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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?
By summer, you want to have a variety of colleges that your child can apply to. I have read that the average student will apply to six schools. Some apply to more, and some to less. No matter how many there are, make sure you apply to a variety. At least one college should be a "safety" school, where you are certain to get in. One should be a "stretch" where you are less qualified and...
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Economics for Beginners

Economics for Beginners
When he was younger, my economics son loved the Penny Candy books in the Uncle Eric Series, written by Richard Maybury.  These books come from a free market perspective and are politically conservative/libertarian. Many people use that book with the coordinating workbook for their economics study in high school. If this seems too basic, or you are interested in digging deeper, my son really loves Economics in One Lesson by Hazlitt. For my older son, who...
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Along the Latin Road

Along the Latin Road
I really loved Latin Road. I had no real Latin background, and when I looked at the other books they looked SO difficult to even START their programs. Latin Road is written by a homeschool mom who assumes you know nothing -- an accurate assumption in my case! I worked two weeks ahead of my kids for the whole year, doing the work before them. The student does copy work, copying off the information in the...
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Blessings, Lee

Blessings, Lee
I got this wonderful, encouraging note in my inbox today! Dear Lee, Your sign off "Blessings" is more true than you may realize. When I realized how much I needed some guidance from a successful homeschooler of upper level students, I decided that you would be the perfect person to call. I spent several days figuring out how to ask for your help. Can you imagine my relief when I saw your brochure? I could call...
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What about Occupational Education?

What about Occupational Education?
Occupational Education is not often listed by colleges as a required course. However, it can sometimes be required by states for graduation. But what IS Occupational Education? Unless your state specifies it, you're often left on your own to figure it out. It's often considered an elective, so it can be easiest to follow your child's interests when planning this course. Sometimes this class will look like a general introduction to office or computer skills, including...
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Are AP Exams Always Required?

Are AP Exams Always Required?
AP exams are so popular with high school students you might think they are required. They aren't! AP exams are, however, a great way to get some external documentation of learning - to prove that your student is learning. Colleges aren't always confident in the quality of education their applicants have received, whether they come from public school, private school or homeschool. When they get test scores from outside agencies, they can have some confidence that...
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Great Readers Yield Great Readers

Great Readers Yield Great Readers
I loved the book "Read Aloud Handbook" by Jim Trelease. It's a wonderful way to find a reader that is perfect for your child's interest and grade level. It is more thorough for the lower grades, but I found it very useful in finding specific books each year. He gives a very brief overview of the book, and comments on the grade level. He has updated it many times since it first came out. When my...
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The HomeScholar Recommends: Sonlight!

The HomeScholar Recommends: Sonlight!
What I always recommend for new homeschoolers is Sonlight ( http://budurl.com/sonlight ). It's a literature based curriculum. You can group your children together into one level, and only use grade specific curriculum for math and language arts. All the history and literature is done together. We LOVED it - and it really "held my hand" as a beginner. It comes with a great schedule that I used to help me along. I really feel like Sonlight...
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What Do Colleges Want for Social Studies?

What Do Colleges Want for Social Studies?
Social studies is a term used to describe the broad study of the various fields which involve past and current human behavior and interactions. Usually colleges will specify what type of Social Studies they want high schools to cover. Most often colleges will say they want American History, American Government, World History and Economics. Sometimes they will specify other courses as well, but this is the most common list. There are many other subjects that are...
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Do I Need to Teach Health Every Year?

Do I Need to Teach Health Every Year?
Unless your state requires it, you don't have to teach Health every year of high school. Some states want Health to be a requirement for graduation, but colleges generally don't care about it much. Some colleges want to see students who take health as a separate course, while others assume it is included in Physical Education (PE) classes. More often, colleges don't mention it as a requirement at all. In Washington State, we are required to...
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"I Love Lucy" Homeschool Metaphor!

"I Love Lucy" Homeschool Metaphor!
  Following a standard school schedule is like getting on the conveyor belt of education - you follow along at the rate of the average student. Like the old Lucille Ball show, sometimes you can't keep up with the conveyor belt because it's too fast. Other times it will go too slow for the child. When you follow someone else's schedule (public school, private school or co-op) you may end up going at the wrong speed....
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Leaving Public School

Leaving Public School
  One of the major differences between regular school and homeschool is that at home, all students can be taught at their level. In public school, kids who miss something (a concept, a formula, a skill) may simply be moved along in the curriculum by a teacher who assumes that they "got it." If this happens often enough, the student may find that they are completely lost in many of their classes. When a child comes...
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Do your Friends Spring Forward or Fall Back?

Do your Friends Spring Forward or Fall Back?
  This is the time of year when people think about their plans for Fall. This is also the time of year when some people announce that they will stop homeschooling for one reason or another. I remember times when I was really shocked at the people who would declare they were stopping. Long time friends, committed homeschoolers.   Don’t let what other people do affect your behavior. You know what’s right for your child, and...
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Great Website for High School Science

Great Website for High School Science
Check out one of my favorite websites when we were using Apologia Sciences . Donna Young has made lesson plans and support materials for high school sciences. I loved her vocabulary word bookmarks for Biology. It really helped us memorize those facts!   She also has a series of forms and graphs that describe credits and grades for high school. I think that some people really like to get a wide variety of options before they...
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Plan a College Visit Today!

Plan a College Visit Today!
If you have a high school student, and particularly if you have a junior, please arrange for a college visit! It's important that students try to choose some colleges to visit, and Spring is the most popular time to go. College visits are appropriate any time during high school. Some will incorporate college visits with family vacations. Others will take a week off just to visit one college after another. Visiting colleges can tell you many...
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