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What Drives You Crazy?

What Drives You Crazy?
What Drives You Crazy? I thought I would take a break from our usual serious fare and share a brief YouTube video we made back in 2009.The boys were back from college and we had our cousins over for a visit. We decided to have some fun and make a video of one of our family's funniest homeschool memories. It is a little drama (trauma?) we call "The Frantic Plumber Song." It shows me balancing cooking, cleaning, company,...
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Guest — Linda
Thanks so much for sharing this in your e-mail. I'm all too familiar with the "just a minute, Mom", that accompanies activities i... Read More
Saturday, 21 April 2012 18:52
Guest — elaine
Same situation, different hobbies. My son plays electric guitar and World of Warfare(somewhat like chess with different character... Read More
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 07:48
Guest — Enda
This was great! I looked at some of the other vides - my very personal favorites are I Will Survive and The 14 Days of Homeschooli... Read More
Saturday, 20 February 2010 05:06
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The Teen with Multiple Interests

The Teen with Multiple Interests
The Teen with Multiple Interests Let's suppose your child is the teen with multiple interests - FILLED with activities they just LOVE doing. Suppose your teen seems interested in EVERYTHING and engaged in learning a wide variety of subjects.Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? I know that some of you are thinking, "I WISH!" (if this is you, check out my How to Create an Extraordinary Activity List for Perfectly Ordinary Teens article). But the truth...
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Guest — Amanda
I have a son like this, but I was eager to keep good records for his first year of high school and turned his interests into sched... Read More
Sunday, 15 May 2016 17:05
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Amanda, That's a delicate balance---and so difficult to navigate sometimes! I have confidence that you will figure out the pr... Read More
Monday, 16 May 2016 16:16
Guest — Karen
I like what you are saying here! Can you give us an example of how to integrate the academics and the interests into "school"...le... Read More
Friday, 06 May 2016 20:25
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What Does Homeschooling Look Like?

What Does Homeschooling Look Like?
What does homeschooling look like? It looks like a child, a book, and a dog, at least in our home! Homeschooling provides a safe and secure learning environment, and a comfortable, relaxing education. Pets are welcome!There are so many benefits to homeschooling, it’s hard to list them all: rigorous academics, positive socialization, time for specialization ... the list is almost endless. Many families choose homeschooling because they believe the safety and comfort of home is the best learning environment...
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Homeschool High School: Scholarship Winning Homeschoolers

Homeschool High School: Scholarship Winning Homeschoolers
Scholarship seekers become scholarship winners!  I love to hear about homeschoolers winning college scholarships, but it doesn't happen by accident. Paula shared the story of her daughter with a senior portrait. My husband and I are so proud of our daughter, Katelynn.  Katelynn has been homeschooled since the third grade.  We are so proud of all her accomplishments, and we can't believe she just graduated from high school.  Katelynn has been accepted to the University of...
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Guest — Anonymous
Congratulations Katelynn!!
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 01:53
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Homeschool Education without Boundaries

Homeschool Education without Boundaries
I loved reading a news story about a local golfer playing in national tournaments.   It's just always fun to read about homeschoolers!Spencer, who is home schooled, admits he's got plenty of growing up to do. He has to fight the urge to slam a club into the turf when a shot doesn't follow the planned trajectory.  "He's a perfectionist," his father observed.Seattle Times "Local golfer, 10, is hitting it big" But it wasn't the lovely column...
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Guest — J W
"Oh, that poor horse. You're riding her like a sack of potatoes, Mama!" A half hour debate with an adult about shoeing, bitting,... Read More
Wednesday, 09 December 2009 16:23
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Homeschooling High School: The Joy of Delight!

Homeschooling High School:  The Joy of Delight!
When did you start the Delight directed Learning?  Did you find it hard to get through a year-long school course when doing it 4 days a week?  Did you just tell the kids they could do whatever they wanted on the non-school day, or did they have certain things they always did, like going to a class in a homeschool coop?  Did you allow them to watch TV or play video games during the free day?Dear...
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Guest — J W
Yeah, but don't let your enjoyment of a nice day at the park be limited to your "fun day." We've been known to take school to the... Read More
Saturday, 07 March 2009 06:59
Guest — Lisa
I like this idea of a 4 day homeschool and a day of delight directed learning. Sometimes that fifth day can be a field trip or a c... Read More
Friday, 06 March 2009 20:01
Guest — Lee
We rarely had our "day off" on Friday. In fact, we sometimes took 1/2 day off one day, and another 1/2 day off on a different day... Read More
Friday, 06 March 2009 08:40
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A Time of Discovery

A Time of Discovery
I wrote this in 2006:Our professor friend invited us to a lecture on economics at a downtown Seattle public policy Think Tank.  He said that Alex would love the lecture given by one of the architects of Reagonomics.   "I don't know why I never thought of it before, but Alex would just love Discovery Institute.  I guess I just didn't think of it until I saw the lecture on economics."  My husband took Alex to the...
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Guest — Nicole S
Hi Lee - I had a similar experience with my 14 yo dd. She was offered an internship at a very prestigious vet clinic in our area. ... Read More
Thursday, 11 December 2008 02:58
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I'm Here When You Need Me!

I'm Here When You Need Me!
Feeling panicked?  Don't know where to start?  Not even sure what the questions are?  I can help!If you have a junior or senior, I suggest a telephone consultation so we can talk about your homeschool a bit.  Usually in 1-2 hours I can help you figure out exactly what to put on a transcript, including course titles, grades, and credit values.  You'll get information what to do next and how to plan your year.If you have...
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Understanding Their Gifts

Understanding Their Gifts
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it...
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Guest — J W
Too many people are locked into the mindset that a kid "has to" play sports or play a musical instrument. There's nothing wrong w... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2008 14:56
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Sunday, 05 October 2008 09:34
Guest — Stephanie
I love how you put this! I've been trying to watch our daughter, and I truly believe that communication through creative writing/s... Read More
Sunday, 05 October 2008 09:28
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Carpe Campbell's - Seize the Tomato!

Carpe Campbell's -  Seize the Tomato!
My son has a life-threating allergy to peanuts.  He is one of "those" kids.  When he was 18 months old, I had to come to grips with the fact that he might, at random, simply stop breathing for no good reason.  Last Friday night was one of those times.  This photo was taken in the emergency room, with him glowing-tomato red and itching like crazy.  It was very scary, but we were prepared with an epi-pen,...
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Homeschooled Olympians?

Homeschooled Olympians?
I heard the Olympics commentator mention that most of the USA gymnasts are homeschooled, because they practice for so many hours each day.  Wow!  I never thought about that before, but I'll bet it's true.  Imagine, each one of those kids has a gift.  Their parents found the gift, fed the flames, and encouraged specialization.  And they ended up in the Olympics!  How proud they must be!But I'll bet you work JUST as hard as those...
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Guest — ME
As a very precocious child, but not encouraged, I have tried to be very encouraging to my children to do whatever they dreamed. W... Read More
Saturday, 28 July 2012 10:37
Guest — J W
Unfortunately, skeptics answer this with, "Well, I'll bet gymnastics is the *only* thing they do for school." I never try to conv... Read More
Wednesday, 20 August 2008 06:50
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Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't....

Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don't....
About half of our homeschool classes were traditional, textbookish classes. The rest we were just Wild & Crazy Guys!For fun, my son Kevin studied chess like crazy. One year we called it "Critical Thinking." No kidding - if you have a kid who plays competitive chess, I'm sure you understand! The next year we called it "Public Speaking" because he was going to different classes around our area, teaching to various homeschool groups and public and...
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Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
You know I don't really know where it started.... It has just always been. He got his first knife at 6 yrs old. Yes it was young... Read More
Monday, 02 June 2008 11:05
Guest — Lee
Wow! That IS unusual! Did that passion start with a book? Johnny Tremain? How fun! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:54
Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
How about knifemaking. He would love to become a bladesmith. Here is a link with a picture of his forge. http://momn4boys.blog... Read More
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:04
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