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Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps

Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps
"Occupational Education" is the easiest class you will ever teach!  It is a homeschool requirement in some states (i.e. Washington State). I'm convinced it's the easiest class to cover in your homeschool.  Here are five easy steps:1. Wait until your child becomes motivated by money2. Your child will seek (or be forced to seek) a job3. Count hours on the job4. When your child accumulates 150 hours, call it a credit5. Retroactively write a course descriptionAll done! Piece of cake.What did you...
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Guest — Brandi
This worked great for us as we finished a Personal Finance course and could then apply the concepts to REAL MONEY! Opening that fi... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 04:51
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Way to go, Brandi! It's wonderful when we realize that we can get credit for "real stuff"! Life skills like money management are s... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 11:37
Guest — April
Oh goodness. I did a search on your page for O.E. and I read through ALL of the search results. I found an answer to my own ques... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 22:23
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Occupational Education for the Confused Homeschool Parent

Occupational Education for the Confused Homeschool Parent
Occupational Education for the Confused Homeschool Parent Although different states require parents to cover different subjects according to their specific homeschool laws, in Washington State where I live there are eleven required subjects. The one that seems to consistently stump people is occupational education. So many people have asked me what this term means! I read a thread about this topic recently on a homeschool forum and it was quite funny to see what some people thought...
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Guest — Susan
So my daughter works at a vet's office 448 hours a year. How many credits would I put on her transcript?
Saturday, 11 January 2014 17:26
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good question, Susan! In her blog post "Determining Homeschool English Credits" Lee says, "There are some classes that simply tak... Read More
Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:09
Guest — J W
Woops - that's my child's great grandfather, not mine, LOL!
Thursday, 21 June 2012 21:13
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Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education

Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education
For subjects like PE and Occupational Education - which often don't have a textbook - grading doesn't usually involve tests or written work. Are you wondering how to evaluate your child's learning without tests? Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education Grading homeschool PE and occupational education can be as simple as recognizing that your children are meeting your expectations, doing what is required, and completing their work. If they do, you can feel comfortable giving them an "A" for...
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Guest — Laurie Folino
Well said, Merry!!
Saturday, 07 March 2015 19:57
Guest — Tricia
Lee, what do you mean by Occupational Education? Is this the same as giving credit for working? Can you do that?
Thursday, 30 October 2014 18:24
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tricia, It is the same! Read this blog post: Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:12
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Consulting with Computer Geeks

Consulting with Computer Geeks
Do you love a teenage computer geek?  Don't you wish someone had a user's manual for them?  They can be as difficult to decipher as a JavaScript manual written in Chinese!  Let me throw a few ideas into the mix!  When I'm consulting with parents of computer geeks, I always try to touch on a few key topics:Grab credits where you can
Your child may be learning computer languages or other highly technical skills that are often learned in...
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Guest — Karen
I have a computer geek for a son. When he was in high school I allowed him to take a networking class from the local high school. ... Read More
Friday, 28 September 2012 09:44
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"What Should I Put on My HomeSchool Transcript?"

"What Should I Put on My HomeSchool Transcript?"
"What should I put  on my homeschool transcript" is one of the questions I hear most.  Usually there are a LOT of different ways to put something on a transcript, and lots of different "right ways" of doing it.  It's just a matter of brainstorming ideas together and see which one seems good to you.We own a farm & garden supply store.  My daughter works there every day. How do I keep up with this and...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks Joelle! I'm glad you liked it :-) Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 19:56
Guest — J W
And let me put in a bald-faced advertisement here - Lee has a great book on highschool transcripts :-)
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 19:54
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Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't....

Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don't....
About half of our homeschool classes were traditional, textbookish classes. The rest we were just Wild & Crazy Guys!For fun, my son Kevin studied chess like crazy. One year we called it "Critical Thinking." No kidding - if you have a kid who plays competitive chess, I'm sure you understand! The next year we called it "Public Speaking" because he was going to different classes around our area, teaching to various homeschool groups and public and...
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Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
You know I don't really know where it started.... It has just always been. He got his first knife at 6 yrs old. Yes it was young... Read More
Monday, 02 June 2008 11:05
Guest — Lee
Wow! That IS unusual! Did that passion start with a book? Johnny Tremain? How fun! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:54
Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
How about knifemaking. He would love to become a bladesmith. Here is a link with a picture of his forge. http://momn4boys.blog... Read More
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:04
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