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Distance Learning Not College

Distance Learning Not College
As a parent, your work during high school includes planning for and providing the best possible education for your child, so they can learn the life skills they need. It’s your job to prepare your children to be ready for a variety of different possibilities and encourage them to pursue what they need to know in order to function in their job, whether that includes college or not. In the midst of the variety of options for...
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Guest — Lin
We have used distance learning for two of our kids. The first is pursuing her degree from home using College Plus. The second is a... Read More
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:10
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Well done, Lin! You found a way to take care of what your kids needed. As homeschoolers, that's the best we can strive for! Robin... Read More
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 16:24
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Educating the Google Generation

Educating the Google Generation
Many parents struggle with the amount of time their children spend on computers and electronic equipment.For boys it may be gaming like crazy, and parents may have a hard time turning their attention from the screen.For girls, it may be the cell phone and social media calling their name constantly.Even though you can (and should) set limits on screen time, the attraction seems almost insatiable! Of course, a lot of studies have touted the advantages of...
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Guest — Birdie
Dear Lee, Wonderful information! One question: Were the people that were supposed to deal with these research papers that their... Read More
Friday, 02 August 2013 20:35
Guest — JW
We use Google and Wikipedia as starting points to give us an idea about what to research and which books to check out of the libra... Read More
Thursday, 01 August 2013 19:59
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Do Online Schools Scare You Silly?

Do Online Schools Scare You Silly?
It's a Feeding Frenzy of Ads Preying on Homeschool Fears I just got an advertisement for an online, accredited program.  I just have to respond!  If you look at the ad, you might feel insecure, or inadequate.  But you are a homeschool parent!  Let me tell you the truth!fully accredited providers- are not better than parents that are official educators, though not accreditedsuperior, personalized education- nothing is more personalized than parent-provided educationhighly accountable schooling- can be...
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Guest — Dr Joe
Hello Lee! You are certainly right that the homeschool parent is superior in many ways to centralized, online instruction. But the... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:45
Guest — Birdie
Hello Lee. Your post today has to be one of my favorite from you. I have spent time reading through many sites, blogs, ezines, e... Read More
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 21:28
Guest — JW
I am leery of computerized school because my husband is a programmer with well over 20 years of experience. Things go wrong all t... Read More
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:21
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OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers

OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers
In the realm of online learning, “OpenCourseWare” is the new kid on the block, one worth checking into if you have a homeschool student who does well with virtual classes.  OpenCourseWare (OCW) includes coursework and materials shared freely with anyone via the Internet. Universities such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard, to name a few, all offer OCW, although there is no credit conferred for completion of any courses.I think it’s wonderful that these courses...
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Terrific info, Jackie! Thanks!
Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:04
Guest — Jackie Ryan Masek
1) We have done OCW and love it! It isn't nearly as easy as they make it sound, though. But, you know me, I'm a Google Master Extr... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:13
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