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How to Grade English Papers over Summer

How to Grade English Papers over Summer
Staring at a pile of English papers that need a grade? Here is how I suggest that you grade right now, during summer, so you can get the job done and ...
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You Can't Do it All - Don't Bother Trying

You Can't Do it All - Don't Bother Trying
News Flash! It's summer! Be sure that you are getting the summer break that you need. And remember, as you think about the coming year, there are many...
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Thanks Kristen!
Friday, 18 August 2017 16:18
Guest — Kristen
Thank you so much for this great reminder!! You're so right - relationships are the thing that lasts and it's so helpful to be re... Read More
Friday, 18 August 2017 16:06
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Strawberry Soup Recipe

Strawberry Soup Recipe
Strawberry Soup is one of our family favorites. It's the perfect starter for a special meal, and always our "most requested" birthday dinner item! Thi...
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Fruit Tart Recipe

Fruit Tart Recipe
This recipe has been in my family for decades! It's easy to make, but time consuming to put together. Worth it though, because it looks just GREAT for...
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7 Tips for Earning College Credit this Summer

7 Tips for Earning College Credit this Summer
7 Tips for Earning College Credit this SummerA few summers ago, my children worked for one month and saved our family $56,000.  How did they do it?  By homeschooling college in their spare time!  Not bad for a summer job! You can also save a fortune in college expenses using a few very simple but lesser-known money-saving strategies.Earning college credit is not just for college kids. Some students earn college credit by homeschooling college while they're...
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Homeschool Summer Credits

Homeschool Summer Credits
Summer is the perfect time for fun miscellaneous activities like summer camps, swim teams, home improvement projects and family vacations! I understand that is a lot to balance, but have you ever wondered if your students can receive high school credit for any of these activities? It’s possible! Both of my boys earned their P.E. credits during the summer months through a swim team they participated in.You can count credits even though they’re over the summer...
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I always estimate the number of hours spent on horseback based on the camp's sample schedule and add it into the hours of PE. I a... Read More
Thursday, 09 August 2012 21:36
Guest — Lisa Bergmann
My teens' summer has been very full of valuable and educational activities, such as volunteer work, Scouting activities, Farmer's ... Read More
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 08:04
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Summertime Reading, Planning, and More

Summertime Reading, Planning, and More
Summer is a great time to compile your student’s reading list, in preparation for college applications.  A reading list is simply a list of books your child has read, including title and author.  Often requested by colleges, and sometimes useful for scholarship applications, reading lists are an important part of your student’s high school record.  Include books you have assigned your children to read over the summer, books they’ve used in their coursework, and books they...
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I listed the books on course descriptions when appropriate AND on the reading list. Some books are "just" for the reading list, b... Read More
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 11:39
Guest — Janet
Do you put required course readings in both the detailed course description and the reading list? Or, do you denote which course ... Read More
Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:35
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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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Guest — J W
I like the summaries on the Arrowhead list! It's also good to know that a lot of them are books I've read and liked or books that... Read More
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 04:37
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Remedial Help For Summer

Remedial Help For Summer
Summer is the time to do something different, and take a break.  But...... I know, I know.  You're child still needs some help! There is a way to get some remedial help for your child and still get a break for yourself over summer.  Sylvan has a summer program intended to help traditionally schooled kids catch up over summer.  Because you know, some kids just need more help, and that's OK!   You can access that help...
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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lee Binz, Lee Binz. Lee Binz said: Here is a program #homeschool parents can use in su... Read More
Thursday, 01 July 2010 02:05
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Bad Year Homeschooling? Hit The "Reset" Button

Bad Year Homeschooling? Hit The "Reset" Button
The school year is over.  Perhaps it wasn't as successful as you had hoped. The best solution is to not give up.  It's not too late, and you haven't ruined your child forever.   You do realize that all children will sometimes have a "bad year" right? For encouragement, listen to this encouraging song by TobyMac LyricsMusic: "Get Back Up" Lyrics by TobyMacYou turned away when I looked you in the eyeAnd hesitated when I asked if...
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Guest — Ashlyn
I love this song...there are so many good Christian songs out there in so many types...rock, alternative, heavy metal, pop, r &... Read More
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:09
Guest — karen
Love this
Saturday, 19 June 2010 06:14
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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 TennysonIn 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 children will enjoy reading.For some,...
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Guest — Robin
I'm a curator for Scoop.it and I shared your blog post on my Scoop.it Homeschool Resources site at http://www.scoop.it/t/homescho... Read More
Monday, 11 July 2011 16:38
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Pre-test in the Fall!

Pre-test in the Fall!
Children learn all the time, even when we aren't looking - and even over summer!  You might want to "pre-test" your children in some subject areas before you start school next year.  For example, Spelling Power offers a placement test for their program, and you can check their spelling level at the beginning of each year, to make sure they are learning something new.  In most math books, the first chapter or two is review. You...
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How Do I Avoid Homeschool Burnout?

How Do I Avoid Homeschool Burnout?
I was talking with a homeschool mom at the pool - "talking" is the very loosest sense of the word.  I had just swam 20 minutes of crawl stroke, and I was incredibly short of breath.  The other mom said that she avoids such fatigue by alternating crawl stroke and breast stroke. What a genius!  Now to be truthful, the real reason I was short of breath is because I'm out of shape.  But let's put...
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Guest — J W
Summer break doesn't have to be in summer, either. We used to live in the South, where summer is miserable. We took breaks in th... Read More
Thursday, 30 July 2009 04:41
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How Do I Deal With Homeschool Planning Burnout?

How Do I Deal With Homeschool Planning Burnout?
How did you deal with burnout while planning homeschool high school?I feel like the planning and researching never ends.  We chose not to do a canned homeschool program like Abeka or Bob Jones so that we could tailor the programs to our two boys.  After 6 years of homeschooling, I’m feeling burned out. How did you find  balance?  How do we teach, plan, grade, buy, read, yahoo groups, go to conventions, visit colleges, do transcripts, apply...
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Guest — J W
Jamie - music and reading sound like fantastic passions to me! Tap into that! It's a lot easier to get a kid to learn how to wri... Read More
Friday, 24 July 2009 17:07
Guest — Lee
Dear Jamie, Great question! My husband has written a series of articles on finding passion. Here is a link: 1. http://www.the... Read More
Friday, 24 July 2009 14:10
Guest — Jamie
What are some ways to help children find passionate interests. My enjoys music and reading but other than that, she doesn't have ... Read More
Thursday, 23 July 2009 17:47
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Got Trouble? Feel Oppressed?

Got Trouble?  Feel Oppressed?
Spring.  When a young man's thoughts turn to thoughts of love, and when a homeschool mom starts thinking about next year.  Wouldn't it be nice to just STOP, and hit the fast forward button to next fall?  New and fresh curriculum, new strategies, and best of all, new books!  But if you still need to get through this year, you need something to keep you strong in this time of trouble.  I have a suggestions:Psalm 9:9The...
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Guest — Janet
Nope! That post was just right! I think I'll post that verse on my blog too! I just read that verse and the following verses to... Read More
Monday, 25 May 2009 19:45
Guest — J W
Yep, I am putting together a "grocery list" for the next convention so I can order next year's materials! However, I'm looking fo... Read More
Monday, 25 May 2009 09:42
Guest — Lee
Dear Janet, Thanks for the encouragement! I thought that one was too short to post at first, so thanks for the affirmation. Bless... Read More
Monday, 25 May 2009 05:55
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