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Simple Ways to Count Down the Days

Simple Ways to Count Down the Days
Here are some simple ways to count down until Christmas!  These ideas are great for little kids, big kids AND adult kids! Our 25 Days of Christmas CountdownThis mom uses things she already owns, and combines them into a daily family tradition. "Each day we will read a Christmas book, watch a Christmas movie, make a fun craft or do a fun Christmas activity, and eat a yummy treat."Read EnjoyingLifeWith4KidsAdvent ActivitiesThis mom thinks about what they...
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Schedule Free Time

Schedule Free Time
I always encourage parents to schedule free time.We worked our heavy academic subjects 4 days a week.  The 5th day was when we focused more on delight directed learning.  In elementary school, the 5th day was when we went to the park, or roller skating, or met with friends.  In high school, that was the day for my children to do special projects, or work on their electives. They had to get their math and foreign...
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Summertime Reading, Planning, and More

Summertime Reading, Planning, and More
Summer is a great time to compile your student’s reading list, in preparation for college applications.  A reading list is simply a list of books your child has read, including title and author.  Often requested by colleges, and sometimes useful for scholarship applications, reading lists are an important part of your student’s high school record.  Include books you have assigned your children to read over the summer, books they’ve used in their coursework, and books they...
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Guest — Lee
I listed the books on course descriptions when appropriate AND on the reading list. Some books are "just" for the reading list, b... Read More
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 11:39
Guest — Janet
Do you put required course readings in both the detailed course description and the reading list? Or, do you denote which course ... Read More
Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:35
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Project Manager of Your Home

As the resident homeschool adviser to your children, it’s important that you don’t drop the ball when it comes to deadlines, plans, and requirements. You will need to keep track of the academic calendar and what courses your children need to cover, when they need to study for specific tests, what year to take those tests, and what specific tests they should take.My husband works as a project manager.  He doesn’t actually build the building, but...
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Mix and Match Curriculum

Mix and Match Curriculum
Progeny Press, Easy Grammar, Strunk and White - when you mix and match within a subject area, how many credits should it be?If you are using two completely unique, completely credit-measured classes, then I would feel comfortable calling it two separate credits.  For example, one year I did Sonlight Language Arts PLUS  we did Learn to Write the Novel Way, so we did have two English credit that year. (We also nearly died trying, but that's...
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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for TestsIt normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by September...
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Guest — J W
I know - and I've watched your business grow from day one, I've read your Home Scholar blog all these years, I have at least one o... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:03
Guest — Lee
Joelle, that is SO EXCITING! I knew your sweetie was getting TALL but she's also getting older at the same time?? How does that ... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 20:30
Guest — J W
I copied this text to my personal files and bookmarked this page so I can have a rough idea of what to do when. We now officially... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 18:14
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Homeschool High School: How Much is Enough?

Homeschool High School:  How Much is Enough?
How much is enough?  How long should they work?  It's not always easy to know!  One mother asked me to review her school plan, wanting to know if her expectations were appropriate.We're off to a rough start this year due to bad attitudes (both kids and mine!).  In 10th grade, how many hours/day/subject should she be doing?  So far here's what's suppose to be done:*Music - 1 hr,*English (IEW student writing intensive B) - 30-60 min,*History...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Ann, Thanks for the feedback! Yes, our perk of flexibility is also our strength, isn't it? Blessings, Lee... Read More
Thursday, 15 October 2009 08:43
Guest — Ann Dunagan
Hi Lee - I saw this link on twitter. Great article! One wonderful advantage of homeschooling is that the schedule doesn't always h... Read More
Thursday, 15 October 2009 07:08
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Homeschooling High School: The Joy of Delight!

Homeschooling High School:  The Joy of Delight!
When did you start the Delight directed Learning?  Did you find it hard to get through a year-long school course when doing it 4 days a week?  Did you just tell the kids they could do whatever they wanted on the non-school day, or did they have certain things they always did, like going to a class in a homeschool coop?  Did you allow them to watch TV or play video games during the free day?Dear...
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Guest — J W
Yeah, but don't let your enjoyment of a nice day at the park be limited to your "fun day." We've been known to take school to the... Read More
Saturday, 07 March 2009 06:59
Guest — Lisa
I like this idea of a 4 day homeschool and a day of delight directed learning. Sometimes that fifth day can be a field trip or a c... Read More
Friday, 06 March 2009 20:01
Guest — Lee
We rarely had our "day off" on Friday. In fact, we sometimes took 1/2 day off one day, and another 1/2 day off on a different day... Read More
Friday, 06 March 2009 08:40
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More School in Less Time!

More School in Less Time!
Audrey asks:How do you balance what you feel they need to know and do with what they feel they want to know and do? There are not enough hours in the day!This question is actually TWO questions!Q1: How can you get more hours in your day? To some extent, homeschoolers will ALWAYS feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!  It's part of parenting, and even more a part of homeschooling.  There are some things...
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Guest — J W
KISS - keep it simple, sweetheart! By the time my students graduate, I want them to: Be able to write a well-structured essay H... Read More
Thursday, 20 November 2008 14:32
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Off the Beaten (Down) Track

Off the Beaten (Down) Track
Moms are often their own worst enemy.  When my eldest was in public school, he didn't stay on track, didn't finish his textbooks in the year, goofed off much of the day - and other kids didn't turn in their homework or finish the reading, yet nobody cared. (Gifted program, Top Washington State school district, 4th grade.)  If you find yourself struggling with staying on track in your homeschool, remember that even the best public school...
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Guest — J W
OH - the last bubble burst. I've sometimes wailed, "If the kids were in public school, they'd learn to do their work without wast... Read More
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 14:03
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