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We Raise Successful Adults, Then Let Go

We Raise Successful Adults, Then Let Go
I notice that my close friends are dealing with children going off for college, and that letting go stage is so difficult!  I'm also "letting go" too! My son and daughter-in-law in Cambodia for a two week trip to provide Vacation Bible School with  Cambodia Border Ministry .  Please pray for my adult kids - it's so weird to have them gone!  Prayers for safety and health are particularly appreciated - since I'm the mom and...
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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. ...
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Scripture Study on Winners and Losers

Scripture Study on Winners and Losers
Talking with a homeschool group, my friend Kathy shared a scripture study on winning and losing. I think it's wonderful!  It will be a great quick study for summer - no matter how old or young your children are! Be a Good Winner AND a Good Loser By Kathy Moore Edgren Used with permission BE A GOOD WINNER 1. Be A Gracious Winner When you win, share the praise! "Let another praise you, and not your...
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How to Teach a Homeschool Geek

How to Teach a Homeschool Geek
Strategies for teaching your geeky homeschool student. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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The Problem with Homeschoolers

The Problem with Homeschoolers
One of the biggest problems with homeschool parents and how to avoid it. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Perfect Children Always Complete Their Work

Perfect Children Always Complete Their Work
"But How do I Get Them to Work?!" I get a lot of different questions about homeschooling high school. A big one is “How do I get my student to do the work?”  Especially for parents new to homeschooling, this is the big worry.  How do you make them listen and get the job done? Unfortunately, perhaps, children are free moral agents.  They sometimes do not cooperate, and there isn’t any magic way to force them...
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Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th

Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th
Join The HomeScholar for a free LIVE presentation! “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” will give you the information and confidence you need to succeed in creating AMAZING homeschool transcripts that the colleges will LOVE! There will be lots of time to get your high school record keeping questions answered by an expert! Everyone who registers will receive an audio recording of the class, so while we are together you can just sit...
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Have your children EVER changed their mind?

Have your children EVER changed their mind?
Have your children EVER changed their minds?  When I'm speaking to a group, I usually ask parents to raise their hand if their child has every changed their mind about anything.  Every hand goes in the air! Why bother with getting your kids ready for college when you feel certain they won't go?  Because sometimes, when you least expect it, teenagers will change their minds. Stop laughing! You know it's true! College preparation makes a lot...
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Remember to have FUN!

Remember to have FUN!
I really love Christmas.  It's my favorite holiday by FAR!  The holiday season is so fun, but it sure can be stressful.  Can I give some unsolicited advice?   1. Don't work so hard 2. Slow down for the holidays 3. Cherish precious memories 4. Take a break from some school things 5.  Remember to have FUN! If you are looking for some gift - giving suggestions, I have made a few lists over the years,...
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Evaluate Without Grades

Evaluate Without Grades
When faced with courses such as math or spelling, most homeschool parents feel pretty confident in their grading methods.  But what about those more challenging courses, like fine arts, or even creative writing--how do you grade those things?  If you were teaching culinary arts, think about a yummy piece of chocolate dessert, and how you would grade something like that! Of course, grades definitely have their place, but an equally useful method of evaluating your child’s...
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Internet Addiction is Not New

Internet Addiction is Not New
Our modern world brings up new concerns, but addiction itself is not new.  With knowledge and awareness, parents can help children resist the temptation to put computer interactions before basic needs and responsibilities.     Learn about internet addiction on Pinterest here:  Pinterest.com/HomeScholar/ Internet-Addiction . Limit the amount of time your children spend on digital media to prevent it from happening while your children are living at home. Discuss the signs of addiction, to avoid serious...
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Watch Political Debates! Key Teachable Moments for Teens!

Watch Political Debates! Key Teachable Moments for Teens!
Watch the Presidential Debates with your teen - and other political debates in your area. I'll be the first to admit I find them boring, and will "sometimes" fall asleep while watching them, but you are at the prime age to teach your children what is really important!  You can watch the debate, have them take notes on it, and then discuss it in the context of your values.  Kids don't just "catch" values, you have...
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Drill Sergeant Not Needed

Drill Sergeant Not Needed
Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Even scary words like "grades" and "credits" can be simple when you know the easy way to do it! I'll be glad to show you the easy way to calculate high school credits.  You'll be amazed at how simple it is!  No need for a scary-sounding boot camp, with sweating and tremendous effort while the Drill Sergeant is screaming at you. Instead, calculating homeschool credits is...
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Internet Addiction and how it Relates to Homeschooling

Internet Addiction and how it Relates to Homeschooling
It used to be that parents were concerned about our children receiving  accidental exposure to pornography, or wasting time with video games. As Internet Addiction becomes a popular topic on the news, I keep thinking about how it relates to homeschoolers. Read these recent articles warning against internet addiction: Technology Companies Want Your Kids Addicted     Internet companies are learning what the tobacco industry has long known -- addiction is good for business. Much of what we do...
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51 Frugal Father Daughter Dates

51 Frugal Father Daughter Dates
I just love the idea behind this little ebook! 51 Frugal Father Daughter Dates - awesome!  I hope someone will try it and let me know what they think. Look at these reviews: "Nothing says "I love you" more than the gift of time. This book explains creative yet frugal ways to nurture the bond between fathers and daughters. So little time to invest, but so many memories to make! Get the book. Your daughter will...
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