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How to Homeschool During a Family Crisis

Family crisis. It can happen to anybody at any time. Sometimes, crisis happens nationally (as we're experiencing with Covid-19) or sometimes it is in your immediate family. Are you prepared to homeschool during a family crisis?  What is a homeschool parent to do? Everyone has them at some time or other.  Even those perfect homeschool families, who show up at conventions in matching outfits, with perfectly-behaved children.  Some kind of family crisis is likely to pop...

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Help for Homeschooling Middle School

Many parents feel anxious about homeschooling middle school. Parents can find themselves suddenly staring across the breakfast table at strangers. Del...

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The 3 Most Important Scholarship Tips

Every year some perfectly wonderful homeschool students miss out on college scholarships. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Read on to find out my 3 most important scholarship tips to help your student! Missing out doesn't have to happen to you! In addition to the 3 most important scholarship tips, you can earn more homeschool scholarships by "clipping college coupons!" These 9 coupons will help you earn homeschool scholarships, reduce college costs, and increase...

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High School Tests During Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to social distancing requirements, and the possibility of further school closures, parents and students are struggling to provide college admissio...

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The Coronavirus and College Admission Update

Homeschoolers, and families that are forced homeschoolers, are faced with canceled college admission tests and colleges have closed their ca...

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Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?

Are Apologia science textbooks rigorous enough for college-bound students?  Sure, they are popular with homeschoolers, but how GOOD are they as science books? Are Apologia science textbooks fairly rigorous, for college-bound students?  I've heard a few conflicting reports...~Jill in SeattleApologia is a very rigorous college prep series.  I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all about "fit" more than a textbook.  When it comes to science, though, I had such success with the...

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What if I Homeschool Only Senior Year?

Mary Jo emailed asking for advice as to whether a public-schooled high school junior should consider homeschooling for only her senior year of high school. Here's what I said. My best advice is this;  "Know your child and trust yourself."  If you know that homeschooling is the best fit for your child, then trust yourself and do it.  Don't avoid homeschooling out of fear. Senior year can be busy with college applications. Get 75 application essay...

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17 Tips for Kinesthetic Learners in High School

An active learner, or kinesthetic learner, often learns best by moving. Even when they are high school age. And you can use their movement t...

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How to Say NO to College Offers

May 1st is the 'National Candidate Reply Date' for deciding on which college you will attend and the day you must say no to college offers. It's true that some of them will be great offers and will be hard to say no to. Each college you have applied to will give you directions on how to announce your decision. Some have an online form, others will want an email or paper letter. How, exactly, do...

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Homeschooling During a Crisis

Do you continue homeschooling during a crisis? Can you or should you? As waves of COVID-19 ebb and flow across the country, homeschooling during a cri...

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How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Homeschool Transcript

Dual enrollment. It can be such a sticking point for homeschool families making a homeschool transcript. Follow the 6 steps below to put dual enrollment on your child's transcript.This post will tell you how to put dual enrollment on a transcript. Want to see what a scholarship-winning transcript actually looks like? Click to download The HomeScholar Record Keeping SamplesYou can count college credits in high school. Below are the specifics of converting college credits to high...

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Putting Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences. As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single homeschool transcript document. Here are 7 steps for putting public school classes on your homeschool transcript: 1. Choose an acronym Create...

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How Much College Debt is Acceptable?

Every person has to decide for themselves how much college debt is worthwhile. I can tell you what my debt boundaries are as you begin your research. Ultimately, that will be a family decision that you'll have to make.For me, I think college debt may be worthwhile only if you can pay it back within one year. Estimate how much your child could make at a minimum wage job while living at home for one year....

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[Free eBook] Finding A College You Love

Finding a college is like trying to find the "love of your life." When you have narrowed down your selection of colleges to a few candidate schoo...

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The Psychology of Letting Go (with a Success Story)

Letting go is tough. It's even tougher when you are a homeschool parent. Being with our children 24 hours a day provides its struggles, yes, but it provides such great joy, as well! There can be success along the way. Joyce and I have worked together for years as part of my Gold Care Club, getting all her homeschool records tidy. It was by far one of the most challenging situations I've seen. Her daughter had...

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