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Project Manager of Your Home

As the resident homeschool adviser to your children, it’s important that you don’t drop the ball when it comes to deadlines, plans, and requirements. You will need to keep track of the academic calendar and what courses your children need to cover, when they need to study for specific tests, what year to take those tests, and what specific tests they should take.My husband works as a project manager.  He doesn’t actually build the building, but...
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Margin Means Saying No

Margin Means Saying No
 Have you ever wondered why some books are easier to read than others?  It’s not just because of the vocabulary words they use; it’s also due to how much white space is on the page. You need that ‘white space’ in your life, too, otherwise known as ‘‘margin.”   Margin means having some free time and some down time.  Your children need free time in their homeschool, so they can develop whatever God-given gift they were given....
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Three Reasons for High School Testing

Three Reasons for High School Testing
 Don't you just wish sometimes people would tell you EXACTLY what tests a high school student needs to take?  Unfortunately, it's not that easy!The number and type of tests depend on the college your student may attend.  Some will require certain tests, or allow other tests, or encourage or discourage community college classes.  Sadly, that means no pat answers to what seems like a simple questions.It can be helpful, though, to think about three reasons WHY...
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Withdraw from Public School

Withdraw from Public School
This is the time of year when parents may consider homeschooling for the first time.  It can be a scary thought!This first step is to locate your state homeschool law.  Search for the name of your state and the words "homeschool organization" to locate a group that can help you. You can also search for your state here: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp.  Contact your state homeschool organization, and make sure you follow the state law for homeschoolers, which is...
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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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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
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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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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: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process
Sharon asked me about  how she should plan ahead for the college application process.  She didn't want to miss a huge piece and make any huge mistakes.  Is this a question you have too? I hope this video post can help you both.   Get a Free 20 minute weekly phone consultation with me as part of your Gold Care Club membership. http://www.thehomescholar.com/gold-care.php
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Time to Go College Visiting

Time to Go College Visiting
 Time to Go College VisitingWhen you visit a college campus with your high school student, you will likely be given the opportunity to visit a classroom and take a campus tour.  These are great opportunities—don’t miss them!  Choose a class that interests your student, or a general freshman level class to see what the first year of college will be like.  Throughout these activities, you and your student should be taking notes.  Write down the details...
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After the Visit

After the Visit
 After you visit a college, you have one more job: Say thank you!After each campus visit, make sure your student writes a thank you note to the admissions staff and professors.  This simple act will show the staff that you’re interested in the school.  If you don’t intend to go to the school, then emailing a thank you note is fine. But if you do intend to apply to the school, then a mailed thank you...
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How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?

How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?
I often get asked about how to get a homeschool diploma. That is an easy question to answer. What is more difficult is the education behind that piece of paper. That is what colleges are most interested in. As you wrap up your homeschooling years let me help you finish strong.
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Your lilacs are blooming and the birds are singing! Hooray for Spring!!! Sorry - got a little sidetracked there. Great answer :... Read More
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HELP! They Don’t Love Learning!

HELP! They Don’t Love Learning!
 There may come a time when your child says they aren’t interested in learning anything. If they seem disinterested in their studies for a while, try to incorporate more delight-directed learning into your homeschooling.  Delight-directed learning is all about fostering the love of learning in our children, creating lifelong learners who can adapt to any situation. It helps children find areas they are passionate about pursuing, and incorporates this learning into their education.If your child is...
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Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!

Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!
 Recently, my book, Setting the Records Straight, received a fantastic review from Lisa at Home School Enrichment Magazine!"If you are a homeschooling parent who feels intimidated or overwhelmed by the thought of seeing your high schooler through the process of applying for college admissions, then you must read Lee Binz’s book, Setting the Records Straight. Ms. Binz shares her experience and expertise on how to write transcripts that reflect your student’s academic achievements and unique talents and strengths. Because...
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March is College Visit Time

March is College Visit Time
 College Visit TimeIf you’re a parent of a homeschooled teenager, you’ve probably been thinking about college for a while now! As you and your student prepare for that not-so-far-away event, now is the time to start visiting colleges that interest you.  Deciding which colleges to consider is a big job—and you should take your time doing it, since your student will be spending four years of their life in this place.  For help in the process...
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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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Headed to a Scholarship Competition?

Headed to a Scholarship Competition?
 Headed to a Scholarship Competition?If you've done a great job educating your kids, it's possible.  Your children are bright, intelligent, well socialized and have an area of passionate interest.  They have all the required classes, great grades, excellent test scores, and wonderful letters of recommendation. You have kept complete and accurate homeschool records.  That means your child might be invited to a scholarship competition. They could be invited to interview at a prestigious school.A college may...
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