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Total Transcript Solution Blog Contest Winner!!

Total Transcript Solution Blog Contest Winner!!
We had such an AMAZING response to our blog contest.  As you might recall, our contest question was: "How will creating an AMAZING transcripthelp my child achieve their dreams?" We had over 60 responses and they ranged from over-the-top creative to matter-of-fact statements.  All were heartfelt and sincere.  After much deliberation (and some debate) we are giving the prize to  Morgan!  Her entry was a heartfelt request for a Christmas present for her mother, Ellen.  Morgan...
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Guest — J W
WOW, Morgan! Congratulations!!!
Thursday, 03 December 2009 07:22
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Homeschool Black Friday

Homeschool Black Friday
Shopping on Amazon.com today?  Two of my videos are available through Amazon now, so you can add that to your shopping cart right next to your Wii Fit and Watches!The first video, Preparing to Homeschool High School, will help parents who are just beginning to homeschool high school.  It's most helpful for beginners, or parents who feel unsure and really want some encouragement.Preparing to Homeschool High SchoolFinding a College on AmazonCan I ask a favor?   If...
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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 21:28-32The Parable of the Two Sons"What do you think? There was a man...
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Guest — Homeschool Mother
Love it, "Doing is more important than planning". Great blog!
Monday, 26 October 2009 10:22
Guest — Home School College Counselor
That's a great insight on life, as well as homeschooling. It's so easy to spin our wheels preparing and planning, but unless you ... Read More
Monday, 26 October 2009 06:22
Guest — Elise
I didn't realize that there were others out there that LOVE to plan but fall short on the "doing" part. I have been really convic... Read More
Sunday, 25 October 2009 05:34
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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 junior...
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Guest — Janet
@JW -- I hear you! My kids can't school together either, despite being close in age, they are far apart academically. The older ... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:25
Guest — Robin E.
A lovely post, and surprisingly similar to the advice I give new homeschoolers at times. Combining children into the same subject ... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 06:28
Guest — Kristine
Great post, Lee. I often run across new hsing moms at work, and I can use this post as a referral. It IS hard to suggest to othe... Read More
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 20:07
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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 eliminate that...
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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 OhioCongratulations to all the homeschoolers who have...
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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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Guest — Vicki
Dear Lee What a wonderful way to explain the learning processes our families experience. My daughter, now aged 20, has just what y... Read More
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 18:18
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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 lasted...
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Guest — Lee
Debbie, Thanks for the encouragement! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 13 August 2009 05:02
Guest — Debbie
Lee - Thanks for getting to the heart of things here. This is a rough time in life, but it helps with this reminder to keep looki... Read More
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 22:42
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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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Guest — J W
Summer break doesn't have to be in summer, either. We used to live in the South, where summer is miserable. We took breaks in th... Read More
Thursday, 30 July 2009 04:41
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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 Seattle...
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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: 11We spend much of our homeschool years explaining to people the reasons we...
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Guest — Ruth
At The King's College in NYC that is the mission that is taught. To go out and make changes in the world. At Kings they students... Read More
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 14:00
Guest — Roberta
Well said! We are training our children to be the Christian leaders of tomorrow.
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:29
Guest — Andrea
I couldn't agree more
Saturday, 27 June 2009 09:57
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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 are the links:Raising...
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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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Guest — Sally
My third son is now in this power struggle time. We noticed it with the older two sons beginning around age 12. You did a great ... Read More
Monday, 25 May 2009 12:27
Guest — J W
"I think it might vary from girl to girl, but generally us girls might want to get out from under Mom's wing from time to time. ... Read More
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 20:07
Guest — Janet
Wow, thank you for that. My husband and I just listened to it. I wouldn't mind reading more about this subject. Our oldest is 1... Read More
Monday, 18 May 2009 18:55
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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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OK, everyone... on the count of three... 1... 2... 3... AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW... Read More
Monday, 13 April 2009 15:21
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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 my boys...
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Guest — Luke Holzmann
Thanks for sharing this opportunity with your readers. ~Luke
Monday, 13 April 2009 07:36
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