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What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest

What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest
​You will need to demonstrate interest in a college if you want to get admitted and get scholarships. Applying to a college without showing a genuine ...
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[Free eBook] Making the Grades

[Free eBook] Making the Grades
 Does anyone take "mommy grades" seriously?! Do I really even need to grade at all? Maybe it's just English papers that you hate to grade? (I can...
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Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School

Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School
How to get high school credits in middle school? That's a big question! If you are sure your child is doing high school level work in an academic subject area like math, science, or foreign language in middle school, put that on your transcript and earn early high school credits! Why? Because when it's honest and true it goes on the transcript. And because schools do it too!My record keeping earned our family $187,000 in scholarships. Click this...
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Guest — Mittal Patel
Hello Ms. Lee, How and when can my 7th grade son take math and science test for high school credits. He is very good in math and ... Read More
Sunday, 24 January 2021 19:24
Robin
Hi Mittal, Since your son is winning in math competitions and passing math exams (as Lee stated above) you can give him have high... Read More
Monday, 25 January 2021 21:16
Guest — lisa
Should I take Algebra 1 or Spanish 1?
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 19:30
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Nice Soft Boundaries for Homeschool English

Nice Soft Boundaries for Homeschool English
I'm a big fan of providing nice soft boundaries for homeschool english, rather than hard and fast rules.One mom was struggling to balance English for her reluctant readers. It can be hard to figure out how much time to spend reading and writing - particularly with struggling readers and writers who may suffer and struggle through the process.  Here are some nice soft boundaries, as you think it through. In general, think about having 1 hour...
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Guest — Tami D
I have a couple of girls who struggled with reading due to some trauma. I had already been filling our "Wasted" travel tiem with g... Read More
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 05:42
Guest — Sa ndxy
We used audio books but only if they could follow along with the written text. The reading the first three chapters and being to ... Read More
Monday, 27 August 2012 17:35
Guest — Debbie D.
Thank you for this. My son starts his freshman year this year. I have been struggling over what to have him read. He is a very rel... Read More
Monday, 27 August 2012 16:17
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Teen Tips for College and Career Success

Teen Tips for College and Career Success
First, a simple question (that reveals one of the great truths about human behavior), have you ever changed your mind about what you want to do in you...
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Homeschool High School: Teaching Health

Homeschool High School: Teaching Health
Homeschool health requirements vary by state.  Check your state homeschool law, and see what your state may require for health. Unless your state requires it, you don’t have to teach Health every year of high school. Some states want Health to be a requirement for graduation, but colleges generally don’t care about it much. Some colleges want to see students who take health as a separate course, while others assume it is included in Physical Education...
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Guest — J W
I just chuck A Beka Health at Big Sis each year, and she whips right through it. It's pretty good, although it tends to be a litt... Read More
Thursday, 19 November 2009 20:54
Guest — Julie
Christy, have him do the Public Health badge also. If you sign up as the MBC, you'll have control over the depth of some of the "... Read More
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 03:03
Guest — christy
funny. the things we think we HAVE to do. In Texas, of course, I don't have to do health. I have a SOS 6th grade Health program th... Read More
Tuesday, 17 November 2009 11:39
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Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades

Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades
I don't recommend weighting grades. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges tend to like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades. For an "Honors" or AP class, some high schools will add 1.0 to the grade - so the highest grade possible is a 5.0 instead of a 4.0.  Some high schools will increase the grade by 0.5, so honors...
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ME
Wow, that is complicated. Thank you for this article, I am grading standard grades; not weighted.
Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:17
Robin
That's really smart! You are making it much easier for yourself and for prospective colleges. Well done! Robin Assistant to The ... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:26
Guest — SCD
I don't weight any of my HS course grades, but my students have taken college dual-enrollment classes. Instead of weighting the g... Read More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:25
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9 Tips to Earn More Scholarships

9 Tips to Earn More Scholarships
It's tempting to think that our goal is to get our children in to college. No, no! Our goal is that our children can get in AND afford to go to colleg...
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Lee Binz
Great tips, Heather! Thank you Blessings, Lee
Sunday, 03 January 2021 18:35
Guest — Heather
Don't look at the sticker price of a private college. My son was offered scholarships from 2 private universities and both beat th... Read More
Sunday, 03 January 2021 02:18
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College Application Lexicon

College Application Lexicon
College application has it's own unique vocabulary.  As you look toward college admission, you'll notice you have many different choices on how to apply.  Here are the NACAC definitions of terms for different kinds of application plans.  If you need a primer on what "application" means, this blog post is for you. ADMISSION TERMS PER NACAC Non-Restrictive Application Plans: All of these plans allow students to wait until May 1 to confirm enrollment. Regular Decision is...
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[Free eBook] How to Motivate Homeschool Teens

[Free eBook] How to Motivate Homeschool Teens
It can happen overnight. One day your child is pleasant, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning; the next day, they aren't. This can happen with...
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How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Transcript

How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Transcript
Usually a transcript cover letter is a simple introduction provided when sending homeschool records. It might introduce the student, explain the records, describe major issues or anything unusual. The cover letter should always highlight the positives, and put a positive spin on anything encountered. A Transcript Cover Letter Will Explain Craziness While many parents have nothing important to say in a cover letter, some homeschool parents must address an unusual situation. In a calm and poised...
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Twelve Days of Christmas with IEW

Twelve Days of Christmas with IEW
​One of my favorite writing curriculum resources comes from my friends at IEW. If you aren't familiar with IEW, Institute for Excellence in Writing, y...
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Guest — Jessica
Thanks again!
Thursday, 26 December 2019 14:28
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Grading Estimate

Grading Estimate
Let me guess.  You didn't use tests on all your homeschool subjects, right?  Neither did I! And yet, somehow, my children survived! Some homeschoolers think it's tons of fun to go back through four years of high school records and try to find or recreate every possible test, quiz, and assignment.  For me, that doesn't sound like fun.  I was not one of those people.  Plus I've noticed that even when parents do some forensic grading like that,...
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Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified

Reach, Fit, and Safety Simplified
Finding a college is more than watching where your friends and neighbors’ children go to school. Take your sophomore or junior to a college fair and/or search online for the perfect college match for your student. Once you have some possibilities, visit the college in person. Visiting is the only way to see if it’s a perfect match. Try to whittle down the list to a handful of colleges by the end of junior year. When...
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Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College

Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College
Are you busy getting all of your Christmas gifts purchased? If so, you won't want to miss this list! Christmas gifts for your homeschooler that will free you from checking your list twice! What are Gifts that Pay for College? Kids want fun things that they are interesting to them. Parents want educated children without going broke or crazy. Colleges want “passion” and delight directed learning. Give gifts that will increase the fun factor in school,...
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