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Struggling with Writing?

Struggling with Writing?
I quit "teaching" literature in 5th grade and let my daughter pick books (from a list of classic literature) to read with no formal  instruction. She enjoyed this approach and has been a voracious reader over the years. After reading Hamlet, she decided she enjoyed Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies and read several of them. At 16, she just took the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature CLEP exam and scored very well. She now has 6 English college credits!  I...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Lois, I'm so glad it helped! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 30 December 2010 07:47
Guest — Lois
Awhile ago I wrote to ask your advice on different writing programs. I chose Write At Home this year, and it is the best academic ... Read More
Thursday, 30 December 2010 06:03
Guest — Tweets that mention Online tools that will help #homeschool kids to learn English writing - #homeschool -- Topsy.com
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Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:07
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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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Course Descriptions for Fun Stuff

Course Descriptions for Fun Stuff
I often get questions about how to create real classes for unusual interests like writing music for movies.  How do you create classes for fun?  More importantly, how do you write a boring course description about fascinating non-classroom learning? My Gold Care Club member asked for me to look over her course descriptions.  When I saw this one, I flipped!  This is just WONDERFUL, and a great example of how to take a student's interest and...
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Guest — Heidi
I'm so glad I came across this course description. This is what my 9th grader would like to do. He has the chance to go to a wee... Read More
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:21
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Lee is always happy to help, Heidi! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:26
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Online English Class Ideas

Online English Class Ideas
Math and science may scare some people, but I was intimidated by English. I think math and science are wonderful, because there is always a right answer and wrong answer. Unfortunately, English isn't that way. English can be very difficult to teach and difficult to correct. How do you know writing is "right" or "wrong" when it could be just the voice of the writer? I finally decided that my job as a homeschool parent was...
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Guest — Mikki
My daughter has been using One Year Adventure Novel now for the past two years. It has been perfect for her, and one of the best ... Read More
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:41
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Thursday, 12 August 2010 05:38
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Does the SAT Have Analogies?

Does the SAT Have Analogies?
Do you remember the dreaded analogies in high school?  Here are some examples from our past: Cat is to meow as dog is to bark Poverty is to wealth as hunger is to food. Designed to encourage critical thinking, analogies used to be included in the SAT test. But wait!  Analogies aren't on the test anymore!  For the past few years, the SAT has eliminated all analogies, and has something even MORE fun instead!  When they...
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Guest — Evie Coleman
The elimination of analogies from SAT is welcomed, indeed! I know that it develops important skills, but I never did take to them.... Read More
Monday, 27 September 2010 02:26
Guest — J W
Ooo! Love analogies - thanks for the link! Chicken is to grasshopper as dog is to... 1) broccoli 2) cat 3) disgusting stuff Fla... Read More
Friday, 06 August 2010 21:29
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  • Homeschooled Adult Renounces Faith

    Joshua Harris is no longer a Christian. Sad news for the homeschool community.

    Joshua Harris is the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye and is the adult child of well known homeschool speaker. His father, Gregg Harris, is often considered one of the founders of the modern homeschool movement. A former homeschool speaker, Joshua Harris was an outspoken evangelical pastor

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  • Seven Reasons to Study History

    When I was in school, we learned about the world in seemingly unrelated snippets. My teachers called the subject Social Studies .

    • We might start the year studying Chinese culture.
    • Then we'd study the Pilgrims because it was getting close to Thanksgiving.
    • Then we'd take a break to study the Plains Indians and build miniature teepees.

    Social Studies remains a core

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  • How to Make the Final College Decision

    Let's talk about how to make that final decision about what college to attend.

    Sometimes it's REALLY easy to make a decision. It's easy when the teen loves the college, and the parent has figured out a way to make it affordable. Other times it can be EXTREMELY difficult! When the cost is similar, and the universities both have compelling

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  • Putting Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

    When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences.


    public school classes on your homeschool transcript

    As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single homeschool transcript document. Here are

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