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Not a Good Tester

Not a Good Tester
Not a Good Tester Is your child just not a good tester? Some kids don't do well on standardized tests. Nobody knows that better than a homeschool parent with a child that doesn't do well on tests.  For college admission, though, it can help to provide test scores from the SAT or ACT.Colleges want test scores. It's very uncommon (although not impossible) to get college admission and scholarships without taking one of these tests. A child doesn't need...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Janet, I'm not exactly sure about what to do, but I know where to find the answer: http://www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/i... Read More
Saturday, 13 February 2010 11:05
Guest — Janet
I have a daughter who may never be able to do well a "bubble" test, due to vision issues. (However, she is not legally blind.) W... Read More
Friday, 12 February 2010 08:52
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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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SAT Essay Preparation for Homeschoolers

SAT Essay Preparation for Homeschoolers
Homeschool parents will find the best preparation for the SAT essay is sample essay questions from previous tests.  That's why I recommend the SAT preparation book  called 11 Practice Tests for the SAT & PSAT. I was wondering if you could help me out with this question.   I can't seem to find specifics in prep books or online.... I've seen suggested in several places  that students should be familiar with a few specific topics that they...
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Guest — Linda
I've been helping students score highly on their SAT essays for years, and the key is to have a clear thesis and strong, supportin... Read More
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:52
Guest — Rodney Daut
The thing about the book you recommend is that the test are not made by the test maker. I suggest that people get practice tests ... Read More
Friday, 16 April 2010 10:11
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"Please pass the course descriptions"

"Please pass the course descriptions"
Course descriptions are like mashed potatoes. I always think of the strangest metaphors, don't I?  And you can certainly tell I'm in the kitchen a lot these days!  But think about it.....For mashed potatoes, you don't just throw a bag of potatoes into the water.  Each potato has to be individually washed, peeled, and cut.  You don't just mash them, either.  You add flavorings; milk, butter, sour cream or cream cheese.  Presentation matters, too.  You don't...
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Homeschool High School: How Much Prep Time Is Required?

Homeschool High School: How Much Prep Time Is Required?
How much prep time is required to homeschool?  It varies widely, and it varies with the curriculum you use.  Some things are more teacher-intensive, some things require more planning.  No two homeschools will look alike.How much time did you spend preparing to teach your sons' classes in 8th-9th grade?  I noticed a few comments about Latin prep on your blog. ~ Lee Ann in Florida Dear Lee Ann,When I used Sonlight Curriculum I had almost NO...
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Homeschoolers and Military Academies

Homeschoolers and Military Academies
All the military academies accept homeschoolers, and homeschoolers are on completely equal footing with every other applicant.  The academic preparation for a military academy is actually the easy part.  It's the extracurricular, leadership and physical fitness aspects of preparation that are much more difficult to achieve!  It's completely possible if you have the right kind of child.  I have a local homeschool friend and her son was recently admitted to an academy - REAL homeschoolers REALLY...
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Guest — Deanne
We have sat in on a couple of academy admission meetings..definitely begin the application process early! And if serious, find som... Read More
Saturday, 22 January 2011 17:25
Guest — Christy
Our local homeschool resource center has a college fair and two(? maybe 3) military academies send representatives. The Naval Acad... Read More
Saturday, 05 September 2009 04:23
Guest — ChrissieGirl
Thanks Lee! We have a couple families here who are wanting to get their child in the military and this was very helpful. One famil... Read More
Friday, 04 September 2009 10:19
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Planning for SAT Success

Planning for SAT Success
A family bought "Gifted Education at Home" and had an additional question about providing a challenge for her mathematically gifted young child.Hi Lee,One more question for you.  My husband is a man with a plan and he wants to plan based on the end which would be taking the SAT and excelling.   We are reevaluating the Abeka math program.  It is OK for the next couple of years but we are planning to really accelerate.  I...
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Guest — J W
I don't know if this will help or not, but I have a younger student using ABeka math. She's right smack dab at grade level, but t... Read More
Friday, 20 February 2009 14:12
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Can My Homeschooler Take the SAT as a Senior?

Can My Homeschooler Take the SAT as a Senior?
How important is preparing for the SAT?  Important enough to delay taking the test until Senior year?  Susan asked me for some guidance to help her decide about when to take the SAT college admission test.I wanted to let you know that your mini course on the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make on Homeschooling High School was very informative. I like your thorough content and the fact that they are not too long each time. Each...
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PSAT and SAT Prep: Practice, Rinse, Repeat

PSAT and SAT Prep: Practice, Rinse, Repeat
Even good test takers need practice.  If your child doesn't take tests well, then practice becomes even more important.  Susan asked me a question about how to prepare her son for the PSAT test.Lee,I have purchased your materials when you were at the homeschool fair in Bothell last year.  My son is a sophomore. He is very analytical and logical which is good since he wants to be a computer programmer. The problem is that he...
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Guest — Tammy
While searching for some good stuff online, came across a site examville.com, Their standardized practice tests section is good... Read More
Monday, 30 March 2009 03:09
Guest — Lee
Hi again! That particular book is now called "Cracking the SAT" and it's also wonderful. It doesn't have as many practice tests, ... Read More
Thursday, 05 February 2009 12:11
Guest — J W
If that's the Princeton Review's main product for the SAT, they must have re-done the vintage (OK, OK, "old!") book. I remember t... Read More
Thursday, 05 February 2009 11:35
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SAT vs. ACT - How Do You Decide?

SAT vs. ACT - How Do You Decide?
Hi Lee,I have listened to your lessons on the different high school tests, but I still cannot decide which one to choose for my daughter. She is using the Kaplan SAT prep software this year, and while she had no trouble with reading and writing, she can't remember how to do the simplest math equations. She has always struggled with both math and science, so I can't just have her take ACT. Any suggestions?~BevHi Bev,Yes, I...
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Guest — Homeschooling in Nova Scotia
We will likely have to take a 5 hour drive to take the SAT or the ACT. We live on an island ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 20:28
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
That can be frustrating, Kimberly. I know how you feel, though. We live on the Colorado prairie, so everything is a long drive for... Read More
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 21:16
Guest — Eileen
Unfortunately, in some parts of the country you only have the choice of one test. The SAT is not available in my town. The neares... Read More
Monday, 10 March 2014 05:41
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Planning Thanksgiving Dinner and High School Graduation

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner and High School Graduation
I've got big plans for Thanksgiving Dinner.  The boys are coming home from college (with at least one girlfriend!) I'm so excited to see my cousin and her family!  My husband's parents are coming, and bringing their dog, too!  It's going to be a great time, relaxing with family.  I'm the cook, so I've started the meal today!Thanksgiving MenuAppetizersChips and dipsVeggies and dipsSatsuma oranges and datesDinnerTurkey with gravySausage stuffing (no nuts)Mashed potatoes in the crock potWhipped...
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Guest — J W
Congratulations on winning the Best Business Blog award! I like the puppy, too, LOL!
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 16:30
Guest — Lee
Thank you, Stephanie! That's so sweet! Know what? Not one single person called me during my free office hours today! Not one! I... Read More
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 14:33
Guest — Stephanie
Yum! I want to eat at your house! Especially the satsumas... I'm so glad that you are here as a resource. You're a blessing to al... Read More
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 10:48
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SAT vs. ACT - Let's Review

SAT vs. ACT - Let's Review
Ok....  Here goes....The SAT covers reading, writing & math and has a mandatory essay.  There is a penalty for guessing.The ACT covers reading, writing, math & SCIENCE, and the essay is optional.  No penalty for guessing.So, how do you know which one to take?About 1/3 of kids will do better on SAT, 1/3 will do better on ACT, and 1/3 will do about the same on both.  The only way to know which one your child...
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Guest — Lee
Yes, every college is VERY different, and the SAT/ACT is only one of the MANY ways they can be unique. It always help to choose w... Read More
Thursday, 28 August 2008 17:09
Guest — Teresa in CO
Wonderful advice! So simple...just take a sample test and see which is best. However, may I also add that some colleges require ... Read More
Thursday, 28 August 2008 16:51
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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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