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New Resource for Homeschool Middle School

New Resource for Homeschool Middle School
Homeschool Middle School, junior high, 7th and 8th grade.  What to do, what to do?My husband recently created a category on my blog JUST for parents of middle school students!  You can read all the blog posts in my middle school category. You're reading my blog, so you obviously know how to find it online.  But did you know you can search my blog for answers?  There is a search box toward the top of my...
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Why Homeschool Junior High?

Why Homeschool Junior High?
Junior high is your training ground.  For parents, junior high has two purposes.  First, it's a time to learn how to high school, taking classes and reading books that will prepare you for the task ahead.  Like reading "What to Expect When you are Expecting" the learning process should be both fun and educational for you.  The second purpose is to practice high school record-keeping skills.  That way nothing will come as a surprise, and you...
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Guest — Lee
Tonya, depression is serious business, and not to be taken lightly. Watch carefully, because it can be made worse by public schoo... Read More
Monday, 26 August 2013 08:59
Guest — Tonya
My daughter is depressed and wants to go to Public School. Please pray for me to get her back on track and find a few friends. We ... Read More
Saturday, 24 August 2013 15:21
Guest — Audri
What a timely post. Reading your words gave me just the encouragement I needed. We are wrapping up 6th grade in some subjects, b... Read More
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:53
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Earning Early High School Credit in Homeschool

Earning Early High School Credit in Homeschool
Early high school credit in middle school?  Are you kidding?  How does that happen?You mentioned (The Best Time to Start Your Homeschool Transcript) about middle school students taking high school courses and not realizing it. How is that done?  Wouldn't a  person know what grade level book they are using, typically. My twins are going into 8th grade next year.  Are there any courses that we could do to help us get a step ahead in...
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Guest — Lee
Giovana, That's a LONG discussion, and it's in the book. If it's a high school level book, then the book would be a credit (one y... Read More
Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:56
Guest — Giovana
Hi Lee. What equals 1 high school credit? Is it based on hours spent on a subject? In other words, how do I know how many credi... Read More
Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:51
Guest — Lee
Hi Karen, Yes, I did count the early credits as part of their total credits earned. It didn't change their overall GPA, since I u... Read More
Monday, 31 May 2010 06:07
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What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?

What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?
I'm a huge fan of Apologia sciences!  I believe it's wonderful college preparation, and that their Biology, Chemistry, and Physics can provide the highest quality college prep education. On the other hand, I have heard mixed results from their General Science and Physical Science curriculum.  These are recent additions to Apologia, actually.  Years ago, they only provided Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Prior to that, the author Jay Wile recommended using unit studies to encourage the love...
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Guest — Lee
Lois, if your state wants four years of science, why don't you branch out a bit? Go for geology, astronomy, ornithology, or somet... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:23
Guest — Lois
At a recent home school conference/book fair, the lady working the Apologia booth told me you can count 8th grade physical science... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:13
Guest — Lee
Right - and there are different levels of science classes in other schools, from AP to remedial. As homeschoolers, we can also pr... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 07:19
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The Best Time to Start Your Homeschool Transcript

The Best Time to Start Your Homeschool Transcript
When is the best time to start YOUR homeschool transcript?I was wondering I have been told that middle school is the right time to start putting together a transcript. She is now in 8th grade and I have not officially started. How do I get started and is there a good software out there that is worth getting.Thank you~ Antonia on Facebook Middle school is the BEST time to start putting together a homeschool transcript for...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Sharon, I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you! I've been REALLY busy! This is a topic I talk about often in my b... Read More
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 14:04
Guest — Becky
Thank you for the info on transcripts. My oldest will be in 9th grade this coming new school year. I am devouring everything high... Read More
Thursday, 29 April 2010 04:19
Guest — Sharon
You mentioned above about middle school students taking high school courses and not realizing it. How is that done? Wouldn't a pe... Read More
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 19:52
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Discovering Your Child's Giftedness - An Epiphany

Discovering Your Child's Giftedness - An Epiphany
Shannon wrote to thank me, and she gave me permission to share her feelings... Lee,I just had to write and thank you for everything! Well, for the  everything consuming my life right now! LOL!I have had an epiphany lately. Why it took so long I'm not  sure. I have been so focused on my 16 year old and making sure he was ready for graduating high school and set up well to go to the college...
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Yep that described my 13 year old and I knew he was gifted and so did his general ed teachers but they still acted confused. He wa... Read More
Friday, 02 April 2010 06:22
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Purpose of Foreign Language

Purpose of Foreign Language
Foreign language is difficult.  Trouble.  Hard.  From my perspective as a math/science gal, I can also say it's yucky.  Not my cup of tea.  It's also possible.  Doable.  Not insurmountable, even for homeschool parents whodon't know a second language. In Europe, many countries teach a variety of languages to school children.  I have heard that in Germany, kids learn one language in early elementary, another in middle school, and another in high school.  I guess that...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Lois, College policies vary. Many colleges will accept sign language, usually ASL only, but you really have to check with the ... Read More
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 15:46
Guest — Lois
Lee, Do you know if colleges accept sign language as a foreign language? I read somewhere that they don't, and I think that's a sh... Read More
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:37
Guest — Karen in TN
My son hasa been homeschooled since first grade and is in his senior year now-in Germany. He is doing a foreign exchange. He is ... Read More
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 06:58
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Homeschool High School: Teaching Health

Homeschool High School: Teaching Health
Homeschool health requirements vary by state.  Check your state homeschool law, and see what your state may require for health. Unless your state requires it, you don’t have to teach Health every year of high school. Some states want Health to be a requirement for graduation, but colleges generally don’t care about it much. Some colleges want to see students who take health as a separate course, while others assume it is included in Physical Education...
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Guest — J W
I just chuck A Beka Health at Big Sis each year, and she whips right through it. It's pretty good, although it tends to be a litt... Read More
Thursday, 19 November 2009 20:54
Guest — Julie
Christy, have him do the Public Health badge also. If you sign up as the MBC, you'll have control over the depth of some of the "... Read More
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 03:03
Guest — christy
funny. the things we think we HAVE to do. In Texas, of course, I don't have to do health. I have a SOS 6th grade Health program th... Read More
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 11:39
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Help for Bullet Point Thinkers

Help for Bullet Point Thinkers
I think in bullet points. I think I was born that way I prefer to write that way I enjoy church sermons with bullet points "Essays" are just outlines with extra words I think I'm just a concrete thinker. If you think in bullet points yourself, here are some suggestions. "Preparing to Homeschool High School" covers the basics for high school beginners My e-book "The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts" is easy to read The "Gold...
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The Homeschool Advantage in Math

The Homeschool Advantage in Math
There was an article this morning in our paper about the new math curriculum being used in our area.  I can't believe they are choosing a single math curriculum that is supposed to fit an entire region.  How many teachers are involved?  How many different students?   All those different individuals, and there will be only ONE BOOK???  Here is the article, if you want to read it. I started getting concerned when they mentioned the book...
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Guest — J W
You're talking about my alma mater... I wonder what my old high school math teachers think of this (they're all retired, maybe ev... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 19:45
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Homeschool Help for Beginners

Homeschool Help for Beginners
Someone asked me this week for some tips for beginners.  "What will help?" is such a broad question!  Here are my suggestions.First, you can work together with your kids, either by grouping them together in close age groups, or by studying the same content but at different levels.  In other words, you can use Sonlight Curriculum and group them together, younger kids doing world history for elementary school, and older kids doing world history for junior...
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Guest — Janet
@JW -- I hear you! My kids can't school together either, despite being close in age, they are far apart academically. The older ... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:25
Guest — Robin E.
A lovely post, and surprisingly similar to the advice I give new homeschoolers at times. Combining children into the same subject ... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 06:28
Guest — Kristine
Great post, Lee. I often run across new hsing moms at work, and I can use this post as a referral. It IS hard to suggest to othe... Read More
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 20:07
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Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Bunnies Reproduce like Rabbits!

Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Bunnies Reproduce like Rabbits!
In the 9 years I have lived in the city, this is the first year I have seen bunny in the neighborhood.  Until this year.  In the spring I saw my first.  Then another about a week later.  Now I see a several a day, sometimes needing to avoid hitting them when I back the car out of the garage.   In fact, did you know that a group of rabbits is called a herd?   I...
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When Is the Best Time For High School Planning?

When Is the Best Time For High School Planning?
When should you start planning for high school?  The best time is during Junior High - 7th and 8th grade.  Donna emailed me this week to find out when she should start.We are Canadians living in the US and likely staying - at least for sometime.  I love the idea of having someone walk me through all of the steps required for US college admission; however, I am wondering when would be the best time to...
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How Do You Know When to Place a Course on a High School Transcript?

How Do You Know When to Place a Course on a High School Transcript?
It can be hard to know when a course should go on a high school transcript.  Sometimes it is clear-cut, and other times it's more difficult to decide.Lee,Can I count Sonlight Core100 as my daughter's American History requirement on her High School transcript if she will be completing it in 8th grade?Thanks for your input!~ Susan in ArkansasDear Susan,Sonlight Core 100 is meant for a wide age range, so that families can use it together.  It...
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Thanks, Donna! We still have just a few little details to iron out with the website, but I do like the "look and feel" of it. Di... Read More
Monday, 13 July 2009 17:36
Guest — Donna
I Love the new look of your blog site!
Monday, 13 July 2009 15:07
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The Friendship Cafe'

The Friendship Cafe'
One of my favorite parts of homeschooling high school was when I had a scheduled "date" with my good friend, Debbie.  We would go to the local Starbucks and just sit and talk for hours about our lives.  Often the subject was homeschooling.  Her kids are slightly older than mine so she was an invaluable resource as I was living through the trials and troubles of high school age students.It was always a blessing and a...
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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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