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Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time

Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time
Some questions are easy to answer. When is the PSAT? How do I find a College Fair? Should my freshman take Physics before Biology? But other questions are very big, and very complicated.  Sandi asked a big and complicated question on my blog the other day. Hi Lee. I have 5 kids, 3 remain to be homeschooled. All high school age. My 17 yo has had some issues with seizures since Spring. As a result he...
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Homeschool High School Inspiration: A Graduation Story

Homeschool High School Inspiration: A Graduation Story
One thing that I love about the homeschool community is that most of us love to encourage others with our stories. In this post Joyce, a homeschool mom, shares the story of her two sons so that it will encourage each of you. You CAN homeschool high school! Joyce's Sons: Devin & Michael Wow!  I can’t believe they are graduated! We put our twins, Devin and Michael in the public school system from kindergarten thru 2 nd...
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Homeschooling High School: Should my child take the PSAT in 9th grade?

Homeschooling High School: Should my child take the PSAT in 9th grade?
A 9th grader *can* take the PSAT, but I almost never recommend it. The PSAT can be taken at a local public or private high school. The PSAT is a VERY cheap test, and if testing is required by state law, it can usually meet that requirement.  However, the PSAT does have Geometry and Algebra 2.  It can be very discouraging for a kid to take a test and not have any chance of getting a...
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Homeschool Moms: Having a hard time?

Homeschool Moms: Having a hard time?
Life is not always easy.  Homeschooling is not always easy.  In fact, sometimes it's downright HARD.   I love reading 2 Corinthians during difficult times. God does not look down at us and think, "My goodness!  What a whiner!"  Read this passage to see how God REALLY feels about our hard times.  What does he want to give us?  Not much ambiguity here... The Father of  compassion and the God of all  comfort , who  comforts us...
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A College with 50% Homeschoolers!

A College with 50% Homeschoolers!
Getting to know colleges is very important, because you are trying to find that perfect fit for your student. I was reading an article about Christendom College in Virginia. A strongly conservative and devoutly Catholic college, 50% of their student body has been homeschooled! That college is the perfect match for someone. One day you, too, will find your child's perfect match. Read the article in US News . Do you enjoy these daily doses of...
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Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs

Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs
Great News!  Colleges love homeschoolers for their academic preparation, socialization, and specialization. They love us and they want us at their school.  Another group also loves us:  alternative education and parent partnership programs.  They love us for a completely different reason, however!  They love us because they can make money when they make us afraid about homeschooling. Don't be afraid!   Your children can achieve anything with a homeschool education!  They can get into college (with wonderful...
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Crying out for Homeschool Encouragement

Crying out for Homeschool Encouragement
Dear Homeschool Parents, Other parents feel the same fear that you do.  I have shared my own fears before, and I know I'm not alone.  Fear of failure is inherent in parenting.  Please read these words and tell me if you have ever had these feelings: overwrought, fear creeps in, meltdown, wonder about my own abilities, doing a lackluster homeschooling job, becoming more and more nervous, need moral support, family is NOT supportive, fear failure and...
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Convention "must-haves" list

Convention "must-haves" list
Michele was kind enough to send me a note about how my book Setting the Records Straight has encouraged her in the last year.  She met me at the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati last year. I already have the "Setting the Records Straight" book (and love your fun photos), but I can pass the coupon along to someone else.  I've talked other homeschoolers into buying this book for themselves, and actually a few other parents...
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Encouragement for Parents of Struggling Learners

Encouragement for Parents of Struggling Learners
What happens when REAL homeschoolers grow up?  You know, the kids who have to actually WORK to learn?  I'll tell you what happens - they succeed! This is a letter I recently received from a friend willing to share the ups and downs of her journey - and their ultimate success! I just have to share what happened today. My oldest child, Rhett age 16 and in the 11th grade, won the National Guard Outstanding Achievement...
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How Does Your Homeschool Compare?

How Does Your Homeschool Compare?
Scores Stagnate at High Schools A Wall Street Journal article mildly whispers a passively calm title.  But the quotes within the article are really quite shocking. "High schools are the downfall of American school reform," said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington. "We haven't figured out how to improve them on a broad scope and if our kids aren't dropping out physically, they are dropping out mentally." ...
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SAT Essay Preparation for Homeschoolers

SAT Essay Preparation for Homeschoolers
Homeschool parents will find the best preparation for the SAT essay is sample essay questions from previous tests.  That's why I recommend the SAT preparation book  called 11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT . I was wondering if you could help me out with this question.   I can't seem to find specifics in prep books or online.... I've seen suggested in several places  that students should be familiar with a few specific topics that...
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Colleges Love Homeschoolers!

Colleges Love Homeschoolers!
Colleges Love Homeschoolers! For example, read how UC Riverside actively recruits homeschool students: "Among the homeschool community, we find large numbers of students who are smart, mature, creative, independent and well-socialized people," said Frank Vahid, a professor of computer science who has three children who are homeschooled. "We want such excellent students in our classes. They have a lot to offer the university community." "Smart, mature, creative, independent and well-socialized people." Sounds good to me! Read...
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How To Maintain Your Homeschooler's High School Records

How To Maintain Your Homeschooler's High School Records
Homeschoolers should keep high school records.  We know that.  Still, for parents who have never kept records before, change is hard.  How do you change your own behavior, and begin keeping good records?  The secret is the same for ALL kinds of change. Do one simple thing differently. Take just one thing and make a change, and slowly change behavior one task at a time. They say it takes 6 weeks to make a habit.  Take...
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You Are Your Child's Best High School Advisor

You Are Your Child's Best High School Advisor
Sitting there getting my hair cut, I overheard a conversation between two mothers of high school teens.  They were talking about how they had moved their children from public schools and private schools, searching for a quality education and yet unable to find it.  "They just don't teach the basics of reading, writing and math anymore!" one mother moaned.  The other mom said, "And my child is getting completely lost in the system!" She went on...
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What does the PSAT score really mean?

What does the PSAT score really mean?
What does the PSAT score really mean? For many children, it's just a way to see how they compare academically to other children.  But since sophomores and juniors take the test, your score may mean something different depending on your child's level.  A sophomore taking the SAT is being compared to college bound juniors a year older, with a year more of math and a year more of every other subject. The College Board® provides a...
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