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Church Worship Band for High School Credit

Church Worship Band for High School Credit
If your child is a member of your church's youth band, have you considered turning that into a high school fine art credit? If you are swimming in fin...
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Best Guidance Counselor Tips for a Performing Arts Student

Best Guidance Counselor Tips for a Performing Arts Student
When your child is a gifted actor, homeschooling can provide the best education possible, while still providing enough time for them to perfect their ...
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Writing a Course Description for Chorus

Writing a Course Description for Chorus
Writing a Course Description for Chorus Cindy was working on her course descriptions (go, team, go!!!) and got stuck with music class.  I would like to count all the singing our youth group does as Choir but not sure how to write it on a course description or on the transcript. How can I best represent this in a transcript and Course description. Oh yeah, they do a drama in the performance too!It's so common for...
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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
Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:54
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
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:18
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Class Title for Piano

Class Title for Piano
How do you choose a class title when nobody tells you what the class title should be? There are so many options for class titles. Even more so when you are talking about a skill that is repeated in high school. Lisa asked me how to name her piano class on a transcript.  The easy answer? You can do it any way that you want to, because all schools would do it differently.So many options. So few...
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Guest — Cherie
My daughter accompanies for church and our younger homeschool choir. In addition, she has given informal performances at recitals,... Read More
Friday, 13 February 2015 06:37
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Brilliant, Cherie! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Saturday, 14 February 2015 14:54
Guest — Laura Viherlahti
Hi, My daughter, Julia, is a Strings player, Double Bass and Violin. When she needed to understand music theory basics in middle ... Read More
Saturday, 24 May 2014 08:42
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Racking Up Music Credits

Racking Up Music Credits
When kids love the arts, like music, they can quickly and easily rack up fine art credits. When I was in public high school, I took choir every year. At the end of high school I had 4 credits of fine art, all called "Choir." I had plenty of friends who took choir, band, AND orchestra. Those kids would have three credits of find art each year. If they kept that up for 4 years, they...
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A Big Homeschool Question: Is This Class a Credit or Not?

A Big Homeschool Question: Is This Class a Credit or Not?
Determining just how much theater comprises a high school credit is hard. The broad idea for almost all classes is 5 hours a week for a full year of school, which means you can easily determine if that’s an adequate amount of for a credit or perhaps for a half credit. There’s no real “absolute” right and wrong option.I like right-and-wrong math questions, therefore I never felt genuinely at ease estimating on credit value. I generally...
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Guest — Lee
Diana, This is a short blog post, not an exhaustive discussion of credits. For more information, try this free class: A Homeschoo... Read More
Sunday, 04 August 2013 08:01
Guest — Diana Boles
I think it's misleading to believe that logging hours is the only criteria to judge whether one has acquired the material for a co... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:16
Guest — Lee
Heather, The parent knows best - how much the child is doing everyday, if they are adding supplements, if the child has a learning... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:12
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Homeschool Credit for Special Courses

Homeschool Credit for Special Courses
If you’re struggling to evaluate your student’s courses, and how to assign credit, you’re not alone!  A lot of parents have a particularly hard time figuring out how to evaluate special courses, such as the culinary or fine arts.  One approach is to think of all the different skills that your child demonstrates. In culinary arts, sometimes people come up with things like shopping, meal planning, and menu creation. Other times people will list general skill...
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Guest — J W
Whinemaking! Just kidding! Seriously: Equine Behavior and Training (which culminated in horsemanship certification at camp) A... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2012 21:15
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Struggling With Homeschool Art

Struggling With Homeschool Art
In my homeschool, there were things I did well (like math and science) and things that completely baffled me (like art.)  When we had a “bad homeschool day” it almost always involved art in one way or another.  I tried various art projects, but they were all so messy that I lacked the follow-through necessary to make sure the project actually happened.  Even when I did manage to start an art project, I never seemed to...
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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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Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts

Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts
Dear Lee,"Did you schedule the art studies or simply allow them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study." Art is really, TRULY my weak area, for that reason I basically reserved time for art study, or else we would most likely never do it! We never had a challenge getting math or science finished, only art, LOL! I planned it for 2-3 times...
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Guest — J W
We do it bits & pieces with my older. My younger is a budding artist, so no worries there. I find art everywhere. Literally... Read More
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:19
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Are you doing too much in your homeschool?

Are you doing too much in your homeschool?
How do you know when enough is enough? Particularly with Writing and History, how can you make sure you are not asking too much and frustrating yourself and your children?.  Sometimes it can be so hard to tell.  It can be VERY difficult to make sure you aren't expecting too much!Here are some ideas to consider if you think you may be overworking your children.  If you use a curriculum for writing and history, do not...
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Guest — cara
Just like anything in life, when things get too intense, it can be stressful for anyone. Focus on the most important learning exp... Read More
Thursday, 03 March 2011 20:34
Guest — lra
I sure agree. Do listen to Lee! I have not only doubled up on courses but have also supplemented on curricula and my poor student ... Read More
Thursday, 03 March 2011 11:37
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Homeschool Art for the "Art Klutz"

Homeschool Art for the "Art Klutz"
Art Klutz's of the world, unite! Art was a weak area in my homeschool.  It was one subject that we all had to work at, or it wouldn’t get done.   If we didn’t set aside time for art study it would never happen!   It may sound strange to some, but we never had that problem getting math or science done.  I know for certain that art is my nemesis.  It's messy.  It's subjective.  There are no...
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Guest — Renee
I love art and am honored by this article title because my maiden name was Kluttz.
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 21:28
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Course Descriptions for Fun Stuff

Course Descriptions for Fun Stuff
I often get questions about how to create real classes for unusual interests like writing music for movies.  How do you create classes for fun?  More importantly, how do you write a boring course description about fascinating non-classroom learning? My Gold Care Club member asked for me to look over her course descriptions.  When I saw this one, I flipped!  This is just WONDERFUL, and a great example of how to take a student's interest and...
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Guest — Heidi
I'm so glad I came across this course description. This is what my 9th grader would like to do. He has the chance to go to a wee... Read More
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:21
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Lee is always happy to help, Heidi! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:26
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Computer Graphics and Video Editing Class

Computer Graphics and Video Editing Class
There is NO LIMIT to the wonderful array of homeschool classes you can  teach!Hi Lee. I heard you speak at the Midwest Homeschool  Convention. I really appreciated all your information. I need to  ask you a question. Can I count a computer graphics class or  video editing class for fine arts credit on the transcript?~Trina on Facebook Sure, Trina! Some parents use classes like that for a technology credit, and  others will use it as a...
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