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Super Shark Books! Fiction and Non-Fiction for Toddler to Teen

Super Shark Books! Fiction and Non-Fiction for Toddler to Teen

For kids young and old comes this collection of shark books. In lieu of the 30th Anniversary of Shark Week this year I am sharing a collection of both fiction and non-fiction books for kids from prepreaders through high school! A fascination with sharks started early in our house when my son fell in love(…)

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American History Timeline Resources: The Young Republic & Westward Expansion

American History Timeline Resources: The Young Republic & Westward Expansion

The American Revolution is ending and a new, young republic has emerged. The United States is working to establish laws and begins the period of Westward Expansion during the early 19th Century. Our previous installments of American History Timeline Resources include: Before 1630 – Pre-America where we talked a lot about explorers and ended with the(…)

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Fulfilling Homeschool High School Health Credits

Fulfilling Homeschool High School Health Credits

I have seen many questions regarding Fulfilling Homeschool High School Health Credits. While many states do not require it as part of their homeschooling regulations, states such as NYS do. (See more about NYS Homeschooling Regulations here.) Whether your state requires it or not, homeschool high school health is something you may choose to incorporate(…)

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4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable

4 Year High School Plan FREE Spreadsheet Printable

Planning for high school and college really ups the ante when it comes to what you need to do and know! While I was working out my curriculum plans for my oldest, I realized in order to accurately account for everything she would need, I would need to have a full 4 year high school(…)

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Spanish for Kids: A Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids® Review

Spanish for Kids: A Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids® Review

Did you know that most colleges want to see two years of a foreign language on your high school transcript? Did you also know that the younger you introduce a language the easier it is for kids to learn? For these very reasons I have spent a great deal of time throughout our homeschooling years(…)

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Help for Teaching Homeschool High School Writing Skills

Help for Teaching Homeschool High School Writing Skills

Just the words homeschooling high school can instill a deep seated fear in many. Then add words like math, or writing (even science) and the fear gets a little more intense. I am here to tell you that YOU CAN Homeschool High School! The key? You don’t have to do all the teaching! There are tons(…)

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Online CLEP Test Prep with Study.com

Online CLEP Test Prep with Study.com

The cost of college grows exponentially each and every year. In our house we ensure each of our children can complete at least a two year degree without debt. One of the ways we do this is by using CLEP tests as a means of earning college credit for less. Want to know what a(…)

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American History Timeline Resources: American Revolution

American History Timeline Resources: American Revolution

Is it the American Revolution or The Revolutionary War?  I used to be so confused by the terminology surrounding the American Revolution since it has more than one name (including the previously mentioned ones, plus the U.S War of Independence). Truth is it’s both or either. Revolutionary America is a period of American History from(…)

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Life Skills as High School Electives: Basic Wood Working Projects

Life Skills as High School Electives: Basic Wood Working Projects

Back when I was in middle school I remember taking what was called “Technology” or “Shop Class”. In that class we worked with our hands on basic wood working projects. I seem to recall an owl shaped bank, and a simple notepaper/pencil holder. While technology may have changed over the years, the need for kids(…)

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Homeschool High School American Literature

Homeschool High School American Literature

Getting in to the high school years means delving in deeper into subjects you may have already covered.  It means reading relevant works of literature and understanding their place in history. One of the subjects I cover with all of my kids in high school is Homeschool High School American Literature. I received this product(…)

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American History Timeline Resources: Colonial America

American History Timeline Resources: Colonial America

Stop number two on our American History Timeline Colonial America. This period of time covers the first Thanksgiving as well as early life in the first colonies. We are choosing to use a timeline format as the base for our studies. Each week will focus on a different section of the timeline. In our first installment,(…)

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100 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Options

100 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Options

Are you a secular homeschooler? Looking for non faith based homeschool curriculum? Then this list of 100 Secular Homeschool Curriculum Options is for you! Come take a look at all the options available for every subject and age! What Does Secular Mean? I am going to try and start with a brief discussion of what(…)

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Spartanburg Methodist College – A Homeschool Friendly College

Spartanburg Methodist College – A Homeschool Friendly College

When you get beyond your concerns of homeschooling high school itself, you will find the next hurdle may pertain to college (or no college) depending on your child. Does my child want to go to college? If so, what is their plan? How do we prepare for college? Two or four year schools? Our first(…)

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American History Timeline Resources:  Before 1630 – Pre America

American History Timeline Resources: Before 1630 – Pre America

We are beginning our American History Timeline studies with Before 1630 or “Pre-America.”  This time period was filled with voyages of exploration into lands unknown. We are choosing to use a timeline format as the base for our studies. Each week will focus on a different section of the timeline. This time period was the(…)

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Patriot Day: September 11th Resources

Patriot Day: September 11th Resources

September 11th, 2001 started out as any other day for most of us. Everything changed at 8:45 a.m when a hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. It is a day that forever changed America, and is now known as Patriot day in(…)

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How to Create a Timeline Based History Plan

How to Create a Timeline Based History Plan

There are multiple ways to go about teaching history in your homeschool. We have often used a unit study approach where we focused on a specific event, person, or time period. Another way to teach history is chronologically through the use of a timeline. For my last go around with homeschooling middle school, I have(…)

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Including Electives in your Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Including Electives in your Homeschool Curriculum Choices

When choosing homeschool curriculum one of the subjects we often over look is elective courses. Homeschool Curriculum Electives could include things like music, art, foreign language, life skills and so much more. While these may not be core subjects, they are also subjects you shouldn’t ignore when making your homeschool curriculum choices. If you stick(…)

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Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style}

Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style}

Finding a student planner that works for you and doesn’t break the bank can be a challenge! Throughout my years of homeschooling my needs (and the kids’ needs) have changed. We have tried all kinds of planners, both digital and printable. This Weekly Assignments Printable Student Planner {Checklist Style} is a no muss no fuss(…)

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Knowre Online Math: Help for High School Math

Knowre Online Math: Help for High School Math

I have a long standing, not always positive relationship with homeschooling math. This isn’t because I dislike it or am not good at it, but more because each of my children are so different and have needed different things at various points throughout our years of homeschooling. I used Singapore Math with all my children(…)

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Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale

Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale

{UPDATED WITH TONS OF NEW ITEMS!) Having homeschooled for over 11 years now, and having done numerous curriculum reviews, I have accumulated an abundance of curriculum that I no longer need. I have one that has graduated, none of elementary age any more and two very different children from the first that are still homeschooling.(…)

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4 Ways to Supercharge Your Homeschool Curriculum

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Homeschool Curriculum

Keeping kids engaged can sometimes be difficult. Staring at textbooks all day can have an effect similar to a tranquilizer on a student. That’s why, for years, teachers have used activities, projectors, and other supplemental materials to keep students entertained while they learn. But what about homeschoolers? It can be difficult as a homeschool parent(…)

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Life Skills as High School Electives: Laundry and Clothing Tips

Life Skills as High School Electives: Laundry and Clothing Tips

I recall a story I find myself telling when discussion of life skills – specifically home economics types of stuff – comes up. While it isn’t directly laundry and clothing tips related, it is very similar. It speaks to how easily we can take for granted some of the seemingly basic household tasks. Many years(…)

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Our 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Our 9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

This is the beginning of my second go around at homeschooling high school. While some of our 9th grade homeschool curriculum is the same as what our first child used for homeschooling 9th grade, some things have changed too! This is our son Jayden’s first year of high school. According to the NYS Homeschool Regulations(…)

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Self Study vs. Group Study

Self Study vs. Group Study

As a homeschooling parent, you may sometimes get anxious that your child doesn’t have the same access to study groups as children at regular schools do. If you do get anxious, then you don’t need to, because there are many positive aspects of studying independently. Let’s examine the pros and cons of Self Study vs.(…)

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101 Reasons in Favor of Flexible Homeschooling

101 Reasons in Favor of Flexible Homeschooling

I am an off the chart, type-A personality. I love schedules, plans, lists, boxes to check, etc. When I started homeschooling many moons ago I brought this rigidity with me (I was definitely not flexible homeschooling). I was hard and fast to follow curriculum and adhere to schedules, even if it meant stress and misery(…)

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Life Skills as High School Electives: Sewing Basics for Teens

Life Skills as High School Electives: Sewing Basics for Teens

My youngest (she is 10 years old) recently went through a phase of making throw pillows out of old t-shirts. This required her to do sewing basics like threading a needle. While some of these life skills we seem to naturally hit along the way, others we need to be intentional about teaching our children.(…)

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Life Skills as High School Electives: Basic Household Repairs for Teens

Life Skills as High School Electives: Basic Household Repairs for Teens

This week our son was helping us spackle and sand our living room walls! This was made even more surprising to me by the fact that he ASKED to help us! Learning those skills, and others like painting a wall, working with a hammer and changing a light bulb are all important basic household repairs(…)

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The Best Video ASL Resources

The Best Video ASL Resources

Teaching a foreign language can be difficult if you don’t speak any. Having great resources, especially video resources where you can hear and see the new language in action can be very helpful. When teaching (or learning) ASL (American Sign Language) books can easily fall flat. It is much easier to learn if you can(…)

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Teaching History Through Movies: Helen Keller

Teaching History Through Movies: Helen Keller

While I have always enjoyed supplementing our history studies with the use of historical fiction. I have recently decided to trying enhancing our studies with movies too. Teaching History Through Movies is another great way to bring a time period, historical moment, place or person to life. While most movies aren’t totally historically accurate, they(…)

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Kids Create Art! Playful Pet Portraits!

Kids Create Art! Playful Pet Portraits!

I am art challenged. I need step by step instructions (and video is even better) to help my kids complete art projects. One of the resources I have been using are the Mixed Media Art Courses from Flourish. I am happy to say she is putting out a new one this month – Kids Create(…)

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Teaching History Through Movies: The Wright Brothers

Teaching History Through Movies: The Wright Brothers

Welcome to my Teaching History Through Movies series. We are trying to watch a movie a week to enhance our history studies. It may be about a time period, event, or person. We started out a few weeks ago with the Wright Brothers. My Teaching History Through Movies landing page offers tips about finding and(…)

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Teaching History Through Movies

Teaching History Through Movies

This is a landing page I am creating for something new we are trying. It serves to be a catalog of the movies we view as a part of our history studies. I think that teaching history through movies could be a great enrichment in our homeschool, much like the use of historical fiction. As(…)

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Life Skills as High School Electives: Cooking Basics for Teens

Life Skills as High School Electives: Cooking Basics for Teens

I have realized through the years that there are many things I take for granted, for instance, knowing how to boil water, or crack an egg. It always surprises me how many kids I come across that have not been taught some of the most basic cooking skills. As homeschoolers I think this may happen(…)

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Easy to Implement High School Economics

Easy to Implement High School Economics

I often see questions about what to use for teaching High School Economics. If you live in a state like ours (NYS) you may find you are required to teach High School Economics. If not, it may just be a topic you feel is important and want to cover with your students. Either way I(…)

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Fetal Pig Dissection Resources

Fetal Pig Dissection Resources

Since my 10 year old decided she just HAD to dissect the fetal pig that my teen never did when she did high school biology, and thus I was looking for fetal pig dissection resources for her, I have collected all the best here for you! Two years ago when we did a frog dissection(…)

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Virtual Frog Dissection Resources

Virtual Frog Dissection Resources

That smell. Can you smell the formaldehyde? It is often a dreaded part of high school biology class. The good news is that if you don’t have the resources (or the stomach) for a frog dissection lab, there are are plenty of Virtual Frog Dissection Resources to choose from! I have now had the opportunity(…)

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Life Skills as High School Electives: Home Economics and Shop Class

Life Skills as High School Electives: Home Economics and Shop Class

One of the most important subjects in your child’s education are those things that fall under the category of “life-skills”. Many of these skills used to be taught in Home Economics and Shop Class, but seem to have fallen by the wayside in lieu of things like standardized testing. Teaching Life Skills as High School(…)

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Homeschooling High School with College in Mind – Book Review

Homeschooling High School with College in Mind – Book Review

Homeschooling High School instills fear in many who even thing about tackling it. Having already graduated one of my children, I can tell you it is possible. You can even plan on homeschooling high school with college in mind! Yes college! Your homeschoolers have just as much of a chance at college (maybe even more(…)

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Homeschool Standardized Testing: Testing Tips & A Review

Homeschool Standardized Testing: Testing Tips & A Review

Many frequently asked homeschooling questions pertain to homeschool standardized testing. Do our children take the same tests as the public school kids? Do we have to test our children? How and with what to do we test them? We as homeschoolers often wonder some of these same things. On top of that we often question,(…)

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Books That Feature Homeschoolers

Books That Feature Homeschoolers

You can always find books about riding the bus to school, books about Kindergarten, books about your first day of school, and just plain books set in public school. But what about books that feature homeschoolers? Finding books that have homeschooled characters is a much more difficult task. Throughout the past year I have made(…)

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How to Plan a Learning Vacation

How to Plan a Learning Vacation

In 2013 we took our kids on their first visit to Washington, D.C. It was our oldest daughter’s “8th Grade Washington Trip”. We did a lot of research and preparation ahead of time to help make the trip both more affordable as well as enjoyable while still hitting as many of the sites as we(…)

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Homeschool Art Lesson: Shading Using 5 Values

Homeschool Art Lesson: Shading Using 5 Values

Why do your teen’s drawings lack depth? Has your teen artist ever said in a self-deprecating way, “I’m not very good at shading.” Now I know, as a parent, you will want to soothe their little ego and reassure them that their drawings are amazing. Which they are, compared to last year’s drawings. Certainly remind(…)

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Memorize English Grammar

Memorize English Grammar

I was just having a conversation with some homeschool moms about trivia and knowing facts. As I sat and talked about all the little jingles, rhymes and songs I used to teach my children things like the American Presidents, Periodic Table, Parts of Grammar, and more I realized how much those things help! Taking the(…)

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5 Advantages of Middle School Virtual Field Trips ~ PLUS an easy way to find them!

5 Advantages of Middle School Virtual Field Trips ~ PLUS an easy way to find them!

Field trips can be a fun and interactive way to learn about things from science, history, art, and more! Especially when kids are younger, both public schools and homeschoolers alike seem to participate and put an importance on participating in field trips. But what about middle school? It seems as though more “academic” activities win(…)

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Light Bulb DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids

Light Bulb DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids

Welcome to Day Five of my 5 Days of DIY Christmas Ornaments for Kids! Today is all about Light Bulb DIY Christmas Ornaments. Take your burnt out or old light bulbs (or buy new if you wish) and turn them into fun ornaments! Light Bulb DIY Christmas Ornaments Supplies: light bulbs acrylic paint glitter buttons(…)

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Homeschool Art Lessons ~ Fall Art Project

Homeschool Art Lessons ~ Fall Art Project

I am art challenged. Because I am art challenged I need all the help I can get to provide a quality art education to my children!  I have found that finding and using homeschool art lessons is a great way to take some of the pressure off me! Doing this affords me a solid art(…)

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Guide to Memorizing Geography

Guide to Memorizing Geography

I wasn’t very interested in history or geography when I was in school. As an adult I can easily see what I missed out on by not committing to memory some of the basic geography fact and history dates. This Guide to Memorizing Geography will help you teach the basics to your children in fun(…)

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It Helps to Memorize History – Lists & Resources for History Memorization

It Helps to Memorize History – Lists & Resources for History Memorization

When it comes to memorizing history, it’s not so much that you need to memorize every date and detail, but that knowing the order of events, or the highlights of important documents helps you to understand history more easily and creates “pegs” for you to hang information on in you head for later. In this(…)

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The Skeletal System: Hands-On Learning Resources

The Skeletal System: Hands-On Learning Resources

One of my favorite science topics is the human body. I am so fascinated with how it all works. The Skeletal System is one of the body systems that is so fun to play with and learn about in a hands on manner. I have gathered tons of resources on the Skeletal System throughout my(…)

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Simplify Science with Memorization

Simplify Science with Memorization

When you know basic facts about a subject, it is easier to build up from those facts. Learning more difficult concepts in science is aided by knowing some basic facts. While the list of science facts to memorize is seemingly endless there are definitely some basic science memorization lists that will get you started. Science(…)

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Ultimate Guide of Things to Memorize

Ultimate Guide of Things to Memorize

I grew up memorizing math facts by flash cards and using songs to help me more quickly learns lists of facts and such. For this reason I have found it important for my children to have these things to memorize as well. When you know your math facts it is much easier to do higher(…)

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Microscope Activities – Including a Purchase Guide & Resources

Microscope Activities – Including a Purchase Guide & Resources

One of the staple purchases you want to make for your homeschool science studies is a microscope. From the early elementary years you can begin with basic microscope activities, building up to full blown usage for biology study in the high school years. Microscope activities can easily begin in the elementary years. While students at(…)

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How to Tackle Homeschool High School Grading

How to Tackle Homeschool High School Grading

Even if you do not assign grades in your homeschool during the elementary years, grading becomes more important during the high school years. For this reason, let’s tackle the whys and hows of homeschool high school grading. Homeschool High School Grading The range of degrees to which homeschoolers assign grades is as varied as homeschoolers(…)

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The 10 Myths of Teen Dating ~ Practical Advice for Parents

The 10 Myths of Teen Dating ~ Practical Advice for Parents

I remember the trepidation in me when my oldest daughter was nearing dating age. When they leave our house, we lose control. One of the things I have found to be most important is to foster relationships with our children that include an open line of communication. If you build a relationship from the ground(…)

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Online Safety for Teens Using a Parental Control App

Online Safety for Teens Using a Parental Control App

While I say teens, the conversation and act of using a parental control app for online safety seems to need to start earlier and earlier. Most children are exposed to the Internet at the age of 6! So while online safety for teens is important, you most likely should be starting earlier than the teen years!(…)

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Using Famous Artists Online Unit Study for Homeschool Art

Using Famous Artists Online Unit Study for Homeschool Art

Adding art to our homeschool has always been something I struggle with. It isn’t that I don’t like art, or that I don’t see the importance of art. Truly, I just struggle with art myself – trust me, you don’t want to see me try and draw a person! Since I struggle so much myself,(…)

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Creating a Cell Phone Contract for Teens or better yet start a conversation!

Creating a Cell Phone Contract for Teens or better yet start a conversation!

Do your teens have cell phones? Have you talked about the expectations that come along with that privilege? Beyond just creating a cell phone contract for teens, it is important to have conversations about your expectations and theirs. This letter, and ones like it, have been circulating around the Internet. You can also find tons(…)

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Study Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Study Shakespeare’s Hamlet

As part of my Shakespeare for High School series I would like to like to cover at least one tragedy and one comedy. While we have also covered Romeo and Juliet (which is also a tragedy), for the purposes of talking specifically about a Shakespearean tragedy we are going to study Hamlet. What is a(…)

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10 Motivation Boosters for Learning Online

10 Motivation Boosters for Learning Online

Online education is growing almost daily, but the challenge of remaining motivated in the process of learning online is a constant struggle for every student out there. Distance learning is a convenient, flexible and available way to learn, but every benefit has its challenges. While its affordability and the chance to study it anywhere with(…)

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Teaching Shakespeare Sonnets

Teaching Shakespeare Sonnets

So what exactly is a sonnet anyways? A sonnet is a 14-line poem with a variable rhyme scheme originating in Italy and brought to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, earl of Surrey in the 16th century. Literally a “little song,” the sonnet traditionally reflects upon a single sentiment, with a clarification or “turn”(…)

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The CLT: A New College Admissions Exam

The CLT: A New College Admissions Exam

As the new SAT makes its way to colleges and universities across the U.S., students and educators are scrambling to ensure they are prepared for what promises to be a substantially different test than the previous iteration of the College Board’s gateway to higher education. Written to align with the Common Core Standards being taught to many American students, the new SAT creates a dilemma for many educators. They must try to find a balance between instilling in students the virtue and knowledge necessary to form a well ­rounded student and lifelong learner, and conforming their teaching to the rigid body of knowledge required to succeed on the SAT. But what if there was another option? Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) in Annapolis, Md., has created the Classic Learning Test (CLT), the first new college admissions exam to be offered since the debut of the ACT in 1959. The founders of CLI recognize that the SAT, while not without merit, leaves out crucial aspects of a true  education. Texts featured on the SAT don’t reflect the values that are most cherished by home and private educators. CLI believes that within each child is a capacity and thirst for unlocking the good, the true, and the beautiful. Put simply, the texts featured on the SAT, and ultimately in many classrooms, fail to connect students to the goodness, truth, and beauty they inherently desire. By contrast, the CLT features works from the Western tradition by authors such as Plato, C.S. Lewis, and Martin Luther King Jr. By doing so, the CLT hopes not only to espouse  a love of deep analytical thought in students, but also to be accessible to students from all educational backgrounds. The CLT hopes to be a more user­ friendly exam as well. The exam is taken online on a student’s computer or tablet, and, at two hours in length, is significantly shorter than either the SAT or the ACT. Students are also free to move between the exam’s three sections (reading comprehension, writing, and quantitative reasoning), as well. With its premiere June 11th administration, the CLT has proven itself to be a more comfortable and accessible exam for students to complete. Students are also given their score soon after submitting their exams, eliminating the anxious wait to receive test scores! The CLT is a new, and the fastest growing college admissions exam in the country! For more information and to(…)

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Romeo and Juliet for High School

Romeo and Juliet for High School

As part of our high school English we are delving into a Shakespeare Unit. While I found Shakespeare to be tedious in high school, with new resources, I hope to make it more understandable and more fun for my kids. This is part of the High School Shakespeare series that I am putting together for(…)

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Why Teach Shakespeare?

Why Teach Shakespeare?

As part of this High School Shakespeare series I would like to talk about why you should teach Shakespeare in your homeschool. Why teach Shakespeare? What benefits are there in learning and understanding his body of work? Is it still relevant today? One of the main reasons to read a Shakespearean play (at least in(…)

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Homeschool Math Curriculum: Teaching Textbooks vs. CTC Math

Homeschool Math Curriculum: Teaching Textbooks vs. CTC Math

Teaching homeschool math can be a stress inducing thought. Many of us were not strong in math ourselves, or have not done much of it since graduation, and worry about how we can successfully teach our children. Using a homeschool math curriculum is something I would strongly suggest! A good homeschool math curriculum can ease your(…)

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High School Shakespeare

High School Shakespeare

High school Shakespeare. Love it or hate it? I know many (including myself) that dreaded the high school Shakespeare units. But why? I think it’s because the language was unfamiliar and therefore hard to understand, and the resources used to study them were dry and of little help. Luckily for our children we have many(…)

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Heirloom Audio Adventures for Homeschool History

Heirloom Audio Adventures for Homeschool History

Do you use audio books in your home? Have you considered the possible benefits to you and your child? Audio books have the ability to enhance the storytelling experience for those who use them. I have found a family friendly audio adventure that will excite you and your children alike! This new Christian Audio Series(…)

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Tackling the New SAT Essay

Tackling the New SAT Essay

We have all heard about the “NEW” SAT and how things have changed a bit since the last time they updated it. But what exactly does that mean and how will the new SAT essay be different? I will readily admit that one of the reasons I was so eager to make the transition from(…)

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IDO3D Pens for Kids

IDO3D Pens for Kids

Do you have a crafty art kid in your home? Do you have a kid not so interested in art and crafting? Either way 3D pens might just be the next big thing in your house! This summer we have had the distinct pleasure of working with the IDO3DArt pens in our home! My 10 year old(…)

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Engaging Summer Olympics Activities & Resources

Engaging Summer Olympics Activities & Resources

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are set to begin on Friday, August 5, 2016 and end on Sunday, August 21st. With all the Olympic Trials going on right now we are in full Olympic swing here in our house! I have found many great Summer Olympics Activities and Resources that could be used not(…)

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The NEW SAT – How it’s different & Resources to Prepare

The NEW SAT – How it’s different & Resources to Prepare

In the last sixty-three years, the SAT has only undergone one major change in 2005 when the test added a grammar and essay-based Writing score. Well just 11 years later, another  new SAT is here and the time to start preparing is fast approaching!   This new “college-readiness assessment” will more closely align with Common Core(…)

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Mega List of Homeschool Planners

Mega List of Homeschool Planners

Homeschool planning is a popular topic. From homeschool planner types to how we use them, the options are varied and look different for each of us. Through the years I have used multiple types of planners and methods. Not only will I share those with you, but I have also created an extensive list of(…)

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What Makes Me An Eclectic Homeschooler

What Makes Me An Eclectic Homeschooler

Did you know that homeschooling isn’t just homeschooling? There are many types of homeschoolers and each homeschool looks different. When I first started out I would have called myself a Classical homeschooler. Now I would call myself more of an Eclectic Homeschooler. What exactly do these terms mean, and how do you know what type(…)

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Teaching With Movies

Teaching With Movies

Have you ever considered teaching with movies? Did you know they can be a great educational tool? Teaching with movies can enhance any curriculum or topic by bringing words and pictures to life. We all know I am largely in favor of using historical fiction as a means of teaching and enriching our children’s education.(…)

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A Teens Guide to the 5 Love Languages – Review

A Teens Guide to the 5 Love Languages – Review

Have you heard of the 5 Love Languages? I have found that learning and applying the 5 Love Languages to all my significant relationships has greatly improved each one. It has also helped me to better understand myself. Using the principles behind the 5 Love Languages enriches relationships. Do you know how it would be(…)

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Mixing with the Masters Art Course for Kids

Mixing with the Masters Art Course for Kids

I am super excited for this new mixed media art course to begin! We have made many projects from the various courses that are offered by Alisha at the Masterpiece Society. What I love about Mixing With The Masters is that it is combining art with the history and knowledge of some of the most(…)

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Art Project Resources for Homeschoolers

Art Project Resources for Homeschoolers

Art is one of those subjects (unless you have an art crazy kid) that can get lost in the mix of things. It can seem daunting to come up with art project resources that are easy to use and simple to implement in your homeschool, especially if you are art challenge liked myself! Throughout the(…)

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The Super Mega List of Family Friendly Movies {150+ Titles}

The Super Mega List of Family Friendly Movies {150+ Titles}

Come one, come all, in spring, summer, winter, or fall! Grab your popcorn and sit down for a family movie night! I have compiled a list of family friendly movies to be enjoyed by all! This list includes some for younger kids, some for older kids, and you might just find you adults might enjoy(…)

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10 Secular Science Curriculum Options for Your Homeschool

10 Secular Science Curriculum Options for Your Homeschool

When it comes to science most people find themselves on the Christian/creationism side, or the secular most likely evolution side. We have used some of each as I like to present my children with information about both views. So I have compiled a list of secular science curriculum options for you to choose from. They(…)

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Moms of Teens: It’s NOT Just Babies That Are Time Consuming

Moms of Teens: It’s NOT Just Babies That Are Time Consuming

There is always talk about how exhausted new moms are, and rightfully so, babies are demanding! Then you have the toddlers who never cease to move, all the while creating havoc along the way. As my littlest began moving through these stages, and my oldest grew farther and farther into the teens years, I thought(…)

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Teen Drivers: There is NO Substitute for Experience

Teen Drivers: There is NO Substitute for Experience

Our teen driver got her licence in March. After 6 months of driving everywhere she goes (with Mom as a passenger) and spending countless hours on the weekends driving (with Dad as the instructor), she now has a piece of paper that says she is capable of driving on her own. {Insert fear and trepidation(…)

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Preparing for AP English Language & Composition Exam

Preparing for AP English Language & Composition Exam

The month of May is AP testing season. Kids across the nation all sit for each AP test at the exact same time, and they are only offered that one time each year. This year my homeschool high school student prepared for and took the AP English Language & Composition Exam. I recently wrote all(…)

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Non Fiction Books – The Whats & Whys For Your Homeschool

Non Fiction Books – The Whats & Whys For Your Homeschool

Homeschooling has given me a valid excuse for indulging in my book loving habits. Whether that be by toting home stacks of books from the library, spending countless hours at used book sales, or by filling the walls of our homeschool room with bookshelves. One of the things I have invested time and money in(…)

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Crash Course U.S. Government & Politics for High School

Crash Course U.S. Government & Politics for High School

Here in New York State we are required to cover at least half a credit (half a year) of U.S. Government & Politics during the high school years. While this is often done in eleventh grade, it can be done at any time during the high school years. My oldest has always learned with more(…)

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The Scoop on Earning AP Credit in High School

The Scoop on Earning AP Credit in High School

Tis the season of AP Exams. Every year in May, across the United States, kids are sitting for AP Exams in various subjects. But what is an AP Exam? What will earning AP Credit do for your high school student? Read on and let me tell you! I am graduating my first child from our(…)

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Using Adult Coloring Books for Homeschool Art (or history, or science…)

Using Adult Coloring Books for Homeschool Art (or history, or science…)

Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore! There is a recent trend of adults buying and using coloring books themselves. Coloring is a great way to relax and unwind. And this trend does not just stop at adults, it is a growing and health beneficial trend for teens too! As our teens struggle through their adolescent(…)

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10 Tips for Teaching Teen Drivers

10 Tips for Teaching Teen Drivers

We have our first teen driver in our home. We have spent countless hours on the road, in the passenger’s seat, preparing her for this new and important task. Teaching teen drivers can be a scary task! It is more than just the mechanics of driving, there are so many things to think about and(…)

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Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry

Have you every created “Blackout Poetry”? Blackout Poetry focuses on rearranging words to create a different meaning. This is also known as newspaper blackout poetry. In Blackout Poetry you cross out or eliminate whatever words or images you see as unnecessary or irrelevant to the effect you are seeking to create. The goal is to(…)

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Preparing for the Cost of College

Preparing for the Cost of College

It’s never too early (or too late) to invest in your child’s future! Whether you have just had a baby or you have a child in high school, there are always things you can do to prepare for the cost of college. Learn about the different savings plans, check into scholarships, and create a plan(…)

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Indispensable Edtech Tools For Homeschooling

Indispensable Edtech Tools For Homeschooling

Homeschoolers have the advantage of picking and choosing what technologies they bring into their home-based classrooms. They may not be at a traditional school building, but the options for learning are endless. What is great about homeschooling is that the experience can be much more catered towards student’s specific needs and learning styles. Whether it(…)

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North American Bird Nature Study

North American Bird Nature Study

Springtime is big nature study time in our house. The winter months are cold here so we tend to hibernate a little, but as soon as spring hits we can’t wait to get outside. One of our most favorite things to do is check out the birds in our area. It is very simple to(…)

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You Are a Masterpiece – Mixed Media Art Workshop

You Are a Masterpiece – Mixed Media Art Workshop

I am so excited for the latest mixed media art workshop from Flourish! Each one has been so creative and engaging. But what makes me most excited about this one is that it is geared towards women, and is meant to help build us up, give us a creative outlet, and help us learn to(…)

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Making Math Fun! With Books

Making Math Fun! With Books

Math – the ever talked about, spreads fear in the hearts of students and homeschool parents alike, subject. While I am a firm believer in a solid math base, and I choose to use a curriculum for our math base, there are a ton of other hands on, fun ways to introduce, learn, and practice(…)

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Poetry Activities for National Poetry Month

Poetry Activities for National Poetry Month

Every year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month. 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of National Poetry Month. This is a time to celebrate poets and their craft. It has become the largest literary celebration  in the world with various events being throughout the month by the Academy of American Poets,(…)

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10 Reasons Why I Have Wanted to Quit Homeschooling

10 Reasons Why I Have Wanted to Quit Homeschooling

I love homeschooling. Let me say that again, I love homeschooling. That being said, there is always a downside, a ying to a yang, a left to a right. For every Pinterest pretty moment, I can name at least one not so shining moment. So while I love homeschooling, and I choose to homeschool, and(…)

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Art for Teens Who Say They Can’t Draw

Art for Teens Who Say They Can’t Draw

Does your teenager say things like, “I can’t draw! I’m no good at art! I draw like a kid!” Are you discouraged to see your teen, who used to love drawing, give up in frustration? Maybe you look at his drawings and say, “Well, they don’t look so horrible. They’re better than they used to(…)

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Life Skills: Simple Home Repairs

Life Skills: Simple Home Repairs

The best education you can give your kids is a well-rounded one that includes both book knowledge and hands-on experience. Working with tools and learning how to do simple home repairs will make them self-reliant and even save them money when they leave the nest and venture out on their own. Working with tools also offers benefits(…)

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Homeschooling Through High School – Tips from a Veteran Homeschool Mom

Homeschooling Through High School – Tips from a Veteran Homeschool Mom

Homeschooling is a big commitment. Homeschooling all the way through high school is an even bigger commitment. I had the pleasure of homeschooling both my daughters all the way through and today I’m here to share my top five tips to persevere for the long haul. 1. Know Yourself Homeschooling is a full time job.(…)

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Homeschooling Algebra With Mr. D Math

Homeschooling Algebra With Mr. D Math

Math is often a topic of interest among homeschoolers, especially as you get into homeschooling Algebra and beyond. If you are like me, you haven’t done the math since high school and that can make it tough to teach it. Since upper level math is long in my past, I knew I didn’t want to(…)

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Teaching World Religions in Middle & High School

Teaching World Religions in Middle & High School

While teaching World Religions is not a specified requirement for our homeschooling, it is something we have chosen to add in throughout the years. This has often happened naturally as topics have come up in our reading, history, and everyday life. One of the best ways to approach this type of learning is by having(…)

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Blogs To Read If You Are Homeschooling High School

Blogs To Read If You Are Homeschooling High School

I homeschool high school. In fact, I am graduating one from homeschool high school this year. When you choose to homeschool high school the field can feel narrowed (and it is).  Despite that, there are still many great resources out there for homeschooling high school. To help you find quality information about homeschooling high school(…)

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Historical Fiction for the Civil War

Historical Fiction for the Civil War

The Civil War profoundly shaped the United States as we know it. It was known as, “The War Between the States,” and was fought between the Northern and Southern states from 1861 – 1865. While learning the facts and finding out details is important, a great way to learn about history is through historical fiction.(…)

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10 Highly Efficient Websites for High School

10 Highly Efficient Websites for High School

High School students seem to be neglected online. Most articles and most websites aimed at students are geared towards older students in college, unless the website is trying to make money from them with freemium games. To redress the balance a little, here are ten of the best and most useful websites for High School(…)

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Fun With Geography ~ FREE Geography Printables

Fun With Geography ~ FREE Geography Printables

Over the span of a little more than I year I have created a multitude of World Geography games, printables, and resources. I believe one of the best ways to learn things is through hands on activities and games. My kids always enjoy playing a fun game such as Where in the World – Fun(…)

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Favorite Homeschool Middle & High School Posts from 2015

Favorite Homeschool Middle & High School Posts from 2015

It is no secret that I am homeschooling middle and high school (and elementary too!). From the moment I began the process of preparing to homeschool high school I have been writing and sharing about it. 2015 has brought about some great information, insight, and resources for homeschooling middle and high school here at Starts(…)

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Starts At Eight Top 10 Most Popular Posts 2015

Starts At Eight Top 10 Most Popular Posts 2015

As I looked back through my archives to begin this post I was surprised to find I have been doing this Most Popular list since 2011! It is amazing to me what has remained popular and what new things have really resounded with people. In the first half of this year I was incredibly on(…)

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Career Exploration for High School Students

Career Exploration for High School Students

High school is not only a stepping stone to college, but a time in a teen’s life when they have the chance to explore what interests them. Beyond college, or even instead of college, is the big big world beyond, and finding a career that suits them is an important step in their growing process.(…)

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What I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Homeschooling High School

What I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling high school is a whole new world when it comes to homeschooling. In some respects the rules change a little, just as our kids are changing and growing up. I remember starting to research how I was going to homeschool high school when my first was in 7th grade. We have charted a course(…)

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Responding to Questions About Homeschooling High School

Responding to Questions About Homeschooling High School

I recently posted an article about Things You Should Never Say to Those That Homeschool High School that received a very mixed response. So I would like to take a moment to address some of those responses. Responding to Questions About Homeschooling High School 1. Aren’t those just curious questions? Yes, many of them are.(…)

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Top 10 Gadgets for Homeschooling High School

Top 10 Gadgets for Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling high school is a whole new adventure from homeschooling the younger years. You child is growing up, they are moving towards independence, and the knowledge they are gaining is beginning to match that which you have. It is also a time when they need to be sure to use technology and the devices available(…)

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Things You Should Never Say To Those That Homeschool High School

Things You Should Never Say To Those That Homeschool High School

I am graduating my oldest child from homeschool this year. She is 16 and graduating a year early, working towards dual credit, her GED, and looking ahead to full time college. When I started homeschooling I thought people were skeptical, critical, and uninformed. That just got worse when I started to homeschool high school. Things(…)

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North Star Geography Online

North Star Geography Online

For those of you that have been following along, you know that we have had North Star Geography in our house for over a year now. It has provided not only a years worth of high school geography but a great resource and stemming point for many fun projects, activities, and games. (See below for(…)

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College From Home: Tips for Getting Great Grades

College From Home: Tips for Getting Great Grades

As any parent will testify, sending your child on to further education and putting them through college and university can quickly drain your bank account. This is why a growing number of students are more likely to choose to stay at home and choose an educational establishment that is close enough to commute to, in order(…)

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The United States Court System: A Unit Study – Part 2

The United States Court System: A Unit Study – Part 2

Last week in The United States Court System Unit Study Part I we talked about things like what courts do, what types of courts there are, and what a jury is. In Part II we are talking about the key people in a court room as well as our justice system. How Judges are Appointed(…)

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Write Well with the WriteWell Writing App

Write Well with the WriteWell Writing App

Having been a homeschool mom for more than a decade I can honestly say that writing can be a difficult subject to work with. It is a subject, like math, that often causes angst in our household. Helping kids to find a flow to their writing, and to use more intricate wording can be time(…)

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The United States Court System: A Unit Study – Part 1

The United States Court System: A Unit Study – Part 1

In America we have a justice system with many court layers with one purpose in mind – justice. Justice for both the criminal and the victim. Finding the truth in any situation, whether criminal or civil, can be difficult. Judging a situation so that the guilty party is punished properly takes patience to discover the(…)

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Practical Strategies for Preparing Your Child for College Life

Practical Strategies for Preparing Your Child for College Life

You remember their first step, first day of grammar school, and soon your child, or young adult, is going to embark upon their first days of college. The time is approaching fast. How should you help prepare them in a practical way for their stay away from you and home? Practical Strategies for Preparing Your(…)

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Historical Fiction for the American Revolution

Historical Fiction for the American Revolution

The American Revolution was a political battle that took place between 1765 and 1783 during which colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, overthrew the authority of Great Britain, and founded the United States of America. As with any history topic I can’t think of a better way for kids(…)

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Why You Should Track Teen Reading

Why You Should Track Teen Reading

Does your teen like to read?  Do they drudge through any book you put in front of them? Do you have trouble knowing if they are really reading and comprehending what you have put before them? I know that I struggle with holding my teen accountable to her reading, especially when I haven’t read the(…)

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Hands On Geography: Volcanoes

Hands On Geography: Volcanoes

Our favorite way to explore history, geography, and science is through hands on projects. This hands on geography lesson is all about volcanoes. We explored multiple ways to create a volcano as well as the terminology and some history surrounding volcanoes. As many of you know North Star Geography has been a big part of(…)

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High School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

High School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

I remember being in high school and being frustrated by the fact that I didn’t have time to read the books I wanted to. Summer came and I was thrilled to be set free to read what I wanted! Summer reading can help keep teens minds engaged and in motion during these months of downtime(…)

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Help Limiting Kids Screen Time with FREE Printable List

Help Limiting Kids Screen Time with FREE Printable List

What exactly is considered screen time?Do you struggle with the screen time balance? Do you have a kid who lives for their screen time? Here I want to offer you help for limiting kids screen time… and not sending yourself off the deep end! I have a 12 year old son here who lives for(…)

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12th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

12th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschooling high school has been less and more than I expected. As with everything, you can’t plan for every twist and turn. Our big news for this year is this: We have finished 3 years of high school in 2 years! This means that instead of doing 11th grade this year, we are doing 12th(…)

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North Star Geography Summer Sale!

North Star Geography Summer Sale!

While summer is just beginning here in NY I know that many of us (myself included) are already in the process of preparing for the coming year. I wanted to be sure to share with you this awesome deal for North Star Geography! North Star Geography digital versions are on sale for 20% OFF through(…)

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Teaching Life Skills: Typing – Keyboarding Resources

Teaching Life Skills: Typing – Keyboarding Resources

One of the many things we include in our homeschool as a life skill is typing – keyboarding. In this age of technology it is ever more important that our children become not only familiar with, but skilled with a mouse and keyboard and their typing skills. To help you in your quest for typing(…)

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No-Nonsense Algebra for Homeschool

No-Nonsense Algebra for Homeschool

Math is a tricky subject in our house, and in many houses, from what I have seen throughout my years of homeschooling. Getting through basic arithmetic usually isn’t so much the problem as navigating Algebra. Getting into higher level math can be a frustrating experience for both parent and student. No-Nonsense Algebra can help both(…)

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The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Math Curriculum & Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Math Curriculum & Resources

When you take on the very important job of homeschooling your kids, one of your main concerns is finding quality resources with which to teach them. One of the tricky subjects for many parents is homeschool math. While this is not a complete list, I have compiled a list of math resources to help you(…)

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The ABCs of Homeschooling: E is for Electives

The ABCs of Homeschooling: E is for Electives

Homeschooling the high school years can be like starting all over again. There are so many new things to think about, like GPAs, transcripts, college prep and more. One of the new and fun things about high school are electives. When my oldest was in middle school I spent time researching for the high school(…)

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Psychology as a High School Elective

Psychology as a High School Elective

During the high school years, much of the talk is about electives. What are they? How will we fulfill them? As part of our high school years our oldest daughter chose psychology as one of her high school electives. When it came to planning our high school years we decided to include electives that were(…)

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Free Homeschool High School Resources

Free Homeschool High School Resources

Homeschooling high school is the major theme of mine. Upon starting this journey with our first child in 2013 I found how narrow the field of resources and information become for homeschooling high school. For that reason I try to share everything I come across. This time I am compiling a list of FREE Homeschool(…)

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Historical Fiction ~ Learning History Through Literature

Historical Fiction ~ Learning History Through Literature

I am a big believer in using historical fiction to teach history, as well as to learn about history myself. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres of literature! This is a landing page for all the historical fiction related articles I have written. I will continue to write about historical fiction, and thus(…)

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High School Life Skills: Career Exploration

High School Life Skills: Career Exploration

Deciding what you want to be when you grow up can be an overwhelming task for teenagers. In most cases they lack the life experience to really know what they excel at and what they love to do that will realistically allow them to earn money as an adult. As homeschoolers we have to be(…)

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Shakespeare for Kids

Shakespeare for Kids

Shakespeare for kids! Who am I kidding? This is not just Shakespeare for kids, but for adults too! If you were anything like I was in school, Shakespeare was a tough nut to crack. With the ancient Shakespearean language it was difficult to follow and understand. As I teach my own children, I hope to(…)

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8 Tools for Successful K12 Online Learning

8 Tools for Successful K12 Online Learning

Even young kids today have become more adept in using innovative devices as well as the Internet for their studies. When you access the web, you get to find a broad range of websites offering you different tools and platforms that can be used. Teachers and parents can definitely use the Internet to help students(…)

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Kings of Israel – A Christian Board Game

Kings of Israel – A Christian Board Game

We are always looking for new games to play in our house. All of our kids love to be able to choose a game and have us all play together. We were recently introduced to Kings of Israel which is a Christian board game. {Disclosure: I received Kings of Israel for free in exchange for my(…)

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Earning High School Equivalency

Earning High School Equivalency

Homeschooling through high school often means that your child will never receive a high school diploma. Given this information what are the alternatives? Earning High School Equivalency without a high school diploma can by done by taking a state authorized examination. The GED or General Educational Development Certificate has historically been the accepted state-authorized examination.(…)

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Paradigm Accelerated World History Curriculum Review

Paradigm Accelerated World History Curriculum Review

Are you looking for high school level World History Curriculum? Want something that your student can be independent with? Print or digital? Then Paradigm Accelerated World History Curriculum might be just what you are looking for! I love doing unit studies for history and science, but as my teen moves through the high school years(…)

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FREE Online Math Practice from iPracticeMath.com

FREE Online Math Practice from iPracticeMath.com

Among the homeschooling community, I often see and hear of people who are struggling with math. Parents often have a hard time teaching it, and kids often have a hard time learning it. Which of course turns into both parent and child dreading it! Anytime I can find a resource that can help with this(…)

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5 Fun Ways to Learn Countries and Capitals

5 Fun Ways to Learn Countries and Capitals

When studying history, it is helpful to also study geography. Knowing where something is located, what is around it, and what the climate is like offers clues as to the cultural climate at any given place in history or currently. Therefore we use these techniques to learn countries and capitals as part of our history/geography(…)

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Failed CLEP Exam? Now What?

Failed CLEP Exam? Now What?

Taking CLEP Exams in high school is a great way to earn college credit. You study for, you schedule, and you take your CLEP Exam. But what happens if you FAIL A CLEP EXAM!? In this CLEP series we have covered many CLEP topics such as: What is a CLEP Exam? Why Take a CLEP(…)

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3 Books to Help Prepare College Bound Teens

3 Books to Help Prepare College Bound Teens

There are many books and resources out there for high school aged teens and college bound teens. Here are three books that are on our shelf to help prepare college bound teens. 1. High School Prep Genius High School Prep Genius answers all kinds of questions for parents that pertain to high school. Things like study(…)

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Why You Should Teach Geography In Your Homeschool

Why You Should Teach Geography In Your Homeschool

Geography is often placed on the back burner, a secondary subject to history. I am not sure why this is as I believe not only do history and geography go hand in hand, but that there is an importance to geography all by itself. So why teach geography in your homeschool? You will often hear(…)

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Pinterest Help for Homeschool History

Pinterest Help for Homeschool History

History is one of the subjects that I love to be able to do in mini units, hands-on, and more interactive than we do something like math. History can come alive through books, videos, and projects. I have collected some of my favorite Homeschool History Pinterest Boards and organized them into categories. From Ancients to(…)

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Growing Up Social ~ Kids & Screen Time

Growing Up Social ~ Kids & Screen Time

In this age of digital technology it can be a struggle to strike a screen time balance with your kids. While we are living in a digital age, I think there are still many concerns about our kids having too much screen time in their lives, and not enough of other activities. The book Growing(…)

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How to Schedule a CLEP Exam

How to Schedule a CLEP Exam

Having navigated our first CLEP Exam, I can safely say the whole process was easier than I expected. (Of course I wasn’t the one studying for, and taking the exam!) Today I will be answering the question of how to schedule a CLEP Exam. While navigating this process ourselves I have been compiling and documenting(…)

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Fun Resources to Learn About American Presidents

Fun Resources to Learn About American Presidents

One of the major parts of both American History and current events is the study of our American Presidents. From the basic facts to more intimate details of each one’s life, we learn and are possibly intrigued by the facts we gather. A great way to learn about American Presidents is through books.   Not(…)

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Teach Geography: Hands On vs. Strictly Book

Teach Geography: Hands On vs. Strictly Book

When you are looking to teach Geography in your homeschool, there are two main variations to consider. Are you going to teach Geography hands on? Or are you going to teach Geography strictly from a book? Previously I have talked about different learning styles. Not all children, or adults for that matter, learn in the(…)

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Using a Currclick Online Class in Your Homeschool

Using a Currclick Online Class in Your Homeschool

As a homeschool parent I don’t have to know everything, nor do I need to be well versed in every subject my children will acquire. There are many programs and classes out there that can aid me in teaching my children. One of the ways I supplement their learning is with a Currclick Online Class.(…)

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Money Management for Teens with the CASHFLOW Board Game

Money Management for Teens with the CASHFLOW Board Game

Teaching Money Management for Teens is a really important life skill that we should be sure to cover with our children before they graduate and move out on their own. It has also been a topic of interest here at Starts At Eight. Any time we get the chance to try out a product to(…)

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Online Writing Resources for Homeschoolers

Online Writing Resources for Homeschoolers

I know many who homeschool that find one of the difficult parts of homeschooling to be teaching their children how to deal with academic writing. With the help of the following online writing resources, you can inspire your children to start developing writing skills that will be very important for their future. Online Writing Resources(…)

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Periodic Table of Elements Resources

Periodic Table of Elements Resources

The Periodic Table of Elements is another one of those things that seem to need to be committed to memory. If not for any useful purpose, than simply because it makes answering trivia questions easier! One of the many ways we learn things in our house is through song. We have learned things like the(…)

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5 Days of Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol

5 Days of Christmas Books: A Christmas Carol

This is day four in my 5 day series: 5 Days of Christmas Books. So far we have done 12 Days of Christmas, The Polar Express, and Frosty the Snowman. Today’s book is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This book is a true holiday classic that has been done and redone many times over(…)

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Homeschool High School Geography Resources

Homeschool High School Geography Resources

You have heard me talk about North Star Geography and how we are using North Star Geography as part of our high school world history/geography studies this year. Now I would like to share with you the homeschool high school geography resources we are using alongside North Star Geography. (Please not that many if not(…)

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Financial Literacy for Tweens & Teens

Financial Literacy for Tweens & Teens

If you follow me at all here at Starts At Eight you know I love reading and books. I am a big proponent of learning with living books and we often fill much of our history studies with historical fiction. So when I was offered the opportunity to check out this book Pirates of Financial(…)

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Historical Fiction Series ~ Titanic

Historical Fiction Series ~ Titanic

Using historical fiction is a great way to bring history alive. This second installment of my Historical Fiction Series covers the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Historical Fiction – The Titanic Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House, No. 17) – by Mary Pope Osborn where Jack and Annie take a(…)

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Create Your Own Atlas – A High School Geography Project

Create Your Own Atlas – A High School Geography Project

We are studying a combination of World History and World Geography this year for our high school history studies. Create Your Own Atlas is one of the components we are choosing to include in our study of the world. Studying maps and geography is an important part of not only history, but of practical knowledge(…)

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Help for Holding Teens Accountable

Help for Holding Teens Accountable

I have a teenager in my house. I have a teenager that everyone we know raves about, saying things like, “she is reliable, responsible, well spoken, mature, and a good kid.” Having said all of that she is still a teenager. She still needs me to guide and teach her. She still needs help with(…)

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Homeschooling Teenagers

Homeschooling Teenagers

Teenagers! Just the word teenagers makes me all tense and nervous! Then add the fact that I have taken on the responsibility of  homeschooling teenagers and you have one nervous mama! Photo Credit (Flicker) How do I do it? I started by taking a deep breath and then I navigate one day at a time.(…)

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Find Great Paying Jobs to Fill Your Piggybank Between High School and College

Find Great Paying Jobs to Fill Your Piggybank Between High School and College

Sometimes, there’s no easy transition from high school to college. Grads must save for tuition, books, and housing. So, rather than study, prepare for matriculation into a university in the years following high school. Get a Part-time Job Ironically, experience impresses those looking to fulfill fulltime positions. So, gather experience after high school by working(…)

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Where in the World – Fun with Geography

Where in the World – Fun with Geography

Did you ever read something in a book, or hear something on the news and think to yourself, “Where in the world is that?” Geography is an important piece not just to history study but to many other aspects in our lives. Knowing where things are can help paint a picture of the climate, terrain,(…)

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Historical Fiction Series ~ Columbus

Historical Fiction Series ~ Columbus

Historical fiction is a weakness of mine. I LOVE to read and my favorite way to delve into history is through a good story. Recently I have been using this fact to engage my children more in different historical time periods. That being said, I am of course compiling my thoughts and resources together to(…)

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CLEP Exam Study Resources

CLEP Exam Study Resources

Now that you know the answer to the questions: What is A CLEP Exam? and Why Take a CLEP Exam? your next question might very well be, “How do I prepare for a CLEP Exam?” In this third article I am going to tell you a little bit of how we prepared for our first(…)

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High School e-Learning With Standard Deviants Accelerate

High School e-Learning With Standard Deviants Accelerate

As we enter our second year of homeschooling high school, we are finding that having access to online learning resources is a valuable addition to our studies. Not only does it afford us the opportunity to gain access to more information and learning resources but it allows us to do so while remaining in our(…)

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3 Steps for Creating the Ultimate Graduate Admissions Essay

3 Steps for Creating the Ultimate Graduate Admissions Essay

The graduate admissions essay is probably the most challenging essay you’ve ever had to write so far. Most students bomb it, but you don’t have to. Just follow these three simple steps for creating the ultimate writing sample. Step One: Brainstorm It all starts with a good brainstorming session. These should essentially be a “stream(…)

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The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

The Social Life of the App-Addicted Teen

Social media is becoming an all-encompassing force in the lives of our children. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat allow them to be connected with their friends nonstop throughout the day. As a parent, it can be difficult to feel like they’re ever really engaging with you when their eyes are constantly scanning the screens(…)

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Planning High School Geography With North Star Geography

Planning High School Geography With North Star Geography

For tenth grade we are studying World History & Geography. We are covering the geography portion of that using a curriculum called North Star Geography from Bright Ideas Press. Right I am now working on planning our high school geography with North Star Geography. One of the very first things that jumped out at me,(…)

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High School Literature List ~ Popular or Contemporary Literature

High School Literature List ~ Popular or Contemporary Literature

This is the fourth and final part of my four part series called High School Literature List.  My hope is that these lists will give you a place to start from. They are by all means not all inclusive but will give your teen a good literature base. Popular or Contemporary Literature Suggestions While popular(…)

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High School Literature List ~ Poetry

High School Literature List ~ Poetry

This is the third of my four part series called High School Literature List. This section covers some of the most famous poets you might want to read about and read some of their poetry. As with all these literature selections it is not necessary to cover them all, but to try and include a(…)

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10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum ~ 2014-2015

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum ~ 2014-2015

After completing our first year of high school I feel a little less like a newbie, and a little more confident about the choices we are making for the coming year. This is our 10th grade homeschool curriculum choices for our oldest child. One of the big changes for high school this year is that(…)

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High School Literature List ~ World (including British) Literature

High School Literature List ~ World (including British) Literature

This is the second section of my High School Literature List series. In the first one I covered American Literature. This one will cover World, including British literature choices for high school and beyond. Please keep in mind that these are just suggestions and I have not even read all of these myself. When choosing(…)

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Why Take a CLEP Exam?

Why Take a CLEP Exam?

While planning to homeschool high school I decided that earning CLEP (College Level Examination Program) credit might be on of the myriad of things I would include in our homeschool high school plan. The first article I wrote in this series answers the question, What is a CLEP Exam?  In this second part I will(…)

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High School Literature List ~ American Literature

High School Literature List ~ American Literature

While preparing to enter high school and considering the thought of moving on to college, there is often a question of what books to read. What American literature, poetry, World or British literature should you have read? While there is no set answer to this question, I have compiled an extensive High School Literature List(…)

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Top Pinterest Boards for Homeschooling High School

Top Pinterest Boards for Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling High School is like exploring new territory. It is different from homeschooling elementary school in that you now have a teenager to deal with and the possibility of what life will be beyond high school. This is a collection of Top Pinterest Boards that I follow for Homeschooling High School. These Pinterest boards for(…)

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Currclick Online Classes for Middle and High School

Currclick Online Classes for Middle and High School

As I am planning for the upcoming year I have been looking into more online classes for my middle and high school aged students. The amount of Currclick Online Classes offered has risen significantly. They are offering a wide range of classes from foreign languages to Lego Club, and writing to science, they have something(…)

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Saving Your Pennies: What You Need to Know About Buying Software for School

Saving Your Pennies: What You Need to Know About Buying Software for School

Going to college can be an expensive business, especially when you find yourself buying software, most of which is high in cost, to help you with your studies. However, you may be able to make some serious savings on software by following a few simple tips. Whether you need software for word processing, photo editing,(…)

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Earn College Credit With Online CLEP Prep

Earn College Credit With Online CLEP Prep

We are currently homeschooling high school and have decided to work towards earning college credit while we are still homeschooling high school. Our thought is that if we are putting the time and energy into taking a course like Psychology in high school, then why not take it one step further and earn college credit(…)

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Earn Dual Credit in Your Home School High School

Earn Dual Credit in Your Home School High School

Homeschooling high school is a new step in our home school journey this year.  While I did research, and preparation during our daughter’s middle school years, my research and learning still continues. Recently I found a program to help my high schooler earn dual credit while homeschooling.  I would like to share with you how(…)

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CAT Test Online vs. CAT Paper Version

CAT Test Online vs. CAT Paper Version

The California Achievement Test (CAT Test), specifically the CAT E/Survey, for grades K-12, is a nationally normed standardized test that measures achievement in the areas of Reading, Language Arts and Math. It meets most states’ requirements for an annual assessment for homeschool.   There are two ways you can choose to adminster this test: the(…)

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5 Things Your Teen Should Know About Using Social Media

5 Things Your Teen Should Know About Using Social Media

Social media is everywhere. For socializing and staying connected, sites like Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter are necessary parts of being a kid these days. Here are 5 things your teen should know about using social media so that they can stay safe online and get the most out of what the internet has to(…)

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Homeschooling Through the Eyes of a High Schooler

Homeschooling Through the Eyes of a High Schooler

Since I have a teen in my house for the first time, who is taking us through the high school years for our first time, I decided to give you a look at homeschooling through the eyes of a high schooler. We are going to do it as much “in real time” today as we(…)

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5+ Reasons Teaching Textbooks Works for Struggling Math Students

5+ Reasons Teaching Textbooks Works for Struggling Math Students

Teaching Textbooks is a computer based math program for grades 3+.  It is a program I highly recommend if you have a student struggling in math and today I will tell you why. I have been using Teaching Textbooks for four years now with my oldest daughter.  She began at Grade 7 and is now(…)

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A Spring Chalk Pastels Art Tutorial & Spring Nature Study Resources

A Spring Chalk Pastels Art Tutorial & Spring Nature Study Resources

Here in New York spring is coming around late as usual.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare to get outside and explore nature!  While others actually get to get outside to see bird nests, we are just creating them in art class!  Using the Spring Chalk Pastels Art Tutorial from Southern Hodgepodge we have(…)

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Attending Graduate School to Obtain an MBA

Attending Graduate School to Obtain an MBA

Do I really need to go to graduate school? That’s the question several graduating college and university seniors will be asking themselves as they do their diploma walk this season. Yet for business majors, obtaining an MBA (Master of Business Administration) has an immense amount of a value and should be taken very seriously. MBA’s(…)

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7 Accredited Online High School Learning Options

7 Accredited Online High School Learning Options

Homeschooling the high school years can come with a certain amount of nervousness as to how you might manage a task such as a successful high school education. One of the many options are to enroll your child in one of the following accredited online high school learning options. What is Accreditation? Accreditation provides reciprocity(…)

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What is a CLEP Exam?

What is a CLEP Exam?

CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program.  CLEP exams are usually taken by people who have acquired knowledge outside the classroom and wish to bypass certain college courses and earn college credit.  CLEP exams are just one of the options available for earning college credit. According to the College Board, “CLEP is the most widely(…)

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Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool ~ Includes G+ Hangout

Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool ~ Includes G+ Hangout

When my children were younger I didn’t worry too much about formal writing with them. As middle school rolled in for my oldest, I knew I needed to begin spending quality focus time on her writing skills. Teaching writing in your homeschool can be a daunting task, mostly because writing can be a very subjective(…)

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SAT Overhaul

SAT Overhaul

The College Board announced this month that there is a major SAT Overhaul coming for the spring 2016. The full specifications of the exam along with extensive samples for each section will be available on April 16, 2014. In an article from the New York Times on March 6th, 2014 you can find out The(…)

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Pinterest Help for Homeschooling High School

Pinterest Help for Homeschooling High School

Pinterest has become my virtual filing cabinet.  I used to struggle with holding on to Internet links for a later date.  From scraps of paper to notebooks, to endless tabs and favorites on my computer, no system was working.  In walks Pinterest and boom!  I now have a photo rich filing system for all things(…)

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5 Internet Safety Tips for Teens

5 Internet Safety Tips for Teens

In this age of technology it is increasingly important to be mindful of what new concerns the technology may bring. Recently I talked about teens and texting, both Reasons To Limit Your Teens Texting and Ways to Limit Your Teens Texting. Now I want to offer up some Internet Safety Tips for Teens. During our(…)

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A Teen Writer’s Fiction Proofreading Checklist

A Teen Writer’s Fiction Proofreading Checklist

As my children get older I find it very difficult to grade their writing.  The written word can be so subjective.  To help not only myself, but my children as well, to be more methodical and critical of their own written works, I created checklists.  This is my Fiction Proofreading Checklist.   As I previously(…)

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How to Earn College Credit in High School

How to Earn College Credit in High School

High school is an exciting time for families as they prepare to complete the home schooling journey and launch their children into college success. But it can also be an anxious season, as parents wonder how to get their children into universities and make sure that their kids are truly prepared for the rigors of(…)

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Plan Your High School Electives ~ FREE PRINTABLE PACK

Plan Your High School Electives ~ FREE PRINTABLE PACK

Since entering the homeschool high school years with my first child, I have done a lot of research and learning.  There are so many things to think about and so many options to choose from! Breaking things down into more manageable steps can help to keep the process from feeling totally overwhelming.  Today I want(…)

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Time Management for Teens

Time Management for Teens

Entering high school has brought many changes about for my teenager.  One of the big changes is the need for teaching time management for teens to her.  It is an important life skill she will need not only in high school and college, but in the workplace and at home in her adult life. For(…)

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5 Study Tips That Will Help You Learn More Effectively

5 Study Tips That Will Help You Learn More Effectively

If you are serious about your studies then you will want to do everything you can to get the most out of your education. Learning is a huge investment of your time and money, commit to making the most out of your studies and use these five study tips to help you maximize your learning experience. 1.(…)

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5 Ways To Limit Your Teens Texting Time

5 Ways To Limit Your Teens Texting Time

In my previous post I gave 5 Reasons To Limit Your Teens Texting Time. Now to go beyond just saying you need to limit their texting time I would like to offer 5 Ways To Limit Your Teens Texting Time. 1. Have a Central Store and Charge Location Our Central Store and Charge Location is(…)

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How I Teach Homeschool High School Fine Arts

How I Teach Homeschool High School Fine Arts

Here in New York State we have pretty strict homeschool regulations. In order to homeschool high school you have to meet a certain number of credit hours in specific subjects. For Fine Arts which includes things like music, art, and theater we are required to have 1 Unit (credit hour) which is the equivalent of(…)

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How I Teach Homeschool High School History

How I Teach Homeschool High School History

In the elementary years I always taught science and history with lots of hands on activities. History was always done in Unit Study format with topics like the Civil War, Ancient Egypt, the Olympics, New York State History, Geography, Presidents and many more. Now that we have entered the years where I have to teach(…)

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