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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 AdvantageMany homeschoolers have a very rigorous academic plan. Whether they choose to...
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[…] Have a look at http://www.thehomescholar.com/gold-care.php, the educational website where you can get enough details abo... Read More
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 23:16
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Getting it done with an Accountability Buddy!

Getting it done with an Accountability Buddy!
I always enjoy getting to know my Gold Care Club members.  Some members will come and go - maybe it's a light summer month, and they have extra time for paperwork tasks.  Maybe they are taking the holidays off, and want to take some continuing education classes.  Other members join just when the pressure is intense and the need is urgent.  And some members will stay for years, methodically working on one child at a time...
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Good Things Can Happen To You Too!

Good Things Can Happen To You Too!
Don't give up!  Every year parents contact me surprised at their own successes.  Face this coming year with confidence and determination.  Read what Renee, Janet, and Kathleen have shared.  What will YOUR story be?  When the year is done, and you have the results of your hard work, let me know.  I love to encourage others!Renee wrote:I just wanted to write and thank you for the encouragement you provided as my daughter applied to colleges this...
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Wow, this sure does give me hope - I'm fully supportive of my kiddo's dream, but it's gonna be ex-pen-sive because this promising ... Read More
Monday, 02 July 2012 21:30
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Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!

Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!
I was chatting with my Friends on Facebook, kind of complaining about a lack of summer in Seattle actually, and Anna commented about how my book, Setting the Records Straight, "saved her bacon" LOL!  It was so sweet, but then she sent a follow -up message. Anna wrote: "I would be remiss if I didn't give credit where credit is due. The hardest part was starting the transcript. I stared at my header for a few...
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What About That Prom!

What About That Prom!
 Some homeschoolers would like a Prom, and others aren't interested.  This is for all you party-loving prom-providing parents!  How do you create a fun and wholesome prom for homeschoolers?  Donna has some great suggestions!Hello Lee, I’m happy to share what I know about the local Christian homeschool prom in our area last month. I had hoped to have this to you sooner, but it has been one whirlwind of a month! Through one of the mothers I met...
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Choose Peace

Choose Peace
Are you the parent scrambling frantically to finish every problem in every book before you can relax for the summer?  I encourage you to focus on "choosing peace."  Look at each thing you are trying to finish. Does it need to be done?  If you are 80% done with the book, that should be enough.  Public schools finish 80% to finish the subject, and so can you.Does it impact your mental health?  Weigh the pros and...
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Wow, glad to hear I'm on the right track. We had various things happen throughout the school year, and I had to tell myself not t... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 08:27
Guest — Laura
Lee, Finding your site was an answer to prayer. The kids and I have literally been "scrambling" to finish out the year. We still n... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 07:20
Guest — Lois
We were wrestling with this very issue. I needed jr. grades on the transcript NOW to enroll in dual courses. "Mom, I'm not done!" ... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2012 06:46
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Transcripts for the Rest of Us!

Transcripts for the Rest of Us!
It’s not too hard to create a stellar transcript for a student that excels in all they do, but what about the more average student who struggles in certain areas, and may be a little reluctant to learn?  How do you make their transcript look acceptable without any stretching of the truth?Usually the first thing I suggest when I consult with somebody in this situation is to figure out what your child does for fun. There...
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Is Socialization a Bad Word?

Is Socialization a Bad Word?
 My friends call it The ‘S’ Word.  Socialization.  But you know, it's not a dirty word.  It's the place where homeschoolers truly shine!Homeschoolers are better prepared for life as a result of their socialization in the real world. Instead of spending 6 hours a day with their same-age peers, homeschoolers have the opportunity to interact with a broad range of people, in a wide variety of different settings.  This real world socialization leads to all sorts...
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I've noticed when it comes to my special needs child, that word comes up a lot. People assume that being in public school will "c... Read More
Sunday, 17 June 2012 07:55
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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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Last year was my first year of using Sonlight. We are so glad we did. It's not perfect; we made some modifications, but that's one... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 22:16
Guest — Homeschooling Mom
Lee, what do you recommend for highschool students whose reading speed is less than ideal? I took a look at the Sonlight highschoo... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:20
Guest — J W
Sonlight - fantastic for the first child, disaster for the second :-) Second child is special needs, but even when I started Sonl... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:18
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Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!

Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!
 While there are lots of resources for homeschooling high school on The HomeScholar website, one of the most popular is our Total Transcript Solution (TTS).  What many people don’t realize is that this program can be used over time, and for more than one student!  If you have a lot of children, TTS is a really good value, because you can use it for an unlimited number of students for as long as you want. You’re...
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Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers

Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers
 The other day, a client asked me, “What is the best way to record transcript credits for classes that do not fall within a given school year?”  This family homeschooled year-round, and had courses that spanned several ‘school years,’ so they wondered how to reflect that on their homeschool transcripts.One of the best ways to handle this situation is to record the end date when you actually finish the course. That’s actually what our family did. ...
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Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People

Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People
 I asked Bari "How do you like it?" after he purchased the Comprehensive Record Solution, and he said "We are theater/music people and many things seem to not apply or go over my head a bit. Overall - I am pleased with the material."  So.... how do you make a transcript and course description when you are a dealing with a lot of fine arts?When you are music and theater people, it can help to think...
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Perfect timing, Lee. Thanks for the post. I just finished the course academic course descriptions for my new graduate and was mull... Read More
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 18:25
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Summertime Fun with Record-keeping

Summertime Fun with Record-keeping
Summertime Fun: Record-keepingIt’s summertime, and the living is… easy?  Probably not, if you’re a homeschool parent!  Now is the time to play catch-up. Summer provides an opportunity to work on all those tasks you’ve put off throughout the school year.  Little things such as cleaning out the closet under the stairs, or planning a visit to grandparents in another state.  Summertime is also a great opportunity to catch up on homeschool tasks that you’ve put off...
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Summertime Reading, Planning, and More

Summertime Reading, Planning, and More
Summer is a great time to compile your student’s reading list, in preparation for college applications.  A reading list is simply a list of books your child has read, including title and author.  Often requested by colleges, and sometimes useful for scholarship applications, reading lists are an important part of your student’s high school record.  Include books you have assigned your children to read over the summer, books they’ve used in their coursework, and books they...
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I listed the books on course descriptions when appropriate AND on the reading list. Some books are "just" for the reading list, b... Read More
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 11:39
Guest — Janet
Do you put required course readings in both the detailed course description and the reading list? Or, do you denote which course ... Read More
Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:35
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Timing Your American Government Class

Timing Your American Government Class
Recently I wrote a little tip about studying American Government this coming year, during a Presidential election year.  As homeschoolers, we get to teach subjects when they make sense for the student, not just because of their age or grade.  But why do schools insist on teaching it later in high school?  That's what Donna wanted to know!Lee, I have often wondered why I usually see government class listed in the senior year.  I know as...
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    It can happen overnight. One day your child is pleasant, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning; the next day, they aren't. This can happen with girls or boys; sometimes it happens at a certain age. Don't feel as if you've done something wrong, because it's common. Motivation of teens, or lack thereof, can  be difficult. 

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    We are living in uncertain times - especially when it comes to homeschooling high school. There are public and private schools that are undecided about how to do school, which is leaving families in limbo about the education of their children.

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