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Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time

Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time
Some questions are easy to answer.When is the PSAT?How do I find a College Fair?Should my freshman take Physics before Biology?But other questions are very big, and very complicated.  Sandi asked a big and complicated question on my blog the other day.Hi Lee. I have 5 kids, 3 remain to be homeschooled. All high school age. My 17 yo has had some issues with seizures since Spring. As a result he has fallen behind somewhat in...
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Homeschooling High School: To Teach or To Learn - What is Your Goal?

Homeschooling High School: To Teach or To Learn - What is Your Goal?
As homeschool parents, our goal is NOT to teach something. Our goal is for the 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 believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will be expected...
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Guest — Lee
We used Apologia biology, chemistry and physics for science. For math we used Saxon with DIVE CDs. The key is to use homeschool ... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 17:07
Guest — Homeschool Mom
Hi Lee, I really enjoy your postings. I completely agree with you that teens must teach themselves. My son is pretty good at that... Read More
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 16:18
Guest — Lee
Aw, thanks, Leisa!!
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 09:52
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The Best High School Guidance Counselor

The Best High School Guidance Counselor
You are the best high school guidance counselor for your child!  This article illustrates one way that you are better than a school counselor For the College-Bound, Smart Ways to Borrow."Families should recognize that higher education is a business, backed by Madison Avenue-scale marketing, and the advice they receive is likely to be biased. High school counselors encourage students to apply to "name" colleges to boost the high school's reputation, says Bissonnette. College financial aid officers...
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Teach Teens to Sleep

Teach Teens to Sleep
Once upon a time, I relied heavily on the book, Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems by Richard Ferber. I had to actually teach my babies to sleep through the night.  Then, in the blink of an eye it seems, the babies have become teenagers.  You would think that teenagers would be capable of sleeping through the night.  Often, though, it seems like they were only capable of sleeping through the day! It's important to teach your...
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Guest — Lee
Sorry, Joelle! Try to choose a quieter dorm, and ask for a quieter roommate Blessings, Lee... Read More
Monday, 06 June 2011 18:58
Guest — J W
Great ideas - now how do you teach your teens to sleep in spite of noise? The only thing I hated about college was there was only... Read More
Sunday, 05 June 2011 22:22
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High School with Learning Challenges

High School with Learning Challenges
If your child struggles with learning challenges, you are not alone!  Read my article "College for Struggling Learners" to hear about other teenagers with learning problems. These are the resources listed in the article, linked so you can easily access the information. Learning Disabilities Association of AmericaTypical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia - often complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Learning Disabilities Association Tips for College AdmissionLearning Disabilities - 8 Tips For...
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How long should a homeschool day last?

How long should a homeschool day last?
In general, a high school students take about 5-7 classes in one year.  Each class represents about one hour a day plus any required homework.  In a homeschool, that means math and English make take a bit longer than an hour - my children did some of that in the evening. In high school, my children worked from 8am until about 3 or 4pm each day. One day a week they worked much shorter hours on...
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Surviving Struggles: Face Challenges Confidently!

Surviving Struggles: Face Challenges Confidently!
Did you get my newsletter today?  The focus is on life's challenges.  It has articles about single parent homeschooling, when friends stop homeschooling, and facing trauma while homeschooling.  Will you please take a moment to encourage others?  Be honest and share your struggles that you have faced while homeschooling.  Life isn't always a bowl of cherries.  If someone else is struggling right now, your story could be just the encouragement they need!  Please add a comment...
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Guest — Jennifer
Thank you so much for this timely encouragement. I have dyslexic teen and my husband has been ill for four years. It is getting ... Read More
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 07:33
Guest — Lee
Dear LJ, I do have a blog post that may help: http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/new-homeschoolers-starting-high-school-with-chro... Read More
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:32
Guest — L J Larson
We are trrying to do high school through our teen's serious illness. With hospital appointments and hospitalizations, and her gen... Read More
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 06:25
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Teen Wants to go to Public School

Teen Wants to go to Public School
There are certainly some challenging things that can happen to homeschoolers.  One of the biggest challenges is a child that wants to go to public school.  Nobody will have the answer for you, and nobody can solve this problem.  It's something you just have to work through - and pray over.  If you are in the midst of the struggle, I can consult with you on the phone if you are a Gold Care Club member....
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How Do You Decide Between Colleges?

How Do You Decide Between Colleges?
When you have multiple college offers with wonderful scholarships, how do you decide between colleges?Here are two methods. First, you can develop a chart and compare each college.  Make sure that comparison includes "your dollars out of pocket each year of college" as your only financial comparison, because there are too many variables to compare any other numbers.The second method is the livability test.  Where does your student want to live for the next four years? ...
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Homeschoolers: Don't Miss the College Fairs!

Homeschoolers: Don't Miss the College Fairs!
Trying to decide if you should go to a college fair?   Now is the time! Particularly for high school juniors, a college fair is a very important step in going to college.  You can find a large college fair through www.nacacnet.org and you can find smaller Christian college fairs through National Christian College Fairs.  When push comes to shove, though, our busy schedules make it difficult to prioritize this important step. Can you describe what the...
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Homeschool Coping Mechanisms: VENTI and VENTING

Homeschool Coping Mechanisms: VENTI and VENTING
Recently my facebook friends have been talking about coffee a lot.  I think it's the cooler weather of fall, but for some reason coffee is a hot topic! Having a hot Venti Starbucks Latte is certainly one of my preferred coping mechanism for most of life's stresses. There is another great strategy to consider:  VENTING.   Just add two more letters to a Venti, and you find another friendly warm coping mechanism. Venting your concerns to a...
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Saturday, 16 October 2010 18:27
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Searching For Homeschool Socialization

Searching For Homeschool Socialization
Socialization is not about a group of kids all the same age.  True socialization is about people of ALL ages getting together. When kids are feeling alone, then getting out into the world can provide the socialization they are craving.  Here are some suggestions for socialization activities: Family and family outings. Play-only groups;  many support groups will have park days in the summer.  It may be worth joining a group JUST to meet kids are park...
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Real Help for Struggling Learners

Real Help for Struggling Learners
In Lake Wobegon all the children are above average, but in the real world some kids struggle.  What is a parent to do?I have a son with fairly significant learning disabilities.  He is dues to begin high school this fall.  He is on a sixth grade level in math...so we keep going...do I give him high school level credit for the math we do next year?  His writing looks like a second grader's ~ do we...
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Guest — Kathy
I can appreciate your concerns about your son's learning challenges. My son has a speech/language disability and is now in college... Read More
Thursday, 18 October 2012 10:15
Guest — J W
Play to their strengths :-) It's so easy to focus on what they can't do. Try, try again. My gifted oldest has always struggled ... Read More
Sunday, 01 August 2010 05:21
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Homeschool Accountability - Try a "Morning Meeting"

Homeschool Accountability - Try a "Morning Meeting"
Ooops.  They were supposed to be independent.  Instead they goofed off.Never under-estimate a teenager's ability to avoid work.  Sometimes intentional lapses, many times teens are simply focused on other things (like their hair, or their new shoes) and they forget trivial things like math assignments or research reports. It would be nice to have teenagers grow up one day and suddenly just BE responsible.  Nice, but unlikely.  It's much more common for teenagers to slowly BECOME...
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Guest — Alisha (Learning From My Kids)
One idea that we recently started to do is a morning (or early afternoon) meeting. Our whole family sits at the table just after b... Read More
Friday, 13 May 2016 13:39
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Great idea, Alisha! That's perfect timing, since everyone was there for breakfast anyway! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Friday, 13 May 2016 14:10
Guest — Lee
Dear Laura, Since you are a current Gold Care Club member, I can send you any classes that you need. I'll sent you the class on Co... Read More
Monday, 12 October 2015 15:49
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Bad Year Homeschooling? Hit The "Reset" Button

Bad Year Homeschooling? Hit The "Reset" Button
The school year is over.  Perhaps it wasn't as successful as you had hoped. The best solution is to not give up.  It's not too late, and you haven't ruined your child forever.   You do realize that all children will sometimes have a "bad year" right? For encouragement, listen to this encouraging song by TobyMac LyricsMusic: "Get Back Up" Lyrics by TobyMacYou turned away when I looked you in the eyeAnd hesitated when I asked if...
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Guest — Ashlyn
I love this song...there are so many good Christian songs out there in so many types...rock, alternative, heavy metal, pop, r &... Read More
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:09
Guest — karen
Love this
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