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The HomeScholar is in the Top 100!

The HomeScholar is in the Top 100!
It’s always great when someone says something nice about you, isn’t it?!  I was thrilled when Homeschool.com recently namedThe HomeScholar website as one of their Top 100 Educational Websites for 2013!  What an honor!  I even get to use their Top 100 Seal on my blog!  Homeschool.com is having a February Freebie event, and I have contributed some prizes and giveaways.  Why don't you check it out? Freebie February DealsEvery year, Homeschool.com asks their product testers to send them a list of their...
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Quick Essay vs. Perfect Papers

Quick Essay vs. Perfect Papers
The SAT requires a 25 minute hand-written essay.  What about brainstorming, outlining, revising, editing, and proof reading?  It can't all get done in just 25 minutes!Writing a good essay is an important skill, and it can be frustrating to “teach to the test", but you want your student to be successful at it. On the other hand, the SAT essay teaches a completely different kind of writing - and it's just as important as a polished...
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Guest — J W
Yep. Have the grandmother, who has a BA in English, teach it, hee hee hee!
Thursday, 06 September 2012 20:20
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Homeschool High School - Where Do I Sign Up?

Homeschool High School - Where Do I Sign Up?
I encourage parents with young children to sign up for my free monthly newsletter . Every month, when you see the phrase "homeschooling high school" it will strengthen and encourage you. By seeing that title, I hope to remove your fear of homeschooling the upper grades.  Then, by the time your children are old enough for high school, it will seem like the next normal step to take! That way you can listen to your heart...
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How Do You Know You Can Homeschool High School?

How Do You Know You Can Homeschool High School?
Here is a nice little "pick-me-up" video on how you can be sure you can homeschool high school. We are so excited about our newsletter, which (as always) comes out on the 1st of the month.  It will be waiting for you when you wake up on Monday morning!  You can sign up here.
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Guest — J W
I like what you said about God placing children exactly where they need to be. A similar topic came up in Sunday School today. S... Read More
Sunday, 31 May 2009 17:54
Guest — Becky
Thanks for this reminder...
Sunday, 31 May 2009 04:57
Guest — Sally
Thank you, Lee. I struggle a lot in my head about if I am "doing enough" for my high school homeschool. Hearing you say those ver... Read More
Saturday, 30 May 2009 20:22
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Thankful for Our Family

Thankful for Our Family
I'm thankful for my cousin and her family, for helping us with our YouTube video.  It's part of my December Newsletter, and it's a video to illustrate how annoyed I was when my children played chess and piano.  I want to thank the Academy, of course, but also:Darrin - playing the plumberTeri - the directorJosh - cousin #1ShaeLee - cousin #2Kevin - chess freakAlex - piano playerMatt - photographerLee - me, the annoyed motherBailey - our...
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Blog and Newsletter Contest Winners!

Blog and Newsletter Contest Winners!
Julie in Texas won my blog contest this month! Julie said, "Thank you so much!  I appreciate your generous give away.  After reading the description of your audio course, I knew I wanted to hear it, so I'm thrilled that I'm the winner!" Julie has been homeschooling 9 years, and she has two boys in grades 6 and 9.  Her favorite advice to younger homeschoolers is: "It's hard to fix something that isn't broken." She confessed...
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Failing Math in Public School

Failing Math in Public School
One mother contacted me because her daughter is failing math in the public school system.   She is considering homeschooling.I understand that you are very concerned, but it's a complicated thing to talk about by email.  I encourage you to seek as much help as you need, and educate yourself about homeschooling high school.  For more information, consider signing up for my free email newsletter, taking my free mini-course, and getting my video, Preparing to Homeschool High...
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Oh, my! There are so many issues with math, this mom really does need some personal one-on-one time. As a quick "band-aid," thou... Read More
Sunday, 19 October 2008 09:23
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This Is My Guinea Pig...

This Is My Guinea Pig...
Becky asked me to look over her high school plan for 9th grade, as she is trying to prepare her son for college, adding "This is my guinea pig...my first of 4 to go this far so I'd appreciate advice from those who have been here. "Dear Becky,Be brave!  Your plan sounds wonderful to me, but you know best - you really do!  Sonlight 100 is great, Apologia Biology is wonderful.  Reading and writing is critical,...
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Washington State History Ideas

Washington State History Ideas
I recently sent out my quarterly Washington State newsletter, which mentioned (among other things) that state history is not a required subject in our homeschool law.  So many people have sent me some great information about Washington State History ideas, that I thought I should pass it along here!  I have permission to share these ideas.Hi Lee—something that we have done for several years as part of our Washington State curriculum has been to go to...
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The 5-Corners of Homeschooling

The 5-Corners of Homeschooling
My husband wrote an article in our September newsletter that talked about all of the options parents face when their kids reach high school.  He discussed homeschooling, alt-ed, accreditation agencies, certified teachers, co-ops, and public schools.  This is a very timely subject and I thought you might enjoy it.  Read all about your options here and then let us know what you think!Are you a subscriber to my free monthly e-newsletter yet?  If not, you can...
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I really liked this article. So far, my reasons for rejecting all the options but "straight ahead" have had more to do with my pe... Read More
Friday, 12 September 2008 16:27
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Doing High School Right!

Doing High School Right!
Hi Lee,"I am so glad I found your website. I am planning to homeschool my 15 year old son, while working and going to school partime, and I am a bit nervous. He needs supervision to get his stuff done. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can motivate him to be more of a self learning when I am not here? I have The Robinson Curriculum, as well as a ton of good...
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High School - Think Early, Think Often!

High School - Think Early, Think Often!
Humans, by nature, tend to fear the unknown. This is particularly true for parents of young students when it comes to homeschooling high school. They will often think: "How could I possibly teach high school level subjects?" They also fear that their decision to homeschool high school will jeopardize their children's future, including college plans. Sometime parents will have themselves so convinced that homeschooling high school is an impossibility that by the time they reach middle...
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