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I Survived Mock Trial

For several years, I regarded the coming of Challenge B with fear and trembling because of one thing: Mock Trial. I had never participated in any form of debate during my school years, so it was a vast unknown. (Well, not entirely unknown, but I am not sure my fascination with courtroom dramas on television counts as courtroom experience.) I was not sure I could help my son with Mock Trial in any constructive way. Yet I concealed my fears from him, took a deep breath, and took the plunge.

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Top Four Things You Can Learn from the Science Fair

Imagine this: an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” The main character: a parent who did a horrible job on her junior high science fair project. Fast-forward to the present day. The plot: the parent is now trapped in an endless cycle of producing science fair projects until she finally gets it right.

In all seriousness, I must confess that I approached the Challenge B science fair project with a mixture of fear and dread. By the time I reached my son’s age, it had already been decided that I was a literature and languages person, not a science person. Even though I found science texts interesting and I made good grades, by age 13, I already wholeheartedly believed in the airtight categories of science people, math people, English people, art people, and so on. Therefore, I did not try very hard to come up with a great project; after all, no one expected me to—not even me.

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Homeschool Christmas Wish List

Homeschoolers are a unique breed, there’s no doubt. We look like everyone else, and we look like no one else. In many ways, the homeschool family already has it all… we have each other. Nevertheless, we still enjoy Christmas and gift-giving as much as or more than everyone else. Particularly when we know the reason for the season.

For all the homeschoolers out there, here is a suggested Christmas Wish List with retail prices and outlets. Most of these are intended to be humorous, so don’t take them too seriously.

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CC Christmas Shopping List

It’s December, which means nearly everyone is counting down the days until Christmas. Have you finished Christmas shopping for your favorite homeschool student or mom? How about a grandparent? Are you looking for a unique gift for someone who isn’t involved in Classical Conversations or even homeschooling? Well, here is a Christmas list of a dozen gift ideas you probably haven’t thought of.

How do I Homeschool Through High School?

Perhaps you have successfully taught your children through elementary and middle school, but now the time you have been dreading has finally come—high school. Leah Bromen, who had many doubts about whether she would be able to homeschool her children through high school, offers some encouragement for those feeling similarly.

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How do you homeschool your high school student?

Teaching kindergarten? Fine. Teaching elementary and middle school? Not easy, but doable. But teaching high school? Let's be real. You probably think you've basically forgotten everything from your own high school years, right? How could you ever teach this level to your own children?

If these questions are swirling around in your head, this homeschool mom has good news for you—the job of a homeschool parent is not so much about providing your high-school students with information; it’s about teaching them how to learn.

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When approaching their student’s high school years, the greatest gift parents could ask for is wisdom. You’ll know you’ve found wisdom regarding your teen’s education when you answer these two questions: “What are the best goals for my child?” and “What are the best means to achieve those goals?”

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