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Earn College Credits while in High School

Earn College Credits while in High School
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to earn college credits through...
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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 take...
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The Best Homeschool Curriculum

The Best Homeschool Curriculum
People will often ask me what is the "best" homeschool curriculum, but it really depends on your family and your children. But I'm happy to share the curriculum that was a good fit for me and my boys. When I began homeschooling, my friends suggested Sonlight Curriculum because it is so easy for beginners to use.  I liked it because it was literature-based, and the literature-based curriculum was the only good thing about our public school...
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Special Needs Question about High School

Special Needs Question about High School
Did you know that not all homeschoolers score in the 80th percentile or above?  It's true!  There are many homeschoolers who struggle with some subjects - or ALL subjects.  The most important thing is that you take what God has given your child and work with the reality of the situation.  Teach them at their level in each subject, and they will receive the best possible education.  In this note from Angela, you can see how...
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Guest — learning
Good info. Lucky me I found your site by chance (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!
Sunday, 26 January 2014 17:29
Guest — Mary
A hearty YES to Janet's entry above. Trying different curricula in hopes of finding one that "works" with a struggling learner is ... Read More
Saturday, 04 June 2011 17:57
Guest — Janet
Before spending a huge amount of money on curricula, you should really invest in getting a detailed diagnosis. Schools do not dia... Read More
Saturday, 28 May 2011 10:13
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Homeschooling the Very Young

Homeschooling the Very Young
Sometimes homeschooling begins wonderfully, but other times it can seem an overwhelming challenge.  What can you do if you don't WANT to homeschool but you feel guilty about it?I tried homeschooling my 4 & 5 year olds. My daughter is a strong-willed little girl who stands up against authority figures. I don't feel called to home school this year mostly because last year went so badly and in the middle of the year I just stopped...
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Guest — Sharon
I'd have to agree with the other comments. If you take a look at some preschool and kindergarten books they are teaching things l... Read More
Friday, 04 March 2011 18:27
Guest — Carletta
Lee, this is such good advice. People are always shocked when I say that I only spend around 15-30 minutes teaching my preschoole... Read More
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 04:53
Guest — Sally Hess
Lee, this is really good advice. Yes, those very young years are so preciously simple. I had a friend tell me that kindergartner... Read More
Sunday, 29 August 2010 11:05
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Creation Discussion in Sonlight Curriculum

Creation Discussion in Sonlight Curriculum
Your e-book on transcripts changed my life this year, and thus, the lives of my children! My oldest is in 8th grade and earlier this past school year, she thought she wanted to go to high school. I wasn't sure what to do for high school, so I was having trouble  getting her excited over the idea of remaining homeschooled. I saw your book, ordered it in December, but did not get around to reading it...
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Guest — Jude
We are interested in Christian homeschooling materials which teach real science (biology included). We see no problem with theist... Read More
Monday, 19 August 2013 21:29
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Jude, I have homeschooled for 15 years, and I have really enjoyed Apologia. Some friends of mine really like Bob Jones. I don... Read More
Monday, 19 August 2013 22:13
Guest — Michael B
Today's production of novel medications requires a full knowlegde of molecular genetics. This includes understanding the molecula... Read More
Saturday, 20 October 2012 04:38
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Homeschool Help for Beginners

Homeschool Help for Beginners
Someone asked me this week for some tips for beginners.  "What will help?" is such a broad question!  Here are my suggestions.First, you can work together with your kids, either by grouping them together in close age groups, or by studying the same content but at different levels.  In other words, you can use Sonlight Curriculum and group them together, younger kids doing world history for elementary school, and older kids doing world history for junior...
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Guest — Janet
@JW -- I hear you! My kids can't school together either, despite being close in age, they are far apart academically. The older ... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:25
Guest — Robin E.
A lovely post, and surprisingly similar to the advice I give new homeschoolers at times. Combining children into the same subject ... Read More
Thursday, 17 September 2009 06:28
Guest — Kristine
Great post, Lee. I often run across new hsing moms at work, and I can use this post as a referral. It IS hard to suggest to othe... Read More
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 20:07
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Enter to Win Sonlight Curriculum

Enter to Win Sonlight Curriculum
Sonlight is having a great giveaway! If you order their new 2009 catalog between now and June 1st, you will be entered into a chance to win a FREE year of Sonlight. You’ll get the entire Newcomer package or its equivilant (for Cores 6 & up).  If you've ever thought about Sonlight, this is a great opportunity.We loved Sonlight in our homeschool.  I believe having a literature-based homeschool, especially in the early years, set my boys...
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Guest — Luke Holzmann
Thanks for sharing this opportunity with your readers. ~Luke
Monday, 13 April 2009 07:36
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This Is My Guinea Pig...

This Is My Guinea Pig...
Becky asked me to look over her high school plan for 9th grade, as she is trying to prepare her son for college, adding "This is my guinea first of 4 to go this far so I'd appreciate advice from those who have been here. "Dear Becky,Be brave!  Your plan sounds wonderful to me, but you know best - you really do!  Sonlight 100 is great, Apologia Biology is wonderful.  Reading and writing is critical,...
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How Can 4 Day per Week Homeschool Work?

How Can 4 Day per Week Homeschool Work?
Hi Lee,My name is Jacci.  I have just finished watching the "Preparing to Homeschool High School" DVDs.  Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!  I have a question regarding specialization.  You mention in the DVDs that you did "regular" school for four days and then on Fridays you would let your sons do things that related to their areas of interest.  I am using Sonlight and right now we are doing the five-day schedule. ...
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Doing High School Right!

Doing High School Right!
Hi Lee,"I am so glad I found your website. I am planning to homeschool my 15 year old son, while working and going to school partime, and I am a bit nervous. He needs supervision to get his stuff done. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can motivate him to be more of a self learning when I am not here? I have The Robinson Curriculum, as well as a ton of good...
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Homeschool Foreign Language Program

Homeschool Foreign Language Program
Cindy asked, "Is there a particular Latin American Spanish curriculum that you recommend above others?  My children are 16,14,13 and 8.  We've been homeschooling for 10 years and I used to have a hard time learning a foreign language in school myself."Dear Cindy,Thank you for your question about Foreign Languages and Latin American Spanish!  The most common homeschool curriculum choices are Rosetta Stone, Power-Glide, and Aurolog.  You have a great opportunity with 4 students to have...
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Guest — Lee
My husband teaches French and Russian through I have free Spanish on my homeschool site, Easy Peasy All-in-One Home... Read More
Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:10
Guest — Julieanne is another great option that we're going to use for our family this next school year.
Monday, 24 June 2013 11:21
Guest — Kris
We are using Pimsleur. It is the one used by the federal government when they quickly need to train an employee to work in a Fren... Read More
Wednesday, 29 August 2012 10:32
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A New Twist on Saxon Math

A New Twist on Saxon Math
There is a new twist to Saxon Math these days.  They have started to offer a video course to complement their textbook.  It appear that there goal was to take the best of DIVE CDs, which utilizes the Saxon spiral approach.  They blend that with the best of Teaching Textbooks, which provides a step by step solution to every single problem.  They also offer a toll free number, if your student still has problems.  Because they...
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How to Tell if a Foreign Language Course is High School Level

The simplest way to tell whether a foreign language curriculum is high school level is if the curriculum provider TELLS you that it's high school level!Take a look at the Rock Solid website, When you do a search, you can see MANY high school level choices for foreign language.Here is a foreign language program available from Sonlight Curriculum.Notice how it says in one paragraph:  "Rosetta Stone customers tell us the program is equivalent to two years...
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Homeschool or "School at Home"?

Homeschool or "School at Home"?
Alpha Omega and Lifepacs are what I call "school at home" programs. If your students don't do well in a formalized school setting, I would avoid anything that LOOKS like school. I don't think school at home and textbook programs will be too helpful for such students. I do sometimes recommend those programs, but usually for people who have been homeschooling awhile and need a break from the hands-on part of homeschooling. If you are coming...
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Guest — karen
Around the world in 80 days looks like a great book. I will have to check it out.
Thursday, 18 February 2010 15:05
Guest — Lee
Excellent point, Joelle! You can use a workbook as a spine the same way you use textbooks. I have to admit that my kids loved ... Read More
Saturday, 21 June 2008 11:58
Guest — J W
Hi there! There's another way to use "workbooky" curriculae such as Alpha Omega. You can use it as a skeleton. That's what I pl... Read More
Friday, 20 June 2008 19:47
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