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Book Lovers Guide to Vocabulary Building

Book Lovers Guide to Vocabulary Building
We used the Kaplan SAT Score-Raising classics to improve vocabulary in our homeschool. If you have never seen those books before, they are a great way...
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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...
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Literary Analysis is Not a High School Requirement

Literary Analysis is Not a High School Requirement
Literary Analysis is Not a High School Requirement I noticed an  interesting article in the Washington Post  a few years ago. It made me wonder if they hate literary analysis as much as I do. Here is what the author, Nancy Schnog, says: "I'll never forget what one parent, bemoaning his daughter's aversion to great books after she took AP English Literature, wrote to me: "What I've seen teachers do is take living, breathing works of art and...
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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...
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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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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!...
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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...
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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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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...
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Family Crisis!

Family Crisis!
Family crisis.  What is a homeschool parent to do? Everyone has them at some time or other.  Even those perfect homeschool families, who show up at conventions in matching outfits, with perfectly-behaved children.  Yes, even they have them sometimes! Some kind of family crisis will pop up, and get in the way of homeschooling. Of course, whether you’re homeschooling or not, a crisis can happen.  Just because you are homeschooling, that doesn't make a crisis worse. ...
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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...
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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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Quick Essay vs. Perfect Papers

Quick Essay vs. Perfect Papers
The SAT requires a 25 minute hand-written essay.  What about brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing, and proof reading?  It can't all get done in just 25 minutes! Writing a good essay is an important skill, and it can be frustrating to “teach to the test", but you want your student to be successful at it. On the other hand, the SAT essay teaches a completely different kind of writing - and it's just as important as a...
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