A Venn Diagram for Literature-Based Curriculum on the Reading List

A Venn Diagram for Literature-Based Curriculum on the Reading List
When you use a literature-based curriculum, the boundaries between English course descriptions, history course descriptions, and reading lists get blu...
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How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript

How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript
You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other delight directed learning on a high school transcript!? You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other handcrafts on a high school transcript!?Mandi asked, "My daughter has taught herself to crochet and makes bags, headbands, coasters and whatever else pops into...
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Guest — Jill B
Lee, thank you so much for sending me the link for this article today. (The Gold Club is worth it's weight in gold!) The article m... Read More
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:15
EMILY BYRD
I am in absolute agreement, Jill B. My daughter also spends many, many hours crocheting and quilting. I have wanted to give her ... Read More
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Jill, What a sweet encouragement it will be for Lee to read this! Thank you! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
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Failing Grades in Online School

Failing Grades in Online School
Failing Grades in Online School Many parents choose online classes for their students, and from time to time will experience the "crash and burn" of failing grades from these classes. How can you make sure your smart child is represented fairly on the transcript, even if your child has failed some classes?If your classes are NOT accredited, then the class and grades are essentially like a homeschool co-op, and you are completely in charge of those...
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Free Class: No Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach

Free Class: No Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach
No-Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach The other day I presented my grades, credits, and transcripts class for a group of homeschoolers. The positive feedback from the attendees was so overwhelmingly positive! My grade was 4.9 stars (out of 5.0 possible.) I have to say, it's nice to be appreciated!For the class last week, I partnered with Luke and Trisha Gilkerson at Intoxicated on Life. I first met Luke and Trisha on Facebook, actually. Check out...
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Homeschool Records: How Much to Keep?

Homeschool Records: How Much to Keep?
What do you really need to keep? A military mom shares her frustrations with homeschool record keeping. How much of my kids' elementary or middle school paper work do I need to keep? I have every notebook, every workbook they have done. We just moved for the third summer in a row and as I moved that stuff, one more time, it got me thinking do I really need to keep all of it? I have tests and grades in a separate binder, but do I need to keep all...
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Take photos of large projects (you don't want to move a salt map around!) especially if you might later put together a portfolio (... Read More
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2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar

2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar
2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar  Every month I help parents homeschool though high school by publishing an email newsletter. January is a great time to look back and see all we have learned in the past year. Join me below for a 2014 homeschool year in review with The HomeScholar.  January Complete the FAFSA for Fun and Profit  February  iTired: Dealing with Homeschool Fatigue  March Know Your State Homeschool Law  April  How to...
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Great News About Grading Scales!

Great News About Grading Scales!
I have such marvelous news about grading scales! This is guaranteed to thrill! Or maybe not... Let me know after I explain the good news!You are in charge of your homeschool policy. As the parent, you can choose any grading scale that you want to use.  If you are homeschooling independently, then you get to decide.There are a few commonly-used grading scale options I usually suggest you consider.  Which of these will strike your fancy?  Grading...
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I agree with Elizabeth. Our previous umbrella school uses option 3, which I think is unfair that a 90, 91 or 92 would not count as... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:51
Guest — Lee
The private Christian high school I attended used option 3, and I hated it. It always seemed unfair that a 90, 91, & 92 didn't cou... Read More
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6 Ways to Deal with an Unfinished Class

6 Ways to Deal with an Unfinished Class
When you don't finish a subject within the regular school year, you have options!  In a public, private, or alternative school, the only option is usually a big "W" on your transcript - for "Withdraw." But independent homeschoolers have many more options available!You can give 1/2 credit instead of 1 creditIf it's a class that doesn't need a whole credit, then you can award 1/2 credit and just be done with it. For example, if you...
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Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping

Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping
Use the "Binder Queen Method" of record keeping.My favorite method of record keeping is not a product you buy, it's reasonably price and easy to assemble.  I recommend a simple 3 ring binder, divider tabs, and lined notebook paper. Super-smart moms might want "college ruled" paper, but that is completely optional!I have seen far to many moms buy the latest and greatest record keeping, and then not use it. It doesn't matter what you BUY, you...
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Beth, this is how I bundled them: we laid the one piece transcript on top of the spiral-bound comprehensive record. On top of tha... Read More
Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:55
Guest — Beth Orth
Hi Lee, I have one more question! I have been reading your kindle books--Setting the Records Straight and Comprehensive Homeschoo... Read More
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 21:13
Guest — Beth Orth
Lee I really appreciate your tips. I am wondering if you can tell me, when we send colleges the first transcript (in progress duri... Read More
Saturday, 08 November 2014 15:18
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Are You Put Together?

Are You Put Together?
When I go out, I try to look put together. You know, make up on, hair styled, appropriate clothing. Sometimes I get caught on my way home from exercising, which is embarrassing! But on the whole, I want to be ready to see people when I'm out and about. Good thing, too, because sometimes another homeschooler will spy me at Starbucks!As a homeschool parent, you need to have your homeschool records look put together too. One...
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Guest — Barbara
Great advice as always, Lee! The Comprehensive Record Solution has been a life saver for us! Just wondering now about how we pre... Read More
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 21:56
Guest — Lee
Thanks for the feedback, Barbara. I'm so happy the Comprehensive Record Solution has helped you. For ideas on submitting to the ... Read More
Thursday, 18 September 2014 05:22
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Homeschool Records: Proof on Paper

Homeschool Records: Proof on Paper
Homeschool Records: Proof on PaperColleges want proof of academic rigor. They need to know the academic preparation you provided in your homeschool classes. You need to prepare neat, thorough, and precise homeschool records to help colleges make admission and scholarship decisions in your favor.Now is the perfect time to complete this proof on paper. During your break from the regular homeschool schedule, spend time preparing your homeschool records.Take one of my free classes to get motivated!A...
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The Problem with Homeschoolers

The Problem with Homeschoolers
One of the biggest problems with homeschool parents and how to avoid it. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Can You Help Me Make Homeschool Record Keeping Easy?

Can You Help Me Make Homeschool Record Keeping Easy?
A super easy way to keep high school records. (I promise!) Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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The Relative Importance of Homeschool Transcripts and Standardized Tests

The Relative Importance of Homeschool Transcripts and Standardized Tests
"How important is the transcript compared to SAT or ACT scores when it comes to college admissions or scholarships? I know it is good to have both but without those great scores it seems like all is lost."~ Anne on FacebookHi Anne!The transcript is extremely important. It's the one page overview of your student so the college can give them a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" quickly. It's a good idea to have some outside documentation...
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Homeschool Summer Credits

Homeschool Summer Credits
Summer is the perfect time for fun miscellaneous activities like summer camps, swim teams, home improvement projects and family vacations! I understand that is a lot to balance, but have you ever wondered if your students can receive high school credit for any of these activities? It’s possible! Both of my boys earned their P.E. credits during the summer months through a swim team they participated in.You can count credits even though they’re over the summer...
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I always estimate the number of hours spent on horseback based on the camp's sample schedule and add it into the hours of PE. I a... Read More
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Guest — Lisa Bergmann
My teens' summer has been very full of valuable and educational activities, such as volunteer work, Scouting activities, Farmer's ... Read More
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