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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 ...
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Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond

Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond
Right now, I'm guessing that your focus is essential writing skills for high school. Once your child can write reasonably well, your next worry is a simple one. Make sure they have the essential writing skills for college and career. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Essential Writing Skills for College and Beyond I have a book recommendation for you!...
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Finding College Application Essays for Practice

Finding College Application Essays for Practice
Junior year is a great time to take advantage of college application essays for practice. Use each of them as an English writing assignment. Have your child practice how to brainstorm and polish a technically perfect, self-reflective essay. But how do you go about finding college application essays? Finding College Application Essays for Practice Hi Lee - I've been perusing the sites of the schools my high school junior is interested in applying to, wanting to see...
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Holiday Writing Prompts for Homeschooling Christmas

Holiday Writing Prompts for Homeschooling Christmas
My favorite Christmas school project was our yearly creative writing assignment based on Norman Rockwell art. Have you seen some of his holiday paintings?  Amazing creative holiday writing prompts! I asked my boys to choose any picture in Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book. Their assignment was to write a story behind the picture. They came up with some GREAT creative writing ideas, and the pictures really helped to get those creative juices flowing. This tradition of creative...
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Struggling with Writing?

Struggling with Writing?
I quit "teaching" literature in 5th grade and let my daughter pick books (from a list of classic literature) to read with no formal  instruction. She enjoyed this approach and has been a voracious reader over the years. After reading Hamlet, she decided she enjoyed Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies and read several of them. At 16, she just took the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP exam and scored very well. She now has 6 English college credits!  I...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Lois, I'm so glad it helped! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 30 December 2010 07:47
Guest — Lois
Awhile ago I wrote to ask your advice on different writing programs. I chose Write At Home this year, and it is the best academic ... Read More
Thursday, 30 December 2010 06:03
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Am I Teaching Too Much English?

Am I Teaching Too Much English?
Am I Teaching Too Much English? It can be tempting to double up in your homeschool, but is that a good idea? Are you teaching too much English? Click on Lee's video, below, to find out!Have you ever tried using more than one English curriculum at a time? What is your favorite English curriculum? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!If you...
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Guest — Dana Snowden
I am and secondary English teacher gone home school mom. I think Easy Grammar at http://www.easygrammar.com/ is the best and eas... Read More
Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:23
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Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts

Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts
Are you allowing yourself enough flexibility for delight directed learning or are you putting your Enlgish credits in a box? Do you feel insecure because you aren't sure what "Language Arts 10" means? How many books do your children read each year in high school? Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts I was fascinated by an opinion column in the Seattle Times, Seattle Sacrifices Monster Lit, which stated:"We should allow principals and teachers to select the curriculum...
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Guest — Laine
Actually, I found it at homescholar.org. She even has sample lesson plans available on the web site. Hope you enjoy it! Laine... Read More
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:19
Guest — Lisa
I was wondering where Laine was able to find Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings? It sounds like something I would like to try... Read More
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:15
Guest — Laine
I used Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings for a co-op class, and it was fantastic! The kids loved it, and even enjoyed th... Read More
Monday, 16 February 2015 18:10
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Are You Qualified to Teach High School English?

Are You Qualified to Teach High School English?
Are You Qualified to Teach High School English? You are totally, completely, and 100% qualified to teach high school English! It's not because you know everything there is to know about literature, or even because you know how to grade perfectly, but because you are your child's parent - the one who knows them and loves them best. Remember that some public school English teachers don't have an English degree. They may not even have the...
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English is not one of my greatest concerns, with the possible exception of grammar, because the girls and I all love to read and w... Read More
Saturday, 07 March 2015 06:37
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Anita, That's right! Your standards are perfect for them! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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Guest — Nancy Lueckhof
Dear Lee, I just read this post from a friend. It is written by a Prof. from Hillsdale College. I edited a bit here and there, bu... Read More
Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:59
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Is Logic a Math Course or English?

Is Logic a Math Course or English?
Course descriptions are an important part of your high school student’s records, but sometimes it’s easy to get stumped about what to call certain courses, or what to count them as.  Audrey recently asked me,“What category is ‘Logic’? Math or English?  I want to know where to give my son credit. Our math course (Geometry: Videotext) has logic in it, but I always thought logic was an ‘English’ subject. I also will be using ‘Introductory Logic’ by Wilson...
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We are also using Introductory Logic by Nance. I too was going to give 1/2 credit and use as an elective. Thank you for the clar... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:17
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What is Your High School Graduation Rate?

What is Your High School Graduation Rate?
Great news!  In The Great State of Washington, 24 kids out of 100 don't graduate high school!  Oh, wait... that's not good news!  When you really think of it, a 24% drop out rate is amazingly high! What is YOUR graduation rate?  What is the rate for your local high school?  What is the rate for your own homeschool?I know a LOT of homeschoolers, representing a huge variety of kids and educational styles, and I haven’t...
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"The state with the highest on-time graduation rate was Iowa, with 88 percent. The lowest was Nevada, with 62 percent. All of tho... Read More
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:51
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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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Determining Homeschool English Credits

Determining Homeschool English Credits
Are you ever unsure about how many English credits to give your students? Does your student spend more time on English assignments than they do on any other subject? These are common conundrums and you are not alone! Can composition and literature be documented as two separate credits?My student spends an hour on composition and an hour on literature each day. In answer to this I will tell you that there are some classes that simply take...
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Homeschool Summer Credits

Homeschool Summer Credits
Summer is the perfect time for fun miscellaneous activities like summer camps, swim teams, home improvement projects and family vacations! I understand that is a lot to balance, but have you ever wondered if your students can receive high school credit for any of these activities? It’s possible! Both of my boys earned their P.E. credits during the summer months through a swim team they participated in.You can count credits even though they’re over the summer...
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I always estimate the number of hours spent on horseback based on the camp's sample schedule and add it into the hours of PE. I a... Read More
Thursday, 09 August 2012 21:36
Guest — Lisa Bergmann
My teens' summer has been very full of valuable and educational activities, such as volunteer work, Scouting activities, Farmer's ... Read More
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:04
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Happy Valentine's Day! Freebies from Institute for Excellence in Writing

Happy Valentine's Day! Freebies from Institute for Excellence in Writing
 I hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day!  Here is my heart-shaped sweet for you - Freebies from the Institute for Excellence in Writing !  IEW has a wonderful online catalog, called a Magalog.  This year, if you sign up for their 2012 Magalog before February 14th,  you get some GREAT freebies!  This is pretty cool stuff, and I just HAD to share it!Request a 2012 Magalog and receive four free downloads HERE.These are the four great...
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Ooops - here is the link: http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/2012 Blessings, Lee... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:47
Guest — Lee
Here is the link: Request a 2012 Magalog and receive four free downloads here I don't know if they will extend or not, but I'd j... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:44
Guest — Terry Martinez
Would love to receive the magalog and free downloads, but didn't get this in time. Any chance there is an extension?
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:38
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Homeschool High School: Pemberly Ball

Homeschool High School: Pemberly Ball
I've written in the past about our son's experience with a "Pemberly Ball." If you're wondering what that might be, check out these blog posts! Can't Get Enough Jane Austen?The Down-Side of Literature-Based EducationI Hate Literary Analysis - Part 4Now is a great time of year to start planning events for the winter and spring. If you are considering a “Pemberly Ball” for your own homeschool literary studies, you might be interested in how to find...
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    It can happen overnight. One day your child is pleasant, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning; the next day, they aren't. This can happen with girls or boys; sometimes it happens at a certain age. Don't feel as if you've done something wrong, because it's common. Motivation of teens, or lack thereof, can  be difficult. 

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    Many parents feel anxious about homeschooling middle school. Parents can find themselves suddenly staring across the breakfast table at strangers. Delightfully compliant children can suddenly act out like surly teens with attitude. Thankfully, as homeschoolers, we can shape and mold our children through this process, even during bursts of hormonally-charged awkwardness.

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