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Old Schoolhouse Expo Ticket Winner!!

Old Schoolhouse Expo Ticket Winner!!
Expo Ticket Winner!!

The winner of the free Old Schoolhouse Expo ticket from our blog contest is.....drumroll please.....


Wow! High School? Home schooling high school? From the beginning, people would ask, "How long are you going to do this?" Each September I would face the onslaught of (negative)comments/questions about when I was going to  "put them in school". Then we approached high school. Oh my! While I have always been an eclectic homeschooler (a little of this, a little of that, a little of their curriculum, a little of curriculum I wrote, and all the tweaking to make it work), high school presented the challenges of now meeting guidelines for graduating an "educated" young person.

The greatest curriculum in the world won't help you on your worst days. On those days, I must know in my heart that God has lead us and will continue to lead us.

That's where Lee, The HomeScholar fits in. The blog, the mini-course (5 biggest mistakes),the special report, monthly newsletter, articles, dig deeper links  (Preparing Homeschoolers for College), and free consulting have been the encouragement that lets me know that home schooling high school is not only possible, but a reality for someone else, and for us!

I especially love how the blog is in my mailbox at night. Sometimes I take a peek and read it before bed, the dose of encouragement I need to end a day. The testimonials of those who know you and those who don't, stand as a witness to what you are doing to provide a path for those of us that are following the road to home school through high school, right to the end. Like the "Hare and the Tortoise", I may be tempted to stop and rest.(The Hare) (Send them to "out school", as my children call it.) Or be the tortoise who  perseveres to the end, despite all the naysayers (including my own thoughts and words).

The HomeScholar provides the right dose of what I need to guide me to my Lord and Savior, who ultimately called us to home school. Lee lets us know it can be done, with suggestions to guide us. The Lord directs our family's steps.

~ Audrey

I really appreciated the kind thoughts from everyone who participated.  We will be holding additional contests for tickets to this Expo in the future so please make sure to keep reading.

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We Have a Winner!

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations Aubrey for your winning entry in our contest.  Our contest was to tell us your favorite part of homeschooling in the Spring.  Aubrey responded:
Homeschooling in the spring means we can think about our garden, now buried in over 2 feet of snow. We can consider what vegetables we will plant, that once summer comes, we will enjoy the fruits of our labors. It is wonderful to have the children plan, shop, plant, tend, and harvest from our small city garden. My 10 year old will share the fruits of our labors(fresh picked vegetables) with the children on our block, who are fascinated with the garden (plants and critters) each year. Knowing that winter is followed by spring brings great joy! Homeschooling THIS spring will mean my high school junior will be one year closer to graduating! How can this be? I recall the times (spring season?) when I would watch him as a toddler feeding the ants outside next to our garden. This year, I will be so mindful of the fact that he is on his way to beginning a new phase of his life, college! I am so grateful to God and my husband for the opportunity to have homeschooled him from the beginning. The years still remain for his sisters, grades 9 and 4.

My husband read me all the entries on the way home from church today (without revealing any names).  I liked this comment because it made me remember all the great times we had homeschooling in the Spring as well.

Thank you everyone for participating.  Aubrey, I'll send you your conference tickets by email.

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Blog and Newsletter Contest Winners!

Blog and Newsletter Contest Winners!
Julie in Texas won my blog contest this month!

Julie said, "Thank you so much!  I appreciate your generous give away.  After reading the description of your audio course, I knew I wanted to hear it, so I'm thrilled that I'm the winner!"

Julie has been homeschooling 9 years, and she has two boys in grades 6 and 9.  Her favorite advice to younger homeschoolers is: "It's hard to fix something that isn't broken." She confessed that deciding to continue homeschooling high school was a big decision last spring. She add, "However, with help and wisdom from "completed" homeschoolers like you, who have not only finished, but finished well, I'm encouraged about our journey too."

Audrey in Pennsylvania won my newsletter forwarding contest this month!

Audrey said, "Yippee!!  Every day is a blessing, but this is a special day. God bless you and your efforts. Thank you." Audrey is homeschooling a 10th grade son, 8th grade daughter, and 3rd grade daughter.  Her husband says their cat LOVES homeschooling, and probably has a Master's Degree!  Her suggestion is "Birthdays are a holiday for the children and I. That is our way to let home school rule our school calender."

That sounds like a GREAT way to stay sane while homeschooling.  I did that too, in our homeschool!

Here's a nice photo with me and my SHS Loopies.  Kathy and Cindy have been my friends for years!  Thank you for all of you who have voted for my blog today.  We are in a very tight contest and really need your support.  Thanks!!
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Win a Free Audio Course on High School Testing!

Win a Free Audio Course on High School Testing!
My husband's first "superheroes" article was published on Heart of the Matter Online Magazine, and they are doing a giveaway!  If you leave a comment after the article, you will be registered to win the free audio course. The magazine will do a random drawing of the comments to determine a winner. I have to say that "High School Testing" is BY FAR my favorite HomeScholar course! First of all, I look much thinner on audio, which just thrills me! But it's more than that! When we made the audio course, my husband told me I could talk about testing for as long as I wanted, and record the course without any time limits. I actually got to say EVERYTHING I wanted to say, so it was very satisfying. And because my husband did such a wonderful job of editing the course, he took out every "ummm" and "uhhhh" and pause. I sound like a genius! Full of information with not a single misspoken word!  <giggles!>


If you would like to read more about "High School Testing" on audio CD, or buy it for yourself, check my description on the website.
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July and August Contest winners

July and August Contest winners
Winner of "A Moment of Peace"
WATCH Convention
Lorrie Flem, Publisher
Teach Magazine

At conventions I usually have a gaggle of teenage girls standing around waiting for the drawing. I carefully mixed up the names, and randomly chose one of the girls to draw the winner. I was careful to make sure that the girl turned her back and covered her eyes when she drew. When the girl looked at the winner's name, she screamed, "It's my Mom! Lorrie Flem is my Mom!" She was SO excited! What a thrill for her to choose her own mother as the winner! \u003cbr\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/p\>\n\n\u003cdiv style\u003d\"text-align:center;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-weight:bold\"\>Winner of the July \u003cbr\>Newsletter Contest\u003c/span\> \u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>\u003cdiv style\u003d\"text-align:center;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>Renée in \u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>Garmisch\u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>, \u003c/span\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>Germany\u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>"I've been so impressed\nwith the info in the newsletter, that it was certainly something I thought\nothers would benefit from as well," said Renée.\u003cbr\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/span\>\u003cdiv style\u003d\"text-align:center;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-weight:bold\"\>Winner of the August \u003cbr\>\nNewsletter Contest\u003c/span\> \u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>\u003cdiv style\u003d\"text-align:center;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>Karen Davis in North Carolina\u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>\u003cbr\>\u003cdiv style\u003d\"text-align:center;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-weight:bold\"\>Your Turn to Win! \u003c/span\>\u003c/span\>\u003c/div\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-size:12pt;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>Win "A Moment of Peace" for yourself!\u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>You will have the opportunity to win "A\nMoment of Peace" at the Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair October 27, 2007 at CascadiaCommunity\n College.\u003c/span\>\u003cbr\>\n\t\t\t\u003c/font\>\u003c/td\>\n\t\t\u003c/tr\>\n\t\t\u003c/table\>\u003ca name\u003d\"114d120ea97d23d3_LETTER.BLOCK7\"\>\u003ctable style\u003d\"margin-bottom:6px\" border\u003d\"0\" width\u003d\"100%\" cellpadding\u003d\"5\" cellspacing\u003d\"0\"\>\n\t\t\u003ctr\>\n\t\t\t\u003ctd style\u003d\"background-color:#BEE796;padding:2px 2px 2px 6px;color:#cef9fe;font-family:Arial Narrow,Arial MT Condensed Light,sans-serif;font-size:14pt\" height\u003d\"20\" bgcolor\u003d\"#BEE796\" width\u003d\"100%\" rowspan\u003d\"1\" colspan\u003d\"1\"\>\u003cfont color\u003d\"#cef9fe\" size\u003d\"4\" face\u003d\"Arial Narrow,Arial MT Condensed Light,sans-serif\" style\u003d\"color:#cef9fe;font-family:Arial Narrow,Arial MT Condensed Light,sans-serif;font-size:14pt\"\>\u003cb\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"color:rgb(0, 0, 0)\"\>September Calendar Reminders\u003c/span\>\u003cbr\>\u003c/b\>\u003c/font\>\u003c/td\>\n\t\t",1] ); //-->

Winner of the July
Newsletter Contest
Renée in Garmisch, Germany
"I've been so impressed with the info in the newsletter, that it was certainly something I thought others would benefit from as well," said Renée.

Winner of the August
Newsletter Contest
Karen Davis in North Carolina

Your Turn to Win!
Win "A Moment of Peace" for yourself! You will have the opportunity to win "A Moment of Peace" at the Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair October 27, 2007 at CascadiaCommunity College.
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We Have a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who encouraged their friends to sign up for my free newsletter! A big thanks to Chrissie Hasenohrl, Sharon Hicks, Sonja Knight, Kristine McGowan, Chris Ryan, and Karla Sigrist. The winner of our July contest is Renee Gardiner in Germany! Renee was named by the most new subscribers, and she wins a free one hour telephone consultation.

Congratulations Renee Gardiner!
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We Have Two Winners!

We Have Two Winners!

Congratulations to Sharon Bedard for winning a "Moment of Peace" gift basket, our Washington Homeschool Organization Convention giveaway. Sharon was our lucky winner from over 180 entries. Everyone one who signed up for the "Moment of Peace" received a complimentary subscription to The HomeScholar Record newsletter! Look for another "Moment of Peace" contest at the WATCH convention this August!

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Contest Winner!

Contest Winner!
Joan Purswell was the winner of our drawing to win "A Moment of Peace." Joan was visiting the Christian Heritage Convention in Washington to research homeschooling for her grandchild.

Congratulations, Joan!!
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