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Our Charlotte Mason Pond

Our Charlotte Mason Pond
This post contains affiliate links . If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.  Our Charlotte Mason Pond Charlotte Mason would have loved my pond. It's only two blocks from my house. The pond has salmon, river otters, blue herons, bald eagles, and a huge variety of ducks and geese. The park will sometimes even see visiting wildlife: coyotes, rabbits, racoons, and more. When we moved here, I thought...
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Teaching Students to Learn

Teaching Students to Learn
Teaching Students to Learn As homeschool parents, our plan is NOT to teach something. Our goal is teaching students to learn. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they might not have learned a thing. Instead, I offered them a curriculum at their ability level and they had to learn something they didn’t already know.   I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will...
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HELP! Homeschooling High School isn't Working!

HELP! Homeschooling High School isn't Working!
Help! Homeschooling High School isn't Working! I have heard more than one homeschool mom lament, "Homeschooling high school isn't working!" When you're homeschooling high school, if it works, use it; if it doesn't work, then stop using that curriculum and try something else. You don't even have to teach; your children just need to learn. You don't necessarily have to teach ANYTHING in high school, just make sure they learn. Self-teaching is a great skill to...
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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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How Do I Cover the Weak Areas?

How Do I Cover the Weak Areas?
How Do I Cover the Weak Areas? It's important to invest in your weaknesses, both your child's and your own as a homeschool educator. Click on the video below to get some tips from Lee!   Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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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,...
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Queen of Crime Course Title

Queen of Crime Course Title
What a great idea!  Take a classic book and turn it into a springboard for English and science!  Take a look at Debbies ideas about a class on Agatha Christie , and learn how to come up with creative, outside the box, class titles and course descriptions. I am trying to come up with a great name for a course description I'm/we are currently working on with my daughter. She is going into 11th grade next...
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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 Advantage Many homeschoolers have a very rigorous academic plan....
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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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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 Level As 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...
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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...
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Planning High School Courses: Part Two

Planning High School Courses: Part Two
Planning High School Courses: Part Two In this second half of planning high school courses for college preparation, we’ll consider what’s needed in the areas of Math, foreign language, PE, and electives. Math Math is such a cornerstone for other subjects, careers, and college majors that I believe it’s important to have four years of math. Most colleges want at least 3 years, and many want 4 years of math. They like to see kids moving...
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Struggles with Daily Math

Struggles with Daily Math
What do you do when your child struggles with daily work? It can be confusing! Let me suggest a few ideas: check the curriculum try to motivate kids to work more carefully consider using a test to inform you on a grade, or provide a grade that reflects their poor scores. Karen asked a question about her son's math, and I will illustrate how she can use these strategies to help. Hi Lee, I bought your book,  Setting the...
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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...
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