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Home School Education - Misty, water-colored memorization...

...of the way we were....Did you ever have to memorize anything in high school? Don't remember? I did, and to this day I can still annoy my family with "No Man is an Island"! Memorization isn't a the most critical skill, but it can be fun. Choose a poem or a scripture, and try it for yourself. When we began, I didn't actual think that memorization was that important, so I set my sights pretty low....
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Guest — The HomeScholar
Lori,That's so cute! I don't know if you can really prevent a child from memorizing things, you know? I think of how many times ... Read More
Sunday, 27 January 2008 11:11
Guest — lori
Lee, my 10 year old just learned the midwest capitals by jump roping and memorizing at the same time....and the youngest ... Read More
Sunday, 27 January 2008 10:57
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Homeschooling Younger Children - Girding Your Loins for High School!

Use 7th and 8th grade as your "high school training time." Not so your kids can working at high school, it so you can work on how you THINK about high school. When my kids were that age, I would think about how many hours we spent on activities, I would think about the different class titles that I could use for different experiences. 7th and 8th grade is also a perfect time to be planning...
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Guest — The HomeScholar
Hey Lee,I hope you feel encouraged after reading. You may want to subscribe to my newsletter. Have a great day!Blessings,Lee-- Th... Read More
Monday, 28 January 2008 23:48
Guest — my5wolfcubs
Girding my loins for high school -- that is just the point I'm at now! Looking forward to reading more!Lee (another one!)... Read More
Monday, 28 January 2008 23:38
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Homeschooling While Building a House

I've had friends who homeschooled while building a house. If you find yourself in that situation, remember that any construction experiences your high schoolers have can count as high school credit. Woodworking, carpentry, occupational credit, etc., might be good course titles to consider. Your kids are learning while you do these things, right? Let them live and learn. Have you read Barb Shelton's Homeschool Form + U + La? That was what her life was like....
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Withdrawing from Public High School

Sometime a student will request to be withdrawn from public high school and begin homeschooling. If that is the case for you and you can support them, I would encourage you to do it and not look back. You CAN pull your students out anytime you want to. If you want to get their high school grades first you could wait until the grades are released and then pull them. If they aren't getting good grades,...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Stacey, You will need to have his current transcript, if possible, so that your homeschool transcript includes BOTH schools ... Read More
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 10:26
Guest — skouba
sorry, we are in TX
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 10:19
Guest — skouba
My son was homeschooled through 8th grade. Has been in public school 9-11th grades. now is wanting to come back to finish senior y... Read More
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 10:18
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Homeschooling Curriculum - How do I "do" Current Events?

>>>>How do I incorporate current events into our homeschool?<<<<Hi Michele,In 7th grade we were doing Apologia Biology, Sonlight 100, French, Algebra, SAT prep, and piano. For current events, I bought World Magazine, but that's because my kids are very *into* current events. I think the easiest and most fun way is just to get the newspaper daily. The last two years, I have used a yellow highlighter to circle any articles that they are "required" to...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Is there such a thing as too much homeschooling?

A homeschool parents asked me how much is TOO much. Here is our email conversation.>>> Here's her schedule, tell me what would you do? At co-op she takes volleyball, speech, creative writing, newsletter, Peacemakers (the teacher is going through the book sort of like a Bible Study). She has a speech due at least every 2 weeks and for creative writing she is working on a novel and she has to critique everyone else's writing every...
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Homeschooling - What to do about a critical husband

>>>>This woman wanted suggestions on how to respond to her husband, who was critical of her homeschool. It seemed that he was complaining that she wasn't doing enough, even though she was working 4-5 hours per day on school with her elementary age students.<<<< Hi Becky,I'm sorry! This is a difficult situation. It's a rough one for a committed Mom.What if you asked your husband what he WANTS you to do for homeschool. What if he...
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Homeschooling Younger Children - Keeping your kids up on current events

My kids are 10 and 12. I get the God's World News, and have them read it and answer the questions on the TM sheet. This is also my only work on reading comprehension, as I always forget narration. That is why I like using God's World. It gives them a little practice with multiple choice quizzes. If there is a story we are following (like now we are following the convention) I will call them...
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Homeschool Transcript - Strap on Your Auxiliary Brain!

Homeschool Transcript - Strap on Your Auxiliary Brain!
My son Kevin is a chess genius. When he was in high school, he was ranked second in state even though he never had a chess coach like the other kids. Instead of a coach, my husband purchased a high-powered chess program for his Palm Pilot, and he would play Kevin while using the chess program. We used to tease my husband that he was "strapping on his auxiliary brain" when he played with the chess...
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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jen B. and Lee Binz, Lee Binz. Lee Binz said: Remember that I don’t judge your homesch... Read More
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Its great to know you are here. Seriously Susan in Va... Read More
Thursday, 13 September 2007 19:03
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Tips for Homeschooling Teens

Tips for Homeschooling Teens
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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Homeschooling Curriculum - Keep Your Students Sharp This Summer

One of the problems with the public schools is that the first four weeks (or more) in the Fall are spent reviewing the material that was forgotten over the summer. Homeschoolers again have a tremendous advantage in this area. By setting aside a few minutes a day you can ensure your students retain what they have learned. Here are some tips for two of the "most forgettable" subjects. Math We set aside 15 minutes a day...
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Guest — The HomeScholar
Karen,Thanks for your comment! I'm so excited - you're the first one to comment on my blog!Blessings,Lee
Monday, 30 July 2007 09:28
Guest — ~Karen
We nearly always continue homeschooling through the summer albeit at a more relaxed pace. Well, our normal pace is relaxed so I do... Read More
Sunday, 29 July 2007 12:16
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Tip for Parents New the High School

1. Read a book: For beginners I recommend "Curriculum Manual for Junior and Senior High" by Cathy Duffy, and "Homeschoolers' College Admission Handbook" by Cafi Cohen. 2. Take a class: Do a Google search for your state and the words "homeschool convention." Go to the convention and take classes on high school. You may find a support group that will have an expert speak on the subject. 3: Get some help: Contact a veteran homeschooler with...
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Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!

Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!
I've always done my taxes by myself, but this year with my new business I was WAY in over my head, so I had to see an // ![DATA[ D(["mb","\u003cspan name\u003d\"st\"\>accountant\u003c/span\>. It was amazing! I\nnormally spend more than a month on my taxes! This time I took the stuff\nto him, and the next morning he called to say he was DONE! Even though I\nhad to pay to have it done, I still came out ahead because...
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