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Book Lovers Guide to Vocabulary Building

Book Lovers Guide to Vocabulary Building
We used the Kaplan SAT Score-Raising classics to improve vocabulary in our homeschool. If you have never seen those books before, they are a great way...
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 Read-Aloud Families Create Successful Students

 Read-Aloud Families Create Successful Students
I believe that read-aloud families create successful students. I requested an opportunity to review, The Read-Aloud Family by Sarah Mackenzie to see w...
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Reading Aloud and Fond Family Feelings

Reading Aloud and Fond Family Feelings
Reading Aloud and Fond Family Feelings I read aloud to my boys all through high school. At one point my eldest balked at the thought of a read aloud with his mom so I told him that my Honors English teacher in public school read aloud to my class (true story). About a month ago my kids told me how glad they are that we homeschooled them. They are now 26 and 28 years old. I...
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How to Encourage Reading with Teens

How to Encourage Reading with Teens
Encourage Reading with Teens Are you having trouble encouraging your middle school or high school child to read? It can be so difficult to find suitable books for a pre-teen or teenager! Never fear; you CAN encourage reading with teens! Let me help with ideas and free resources for you. Make Reading Fun Encourage fun by using real, quality literature. If you're having trouble finding suitable books, you might like my handy Printable Middle School Reading List PDF  to...
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Why did you decide to homeschool high school?

Why did you decide to homeschool high school?
I hesitated to start because I didn't want to be over-protective.  My younger son is anaphylactic to peanuts.  He is one of those children you read about that could die if exposed to the smallest, microscopic speck of peanut. I didn’t want to over-protect my children, and it was very difficult to balance protecting him from a life-threatening allergy and over-protecting him so he didn’t know how to care for his own life-long condition. I hesitated...
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Determining Homeschool English Credits

Determining Homeschool English Credits
Are you ever unsure about how many English credits to give your students? Does your student spend more time on English assignments than they do on any other subject? These are common conundrums and you are not alone! Can composition and literature be documented as two separate credits? My student spends an hour on composition and an hour on literature each day. In answer to this I will tell you that there are some classes that simply...
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Homeschool Gift Idea for Techies

Homeschool Gift Idea for Techies
What better way to encourage techie kids to read!  Nintendo DS is now an E-Reader! I saw this on the news, and it looks like a great way to encourage kids to read using modern technology.  As the mother of an electrical engineer, I can tell you that I often felt Kevin was hard-wired to enjoy wired toys.  He loved to read, but he would have loved to read even MORE if he were using something...
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Homeschool English: Beware of "Random" Quotation Marks

Homeschool English: Beware of "Random" Quotation Marks
Just say "NO" to "random" quotation marks! I keep finding "random quotation marks" in things I have "written myself." I find it "frustrating" and think I should read the book " Eats, Shoots, and Leaves " by Lynne Truss again. It's a hilarious book.  I do remember that there were some "questionable" words, and I hesitated before showing it to my older teenagers.  Don't use it with "younger" children, and you may want to pre-read it...
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Summertime, And The Reading Is Easy!

Summertime, And The Reading Is Easy!
Looking for a fun read?  If your child is in high school, consider looking at one of the reading lists intended for college bound students.  Fun summer reading can help prepare children for college and improve vocabulary. Here are some popular reading lists for the college bound suggesting great literature: College Bound Reading List (by The HomeScholar) Printable Reading List for High School (by The HomeScholar) 7 Ways to Encourage Reading in Middle School (by The...
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Homeschool Summer Reading Fun

Homeschool Summer Reading Fun
In the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson In summer a homeschool parent's fancy turns to reading. ~Lee Binz One of the great things about summer is the opportunity to read without being interrupted. Set two goals: First:  Demonstrate the love of literature by finding a book for yourself and reading it in front of your children, showing them how enjoyable it is. Second:  Find books that your...
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Can I Give High School Credit for Bible Study?

Can I Give High School Credit for Bible Study?
Can I Give High School Credit for Bible Study? We do Bible as a family everyday. I would guess we spend about 45 minutes a day. Sometimes we simply read the Word and discuss, other times we do a formal study. Plus there is the daily discipleship...Sundays at church, youth group studies, etc... May I give a Bible credit per year to my son, or must he have actually done a formal Bible study with documented...
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Why Do Colleges Need a Reading List Anyway?

Why Do Colleges Need a Reading List Anyway?
Record keeping is for important so that you keep things that are needed by your state law.  It's also important to keep records that you will need to make course descriptions AND keep records that colleges may ask you for (writing samples, etc.) One of the things colleges seem most interested in is a high school reading list.  But why should they care?  The reading list gives a snapshot of the student, so colleges will know...
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Find Your Preferred Method of Learning

Find Your Preferred Method of Learning
Books rule!  We love books.  We absorb books.  Anything that we need to know can be learned in a book.  Sometimes people ask me why our reading lists were so incredibly long.  It wasn't because I assigned all those books, I can tell you that much!  For both of my boys, reading is their "love language."  Give them a book, and they will love you forever.  Every Christmas, their wish list includes specific books.  Our reading...
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How to Read a Million Books in a Week

How to Read a Million Books in a Week
We used to go camping a lot.  Car campers, we would take every creature comfort from home, and set up our tent next to the car.  We would take day hikes each day, and cook over an open fire.  To be honest, though, most of the time we all spent reading. When my children were younger, I would prepare unit studies for them to read.  Books on insects or trees, or stories of survival and outdoor...
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Speaking of Ponzi Schemes. . .

Speaking of Ponzi Schemes. . .
I found this is my "memoirs" folder on my computer.  It was written "a few years ago" about my younger son, the political economy major.  He certainly doesn't demonstrate ANY problems with reading comprehension anymore.  In fact, he just told us that he heard all the news about the book "Twilight" and decided that he was old enough to read it.  He read the entire series in two days, just before finals week.  (Begs the question,...
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