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Homeschool Peer Pressure

Homeschool Peer Pressure
I worry about peer pressure – not with the children, but with the parents.    As homeschooling becomes more common, and there are more and more parents homeschooling, there seems to be an increase in peer pressure.  Parents feel they should join a homeschool coop, or participate in dual enrollment, or use a specific curriculum or join a particular accreditation group.  I encourage parents to look at their children, not other parents, as they make decisions...
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Guest — Tina
I even avoid curriculum fairs and homeschool conventions. I KNOW that if I went to these gatherings I would feel pressure to chang... Read More
Monday, 06 August 2012 07:23
Guest — Karen
This is so true. And thanks for the comment JW... I agree.
Sunday, 05 August 2012 23:00
Guest — J W
Anyone ever been in a situation where an in-law is pressuring you to make all the cousins be together in an exclusive little homes... Read More
Sunday, 05 August 2012 19:21
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Homeschool is the Best Preparation

Homeschool is the Best Preparation
   Homeschooling high school is the best preparation for both life and school. Homeschooling provides the best academic preparation—it’s no secret that homeschoolers have higher academic achievement, no matter the level of education of the parent. They have better test scores, regardless of the gender and race of the child and regardless of their financial situations. No matter your income, as a homeschool parent you will produce a better-educated child. That does not necessarily mean that...
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Encourage Delight-directed Learning

Encourage Delight-directed Learning
Delight-directed learning is all about fostering the love of learning in our children, creating lifelong learners who can adapt to any situation. This style of learning has many benefits for both you and your children: it can improve cooperation with your teenagers, and reduce burnout when they are more involved in what they do. It can make learning more meaningful to your children, because information makes more sense when applied to something they care about. Delight-directed...
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Guest — Heidi
Thanks for sharing this today, Lee - it's just what I needed to read. Due to some of the issues that I had earlier this year, I'... Read More
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 05:50
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Use The Boy Scout Motto

Use The Boy Scout Motto
One of the best pieces of homeschool advice I could ever give you is the Boy Scout Motto:  Be Prepared! A homeschool friend of mine was convinced that her child was going to be an auto mechanic. Her husband had mechanical inclinations, and her child brought home little stray engines. She didn’t worry much about math and he just did it when he felt like it.  When he turned eighteen years old, he decided he wanted...
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Time to Go College Visiting

Time to Go College Visiting
 Time to Go College VisitingWhen you visit a college campus with your high school student, you will likely be given the opportunity to visit a classroom and take a campus tour.  These are great opportunities—don’t miss them!  Choose a class that interests your student, or a general freshman level class to see what the first year of college will be like.  Throughout these activities, you and your student should be taking notes.  Write down the details...
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HELP! They Don’t Love Learning!

HELP! They Don’t Love Learning!
 There may come a time when your child says they aren’t interested in learning anything. If they seem disinterested in their studies for a while, try to incorporate more delight-directed learning into your homeschooling.  Delight-directed learning is all about fostering the love of learning in our children, creating lifelong learners who can adapt to any situation. It helps children find areas they are passionate about pursuing, and incorporates this learning into their education.If your child is...
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March is College Visit Time

March is College Visit Time
 College Visit TimeIf you’re a parent of a homeschooled teenager, you’ve probably been thinking about college for a while now! As you and your student prepare for that not-so-far-away event, now is the time to start visiting colleges that interest you.  Deciding which colleges to consider is a big job—and you should take your time doing it, since your student will be spending four years of their life in this place.  For help in the process...
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"Hail Mary" Play for Homeschool Seniors

"Hail Mary" Play for Homeschool Seniors
 Whoops!  Did you forget that your child is a senior this year?  Have you completely spaced out about applying to colleges?Some homeschool parents feel like they are always behind a step.  If senior year is upon you, and you haven't begun the final sprint toward college, I can help!  My article called "Senior Year Hail Mary Play" can get you the winning touchdown!  In this article I share a story about my facebook friend Brittany -...
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Comparing Online Products and DVDs

Comparing Online Products and DVDs
 Kids have a learning style, right? Parents do too! I try to have a variety of ways to get information, so you can learn what you need to know. I have freebies for parents just starting to think about things. I have digital products for parents that are pretty good on the computer. And I have products like books, DVDs and CDs that are mailed to your home, because I know that some parents just need...
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Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently

Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently
Can you give me guidance on writing a recommendation as a counselor? The Common Application and another school have requested I do.  What points should I cover in answering college homeschool supplements that request explanation of an educational philosophy?~ DanaDear Dana,I have a section on recommendation letters that will help.  Remember that even though the concept makes you feel anxious, at least you know your child!  Lots of teachers have to give letters of recommendation for...
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What Do They Do For Fun?

What Do They Do For Fun?
What do they do for fun?When I’m helping parents with a transcript, that one question can open the floodgates! How does your child spend unstructured time? When they are supposed to be working on school, or emptying the dishwasher, what are they doing instead? That can be a great indication of their Fun Factor.If they enjoy their fun for more than one hour a day, you may be able to translate that into high school credits....
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Your Child's Method of Learning

Your Child's Method of Learning
Books rule! We really like books. We soak up books. Everything that we want to find out can be discovered from a book. Many times people ask me why our reading lists were so incredibly long. It wasn’t due to the fact I assigned all of those books, I can tell you that much! For both of my boys, reading is their “love language. ”  Let them have a book, and they will adore you forever....
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I have a challenged student who has a hard time grasping concepts that can't be taught by doing something or by experiencing somet... Read More
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:59
Guest — Christine
I'm finding out that now! My youngest 3 are so different from my oldest!
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:57
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Teaching the Difficult Classes

Teaching the Difficult Classes
What do you do if your student needs to take a class that is way out of your comfort zone. We all have that subject, don't we? This video shares how I "taught" physics.Whether you teach the classes or not, learn how to translate all those great homeschool high school classes into the words and numbers that colleges will understand.  Get the Total Transcript Solution.
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That is some great advice!!! That's the only way I can teach those hard subjects is because I had the answer key and I can learn ... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:43
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How Do You Do It All?

How Do You Do It All?
Are you suddenly single?  Death, divorce, and even deployment can happen. Even to homeschool parents.  It may happen suddenly, and unexpectedly.  Even a long-anticipated deployment can seem sudden when they day actually arrives, and while temporary it can still be difficult.  When you are faced with single parenting, know that you are NOT alone!Mary Jo Tate of SingleParentsAtHome.com explained what happened to her.  “I never expected to be a single mother. When my husband left me...
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Guest — Darlene
I was widowed with four children aged 13 to 3 and home schooling them all. That was ten years ago and I now have two in college an... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 11:37
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How Do you FEEL about Homeschooling High School?

How Do you FEEL about Homeschooling High School?
Let's talk about real feelings.  How do you feel when you think about homeschooling high school?  Do any of these words sound familiar? freaked out terrified hyperventilating procrastinating confused stressed overwhelmed immobilized with fear panicky ready to run obsessed worriedDo any of these words describe what you are feeling?  Thinking about homeschooling high school can make you feel uncomfortable.  But what you really need is some down-to-earth advice.  High school is not really terrifying.  It's just...
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Guest — J W
OK. Done. Had to log a field trip and no less than six (read in as many weeks) adult nonfiction books related to the field my ch... Read More
Saturday, 15 October 2011 20:07
Guest — J W
Procrastination. So I should quit reading this blog and get some recordkeeping done, LOL!
Saturday, 15 October 2011 19:36
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