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8 Tips for Buying Homeschool Curriculum

8 Tips for Buying Homeschool Curriculum
I know it's time to buy your curriculum, so let me give you a few quick pointers, for buying homeschool curriculum.  {This post contains affiliat...
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How Do You Know it's High School Level?

How Do You Know it's High School Level?
How Do You Know it's High School Level? Homeschool students have the wonderful freedom to study a huge variety of different topics, going way beyond the usual high school subjects. My oldest son studied Russian history, and I know other students who’ve studied ornithology, bluegrass music, and U.S. government revenue generation policies! The question many parents wonder about is, "How do you know it's high school level?" How do you determine whether the work your student...
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Guest — Nicole
What about a student that is 15 but not doing high school level work due to learning issues? When can you give them credit for wor... Read More
Saturday, 30 July 2016 17:14
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Nicole, Lee has written about this because that question comes up a LOT! Here are a couple of articles that will help: High Sch... Read More
Thursday, 04 August 2016 21:13
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How Do You Say Curriculum? Curricula or Curriculum

How Do You Say Curriculum? Curricula or Curriculum
How Do You Say Curriculum? Curricula or Curriculum I pride myself on writing the way that I talk, to make my books approachable and easy to understand. I figure the less you work to read my books, the more information you will learn. I know parents have different learning styles, and like to learn in different ways, so I try to provide books, videos, and social-interaction services that will fit everyone's learning style. But to do...
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Guest — Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
This made me smile because, like you, I know the difference, but choose not the quibble over it. It doesn't fit with my normal, in... Read More
Friday, 18 September 2015 14:35
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Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning

Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning
Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning One problem I sometimes see is parents who repeatedly start over every time they buy new curriculum. That's what I want you to avoid. Instead, keep your focus on "challenging, not overwhelming." Their work shouldn't be boring, and they should be actively learning, but the work should also be easy enough so they can be successful - and not in over their head.If you have needed to start...
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My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers

My Top Pick for New and Struggling Homeschoolers
This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Curriculum for New and Struggling Homeschoolers You know what? I blame Cathy Duffy for my homeschool success, I truly do! She has been such an awesome resource for new and struggling homeschoolers for as long as I can remember. I strongly encourage you to have a copy of her Top Picks for your homeschool library and...
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Guest — Birdie
Lee, I agree with you about Cathy Duffy. Awesome! Somehow someone blessed me with her older book when we started home to learn. ... Read More
Monday, 23 February 2015 13:45
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's great feedback, Birdie! I have seldom heard of anyone who hasn't re-considered curriculum. I have known a few families that... Read More
Monday, 23 February 2015 21:59
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Including Online Classes

Including Online Classes
Many homeschool students are taking online classes these days, either to supplement or cover all their coursework. If your child is one of them, I encourage you to remember that online classes are great TOOLS you can use in your homeschool, but they can easily become an unpleasant taskmaster.  Including Online Classes Think carefully before you cede your authority as a home school parent to another person or institution, and be aware of the potential constraints...
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Guest — Debbie
We have greatly appreciated two websites to help with our children's studies. They are actually earning college credits as they g... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2015 13:17
Guest — Janice
We LOVE our non-accredited online classes! For one thing, I think I've always given too much work, and the online class has made ... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2015 06:45
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That's awesome, Janice! It's especially nice that the providers of the classes have faith in the parent's ability to give grades! ... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2015 10:20
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Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions

Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions
    Homeschooling is more fun for MANY reasons, but one reason it that we can play games instead of use curriculum.  Here are some great ideas you can give as Christmas gifts. Then in January you can incorporate games across all subject areas! In my homeschool, we scheduled a few hours every Friday just to play games. Sometimes they loved the games (Diplomacy!) and other times they tolerated the games (Elemento) but they were ALWAYS...
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Guest — Elisabeth
We LOVE Apples to Apples here!
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:20
Guest — Bonnie
THIS IS GREAT!!!! Thank you so much!
Monday, 17 November 2014 19:53
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Is My Curriculum Rigorous Enough?

Is My Curriculum Rigorous Enough?
Is My Curriculum Rigorous Enough? Are you concerned that your curriculum may not be rigorous enough? Click on Lee's video below to learn how to tell your curriculum is rigorous enough for high school!How did you choose your high school curriculum? What's your favorite curriculum? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!Looking for help with high school courses? Check out the Planning High School...
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Apologia Science is Great College Preparation

Apologia Science is Great College Preparation This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.img class="aligncenter wp-image-14863" alt="Apologia Science" src="https://hhhblogs.s3.amazonaws.com/2012/08/apologia.png" width="553" height="414" Apologia Science is a very rigorous college preparation series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum because I know it's more about how it fits your child than the textbook or curriculum itself. When it comes to science, though, we had such...
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Guest — Wanda
We used Apologia science throughout our son's highschool homeschool years. After the first year or two he said something much lik... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2015 20:01
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thank you for sharing your story, Wanda! We love Apologia at our house too! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Monday, 12 January 2015 21:51
Guest — Penny Turpin
I have used several of the Exploring Creation Zoology Books and the Anatomy & Phys books. In high school, we have used Apologi... Read More
Friday, 01 August 2014 11:54
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Will Changing Curriculum Mess Up My Kids?

Will Changing Curriculum Mess Up My Kids?
Is your curriculum just not working? Is everyone miserable and learning just isn't fun anymore, but you're worried about changing curriculum mid-year? Click on the video below for a stress free way to change up your curriculum when it just isn't working!Do you have concerns about changing your curriculum? Have you ever changed your curriculum mid-year? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new...
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Guest — Lee
Karen, I have quite a few articles and blog posts on struggling learners, so look at some of those articles. But start with this o... Read More
Thursday, 29 May 2014 09:32
Guest — Karen West
Thank you for this message. I have been panicking over changing curriculum the whole time I have been homeschooling for 7 years. M... Read More
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 04:04
Guest — Susan Raber
We've changed curriculum and methods several times over the years. We just enjoy change because it brings in new perspectives and ... Read More
Monday, 19 May 2014 05:50
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How’s it Going?

How’s it Going?
School has been going for a while, and now is a great time to take a step back and assess your situation. Have you handled the important things?  Character, college applications, core classes and PSAT registration? Do you need to make adjustments? Change curriculum, adjust (or make) a daily schedule?   If you think things could go better, smoother, or easier, sometimes it just takes a small adjustment.  Remember to put your weak areas first - even if...
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The Great Courses: Honors, or Just High School Credit?

The Great Courses: Honors, or Just High School Credit?
Homeschoolers use lots of different resources, and one of the ones I’ve recommended in the past are The Great Courses.  With choices in science, mathematics, business and economics (just to name a few), many homeschoolers are utilizing these classes.  Parents have asked me whether the Great Courses should be considered AP Honor’s classes or high school level, but it really depends on how you utilize them. Obviously, the high school courses they offer are high school...
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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2

Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2
 Always at Their LevelAs you choose curriculum for your high school student, it’s important to always teach them at their level, for every subject, all the time. One of the reasons why public schools and classroom settings have such a hard time educating kids is that they look at a student’s age and then put them in an age-based course with no regard to ability. Just because your child is 14 or 15 does not mean...
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Guest — J W
I'm not a college professor, nor is my older student mature enough for campus life. However, we have a wonderful resource called ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:56
Guest — Tracey
Lee, This is SO true~ I have found over the years of teaching my boys who are now 15 and 13 that it is even more important to not ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:54
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FREE Homeschool High School Mini-course!!

FREE Homeschool High School Mini-course!!
FREE New Mini-course!! I am thrilled to announce the launch of our latest free mini-course, "The 10 Essentials - What Every Homeschooler Needs to Study Before Graduation." This mini-course is available exclusively on Facebook as a way to say thank you to my fans for "Liking" our brand new Fan Page. This mini-course is my best, most comprehensive review of the essential ingredients for a successful homeschool high school. You will learn the what, why and...
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Guest — Karleen Mauldin
NEVERMIND!! I found it!!! You might need to adjust your directions... Once you get to the welcome page, then click on the "Like... Read More
Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:27
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January Homeschool Burnout

January Homeschool Burnout
January is a tough time for everyone.  I was chatting online with a mom who is facing some family challenges. Hi Lee,I remember the article or blog you had saying that January was a difficult month. With so much going on in my life I am amazed we have gotten anything done but I feel like we are doing the minimum if anything. It has gotten as boring as public school to them. The field trips...
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Guest — Chris Whittington
Hi Lee (and Karen) It is a real shame when high school kids get it into their heads that they're either not interested in school,... Read More
Thursday, 03 February 2011 14:38
Guest — Lee
Yes! My computer science engineering son thinks it's WONDERFUL! He sends me the link almost every month and says "tell homeschoo... Read More
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:21
Guest — Sandy Grant
On the lines of beginning computer animation/programming my kids REALLY love to use the Scratch program created by MIT. It is fre... Read More
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:16
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