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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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What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?

What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?
I'm a huge fan of Apologia sciences!  I believe it's wonderful college preparation, and that their Biology, Chemistry, and Physics can provide the highest quality college prep education. On the other hand, I have heard mixed results from their General Science and Physical Science curriculum.  These are recent additions to Apologia, actually.  Years ago, they only provided Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Prior to that, the author Jay Wile recommended using unit studies to encourage the love...
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Guest — Lee
Lois, if your state wants four years of science, why don't you branch out a bit? Go for geology, astronomy, ornithology, or somet... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:23
Guest — Lois
At a recent home school conference/book fair, the lady working the Apologia booth told me you can count 8th grade physical science... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:13
Guest — Lee
Right - and there are different levels of science classes in other schools, from AP to remedial. As homeschoolers, we can also pr... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 07:19
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Incorporate Cartooning Into Your Homeschool

Incorporate Cartooning Into Your Homeschool
Any suggestions on how to incorporate cartooning into completing math assignments? So far, my son has come up with 1001 ways to destroy a math book. You can do anything in cartoons, but in reality, you can learn algebraic concepts.Hi Lois,There are some comics in Harold Jacob's book. I have no ideas for actually incorporating cartooning into algebra (LOL!)I have seen cartooning as an art, as occupational education (when you make it a business) and as...
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Guest — Ann
hi Lois-- If your math program is like Saxon or Teaching Textbooks, he will review that concept over and over in subsequent lesso... Read More
Monday, 24 May 2010 12:34
Guest — Lois
Thanks everybody for your comments. It's a character issue with him mostly.....he doesn't see why he needs to do something he does... Read More
Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:25
Guest — Lee
Here is the book by Lucy's son: http://mubbybooks.com/featured_book.htm Blessings, Lee... Read More
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 15:39
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Hi! I'm Family Friendly!

Hi! I'm Family Friendly!
Recently I was awarded the "Family Friendly" seal of approval from The Old Schoolhouse.   I was so excited - and it's a cute badge to put on my website, too! It puts me in a bit of an awkward place, though.  Sometimes the information I need to provide is NOT fit for general audiences.  When I speak about community college, I have to choose my words very carefully, so that I can convey the "R-rated" nature...
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Guest — J W
The way I look at it, church is a safe place to practice the "one anothers" that Jesus taught. Then we go into the real world. Th... Read More
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 03:32
Guest — Sarah
Sounds a bit like public school, I'd say... I say 16 is pretty old, so I find this post a little ridiculous. I took a sign langu... Read More
Sunday, 16 May 2010 17:19
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Should Homeschool Students Show their Work?

Should Homeschool Students Show their Work?
What are you fussing about today?  I remember having conflict specifically about "showing your work" in math.   Exactly how do you know when it is important?  And when is it not important at all?I am wondering how to determine if my 13 yr old is showing her work well enough in math.  She's doing Saxon Algebra II and I've given up teaching it, but do correct it in that I look for the right final answer. ...
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Guest — Moe
LOL...Lee I can't tell you how many times I have marked a math problem wrong and my son would do it over again and get the same an... Read More
Friday, 16 August 2013 23:28
Guest — Heather S.
My sons do most of their math in their head (5th/6th grade lvls) so I don't require them to show a lot of their work. However, if ... Read More
Friday, 16 August 2013 10:23
Guest — Nancy
My son is 12 and doing high school geometry. He didn't show much, if any, work throughout Algebra I. I think he sees the problems ... Read More
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 13:06
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Official Homeschool Transcripts and Grades

Official Homeschool Transcripts and Grades
When is your homeschool transcript official?  When do you add grades? Sometimes the details can drive parents crazy!Karen is a Gold Care Club member, and she asked me her questions: I was just looking over your book setting the record straight.  Thank you for sending it and it looks great. When you started  doing your 9TH grade transcript did you write everything you  were going to study in the beginning of 9Th and then just add on ...
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Guest — WILLIEMAE HEDGER
Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank "Official Homeschool Transcripts Form" to fill out?... Read More
Monday, 10 August 2015 23:48
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you! Lee has many fill-in-the-blank templates included in her Total Transcript Solution. You can check that out here: http:/... Read More
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 13:13
Guest — Lee
You're welcome, Karen!
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:20
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Homeschool Foreign Language And Rosetta Stone

Homeschool Foreign Language And Rosetta Stone
Foreign language requirements vary from college to college.  Check with the college website and see what their policy is.  Go to a college fair and ask questions of each college, to get their opinion.  You'll be surprised at the variety of answers, I'm sure!I have a slightly off-topic question regarding whether Rosetta Stone and/or Power Glide are accepted as Foreign Language high school credits in preparation for most state colleges. Anyone have any information on that?...
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Lee Binz
Yes, it's true that there are some colleges that do not accept Rosetta Stone. It's important to check with each college. Blessing... Read More
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 22:55
Guest — E. Stewart
UW-Madison has an explicit statement on its website saying it does NOT accept Rosetta Stone: https://www.admissions.wisc.edu/apply... Read More
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 22:36
Guest — Rebecca Hardin
Thanks so much for this info. I did call Rosetta Stone out of curiousity, because I was just inches away from spending a big chun... Read More
Monday, 12 April 2010 20:37
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Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box

Homeschool Speech and Debate - Outside the Box
One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can tailor your school to meet the needs and interests of your students.  To do that, you need to think outside the box a little bit.  Once you do that, all things are possible!   Even speech and debate!I have another question for you.  Are there ways outside of a school setting to get a child involved in a debate club or with public speaking, other than...
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Guest — Karen
4H has speech and debating clubs
Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:52
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good point, Karen! The monthly 4-H meetings alone are a good education in parliamentary procedure. Robin Assistant to The HomeScho... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 16:21
Guest — Lee
Dear Kelly, You don't have to take speech and debate in high school. If you do take speech and debate, you don't have to compete... Read More
Monday, 08 October 2012 15:58
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Botany for High School Credit

Botany for High School Credit
Colleges want to see three sciences and at least one science lab, but you still have a lot of freedom within those requirements.My daughter has expressed interest in studying Botany for this year (she's a freshman) instead of studying a traditional Biology course.  I have found a great course for her as well as additional supplemental materials.  I want to make sure before I purchase the materials that our course will be accepted by colleges/universities as...
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Guest — Nancy
I'd like to hear what people have found for Botany. That is the third science that we are planning on besides Chemistry and Physic... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 21:36
Guest — J W
There are many fine science curriculae out there, but I'd like to second Lee's recommendation of Apologia. It's fantastic. I'd r... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 12:46
Guest — Lee
Hi Julie, We did biology, chemistry and physics with Apologia because my son was going into engineering. When you have a child th... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 08:52
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Dual Enrollment and Freshman Scholarships

Dual Enrollment and Freshman Scholarships
One small detail about going to college as a freshman means you have to remain a freshman until you begin at the University.  Taking college classes within the context of dual enrollment is fine.  When college classes are counted toward high school courses, then they are counted as high school courses, and the student is still considered a freshman in terms of the university admission.  In senior year, you can take college classes that are placed...
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Homeschool High School: A Step-by-Step Guide

Homeschool High School: A Step-by-Step Guide
Is homeschooling high school an overwhelming task?  Try focusing on smaller, simpler tasks to achieve your goals.John 2:1-11Jesus Changes Water to WineOn the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."  "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has...
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Guest — Heather Idoni
Lee -- what a beautiful encouragement and what a simple truth from Scripture! I enjoyed talking with you and your hubby today. :... Read More
Saturday, 04 April 2009 09:51
Guest — Lee
Thanks Lisa and Beth! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 19:21
Guest — Beth
Ooohh, so good! I know my attitude of homeschooling my highschooler has totally changed as I use this very perfect policy of doin... Read More
Wednesday, 01 April 2009 19:18
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