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Twelve Days of Christmas with IEW

Twelve Days of Christmas with IEW
​One of my favorite writing curriculum resources comes from my friends at IEW. If you aren't familiar with IEW, Institute for Excellence in Writing , ...
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Grading Estimate

Grading Estimate
Let me guess.  You didn't use tests on all your homeschool subjects, right?  Neither did I! And yet, somehow, my children survived!   Some homeschoolers think it's tons of fun to go back through four years of high school records and try to find or recreate every possible test, quiz, and assignment.  For me, that doesn't sound like fun.  I was not one of those people.  Plus I've noticed that even when parents do some forensic grading...
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Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified

Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified
Finding a college is more than watching where your friends and neighbors’ children go to school. Take your sophomore or junior to a college fair and/or search online for the perfect college match for your student. Once you have some possibilities, visit the college in person. Visiting is the only way to see if it’s a perfect match. Try to whittle down the list to a handful of colleges by the end of junior year. When...
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December Homeschool Calendar Reminders

December Homeschool Calendar Reminders
 Can you believe it's already December? Before you know it, Christmas will be here and then the New Year! Don't let these important calendar remi...
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Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College

Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College
Are you busy getting all of your Christmas gifts purchased? If so, you won't want to miss this list! Christmas gifts for your homeschooler that will free you from checking your list twice! What are Gifts that Pay for College? Kids want fun things that they are interesting to them. Parents want educated children without going broke or crazy. Colleges want “passion” and delight directed learning. Give gifts that will increase the fun factor in school,...
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The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tips

The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tips
Master my best teaching tips this Christmas! Holiday seasons, especially between November and January, are busy times. Celebrations like Thanksgiving,...
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Christmas Reading List

Christmas Reading List
Relax and smell the peppermint mocha! Christmas is a great time to snuggle up with a warm beverage and read some classic literature. Christmastime is the perfect season for great literature.  Even during this frantic time, you can enjoy quality academics that don’t add to the craziness. During your busy season as a parent, pick a book or two for your family from my Christmas reading list. Encourage your teen to spend time relaxing with a...
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[Free Book] Homeschooling the Holidays

[Free Book] Homeschooling the Holidays
Holiday seasons, especially between November and January, are busy times. Celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, and more se...
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Recommended Homeschool Curriculum and Resources

Recommended Homeschool Curriculum and Resources
Are you looking for some ideas for great high school curriculum? If so, I can help you begin to weed through the large amount of resources out th...
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Logic as a High School Elective

Logic as a High School Elective
I have to confess, I was tempted to call this post "Logic for Dummies" but I was afraid you would know I'm not actually an intellectual. You see, I know that I could never possibly have taught logic to my logic-loving children without some help. Affiliate disclaimer:  This post contains  affiliate links . If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Logic, and logical thinking, involves essential...
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How to Motivate Homeschool Teens and Rouse Slug-Slow Students

How to Motivate Homeschool Teens and Rouse Slug-Slow Students
One mom jokingly told me that her son's spirit animal was a sloth. We had a good giggle over that one, because I remember what it's like to try to mot...
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November Homeschool Calendar Reminders

November Homeschool Calendar Reminders
Happy fall! Here are some handy November homeschool calendar reminders for you! Middle School: Encouraging reading can be a fun way to help child...
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Books Comparing College Statistics

Books Comparing College Statistics
You are the high school guidance counselor. Although there are many ways to compare colleges and their statistics, you may need a book to help explain the differences between the colleges you are looking at. My son is a junior this year.  Because he took the PSAT, he has started receiving lots of college literature via e-mail and through the regular mail.  How can we find out AND COMPARE the college's statistics such as the academic...
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How to Include Bible on a Homeschool Transcript

How to Include Bible on a Homeschool Transcript
Homeschoolers are often Christian families - and they often include Christian education in their homeschool. Let me show you how to include your study...
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Teen Tips for College and Career Success

Teen Tips for College and Career Success
Some things that are better than all A's, more important than AP Classes, and massively more impressive than a perfect ACT score. Go pull your student...
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