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Christmas Reading List

Christmas Reading List
Relax and smell the peppermint mocha! Christmas is a great time to snuggle up with a warm beverage and read some classic literature.


Christmastime is the perfect season for great literature.  Even during this frantic time, you can enjoy quality academics that don’t add to the craziness. During your busy season as a parent, pick a book or two for your family from my Christmas reading list. Encourage your teen to spend time relaxing with a book or audio book enjoying independent reading. Create special memories while reading aloud together. Make use of your car trips by listening to audio books with your teens. If you celebrate advent, incorporate readings into your daily or weekly advent celebrations.

I have my favorites that I used in my own homeschool. Every year we read selections from Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book.  Each December I chose classic Christmas literature for our high school reading list, including O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  These are inexpensive books to include in your homeschool that add a fun holiday flair to your regular studies.

The options for Christmas literature can seem daunting at times. There are so many! I’ve compiled a handy Christmas reading list just for you! This list includes literature, compilations, music, and art suggestions. I am sure you will be able to find the perfect book for everyone to enjoy during your Christmas School season. I hope you will be able to find new books to read, as well as some familiar favorites.

I just want to leave you with a word of caution. All families are different, and therefore all families must decide their own standards for the books their children read. Some of these books are listed on almost every college bound reading list, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect for you. Some children aren’t ready for an Agatha Christie murder mystery, and some families loathe the Santa Claus tradition, so use your best judgment. Parents assume all responsibility for their children’s education. If you are not familiar with something on this list, please review the book first.

Are you looking for some book ideas? I’ve compiled a handy list just for you! This list includes literature, compilations, music and art suggestions, so you are sure to find the perfect book to enjoy during your Christmas School season.

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[Free Book] Homeschooling the Holidays

[Free Book] Homeschooling the Holidays
Holiday seasons, especially between November and January, are busy times. Celebrations like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, and more seem to tumble on top of each other, with no time in between. For many families, it seems that homesch...
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Logic as a High School Elective

Logic as a High School Elective

I have to confess, I was tempted to call this post "Logic for Dummies" but I was afraid you would know I'm not actually an intellectual. You see, I know that I could never possibly have taught logic to my logic-loving children without some help.


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November 2019 Gold Care Club Update

November 2019 Gold Care Club Update
 New this month for my Gold Care Club members ... How To Training Courses Quick Start :Grades and Credits Beginner : Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live Convention Part 3/3 Intermediate : High School English in Plain English Advanced : Op...
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How to Motivate Homeschool Teens and Rouse Slug-Slow Students

How to Motivate Homeschool Teens and Rouse Slug-Slow Students
One mom jokingly told me that her son's spirit animal was a sloth. We had a good giggle over that one, because I remember what it's like to try to motivate homeschool teens . And frankly, misery loves company! Misery also craves solutions. That's whe...
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November Homeschool Calendar Reminders

November Homeschool Calendar Reminders
Happy fall! Here are some handy November homeschool calendar reminders for you! Middle School: Encouraging reading can be a fun way to help children love learning and prepare for high school. 7 Ways to Encourage Reading in Middle School Freshmen...
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Books Comparing College Statistics

Books Comparing College Statistics

You are the high school guidance counselor. Although there are many ways to compare colleges and their statistics, you may need a book to help explain the differences between the colleges you are looking at.


My son is a junior this year.  Because he took the PSAT, he has started receiving lots of college literature via e-mail and through the regular mail.  How can we find out AND COMPARE the college's statistics such as the academic abilities of the students (i.e. what schools are more challenging and, therefore, harder to gain admission), financial aid stats, graduation rate, etc. . .  without having to spend a lot of time at each of the college's websites?

Thanks for your ministry to support homeschoolers!
~ Kimm


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How to Include Bible on a Homeschool Transcript

How to Include Bible on a Homeschool Transcript
Homeschoolers are often Christian families - and they often include Christian education in their homeschool. Let me show you how to include your study of faith onto your transcript. After all, Christian high schools include faith-based classes on the...
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Teen Tips for College and Career Success

Teen Tips for College and Career Success
Some things that are better than all A's, more important than AP Classes, and massively more impressive than a perfect ACT score. Go pull your students in for these teen tips for college and career success! Teens, a re you stressed out trying to get ...
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Menu Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table

Menu Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table
What are you making for Thanksgiving ? Need some ideas? I don't have to make the turkey this year, but I do have other ideas! These are appetizers, sides, and desserts that are easy to make or can be made ahead - things I have actually made and my fa...
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[Free ebook] High School Subject Tests Simply Explained

[Free ebook] High School Subject Tests Simply Explained
Get tips for busy homeschool parents trying to choose the right test and prepare students for high school test success.  ​Ever wonder about high school subject tests? Like, which one should your child take? Which one will benefit them the m...
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Learning Leadership: Great List of Leadership Books for Teens

Learning Leadership: Great List of Leadership Books for Teens


Leadership is something you learn by doing. Become good at something, do it often for fun, and pretty soon you'll be leading others as they do it, too. The next thing you know, you're leading! Leadership is also something you can learn by reading about. Read about leadership and about examples of good leaders, to become knowledgeable and skillful; then act on that wisdom as you lead others.

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Devastating Test Results: Test Canceled and Scores Lost

Devastating Test Results: Test Canceled and Scores Lost
Plan ahead to avoid devastating  test  results . Whether your child is a super-smart, gifted test -taker, or struggling test -o-phobe, there is one thing that could ruin their test results completely. A total failure on the part of the scho...
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Devoted to Devotions

Devoted to Devotions
Listen. Learn. Discern. Get guidance. Sounds great! Now if we could just teach our children to have a quiet time and devotional with the word of God, they could listen, learn, discern, and get guidance too!

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Proverbs 1:5
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.

Sometimes kids will gobble it up, and love reading the Word. Other times ... not so much; same kid, just different stage. It doesn't mean they have made a long-term commitment to fighting you on devotions. In general, it just means their brain is focused on other things.


There are two things that can help you train a child to have devotions:

1. Demonstrate a devotional lifestyle, by having a quiet time yourself. Show your children that real adults read their Bible on a day-to-day basis, and that will become normal behavior for them. If you need a devotional, check out my devotional for homeschooling moms. Finding the Faith to Homeschool High School.

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10 Ways to Advance Your Homeschool Skills with Professional Development

10 Ways to Advance Your Homeschool Skills with Professional Development
Kelly was taking one of my free classes and explained her commitment to quality continuing education. She wrote, "I set time aside a minimum of 3 hours a week for my professional  development which includes research, project planning, transcript...
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