Encouragement for Parents of Struggling Learners

Encouragement for Parents of Struggling Learners
What happens when REAL homeschoolers grow up?  You know, the kids who have to actually WORK to learn?  I'll tell you what happens - they succeed! This is a letter I recently received from a friend willing to share the ups and downs of her journey - and their ultimate success! I just have to share what happened today. My oldest child, Rhett age 16 and in the 11th grade, won the National Guard Outstanding Achievement...
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Loved this! What an amazing story!
Sunday, 16 January 2011 15:51
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Saturday, 15 January 2011 06:47
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What if Your Homeschooler is Not College Ready?

What if Your Homeschooler is Not College Ready?
What are your options when a college decides your homeschool child is "not college ready"? Dear Lee,I am hoping that you could give us some advice.  We have homeschooled our daughter all of her life.  She graduated this past May. She has done well with most subjects at home and at various co-op classes.  She has consistently scored low on the SAT and ACT tests throughout her life.  She took two classes for ACT/SAT prep in...
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Monday, 17 January 2011 03:32
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Not college ready or not a good test taker? Here's an interesting thing to try on the retake... http://blogs.discovermagazine.co... Read More
Friday, 14 January 2011 09:07
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Rotten Homeschool Admission Policy

Rotten Homeschool Admission Policy
What if the college you want to attend has a rotten homeschool admission policy?"Hi Lee,   We are having some difficulty with homeschool admissions policy for the U my dd wants to go to, ie, special testing only for homeschoolers. Would like to discuss with you sometime.  Have you heard of this before?  Have a peaceful day."~ Jane Jane,I have an article about what it means for a college to be "Homeschool Friendly."  You can read the...
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 04:26
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Eagle Scout Scholarship

Eagle Scout Scholarship
If you have an eagle scout that is a high school senior or older, perhaps they can fill out this application for a college scholarship this week!Eagle Scout NESA Merit Scholarships Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011. This application is only for the Hall/McElwain and Robert and Rebecca Palmer merit scholarships for Eagle Scouts. The number of  scholarships awarded varies annually depending on the funds available. Recipients are chosen based on Scouting participation, character, and...
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Four Homeschool High School Advantages

Four Homeschool High School Advantages
A few summers ago my two sons graduated together from homeschool high school. They were both invited to compete in an all day full-tuition scholarship competition at their first choice university.  108 students competed for those ten full-tuition scholarships, Two of the winners were homeschoolers.  Both were mine. I found myself wondering, "How did that happen?" I believe we received scholarships because of four advantages: curriculum, SAT preparation, documentation, and character. These advantages are available to...
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Monday, 10 January 2011 01:40
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Are You an Assertive Homeschooler?

Are You an Assertive Homeschooler?
It never hurts to ask.  If you are denied admission because of homeschooling, be assertive, and ask tough questions!  Socially active parents can change admission policy, as I have written in the past.  If you get a barricade, and it looks like bricks, it may not be an impenetrable as it appears. Ask questions.  See second opinions.  Demonstrate facts.  Don't panic! I am planning on attending Technical College in January, but unfortunately the women over admissions...
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Good to know that being assertive can get things done. Our 16yr old begins Running Start at the community college in one week and ... Read More
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 08:39
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Living Books for Homeschool College Preparation

Living Books for Homeschool College Preparation
Cori and I chatted about literature-based curriculum, and she had a follow up question about using living books. Lee, you wrote: "We used a literature based curriculum for high school, and my children read TONS of books in high school.   What does literature-based learning look like in the REAL world, where parents are faced with the demands of homeschooling, housework, and household economics?"   Where should I look to find out exactly how you did this please? ...
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Is Your Homeschool For Real?

Is Your Homeschool For Real?
What do you do when an application asks if you have a high school diploma "recognized by the state you live in"? I'm so honest....don't know what to say or do.  I registered with a school that will award a "private school" diploma.  Sounded good, but I'm being boxed in.  Dual enrollment articulation agreement is great, but I can't put correct course descriptions on the transcript because they aren't available as options.  Having a school help...
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Giving Gifts That Pay for College

Giving Gifts That Pay for College
Giving Gifts That Pay for College - Free Webinar!Instead of using the old "Toys R Us" strategy of looking through catalogs o brain-dead products, consider getting gifts that feed the flames of your child's special interests, and gifts that make high school easier for you AND for your children! Last month I had a webinar called "Giving Gifts that Pay for College."   We were able to record that webinar, and we would love for you to...
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Doubling Up on English for CLEP Tests

Doubling Up on English for CLEP Tests
Weighing the pros and cons of studying for a CLEP Exam? My son is interested in CLEP for English, but I need some help with planning this along with his other work.  He is doing an English curriculum, should he just stop it for the 8 weeks to study for the CLEP?  He already takes a long time to finish his English, especially the writing.  We are praying and weighing out the benefits and would appreciate...
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Tuesday, 14 December 2010 08:37
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Stinky, Slimy, Senseless Science

Stinky, Slimy, Senseless Science
A wise homeschooler once said, "If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it's slimy, it's biology. And if it doesn't work, it's physics." For children interested in medical or science careers, it's important to cover the stinky, slimy, and non-working topics of science.  For children considering a general college degree, cover a couple of the "regular" sciences, but then branch out if you want to.  There  are some great science options out there.  May favorite, by far,...
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"If it stinks, it's chemistry. If it's slimy, it's biology. And if it doesn't work, it's physics." [smile] I like that.... Read More
Monday, 13 December 2010 06:32
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Academic Gap Widens for Black Males

Academic Gap Widens for Black Males
The headline in the New York Times screams "Black boys score far behind white students." "An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another. But a new report focusing on black males suggests that the picture is even bleaker than generally known."Great news!  This does NOT apply to homeschool parents!It's an interesting report...
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I read the book Boys Adrift by Dr. Leonard Sax and it addresses why boys are struggling in school and in life. There are many fact... Read More
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Merry Course Descriptions!

Merry Course Descriptions!
It's early December and I'm already done with my Christmas cards.  To be fair, I have a LOT of Christmas cards to write!  Still, it's a  "wee bit" early to be doing that.  What are the consequences of not working on your Christmas cards early?  Nothing much.  You might conceivably not get them out on time, I suppose.  I have lots of friends that don't send cards out on time, and I'm not offended.  I even...
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Homeschool Grades - Are You Too Tough?

Homeschool Grades - Are You Too Tough?
Do you grade too hard?  Or too easy?In my blog post about Reconsidering Homeschool Grades, one mother shared her experience: It is so amazing that I came across this article today because if you had published this last month I would have just ignored it, but it just so happens a college admissions officer came to visit our co-op and said these very words! She said that homeschool transcripts lacked courses designated “Honors” or “Advanced”. She...
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Do Colleges Care about Homeschool Grades?

Do Colleges Care about Homeschool Grades?
Do most colleges actually care about letter grades from homeschoolers, or are they much more interested in test scores? ~ Julie Dear Julie, Colleges really *DO* care about grades from homeschoolers.  Some colleges prefer letter grades (A, B, C) and some colleges prefer number grades (4.0, 3.0, 2.5) and other college don't have a preference as long as you give some grades at all.Colleges do care about test scores for homeschoolers, just like they care about...
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I think that's what I talk about it my free Grades and credits webinar here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-transcripts-... Read More
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Would it be OK to give A's for the subjects that come easily, B's for the subjects that didn't, and C's for subjects that were a c... Read More
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