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Homeschooling Curriculum - Tip for Parents New the High School

1. Read a book:

For beginners I recommend "Curriculum Manual for Junior and Senior High" by Cathy Duffy, and "Homeschoolers' College Admission Handbook" by Cafi Cohen.

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Homeschooling Resources - What about Teaching High School Science?

Have you wondered how parents can teach a subject they don't know? How will you teach high school sciences without having a background in science? Carol asked me about physics, and was resigned to studying physics herself over summer, so that she could teach it to her student. Here is my response:

You can certainly study physics over the summer if you WANT to.... But I didn't want to! We used Apologia Physics, and it was wonderful. My younger son was taking pre-calculus at the same time as Apologia Physics, and my older son was taking Calculus. They both did VERY well in our homeschool, just learning it for themselves from the Apologia text. The next year they started dual enrollment at the community college, and took "engineering physics" - the next level in physics taken at college. They both got excellent grades so I know they really did know the material. My engineering son took the whole physics series in college, and I would frequently find his Apologia book open on the floor. I found out that he was referring to it with many of his college concepts, because he liked the way that it was explained better than the way his professor explained it. He also told me that most of his college lab assignments were experiments that he had done in high school. You don't have to learn physics in order for your student to learn physics unless you really want to!

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Homeschool Transcript Tip

This is the time of year when parents put the finishing touches on their transcripts. Remember that colleges need to see a "Graduation Date" on your transcript. You also need to update their final grades and GPA. If the student has been admitted to college, you need to mail the final transcript after graduation.
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Hear the HomeScholar!

Hear the HomeScholar!

I was recently interviewed by Thor Tolo on KGNW 820 AM in Seattle. I spoke about the importance of independent homeschooling. My son was interviewed with me, and it's fun to hear the perspective of a homeschool graduate. You can hear the interview here.

The HomeScholar on the Radio

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Homeschooling Resources - How to Compile a Reading List

Colleges love to see a reading list from homeschoolers - but how do you go about getting a reading list? Obviously the easiest way is to have your student keep track of all the books they have read. I was never very successful with that strategy myself (nobody is perfect!) Instead, each summer as I compiled the previous year's work, I had to think of other ways to recreate the information. Consider these ideas:

  • Keep your library receipts - they often include the title of books you have checked out

  • Keep bookstore receipts and records from curriculum suppliers

  • List the books, audio books, and videos that you have required for your students to read, as well as reading for pleasure

  • Have your kids collect books from around the house, bringing you all the books they have read in the past year

  • Read book lists like these and curriculum catalogs to refresh your memory

Reading list from The College Board

Reading list from The Well-Trained Mind
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Homeschooling Teens - Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Stanford University Magazine had an article about a gifted homeschool student. I love this quote: "It's the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student--the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age--apart from your typical bright kid. Stanford wants students who have it. Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered. As Reider explains it: "Homeschooled students may have a potential advantage over others in this, since they have consciously chosen and pursued an independent course of study." I love the emphasis on independent homeschooling! Read the article for yourself here:

Stanford Magazine article, "In a Class by Themselves"

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Contest Winner!

Contest Winner!
Joan Purswell was the winner of our drawing to win "A Moment of Peace." Joan was visiting the Christian Heritage Convention in Washington to research homeschooling for her grandchild.

Congratulations, Joan!!
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Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!

Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!

I've always done my taxes by myself, but this year with my new business I was WAY in over my head, so I had to see an // ![DATA[
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// ]]>accountant. It was amazing! I normally spend more than a month on my taxes! This time I took the stuff to him, and the next morning he called to say he was DONE! Even though I had to pay to have it done, I still came out ahead because he saved me so much money. It was incredible! I've never had an accountant before.....

It reminded me of my business helping with transcripts. You COULD spend months writing your own transcript, or you can just have me help you and get it done quickly! LOL!

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