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I'm Not Afraid to Teach High School Geology!

I'm Not Afraid to Teach High School Geology!
High school geology and earth science: learn about the rock types, different layers of the atmosphere, throw in some volcanoes and earthquakes…I think we have it covered. And truth be told, you can cover much of this in the lower grades, even into mi...
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Who is the Best College Coach?

Who is the Best College Coach?
Preparing your child for college launch is more complex than it used to be. Desperate parents are increasingly turning to professional coaches that cost thousands. But, who is the best college coach?  So, who is the best college coach? YOU are! ...
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Important FAFSA Facts for Homeschoolers

Important FAFSA Facts for Homeschoolers
Each year, the government doles out 150 billion dollars in education grants. Almost everyone can get some kind of aid, whether it's in the form of grants, loans, or work-study, whether it's from the government or from schools. All of this is determin...
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NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers

NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers

If you don't know, NCAA means National Collegiate Athletic Association.  If you don't know what it is, you probably aren't worried about it at all.  But if you DO know what it means, then as a homeschool parent you may feel stressed or insecure.  Let me help!

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Lee Binz
Hi JJ! That's not going to be a problem. You can mention that you use an integrated, literature-based curriculum, and that should ... Read More
Friday, 09 March 2018 18:00
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Ooops! Not Done With Math!

Ooops! Not Done With Math!
What do you do when you just aren't done with math before the year is done? Let me give you a few options, and you can decide which is best for your situation.

One Book In One Year is Impossible

You could measure math credits by counting hours spent on math. Some moms know their child can't complete a whole level each year. For them it makes sense to embrace the way God made your child, and give math credits not by textbook, but by the number of hours worked. In other words, it your young person worked at math for 45 minutes to an hour a day, then give credit for math, 1 credit per year. The title of the class is extra important in this option. You don't imply that your child got farther in the textbook than actually accomplished. To clarify that, you can call the class Algebra 1A, for 1 credit, for a whole year of work, for the first half of the textbook. Then call the class Algebra 1B for 1 credit, for a whole year of work the following year, for the second half of the textbook.

One Book Completed In Random Intervals

You could decide to give credit based on the completion date of each textbook. Some parents know the child is just working on their own time-table, being successful while only slightly slower than the average bear. Sometimes families will do year-round schooling, with math completion dates occurring at random intervals throughout the year. For them, it makes more sense to just give the credit on the month and year when each textbook was completed. So for this situation, math classes on the transcript might look like this:

  • Pre-algebra, 1 credit, completed 06/2014

  • Algebra 1, 1 credit, completed 12/2015

  • Geometry, 1 credit, completed 09/2016

That way is sometimes easier, I think, because there is less to keep track of other than completion dates. This may not be a good choice if a child is FAR behind, while still working hard all day, because they get short-changed for all the work they did just to get 1/2 way through a textbook.

Measure by Semester,  Not by Year

You could decide to embrace the random start and stop time of your homeschool classes. Some parents prefer to give grades each semester, rather than each year, because the timing is just too difficult to figure out when each class begins and ends otherwise. If you do that, then each 1/2 textbook you can enter half the number of usual credits and give a grade. So on the semester system, a math book is still 1 credit, but each semester is 1/2 credit. I to have some transcript templates with semester grades available for you to look at, but templates are usually just by semester or by year. You can still add one class at a time that ends at the semester, if you like. This works well if your child starts and stops many classes at somewhat random intervals. Every 6 months, update the transcript with what was completed in the previous 6 months.

Over-Picky Parents Expecting Perfection

You may need to just lighten up, and your child can complete a math book per year. Other moms are just expecting more than a public school expects. In other words, expecting a child who struggles to complete every single problem in the book, from beginning to end isn't always the best choice. After all, a child only needs enough practice to learn, not all the practice problems that are provided in the universe. And homeschoolers don't need to complete all the chapters in every textbook, either. If you complete 75-80% of the curriculum, then it's done. So maybe Algebra 1 or Geometry will be done sooner than expected.
If you need more help, I have some math articles to encourage you!

9 Ways to Actually Get Math Done This Year
High School Math Without the Moaning

What do you think? Which method would you choose?

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September Gold Care Club Updates

September Gold Care Club Updates
New for this month in the Gold Care Club updates ...  How To Training Courses Quick Start : Best Guidance Counselor Beginner : Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live Convention Part 1/3 Intermediate : High School Testing Advanced : College S...
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Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps

Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps
"Occupational Education" is the easiest class you will ever teach!  It is a homeschool requirement in some states (i.e. Washington State). I'm convinced it's the easiest class to cover in your homeschool. 

Here are five easy steps:

1. Wait until your child becomes motivated by money
2. Your child will seek (or be forced to seek) a job
3. Count hours on the job
4. When your child accumulates 150 hours, call it a credit
5. Retroactively write a course description

All done! Piece of cake.

What did you include in your Occupational Education credit in your homeschool? Please share!


Interested in learning what a successful book of course descriptions looks like? Check out my Comprehensive Record Solution!
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College Admission Scandal Avoidance in 5 Easy Steps

College Admission Scandal Avoidance in 5 Easy Steps
There have been multiple felony charges, including bribery and money laundering. The very famous Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were accused, but so were many other wealthy parents.    Money laundering. They aren't talking about the dol...
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Free Workshop with Dr. Jay Wile: Homeschooling How and Why it Works

Free Workshop with Dr. Jay Wile: Homeschooling How and Why it Works
​ If you're like me, you have seen a lot of headlines recently about how homeschool students have dominated national spelling and geography bees and have been awarded the best scholarships that our most elite universities have to offer. Discover...
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What is Delight Directed Learning in High School

What is Delight Directed Learning in High School
What is delight directed learning? And, how do you incorporate it into your child's high school career?    Delight directed learning occurs when a person pursues learning about a topic because they take great delight in it, not simply becau...
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September Homeschool Calendar Reminders

September Homeschool Calendar Reminders
The start of the homeschool year is here! Here are some September homeschool calendar reminders to help kick off your homeschool year the right way!  Middle School: 7th and 8th grade is the best time to learn about high school and practice recor...
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7 Ways to Get Scholarships at Private Universities

7 Ways to Get Scholarships at Private Universities
How do you get better scholarships at a private college? These strategies will go a long way to making sure you get the best possible financial aid package.   Demonstrate interest - visits and phone calls, or Skype if you can't visit. What Colle...
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Brilliant, Lin! Thanks for sharing that! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:30
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Homeschool High School Geography

Homeschool High School Geography
Geography is one area of social studies. Colleges are often specific about what they want to see for high school social studies, including American history, world history, economics, and American government. Since economics and government are often just half-year classes, together they take only one year.

This leaves you with some options - with three years of social studies specified, one year of social studies can be more delight directed. Options include geography, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other "ologies" as well.

I am often asked to give suggestions for geography programs. But geography can simply be taught within the context of other social studies classes. In other words, world history may include some of the geography of Europe.

If you do want to teach separate history and geography classes, we loved Runkle's The Wonderful World of Geography. It's worth it to pick up the student activity workbook as well.

If you want to cover physical geography, this curriculum is great! It is designed for grades 6 through high school. If your child is high school age, I would include it on the high school transcript. My children memorized all the countries of the world using this curriculum. We loved it and still use the information regularly!


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[Free ebook] Need Based Scholarships

[Free ebook] Need Based Scholarships
FAFSA stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid." It's a form you fill out, much like the 1040 tax forms. Like the tax forms, these are also super-fun and well-written government prose. The US Department of Education requires the FAFSA to ...
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The Organized Homeschool Life

The Organized Homeschool Life
A clean house is a sign of a wasted life. Cleaning house while the kids are home is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing. I just cleaned the house top to bottom, so now I'm gonna need everybody to stop living here. Have you heard sayings like...
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I know what you mean, Tricia! We have an adult daughter at home too! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 21:21
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