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Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch

Homeschooling High School - Beware of Curriculum Mismatch
Do you feel like you want to "throw in the towel" with your homeschooling? Is it winter doldrums or your curriculum?Learn more about steps you can take right now to meet all of your homeschool high school goals.  
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Classics that can Raise SAT Scores

Classics that can Raise SAT Scores
 Hi Lee,One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT. They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you. Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank you for...
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Guest — D. M. Rutledge
Hi Lee! You have been quoted as saying, "Homeschool families tend to focus on the classics and colleges like to see that kids have... Read More
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:55
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Deanna, In her article College Bound Reading List, Lee talks gives examples of a wide variety of classic and contemporary lit... Read More
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:58
Guest — Cheri Frame
Lee, thanks for the ideas. I have not used these books, but look forward to it!
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56
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Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits

Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits
Are you an art person? Most people tend to either love the arts, or if you are like me you struggle with them. Even if you or your student struggle with the fine arts, colleges still want to see some on a high school transcript. Learn more about high school credits and grades with my webinar.
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Guest — Lee
Excellent comments about collecting credits over a few years, Sabrina! You're absolutely right! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 16 January 2012 13:34
Guest — Sabrina Justison
Thanks for helping clarify that question, Lee. It can be confusing. When I offer one-week Drama Camp Intensives to homeschoolers... Read More
Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:28
Guest — J W
One may also research what the colleges want to see and plan accordingly. For instance, the Art Institute of Seattle might have n... Read More
Friday, 13 January 2012 17:49
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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 that's...
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Calming Math Anxieties

Calming Math Anxieties
Hi Lee,Thanks for the e-mail. Even though I’m a few years away from high school yet I know it will come before I know it. I don’t know if you can offer any help but I thought I’d ask any way. My oldest is 11 and technically will be entering 6th grade next year which is middle school as you know, my concern is that I’m at a point where I no longer am comfortable or...
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Guest — Nuez
@ Courtney : Its Khanacademy.org ;not kahn
Thursday, 06 October 2011 20:17
Guest — Courtney
My daughter is in 6th/7th grade and is studying algebra through http://www.time4learning.com. There are also great (free) videos f... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 19:04
Guest — Michelle
I am loving the Thinkwell math program. They have a homeschool version and it is working GREAT for my daughter who doesn't love ma... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 16:08
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Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts

Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts
Dear Lee,"Did you schedule the art studies or simply allow them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study." Art is really, TRULY my weak area, for that reason I basically reserved time for art study, or else we would most likely never do it! We never had a challenge getting math or science finished, only art, LOL! I planned it for 2-3 times...
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Guest — J W
We do it bits & pieces with my older. My younger is a budding artist, so no worries there. I find art everywhere. Literally... Read More
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:19
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Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice

Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice
I used Latin Road for 3 years. My boys were RATHER successful with it, not to mention my son still remembers all of his Latin even after three years without cracking a book! He was required to take a college placement test at the college he’s attending, so they could find out which course would be applicable for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and began the university in Junior level! Yippee! He liked...
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Introducing TWO New Parent Training A la Carte & a SALE!

Introducing TWO New Parent Training A la Carte & a SALE!
Have you discovered our Parent Training A la Carte courses yet? If not, this weekend is a great time to do so! We are introducing TWO new courses: Delight-Directed Learning and Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer! To celebrate, both of our new classes are on sale for just $10! "I love all of the examples.  It helps to broaden my thinking to hear the wide variety of things that other families are...
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Homeschool Driver's Ed - To Grade or Not To Grade

Homeschool Driver's Ed - To Grade or Not To Grade
I sometimes get questions on how to grade a student's drivers education. With my boys I simply put "pass" because I had read a book that suggested it. Since that time, I've read other books that suggest to grade it, and other books that suggest you leave it off the transcript all together. Based on all of that information, I'd say that it's completely and totally 100% your preference about driver's ed. Keep in mind that...
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Hi Lee, What would you think about including Driver's Ed in their activities? Our son definitely put in the hours to earn a .5 c... Read More
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:41
Lee Binz
Hi H! Lee typically recommends that you include Driver's Ed on your transcript as an elective, but you certainly don't have to. In... Read More
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 20:17
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Homeschooling Curriculum - Family Math Fun

Homeschooling Curriculum - Family Math Fun
When my children were younger, I tried to find ways to make learning fun. One of the things we did through elementary school was to play a math game a few times a week. We found great math games in Family Math. It is a $20 book that is appropriate for multiple children, kindergarten to 8th grade. You can find it at curriculum fairs, but also at regular bookstores and the library. It is a book...
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Homeschooling Younger Children - Girding Your Loins for High School!

Homeschooling Younger Children - Girding Your Loins for High School!
Use 7th and 8th grade as your "high school training time." Not so your kids can working at high school, it so you can work on how you THINK about high school. When my kids were that age, I would think about how many hours we spent on activities, I would think about the different class titles that I could use for different experiences. 7th and 8th grade is also a perfect time to be planning...
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Guest — The HomeScholar
Hey Lee,I hope you feel encouraged after reading. You may want to subscribe to my newsletter. Have a great day!Blessings,Lee-- Th... Read More
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Guest — my5wolfcubs
Girding my loins for high school -- that is just the point I'm at now! Looking forward to reading more!Lee (another one!)... Read More
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Home School Education - On-line High School?

Home School Education - On-line High School?
If you are considering online programs for high school, ask yourself a question: Is this how my child learns best? The success your student with online courses is largely dependent on their learning style.You shouldn't feel like you MUST do online schools for high school, however. Colleges, in general, understand homeschooling and they understand homeschool transcripts and grades. There is no reason to feel like you have to do an online school just so they will...
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Homeschooling While Building a House

Homeschooling While Building a House
I've had friends who homeschooled while building a house. If you find yourself in that situation, remember that any construction experiences your high schoolers have can count as high school credit. Woodworking, carpentry, occupational credit, etc., might be good course titles to consider. Your kids are learning while you do these things, right? Let them live and learn. Have you read Barb Shelton's Homeschool Form + U + La? That was what her life was like....
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Homeschooling Curriculum - The Teaching Company on a Budget!

Homeschooling Curriculum - The Teaching Company on a Budget!
We never paid full price for a Teaching Company course, they were just MUCH too expensive for our budget. We used audio tapes primarily, and on sale they were $15-$35. You can also also find them at the library, though, so look their first. Some libraries don't list them under "teaching company" or "great courses" but instead list them under the course name "calculus made clear." It makes it harder to find that way. You can...
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Homeschooling Curriculum - The Latin Road Pays Off!

Homeschooling Curriculum - The Latin Road Pays Off!
>>>Please comment on the Latin Road <<<I used Latin Road for 3 years. My kids were VERY successful with it, and my son still remembers all his Latin even after 3 years without cracking a book! He had to take a college placement test at the college he's going to, so they could see which class would be appropriate for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and started the university in Junior level! Yippee!...
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