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Thinking about High School

Thinking about High School
Sometimes people ask for specific recommendations when parents and students start thinking about homeschooling high school.  It's hard to give specific recommendations to a general question, but here are some places to start looking. I have several resources on my website that you might want to check out.  First is my HomeScholar Recommends homeschool curriculum page that has a lot of information on what we used and what worked for us.  It covers gifts, books, resources...
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Facing My Biggest Challenges

Facing My Biggest Challenges
What's one homeschooling challenge you've faced, and what solutions did you find?   Fear of failure is one challenge I think all homeschool parents experience.  During the early days of our homeschooling, it seemed relatively easy.  In high school, though, parents are faced with subjects they don’t understand.  My biggest challenges involved calculus, physics, and foreign language.   I researched the problem, and found a surprising solution.  I did not have to learn the subjects myself,...
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The Greatest Advantages of Homeschooling

The Greatest Advantages of Homeschooling
  What do you think are the greatest advantages of homeschooling? Several summers ago my two sons were invited to compete in a full-tuition scholarship competition. There were ten winners out of 108 students. Two of the winners were homeschoolers.  Both were mine.  I wondered later, “How did that happen!?” I believe it happened because of four great advantages of homeschooling through high school.   The Curriculum Advantage Many homeschoolers have a very rigorous academic plan....
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Choose Peace

Choose Peace
Are you the parent scrambling frantically to finish every problem in every book before you can relax for the summer?  I encourage you to focus on "choosing peace."  Look at each thing you are trying to finish. Does it need to be done?  If you are 80% done with the book, that should be enough.  Public schools finish 80% to finish the subject, and so can you. Does it impact your mental health?  Weigh the pros...
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The Great Courses for High School Credit

The Great Courses for High School Credit
  My Gold Care Club members love having their biggest questions answered promptly - and they love having a monthly webinar too!  Recently Anne shared her burning question for the week, and I thought it would be helpful information for others as well. My burning question for this week is:  What about The Great Courses company?  Are their DVDs enough to “count?  I know you said that just reading Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the Ancient...
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Sonlight for Good Readers

Sonlight for Good Readers
I try to be very careful about what curriculum I recommend, because different approaches will work for different families, but Sonlight is one of the curriculums I have made a point of praising, because we used it in our homeschool for about five years, and really enjoyed it.  The only reason I stopped using it was because I had prolific readers and they read all the books!  I especially recommend Sonlight to people that are new...
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Timing Your American Government Class

Timing Your American Government Class
Recently I wrote a little tip about studying American Government this coming year, during a Presidential election year.  As homeschoolers, we get to teach subjects when they make sense for the student, not just because of their age or grade.  But why do schools insist on teaching it later in high school?  That's what Donna wanted to know! Lee, I have often wondered why I usually see government class listed in the senior year.  I know...
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Invest in Your Weaknesses

Invest in Your Weaknesses
Invest in Your Weaknesses One key to high school curriculum is to invest in your weaknesses. This means that you put your curriculum budget money towards your area of weakness. Identify your weaknesses, perhaps math, foreign language, or art, for example, and spend your money on strong curriculum in that area.  Your weakness should also be the area where you’re most willing to make mistakes in curriculum. If you make a poor choice in math curriculum...
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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2

Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2
  Always at Their Level As you choose curriculum for your high school student, it’s important to always teach them at their level, for every subject, all the time. One of the reasons why public schools and classroom settings have such a hard time educating kids is that they look at a student’s age and then put them in an age-based course with no regard to ability. Just because your child is 14 or 15 does...
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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 1

Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 1
  When thinking about curriculum for your high school student, you want to do what works--whatever you have been doing through elementary and junior high-- if it’s working, keep doing it. If the curriculum is working, keep using those curriculum choices. At high school level, it helps to make sure you’re using a curriculum that is made for homeschoolers. If you have to teach a subject you’re not familiar with, buy a curriculum that is meant...
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Homeschooling High School - How to Get it All Done

Homeschooling High School - How to Get it All Done
How do I get it ALL done? That is a big question. It all depends on what your "ALL" means to you? Is your "All" too big? What are your priorities? I am now a featured expert on Bizymoms.com! You can read my articles here .
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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...
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Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch

Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch
Do you feel like you want to "throw in the towel" with your homeschooling? Is it winter doldrums or your curriculum? Learn more about steps you can take right now to meet all of your homeschool high school goals.    
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Classics that can Raise SAT Scores

Classics that can Raise SAT Scores
  Hi Lee, One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT. They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you. Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank...
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Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits

Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits
Are you an art person? Most people tend to either love the arts, or if you are like me you struggle with them. Even if you or your student struggle with the fine arts, colleges still want to see some on a high school transcript.   Learn more about high school credits and grades with my webinar.
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