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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 and...
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Guest — Becky
Tried to access the reading list and the link would not work
Friday, 20 July 2012 04:10
Guest — Lee
Hi Becky. It should be working now. Please try it again. Thanks!
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:56
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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, and I didn’t have...
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Guest — Lee
Joelle! I love this! "So I have to be content with “flunking” Latin as I work beside my child who is absorbing the language like... Read More
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 08:30
Guest — J W
My biggest challenge? Dealing with never being able to teach my two children anything together. People said, "Oh, your kids are ... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2012 19:14
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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 AdvantageMany homeschoolers have a very rigorous academic plan. Whether they choose to...
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[…] Have a look at http://www.thehomescholar.com/gold-care.php, the educational website where you can get enough details abo... Read More
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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 and...
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Guest — J W
Wow, glad to hear I'm on the right track. We had various things happen throughout the school year, and I had to tell myself not t... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 08:27
Guest — Laura
Lee, Finding your site was an answer to prayer. The kids and I have literally been "scrambling" to finish out the year. We still n... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 07:20
Guest — Lois
We were wrestling with this very issue. I needed jr. grades on the transcript NOW to enroll in dual courses. "Mom, I'm not done!" ... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 06:46
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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 World...
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Guest — Margaret
Thanks for this. Great Courses lectures work well for one of my kids and we do like to use them when we can.
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:07
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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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Guest — ME
Last year was my first year of using Sonlight. We are so glad we did. It's not perfect; we made some modifications, but that's one... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 22:16
Guest — Homeschooling Mom
Lee, what do you recommend for highschool students whose reading speed is less than ideal? I took a look at the Sonlight highschoo... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:20
Guest — J W
Sonlight - fantastic for the first child, disaster for the second :-) Second child is special needs, but even when I started Sonl... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:18
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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 as...
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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 LevelAs 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 not mean...
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Guest — J W
I'm not a college professor, nor is my older student mature enough for campus life. However, we have a wonderful resource called ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:56
Guest — Tracey
Lee, This is SO true~ I have found over the years of teaching my boys who are now 15 and 13 that it is even more important to not ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:54
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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 for homeschoolers. ...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Kristine! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:52
Guest — Kristine
Perfect timing! With one soon to be 12th grader, and one soon to be 9th grader, I'm surprised at how different their high school p... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:30
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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 are the four great...
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Guest — Lee
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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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 you for...
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Guest — D. M. Rutledge
Hi Lee! You have been quoted as saying, "Homeschool families tend to focus on the classics and colleges like to see that kids have... Read More
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:55
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Deanna, In her article College Bound Reading List, Lee talks gives examples of a wide variety of classic and contemporary lit... Read More
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:58
Guest — Cheri Frame
Lee, thanks for the ideas. I have not used these books, but look forward to it!
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56
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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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Guest — Lee
Excellent comments about collecting credits over a few years, Sabrina! You're absolutely right! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 16 January 2012 13:34
Guest — Sabrina Justison
Thanks for helping clarify that question, Lee. It can be confusing. When I offer one-week Drama Camp Intensives to homeschoolers... Read More
Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:28
Guest — J W
One may also research what the colleges want to see and plan accordingly. For instance, the Art Institute of Seattle might have n... Read More
Friday, 13 January 2012 17:49
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