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Happy Binder Building Day

Happy Binder Building Day
Leanne is a reformed pyromaniac.  At the end of every school year, her policy was to torch all schoolwork.  A rite of passage, she would gather all her children's homeschool records, and they would celebrate with a giant bonfire. Thankfully, she realized that may not be her best option in high school! She came to my "High School Record Keeping" speech and gained a new appreciation for keeping high school records.  Completely reformed, she said she...
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Those old Sonlight binders are huge and make a great Binder for high school stuff...
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:38
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Monday, 05 July 2010 06:03
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Homeschool Activities and Awards List

Homeschool Activities and Awards List
What do you call the "other stuff" you do in high school?I want to keep a list of non-academic achievements, BSA stuff, completing lifeguard training, things like that. I don't mind making a form in Word, I just don't know what to call it.~Christy in Texas I kept a very simple list on a Word document with a simple title "Activities and Awards List."I included the list in my Comprehensive Record, and you can see that...
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Saturday, 03 July 2010 05:49
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Perpexed By Homeschool High School Tests

Perpexed By Homeschool High School Tests
Can my 7th grader take a CLEP? Also, I've tried to contact the local high school about SAT and ACT testing, but have not heard back from them. Suggestions? What would be a good reason for taking a CLEP?~Katy Katy, a 7th grader CAN take a CLEP, but make sure you have a good reason, not just because they can. About the schools and testing, call the high school office or guidance counselor directly, or walk...
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Friday, 02 July 2010 05:41
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Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?

Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?
What exactly does one need in order for a home school child to enter college? I have heard many different things..like a home school diploma will not be sufficient or you have to have transcripts or a portfolio...it is very intimidating to say the least. Any advice???~Amanda Amanda, check out my free minicourse here.I have lots of video classes about how to homeschool high school on the Gold Care Club.It's not intimidating, it's just one more...
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Summertime, And The Reading Is Easy!

Summertime, And The Reading Is Easy!
Looking for a fun read?  If your child is in high school, consider looking at one of the reading lists intended for college bound students.  Fun summer reading can help prepare children for college and improve vocabulary. Here are some popular reading lists for the college bound suggesting great literature: College Bound Reading List (by The HomeScholar) Printable Reading List for High School (by The HomeScholar) 7 Ways to Encourage Reading in Middle School (by The...
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I like the summaries on the Arrowhead list! It's also good to know that a lot of them are books I've read and liked or books that... Read More
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 04:37
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Remedial Help For Summer

Remedial Help For Summer
Summer is the time to do something different, and take a break.  But...... I know, I know.  You're child still needs some help! There is a way to get some remedial help for your child and still get a break for yourself over summer.  Sylvan has a summer program intended to help traditionally schooled kids catch up over summer.  Because you know, some kids just need more help, and that's OK!   You can access that help...
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Thursday, 01 July 2010 02:05
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First Things First

First Things First
"My question is regarding high school science for a Mom and student who just can't get their heads wrapped around science."~ Bethany Plante from Amesbury, Mass. Dear Bethany,I love your question, because it can apply to so many subjects other than science!  Your question shows that you have identified the area of your homeschool that needs the most help. Everyone has one - and it's good that you have identified it.Put first things firstEvery homeschool parent...
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Guest — Karleen Mauldin
TO: BETHANY Is there a certain area of 'science' that your child is interested in? Crime scene science? Raising animals? Growing ... Read More
Monday, 20 February 2012 13:15
Guest — Karleen Mauldin
I might have to disagree with a couple of points! Depending on the child, and how much you've been hammering & working & t... Read More
Monday, 20 February 2012 13:07
Guest — Kristine
Lee, you always have encouraging suggestions, but this is the one that has stuck with me. I'm so excited to have my daughter taki... Read More
Saturday, 26 June 2010 09:10
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College Placement Tests

College Placement Tests
As homeschoolers, our job is to teach our children at their level, in every subject, all the time.   It's difficult to determine what "at their level" means, because even if they have finished their math book, that doesn't mean they are ready for the next level.  What if they missed a critical concept?  What if it was so easy for them they should really skip the next level? Colleges feel the same way.  They want to...
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The placement tests are a good initiative on the part of academic institutions. I have attended those that had them and those that... Read More
Monday, 28 June 2010 21:58
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Friday, 25 June 2010 10:01
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Homeschool Accountability - Try a "Morning Meeting"

Homeschool Accountability - Try a "Morning Meeting"
Ooops.  They were supposed to be independent.  Instead they goofed off.Never under-estimate a teenager's ability to avoid work.  Sometimes intentional lapses, many times teens are simply focused on other things (like their hair, or their new shoes) and they forget trivial things like math assignments or research reports. It would be nice to have teenagers grow up one day and suddenly just BE responsible.  Nice, but unlikely.  It's much more common for teenagers to slowly BECOME...
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Guest — Alisha (Learning From My Kids)
One idea that we recently started to do is a morning (or early afternoon) meeting. Our whole family sits at the table just after b... Read More
Friday, 13 May 2016 13:39
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Great idea, Alisha! That's perfect timing, since everyone was there for breakfast anyway! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
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Guest — Lee
Dear Laura, Since you are a current Gold Care Club member, I can send you any classes that you need. I'll sent you the class on Co... Read More
Monday, 12 October 2015 15:49
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Hurray for Homeschooling Dads!

Hurray for Homeschooling Dads!
Hi everyone,Matt here.  I wanted to send a quick message out to some of the homeschool fathers I met over the weekend at the Washington Homeschool Convention.  I love seeing men taking a leadership role in educating their children and this weekend I got to meet a lot of you. The dad who wanted to make sure his daughter got thoroughly trained in sound economic principles so she could understand what was happening in the world...
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Bad Year Homeschooling? Hit The "Reset" Button

Bad Year Homeschooling? Hit The "Reset" Button
The school year is over.  Perhaps it wasn't as successful as you had hoped. The best solution is to not give up.  It's not too late, and you haven't ruined your child forever.   You do realize that all children will sometimes have a "bad year" right? For encouragement, listen to this encouraging song by TobyMac LyricsMusic: "Get Back Up" Lyrics by TobyMacYou turned away when I looked you in the eyeAnd hesitated when I asked if...
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I love this song...there are so many good Christian songs out there in so many types...rock, alternative, heavy metal, pop, r &... Read More
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:09
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Love this
Saturday, 19 June 2010 06:14
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Community College or Homeschool College?

Community College or Homeschool College?
It's difficult to decide between community college and credit by examination.  One reader had some tremendous trouble with community  college, and was asking about CollegePlus! as an alternative. Hello Lee,I noticed you have a link to College Plus on one of your web pages. Can you tell me anything about what you think about them as an option to community college? Or what other options you are referring to when you mention Homeschool College?Two weeks into...
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Dear Linda, I'd like to respond to your question about CollegePlus. I have personal experience with the CollegePlus program as a ... Read More
Friday, 18 June 2010 09:14
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Homeschooling Teens: How Do You Know It's High School Level?

Homeschooling Teens: How Do You Know It's High School Level?
"How do I determine if a curriculum is high school material?  My son is interested in learning Biblical Greek. I found a few great workbooks at Half-Price books, but they don't have any grade recommendations on them." ~ Charlotte on Facebook Look up the book online, through Amazon or a homeschool catalog, and see what it says. You can also look at the author and reviewer, to see if they are high school or college reviewers....
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You might be able to find good audio books on biblical greek free on your library website. I know my library has one, I just happe... Read More
Thursday, 17 June 2010 07:00
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Learn about Challenges from this College Grad

Learn about Challenges from this College Grad
We can learn things from other school settings.  I was reading about a success story in the newspaper that will be SO encouraging to parents with struggling learners. "The kid who was never supposed to walk or talk, he's about to graduate from one of the fine liberal-arts colleges in the country"Read the article called Grad who personifies perseveranceThis young man attended a private high school, worked with private tutors and used school-provided note-takers, and then...
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Careers for Homeschoolers: Nursing

Careers for Homeschoolers: Nursing
Out of the blue, I was offered a job.  I'm not even looking for a job! Someone just called to asked me to come to work as a nurse.  I haven't worked as a nurse for about 15 years, but I still have my RN license, and they tracked me down.  I was offered $1100-$1400 per week - AFTER taxes, "free and clear money."  They told me I would receive a $1000 bonus for starting work...
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