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[Free Book] Keys to High School Success

[Free Book] Keys to High School Success
Many parents sail through homeschooling in the early years, but when faced with the prospect of homeschooling high school, they get ready to bail, for...
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Homeschooling with 4-H

Homeschooling with 4-H
I love hearing about families involved in 4-H! As a rule of thumb, ALL 4-H activities are educational in nature, like Scouting is almost always educational in nature. It's fun to discuss different ways to divide these activities into meaningful high school courses. Face it - 4-H is just great fun! Learn how to put fabulous fun on your homeschool transcript and convert natural learning into high school credit with this free ebook. Download now: How to Convert...
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Guest — Felicia Johnson
Huge 4-H family here! We use 4-H curriculum as our elective credits for high schoolers. Awesome stuff.
Friday, 13 April 2018 20:32
Lee Binz
Well done, Felicia! We are a 4-H goat and chicken family. I loved the curriculum for 4-H. We didn't have an active goat group, so ... Read More
Friday, 13 April 2018 22:22
Guest — Stephanie W.
Like all the other suggestions posted, call your extension office. If you do not have a club near you, you can organize and start ... Read More
Monday, 15 September 2014 15:40
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Learning is More Important than Teaching

Learning is More Important than Teaching
As homeschool parents, our goal is NOT to teach; our goal is for the kids to LEARN. I could have taught my kids "at grade level" and they wouldn't have learned a thing. Instead, I gave them curriculum at their ability level, and then they had to learn what they didn't already know. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If our children go to college, they will be expected to learn...
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Guest — Sarah
Thank you for this article. It is very encouraging to know that others nudge their kids into self-teaching. Joanne Calderwood wrot... Read More
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 07:54
Guest — Rosemary
Dear Lee, Thank you! I have been doubting our home schooling approach until I saw this article.
Saturday, 25 May 2013 13:08
Guest — Teresa
I absolutely love this! I definitely needed this as I am looking into another school year. I will remember this and put this to ... Read More
Thursday, 11 August 2011 23:51
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How to Successfully Move to a New State While Homeschooling

How to Successfully Move to a New State While Homeschooling
Moving can mean a lot of change, but it can be good change! There are some things you can do to help your child make a smooth transition to a new location. Moving to a New State For homeschoolers, finding friends can be a priority. A homeschool co-op might be the best way to find homeschool friends. You can also look for homeschool support groups that have teen activities. Search local activities to see if they...
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Do You Love Homeschooling? Or Need a Support Group?

Do You Love Homeschooling? Or Need a Support Group?
Do You Love Homeschooling? February can be a difficult month to homeschool. Dark and dreary, we often long for freedom - and maybe a bubble bath. Listen, if things are going really badly right now, consider making a change. You can have more fun, lighten up, and learn more about homeschooling high school through a support group so it becomes easier for you!If you don't have a meaningful support group that meets your needs, or if you...
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3 Big Ideas That Save Money on Gifts

3 Big Ideas That Save Money on Gifts
You can save money on gifts for the holidays! Several great ways to save money on gifts included: buying things that are useful AND are things you will eventually need to buy anyway.  Buying gifts that improve your chances of receiving really great scholarships saves you money in the long run, too! Here are three HUGE ideas to help you save money on gifts this holiday season.  1. Buy Great Books  Many homeschoolers love great books...
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Coping with Changes to the SAT

Coping with Changes to the SAT
Confused about recent changes to the SAT?. In this video, I discuss what you can expect. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics! For more on this topic, you might like my class: High School Testing (Online Training)Only $15.00!
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Guest — Sandy Supplee
My son will be a junior taking get the SAT for the first time in spring 2016 (first release of new version). However, he'll be ta... Read More
Sunday, 30 March 2014 14:14
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Graduate Your Homeschooler with College Credit

Graduate Your Homeschooler with College Credit
In this video, I talk about how to help your homeschool student graduate high school with college credit. For personal support join the Gold Care Club! If you subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Is the SAT a Graduation Requirement?

Is the SAT a Graduation Requirement?
In this video, I discuss whether the SAT and ACT are required for high school graduation. For personal support join the Gold Care Club! If you subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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How Do I Prove My Child is Educated?

How Do I Prove My Child is Educated?
In this video, I talk about how to prove to the colleges that your child's homeschool education is rigorous. Here are a couple of brief articles that will give you more info on registering for the SAT and ACT tests. This one has links for waivers from the testing sites: Click on "Register" or "Registration":  Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications This one has links to Sample tests:  Should I Choose the SAT or ACT for...
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Time

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Time
1. Homeschooling is the Gift of Time Homeschooled children have more time to play! With one-on-one time, children tend to complete their homeschool day much more quickly than their public schooled counterparts. Homeschooling is just more effective and more efficient. As a result, homeschooled children have more time to enjoy their passions. They have more free, unstructured time to play and develop interests.
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The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades

The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades
In this video, I talk about the difference between grades you give on tests and grades you put on your homeschool transcript. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Does Homeschooling Make You a Bad Person?

Does Homeschooling Make You a Bad Person?
This article title just SCREAMS for attention! "If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person."  I'm sure the author chose the title just so people would get upset enough to share it with friends.  A "bad" person?  Really?Her thesis is simple. "If every parent sent every single child to public school, schools would improve. Not immediately, could take generations, mediocre educations in the meantime, but worth it for the eventual common...
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Guest — Shannon West
Melanie, I see the point you're trying to make, and I've pondered it before: should I work 'within the system'? There are a few pr... Read More
Friday, 27 September 2013 09:02
Guest — JW
LOL, I would recommend two books for the author of that article, both written by homeschooled young men. The Fallacy Detective and... Read More
Friday, 27 September 2013 07:49
Guest — Judith Martinez
As a citizen I have a moral responsibility to advocate for the public schools in my community to be as good as possible whether my... Read More
Thursday, 26 September 2013 19:53
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Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers

Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers
How to get great letters of recommendation for your homeschooler. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Guest — JW
LOL, next time someone says something about socialization, I'll just point them to this video - you're advocating what's known as ... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 12:00
Guest — Lee
Hi Ellen! Fun to see a friend "in real life" on my blog, LOL! Yes, it's OK to send the letters before the transcript! Your appl... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:58
Guest — Ellen Joslin
Thanks for the tips for Letters of Recommendation. I especially like your tip on furnishing the student's activity list, etc. to t... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:36
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Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!

Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!
"Honey, There's a Crazed Mob of Scholarship-Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!" While we can't promise that this will happen to you, "The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships" really is a treasure trove for college bound homeschoolers and their parents! This paperback book is available now on Amazon. Grab your copy today! Find a College - and Afford it! This book will help your student find a college to love, a college that...
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