridles left dr... Read More
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 08:07
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Whining About Work

Whining About Work
This is me when I need to write more blog posts. Haha! OK, not really, I don't actually cry like a baby.  But yup, I sometimes complain and whine when faced with work. Now it's your turn.  Have you even thought unhappy thoughts when you had to cook dinner? Again. Every. Night. Over. And. Over. Or have you ever felt inconsolable when faced with paying bills? That never ending, constant, and recurring torment.So is it surprising...
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The HomeScholar Online Christmas Party

The HomeScholar Online Christmas Party
Join me for fun and games, laughter and friendship, giveaways and prizes! The HomeScholar Online Christmas Party is going to be SO much fun! It will be just like a regular Christmas party, only it will be completely online. We will have a holiday recipe exchange, play party games, share white elephant gifts, and you’ll even get party favors! While we are together, you can ask me anything about homeschooling high school while we are chatting...
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Planning Thanksgiving Dinner and High School Graduation

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner and High School Graduation
 What are you plans for Thanksgiving Dinner?I'm going to my daughter-in-law's home, and both sides of the family are getting together to share the job of cooking. It’s going to be a great time, relaxing with family.  To make the day more enjoyable, we all planned ahead and discussed what we would bring.  I know I needed to started cooking early on Thanksgiving day.Think about all you are making.  Appetizers or chips and veggies with dip....
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The HomeScholar is in the Top 100!

The HomeScholar is in the Top 100!
It’s always great when someone says something nice about you, isn’t it?!  I was thrilled when Homeschool.com recently namedThe HomeScholar website as one of their Top 100 Educational Websites for 2013!  What an honor!  I even get to use their Top 100 Seal on my blog!  Homeschool.com is having a February Freebie event, and I have contributed some prizes and giveaways.  Why don't you check it out? Freebie February DealsEvery year, Homeschool.com asks their product testers to send them a list of their...
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Words I Hate

Words I Hate
There are certain words I hate.  They don't seem to be important for homeschooling.  Although I know it can be useful for some people, many of these words have their roots in public schools. rubricliterary analysisumbrella organizationaccountabilitybenchmarkcredentialinclusivenorm or normativesocializationalternative educationaccreditationparent-partnershipcertifiedapprovedIn fact, to me some words just scream "Certified teacher!  Lookout!"  Some things are useful - even important - with public school children or in a brick and mortar school.  That doesn't mean they are words that...
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Guest — Lee
Here is my previous article about literary analysis and how much it stressed me out: http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/i-hate-lit... Read More
Friday, 21 September 2012 07:59
Guest — Homeschool Mom
Thanks for this post. I understand why you don't like those words, but would please explain to me why you don't like the words lit... Read More
Friday, 21 September 2012 07:33
Guest — Rebecca
WHITEBOARD (as if they're the end-all, be-all) TECHNOLOGY(see above) emergent literacy (it's called Learning to READ) MULIPLE INTE... Read More
Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:48
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Labor Day Watermelon Party

Labor Day Watermelon Party
Labor day is a great time to try some of these recipes I found on Pinterest!On the 4th of July, I made the Flag Cake!  To continue with the Americana theme I also made white chocolate filled raspberries and red, white and blue strawberries.  Of course I had to make brownies too, who doesn't love a good brownie? It was so fun!   For labor day, I'm thinking about a watermelon theme.This cake looks a little too vibrant, but how...
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Guest — J W
Theresa - I saw lots of those plates in antique stores today :-) Lee - what wonderful memories you're creating!... Read More
Saturday, 01 September 2012 20:02
Guest — Theresa
Lee, Love the cake, but even more surprising to me is to see the plate you had the desserts on. I have that same Currier & Iv... Read More
Saturday, 01 September 2012 18:41
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Meet The HomeScholar in Washington and Oregon

Meet The HomeScholar in Washington and Oregon
I'd love to meet you this month!  Please join me if you are in Washington or Oregon! Meet The HomeScholar Reach East "High School Records for Fun and Profit" Monday, February 13 7:00pm Crossroads Bible Church Bellevue, WA Reach East website First Class Ministries Homeschool Seminar "Preparing for Homeschool High School" Friday, February 17 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm Damascus, Oregon $30/person or $50/both days Contact Michelle 503-327-4626 MLaw1970@aol.com Washington Homeschool Organization Convention June 15-16, 2012 Puyallup,...
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WOW. It's been so fun watching your business grow from the ground up! You've got quite a lineup there!!! Here's to another grea... Read More
Saturday, 11 February 2012 18:21
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Oregon Christian Home Education Conference: Continuing Education for Homeschool Parents!

Oregon Christian Home Education Conference: Continuing Education for Homeschool Parents!
In many states nurses, doctors, and other professionals are required to take a certain amount of continuing education courses each year. They need to stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends. Homeschooling parents have a similar need for continuing education. Soon it will be homeschool convention time, and I encourage you to put them on your calendar now! If you don’t have a convention in your state, go to a neighboring state. Conventions can show...
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Meet me at Convention

Meet me at Convention
I'm very careful to balance my home and my work, so I have limited speaking events.  I hope you'll be able to meet me this year! MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio March 31 - April 2 I'm speaking four times.  Here is the schedule of my talksTHURSDAY, 6:30PM - 7:30PM, "Making a transcript" in Duke 211FRIDAY, 8:30AM - 9:30 AM, "High School Grades and Credits" in Duke 211SATURDAY, 1:00PM - 2:00PM, "High School Grades and...
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Convention "must-haves" list

Convention "must-haves" list
Michele was kind enough to send me a note about how my book Setting the Records Straight has encouraged her in the last year.  She met me at the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati last year. I already have the "Setting the Records Straight" book (and love your fun photos), but I can pass the coupon along to someone else.  I've talked other homeschoolers into buying this book for themselves, and actually a few other parents...
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