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Military or Missionary?

Military or Missionary?
I have quite a few clients that are military or missionary. When my clients are in the Seattle area, I go to people's homes and spend three hours teaching families about high school (mostly to moms who don't have time to read all the books on the topic.) Once I started getting more out of state clients, I realized that visiting, say, Illinois wasn't going to work for me! That's when I filmed myself giving the...
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Colleges That Throw Money at You!

Colleges That Throw Money at You!
In my "Big Scholarships" video, I discuss aiming towards a college that will pay you money to go there. Find a college where your child is the best applicant they see all year, and they will throw money at you :-) Of course, it's always difficult to balance the academic needs against the financial needs, and that's why applying to LOTS of colleges can help. How do you find a college that will be the "love...
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College for 90% off Sticker?

College for 90% off Sticker?
It's not just genius-types that get good scholarships. My girlfriend's son goes to a private Christian college in Washington. They are low income, and not as academically inclined. She pays about $3000 PER YEAR for a college that is over $30,000 per year on the "sticker price." Most of her scholarships were need-based. The key it matching your student to the college. Find out more on saving BIG on scholarships! Check out my Getting the BIG...
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When is an hour not really an hour?

When is an hour not really an hour?
Homeschooling books don't agree on the value of a credit. Some books say 120 hours, and some say 150 hours, and some say 180 hours. Some say could a "hour" as just 20 minutes. Others say an "hour" has to be the full 60 minutes and must NOT include homework (which I find hilarious, since ALL work for homeschoolers is homework!) Based on that information, I think you can pretty much just DECIDE on a scale...
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Easy Start on Computer Skills

Easy Start on Computer Skills
For computer sciences, it's important to start with typing (Mavis Beacon was our favorite.) Beyond that, there are often tutorials available in the library. I know that other homeschoolers are extremely successful just doing the tutorial programs that come WITH the computer (for example, Word, Excel, etc.) - as long as the child actually goes through them and can use the program in the end, it should work out. Check the library for video and computer...
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CLEP Study Recommendations

CLEP Study Recommendations
When we did CLEP, I preferred using the Official Study Guide by College Board® as a entry-level "can we pass this" assessment. Here is the link: I chose that book because it had a sample test from EVERY CLEP, and we were just looking for an overview assessment at that time. I usually prefer Princeton Review study materials for everything, but in this one instance it seemed like the Official Study Guide worked better for us....
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How do I Count PE?

How do I Count PE?
It probably depends on state law. If you have lenient laws, like Washington, it is the parent who determines what a credit is. I usually recommend that people count hours for PE, and decide how many hours they want to be one full credit. That is usually 120, 150, or 180 hours, depending on what the books you have read recommend <grin!> When counting hours, you can count ANYTHING THAT BREAKS A SWEAT. Many books say...
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Homeschooling the Profoundly Gifted

Homeschooling the Profoundly Gifted
Janel in North Dakota met me at a homeschool convention, and we shared our worries about homeschooling profoundly gifted children. If you are dealing with a gifted child, you may want to see my web pages that are devoted to just those concerns. I wish I would have had someone to talk to when I was in Janel's position! It really IS difficult to know what to do with a profoundly gifted child. I do have...
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Foreign Language Tutor?

Foreign Language Tutor?
I searched for a tutor to supplement our foreign language, but I never found one that I could afford. If you can find one, a tutor can provide the missing ingredient for some kids. A classroom setting can go too fast or too slow, but it may help some kids. If you take a class at a community college, however, be VERY careful about it. Sometimes those classes add a level of foreign "culture" that you...
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Supplementing Foreign Languages

Supplementing Foreign Languages
Whatever you end up using for a foreign language curriculum, supplement with some fun activities. About once a week we would watch movies in a foreign language. Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and others, all come with Spanish and French language, both spoken and in subtitles. You don't have to understand everything they say on the movie, just understand what's happening and listen to the spoken words. My kids loved that! You can also find ways to...
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My dd dabbled enough in foreign languages, their history and more that she ended up with a Linguistics credit. She played an MMOG... Read More
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Guest — J W
"Beauty and the Beast" is simply incredible in French. Many of the original actors did the French voices. Also, there is a very ... Read More
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Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 2

Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 2
Why are you keeping things? If it's just for you, like a scrapbook, then keep anything you want as a momento. If you are keeping it because of college, then consider how it will be used. A college *may* ask for a graded English paper, or a math test, or a history paper. They won't ask for ALL of it, just a sample. Your binder is a collection of samples, so that you can hand one...
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Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 1

Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 1
The old "What to keep" question is complicated, because no two homeschoolers are alike! When you are doing school the textbook way, you can just keep tests and written work. You don't have to keep daily work - except the science lab notebook is usually kept. Anything that is flat, you can put it a notebook: awards, some art work. If the art work isn't flat, and you really WANT to keep it, then a photo...
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Ivette, try this free class: http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-records-webinar.php You want to keep these things until you ... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 07:03
Guest — Ivette
Hi, Lee. I am swimming in a sea of high-school level paper of all types of subjects. I have no emotional attachment to detailed de... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2014 15:55
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Save Those Receipts!!

Save Those Receipts!!
At the convention yesterday, one Mom asked me to blog about reading lists, because my tip was such an "Ah ha!" moment for her. We had a lot of trouble collecting books for our reading lists in high school because my sons are prolific readers, but at the same time they weren't good about keeping track of the books they read. We ended up including the books we owned but leaving off most of the library...
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Christian Heritage Convention!

Christian Heritage Convention!
I'll be at the Christian Heritage Convention in Redmond this weekend! I hope I'll see some of you there! I apologize if we don't get our regular blog articles posted while we are working the convention. Remember to invest in yourself as a home educator. Conventions can be your "continuing education" as your further your vocation as a homeschooler. Invest in a convention this year, take the classes, buy yourself a book about homeschooling high school,...
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How about technology or computer credit?

How about technology or computer credit?
What kinds of things can you use for a technology or computer credit? This question came from a parent who was wondering if power-point, keyboarding, web mastering, audio-visual work at church could count as a technology or computer question. I'm not familiar with homeschool laws in every state, but ALL of those hours sound just GREAT to me! If your child has a lot of sound and studio experience, you may even have 180 hours for...
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