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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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Congressional Award

Congressional Award
The Congressional Award is the U.S. Congress' award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning the award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something...
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Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
Thank you for this... it definately looks like something we might be interested in doing.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008 06:55
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Mommy Grades! What Good Are They?

Mommy Grades!  What Good Are They?
Mommy grades are a LOT of good!  Just because you don't give tests doesn't mean you don't evaluate your children!  Give an accurate and full representation of what your "mommy grade" contains, and those grades can really count.In our homeschool, we did about 1/2 our subjects the traditional textbookish way.  In fact, we only used tests for math, science and foreign language - and we only did tests in those subjects because the curriculum CAME with tests. ...
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Guest — Carol Anne
Lee, having graduated one high schooler and w/ another in 10th grade, I get a lot of Q's from friends re how to grade, etc. Your p... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2012 11:02
Guest — Marilyn
thank you for all the helpful information....I'm learning more and more how to stress less and less....God bless you Sharon!... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2012 10:33
Guest — clep exam study guides review
CLEP exams are such a great way for homescholars to prove to colleges that college level proficiency is easily within reach. Cong... Read More
Monday, 23 June 2008 22:09
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Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!

Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!
At this time of the year, friends are discussing their curriculum choices for next year. I have been asked by several people what we used during the high school years. Every child is unique, of course, but here is a snapshot of our freshman year:These are the things I made them do: American Literature & Composition (Sonlight 100) American History (Sonlight 100) Biology with Lab (Apologia) Algebra 1 (Jacob's Algebra) Fine Arts 1: American Art (art...
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Guest — J W
Must do - I made my shopping list for the WHO convention, and I'm not even going to think about it until the materials arrive on m... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:55
Guest — Lee
So many people have been talking about Notgrass! I think I'll have to look at that book at the curriculum fair. It's become very... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 19:45
Guest — My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
My son is in 8th grade next year so we are getting ready to get ready for high school. We are using Apologia's 8th grade science ... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 18:15
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Letting Go of Teaching

Letting Go of Teaching
High school is a good time to let go of the idea of "teaching" everything. What's important is that the students "learn". Sometimes that will mean finding self-teaching curriculum and allowing them to learn without your help. But sometimes "not teaching" really means letting go!If your child loves something, and you see that it is your child's area of specialization, then you don't have to have control over it. Let your child experience and enjoy learning...
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Guest — Yvonne
Lee, you take the homeschool guilt out of my life. I appreciate you!
Sunday, 01 June 2008 04:26
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Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't....

Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don't....
About half of our homeschool classes were traditional, textbookish classes. The rest we were just Wild & Crazy Guys!For fun, my son Kevin studied chess like crazy. One year we called it "Critical Thinking." No kidding - if you have a kid who plays competitive chess, I'm sure you understand! The next year we called it "Public Speaking" because he was going to different classes around our area, teaching to various homeschool groups and public and...
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Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
You know I don't really know where it started.... It has just always been. He got his first knife at 6 yrs old. Yes it was young... Read More
Monday, 02 June 2008 11:05
Guest — Lee
Wow! That IS unusual! Did that passion start with a book? Johnny Tremain? How fun! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:54
Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
How about knifemaking. He would love to become a bladesmith. Here is a link with a picture of his forge. http://momn4boys.blog... Read More
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:04
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Memories of the Way it Was...

Memories of the Way it Was...
I've been having a lot of conversations with mothers recently about 17 year old boys.  I just want to encourage everyone that it gets SO much better eventually!  I was delighted about 3 months ago when I realized my 20 year old had matured to the pleasant, sweet, kind person that I had raised.  Funny story - I was telling him that we had a bit of conflict with his 18 year old brother, and he...
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Guest — Lee
Christy, Yes, it IS a relief, and I've been telling everyone I know that it really WILL get better! Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 30 May 2008 08:58
Guest — Christy
What a relief!
Thursday, 29 May 2008 20:02
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Help with a Gifted Daughter

Help with a Gifted Daughter
Betty writes:I'm wondering if you can recommend any reading material for our gifted 16-year-old daughter, to help her understand herself. Studying martial arts has been one of the best self-confidence boosters for her, but I think she would really benefit from some affirming works that go into identification, characteristics, success stories, and the like. Thanks for your wonderful website. It has helped me a lot.Dear Betty, I have a web page on gifted teens. On that...
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Give 110% to the College of your Choice!

Give 110% to the College of your Choice!
Karen asks: "I wonder if you could post something explaining the shift of colleges from a 4.0 grading scale to the whatever-it-is-now! I can't understand why a 4.0 student now is not the top of his class, and how this all fits into meeting college requirements for seniors." Back in the good ol' days, giving 100% meant giving it your all. And back in the good ol' days, getting a 4.0 in high school was a...
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Guest — Lee
Julia, You can read the AP policy here: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2012 12:08
Guest — Julia
Hi Lee, I found this article while doing research for my cousin. She was home-schooled in a rural environment through high schoo... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2012 08:09
Guest — Lee
Dear Karen, Excellent question, and I'll talk about that on tomorrow's blog post. I've heard wonderful things about Tapestry of G... Read More
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 17:21
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The Times They are A-Changin'

The Times They are A-Changin'
Why can't things just stay the same?   I hate change, so this is a real problem for me.   Colleges have changed dramatically over time. Their academic, social, and moral standards.  When I was in high school, for example, the University of Washington was our "backyard college" that everyone got into.  Now it's nationally renown college and is growing increasingly selective.  It is considered to be a "Public Ivy" by some.  My husband attended Pacific Lutheran...
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Help Choosing High School Math

Help Choosing High School Math
Here's something to consider before choosing a high school math curriculum. Because many textbooks have a video tutorial, it might be a good idea to have your child choose which video tutorial they prefer. Abeka, Saxon, DIVE Cds, Teaching Textbooks, VideoText - to us it may not matter, but to the teenager it might. Sometimes they get so annoyed by a person on video that it distracts them from learning. For that reason, I like to...
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Guest — Wanda
Life Of Fred math takes a humorous approach that has you laughing as you learn and now there are Home Companion books that complem... Read More
Friday, 07 May 2010 20:45
Guest — Planning for SAT Success | The HomeScholar Helper
[...] in the upper grades a lot depends on getting video support.  I have a blog post that lists all the homeschool video programs... Read More
Thursday, 19 February 2009 18:32
Guest — Stephanie
Here's another one for you... Ask Dr. Callahan. We LOVE it. We're using Algebra 1 this year (based on Harold Jacobs' Algebra) with... Read More
Friday, 17 October 2008 16:05
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Will Saving Money for College Cost You?

Will Saving Money for College Cost You?
I saw this article about saving money from college, and it had some interesting tidbits. Here is the paragraph that caught my attention: In 2007, according to the College Board®, the average financial aid package totaled $9,500 covering 43% of tuition, fees, and room and board for one year at the average four-year college, public or private. This underscores the need for families to save in a dedicated college savings account to supplement the remaining costs....
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Guest — Linda
Sadly, we didn't save and don't make that much money, yet our son, who attends a MN state university, still didn't get much or any... Read More
Monday, 17 September 2012 10:38
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"Preparing to Homeschool Law School"

"Preparing to Homeschool Law School"
My son has asked me to research law school for him. He wants me to advise him about taking the admission test, what classes he needs to get in, how to apply, and how to get scholarships. Sound familiar? That's what I do as The HomeScholar for homeschoolers in high school! I guess it's just taking the next step in my life! I've been reading all sorts of "Get into Law School" books, and I've notice...
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