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Gifted and Stuck in School!

Gifted and Stuck in School!
Gifted education is a subject very near and dear to my heart! It is the reason why I began homeschooling in the first place. After we started, I was surprised at how many other homeschooling benefits there are! If your child is bored in school and you have been wanting to homeschool high school but you're afraid, I have some suggestions. Gifted and Stuck in School! If your child is gifted and stuck in school, I offer...
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Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles

Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles
Teenagers: Choosing Your Battles Teenagers. The very word can make adults shudder! Often the mere mention of the word is accompanied by a head shake or a groan. But it doesn't have to be that way. A little understanding and "choosing your battles" can go a long way with your teenager in your homeschool! Resistance is Futile Resistance can look like many things in teenagers - from refusing to put on a coat when asked, to...
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Guest — Kathryn Lairson
I so needed this. I now realize what nag nag nag I had become. Thank you.
Monday, 09 March 2015 08:18
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
We all need that reminder from time to time, Kathryn! Parenting teens can be the most demanding, rewarding task we have ever under... Read More
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:52
Guest — MOMofK
Reading this again and feeling grateful for the advice. This past year has been a real roller coaster with our 16-17yo son and I'... Read More
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:13
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Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!

Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!
"Honey, There's a Crazed Mob of Scholarship-Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!" While we can't promise that this will happen to you, "The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships" really is a treasure trove for college bound homeschoolers and their parents! This paperback book is available now on Amazon. Grab your copy today! Find a College - and Afford it! This book will help your student find a college to love, a college that...
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Have your children EVER changed their mind?

Have your children EVER changed their mind?
Have your children EVER changed their minds?  When I'm speaking to a group, I usually ask parents to raise their hand if their child has every changed their mind about anything.  Every hand goes in the air! Why bother with getting your kids ready for college when you feel certain they won't go?  Because sometimes, when you least expect it, teenagers will change their minds.Stop laughing! You know it's true!College preparation makes a lot of sense...
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How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens

How to Cope with Lack of Motivation in Teens
It can happen overnight. One day, your child is pleasant, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning. The next day, well, not so much. It can happen to boys and girls. It's common, but that doesn't make it easier for parents to deal with. What do you do with a child who will only do the bare minimum, and really isn't interested in learning? Teens can be motivated by natural learning they consider to be fun! Learn how to capture the...
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Guest — karen
I have been dealing with this for a year now. Its heartbreaking because he is so intelligent.
Sunday, 19 May 2013 12:22
Guest — Lee
Thank you, Laura! Blessings, Lee
Sunday, 11 November 2012 13:11
Guest — Laura
What a great article, Lee. Even though my youngest still doesn't LOVE school, she is much more motivated to work hard since I let ... Read More
Friday, 09 November 2012 21:40
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Time to Have "The Talk"

Time to Have "The Talk"
When children are young, we shield them from much of our "rated R" world.  But something happens that changes that.....  Your children grow up.  That's when we realize that we need to shelter young children, but discuss with teens. When your children enter their teen years, it's time to begin having "the talk" about social issues, morality, and integrity.  Allow them to see more of the world, and explain to them what you see in the...
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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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Guest — Lee
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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Learning To Learn Independently

Learning To Learn Independently
As I often say on this blog, our goal as homeschool parents is NOT to teach something. Our goal is for our kids to LEARN.  Sometimes they will learn how to learn a subject on their own, without having a teacher teach them. I believe that older teens MUST learn how to teach themselves. If they go to college, they will be expected to learn all the textbook material on their own. College lectures are most...
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Guest — Rebecca G.
Lee, I love that you mentioned that the teens should be learning, not that we should be teaching them. I think that's what colle... Read More
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 07:43
Guest — Audrey
To add another note. He contacted the companies on his own when he had trouble. He even found an error in a curriculum book that h... Read More
Monday, 23 May 2011 15:26
Guest — Audrey
We just graduated our oldest yesterday! Starting with the Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science (7th) and then Physic... Read More
Monday, 23 May 2011 15:24
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Revelation on Revelation

Revelation on Revelation
Our pastor did a series on Revelation, and I had quite a revelation about teenagers, and how to deal with them.  In Revelation, each letter to the churches is a rather "difficult" message for them to receive.  And each one follows a recipe for instruction. Encouragement Correction Motivation Each letter contains an encouragement, a listing of something the church was doing right, no matter how small.  It included a correction, or instruction on what they should...
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What if Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?

What if Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?
My article "What If Your Kids Want to Go to Public School?" was recently published by Bizymoms.com, and it got quite a response!  I had an interesting email conversation with Julieanne that I wanted to share, because I thought others might enjoy the follow-up articles I suggested.  Thank you, Julieanne, for giving me permission to share your comments. Lee,Thank you so much!   I read your article tonight called, "What If Your Kids Want to Go to...
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Guest — J W
Julieanne said "In our area, most of them get placed into our local Christian school during the high school years, and within 3-4 ... Read More
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 19:46
Guest — Lee
Stephanie, Thank you for being willing to share your heart! Parenting is never easy, that's for sure. Blessings, Lee... Read More
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:39
Guest — Stephanie
Lee, I let my daughter influence my decision, and she went back to high school 4 years ago. I regret it, as far as academics are ... Read More
Monday, 26 October 2009 13:32
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Fast and Pray for your Teens

Fast and Pray for your Teens
When your children head to college, it's hard to let go.  Nothing is perfect.  Problems will occur.Train up a child in the way he should go,Even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)I realize I'm helpless -  what can I do?  I'm fasting and praying.  Every time I feel hungry, I pray like crazy.  It's all I *can* do.  I actually used the phrase "let go and let God" with my...
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Guest — Christine
Lee, Thank you for the help you have been sharing on teens, especially boys. I can use all the help I can get and I really appr... Read More
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 16:16
Guest — Kelly
Thank you for that encouragement. )
Sunday, 18 October 2009 08:35
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"Oh, By the Way..."

"Oh, By the Way..."
There are lots of different phases when you are parenting.  Homeschooling high school is not the ONLY challenge you will face.  I faced a challenge just the other day.  My 21 yo son came home from signing the lease for his apartment.  He walked in, all smiles, and then said, "Oh.... by the way.....  it's not furnished.  Can I take a bed?" At first I was mortified, flabbergasted, and even (believe it or not) speechless!  Then...
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Guest — Karen Davis
LOL - no parenting challenges definitely do NOT end when they graduate high school!!
Monday, 05 October 2009 11:53
Guest — Lee
Thanks, Bobbie! I appreciate the encouragement! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 05 October 2009 10:45
Guest — Bobbie
Thanks so much for this tip. I have a 9th grader and was wondering just how much I should save. All of your information has been... Read More
Monday, 05 October 2009 09:41
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Teaching Technology to your Homeschoolers

Teaching Technology to your Homeschoolers
The great thing about technology classes is that there is NO LIMIT to the kinds of skills your child can learn!  If your child is already good at computers, then they can get a technology credit in one of two ways. First, you can expand and use the skills they have on real technology work.  If they have computer skills, they could make a website, set up a blog or other social media, create videos, or...
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Guest — Suzanne
Dianne, Check out HomeschoolProgramming.com. They have courses where you have a book but also work on the actual programming proj... Read More
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 06:31
Guest — Home School College Counselor
I great idea for students to pursue while in high school is to create a blog chronicling what they're learning. Not only will it ... Read More
Saturday, 26 September 2009 17:42
Guest — Lee
Dianne, Check out DigiPen as a college option: https://www.digipen.edu/ See if you can visit them at a college fair. Then look in... Read More
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 11:39
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Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Raccoons Homeschool Their Young!

Homeschool Lessons from Nature: Raccoons Homeschool Their Young!
It was such a thrill to see a raccoon family in my backyard!  I had so much fun watching them!  After a while, though, I realized that the raccoon and I had something in common.  We both homeschool. As I was watching, the raccoon mother was carefully explaining the ways of the world to her almost adult-sized child.  She was teaching him to crawl up and down the fence, so he could run along the fence...
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Guest — Vicki
Dear Lee What a wonderful way to explain the learning processes our families experience. My daughter, now aged 20, has just what y... Read More
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 18:18
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How Do I Teach Computer Technology?

How Do I Teach Computer Technology?
 Do you know of a good source for learning computer technology?  My daughter knows the basics and practices the key board.~ MargieHi Margie!  It's good to meet you!For computer technology, I don't have a particular curriculum in mind.  I will say that a lot of teenagers are pretty good about learning technology on their own, because they are interested.  Consider getting tutorials from the library, or even tutorials that come with some of the Microsoft Office...
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Guest — Renee G
My son (a jr next year) is going to be doing Computer Programming with this course: http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/index.php... Read More
Thursday, 14 May 2009 15:58
Guest — J W
Then there are some kids who are so interested in computers that they, after roughly 27 years, are still teaching themselves about... Read More
Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:30
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