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What Do They Do For Fun?

What Do They Do For Fun?
What do they do for fun? When I’m helping parents with a transcript, that one question can open the floodgates! How does your child spend unstructured time? When they are supposed to be working on school, or emptying the dishwasher, what are they doing instead? That can be a great indication of their Fun Factor. If they enjoy their fun for more than one hour a day, you may be able to translate that into high...
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Mix and Match Curriculum

Mix and Match Curriculum
Progeny Press, Easy Grammar, Strunk and White - when you mix and match within a subject area, how many credits should it be? If you are using two completely unique, completely credit-measured classes, then I would feel comfortable calling it two separate credits.  For example, one year I did Sonlight Language Arts PLUS  we did Learn to Write the Novel Way, so we did have two English credit that year. (We also nearly died trying, but...
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Your Child's Method of Learning

Your Child's Method of Learning
Books rule! We really like books. We soak up books. Everything that we want to find out can be discovered from a book. Many times people ask me why our reading lists were so incredibly long. It wasn’t due to the fact I assigned all of those books, I can tell you that much! For both of my boys, reading is their “love language. ”  Let them have a book, and they will adore you forever....
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Text to Join the Newsletter

Text to Join the Newsletter
Holding your Smart Phone Now?  Text to join my newsletter! 1. Text "homescholar" to 22828 2. Follow the directions and reply with your email address. 3. Enjoy! My newsletter is published on the first of each month - EVEN on New Year's Day!  LOL!  It has articles, resources, giveaways, a high school calendar, something fun for the little ones, links to news articles and more.  It's a great way to get some encouragement as you think...
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Fun and Games for Christmas Day!

Fun and Games for Christmas Day!
Our family LOVES board games!  Every year we would get one big game for our family.  We played them on Christmas morning - and then the boys would play them again while I did some after-Christmas shopping at the sales with my mom! It seems like our MOST favorite games come with variations that are just awesome!  Here are some game suggestions! "Ticket to Ride" games -  great for geography, by the way.  It comes in...
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Literature-based Curriculum Options

Literature-based Curriculum Options
Here is a list of some great literature-based curriculum, so you can compare and see what's a good fit for you: Tapestry of Grace My Father's World The Well-Trained Mind Sonlight Curriculum Robinson Beautiful Feet Veritas Press Truth Quest History Notgrass Company The Noah Plan Ambleside-Online This is a nice comparison of some of them: Home School Curriculum Advisor.com . Would you like someone to throw some of your homeschool ideas around with. I can be...
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Time for Christmas Shopping?

Time for Christmas Shopping?
Gift-Giving Suggestions I have a collection of articles that can help you find just the perfect gift this holiday season!  Check out these articles from previous years: Need Ideas for Christmas Presents The HomeScholar Recommends Gifts Christmas Presents that Pay for College Gifts that Pay for College My A la Carte courses can provide you with the tools you need to homeschool high school successfully.
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Transcript on College Visits are Empowering

Transcript on College Visits are Empowering
Michelle finished her transcript and was thrilled by how empowered she felt! Her letter can describe how important it is to have your transcript done when you visit colleges. Lee, Thanks for these links and for the encouragement and help on the call last week. I finished my daughter's transcript to take with me to visit colleges in New York. It was SO EMPOWERING to have this done. And it is nothing short of a miracle...
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How Do You Do It All?

How Do You Do It All?
Are you suddenly single?  Death, divorce, and even deployment can happen. Even to homeschool parents.  It may happen suddenly, and unexpectedly.  Even a long-anticipated deployment can seem sudden when they day actually arrives, and while temporary it can still be difficult.  When you are faced with single parenting, know that you are NOT alone! Mary Jo Tate of SingleParentsAtHome.com explained what happened to her.  “I never expected to be a single mother. When my husband left...
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Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes

Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes
When you are pulling together a curriculum from free, online, or mix-and-match sources, it's hard to figure out what to put on a transcript - especially if you aren't using tests.  No matter what you use, these general guidelines may help. For credit value Give credit based on the number of hours worked.  Working about 45 minutes per day, 5 days a week, most of the school year, is a 1 credit class each year.  Working...
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Be Thankful for Scholarship Essay Contests

Be Thankful for Scholarship Essay Contests
Take some time off to focus on holiday planning and cooking.  That doesn't mean your kids are running wild today, though.  How about giving them an essay contest while you are preoccupied?  These are some scholarship opportunities that are coming up quickly.  While the kids are busy writing, maybe you can get some baking and shopping done? Essay Contests Letters About Literature Essay Contest Love books?  Students in 4th-12th grade are asked to write a personal...
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Senior Year Tests

Senior Year Tests
Why, oh WHY would you submit willingly to the torture of standardized tests?  Well...  money, for one thing! Kim asked me on Facebook, "Is there any point in a senior taking the ACT again in December? Applications and transcripts will already be turned in by the time we get the results." Kim, yes, there is a point to this madness!  I encourage you to have your child take it again IF you think they can get...
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What Colleges Need

What Colleges Need
Different colleges ask for different information from homeschoolers.  It can be difficult to determine what extra information they may require from you. The only way to find out is to check their website and also speak to them in person.  Some colleges will have one policy posted, but admission personnel require more or less than the posted policy.  Other colleges won't have a policy posted on their website, but the admission personnel will know the details...
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Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions

Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions
Start your college applications early.  It can be complicated, and questions can come up.  Read how it took this mother weeks to prepare detailed course descriptions. Plan ahead, like Leanne. Hello, Lee- I have been working for weeks now preparing detailed course descriptions (like yours in your publications on the subject). I take my son to Grove City College next week for an interview.I was wondering about a course that you really only have a pass/fail...
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7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards

7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards
I am honored and thrilled to announce that I have been nominated for the 7th annual homeschool Blog Awards . I am sure you understand how this would be an important thing to me.  I really enjoy sharing my experience of successfully homeschooling my two boys through high school.  I love being able to help other moms and dads who are going through the same things I did.  Many parents have questions, fears and concerns about...
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