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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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Homeschooling on Inauguration day

Homeschooling on Inauguration day
Drop what you're doing, and learn!   Take a day off!  In a homeschool, we can actually spend ALL DAY studying American Government and Current Events.Tuesday if the inauguration of President-Elect Obama, and there is a lot to learn.  You can take the day off from most of your formal schooling.  . It's an historic day, whether you voted for him or not.  Research Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy, so that you can evaluate the comparisons...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Kendra! I was looking at your website http://www.preschoolersandpeace.com/ and I was thinking about how your mission ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 11:35
Guest — Kendra
Hi Lee- Thanks for your comment about teaching writing. I am going to be spending the better part of my free time today searchin... Read More
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 11:20
Guest — J W
This is so funny - I'm reading this while waiting for my kids to get dressed so we can go watch the inaugural day events with my p... Read More
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 07:32
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Homeschool Organized Sports - Why Bother?

Homeschool Organized Sports - Why Bother?
When we were homeschooling, my children were involved in organized sports.  Every fall we did recreational soccer.  Every summer the boys were involved in recreational summer swim league.  When they were younger, there was also baseball in the spring.  What good is all that activity?When you are homeschooling high school, all those sports activities can be counted as physical education.  Count the hours they spend in organized sports;  both practice and attending games.  When they have...
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Guest — J W
Anyone wanting to know more about the link between movement and learning can check out this book: Smart Moves: Why Learning Is No... Read More
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 09:42
Guest — J W
If nothing else, a walk around the neighborhood can do wonders, and it's cheaper than anything I can think of. We're blessed arou... Read More
Tuesday, 06 January 2009 07:34
Guest — Lee
Hi Christy, Absolutely! College in general want to see academics, volunteer work, and leadership. But the military also wants to... Read More
Monday, 05 January 2009 15:59
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When should kids practice for the PSAT?

When should kids practice for the PSAT?
The PSAT is great practice for the SAT!  Don't  study before taking it in 10th grade, so that you have a good idea of where you are starting from.  The PSAT does NOT have a hand written essay, it's just a "fill in the bubble" test.  Taking it without practicing can tell you what your "worst possible" score would be  the following year.  It may be helpful to practice for the PSAT after taking it in...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Michelle, I have answered your question in a blog post for today. Here is the link to that answer: http://www.thehomescholar... Read More
Monday, 09 February 2009 19:37
Guest — Michelle
I was wondering if there is a minimum age requirement for the PSAT. I have students who are interested in taking it earlier than ... Read More
Monday, 09 February 2009 18:29
Guest — Lee Binz
Becky, My advice is to wait.... wait until you feel like you know when "junior" year will be. You will know, because you'll be t... Read More
Monday, 08 September 2008 13:40
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No Freshman Fun!

No Freshman Fun!
Dear Lee,I have a question about whether I should have my daughter take the PSAT this year. I am aware of the helpfulness of this test. (I benefitted from the "profit" aspect of the test myself when I was in high school.) My problem is that Catherine, my daughter, is a "freshmore" this year. She did not get enough credits last year to qualify her as a sophomore. (I taught high school before and only give...
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Fun Foreign Language Idea!

Fun Foreign Language Idea!
Spanish is nice because there are always people and things to help with pronunciation.  Remember that most DVDs come with Spanish language and Spanish subtitles.  If you use Disney and Pixar films, you don't even notice that the lips don't match - and it's a fun way to laugh & joke while getting your 15 minutes for the day.  We used to watch movies once a week as our French study.  There is also radio programming,...
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Guest — J W
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is exquisite in French!!!
Monday, 14 July 2008 18:48
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CLEP Study Recommendations

CLEP Study Recommendations
When we did CLEP, I preferred using the Official Study Guide by College Board® as a entry-level "can we pass this" assessment. Here is the link: I chose that book because it had a sample test from EVERY CLEP, and we were just looking for an overview assessment at that time. I usually prefer Princeton Review study materials for everything, but in this one instance it seemed like the Official Study Guide worked better for us....
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