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Feel Like a Failure? Tests Can Help!

Feel Like a Failure? Tests Can Help!
In spring and summer parents may look back on the year and feel VERY discouraged.  They see how little they got done, they notice what was not finished.  They clearly see the difficulties and traumas that got in the way of  formal education.  But all is not lost!  You can't actually PREVENT a child from learning.  That's where standardized tests can help.  They can show you how much your children have learned while you weren't even...
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Homeschool High School: It's Not About Teaching At All!

Homeschool High School: It's Not About Teaching At All!
As parents homeschooling high school, our goal is NOT to teach something. Our goal is for our kids to LEARN. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they would have not learned a thing. Instead, I gave them curriculum at their ability level, and then they had to learn something that they didn’t already know. I have been telling people for 3 + years that I don't teach my kids, I just give...
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Guest — Anne
I have 7 kids. In some areas they're "ahead." In some areas they're "behind." In all areas they're growing. I repeat almost da... Read More
Thursday, 06 March 2014 04:25
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Amen, Anne! (really all of you who are giving your children WHAT they need, WHEN they need it! Keep up the good work! Robin Assis... Read More
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:30
Guest — Annie Kate
I have 5 kids, two now in university. While I pushed the basics, we did not worry much about grade level. Some things they are b... Read More
Monday, 23 September 2013 15:50
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The Heart of the Matter: Focus on Reading

The Heart of the Matter: Focus on Reading
Enjoy this free online magazine from Heart of the Matter.
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Guest — Christine Smith
Kudos to Heart of the Matter - excellent set up, easy to read, love even the page turning sound! Information - wonderful, great id... Read More
Thursday, 11 March 2010 04:13
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How Do You Teach State History So It's Not Boring?

How Do You Teach State History So It's Not Boring?
How do you teach State History so it's not boring? And do successful homeschoolers ever completely flop teaching something?Hi Lee, I would like to know if you can give any information on teaching Washington State History without making it boring. I have a book and an old version of switched on school house that isn't up to date, because it for 2000-01 school year. I want to make the study interesting not boring.~Homeschool Mom Hi there,I...
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Guest — Lita
* Explore your state capital's website or visit a local politician's office. * Play games: "Scrambled States of America", "Where ... Read More
Friday, 02 March 2012 13:22
Guest — Sarah Rachor
I recently discovered Studies Weekly. It is a weekly newspaper that makes state history fun. My son loves it. You can go to the... Read More
Monday, 23 January 2012 21:08
Guest — Nikki Rossiter
I would start with the history of your home town. A friend of mine took my kids and me on a History Tour of our little town of St... Read More
Thursday, 22 September 2011 06:41
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Save Money With Old Fashioned Cooking!

Save Money With Old Fashioned Cooking!
If you need help saving money on your food budget, I saw the most wonderful book while watching "The Doctors" on TV!  The book is called "Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression" The doctors on the show recommended the book as a common sense way to eat healthy food inexpensively.  I just thought Clara was adorable!  She also had a video filled with more recipes and her stories from the depression. Check...
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Guest — Becky
I think Clara has a number of youtube videos as well...
Monday, 08 February 2010 19:52
Guest — Paula
I am on a quest/journey to cook more "real" foods, too. I have never heard of this book or author. Thanks for posting about it!... Read More
Monday, 08 February 2010 09:43
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You Are Your Child's Best High School Advisor

You Are Your Child's Best High School Advisor
Sitting there getting my hair cut, I overheard a conversation between two mothers of high school teens.  They were talking about how they had moved their children from public schools and private schools, searching for a quality education and yet unable to find it.  "They just don't teach the basics of reading, writing and math anymore!" one mother moaned.  The other mom said, "And my child is getting completely lost in the system!" She went on...
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Guest — Lee
Oh Gee, Lois! That's a story I'll be telling again and again, LOL! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:36
Guest — Lois
What a great story! I love hair cuts because I usually get a hairdresser who is having school issues with their kids, and I get to... Read More
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:24
Guest — Lisa
None of the homeschooled kids I know would sit in the wrong class without saying something, either! It seems to me homeschooling ... Read More
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 20:10
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Herding Men to Help Around the House

Herding Men to Help Around the House
It is sometimes difficult to encourage men to help with household chores.  As the only woman in my home, I knew we needed to work together.  Of course they would need cleaning skills for adulthood.  More importantly, though, they were the ones making the mess! It was simply a matter of Justice. That's me herding my three men! Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones has some great ideas.  For...
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Guest — Lisa
I'm the only female in my house too! Tonight my son and I cleaned the bathroom together. I'm not looking forward to doing all the ... Read More
Thursday, 21 January 2010 19:40
Guest — Carletta
I wonder if a list would help my son. He is always asking me if this is all he has left to do for school. He's also pretty disor... Read More
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 20:09
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Pre-test in the Fall!

Pre-test in the Fall!
Children learn all the time, even when we aren't looking - and even over summer!  You might want to "pre-test" your children in some subject areas before you start school next year.  For example, Spelling Power offers a placement test for their program, and you can check their spelling level at the beginning of each year, to make sure they are learning something new.  In most math books, the first chapter or two is review. You...
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LD and ADHD BFF!

LD and ADHD BFF!
My experience with LD and ADHD is not first hand, but through friends and college advisers.  In talking with them, I came to recognize that the core issue of the LD crowd is the same as it is for the gifted crowd:Teaching every subject at their level all the time. That's how I provide guidance.  I can tell you that I have spoken to many colleges who are eager to have all children, and are well...
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Coping Through Not Cooking

Coping Through Not Cooking
One of the difficult parts of homeschooling is not the schooling itself.  It's the "home" part.  The part where we cook, clean, maintain, organize, and sort our lives.  Balancing home and schooling is the hard part.  Relatively speaking, the school part isn't that tough!(Not our dinner table) When I was homeschooling, one way that I coped was by cooking as little as possible.  Don't get me wrong, I like cooking, and my family has always loved...
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Guest — Christine
I was so glad to read this! I think I like cooking, too, but I cannot remember! All I know is it is the last thing I want to do at... Read More
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:24
Guest — Lin
So I also can come out of the closet as a Costco and freezer meal cook. Here is another tip: Grocery Outlet stores,(scattered thr... Read More
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:34
Guest — Mary Ann
I had to laugh when I read this. I DO grind my own wheat and try to cook very healthy meals. But I also rely on Costco and I find ... Read More
Monday, 03 October 2011 17:40
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The HomeScholar can dish it out...but she can't take it!

The HomeScholar can dish it out...but she can't take it!
I feel very put in my place.  Ashamed.  A little embarrassed, actually. I feel like I spend half my day telling parents to calm down, and not stress over the tiny details about course descriptions.  After all, is anyone REALLY going to go over it with a fine tooth comb AND a microscope?Well, I can dish it out, but I can't take it.  I was massively stressing over the cover for my new book.  I can...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Lisa! I really appreciate it! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 16 November 2009 18:20
Guest — Lisa
It's good to know we all stress out at times. I had some vanilla ice cream today with my apple pie. I voted for your blog as Be... Read More
Monday, 16 November 2009 18:06
Guest — Lee
Thanks Kim - it's true, I so VERY human, LOL! I'll pass on the Rocky Road, and dive right into my latte, though, LOL! Blessings,... Read More
Monday, 16 November 2009 10:44
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Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT)

Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT)
Hi there, Mr. HomeScholar here... It has come to my attention that homeschool dads will sometimes struggle understanding their wives.  Lee asked me to help explain the homeschool mom perspective to the dads out there. As a public service, I wanted to share my Homeschool Mom Universal Translator with your husband.  Could you please pass this on to him?  Consider it my gift to you. You might want to print this out and keep it in...
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Guest — ThatHomeschoolDad
Wives of male lawyers are not called "lawyer moms," so I'm not sure why husbands of HS moms are "homeschool dads." I AM a homesch... Read More
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 17:30
Guest — Pete
My wife came and sat my but# down and said read this... then pointed to "My children are horrible."... and that's the one we just ... Read More
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 17:59
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New Homeschooler Jitters

New Homeschooler Jitters
The first year of homeschooling is such an adventure!  It's hard to balance school stuff that matters (like reading, writing, and math) against the school stuff that simply isn't necessary when you are homeschooling (desks, tests, and watching the clock.) Even if you know you are supposed to be homeschooling, it can still be pretty intimidating.  If you need a boost of encouragement, watch my video on "How do you know you can homeschool high school?"First...
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Homeschooling From the End of Your Rope

Homeschooling From the End of Your Rope
If you have ever reached the end of your rope..... well, you are NOT alone. It's nice to be able to share your feelings with another ordinary mom of imperfect children.   Read this letter, and maybe you will see your own feeling.  Christy wrote:"Help!  Pat me on the back, hug me and tell me he's not going to be a ditch digger!  My son is skipping half the work in his grammar book, I can't read...
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Homeschool Blunder - Doubling Up!

Homeschool Blunder - Doubling Up!
Are you doubling-up?  Doing too much is a major cause for homeschool burn out.  Sure we want to produce well-educated kids, but doing a double amount of a subject may not be the answer.  Twice as much information can mean twice as much burn out with half as much education!Here is a typical question I hear:I ordered the grammar curriculum from Abeka during the homeschool conference this year before speaking with you.  Should I eliminate that...
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