Author: Blair Lee

Handcrafting High School: Year 2: Month 1: On the Road: Custer State Park, SD

I think the year you study geology and environmental science, you should spend time outside looking at the subject of your studies, so we did. I did not keep a daily journal, because I had writer’s block. Something I had never experienced before. It gave me insight into what happens for kids who have good ideas but can’t get them onto a page. My writer’s block made me feel like my brain was constipated. I had so many ideas running around in my head I had trouble getting anything out at all. It made me scattered and feel a...

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Handcrafting High School: Year 2, Month 1: The Service Project

I’m going to depart a bit and tell you about what we learned. I think it is the best way for you to get a feel for the profound benefits of exposing young people to this sort of service project where there is service directly to a community, field trips in the community, and talks from members of the community. Talks given by members of this community, while you are volunteering in it, that focus on issues the community is dealing with and has dealt with, are educational in a way no other academic situation could be. It leads to deep...

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Homeschooling the Twice-Exceptional Student – There Will Be Gaps and That’s OK

This young man is incredibly creative and he is twice-exceptional. He makes movies, writes stories, animates, composes, records original songs, and works on other creative endeavors all day long. He is never idle, never bored. My son works from the moment he wakes up, which is usually before 7:00, and stays busy until around 10:00 at night when he finally tires out and heads to bed. Sleep usually comes an hour later when his mind finally calms down. Most days I am in awe of all he does. It really is amazing. But it is also incredibly frustrating, and at times,...

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Handcrafting High School: Year 2: Month 1: On the Way to the Service Project

The first month of tenth grade might have been the best month we ever spent homeschooling. You might be thinking, “Well, Yeah! You were traveling and hanging out. How could that not be great?” 🙂 That is true, of course, but it was more than that. The planning and intent for this trip focused on enriched learning. The choices for where we stayed and what we did were planned with the intent that what we studied on the road would enrich our understanding of a situation in science, culture, and/or history. We were not disappointed. I am behind in...

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A Present for You on Darwin Day

Happy Darwin Day! SEA Homeschoolers and Pandia Press are teaming up to give you a Darwin Day present! We hope you have the happiest of Darwin Days! This lesson is from one of the Famous Science Series from R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Biology 2. Free Darwin Day Lesson  – Enjoy! This post contains an affiliate link....

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Science and the Secular Homeschooler

I live in Southern California. I taught science at community college, and now I write about it. Those two sentences convey a lot of information about how easy it is for me to negotiate my way through the homeschool community. Where I live in California, there are many large secular or inclusive homeschool groups. In my experience in California, unless a group states that it is faith-based, it is understood that it isn’t. With one exception, the religious homeschoolers I have met in California have never seemed put-off by my stance about science or my being secular. I once...

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Homeschooling from a Grandparent’s Point of View

I have eight grandchildren five of which are homeschooled and three of which are in public school. They have all blossomed, each in their own environment, and are continuing to find their place for the future. However this article is for the parents and grandparents of homeschoolers. I hope this helps. When my daughter asked me to write an article on homeschooling from a grandparent’s point of view, I guess I was somewhat prepared for her request. I’ve been on the periphery of homeschooling for 12 years by observing her. Had she asked me this a few years ago...

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Five Tips to Revitalize Your Homeschool in the New Year

It’s a brand new year, which for the homeschool parent means it’s time for an overhaul. It’s also verging on burnout season; that time of year when many homeschoolers feel ready to throw in the towel and give up. But before you give in to homeschool burnout, consider these tips to revitalizing your homeschool. 1. Reevaluate Your Routine Chances are good that your daily grind has gotten a little stale. This is a great time to work out those kinks that are keeping you from having the homeschool of your dreams. Maybe you realize that your child is a...

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An Eclectic and Effective Approach to Foreign Language Studies

One of the most universal plights of the average homeschooled highschooler is the matter of learning a language, as four years of language studies are required for entrance into most colleges. Since homeschoolers are both blessed and burdened, depending on the situation, with the removal of the guidelines and restrictions that bind your ordinary public high school student, many homeschooled teens and parents of homeschooled teens turn to groups, forums, and other networks of exchange in search of the most effective means of studying a language at a mature college preparatory level. This is by no means a pointless...

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An Eclectic Approach to Becoming a Writer

  It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway A question that I often come across on homeschool forums is what can you do to help a struggling writer. I had a struggling writer for many years, and now that he is 16 and thinking about college he is debating majoring in writing. Let me repeat that because it is a remarkable statement: My struggling writer is now thinking about majoring in writing at college. How did he get from the point of tears...

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