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Prepare Your Child for High School

Prepare Your Child for High School
I help prepare parents to homeschool high school all the time. I tell them to "read books, attend conferences, watch instructional videos and invest in yourself and your chosen profession." Parents also want to know the other side of the equation. How do you prepare your child for high school? Prepare Your Child for High School I have great news. The way you prepare your child for high school is the same way you prepare them for success...
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Guest — Anita
Helping them start to make decisions about what they want to learn in middle school as preparation for high school. My 8th grader ... Read More
Monday, 27 October 2014 08:58
Guest — Lori Barrett
Lee you are right on target as usual! ;-) I would have to say that character traits and work ethic are possibly even MORE import... Read More
Saturday, 25 May 2013 07:00
Guest — Donna Vail
Hi Lee, I have two teenagers and three more rising through the grades. I love your article. It is a great reminder to stay on poin... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 16:10
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Time to Have "The Talk"

Time to Have "The Talk"
When children are young, we shield them from much of our "rated R" world.  But something happens that changes that.....  Your children grow up.  That's when we realize that we need to shelter young children, but discuss with teens. When your children enter their teen years, it's time to begin having "the talk" about social issues, morality, and integrity.  Allow them to see more of the world, and explain to them what you see in the...
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Ideas for Budding Engineers

Ideas for Budding Engineers
Fun resources for kids who are interested in becoming engineers. High School Classes at MITCollege Level Classes at MIT (My son Kevin said "I would recommend this for bright homeschoolers")Stanford Engineering EverywhereTryengineering.orgTryengineering.org is a resource for students, their parents, their teachers and their school counselors. This is a portal about engineering and engineering careersIntel International Science and Engineering Fair Intel has an international pre-college science competition for students in grades 9–12.Design SquadAlthough it looks a little...
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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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Guest — Lisa
Loved this! What an amazing story!
Sunday, 16 January 2011 15:51
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Saturday, 15 January 2011 06:47
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Little League Ethics

Little League Ethics
My husband found this ethical dilemma online at http://ethicsscoreboard.com/  and I thought it would be an excellent tool for homeschoolers (especially those with kids in little league) to engage their kids in a real life ethical discussion.  After you read the story and before you read the discussion, please add a comment with your vote and a brief explanation.  Then read the analysis and let me know if you change your mind.  This is really interesting...
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Guest — Brian S
Both coaches. Place should have managed his line-up better to avoid the issue. McCauley should have taken the walks until the game... Read More
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:23
Guest — Jim
I am the coach of a "select" team. I don't do the LL thing, but have played their tournaments. I have been in situations where we ... Read More
Sunday, 18 April 2010 11:51
Guest — Kathy Koltes
I think both coaches were unethical.
Thursday, 15 April 2010 19:00
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Real Homeschool Mom Tells All

Real Homeschool Mom Tells All
Nancy is a real homeschool parent, and she wrote me such a compelling, heart-warming story that I just had to share!    Dear Lee, I had not intended to homeschool high school (or homeschool at all!). I hadn't thought about high school last year (7th grade!) until my daughter was approached by a soccer coach last winter...she received a verbal offer to attend a private high school, 1 year early for 9th grade with a special...
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Guest — Kathe
Thanks for posting all the great practical and encouraging info! When I tried to get my son signed up for Renzulli, however, it k... Read More
Friday, 08 October 2010 10:05
Guest — Lee
Thank you Nancy! {{{hugs}}} Blessings, Lee
Friday, 19 March 2010 16:55
Guest — Nancy
Hi, this is Nancy. Lee asked me to post again, so you would know I was a real person. Ha Ha. After the first 6 months of homeschoo... Read More
Friday, 19 March 2010 15:42
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Homeschool High School: It's Not About Teaching At All!

Homeschool High School: It's Not About Teaching At All!
As parents homeschooling high school, our goal is NOT to teach something. Our goal is for our kids to LEARN. I could have taught my kids “at grade level” and they would have not learned a thing. Instead, I gave them curriculum at their ability level, and then they had to learn something that they didn’t already know. I have been telling people for 3 + years that I don't teach my kids, I just give...
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Guest — Anne
I have 7 kids. In some areas they're "ahead." In some areas they're "behind." In all areas they're growing. I repeat almost da... Read More
Thursday, 06 March 2014 04:25
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Amen, Anne! (really all of you who are giving your children WHAT they need, WHEN they need it! Keep up the good work! Robin Assis... Read More
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:30
Guest — Annie Kate
I have 5 kids, two now in university. While I pushed the basics, we did not worry much about grade level. Some things they are b... Read More
Monday, 23 September 2013 15:50
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Herding Men to Help Around the House

Herding Men to Help Around the House
It is sometimes difficult to encourage men to help with household chores.  As the only woman in my home, I knew we needed to work together.  Of course they would need cleaning skills for adulthood.  More importantly, though, they were the ones making the mess! It was simply a matter of Justice. That's me herding my three men! Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise by Pam Young and Peggy Jones has some great ideas.  For...
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Guest — Lisa
I'm the only female in my house too! Tonight my son and I cleaned the bathroom together. I'm not looking forward to doing all the ... Read More
Thursday, 21 January 2010 19:40
Guest — Carletta
I wonder if a list would help my son. He is always asking me if this is all he has left to do for school. He's also pretty disor... Read More
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 20:09
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Pre-test in the Fall!

Pre-test in the Fall!
Children learn all the time, even when we aren't looking - and even over summer!  You might want to "pre-test" your children in some subject areas before you start school next year.  For example, Spelling Power offers a placement test for their program, and you can check their spelling level at the beginning of each year, to make sure they are learning something new.  In most math books, the first chapter or two is review. You...
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How to Read a Million Books in a Week

How to Read a Million Books in a Week
We used to go camping a lot.  Car campers, we would take every creature comfort from home, and set up our tent next to the car.  We would take day hikes each day, and cook over an open fire.  To be honest, though, most of the time we all spent reading.When my children were younger, I would prepare unit studies for them to read.  Books on insects or trees, or stories of survival and outdoor living. ...
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Guest — Lee
I only managed to pre-read the assigned school books (Sonlight.) I didn't read ahead the reading for pleasure books. I wish I ac... Read More
Friday, 23 January 2009 07:40
Guest — J W
I had to laugh - "Hey, when you’re reading ahead for their 6th grade year, it’s pretty easy!" There's no possible way I could rea... Read More
Friday, 23 January 2009 07:32
Guest — Stephanie
Those memories sound wonderful! I love taking books on vacation, too. My husband laughs at me because I look like I'm moving in...... Read More
Thursday, 22 January 2009 21:33
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Never Compare, Someone Always Gets Hurt!

Never Compare, Someone Always Gets Hurt!
Never compare, someone always gets hurt.That's our family mantra, and we use it often.When my boys were very young (perhaps 5 and 7) we had an uncomfortable realization about comparisons.  During Christmas when they were young, I always tried to be careful about gifts.  They had to be similar size boxes, so THEY thought they were the same value, but they had to be similar prices so *I* knew they had the same value.  It was...
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Understanding Their Gifts

Understanding Their Gifts
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it...
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Guest — J W
Too many people are locked into the mindset that a kid "has to" play sports or play a musical instrument. There's nothing wrong w... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2008 14:56
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Guest — Stephanie
I love how you put this! I've been trying to watch our daughter, and I truly believe that communication through creative writing/s... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2008 09:28
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