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    BookShark is a complete literature-based homeschool curriculum for students ages 4 to 16. It uses a variety of educational resources including literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations and hands-on experiments to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbook memorization. BookShark combines a proprietary History, Science and Language Arts offering with an extensive list of math options, including Math-U-See, Teaching Textbooks, Saxon, Singapore (and many others), to ensure you have everything you need for an entire school year.

    BookShark’s literature-based homeschool curriculum is easy for parents to teach. All of the planning and preparation is done for you, so you can enjoy learning together. Bookshark provides you with a 36-week, 4-day schedule designed to save one day a week for sports, field trips or other extracurricular activities.
    Published on 07-24-2016 12:22 PM
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    This article first appeared at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com and is reprinted here with permission for High School Homeschool Month.

    Is that even possible? With the insatiable rising costs of higher education, the idea of college for many graduates is becoming a distant dream. Who wants to graduate with a pile of school loan debt that will take half a lifetime to pay off? What if there were ways to get through college and be debt free? Well, there’s good news! There ARE ways, and they aren’t as difficult as you may think!

    1. While in high school, take as many dual-credit courses as you can. Make sure that those courses will be recognized by the college you plan to attend in the future.
    2. Do test prep, and take the SAT or ACT as many times as you need to in order to attain your state scholarship level. You see, each time you take the ACT or SAT you get a little more relaxed and you test at your true levels. For example, in our home state of Georgia you need to graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.0 GPA OR obtain an 80th percentile on the SAT or ACT. In most cases, if the student attends a state college, the scholarship will cover 80% of the cost. Of course, if your student gets a higher score on the SAT or ACT, there are other state scholarships that will cover 100% of tuition costs for attending an in state school.
    3. So, you might be wondering how you cover the other 20%. That’s where checking into the myriad of other scholarships is important. We’ve got you covered with our quarterly listings of available college scholarships. Apply to as many as possible – there’s one for you!
    4. Get a job. Research is clear: those students who work while in college perform better and end up with better time management skills. If you are worried about having enough time, start with a low hour part time job. You’re not only learning budgeting skills, you’re also learning how to budget your time.
    5. Use CLEP! No, that isn’t a disease. It’s College Level Examination Program. These tests cost about $150-200 and can give you from 2-12 hours of college credit. It’s perfect to CLEP out of some of your general core classes to save money and time.

    The average high school student can easily accomplish most of these “debt free” college options. Just remember, hard work and extra effort can take you far!

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    Homeschoolers are underutilizing their local libraries. No, really. Libraries are a free resource that not many of us have really explored the breadth and depth of yet. And I don’t just mean what you can check out with your library card - - although don’t get me wrong, you can check out a lot of cool stuff.

    Free Homeschool Stuff in Your Library

    Yes, you can get books. Libraries are often the place to find that allusive book that you can't seem to find at the bookstore or thrift store. And, if you look in your library’s catalog and don’t see it, you shouldn’t give up. That’s because most libraries subscribe to this miraculous invention called the “Interlibrary Loan” service. Are you able to locate the book you need by searching for it on WorldCat? Then it’s very likely your library can order it up for you via interlibrary loan. Now, my library recently added a charge for this service. It’s now $2 per interlibrary loan. But unless it’s a book I’m certain we want to keep forever, I still consider this a bargain.
    Yes, you can get movies. It always amazes me how quickly our library gets in new releases. But beyond the entertainment value, there are so many movies, documentaries, and tv series that we’ve watched for educational purposes in our homeschool, thanks to the good old local library.

    Yes, libraries have reference books. Have you truly explored all the amazing reference books available at your local library? Beyond the outdated almanacs, encyclopedias, and yearbooks are a vast wealth of eclectic manuals and helps
    by Published on 07-17-2016 12:01 AM

    So....you might have just started your new year of homeschooling.
    You might still be in the planning stage and don't start until August or September.
    Whatever you have on the agenda.....
    We are curious what grades you are homeschooling this year?!

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    Yep, you can check multiple grades in our poll!
    And no matter what grade you are doing, good luck to you and happy homeschooling!
    Click here to tell us! ...

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