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Homeschool Summer Reading Fun

Homeschool Summer Reading Fun
In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.~Alfred Lord TennysonIn summer a homeschool parent's fancy turns to reading.~Lee Binz One of the great things about summer is the opportunity to read without being interrupted.Set two goals:First:  Demonstrate the love of literature by finding a book for yourself and reading it in front of your children, showing them how enjoyable it is. Second:  Find books that your children will enjoy reading.For some,...
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Guest — Robin
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Monday, 11 July 2011 16:38
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Homeschooling High School: When Should I Stop for Summer?

Homeschooling High School: When Should I Stop for Summer?
Summer break is important.  Homeschoolers don't usually  follow a regular school schedule, however.  How do you know  when to stop?  When does  being hardworking and persistent  become harmful?  At what point are you just hitting your head  against on the wall? I know that public schools do not finish textbooks so I am trying to decide what to do. I see that my son is burnt out. I think he is in summer mode now plus...
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Guest — Michelle Caskey
Good points, Lee. I like how you said, "When does being hardworking and persistent become harmful? At what point are you just hi... Read More
Friday, 11 July 2014 06:50
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Michelle, I think many homeschool moms would rather err on the side of "over achieving". That's why we have to be so careful to n... Read More
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:14
Guest — Jeff Thompson
It's also not necessarily true that a student must complete Algebra I before moving on to Geometry. We had one of our kids do Geom... Read More
Thursday, 23 May 2013 09:47
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Feel Like a Failure? Tests Can Help!

Feel Like a Failure? Tests Can Help!
In spring and summer parents may look back on the year and feel VERY discouraged.  They see how little they got done, they notice what was not finished.  They clearly see the difficulties and traumas that got in the way of  formal education.  But all is not lost!  You can't actually PREVENT a child from learning.  That's where standardized tests can help.  They can show you how much your children have learned while you weren't even...
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End of School Year Popcorn Party Plan

End of School Year Popcorn Party Plan
It's time to finish up the school year, and it can be difficult to feel "done."  For parents that aren't completely done with a textbook or unit of study, then you may want to think outside the box in order to finish up your classes quickly - and still have time to enjoy summer. If you need to finish up quickly then consider the "Popcorn Party Plan." Instead of working through a textbook, or completing every...
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Guest — Maria
Great Idea Lee! I am one of those parents that freaks out when I realize we will not be done with a text book. I guess part of my ... Read More
Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:24
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Me too, Maria! I'm blessed to work with Lee, because she keeps me from freaking out! Thank you for the loving words. Robin Assis... Read More
Thursday, 12 May 2016 12:44
Guest — Lee
Thanks Elise - I appreciate the encouragement. Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 05:30
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Homeschoolers And Classical Conversations

Homeschoolers And Classical Conversations
When she was good,She was very, very good,And when she was bad she was horrid.From the poem "THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL"by Henry Wadsworth LongfellowClassical education is very popular right now.  What are your opinions on this new-again fad? "Hi Lee,Have you ever evaluated or looked at "Classical Conversations".   friend of mine just found out about this and told me this is really taking the home schooling community by storm. Just wondered  if you had any...
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Lee Binz
Pamela, what a perfect example of what I was saying! Even in the same family, sometimes it's a fit and other times it's not. Thank... Read More
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:18
Guest — Pamela
We have 2 daughters. Both went trough Foundations and loved it. That being said, one daughter (and I) knew Challenge would not be ... Read More
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:05
Guest — Kristi
Any created tool to teach (or to do anything in life) is just that a tool. Something created that takes too high a place in our l... Read More
Saturday, 05 June 2010 10:09
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Withdrawing From Public High School

Withdrawing From Public High School
Sometime a student will request to be withdrawn from public high school and begin homeschooling. If that is the case for you and you can support them, I would encourage you to do it and not look back. You CAN pull your students out anytime you want to. If you want to get their high school grades first you could wait until the grades are released and then pull them. If they aren’t getting good grades,...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you so much for sharing! Very valuable insights! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 03 June 2010 06:58
Guest — Zekesmom10
I want to encourage parents who are considering removing their children from public school to just do it! My son was placed in a ... Read More
Thursday, 03 June 2010 06:51
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Online Accredited Homeschool: The So-so, the Bad and the Ugly

Online Accredited Homeschool: The So-so, the Bad and the Ugly
Looking at an online accredited school for next year? Many of them may actually be an accredited organization with a classroom mentality - which means that you have extremely limited flexibility with your homeschool. Let me go over one advertisement for you point by point: - A Free Homeschool Portfolio Review — Students transitioning into (this school) receive a free homeschool portfolio and/or transcript evaluation.That means they are going to judge you on whether you have...
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Guest — Rebecca
I did a distance enrollment for 2 children one year with a very challenging company... It was good in a way. The kiddos and I de... Read More
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 21:28
Guest — bearsmom
This was funny article. And I thank you for your truthfulness. The last thing a homeschool (or any, for that matter) parent need... Read More
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 06:39
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When should you take the PSAT and SAT?

When should you take the PSAT and SAT?
Lee, I just read your article on testing, but I still have a doubt. My son will be going to Community College Dual Enrollment next year. He is a sophomore right now. Do you recommend taking the SAT this year or not? I didn't do the PSAT this year, and I'm sorry about it, but I was thinking on doing SAT instead of the regular testing. Is that a good idea or should I just have...
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Guest — Karen
Lee, I was told that my local public schools take the PSAT in 7th and 8th grades, and if a student scores well in a subject area, ... Read More
Monday, 31 May 2010 20:06
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How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?

How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?
Do not shy away from the creation-evolution debate. While not critical to teach to younger children, high school students need to have some understanding on both sides of the debate.  Although we didn't shy away from the debate in our homeschool, I wish I had covered the topic even more. Students need to become informed so they can provide reasoned arguments  for their beliefs. Without understanding the issues, they can't reasonably form their own belief system. They need...
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Guest — Lisa
This is a great article and I can see from the comments that it can quickly add fuel to the debate. I am in a very conservative a... Read More
Sunday, 20 October 2013 07:25
Guest — Kim
Joan, Creationism aligns with true scientific research and is compatible with science. Science is merely observing things and off... Read More
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:24
Guest — Joan Jahoda
Don't you need to teach a child the difference between belief and science? Belief has no place in this discussion since the only f... Read More
Friday, 21 June 2013 04:23
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How Much Does an AP Class Weigh?

How Much Does an AP Class Weigh?
If you were going to measure an AP class, how much would it weigh?  The number you see on the scale isn't what they are talking about when parents mention "Weighted Grades" on transcripts. A public school mom said  that if my child takes AP classes they are weighted heavier and you need more than a 4.0 to get into  some colleges...Only in 9th now...have time to figure it out but  how do you weight AP...
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Sunday, 30 May 2010 18:21
Guest — Lois
This is such good advice, Lee. When I was in high school, back when the earth's crust was still warm, there were no AP courses or ... Read More
Saturday, 29 May 2010 09:02
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Earning Early High School Credit in Homeschool

Earning Early High School Credit in Homeschool
Early high school credit in middle school?  Are you kidding?  How does that happen?You mentioned (The Best Time to Start Your Homeschool Transcript) about middle school students taking high school courses and not realizing it. How is that done?  Wouldn't a  person know what grade level book they are using, typically. My twins are going into 8th grade next year.  Are there any courses that we could do to help us get a step ahead in...
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Guest — Lee
Giovana, That's a LONG discussion, and it's in the book. If it's a high school level book, then the book would be a credit (one y... Read More
Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:56
Guest — Giovana
Hi Lee. What equals 1 high school credit? Is it based on hours spent on a subject? In other words, how do I know how many credi... Read More
Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:51
Guest — Lee
Hi Karen, Yes, I did count the early credits as part of their total credits earned. It didn't change their overall GPA, since I u... Read More
Monday, 31 May 2010 06:07
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Should Homeschoolers Worry About Portfolios?

Should Homeschoolers Worry About Portfolios?
Dear Lee,I am reading Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook by  Cafi Cohen.  I know the books is a bit dated.  Should  homeschoolers worry about portfolios anymore?  I don't really recall you talking about them.Blessings,~ KatePortfolios are also called course descriptions, comprehensive records, and other names.  A portfolio is technically more of an art major or unschooling "scrapbook" of work.  That's why I opted to call mine a comprehensive record.Many colleges (most?) want course descriptions, and it can...
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Homeschool High School - Reading Books or Reading Excerpts

Homeschool High School - Reading Books or Reading Excerpts
I recently picked up a high school textbook called "American Literature" to see what public school kids were reading these days. First of all, it was HUGE - much bigger than the dictionary.  Yikes!  No wonder kids have back pain!  When I looked inside, I had fond feelings for my own high school honors English teacher.  I remember her reading aloud, and how fun she made everything.  I remembered reading Shakespeare plays as a  lass, each...
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Guest — Audrey
Ugh. This is where I am tonight. What shall we do for summer reading? What shall we do for senior year? This year, despite a great... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 17:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Debra, When a child doesn't enjoy reading, or has difficulty, sometimes the solution is to read whole books that are SHORT (lik... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 05:53
Guest — Debra
Lee!! This is great. So often in homeschooling circles I feel criticized for thinking it is okay to read some abridged titles, a... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 05:44
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Homeschooling High School? Remember When...?

Homeschooling High School? Remember When...?
Homeschoolers are a forgetful bunch.  Each new phase of homeschooling is often met with anxiety and uncertainty.  "Can I really do this?" is a common question, especially when approaching the high school years.  Yet, the Bible has a lot to say about remembering.  In fact, the theme of Deuteronomy is "remember."  Don't forget what the Lord has done. Deuteronomy 8:2Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years,...
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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Ann Dunagan, Lee Binz. Lee Binz said: #homeschool parents of high schoolers should rem... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 14:05
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Comparing Homeschool Standardized Test Scores

Comparing Homeschool Standardized Test Scores
Here is your homework for today. First, look at your children's standardized test scores and compare them to your local public school. If the public school average scores were the same as yours, how would the newspaper report  that?  Next, read 16 Ways Standardized Testing Can Help Your Homeschool Thrive! Public schools across the country all use different tests, and it really doesn't matter which standardized test you take.  Just look at the overall percentile scores...
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Guest — J W
Put it that way, it comes out that the average student at my school is on grade level ;-) I'm thinking since the ocean isn't much... Read More
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 14:00
Guest — Lee
Joelle, Passing the WASL is supposed to indicate the child is working on grade level. What percent of your students are working o... Read More
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 06:14
Guest — J W
But, but, but - one child is doing the CAT, and the other does non-test assessment. How does that translate to the WASL? By the ... Read More
Tuesday, 25 May 2010 20:17
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