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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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Homeschool PE Saves the Day!

Homeschool PE Saves the Day!
My son went out for a "Roomies" activity at college.  I'm not completely sure, but I think it's a boys dorm room and a girls dorm room go out together for an organized activity.  When Alex went out, for example, this group of college kids went ice skating, out to "bubble tea" (think college-age version of Starbuck's) and then (as a group) to the park to look at the city lights.Let me just say, first of...
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Our recent homeschool PE experience was awesome. After a mishap at the beach, we decided we'd put off swim lessons too long. We ... Read More
Friday, 12 December 2008 18:17
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Questions Regarding Testing

Questions Regarding Testing
Hi Lee,I homeschool my children and have a question about my daughter.  She is soon to be 15 and doing tenth grade work.  She has also been going through cancer treatment since May.  I noticed that most Sophmores take the PSAT in the fall, but she wasn't able to do this due to being in the hospital.  Are we still on track for her to take it next October?  How will this affect her taking of...
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Failing Math in Public School

Failing Math in Public School
One mother contacted me because her daughter is failing math in the public school system.   She is considering homeschooling.I understand that you are very concerned, but it's a complicated thing to talk about by email.  I encourage you to seek as much help as you need, and educate yourself about homeschooling high school.  For more information, consider signing up for my free email newsletter, taking my free mini-course, and getting my video, Preparing to Homeschool High...
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Guest — J W
Oh, my! There are so many issues with math, this mom really does need some personal one-on-one time. As a quick "band-aid," thou... Read More
Sunday, 19 October 2008 09:23
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Junior Year Jitters

Junior Year Jitters
If your Junior has missed the PSAT, don't sweat it too much.  The PSAT/NMSQT usually doesn't result in much scholarship money for most families.  The National Merit scholarship is SO competitive, it is very difficult to do well enough to win.  The best scholarship money will come from the college where you will apply.I encourage you to consider getting my videos called "Finding a College" and "Getting the BIG Scholarships" because they will help to explain...
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Ohhhhhhh, yes. I remember those scholarship applications well - particularly the essays about "Why I Deserve Your Money." What j... Read More
Wednesday, 15 October 2008 19:28
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Do you have a Homeschool Stress Manager?

Do you have a Homeschool Stress Manager?
A friend stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the other day, and there was a unique greeter at the door!  Kip Holiday was his name.  The official title on his business card states that he is the "Stress Manager" of the hotel.  His bio on the hotel website says "When you stay with us, you arrive as guests, leave as family! Just ask the resident Stress Manager, Kip Holiday, our Golden Retriever!"  Read about him here.Stress...
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We have a yellow lab that my 10 year old loves to curl up on the couch with. Not necessarily to read...maybe I'll suggest that.... Read More
Friday, 10 October 2008 05:48
Guest — J W
Ummm... our only pet right now, "Bubbles" the goldfish is serving as a negative example. Never get a pet on impulse (this was a p... Read More
Thursday, 09 October 2008 16:13
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Gold, Silver and Wisdom

Gold, Silver and Wisdom
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.~ Proverbs 3:13-14 (NIV)It's a hard time of year when school is quickly approaching and money is receding like the tide. I love this verse, because it equates spending money on wisdom to investing, much like investing in gold and silver. The yield of investing in wisdom is greater than the return...
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Cheap and Easy Foreign Language - NOT!

Cheap and Easy Foreign Language - NOT!
My client Eileen was asking me about Spanish programs.  She had seen a low cost Spanish program that was bundled with free software, and she wondered what it would be like.  Free or cheap programs often take a HUGE amount of commitment and consistency, and there are no lesson plans or explanations or support.  I have never seen anyone be successful with a foreign language course like that.  Instead, I recommend using a foreign language program...
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The SAT Essay - Quick, Write Faster!

The SAT Essay - Quick, Write Faster!
The following article in the NY times confirms what we were told and what we experienced when our kids took the SAT.  It isn't the facts or the accuracy of the essay that your student will write that matters; it is the length,SAT Essay Rewards Length and Ignores ErrorsYou can use this knowledge to your advantage when you prepare your students for the SAT.  Practice your handwriting.  Do it frequently and work on speed and legibility. ...
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Dear Kimm, Yes, I did answer, but I forgot to include the backward link to direct this blog post to the answer. Sorry! It's a t... Read More
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 07:10
Guest — Kimm
Lee, have you responded to Robin's question? I'd like to know as well.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 07:03
Guest — Lee
Dear Robin, I got your questions while I was on vacation, so I haven't been able to answer until now. I will blog post on your qu... Read More
Monday, 07 July 2008 09:59
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