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Homeschool Transcript- Keeping Grades in Large Families

Homeschool Transcript- Keeping Grades in Large Families
How do you keep up with grading when you have four, five or more kids? When my kids were younger, I never really graded at all. Our state (WA) does not require parents to grade, so I didn't. I would grade math tests, just to make sure they knew the stuff, but I didn't KEEP those grades anywhere. Once they started high school, I didn't change my way of doing things with homeschool. I just started...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - The Teaching Company on a Budget!

Homeschooling Curriculum - The Teaching Company on a Budget!
We never paid full price for a Teaching Company course, they were just MUCH too expensive for our budget. We used audio tapes primarily, and on sale they were $15-$35. You can also also find them at the library, though, so look their first. Some libraries don't list them under "teaching company" or "great courses" but instead list them under the course name "calculus made clear." It makes it harder to find that way. You can...
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Homeschooling Teens - How do Homeschoolers take the SAT?

Homeschooling Teens - How do Homeschoolers take the SAT?
Sign up online for the SAT at www.collegeboard.com. Here is the exact address:http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/reg.html They take the test at their local high school. They can choose any school on the list - some prefer to take the test at a private school. I don't know if it's possible to refuse a homeschooler, but I've never heard of it.Here is their page called "Homeschooled students and the SAT." The parent can read more about the test and how...
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Home School Education - Is the AP or CLEP Exam Better for Homeschoolers?

Home School Education - Is the AP or CLEP Exam Better for Homeschoolers?
>>>>Can you compare AP and CLEP exams? Why did you choose CLEP?<<<<AP tests are much longer, more expensive, and have ambiguous essay questions that irritated me. I chose to use CLEP exams because they took MUCH less time per test, were a little less expensive, and they were all multiple choice. You know "math & science Lee", always looking for those right-or-wrong answers! AP tests are longer, so they have lots more questions. Since the CLEP...
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Homeschool Transcript - How do I give a credit in Bible to my homeschooler?

Homeschool Transcript - How do I give a credit in Bible to my homeschooler?
>>>>A client writes: I want to give my kids credit for Bible...but I haven't asked them to write a single thing down this year. What do I do?<<<<When we did Bible, I just had them read books, mostly. No tests. Rare papers. Sometimes one of them would teach Sunday School classes, or read scripture at church. May I suggest that Bible may be one good area to count hours? Just estimate how many hours per day...
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Homeschool College - Should you use E-mail or Snail Mail to Say Thank You after a College Visit ?

Homeschool College - Should you use E-mail or Snail Mail to Say Thank You after a College Visit ?
>>>>A mom asked if she should send an email or snail mail thank you note after visiting a college....<<<<I think that the answer is BOTH. If you don't intend to go to the school, then sending them an email thank you note is fine. But if you DO intend to apply to the school, then I would send both an email and a snail mail thank you note. Some colleges keep a record of how many...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Our Love/Hate Relationship with Saxon Math

Homeschooling Curriculum - Our Love/Hate Relationship with Saxon Math
>>>>One mom's co-op uses Saxon Math and it makes her want to cry<<<<I hated Saxon, too. But when I "lost it" in math, I told Kevin to choose his own math book, and he chose Saxon! I couldn't believe it! No pretty pictures, no NUTHIN! He just wanted to use Saxon - and he succeeded with it.Can you let your daughter make the decision about math books or coop classes? She may know how she learns...
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Homeschool English - The Write Stuff - Homeschool Journal Writing

Homeschool English - The Write Stuff - Homeschool Journal Writing
>>>>What did you require for journal writing? Did you have any assigned topics or insist on a certain length per entry?<<<< What is your purpose for journal writing? Perhaps it's different than mine. My goal was to get my children to write quickly on any subject, in their own handwriting. That's what they have to do for the SAT essay question. In high school, my children wrote a longer paper every week, and they practiced essay...
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Homeschool Curriculum - How to Fail in High School Math

Homeschool Curriculum - How to Fail in High School Math
>>>>Dorette asked: Why did you use Saxon Advanced Math when it looks like you used another program for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry?<<<< A wise homeschool Mom once said, "If it works, use it. If it doesn't work - Change!"We used Addison-Wesley math books through elementary school. When we started Algebra, the next book in the series was Algebra 1 by Paul Foerster. It was highly rated by homeschool suppliers, so it seemed like the...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Art Instruction for the Artistically Challenged Homeschool

Homeschooling Curriculum - Art Instruction for the Artistically Challenged Homeschool
>>>Did you plan the art studies or let them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study.<<< Bridget,Art was really, REALLY my weak area, so I actually set aside time for art study, otherwise we would never do it! We never had a problem getting math or science done, just art, LOL! I scheduled it for 2-3 times a week, 1-1/2 or 2 hours...
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Home School Education - Question about CLEP Exams

Home School Education - Question about CLEP Exams
Lee,I read with interest your article on CLEP exams and have a question. How does taking the exams affect your GPA in college? I understand that in some instances you can get college credit for passing the exams, but are you assigned a grade that factors into your GPA?Thank you, Maureen Hi Maureen, I'm glad you found the article useful to you! Every college has its own unique policy about CLEP exams, and some colleges give...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - How valuable is a formal literature program for my homeschooler?

Homeschooling Curriculum - How valuable is a formal literature program for my homeschooler?
>>>>A reader asks: I am considering doing some sort of formal literature with my 7th and 8th grader. We have never done any formal literature.......Or should I just assign them some reading and have them write about it?<<<<I vote for just reading good books :-) I always felt guilty that we didn't do a "literature program". We just read lots and lots of books. I rarely thought to do intensive discussion. I did read ahead all...
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Homeschooling Resources - Are "Great Illustrated Classics" Worthwhile?

Homeschooling Resources - Are "Great Illustrated Classics" Worthwhile?
>>>>I was asked if using "Great Illustrated Classics" was a good idea...<<<<I'm very familiar with those books, and I have actually suggested them for parents to use when their kids simply won't read college reading list material (which can happen for a variety of reasons.) They do have illustrations, which can help remedial readers but annoy older teens. I believe they are written at a 5th grade reading level. An adult reader can get through each...
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Debbie,Yes, I always viewed the Great Illustrated Classics they way I did the Wishbone Series of books. My boys are older now and... Read More
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Guest — Debbie
Lee,I wanted to comment on these books.We have used them a bit differently. Our very avid reading 3rd grader enjoys these, but in... Read More
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Homeschooling College - One great way to evaluate a college

Homeschooling College - One great way to evaluate a college
<<< This mother was asking how to find a good college for her daughter that wants a PhD in Biology. She was asking for a school in New Jersey, and I don't know the schools in that area. I was able to give her some general advice, though. >>>If you are asking about undergraduate schools, make sure you compare their graduate school admission rates. One local school has a medical or law school admission rate of...
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Homeschooling - What to do about a critical husband

Homeschooling - What to do about a critical husband
>>>>This woman wanted suggestions on how to respond to her husband, who was critical of her homeschool. It seemed that he was complaining that she wasn't doing enough, even though she was working 4-5 hours per day on school with her elementary age students.<<<< Hi Becky,I'm sorry! This is a difficult situation. It's a rough one for a committed Mom.What if you asked your husband what he WANTS you to do for homeschool. What if he...
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