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The Five Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School

The Five Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School
Hi everyone,I just published a 5 part mini-course about "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School."  It captures some of the most important lessons I've learned in homeschooling my own children through high school and helping other parents succeed as well.  These five short lessons will provide an overview to help you stay on track as you think through high school issues with your student.  Whether you are already into the high school...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Robin! I appreciate the encouragement. Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 15:13
Guest — Robin E.
Thank you so much for this, Lee. I've read lesson 1 and all I can say is "right on". I'm sending the link to our entire homeschool... Read More
Tuesday, 30 September 2008 14:35
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Creative Course Creations

Creative Course Creations
Do you ever feel like you're cheating when you create a high school course based on your child's special interests?  I know I did.  Two favorites from my children's transcripts were Critical Thinking in Chess and  Russian History.  I mean really.  Who was I kidding?I just spent time with my lovely niece, driving to Oregon, and we were talking about her high school experience years ago.  I knew that her father had taught a class on...
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Homeschool Transcripts and Public Schools

Homeschool Transcripts and Public Schools
Two families, two students, same question, same answer.A mom called me for transcript help.  Her daughter homeschooled for two years, using Alpha Omega LifePacs and Weaver Curriculum for 9th and 10th grade.  Once her daughter got up to grade level, she wanted her to go back to public school.  She asked me how to get her homeschool transcript accepted by a public high school.Today a father called me for transcript help.  His daughter homeschooled for one...
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Guest — Tammy
Thank you for the great information, advice, and encouragement Lee! My oldest homeschooler is in 10th grade now. She wanted to j... Read More
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:46
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good job, Tammy! It's wonderful that you found a way for her to have your supervision for most of her classes, while finding a way... Read More
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 21:13
Guest — Michelle
One way that may be helpful is to use an accredited 'umbrella' school such as NARHS. We have friends that transitioned to public ... Read More
Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:46
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The Joy of Taking a Homeschool Mulligan

The Joy of Taking a Homeschool Mulligan
No mulligans.  No take-backs.  No do-overs.  When you are dealing with an accrediting program, once you have something on their official transcript, it's.... well.... official.  Even if your child does really poorly, it's still part of their "permanent record."  (You have to say that so it's all scary-sounding, like rolling thunder or something.  "...Permanent Record." )  Colleges will ask you to submit all transcripts for all schools, and even a rotten transcript is a "real" transcript...
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Guest — Lee
You know, if a public school student can re-take a class in order to get a better grade, then certainly we can too, right? I'll... Read More
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 19:09
Guest — Stephanie
I can't wait to see the ebook! I, too, love the idea that you can retake a class. I wish that I had this idea when our older daugh... Read More
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 16:34
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Homeschool Record Keeping Success!

Homeschool Record Keeping Success!
I met a friend in the grocery store today.  Her son had just finished his first year in college.  A year ago, she and I had spent an hour going over her homeschool records.  We talked about the transcript and how to write course descriptions.  I made suggestions and recommendations, but she did all the work - I only spent an hour with her!  But it gave her what she needed to write a 16 page...
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Converting College Credits to High School Credits

Converting College Credits to High School Credits
"Lee, question I can't find answered on your website. Did your sons take any community college classes while still in high school? How did you give them credit for that? Was one semester of a college course a full credit or half credit of high school?thanks.Renee"Hi Renee!We did take community college classes in high school, and it was a mixed blessing for us.  We did one year of Accelerated Distance Learning (homeschooling college) and one year...
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Hi there! You are describing weighting grades - making a college class weigh MORE than a high school class. That sort of decision... Read More
Thursday, 28 May 2020 17:10
Guest — S.
Um, I know this is an old post but this is wrong. A college class worth 3 credits is worth more than 1 public high school class cr... Read More
Thursday, 28 May 2020 00:51
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But what if your high schooler is doing 7th grade work?

But what if your high schooler is doing 7th grade work?
Not only can any high school level work be put on a transcript, but any work that is done by a high school age student can also be put on a transcript.  What that means is that if your student is of "high school age" (typically, 14 - 18) then any work they do as part of their homeschool can be put on their high school transcript.  I understand that some students might be behind on...
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Is your 7th grader doing high school work?

Is your 7th grader doing high school work?
Any high school level work can be put on a transcript.  If your Junior High student is using a high school textbook, then consider beginning their high school transcript.  Frequently a foreign language or math course will be given high school credits.  Algebra 1 or French 1 would be a perfect addition to a high school transcript, as long as you used a high school level textbook.  Any curriculum that says "for grades 9 through 12"...
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Guest — J W
Well now this begs the question - if at the CAT test my 5th grade child scores at high school graduate level in just about every s... Read More
Monday, 21 July 2008 19:37
Guest — My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
Thanks-- that helps alot! ~Leslie
Sunday, 20 July 2008 16:03
Guest — Lee
Leslie, Yes, I would list the classes by completion date. It's easier that way! You can just say "Algebra 1" under 8th grade. Y... Read More
Saturday, 19 July 2008 18:35
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On Vocabulary and Values

On Vocabulary and Values
When my kids were younger, we used Wordly Wise to study vocabulary.  One of my greatest frustrations was that even after spending an entire week studying a word, I wouldn't hear the words come out of my child's mouth!  One year I heard a speaker discuss the problem.  She said there was a time delay with vocabulary.  She said that it took a long time for vocabulary words to sink in, and that it wasn't uncommon...
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Quick and Easy Transcripts!

Quick and Easy Transcripts!
I hate business bookkeeping!  I put it off and put it off, but I just can't make it go away!  Transcripts are a pain too, but there is a less painful way to do the frustrating work yourself.In 1-2 hours I can help you figure out exactly what to write on your transcript.  We can do it easily on the phone.  All it takes is your brain, my brain, and any records or used curriculum you...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Siri, I'm always willing to provide support and encouragement, whether it's about transcripts or anything else. My consulting... Read More
Friday, 11 July 2008 06:40
Guest — Siri Betcher
Just a helpful suggestion, you may want to offer the "middle of the road". Do the $120 version and let the parent email you a roug... Read More
Thursday, 10 July 2008 17:32
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Write it Down!

Write it Down!
I've had questions from parents on whether their high school age kids who are doing remedial work in a subject should get credit for it on their transcript.  Remember: kids in public school get things put on their transcript when they are in high school, whether it's above or below grade level.  Don't put your own kids at a disadvantage because they aren't at grade level in every subject.Write it down!
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Stop Being Tubby!

Stop Being Tubby!
Do you have any specific advice about moving from the tubs to the binders ? I want to get started this summer. Thanks !! ~ ShannonIn a previous article I talked about record keeping strategies, and said there are three kinds of homeschoolers; tubbies, cubbies, and binder queens. Are you looking for ways to stop being Tubby?Like losing weight, you have to be committed if you want to avoid being Tubby. First of all, whatever you...
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Why Create your own Transcript?

Why Create your own Transcript?
Retain your status as an independent homeschooler Maintain complete control over your student's academic record. Provide the documentation that colleges need from all applicants. Save TONS of money!Remember, you don't need to pay a transcript or accreditation service thousands of dollars to create a homeschool transcript for you. You can do it at home on your computer. I can teach you how. Visit my website for more information.
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Failure is Forgotten

Failure is Forgotten
When you complete a college application, one of the things they ask for is a list of "activities and awards." I have GREAT news! The activity and awards list is only for successes, and failures don't go on the list! Worked at a fabulous job? On the list! 28 job interviews followed by rejection? Not on the list! Awarded $200 in scholarship money by the community? On the list! Applied to 10 big-money scholarships, but rejected...
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Always Be Prepared!

Always Be Prepared!
Some things are just ALWAYS educational! Take Eagle Scouts, for example, or 4-H. It seems like everything you do with those programs can be put on a homeschool transcript. Look at the activities that your teen is doing this week. Can it be added to their transcript too?As always, Let me know if you have any questions. 
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Guest — Lee
Christy, Thank you for the positive feedback - that's very sweet of you to say! When my oldest was in 7th grade, I used that time... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 17:29
Guest — Christy
BTW, I really enjoy this blog. Our oldest just finished 7th grade. I consider what we are doing in these middle school years as la... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 08:24
Guest — Christy
All three of our boys are in Scouts. we joke that dh is the one in scouts and he takes the others along. I have used their handbo... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 08:23
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