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Cosplay for High School Credit

Cosplay for High School Credit
For non-geeks, let me explain first that cosplay is a contraction of two words, costume and play. It means dressing up as a fictional character. Most ...
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Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Studies

Mandarin Language and Chinese Culture Studies
The nice thing about homeschooling is that you can create almost any electives for your child under the sun!  You aren't limited to electives that a teacher is interested in, and you aren't limited to electives that you feel comfortable teaching.The bad part about homeschooling, is that when you recognize you can teach any elective under the sun, you have to somehow find the materials for your child to use!  Donna was talking to me about...
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Guest — Jill Robinson
One resource that should not be passed up is local colleges and universities. Also, given the number of foreign students at most c... Read More
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:58
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good idea, Jill! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:03
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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes
Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....
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Ideas for Volunteer Leadership and Community Service

Ideas for Volunteer Leadership and Community Service
My Facebook Friends helped me create this great list! "Ideas for Volunteer Leadership and Community Service"Melanie ~  5 K walks and runs, local shelters, United Way, Food Pantry, Red Cross, Nursing Homes, Animal Shelters, Assisted living Facilities, Salvation Army, local Libraries and volunteer tutoring or babysitting for younger kidsAnimal Shelters and Animal rescue clinics.Dana ~ Your local community access cable station (they film things like town meetings and high school concerts) probably uses volunteers for their...
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Guest — Kim
My son joined the Civil Air Patrol (for anyone ages 12 & up). They do leadership training, character building, aeronautics, e... Read More
Thursday, 26 July 2012 13:30
Guest — Ann
What a great post! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 19:04
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How Many Electives Should My College-Bound Homeschooler Have?

How Many Electives Should My College-Bound Homeschooler Have?
How many credits approximately should a college-bound homeschooler have in electives?~KittyDear Kitty,Thanks for the question!  There are two answers to that: 1. College bound students should have as many electives credits as it takes to add up to 24 or more total high school credits when combined with their core classes. OR 2. High school students should have as many electives as they WANT to have based on how much time they spend on their favorite...
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What Are "Social Sciences?"

What Are "Social Sciences?"
 Have you ever wondered what the "Social Sciences" really are?  What does it even mean?  Most of the time students will take US History, World History, Economics, and American Government.  But there is a whole world of other social sciences you can explore!My brother in law is a teacher at a public high school.  He taught "The History of Baseball" as a social studies class.  (He also taught "Sport Communications" as an English course.)  When I...
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Guest — J W
Horses and Popular Culture is definitely social science, right? :-) Lately my darling daughter has been studying everything from... Read More
Thursday, 21 May 2009 18:06
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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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Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!

Must Do, May Do and Can't Stop Doing!
At this time of the year, friends are discussing their curriculum choices for next year. I have been asked by several people what we used during the high school years. Every child is unique, of course, but here is a snapshot of our freshman year:These are the things I made them do: American Literature & Composition (Sonlight 100) American History (Sonlight 100) Biology with Lab (Apologia) Algebra 1 (Jacob's Algebra) Fine Arts 1: American Art (art...
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Guest — J W
Must do - I made my shopping list for the WHO convention, and I'm not even going to think about it until the materials arrive on m... Read More
Wednesday, 04 June 2008 15:55
Guest — Lee
So many people have been talking about Notgrass! I think I'll have to look at that book at the curriculum fair. It's become very... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 19:45
Guest — My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
My son is in 8th grade next year so we are getting ready to get ready for high school. We are using Apologia's 8th grade science ... Read More
Sunday, 01 June 2008 18:15
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Supplementing Foreign Languages

Supplementing Foreign Languages
Whatever you end up using for a foreign language curriculum, supplement with some fun activities. About once a week we would watch movies in a foreign language. Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and others, all come with Spanish and French language, both spoken and in subtitles. You don't have to understand everything they say on the movie, just understand what's happening and listen to the spoken words. My kids loved that! You can also find ways to...
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Guest — Kristine
My dd dabbled enough in foreign languages, their history and more that she ended up with a Linguistics credit. She played an MMOG... Read More
Sunday, 30 October 2011 04:24
Guest — J W
"Beauty and the Beast" is simply incredible in French. Many of the original actors did the French voices. Also, there is a very ... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 18:50
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