Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits

Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits
Are you an art person? Most people tend to either love the arts, or if you are like me you struggle with them. Even if you or your student struggle with the fine arts, colleges still want to see some on a high school transcript. Learn more about high school credits and grades with my webinar.
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Guest — Lee
Excellent comments about collecting credits over a few years, Sabrina! You're absolutely right! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 16 January 2012 13:34
Guest — Sabrina Justison
Thanks for helping clarify that question, Lee. It can be confusing. When I offer one-week Drama Camp Intensives to homeschoolers... Read More
Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:28
Guest — J W
One may also research what the colleges want to see and plan accordingly. For instance, the Art Institute of Seattle might have n... Read More
Friday, 13 January 2012 17:49
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Disappointed by College Rejection

Disappointed by College Rejection
 Applying to college doesn't mean you'll get in. And frankly, rejection HURTS. This letter is from Michelle, who shares her hurting heart and looks for words of encouragement and suggestions.Hi Lee,I guess I am writing you to just vent. My daughter applied to BYU-Idaho last month and she just received an email telling her that her homeschool transcript was not valid.Here is the exact message: "Thank you for your interest in attending a CES school. We...
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Guest — Janice Gay
If your daughters ACT/SAT or COMPASS scores are similar to national average or better, then I certainly would "push back" for an i... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 21:53
Guest — Lee
Michelle, I was very surprised by that as well! I've seen it before though. Here's the take-away: if a college has different br... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:13
Guest — Michelle
Why does BYU-I always have to have different rules from the other BYU schools?? Like not allowing skinny jeansSounds like your da... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 14:57
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Course Description Help

Course Description Help
 What if you don't read the WHOLE book - what do you do with that? How does it fit into your course description when you didn't finish every word of it? Julie asked some questions about her course descriptions...Hello Lee.I’m finding your book Setting the Records Straight quite helpful as I learn to write course descriptions. That’s triggered three hopefully simple questions though.May I use the course descriptions from the book, both the page layout and...
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Guest — Lee
Right. Supplemental texts read in full: complete name of book. Excerpts: partially read book that was used as a supplement. C... Read More
Monday, 16 January 2012 16:09
Guest — Cherie
This was helpful. Thanks! Just to be clear: for supplemental texts, you would NOT use the word "excerpts," but you would use that... Read More
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 05:26
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Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler?

Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler?
I am praying you can help answer this. How do I know, if she will do better on ACT or the SAT? I want her to go with the test that best fits her. Any ideas on this? Thank you for your help,~ Bertie in WashingtonDear Bertie,You can’t find out until she has utilized a trial test at home. Just a sample test at home, one for SAT and also one for ACT. After that, find...
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Guest — Lynda
Sample tests are also a great way to help study. They give you a better feel for what the test is like so you can feel more confi... Read More
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:26
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Can I Begin Homeschooling at the High School Level?

Can I Begin Homeschooling at the High School Level?
Misty asked me if it was possible to begin homeschooling during the high school years. Yes, you can! It is very possible and can end up being a great time for your teen to learn how to learn independently as well as explore the subjects that really interest them. Here is more of my answer in this video post.Learn how to homeschool with confidence with my Preparing to Homeschool High School DVD. It will help take...
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Above Average is Good!

Above Average is Good!
Once you get the PSAT scores, what happens next?  Have your children take the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year.My daughter is going to take the SAT in Mar 2012. She's taken the PSAT and we had her scores sent to our home. But when it comes to the SAT scores I was thinking of doing the same thing and then we personally send the scores to the colleges. Is that the best...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lois, For the PSAT scores, a 50 per section is average. The percentile score is helpful too, but you want to be above the 5... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2012 09:23
Guest — Lois
Thanks, Lee. I was looking at the scores wondering what they meant. Is the percentile any indication of how she did? I think her p... Read More
Friday, 30 December 2011 15:34
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Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently

Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently
Can you give me guidance on writing a recommendation as a counselor? The Common Application and another school have requested I do.  What points should I cover in answering college homeschool supplements that request explanation of an educational philosophy?~ DanaDear Dana,I have a section on recommendation letters that will help.  Remember that even though the concept makes you feel anxious, at least you know your child!  Lots of teachers have to give letters of recommendation for...
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What Do They Do For Fun?

What Do They Do For Fun?
What do they do for fun?When I’m helping parents with a transcript, that one question can open the floodgates! How does your child spend unstructured time? When they are supposed to be working on school, or emptying the dishwasher, what are they doing instead? That can be a great indication of their Fun Factor.If they enjoy their fun for more than one hour a day, you may be able to translate that into high school credits....
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Are Homeschool Diplomas a Good Idea?

Are Homeschool Diplomas a Good Idea?
Nancy asks, "Is a diploma a good idea?"Yes, Nancy. I believe that they are. Here is video response with some more thoughts about homeschool diplomas.Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’ll get notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Your Child's Method of Learning

Your Child's Method of Learning
Books rule! We really like books. We soak up books. Everything that we want to find out can be discovered from a book. Many times people ask me why our reading lists were so incredibly long. It wasn’t due to the fact I assigned all of those books, I can tell you that much! For both of my boys, reading is their “love language. ”  Let them have a book, and they will adore you forever....
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Guest — J W
I have a challenged student who has a hard time grasping concepts that can't be taught by doing something or by experiencing somet... Read More
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:59
Guest — Christine
I'm finding out that now! My youngest 3 are so different from my oldest!
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:57
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Fun and Games for Christmas Day!

Fun and Games for Christmas Day!
Our family LOVES board games!  Every year we would get one big game for our family.  We played them on Christmas morning - and then the boys would play them again while I did some after-Christmas shopping at the sales with my mom!It seems like our MOST favorite games come with variations that are just awesome!  Here are some game suggestions!"Ticket to Ride" games -  great for geography, by the way.  It comes in a variety...
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Guest — Jennifer
Thank you so much for posting this! We love playing the Settlers of Catan, and I just purchased the Carcassone game. I know my kid... Read More
Saturday, 17 December 2011 17:20
Guest — Lois
We love games too! Take off is a favorite except for the daughter who doesn't like geography games. But, we also like Where in the... Read More
Saturday, 17 December 2011 07:26
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College Consulting

College Consulting
"Do you know of any type of coaches or consultants to help us get our kids into a college and program of their choice?"Considering a college counselor?  There are business that are dedicated to only college consulting.   They normally work with public and private school students.  Although high school guidance counselors are supposed to fill the role, many parents don't feel they provide enough guidance, or enough individual support, so they look to a dedicated...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you so much! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 08:22
Guest — HomeschoolNewbe
Lee, the information you have provided on this website has been invaluable! I was tempted to hire a college coach, but intstead I ... Read More
Friday, 16 December 2011 07:29
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Transcript on College Visits are Empowering

Transcript on College Visits are Empowering
Michelle finished her transcript and was thrilled by how empowered she felt! Her letter can describe how important it is to have your transcript done when you visit colleges.Lee,Thanks for these links and for the encouragement and help on the call last week.I finished my daughter's transcript to take with me to visit colleges in New York. It was SO EMPOWERING to have this done. And it is nothing short of a miracle as I must...
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Guest — Tina
I worked on my college bound son's transcripts tonight. Not only do I want them for college applications, our car insurance wants... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 23:42
Guest — Jennifer
Hi Lee, Thanks for this post! I love getting your posts and reading your blog. I do have a question though. I thought a transcr... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 17:29
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Teaching the Difficult Classes

Teaching the Difficult Classes
What do you do if your student needs to take a class that is way out of your comfort zone. We all have that subject, don't we? This video shares how I "taught" physics.Whether you teach the classes or not, learn how to translate all those great homeschool high school classes into the words and numbers that colleges will understand.  Get the Total Transcript Solution.
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Guest — Jaimee
That is some great advice!!! That's the only way I can teach those hard subjects is because I had the answer key and I can learn ... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:43
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How Do You Do It All?

How Do You Do It All?
Are you suddenly single?  Death, divorce, and even deployment can happen. Even to homeschool parents.  It may happen suddenly, and unexpectedly.  Even a long-anticipated deployment can seem sudden when they day actually arrives, and while temporary it can still be difficult.  When you are faced with single parenting, know that you are NOT alone!Mary Jo Tate of SingleParentsAtHome.com explained what happened to her.  “I never expected to be a single mother. When my husband left me...
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Guest — Darlene
I was widowed with four children aged 13 to 3 and home schooling them all. That was ten years ago and I now have two in college an... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 11:37
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