How to Grade English Papers over Summer

How to Grade English Papers over Summer
Staring at a pile of English papers that need a grade? Here is how I suggest that you grade right now, during summer, so you can get the job done and get back to having fun. You can use this grading scale to put a grade on each paper, or if you prefe...
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[Free Book] Leaving Our Mark on the World

[Free Book] Leaving Our Mark on the World
Learning outside the box can maximize college admission and scholarships! Find out how in my annual yearbook!  Grab this free book and you will learn tips for earning scholarships, test preparation, college planning, and homeschool success. Leav...
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Finishing School with The Popcorn Party Plan

Finishing School with The Popcorn Party Plan

End of School Year Popcorn Party Plan

 

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Pros and Cons of Public and Christian University [for Christian Parents]

Pros and Cons of Public and Christian University [for Christian Parents]
I encourage parents to apply to both public and private universities. This short ebook explains the process of how to find a college: Finding a College You Love Why apply to both public and private school, though, for Christian parents? It's complica...
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Super Senior Five Year High School

Super Senior Five Year High School
Can you take the Five Year Plan for high school? It's called by many names: 5th Year Senior, Fifth Year Program, Super-Senior. What it means is that your teen takes an extra year of high school. Can you do that?  Yes! Of course you can! One of t...
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Lin Knowles
I'm dealing with this issue from the opposite end. My fall-birthday son started high school at 8th-grade age. Two years in, he dec... Read More
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:39
Lee Binz
Hi Lin! I think it would be easiest to create a transcript by subject, not by year. Then you don't need to worry about it. Bless... Read More
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Fast and Easy History Curriculum

Fast and Easy History Curriculum
Some people love history, and others… not so much. Faced with a history-phobic kid, social studies-hating kid, you don't have to skip the subject. If you are looking a fast and easy way to get history, sometimes you just need to think outside the box...
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Jessica Zbavitel
Thanks so much for The Great Courses supplement ideas!
Friday, 29 June 2018 00:16
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Essential Questions for Your College Visits

Essential Questions for Your College Visits
Visiting colleges is an important step in determining where your child will apply. It shows colleges that you are interested in coming to their school. With college visits, you'll want to have prepared some questions in advance that will give yo...
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31 Educational Games for Teens

31 Educational Games for Teens
Games for teens can make summer more fun. Staying sane in summer requires a careful balance of structure (so the kids don't go crazy) and time away from homeschooling (so the mom doesn't go crazy.) How do you keep that balance? Educational games! Che...
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5 Tips for a Balanced Summer

5 Tips for a Balanced Summer
Want to learn how to remain sane AND retain skills? When my kids were in middle school and high school, we did just a bit of structured school each day. We did a little math, a little writing, a little independent unit study of some sort. N...
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Put Bible Class on Your Transcript

Put Bible Class on Your Transcript
If you are teaching religion classes at home, I suggest that you put Bible on the transcript, for 1 credit or 1/2 credit, each year you cover that subject. If the curriculum says it's a semester, then that's 1/2 credit. Sometimes you need to count ho...
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Top Homeschool Tip for Summer Vacation

Top Homeschool Tip for Summer Vacation
I took my favorite book with me on vacation almost every year - to read while my kids were reading something. Now I have to add my disclaimer, {This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a la...
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The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon

The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon

How did I cope with boys in the summer? I made an "I'm bored" list for my kids to use.

I posted a list of things to do on the fridge. The lists were labeled "inside", "outside", "for money" and "special request". Any whining, or other expressions of boredom were directed there. The following is about 1/3 of each list from my fridge. I included every activity I could think of, and every toy in the house. It was very effective when the kids were younger.

I hope this helps! 

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Super-score to Improve Scholarships

Super-score to Improve Scholarships
When planning for college, you will need to have  your child take high school tests. You can find out all about high school tests in my article, High School Subject Tests Simply Explained . When using high school test scores, some college will&n...
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Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself
Speak kindly to yourself. You are God's precious child. He is kind and loving, and He wants us to be kind and loving to our self as well. Women, in particular, can be very hard on themselves. Harsh self-talk that is edifying or helpful...
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Amy Tassone
Thank you, Lee, for this helpful and healthful reminder! Even if we "know" the importance of positive self-talk and rest, we stil... Read More
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:18
Lee Binz
I'm so glad to hear that Amy! I had scheduled this post for later, but then suddenly there was a significant number of parents tha... Read More
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Jeanie Watkins
As a widowed mom,who did not do well in school myself, homescooling 4 children I am always questioning myself even though I believ... Read More
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When you really want a Christian University

When you really want a Christian University
A private Christian school is a great idea, but you have to do your research. You may want to grab my free ebook, Finding a College You Love , to get additional tips. Don't be put off by private schools Many good Christian universities are well-funde...
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