Super Senior Five Year High School

Super Senior Five Year High School
Can you take the Five Year Plan for high school? It's called by many names: 5th Year Senior, Fifth Year Program, Super-Senior. What it means is that your teen takes an extra year of high school. Can you do that?  Yes! Of course you can! One of t...
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Lin Knowles
I'm dealing with this issue from the opposite end. My fall-birthday son started high school at 8th-grade age. Two years in, he dec... Read More
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:39
Lee Binz
Hi Lin! I think it would be easiest to create a transcript by subject, not by year. Then you don't need to worry about it. Bless... Read More
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:49
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Fast and Easy History Curriculum

Fast and Easy History Curriculum
Some people love history, and others… not so much. Faced with a history-phobic kid, social studies-hating kid, you don't have to skip the subject. If you are looking a fast and easy way to get history, sometimes you just need to think outside the box...
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Jessica Zbavitel
Thanks so much for The Great Courses supplement ideas!
Friday, 29 June 2018 00:16
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31 Educational Games for Teens

31 Educational Games for Teens
Games for teens can make summer more fun. Staying sane in summer requires a careful balance of structure (so the kids don't go crazy) and time away from homeschooling (so the mom doesn't go crazy.) How do you keep that balance? Educational games! Che...
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Put Bible Class on Your Transcript

Put Bible Class on Your Transcript
If you are teaching religion classes at home, I suggest that you put Bible on the transcript, for 1 credit or 1/2 credit, each year you cover that subject. If the curriculum says it's a semester, then that's 1/2 credit. Sometimes you need to count ho...
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Top Homeschool Tip for Summer Vacation

Top Homeschool Tip for Summer Vacation
I took my favorite book with me on vacation almost every year - to read while my kids were reading something. Now I have to add my disclaimer, {This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a la...
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The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon

The "I'm Bored" Phenomenon

How did I cope with boys in the summer? I made an "I'm bored" list for my kids to use.

I posted a list of things to do on the fridge. The lists were labeled "inside", "outside", "for money" and "special request". Any whining, or other expressions of boredom were directed there. The following is about 1/3 of each list from my fridge. I included every activity I could think of, and every toy in the house. It was very effective when the kids were younger.

I hope this helps! 

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Super-score to Improve Scholarships

Super-score to Improve Scholarships
When planning for college, you will need to have  your child take high school tests. You can find out all about high school tests in my article, High School Subject Tests Simply Explained . When using high school test scores, some college will&n...
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Be Kind to Yourself

Be Kind to Yourself
Speak kindly to yourself. You are God's precious child. He is kind and loving, and He wants us to be kind and loving to our self as well. Women, in particular, can be very hard on themselves. Harsh self-talk that is edifying or helpful...
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Amy Tassone
Thank you, Lee, for this helpful and healthful reminder! Even if we "know" the importance of positive self-talk and rest, we stil... Read More
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:18
Lee Binz
I'm so glad to hear that Amy! I had scheduled this post for later, but then suddenly there was a significant number of parents tha... Read More
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 21:33
Jeanie Watkins
As a widowed mom,who did not do well in school myself, homescooling 4 children I am always questioning myself even though I believ... Read More
Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:23
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When you really want a Christian University

When you really want a Christian University
A private Christian school is a great idea, but you have to do your research. You may want to grab my free ebook, Finding a College You Love , to get additional tips. Don't be put off by private schools Many good Christian universities are well-funde...
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How to Include Enrichment Experiences in Homeschool Records

How to Include Enrichment Experiences in Homeschool Records
Meaningful summer camps, important enrichment classes, and major life experiences that are educational ... what to do? Put it in your homeschool records! It's so important to help your child stand out! Sign up and learn how to make homeschool records...
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Karen Carlin
You made my day! This was the exact topic that woke me this morning! I am following your amazing advise and getting my transcripts... Read More
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 15:29
Karen Carlin
Sorry! I was hitting the 5 stars and my finger missed and submitted 1.5 stars by accident! It won't let me retract.
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 15:33
Lee Binz
Thank you so much for your encouragement and confession Karen - that makes me feel better, LOL! I'm glad to get your "nearly" 5-st... Read More
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 15:47
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How to Estimate Grades in Classes Without Tests

How to Estimate Grades in Classes Without Tests
Not every class has tests, but every class on your transcript should have a final grade. Teachers in schools need tests to evaluate 30 children at a time. When homeschooling, though, we have very few students to assess at one time, and tests are not ...
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Top Tips for Choosing a Career

Top Tips for Choosing a Career
Choosing a career for your child is not something you need to do in high school, and it's certainly not something you can do for another adult. So let's talk about my top tips for helping your child choose their career path. 1. Choosing a career is u...
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Lee Binz
Hi Krissy! I often suggest chemistry/chemical engineering or architecture for serious Lego fans. But more urgently, look at the N... Read More
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 15:45
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Pros and Cons of Graduating Late

Pros and Cons of Graduating Late
Each family is different and only the parent is in the best position to decide on a gradation date. That said, let's think through the pros and cons of graduating later than age 18. The value of homeschooling high school is tremendous! We can be...
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Lee Binz
That's a completely justified reason to graduate late. Your son has basically gone through a season of forced-unschooling. There m... Read More
Monday, 07 May 2018 20:28
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Judgement Free Math Tips

Judgement Free Math Tips
This is totally a no judgment zone! Let's talk about homeschool math without making you cry. My article  High School Math without the Moaning  can help! Our goal is to get through one math level per year. There is no specific level you need...
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How to Show Tutors on the Transcript

How to Show Tutors on the Transcript
[This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.] There are some very intense homeschoolers that don't feel confident in homeschool classes that are taught independently. That's not ...
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