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Why did you decide to homeschool high school?

Why did you decide to homeschool high school?
I hesitated to start because I didn't want to be over-protective. My younger son is anaphylactic to peanuts.  He is one of those children you read about that could die if exposed to the smallest, microscopic speck of peanut. I didn’t want to over-protect my children, and it was very difficult to balance protecting him from a life-threatening allergy and over-protecting him so he didn’t know how to care for his own life-long condition. I hesitated to...
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Guest — Sennie
We have a year before high school, but I am already shaking in my boots..
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 18:41
Guest — Lee
Thanks ladies, for the extra encouragement today! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 07:18
Guest — J W
I decided to home school high school because we'd been doing it so many years, what's 4 more years? My child was doing well keepi... Read More
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 05:36
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Documenting Homeschool Academic Records

Documenting Homeschool Academic Records
Should you include documentation of your students academic record by year or by subject on your transcript? Do colleges prefer to see the classes by subject organization: english, math, history etc. or do they prefer to know which year your student completed what subject: Freshman, sophomore, junior etc.? The trouble with these questions is that there isn’t a one size fits all answer.I decided to put both on my sons transcripts. The reason why is because...
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Guest — J W
Thanks!
Thursday, 09 August 2012 21:39
Guest — Saprina
Thank you for addressing this as I had been wondering as I did it by year which one was the best to choose. I am mostly just tryi... Read More
Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:37
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Saprina, Lee has a blog post that you might find helpful in this area: Do Colleges Care about Homeschool Grades? Also, The HomeS... Read More
Friday, 10 August 2012 09:43
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Academic Gap Widens for Black Males

Academic Gap Widens for Black Males
The headline in the New York Times screams "Black boys score far behind white students." "An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another. But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known."Great news!  This does NOT apply to homeschool parents!It's an interesting report...
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Guest — Audrey
The article does not give any indication that the lack of a father in the home has anything to do with academic failure. I persona... Read More
Saturday, 11 December 2010 19:59
Guest — Lisa
I read the book Boys Adrift by Dr. Leonard Sax and it addresses why boys are struggling in school and in life. There are many fact... Read More
Friday, 10 December 2010 07:42
Guest — Ann
I'm wondering if this finding has something to do with so many fathers being absent from these families. But why would it be that ... Read More
Friday, 10 December 2010 06:14
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Should My Child Become an Nurse or a Doctor?

Should My Child Become an Nurse or a Doctor?
There is a difference between being a nurse and being a doctor.  But please, don't base your decision on academic achievement, but on where your students heart lies.  It's the intangibles that are the deciding factor.The person giving her assessment told my daughter to go ahead with her plan to get an RN, but not to stop there with her "educational potential" as he called it.~Cam in WashingtonAs a nurse, I'm a little offended by the...
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Guest — Lee
This is such great information! Thanks for the comments, each of you! Blessings, Lee
Sunday, 16 August 2009 17:44
Guest — gradchica
The financial and lifestyle ramifications of this decision (and the sheer amount of schooling) should also be talked over by stude... Read More
Sunday, 16 August 2009 10:34
Guest — Katherine
Dear Lee, This is a question that I had to face myself and many factors go into making any career decision. As a homeschooling mo... Read More
Sunday, 09 August 2009 01:58
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Homeschooling High School: The Joy of Delight!

Homeschooling High School:  The Joy of Delight!
When did you start the Delight directed Learning?  Did you find it hard to get through a year-long school course when doing it 4 days a week?  Did you just tell the kids they could do whatever they wanted on the non-school day, or did they have certain things they always did, like going to a class in a homeschool coop?  Did you allow them to watch TV or play video games during the free day?Dear...
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Guest — J W
Yeah, but don't let your enjoyment of a nice day at the park be limited to your "fun day." We've been known to take school to the... Read More
Saturday, 07 March 2009 06:59
Guest — Lisa
I like this idea of a 4 day homeschool and a day of delight directed learning. Sometimes that fifth day can be a field trip or a c... Read More
Friday, 06 March 2009 20:01
Guest — Lee
We rarely had our "day off" on Friday. In fact, we sometimes took 1/2 day off one day, and another 1/2 day off on a different day... Read More
Friday, 06 March 2009 08:40
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More School in Less Time!

More School in Less Time!
Audrey asks:How do you balance what you feel they need to know and do with what they feel they want to know and do? There are not enough hours in the day!This question is actually TWO questions!Q1: How can you get more hours in your day? To some extent, homeschoolers will ALWAYS feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!  It's part of parenting, and even more a part of homeschooling.  There are some things...
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Guest — J W
KISS - keep it simple, sweetheart! By the time my students graduate, I want them to: Be able to write a well-structured essay H... Read More
Thursday, 20 November 2008 14:32
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The "At-Your-Pace" Diploma

The "At-Your-Pace" Diploma
Isn't it wonderful to discover that public schools struggle with finding an appropriate grading scale, just like homeschoolers?Check out one proposed solution to the problem coming from the Seattle School District:(Former Chief Academic Officer) Rimmer's decision was a part of a larger effort to focus more on what students learn, and less on how long it takes them. She once proposed what she called an "at-your-pace" diploma, which students would earn in three to five years....
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Guest — J W
Anyone who's ever memorized tons of information for a test on Friday, then deleted it from memory permanently by Saturday knows ho... Read More
Monday, 20 October 2008 20:12
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