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Coffee is the key to homeschool happiness

Coffee is the key to homeschool happiness
Coffee is the key to homeschool happiness, and I can prove it. It doesn't have to be coffee, of course, any refreshment will do. But I do LOVE a nice cup of coffee! 1. Coffee can help you have your morning meeting with your kidsWhen you meet with your children each day and go over your expectations for them, the whole day will go more smoothly. A quick daily check-in is often all it takes. It reminds me a...
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Guest — Sally
When my girls were small we began our homeschool day with Ladies Coffee Hour. None of us were drinking coffee, but coffee is a sym... Read More
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 13:50
Guest — Anita
Love my first cup of coffee in the morning. Usually pour it about the time we all sit down together to do our bible time and book ... Read More
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:01
Guest — Lee
Love it! There's no better way to start the day! ~Anita, Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 14:03
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Time to Have "The Talk"

Time to Have "The Talk"
When children are young, we shield them from much of our "rated R" world.  But something happens that changes that.....  Your children grow up.  That's when we realize that we need to shelter young children, but discuss with teens. When your children enter their teen years, it's time to begin having "the talk" about social issues, morality, and integrity.  Allow them to see more of the world, and explain to them what you see in the...
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Should you homeschool high school?

Should you homeschool high school?
Homeschooling high school gives children the advantage in academics, socialization, specialization and character. One of our standard parental retorts when our kids were younger was, "It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt." It usually came on the heels of "somebody" crying after the brother got a little too rough during a game. Over time, however, we found this expression applied more to us as parents as we considered homeschooling high school.At first, homeschooling was...
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Guest — Katie
My oldest son is just starting 8th grade this year, but I have frequented your blog often over the last year. It's always encourag... Read More
Saturday, 08 September 2012 08:14
Guest — TDPaeton
Thanks so much for your continued encouragement! We are first time homeschooling our 15 Yr old daughter as a sophomore this year! ... Read More
Friday, 07 September 2012 19:02
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Why did you decide to homeschool high school?

Why did you decide to homeschool high school?
I hesitated to start because I didn't want to be over-protective. My younger son is anaphylactic to peanuts.  He is one of those children you read about that could die if exposed to the smallest, microscopic speck of peanut. I didn’t want to over-protect my children, and it was very difficult to balance protecting him from a life-threatening allergy and over-protecting him so he didn’t know how to care for his own life-long condition. I hesitated to...
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Guest — Sennie
We have a year before high school, but I am already shaking in my boots..
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 18:41
Guest — Lee
Thanks ladies, for the extra encouragement today! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 07:18
Guest — J W
I decided to home school high school because we'd been doing it so many years, what's 4 more years? My child was doing well keepi... Read More
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 05:36
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Considering Homeschooling?

Considering Homeschooling?
What advice would you give to a mom who is considering homeschooling?  These are comments from my Facebook friends.  What do YOU tell someone who is thinking about homeschooling for the first time? DianeDon't be too hard on your kids. it's all going to be fine. if you are stressed, they'll be stressed.DianneYou don't have to do it all, you don't have to be perfect, and your kids will learn anyway and be better for it. Be kind...
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Guest — Sunya
These years go by so fast so my advice would be to enjoy every precious moment with your children. Keep learning fun by doing thi... Read More
Friday, 31 August 2012 10:53
Guest — Deb Roennebeck
God did not give your children to the public school system - He gave them to YOU. If God has called you to Homeschool, He will no... Read More
Friday, 31 August 2012 06:20
Guest — Angela
I agree with all of the above, but I must add advice I was given: laundry will still be there when the kids are out of the house.... Read More
Thursday, 30 August 2012 22:44
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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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Newsflash! Teens Change Minds!

Newsflash! Teens Change Minds!
No really, it's true.  In fact, ask yourself one question.  Has YOUR teenager EVER changed their mind?  Be honest now! And if teens change their minds from mechanic to engineering, or from nursing assistant to nurse, you want to be prepared. If you give your child a college-prep education in high school, no matter what they want to do, they’ll be prepared to pursue their goals.  It doesn’t matter whether your child seems like they’re college-bound...
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Guest — J W
I've always thought it sad that you pretty much have to "lock in" your lifelong career when you're still in high school. I wish t... Read More
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 06:03
Guest — Bethany LeBedz
Oh yeah! Meteorologist to horse trainer to professional writer to missionary to high school English teacher!! And she's in her fir... Read More
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:38
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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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After the Visit

After the Visit
 After you visit a college, you have one more job: Say thank you!After each campus visit, make sure your student writes a thank you note to the admissions staff and professors.  This simple act will show the staff that you’re interested in the school.  If you don’t intend to go to the school, then emailing a thank you note is fine. But if you do intend to apply to the school, then a mailed thank you...
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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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Homeschooling High School - How to Get it All Done

Homeschooling High School - How to Get it All Done
How do I get it ALL done? That is a big question. It all depends on what your "ALL" means to you? Is your "All" too big? What are your priorities?I am now a featured expert on Bizymoms.com! You can read my articles here.
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Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch

Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch
Do you feel like you want to "throw in the towel" with your homeschooling? Is it winter doldrums or your curriculum?Learn more about steps you can take right now to meet all of your homeschool high school goals.  
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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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Guest — Jaimee
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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What Colleges Need

What Colleges Need
Different colleges ask for different information from homeschoolers.  It can be difficult to determine what extra information they may require from you.The only way to find out is to check their website and also speak to them in person.  Some colleges will have one policy posted, but admission personnel require more or less than the posted policy.  Other colleges won't have a policy posted on their website, but the admission personnel will know the details (or...
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Weighting Grades

Weighting Grades
Weighting Grades Is the stress of weighting grades weighing you down? Let go of that burden!Teri on facebook asked this question: How to compete with the 5 pt grading scale in public school...they take a college credit type class and it's weighted at 5 pts vs 4pts for an A then their GPA can be higher than 4.0 overall. A friend told me that some exclusive/ivy league colleges aren't even looking at kids unless their GPA...
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Lee Binz
Each college is unique. Always do as your favorite college asks. That is why it is important to get to know the college. Many coll... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 14:21
Laurie Beth Keller
FWIW, I followed your advice, unweighted all grades and have "Unweighted GPA: x.x" on the transcript. My student and I called the... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 10:56
Guest — Homeschool High School Credits
Weighted grades are for honors classes, college courses, AP classes, etc.  Since these course are more rigorous, they have a great... Read More
Monday, 28 March 2016 00:05
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