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Washington State Homeschool Graduation Requirements

Washington State Homeschool Graduation Requirements
For many homeschoolers, college follows shortly after graduation. Gaining college admission and scholarships is the concluding act of your homeschooling career. Let me show you how to do it. Click to register for my free class: College Applications Simply Explained Homeschool law may not be the same as the law covering public or private schools. In Washington State, for example, public school is covered in one area of the law, and homeschool law is covered in an entirely...
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11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School

11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School
11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will Not Learn in School This post contains affiliate links . If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. I love educator Charles Sykes' "11 Rules" list! It's from the book,  Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write, or Add . Here it is! 11 Rules Your Kids Did Not and Will...
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Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript
Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences. As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single transcript document. Here are 7 steps for putting public school classes on your homeschool...
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Kim Park
My son was required to enroll in a public school for the first quarter of his Freshman year in order to play on the football team.... Read More
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Hi Kim, It sounds like you have a good plan already. That's the kind of question that Lee handles for her Gold Care Club members. ... Read More
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Hi Michele, There are a few reasons... We include those classes, primarily, because they are on our children's permanent record, ... Read More
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Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts

Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts
Are you allowing yourself enough flexibility for delight directed learning or are you putting your Enlgish credits in a box? Do you feel insecure because you aren't sure what "Language Arts 10" means? How many books do your children read each year in high school? Finding Freedom in Homeschool Language Arts I was fascinated by an opinion column in the Seattle Times, Seattle Sacrifices Monster Lit , which stated: "We should allow principals and teachers to select...
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From Homeschool to Public High School

From Homeschool to Public High School
It is very difficult to have homeschool credits accepted by a public high school. From Homeschool to Public High School Don't be surprised if they don't accept any of your high school credits. They may accept them if the public school is not accredited, but usually it is at the discretion of the principal of the school. Here are some ideas for your transcript that might be helpful if you are trying to move from homeschool to...
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Freedom From Public School

Freedom From Public School
Are you ready to take the plunge and start homeschooling for the first time?  It's time to enjoy the freedom from public school! Homeschooling high school can seem challenging, but it can feel completely overwhelming if you have made a transition away from public school to homeschooling. When you haven't been homeschooling all along, you haven't been able to ooze into the idea slowly.  Lots of parents ask me how to navigate this road.  Here are...
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Does Homeschooling Make You a Bad Person?

Does Homeschooling Make You a Bad Person?
This article title just SCREAMS for attention! " If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person. "  I'm sure the author chose the title just so people would get upset enough to share it with friends.  A "bad" person?  Really? Her thesis is simple. "If every parent sent every single child to public school, schools would improve. Not immediately, could take generations, mediocre educations in the meantime, but worth it for...
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Words I Hate

Words I Hate
There are certain words I hate.  They don't seem to be important for homeschooling.  Although I know it can be useful for some people, many of these words have their roots in public schools. rubric literary analysis umbrella organization accountability benchmark credential inclusive norm or normative socialization alternative education accreditation parent-partnership certified approved In fact, to me some words just scream "Certified teacher!  Lookout!"  Some things are useful - even important - with public school children...
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Considering Homeschooling?

Considering Homeschooling?
What advice would you give to a mom who is considering homeschooling?  These are comments from my  Facebook  friends.  What do YOU tell someone who is thinking about homeschooling for the first time? Diane Don't be too hard on your kids. it's all going to be fine. if you are stressed, they'll be stressed. Dianne You don't have to do it all, you don't have to be perfect, and your kids will learn anyway and be...
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Withdraw from Public School

Withdraw from Public School
This is the time of year when parents may consider homeschooling for the first time.  It can be a scary thought! This first step is to locate your state homeschool law.  Search for the name of your state and the words "homeschool organization" to locate a group that can help you. You can also search for your state here: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/ default.asp .  Contact your state homeschool organization, and make sure you follow the state law for...
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10 More Reasons to Homeschool

10 More Reasons to Homeschool
    This past month, I felt shocked on a daily basis when I read the newspaper and saw the evening news.  So many stories seemed to include public schools. We all have MANY reasons to homeschool, of course.  But let's take a quick tour of the news this past month, and count 10 more reasons to homeschool. 1. School violence Ohio shootings the latest in deadly month for schools Deadly month for nation's schools 2....
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Can we get real?

Can we get real?
I really appreciate when other real parents allow me to share their stories.  Recently Lois contacted me about this blog post:  Our Community College Stories .  Here is the story that Lois has allowed me to share about her daughter. Interesting Lee. One area my daughter did well in was in our local Community College. Our successful method was — talking to students about the professors; getting recommendations about them in conjunction with RateMyProfessor.com. I found...
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Homeschooling High School: Senior Year Public School or Community College Dual Enrollment?

Homeschooling High School: Senior Year Public School or Community College Dual Enrollment?
Hi Lee, I have a question and maybe you can advise me in. I have been homeschooling my 4 children for the last 7 years. My oldest will start her senior year sometime in the next few months. My next one will be starting her junior year. For the last year, they have done nothing but beg me to send them back to public school. Suddenly they want to experience it. My head says it would...
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The Validity of High School Diplomas - Encouragement for Homeschoolers

The Validity of High School Diplomas - Encouragement for Homeschoolers
HSLDA reports that colleges are now required to determine the validity of high school diplomas from public and private schools. How exactly can the college determine validity?  Will they be requiring course descriptions from every applicant?  That would be a lot of reading for the admissions team.  Homeschool parents often think about their own transcripts and validity.  Yes, you are valid!  Isn't it interesting that public and private high schools are now having the same concerns...
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Transition from Public School to Homeschool Takes Time

Transition from Public School to Homeschool Takes Time
The transition from public or private school can take some time.  Even when parents and children are eager to homeschool, the change in attitude may not happen immediately.  In this letter from Kelly, she describes the gradual process in her home.  In a year and a half her son went from "the deadness of school" to sounding independent and happy.  Read what she has to say: Hi, Lee. I am needing to share this with someone,...
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