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Homeschool: Doing is More Important the Planning

Homeschool:  Doing is More Important the Planning
"Doing" homeschool is more important than "planning" homeschool. I'm a bit of a planner by nature.  I *love* to plan.  Implementing.... not so much.  But it's the real DOING of homeschooling that is the crucial part.  You can plan all day long, but if you don't actually do the work, it won't matter.  It reminds me of the Parable of the Two Sons. Matthew 21:28-32 The Parable of the Two Sons "What do you think? There...
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Homeschool Help for Beginners

Homeschool Help for Beginners
Someone asked me this week for some tips for beginners.  "What will help?" is such a broad question!  Here are my suggestions. First, you can work together with your kids, either by grouping them together in close age groups, or by studying the same content but at different levels.  In other words, you can use Sonlight Curriculum and group them together, younger kids doing world history for elementary school, and older kids doing world history for...
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Homeschool Blunder - Doubling Up!

Homeschool Blunder - Doubling Up!
Are you doubling-up?  Doing too much is a major cause for homeschool burn out.  Sure we want to produce well-educated kids, but doing a double amount of a subject may not be the answer.  Twice as much information can mean twice as much burn out with half as much education! Here is a typical question I hear: I ordered the grammar curriculum from Abeka during the homeschool conference this year before speaking with you.  Should I...
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National Merit Scholarship Confusion

National Merit Scholarship Confusion
Great news is often followed by great confusion.  When something wonderful happens, like becoming a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, what exactly do you DO with that information? Hi Lee, We just found out that  Jacob is a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist! Should I put this information on his transcript we give to the schools we visit in colleges next week?  Thanks for all your help the last few months! ~ Cassie in Ohio Congratulations to all...
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Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Raccoons Homeschool Their Young!

Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Raccoons Homeschool Their Young!
It was such a thrill to see a raccoon family in my backyard!  I had so much fun watching them!  After a while, though, I realized that the raccoon and I had something in common.  We both homeschool. As I was watching, the raccoon mother was carefully explaining the ways of the world to her almost adult-sized child.  She was teaching him to crawl up and down the fence, so he could run along the fence...
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Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling

Deschooling Gently: A Step by Step Guide to Fearless Homeschooling
Does your teen have a REALLY rotten attitude?  I have seen this sort of thing before, and then PRESTO! The kid turns it around - usually when they find a thing that really floats their boat. Let me throw in a few ideas: Do you remember when the kids were babies, and things would get really hard and miserable? One thing that helped me at THAT stage of life, was realizing that those things usually only...
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How Do I Avoid Homeschool Burnout?

How Do I Avoid Homeschool Burnout?
I was talking with a homeschool mom at the pool - "talking" is the very loosest sense of the word.  I had just swam 20 minutes of crawl stroke, and I was incredibly short of breath.  The other mom said that she avoids such fatigue by alternating crawl stroke and breast stroke. What a genius!  Now to be truthful, the real reason I was short of breath is because I'm out of shape.  But let's put...
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Fine Arts for the "Not So Gifted"

Fine Arts for the "Not So Gifted"
Wow.  I guess it worked.  Fine Arts was my "great failing" in homeschool high school.  I tried to expose my kids to some Fine Arts during high school but, honestly, it was a pretty pathetic effort.   Fast forward two years.  According to facebook, here is what my son did this weekend at college: Alex loved "The Marriage of Figaro" yesterday, went to the Seattle Art Museum today, and is going to "Rhapsody in Blue" at the...
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Allow Your Grown Students to Engage the Culture and Change the World

Allow Your Grown Students to Engage the Culture and Change the World
Some people wonder if Christians should go to college.  After all, college is filled with faulty humans.  For many people and for many reasons, college is the next step after high school. "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways." 1 Corinthians 13: 11 We spend much of our homeschool years explaining to people...
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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day! Dear Lee, I hope you have a wonderful Father's Day!  All homeschooling dads deserve a wonderful day filled with great surprises!  Thank you fathers, for the care and commitment you have for your children. My husband has written some great articles about homeschooling, and being a homeschooling father.  You can read about Superheroes, watch "The Incredibles" and then tie on some capes and play superhero games with your younger children!  What fun!  Here...
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Raising Boys v. Raising Men

Raising Boys v. Raising Men
Matt recorded this YouTube from one of his articles.  I hope you enjoy it!     Subscribe to my YouTube channel !
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He is Risen Indeed!

He is Risen Indeed!
Happy Easter from The Binz Family That's Kevin (21), Alex (19), Lee (ageless), Matt (wizened)
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Enter to Win Sonlight Curriculum

Enter to Win Sonlight Curriculum
Sonlight is having a great giveaway! If you order their new 2009 catalog between now and June 1st, you will be entered into a chance to win a FREE year of Sonlight. You’ll get the entire Newcomer package or its equivilant (for Cores 6 & up).  If you've ever thought about Sonlight , this is a great opportunity. We loved Sonlight in our homeschool.  I believe having a literature-based homeschool, especially in the early years, set...
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What is the "Right Way" to Grade?

What is the "Right Way" to Grade?
People sometimes ask homeschoolers "Where do you get THE curriculum".  It's funny, because there are so many curriculum choices and everyone does it differently, and homeschoolers know there is not ONE curriculum.  The same is true, though, when you ask "How do public schools grade classes?"  Because every class, every teacher, and every high school is different.  Public school teachers know there is not one "right" answer to that question. What is your advice about the...
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SNOWMAGEDDON!

SNOWMAGEDDON!
Talk radio is calling the upcoming storm "Snowmageddon" and the whole Seattle area is on high alert.  Seattle rarely gets snow, and they are expecting up to a foot of snow with high winds.  They are using the word "blizzard" on TV, and I don't think I've ever heard that word associated with Seattle. This will be followed with freezing rain.  They are saying the entire Seattle area could be without power for a long time. ...
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