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, help colleges appreciate your student, allow you to maintain your sanity, or save enough time of money to help you afford the cost of college.
Gifts that pay for college can mean…
Check out these articles and gift suggestions, so that you can give great gifts that will help pay for college in the future!
Gifts to Encourage Specialization
Articles: 3 Must-Have High School Electives
Encouraging Delight Directed Learning at the High School Level.
Resources: The Great Course
“How to Listen to and Understand Great Music”
“Calculus Made Clear”
Home Science Tools
Gifts to Fuel a Love of Learning
Articles: Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions
Play Your Way to a Great Vocabulary
Physical Education Outside the Box
Gifts to Fuel a Love of Learning: resources and suggestions by subject area
Art: Impressionist Artists, Go Fish for Art Card Game
Masterpiece Art Auction Game
Draw Today Art Kit
Coloring book of masterpieces (like Dover Art Coloring Books: Mary Cassatt Masterpieces)
English: The Play’s the Thing
Fun books like Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Social Studies: Take Off
Ticket to Ride
Diplomacy Board Game
Where in the World
Critical Thinking and Math: Chess
Science: Computers, software
Elemento Chemistry Card Game
Student Microscope Gift Package
LEGO Mindstorms, or robotics kits
Children’s DVDs (like Finding Nemo, The Incredibles)
Comic books in the language (Les Aventures de Tintin: Tintin en Amerique (French Edition)
Cook books (like Not Just Tacos A Journey Into the World of Authentic Latin American Cuisine)
Physical education: sports equipment (like Snow Toboggan)
Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board,
Nerf guns or Water squirters
Games Teens Love:
The Settlers of Catan
Carcassonne Basic Game
Apples to Apples
Gifts to Encourage Reading & Writing
Articles: The HomeScholar College Bound Reading List
Classic Christmas Literature for High School Students
7 Ways to Encourage Reading in Middle School
Resources: Printable reading list for Middle School
Digital Voice Recorder
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Gifts Help You Homeschool Efficiently
Read Articles: Coping Through Not Cooking
Save Money With Old Fashioned Cooking!
Gluten-Free + Costco + Freezer Cooking + Crockpot + Cheap = Meals
Gifts Help You Homeschool Efficiently: Gift Suggestions for Balancing Life
Creating Homeschool Balance: Find Harmony Between Type A and Type Zzz
Managers of Their Homes by Teri Maxwell
Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker
Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes by Better Homes & Gardens
The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet
Holiday Freezer Cooking from 30 Day Gourmet
$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook
Gifts that Decrease College Costs
Prove college rigor with this reference book Setting the Records Straight
Online help: Total Transcript Solution, Comprehensive Record Solution
Learn about scholarships with this reference book College Admission and Scholarships
Homeschool college: How to Homeschool College: Save Time, Reduce Stress, Eliminate Debt, “Accelerated Distance Learning” by Brad Voeller, Bears Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, CLEP Official Study Guide by The College Board
Give college expenses as gifts: College Packing List
Gifts that Increase Income
Incorporate work on the transcript: Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps
Teach your child business skills with MicroBusinessForTeens.com
Help children manage finances in the future: Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool
Online Class: Giving Gifts That Pay for College
Online Class: Christmas Goals and New Year Resolutions
Coffee Break Book: Homeschooling the Holidays: Sanity Saving Strategies and Gift Giving Ideas
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This interview with Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, should really be titled The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Your Way to College. Lee offers so much valuable information that you’ll want to pin or bookmark this show for later. Be sure to share it with friends! They’ll thank you. Learn:
- What a college-prep curriculum looks like
- Where you can find help creating a high school transcript
- When you need to start the college selection process
- Why Lee says her two sons received full tuition scholarships
- Lee’s tip for increasing SAT/ACT scores, and much more!
If you are nervous about college prep education, you’ll love this show! If you know someone who isn’t sure they can homeschool high school, I hope you’ll share the show with them.
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