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A Common Sense, Easy to Understand Approach to Homeschooling

A Common Sense, Easy to Understand Approach to Homeschooling
A Common Sense, Easy to Understand Approach to Homeschooling  Recently, I had the pleasure of holding a webinar with Hal and Melanie Young of Raising Real Men! They are parents of six real boys and two real girls and have been homeschooling for two decades. They said some sweet things about me - check it out!Hal Young spoke about the significance of homeschool independence and flexibility. “This is one of those important things because as homeschoolers, we...
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A Quick Homeschool Transcript Tip

A Quick Homeschool Transcript Tip
Your child is in senior year and it's time to send the homeschool transcript! Some colleges want to see a hard copy of your homeschool transcript, a paper copy sent through snail mail. Other colleges, and some organizations such as camps and prospective employers, require you to provide your child's transcript by email. Here's a quick homeschool transcript tip for sending by email. A Quick Homeschool Transcript Tip When submitting your child's transcript electronically, make sure nobody...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Luke, You make a pdf for the college, when you submit the transcript to the college, so you don't want anyone to edit it at al... Read More
Friday, 30 July 2010 06:45
Guest — Luke Holzmann
Good tip, Lee! Is there a special setting for making it so only you can edit the .pdf? I know that I've been able to fix typos an... Read More
Friday, 30 July 2010 06:07
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Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping

Cheap and Easy High School Record Keeping
Use the "Binder Queen Method" of record keeping.My favorite method of record keeping is not a product you buy, it's reasonably price and easy to assemble.  I recommend a simple 3 ring binder, divider tabs, and lined notebook paper. Super-smart moms might want "college ruled" paper, but that is completely optional!I have seen far to many moms buy the latest and greatest record keeping, and then not use it. It doesn't matter what you BUY, you...
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Guest — Lee
Beth, this is how I bundled them: we laid the one piece transcript on top of the spiral-bound comprehensive record. On top of tha... Read More
Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:55
Guest — Beth Orth
Hi Lee, I have one more question! I have been reading your kindle books--Setting the Records Straight and Comprehensive Homeschoo... Read More
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 21:13
Guest — Beth Orth
Lee I really appreciate your tips. I am wondering if you can tell me, when we send colleges the first transcript (in progress duri... Read More
Saturday, 08 November 2014 15:18
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Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript

Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript
A CLEP Exam is a college level test that measures college level knowledge in a specific subject area. If a child takes and passes a CLEP test in ANYTHING then it goes on the high school transcript.When determining high school credit for CLEP, it does not matter how long it took the student to learn the material. Whether it was 2 weeks or 2 years, credit is not determined by the hours of study. With CLEP, you...
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Guest — Nita
In my dd's case we put the CLEP course as a class. Also, we didn't even start taking the CLEPs until we identified that our local ... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 04:38
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Well done, Nita! It's so important to do the "leg work" first to see what the community college and universities are looking for! ... Read More
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:52
Guest — Julia
My daughter studied Apologia's Biology last year and got an A. Then she took the CLEP (6 college credits) for outside documentati... Read More
Thursday, 26 July 2012 07:55
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Homeschooling High School is a Lot Like Exercise Videos

Homeschooling High School is a Lot Like Exercise Videos
My girlfriend Laura was chatting with me about the workout video Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred one day. It claims that I could lose 20 pounds in 30 days. I was watching  the demo on YouTube (sitting in front of my computer in a cushioned, swivel chair) thinking about getting the video so I would be in shape for all the upcoming weddings. Great idea, right? Then my husband brought me back to reality. "It looks hard....
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Guest — elsie
Jill, that sounds like a good idea. I have heard about using the timer method for other tasks but didn't think of it for transcrip... Read More
Monday, 16 February 2015 08:27
Guest — Jill Robinson
Elsie, I have used the timer method -- set the timer for 10 minutes or 15 minutes and do as much as I can until the bell rings, an... Read More
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:48
Guest — elsie
I know I need to write my transcripts, but how do i find the time to do it? Between FAFSA forms, tax forms, paper piles, home scho... Read More
Monday, 09 February 2015 11:32
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Listing Classes on a Transcript that Aren't Done Yet

Listing Classes on a Transcript that Aren't Done Yet
I often get questions from homeschooling parents. Melissa had a question about how to list classes on a transcript when submitting to colleges. Listing Classes on a Transcript that Aren't Done Yet I'm going to ask a dumb question. I need to send the transcript to a college this week and this is my first time sending one. How do I list the classes which have not been completed and for which I've not yet calculated...
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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Homeschool. Homeschool said: RT @TheHomeScholar: Listing #Homeschool Classes That Aren... Read More
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 16:26
Guest — Lee
Yippee!!! Melissa, that's WONDERFUL! Congratulations to you and your daughter! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:47
Guest — Melissa
Just so everyone will know, as soon as the admissions counselor at the college received her "in process" transcript my daughter re... Read More
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 08:34
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Is Logic a Math Course or English?

Is Logic a Math Course or English?
Course descriptions are an important part of your high school student’s records, but sometimes it’s easy to get stumped about what to call certain courses, or what to count them as.  Audrey recently asked me,“What category is ‘Logic’? Math or English?  I want to know where to give my son credit. Our math course (Geometry: Videotext) has logic in it, but I always thought logic was an ‘English’ subject. I also will be using ‘Introductory Logic’ by Wilson...
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Guest — Deb
We are also using Introductory Logic by Nance. I too was going to give 1/2 credit and use as an elective. Thank you for the clar... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:17
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Comprehensive Record Saves The Day!

Comprehensive Record Saves The Day!
I have a confession to make! I actually used my own Homeschool Comprehensive Records last month! It's true! My son Kevin is headed to graduate school, and he needed to know his immunization records. Since that is required by Washington State Homeschool law, that was a part of my Comprehensive Homeschool Records. I opened my binder, quickly found the immunization records, made a copy, and emailed it to my son. Presto! Crisis averted!And then it struck...
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High School Plan in Full Color

High School Plan in Full Color
You know how your children have their own learning style?So do parents!When you need to wrap your head around the high school years, try to do it in a way that will make sense to you.Penny shared her success with class planning in color!Hi Lee,I was using the HomeScholar Planning Guide to start my planning for next year, but was having a little difficulty visualizing how classes might fit (without a lot of erasing!), so I...
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Guest — Evelyn Krieger
I love this! I think she should send it to the PostIt note company.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 14:25
Guest — Kim
Brilliant!
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 14:46
Guest — Kristal
LOVE this idea!
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:13
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How to Teach a Homeschool Geek

How to Teach a Homeschool Geek
Strategies for teaching your geeky homeschool student. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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The Problem with Homeschoolers

The Problem with Homeschoolers
One of the biggest problems with homeschool parents and how to avoid it. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Carbonite Can Save Your Bacon

Carbonite Can Save Your Bacon
What's better than bacon? Keeping your files safe with Carbonite! {Note: this post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I make a few pennies, but sadly, not enough for a latte.}   Most homeschoolers don’t have the time or energy to back up all their data like that, but disasters can happen.  A single computer virus, a major computer crash, or a household disaster or theft can destroy all the hard work you put...
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The Homeschool Librarian Loved This Book

The Homeschool Librarian Loved This Book
Susan Mythen "The Homeschool Librarian" reviewed my book on Amazon.  You should hear what she said!"I loved this book. Loved. I wouldn't say that it's the most comprehensive book out there, but the areas that it does tackle are done impeccably, and leave the reader feeling confident about their ability to see their homeschooler through to graduation and beyond.This book doesn't try to be all things to all people; it focuses on documentation and transcript writing and does...
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Guest — J W
WAY TO GO, Lee!!! WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Thursday, 13 September 2012 21:50
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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes
Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....
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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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