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7 Key Questions to Ask a College Admissions Officer – And what NOT to ask!

by THSM Contributor

You’ve heard, endlessly, about the high level of competition for plum spots at state universities and big name colleges alike. Increasingly, being selected for admission is about standing out. How can you “shine” at those upcoming college fairs, college nights, and college interviews? Continue reading »

Changing My Game Plan

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Excerpted from The Imperfect Homeschooler’s Guide to Homeschooling by Barbara Frank, published by Cardamom Publishers, April 2008 Like many people, I began homeschooling by imitating the schools of my youth. I bought a boxful of curriculum, divided it into daily assignments, and taught my kids right out of those books. And there wasn’t anything especially Continue reading »

Buying Used Homeschool Curriculum

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Buying home school curriculum can be expensive. Many people resort to purchasing their curriculum used, which usually works out very well for the buyer and seller. Here are a few warnings to watch out for to make your purchase of used home school curriculum, just what you need: 1. Do your homework – Check eBay Continue reading »

Homemade Bread

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Once there was a community in which most people had been raised on enriched, white, store-bought bread and saw to it that their children were fed the same. The hope was that the children would grow to be big, strong, and well-nourished so they could live productive lives and be a credit to the town. Continue reading »

Before You Buy a Telescope

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Telescopes for Homeschoolers: Before you buy, save yourself a lot of trouble and expense by obtaining a bit of experience with astronomy. Here are some points to consider before you buy a telescope. Continue reading »

Homeschool Conventions, Part 3: Workshops

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Homeschool Conventions: At most bookfairs, there are two kinds of seminars: vendor workshops and non-vendor seminars/workshops. Each have their own benefits. Continue reading »

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Homeschool Conventions, Part 2: Curriculum

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Homeschool Conventions: Sometimes we think that we might save money if we buy at a fair, BUT, if you are buying impulsively, you may live to regret that purchase. Continue reading »

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Homeschool Conventions, Part 1: Goals

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Homeschool Conventions: Most states have fairly large to huge book fairs. These “insider tips” will help you to learn how to take advantage of your state book fair in one piece with your sanity and wallet still relatively in place! Continue reading »

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A Real Mom’s Homeschool

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What are your priorities? Are you the type to plan ahead? Do you have lists for daily activities, weekly menus, grocery items and coupons …or even a list of things for which you need to make a list? Or instead, do you find yourself disorganized and short on teaching time? Continue reading »

Teaching Children to Write by Teaching Self-Editing and Peer Editing Skills

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Editing is best taught as an isolated skill and from the time children are old enough to rework a piece of writing, they are old enough to self-edit and peer edit. Recopying a piece of writing that has been corrected to death by an adult is not editing and it serves no good purpose beyond penmanship practice. If you want to teach children to write well, your best bet is to teach them to self-edit and peer edit. Continue reading »