Thursday, June 17, 2010

Homeschool Graduation, Homeschool Diploma, and College

Yes, you can issue your child a high-school diploma through your own privately established homeschool and by keeping high-school transcripts of your child's credits earned.

As stated by the U.S. Department of Education:

"Home schoolers should be admitted to colleges and granted financial aid without having to take additional tests beyond what is required of traditionally schooled students. Ignoring a home school graduate’s diploma and requiring him to take a GED, SAT II, or ability-to-benefit test, while graduates from traditional high schools are not required to do so, is discriminatory." (Quoted from HSLDA's website: Home School Diplomas for College Admittance at

What is a diploma?

A high-school diploma is simply a document stating that your child has completed his or her high-school education according to the standards you set for your child's overall education. The diploma you issue is proof that your child did meet your standards, did earn the appropriate number of credits during the high school years, and has completed his or her high-school education.

What's more important than the diploma:

Your child's:

* Overall education
* Happiness
* Character
* Knowledge base
* Capabilities
* Growth and development
* Quality of life
* Desire to learn (now and in the future)
* Happiness in his or her future, career, and life.

Happiness, knowledge, the ability to learn and be self-dependent, to have morals and values to believe in and adhere to, to have goals and desires, to awaken each day with excitement and enthusiasm for life and learning -- these are true, meaningful accomplishments. No diploma, nor certificate, nor piece of paper can adequately measure and convey these accomplishments as accurately and realistically as the child or young person with that glow of excitement and enthusiasm for life and learning.

Your child can attend college:

Remember that you can award your child a high-school diploma, your child can attend college and apply for financial aid, and your home-educated child cannot be discriminated against, as stated by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Happy homeschooling!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

End of Homeschool Year

Assess and Evaluate

The end of the homeschool year is a good time to evaluate the past year and plan for the year ahead. You might be like us -- we often start each year with more plans than we can work into nine months!

We have high expectations for each year and might feel let-down if we don't accomplish everything we've planned. But don't fret about those things not accomplished! Just make note of them and work them into next year's plans, or try slipping some of them in during the summer.

Summer Catch-up

If you didn't get around to the study of the solar system in science this past year, don't fret. During the summer, visit the library and choose some nicely illustrated and informative books on the solar system. Read them together on lazy summer afternoons.

If possible, visit a planetarium. Or rent a video from your library on the sun and solar system. Pop some popcorn and sit down with your children to watch and discuss the video.

Get the family involved in making a mobile of the sun and the planets. Your children can invite their friends over to take part in the fun, too. Let them work on the project on the back porch or on a table where they'll have plenty of room to spread out their materials.

Do the same with a variety of topics and learning activities over the summer.  But keep the activities fun and interesting, so that it doesn't seem like homeschooling!

Learning Ideas

For more ideas, see our Free Activities, Summer Activities, Articles, Daily Calendar Fun, and more on our Everything Homeschooling site at!

Happy summer!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Everything Homeschooling, Homeschool Help, & Love of Learning

I came across the 1st Edition of my Everything Homeschooling Book a while back. Someone had highlighted various passages with a yellow marker.

It was interesting to read the parts that "clicked" or made an impression on that reader. Here's just a few of the passages that she (or he) highlighted in my book:

* "Children are natural learners, and parents are natural teachers."

* "Homeschooling, however, is not 'school at home.' Rather, it is a lifestyle, a learning style, that is a natural part of each day."

* "Every child benefits from learning in a safe, caring, stimulating environment surrounded by those who truly love and value him. Never doubt that you are the best teacher your child could have."

* "Children are natural learners. Learning is an integral part of their lives, woven throughout the hours that make up each day. As they go about their normal lives, they encounter, gather, process, and grow from the information they naturally absorb. This is learning."

* A statement by former Secretary of Education, Richard Riley, was highlighted. He said: "I believe that all parents, indeed any adult, regardless of his or her station in life, or even their level of education, has the capacity and obligation to teach their children a love of learning."

These are just a few passages from the 1st Edition. The new 2nd Edition of my Everything Homeschooling Book was released in February this year. New chapters were added to the 2nd Edition: "Fun Learning Activities" and "Frugal Homeschooling Hints." Plus, updated homeschool resources and information are included in the new edition.

The new Everything Homeschooling Book also includes homeschool help, activities, and ideas for:

* Veteran homeschoolers
* New homeschoolers
* Single parents
* Two-career families
* Only children or multiple children
* Special-needs children
* Early-years learning at home
* Elementary-years homeschool
* Middle-years homeschool
* High-school homeschool and graduation
* College and career preparations
* Typical homeschool days, curriculum choices, record-keeping tips, and much more!

Visit our online homeschool site at for more information or to purchase the new 2nd Edition of my Everything Homeschooling Book.

Happy homeschooling!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Free Homeschool Lesson Plans

The Free Homeschool Lessons at our "Everything Homeschooling" website can be accessed simply by clicking:

The many lessons include Historic and Current Information, Activities, and Games for many of the topics, such as:

- Airplanes
- Animals & Sleep
- Elevators
- Solar Energy
- Lasers
- Static Electricity
- Human Skeleton
- Medieval Times
- Geography Fun
- Green Living
- Paper Structures
- Geometric Shapes in Nature
- Ostriches, Owls, Bats, Spiders, and More!

These are just a few of the thousands of activities on our Everything Homeschooling website, designed to make homeschooling easy, yet educational for your entire family! Visit us at

Happy Homeschooling!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Plan Homeschool Lessons & Homeschool Lesson Plans

Use These 5 Tips to Plan Your Homeschool Lessons:

1. As you go about your day, think of topics that you and your children would like to learn more about.

2. Keep several small notebooks handy for jotting down learning ideas as they come to you throughout the day.

3. Briefly search book websites, such as, to find books to complement your topics of interest.  For History lessons, for instance, you'll find "The Civil War for Kids" or "The American Revolution for Kids."  For Science experiments, try "Science in Seconds for Kids" or "150 Captivating Chemistry Experiments."  Note the book titles on your "Library List" and take a field trip to your local library this week to pick up the books.

4. With your ideas and books in-hand, spend a comfy afternoon relaxing, sipping tea or hot chocolate, and jotting down homeschool lessons for the coming week.  Use each book's table of contents and the index for lesson plan ideas, including reading and writing activities, hands-on projects and art-related projects, plus math and reasoning exercises, all gleaned from the books you've selected.

5. Follow this format with every topic or idea that comes to mind, and you'll have plenty of homeschool lessons and activities for each month.

Or, Use the Homeschool Lesson Plans Already Created for You and Your Children:

1. See our Home page at

2. Click your child's grade level and follow the "Weekly Homeschool Lessons" outlined for you.

3. If you'd prefer to follow the "Free Homeschool Lessons" and "Free Creative Writing Lessons," you may click on those, instead of the Weekly Lessons.

4. Print the "Weekly Planner Log" and "Reading Log" Sheets from our "Homeschool Forms" page, and fill them out with the "Weekly Lessons" and "Books to Read" Suggestions.

5. Do lots of fun Hands-On Activities and Experiments to complement the Weekly Lessons. Keep the Log Sheets, your child's completed projects, and photos of projects in your child's portfolio or homeschool binder or box.

Happy homeschooling!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year + New Homeschool Lessons!

Happy New Year to Homeschool Families everywhere!

We at wish you all the best with your homeschool experiences and homeschooling goals for the coming year.

Remember that we are always here for you, every day of every week, throughout each year.

We answer all your questions, offer support and guidance, provide an interesting homeschool curriculum and weekly homeschool lessons, plus daily activities for learning fun every day of the week!

See our Home page at

Have a wonderful, interesting, and educational homeschool year!

Happy homeschooling!