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Home School Education - Feedback on Homeschool High School Plan

>>>>A mother wanted feedback on the classes she was choosing for high school. Here is what she had planned:<<<<Bible- SonlightCore 200-Sonlight HistoryLiterature-SonlightScience-Apologia BiologyWriteshop-EnglishPhotography class at co-op once a weekSmart Money class at co-op once a weekAlgebra 1- Teaching TextbooksShe worried that it would be too much - too little! She asked if she should add Spanish, and what to name her Bible class.Shawn,Every student is unique, of course, but your plan looks great to me. I...
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Home School Education - Is it possible to homeschool college?

>>>>One woman was expressing frustration with community college, and said that he son asked if it would be possible to "Homeschool college." <<<< Hi Debra,Ironically, one of my squidoo lenses is "How to Homeschool College"http://www.squidoo.com/How_2_Homeschool_College/I would encourage you to buy the book "Accelerated Distance Learning." Another good one is Bear's Guide to Earning College Degrees Non-traditionally" by John Bear. Both books are available on my Squidoo website for purchase. Check this you-tube to give you a...
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Public School Jumps in Front of Homeschooler's Parade!

Public School Jumps in Front of Homeschooler's Parade!
>>>>The following was a letter I wrote to our local school district after discovering an email they sent out identifying my son as a National Merit Commended Scholar from a local public high school.Dear Highline School District,I was online looking for an article that my son had published in the newspaper, and I came across his name in Highline School District newsletter. In the March 30, 2007 edition of Highline eHighlights, http://www.hsd401.org/ourdistrict/publications/eHighlights/033007/ you said this about...
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Homeschool Transcript - What grading scale should I use for my homeschool?

>>>>Melissa wanted to know what grading scale I used, because she had seena wide variety of scales used in books and other schools.<<<<Melissa,I used this grading scale:90-100=A80-89=B70-79=C60-69=DI chose it because I wanted my kids to work for mastery, but not necessarily perfection. If they demonstrated mastery, with 90% or more, then I gave them an A and a 4.0.I also chose that scale because it made the math on the transcript easier.I don't think it matter...
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Homeschool Transcript - How to Give Homeschool Grades

Sometimes it is hard to figure out how to give homeschool grades if you don't always give tests. This article suggests an approach.read more | digg story
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Upper Level Math

>>>>Karen asked me what my family used for upper math. Every family is different, of course, but I described what worked for us.<<<<Karen,We used Saxon Advanced Math with DIVE CDs and it was very successful. Advanced Math is supposed to be a 1-1/2 year program that includes Pre-Calc and the bulk of formal geometry, but since my son had already had Geometry before switching to Saxon, we figured he could skip those lessons. He did it...
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Homeschooling Teens - How in the world do you homeschool boys!?

>>>>Cindy wanted suggestions for her Junior High boys. She said "Until now, I haven't talked to anyone who has successfully homeschooled boys. I am really looking forward to it, but of course, I'm a little nervous. My son is a sports NUT!!!!!"<<<<AHA!!! A sports nut!!! Now I have all sorts of ideas for you! Listen, Cindy, with guys, you really need to wear them out, sometimes, before they will sit down and study. Keep him REALLY...
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Home School Education - HELP! My homeschool daughter is reading too much!!!

Homeschooling mothers can have panic attacks about many things. This mom worried that her daughter was reading too much.... and her math book was too easy. Sure these are nice problems to have, but it can still be stressful! Here is what I suggested.>>>Is there any reason I should have her stop reading so much? She is not avoiding any other assignments. I just want to make sure I am not overlooking something.<<<Hi Kelley,It sounds like...
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Homeschooling Resources - How Can a Booklist be so HUGE!?

>>>>A clients asked:"I really enjoyed the Comprehensive Records! It really helped to see how you scored your grades, particularly in areas where you did not use a textbook. I also enjoyed your booklists. I have two question about books. How do you select the books for your courses? Do you have any favorite resource? "<<<<Hi,First of all, I'm really glad my Comprehensive Record is helping you. Of course, every family will have completely different records, and...
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Home School Education - Question about CLEP Exams

Lee,I read with interest your article on CLEP exams and have a question. How does taking the exams affect your GPA in college? I understand that in some instances you can get college credit for passing the exams, but are you assigned a grade that factors into your GPA?Thank you, Maureen Hi Maureen, I'm glad you found the article useful to you! Every college has its own unique policy about CLEP exams, and some colleges give...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - How valuable is a formal literature program for my homeschooler?

>>>>A reader asks: I am considering doing some sort of formal literature with my 7th and 8th grader. We have never done any formal literature.......Or should I just assign them some reading and have them write about it?<<<<I vote for just reading good books :-) I always felt guilty that we didn't do a "literature program". We just read lots and lots of books. I rarely thought to do intensive discussion. I did read ahead all...
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Homeschooling Resources - Are "Great Illustrated Classics" Worthwhile?

>>>>I was asked if using "Great Illustrated Classics" was a good idea...<<<<I'm very familiar with those books, and I have actually suggested them for parents to use when their kids simply won't read college reading list material (which can happen for a variety of reasons.) They do have illustrations, which can help remedial readers but annoy older teens. I believe they are written at a 5th grade reading level. An adult reader can get through each...
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Debbie,Yes, I always viewed the Great Illustrated Classics they way I did the Wishbone Series of books. My boys are older now and... Read More
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Lee,I wanted to comment on these books.We have used them a bit differently. Our very avid reading 3rd grader enjoys these, but in... Read More
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Homeschooling Teens - SAT or ACT? Which is better for homeschoolers

>>>>One mother asked if it was better homeschoolers to take the SAT or the ACT.<<<<I have read that the SAT is more commonly given on the coasts, and the ACT is more commonly given in the center of the country. For that reason, both tests are accepted at colleges (every college I've ever spoken to HAVE accepted both.) One of the great benefits of homeschooling is that we can choose which test is right for OUR...
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Homeschooling College - One great way to evaluate a college

<<< This mother was asking how to find a good college for her daughter that wants a PhD in Biology. She was asking for a school in New Jersey, and I don't know the schools in that area. I was able to give her some general advice, though. >>>If you are asking about undergraduate schools, make sure you compare their graduate school admission rates. One local school has a medical or law school admission rate of...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Is there such a thing as too much homeschooling?

A homeschool parents asked me how much is TOO much. Here is our email conversation.>>> Here's her schedule, tell me what would you do? At co-op she takes volleyball, speech, creative writing, newsletter, Peacemakers (the teacher is going through the book sort of like a Bible Study). She has a speech due at least every 2 weeks and for creative writing she is working on a novel and she has to critique everyone else's writing every...
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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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