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What Are SAT Subject Tests?

What Are SAT Subject Tests?
Hi Lee, Thank you for your newsletter and all the information I’ve learned from reading it.  In the current issue you have a reminder on your calendar to freshmen asking if they need to take SAT Subject tests.  What are SAT subject tests and where can I find out if my 9th grader should be taking them? Thank you, Leslie Hi Leslie! The SAT Subject tests are also called "SAT 2" tests.  They measure a high...
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PSAT and SAT Prep: Practice, Rinse, Repeat

PSAT and SAT Prep: Practice, Rinse, Repeat
Even good test takers need practice.  If your child doesn't take tests well, then practice becomes even more important.  Susan asked me a question about how to prepare her son for the PSAT test. Lee, I have purchased your materials when you were at the homeschool fair in Bothell last year.  My son is a sophomore. He is very analytical and logical which is good since he wants to be a computer programmer. The problem is...
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Homeschool - Make Time for Fun!

Homeschool - Make Time for Fun!
When we were homeschooling, I found a family that had boys the same age as my boys.  Almost every week, we would meet together.  The boys would play board games together, or other activities.  Many times they played educational games, but not always.  Sometimes it was just goofing off!  At the same time, I would sit and have coffee with the other mom.  What a joy!  Sipping coffee, tasting a brownie, stitching some needlepoint, we would...
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The 13 Commandments?

The 13 Commandments?
Christy sent me a question on facebook: "Why do high school students do biology first? Is there a scientific reason? Is it traditional? Does it have to do with testing? ~Christy" Hi Christy, They do biology first because it doesn't require much math!!! Some science folk will tell you that physics should go first (because it's the tiniest particles) and that chemistry should go second (bigger particles and combinations) and biology should go LAST (because of...
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What Goes On a Homeschool Reading List?

What Goes On a Homeschool Reading List?
They call it a reading LIST for a reason. If they wanted the edition, publisher, and copyright date they would ask for a reading bibliography! When you are preparing your reading list for your high schooler, all you really need is the title and author of each book. You can include books the children read by themselves, books they read aloud to you, and books you read aloud to them. You can include some books on...
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Bungee Jumping and Homeschool Consulting

Bungee Jumping and Homeschool Consulting
Homeschool consulting gives me a thrill not unlike bungee jumping. I used to work as a nurse in a hospital, and I felt the same way about that job. I just LOVE helping people and caring for people. This week I had an email exchange with a mom, and she said some nice things about my ebook, so I asked her permission to use her name and quote on my website. After saying "yes!" she also...
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What is the "Right Way" to Grade?

What is the "Right Way" to Grade?
People sometimes ask homeschoolers "Where do you get THE curriculum".  It's funny, because there are so many curriculum choices and everyone does it differently, and homeschoolers know there is not ONE curriculum.  The same is true, though, when you ask "How do public schools grade classes?"  Because every class, every teacher, and every high school is different.  Public school teachers know there is not one "right" answer to that question. What is your advice about the...
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Help with Homeschool Transcripts!

Help with Homeschool Transcripts!
I work with homeschoolers all across the country (and missionaries and military in other countries as well!)  I love to help parents translate a homeschooling experience into words that colleges understand!  Just so you are aware, I'm not a certified teacher, or an accredited school, and, I don't know laws in every State.  I'm a homeschool mother who knows how to "talk like a college."  I'll be glad to help in a parent-to-parent mentoring role. Here...
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Don't Become Weary!

Don't Become Weary!
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. I had such a wonderful time meeting with all of you who came out to the PNW Home School College Fair yesterday.  It was an amazing blessing to be able to finally meet so many of you who have been my email friends for so long. It encouraged me to...
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Do you have a Homeschool Stress Manager?

Do you have a Homeschool Stress Manager?
A friend stayed at a Holiday Inn Express the other day, and there was a unique greeter at the door!  Kip Holiday was his name.  The official title on his business card states that he is the "Stress Manager" of the hotel.  His bio on the hotel website says "When you stay with us, you arrive as guests, leave as family! Just ask the resident Stress Manager, Kip Holiday, our Golden Retriever!"  Read about him here...
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Understanding Their Gifts

Understanding Their Gifts
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it...
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OK, Let's Review

OK, Let's Review
The SAT covers reading, writing & math and has an optional essay.  There is no penalty for guessing. The ACT covers reading, writing, math & SCIENCE, and the essay is optional.  Also, no penalty for guessing. How do you know which one to take? About 1/3 of kids will do better on SAT, 1/3 will do better on ACT, and 1/3 will do about the same on both.  The only way to know which one your...
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Creative Course Creations

Creative Course Creations
Do you ever feel like you're cheating when you create a high school course based on your child's special interests?  I know I did.  Two favorites from my children's transcripts were Critical Thinking in Chess and  Russian History.  I mean really.  Who was I kidding? I just spent time with my lovely niece, driving to Oregon, and we were talking about her high school experience years ago.  I knew that her father had taught a class...
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Finding a PSAT test location

Finding a PSAT test location
Eva asked: "Out of curiosity, I tried to find a location for the PSAT near us up here at Lake Tapps, Washington.  I left the last two digits of the zip code field blank, and no matter which city name I entered, no locations were found.  If it exists, would there be an advantage to finding a private Christian school which is a PSAT test site? Eva Gallagher, Alpacas of FairMeadowsFarm.com & SpinAlpaca.com Hi Eva, Try...
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Senior Year Panic

Senior Year Panic
Linda was experiencing Senior Year Panic.  Her niece is a senior in high school and has never homeschooled.  Unfortunately, her niece hadn't done a thing about starting college applications.  Linda wanted to help her get into college, but as the mother of elementary age students, she really didn't even know where to begin! I found out that the niece had already taken the SAT, and was taking some AP classes, so the girl wasn't too far...
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