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What, Me Worry??

What, Me Worry??
If only our worries were something that we could put in a box and hide in a closet....  Do you ever just wish you could give your worries to someone else, and let THEM worry about it instead of doing that yourself?  That's sort of what I do in my job.  When people make a consulting appointment, I always encourage them to send me a list of questions they may have about high school.  I promise...
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Homeschool or "School at Home"?

Homeschool or "School at Home"?
Alpha Omega and Lifepacs are what I call "school at home" programs. If your students don't do well in a formalized school setting, I would avoid anything that LOOKS like school. I don't think school at home and textbook programs will be too helpful for such students. I do sometimes recommend those programs, but usually for people who have been homeschooling awhile and need a break from the hands-on part of homeschooling. If you are coming...
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Guest — karen
Around the world in 80 days looks like a great book. I will have to check it out.
Thursday, 18 February 2010 15:05
Guest — Lee
Excellent point, Joelle! You can use a workbook as a spine the same way you use textbooks. I have to admit that my kids loved ... Read More
Saturday, 21 June 2008 11:58
Guest — J W
Hi there! There's another way to use "workbooky" curriculae such as Alpha Omega. You can use it as a skeleton. That's what I pl... Read More
Friday, 20 June 2008 19:47
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When Is an SAT not an SAT?

When Is an SAT not an SAT?
When it's the Stanford Achievement Test!If you are used to giving assessments each year while homeschooling, you may be familiar with the Stanford Achievement Tests.  It measures ability level in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  It is absolutely, positively NOT the college admission examination called the SAT.  The college admission test is just for high school students, and it's just for college admission.  It used to be called the "Scholastic Aptitude Test" but now the acronym doesn't...
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Win a Free Audio Course on High School Testing!

Win a Free Audio Course on High School Testing!
My husband's first "superheroes" article was published on Heart of the Matter Online Magazine, and they are doing a giveaway!  If you leave a comment after the article, you will be registered to win the free audio course. The magazine will do a random drawing of the comments to determine a winner. I have to say that "High School Testing" is BY FAR my favorite HomeScholar course! First of all, I look much thinner on audio, which just...
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Summer School - Less Time! More Filling!

Summer School - Less Time!  More Filling!
During the summer months we did a little homeschool every day, usually for about 1 hour total. I always made sure to include some math each summer; just tiny math workbooks, and a handful of problems each day. Once the kids were in high school, I found that SAT preparation books were the perfect summer review workbooks. Like the "Comprehensive Curriculum" workbooks for elementary school, but at a high school level!
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Stop Being Tubby!

Stop Being Tubby!
Do you have any specific advice about moving from the tubs to the binders ? I want to get started this summer. Thanks !! ~ ShannonIn a previous article I talked about record keeping strategies, and said there are three kinds of homeschoolers; tubbies, cubbies, and binder queens. Are you looking for ways to stop being Tubby?Like losing weight, you have to be committed if you want to avoid being Tubby. First of all, whatever you...
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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!
What would I have done without my husband? When I was homeschooling, I relied on him to play the "Heavy" - making sure that my kids finished their schoolwork as required each day. He coached the soccer team, and baseball team, and judged swim team. In high school, he edited all their papers, and made an attempt to keep up with the children in economics and chess (I completely gave up and threw in the towel...
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Guest — Liz
Matt, Coming for a different view point - through dating your son .. =) you have done a truly incredible job of raising your sons.... Read More
Sunday, 15 June 2008 18:52
Guest — Alex Binz
Dear Mr. Homescholar, You have been a wonderful role model for me, and also a wonderful counselor for when I really need your hel... Read More
Sunday, 15 June 2008 15:13
Guest — Kevin Binz
Hey Dad, I just wanted to chime in with how thankful I am to have you as a father. Over the years, I've discovered that I'm not ... Read More
Sunday, 15 June 2008 12:37
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Why Create your own Transcript?

Why Create your own Transcript?
Retain your status as an independent homeschooler Maintain complete control over your student's academic record. Provide the documentation that colleges need from all applicants. Save TONS of money!Remember, you don't need to pay a transcript or accreditation service thousands of dollars to create a homeschool transcript for you. You can do it at home on your computer. I can teach you how. Visit my website for more information.
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Washington Homeschool Week!

Washington Homeschool Week!
The Washington State Governor has declared June 8-14 to be "Washington Homeschool Week." Regardless of which state you live in, why don't you celebrate by going to a convention near you! I will be speaking at the Washington Homeschool Organization this weekend on "How to Make a Transcript" and "Gifted Education." Please stop by if you are at the convention and say "hi!"I would love to hear from you!
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Failure is Forgotten

Failure is Forgotten
When you complete a college application, one of the things they ask for is a list of "activities and awards." I have GREAT news! The activity and awards list is only for successes, and failures don't go on the list! Worked at a fabulous job? On the list! 28 job interviews followed by rejection? Not on the list! Awarded $200 in scholarship money by the community? On the list! Applied to 10 big-money scholarships, but rejected...
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Miss Signing Up for the PSAT!? Relax!

Miss Signing Up for the PSAT!?  Relax!
If you haven't been able to register for the October 2008 PSAT, you can relax!  I have mentioned on previous newsletters that some school districts register students in June, but other school districts don't register students until September.  My own school district didn't even BEGIN registering students until almost the deadline!  It makes it difficult for homeschoolers, I know.  If you can't register your students in June, then grab your calendar, and write "Register PSAT" on...
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Guilty as Charged!

Guilty as Charged!
Fact: All moms deal with feelings of guilt. Fact: At some point you will feel guilty too.Look beyond the feeling of guilt to see if it's TRUE guilt. Because it's a well known principle that mothers have the ability to feel guilty about anything - whether they have something to feel guilty about or not! Mothers who don't homeschool feel guilty too. Mothers who have grown children feel guilty, just like mothers with babies feel guilty....
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Always Be Prepared!

Always Be Prepared!
Some things are just ALWAYS educational! Take Eagle Scouts, for example, or 4-H. It seems like everything you do with those programs can be put on a homeschool transcript. Look at the activities that your teen is doing this week. Can it be added to their transcript too?As always, Let me know if you have any questions. 
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Guest — Lee
Christy, Thank you for the positive feedback - that's very sweet of you to say! When my oldest was in 7th grade, I used that time... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 17:29
Guest — Christy
BTW, I really enjoy this blog. Our oldest just finished 7th grade. I consider what we are doing in these middle school years as la... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 08:24
Guest — Christy
All three of our boys are in Scouts. we joke that dh is the one in scouts and he takes the others along. I have used their handbo... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 08:23
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How to Find Friends

How to Find Friends
Real socialization doesn't have anything to do with "school." Real socialization is having fun! When we were homeschooling, we didn't meet other kids at co-op classes. We got together to have FUN! We went on field trips, went to park days, met at support groups, and had show and share evenings. There is so much fun to be had! If you are looking for an opportunity for your children to find new friends, don't get stuck...
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Guest — J W
It's so funny that you're writing about socialization today! We had an adventure today that really brought home how well socializ... Read More
Friday, 06 June 2008 16:44
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How Do You Know Which Curriculum to Choose?

How Do You Know Which Curriculum to Choose?
Start by loving and understanding your child.  Seriously, the first step is deciding what would be fun for your child.  In high school, that means asking them.  Ask them what they would like to study for science.  Ask them which video tutorial they prefer for math.  When possible, especially with older teens, provide them with two or three curriculum choices that you think are good, and then let them be the final "decider."  If they don't...
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