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Math at the High School Level

Math at the High School Level
At the high school level, sometimes it can see like math takes FOREVER!  It can simply take a LONG time to complete math when you are working at a high school level.  Kids get slower after they have worked for an hour or more, so it makes sense to break it up into two pieces.  Some kids need more practice and some need less.  Each child only NEEDS to do the number of problems necessary in...
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My 9th grader has done well with VideoText Interactive. It's pricey, but it's a good fit for a home school situation. The only t... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:45
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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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Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers
Stanford University Magazine had a write-up regarding a gifted homeschool student.  I love this quotation: “It’s the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student-the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age-apart from your typical bright kid.  Stanford wants students who have it.  Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered."  As Reider explains it:...
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Homeschool High School Inspiration: A Graduation Story

Homeschool High School Inspiration: A Graduation Story
One thing that I love about the homeschool community is that most of us love to encourage others with our stories. In this post Joyce, a homeschool mom, shares the story of her two sons so that it will encourage each of you. You CAN homeschool high school! Joyce's Sons: Devin & Michael Wow!  I can’t believe they are graduated!We put our twins, Devin and Michael in the public school system from kindergarten thru 2ndgrade and when...
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Back to School: Preparing to Homeschool High School

Back to School: Preparing to Homeschool High School
This is a great time of year. New curricula. Sharp pencils. Everyone is rested after a great summer break. Hold onto that feeling. Don't let the fear or insecurity creep in. You CAN homeschool high school. And, I'm here to help.The HomeScholar: Preparing to Homeschool High SchoolYour best strategy for keeping all those balls in the air is preparation.  The HomeScholar Gold Care Club will give you the comprehensive help you need to homeschool high school.
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Dear Sandi, I have quite a few Gold Care Club members that just need support for handling homeschool while facing unusual issues ... Read More
Sunday, 07 August 2011 14:00
Guest — Sandi Sweet
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. ... Read More
Sunday, 07 August 2011 05:26
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Homeschooling: What About Prom?

Homeschooling: What About Prom?
When you tell people you are homeschooling high school, you may get some pretty unusual questions. What about college? What about scholarships? What about socialization? For me, the strangest question was always, "What about Prom?" Yeah... what about it?Homeschoolers who want to have a prom can create one! Read this article, about a homeschool group that got together to make a Prom for their high school students. Appleton-area homeschoolers experience razzle-dazzle of high school dance Teens...
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Guest — Beth
Our 16-year old dd just finished making her Empire Era ball gown (green crushed velvet with a black velvet sash complete with long... Read More
Saturday, 23 July 2011 20:01
Guest — J W
I don't think I've ever gotten to use my snappy answer for the "what about prom" question, but I'll share it anyway... "Gee, I th... Read More
Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:01
Guest — Sabrin Justison
We LOVE prom....for our homeschoolers! I've been blessed to chaperon for 9 years now, and each event has been elegant and fun. I... Read More
Saturday, 16 July 2011 18:08
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Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!

Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!
This time of year always brings about the feelings of awe and thankfulness for the freedoms that we hold dear in this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt listed these Four Freedoms:  Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear . Homeschool families know these freedoms very well. We express our freedoms by exerting our right to home educate our children. Yet, there are still those things that lurk around the...
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Just finished your webinar "Celebrate Homeschool Freedom." You asked for us to fill out a survey at the end, but the webinar ended... Read More
Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:46
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Homeschool High School: Scholarship Winning Homeschoolers

Homeschool High School: Scholarship Winning Homeschoolers
Scholarship seekers become scholarship winners!  I love to hear about homeschoolers winning college scholarships, but it doesn't happen by accident. Paula shared the story of her daughter with a senior portrait. My husband and I are so proud of our daughter, Katelynn.  Katelynn has been homeschooled since the third grade.  We are so proud of all her accomplishments, and we can't believe she just graduated from high school.  Katelynn has been accepted to the University of...
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Congratulations Katelynn!!
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 01:53
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The Homeschooling Buzz on the Homeschool Netcast Network

The Homeschooling Buzz on the Homeschool Netcast Network
Recently I was interviewed by Gerald McKoy for his weekly show ”The Homeschooling Buzz” on the Homeschool Netcast Network.  Did you see it?  If not, here is the recording from www.homeschoolnetcast.com.  My interview begins at about 8 minutes into the broadcast. One hour version.  I understand this version will be removed at some point, and I'm not sure when. The Homeschooling Buzz - Interview with Lee Binz - Homeschool Mom and The HomeScholar. Episode 17 on...
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Guest — Lee
Aw, thanks, Joelle!! Blessings, Lee
Sunday, 12 June 2011 06:29
Guest — J W
I'm just chuckling 'cause watching your business grow is so much fun - you've come a long way, and this is quite a feather in your... Read More
Saturday, 11 June 2011 16:54
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Total Transcript Solution or the Comprehensive Record Solution

Total Transcript Solution or the Comprehensive Record Solution
I am getting a lot of questions that go like this:Dear Lee,I just finished watching your short video introducing your new product Comprehensive Record Solution. How does it differ from your Total Transcript Solution? Is one more expansive than the other is? Will I need both to assist me in learning how to complete great records for our daughter?Thank you so much for your time and all you do to assist us nervous and scared teachers...
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Should I Continue Abeka and Apologia?

Should I Continue Abeka and Apologia?
I am considering continuing with Abeka and Apologia for science for my high schooler. Do you think this curriculum is strong enough to prepare him for college? Thank you for your opinion~ Theresa on Facebook Theresa,I recommend that you keep using whatever has worked for you in the past. Kids will learn more when they understand what is being taught then they will if the curriculum is "perfect" but makes no sense to them.  So if...
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Can't You Work For Even An Hour?

Can't You Work For Even An Hour?
Oops.  I got distracted.  I was having my morning quiet time, when suddenly the dog needed to go out.  There are some things that just can't wait.  But 15 minutes later I realize I'm sitting in front of Facebook, and I never finished my quiet time.  I know many of you can relate.  Ironically, I was reading this passage in Mark; Mark 14:37-41Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. "Simon," he said to...
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Guest — Cindy
Oh so true. I have really noticed lately that I have a hard time staying focused. Could it be stress, springtime, my 50+ age, life... Read More
Saturday, 17 April 2010 09:40
Guest — Andrea
So true! I take grace for granted so often in my own life, yet don't freely give it to others- especially my own family. Thanks fo... Read More
Saturday, 17 April 2010 07:51
Guest — Stephanie
Thank you, Lee! You're spot on with this post. Sometimes we need that very reminder - we are to train our children and to apply gr... Read More
Saturday, 17 April 2010 05:57
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What Is An Ebenezer?

What Is An Ebenezer?
"Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" is such a familiar hymn.  Here is a Youtube playing the version by David Crowder BandBut have you listened to the words?  What in the world is an Ebenezer????  I'm afraid I missed that lesson in Sunday School.  Completely stuck, I resorted to the one way I knew to find the answer;  Google.I found out the word comes from the scripture in 1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone...
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I thought about naming my last son Ebenezer (granted it is a family name) but I already have a Benjamin and I thought 2 Ben's mig... Read More
Monday, 22 March 2010 20:19
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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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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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Timeless Moments of Christmas

Timeless Moments of Christmas
Another Christmas morning and here I sit again at my PC waiting for the kids to get up.  The fact that they are 22 and 20 does not change anything on Christmas morning.  In my mind they are still 6 and 4 and probably haven't slept much all night with the excitement.  This year there are no big sleds or bicycles under the tree - their tastes now are for smaller/electronic toys and (miracle of miracles...
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