Category: Building Blocks

Building Block Courses

Building Block Courses

| May 2, 2017

Studying core academic subjects is certainly at the heart of earning credits-by-exam. The academic skills practiced in preparing for CLEP and DSST exams overflows and prepares students for the rigor of future college classes. But, just as important to their academic education, is the instruction in areas that equip students in the areas of decision-making […]

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10,000 Hour Rule

10,000 Hour Rule

| April 12, 2017

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. Gladwell asserts that it takes roughly 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to achieve mastery in a field. Researchers, time and again, reached the same conclusion: it takes a lot of practice to be good at complex tasks. According to […]

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Great First Jobs

Great First Jobs

| July 15, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to consult with a family that attended one of my workshops. They shared that their daughter just started working as a barista at a local coffee shop and was loving it! Why a barista? Because they took the survey I recommended and barista came up as the number one […]

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Avoiding Identity Theft

Avoiding Identity Theft

| April 8, 2016

Lori started her conversation with me discouraged. “I didn’t think it would be this hard. I thought, by now, I wouldn’t have to defend our decision to homeschool.” For her 9th grade son, there was a pull to not just play on the high school sports team, but to feel a complete part of the […]

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Homeschooling High School – Where to Begin

Homeschooling High School – Where to Begin

| June 19, 2014

Everyone has different reasons to begin homeschooling. Maybe you are at a crossroads trying to decide what direction your student’s high school years will take? Maybe, like me, there is hesitancy on your part to homeschool high school simply because you are unsure of what to accomplish, how to go about it, or wonder if […]

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Why Intelligent Students Sometimes Fail

Why Intelligent Students Sometimes Fail

| October 31, 2012

Habits are a powerful force that can help launch a ‘C’ student or sink an ‘A’ student. Sometimes the best CLEPPING plans actually being with teaching students how to create and define goals and set time tables for their tasks. The List of 6 concept might be of help if you have a student that […]

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How do you get kids to …

How do you get kids to …

| July 27, 2012

If asked, would you say your student is productive? Success in academics usually is an overflow from a student who owns his or her own time. They have developed a sense of Time Management and tend to tasks outside of school with the same diligence that gives them success in their academics. If Time Management […]

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Schooled in the Ways of the Business

Schooled in the Ways of the Business

| October 29, 2011

This week my 15-year-old son will be volunteering with the same group of four friends at a catering event to raise funds for a friend’s missionary trip.  Last week they worked an event for Abba Pregnancy Resource Center.  His stories of the evening are interesting, but I am listening through different ears than I would […]

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Getting Teens Connected

Getting Teens Connected

| September 13, 2011

A family recently asked me for ideas to help her homeschool teen plug in with other teens.  Connecting with other friends is relatively easy when our kids are young.  We just attend events or groups as a family and everyone easily finds someone else to connect with for that activity.  If it’s a good match, […]

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Study Skills

Study Skills

| August 20, 2011

Learned at any age, study skills gives your student tools he or she will use repeatedly to be a more efficient life-long-learner.  Try teaching at least one skill each semester within a core subject you are teaching – skills like reading comprehension, note taking, creating flashcards or outlining skills. For example: if you are focusing […]

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Defining Your Direction

Defining Your Direction

| June 25, 2011

Whether it is taking college courses, choosing a career direction, or just planning tomorrow, parents are the BEST advisers for their own students.  Often we send our kids to college in hopes that while there, under the influence of peers and professors, they will find these answers. Did you know that 80% of college grads […]

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