January 19, 2018

Can You Start Homeschooling In The Middle Of The Year?

I typically hold a parents’ class in January and I lovingly call it my ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ class.  These January classes consist of two types of parents:  (1) those with 8th grade students who are getting an early jump on high school planning and (2) parents who have just pulled their high school students out of a […]

Homeschooling and College Acceptance

It doesn’t happen as often these days, but there used to be a great concern among homeschooling families that they would have a difficult time getting their student into college.  As families, we still worry that we won’t be able to do everything required to get our student into their college of choice.  We also […]

Homeschool Schedule Ideas

When high school students go to public or private school, they are handed a schedule for every day of the week.  In the majority of cases, students will take a one-hour class in each subject five days a week.   With some homeschooling families, I often see an opposite effect – especially with students who […]

College Credit by Exam – Not Just CLEP

Many of us are familiar with CLEP exams.  These are tests that students can take in a specific subject area to show their mastery in that subject.  These test scores can then be taken to their college and a student can receive credit there – without actually taking the college course.  We call these types […]

High School Writing

I am a boring writer!  I’m pretty good at the spelling and grammar thing but when it comes to writing something interesting to read – I stink!  You see, I’m great about giving you details, I just can’t make it fun or easy to read.  So, alas, I’ll probably never be a fiction writer.  As […]

College Fairs

In a student’s junior and senior years of high school, we typically encourage families to begin seriously researching colleges.  This would mean going to the college website, gathering their admissions materials and eventually visiting the college campus.  A few times a year, however, students can take advantage of college fairs – an event where many […]

Lesson Plans For High School – Do I Really Need Them?

If you are homeschooling in the state of Florida, you are required by law to keep lesson plans for high school which is basically a log of work done.  The statutes put it like this:  You are to maintain a log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by […]

STEM Education

One of the new buzz words in the education community is ‘STEM’.  This is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  The term has been around for a while – it just seems like it’s been more of a hot topic the past several years.  We’re starting to see a lot of curriculum listed […]

Secrets of the PSAT

A few weekends ago I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Wellington, FL and attend Jean Burk’s College Prep Genius SAT Bootcamps.  She does a phenomenal job of preparing students to take the SAT.  She and I would both encourage you to enroll your 9th, 10th and 11th-grade students for the upcoming PSAT.  Check out […]

Gotta’ Have a Plan-Homeschooling in High School

I don’t know about you but I can easily become intimidated when I don’t feel like I know how to do something especially if it seems that everyone else in the room has got it together.  For example, I just started taking a Zumba class this year and I can’t tell you how many times […]