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Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time

Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time
Some questions are easy to answer.When is the PSAT?How do I find a College Fair?Should my freshman take Physics before Biology?But other questions are very big, and very complicated.  Sandi asked a big and complicated question on my blog the other day.Hi Lee. I have 5 kids, 3 remain to be homeschooled. All high school age. My 17 yo has had some issues with seizures since Spring. As a result he has fallen behind somewhat in...
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Homeschool High School: Driven Crazy by Drivers Ed!

Homeschool High School: Driven Crazy by Drivers Ed!
I remember when I was homeschooling high school.  Sometimes I'd get hung up on ONE small issue that would drive me completely BATTY!  I remember wishing for ANYONE to give me one clear, concise, yes-or-no answer.  One issue I seemed to stress about was driver education.  Wendy asked a question I asked myself years ago! Hi Lee,I'm putting together my first transcript and I've seen differing credits (.25/.50)/grades for Drivers Education on samples.  I have to...
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Guest — J W
I graduated from public school, didn't finish Driver's Ed [insert sound effect of a chicken clucking here], didn't have a license,... Read More
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 18:10
Guest — Debbi
Driver's Ed here is taught as part of the PE classes when the students are old enough. I'm planning on just counting it in with PE... Read More
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:28
Guest — Lee
Dear Tressa, Wow! So true! Every college is SO unique! This is why I always say check with colleges. And by the way, try to mode... Read More
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:52
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Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records

Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records
Why write a course description?Some colleges will ask for them and some will not.  There are a few situations when course descriptions are extremely important.1. When applying to a very selective college.2. When parents can't afford college.3. When the child wants to go to only ONE college.In each of those situations, providing detailed homeschool records can improve your child's chances of admission and scholarships.The transcript is the bare minimum requirement (there are VERY few that don't...
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Homeschool High School Transcripts and Activity Lists: An Analogy

Homeschool High School Transcripts and Activity Lists: An Analogy
Here's an analogy you may enjoy: Transcript is to course description as transcript is to activity list. On the bottom of the transcript is a place for a VERY abbreviated activity list.  Keep a separate page to list all the details about those activities.  You know the difference between a transcript and course description... same difference between a transcript and an activity list.  The transcript provides just the name, credit value, and grade for each class. ...
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Homeschool High School: Choosing Grading Scales

Homeschool High School: Choosing Grading Scales
You can use ANY grading scale you are comfortable with, truly!  Here are a few standard scales to choose from, but every public, private, and homeschool teacher gets to choose their own. Remember: Grading Scales Vary Donna Young at www.donnayoung.orgSO Complicated93-100% = A+, 93-100% = A, 90-92% = A-, 87-89% = B+, 83-86% = B, 80-82% = B-,77-79% = C+, 73-76% = C, 70-72% = C-, 67-69% = D+, 63-66% = D, 60-62% = D-, <60%...
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Hahahaha - I like the spaghetti noodles the best :-)
Monday, 15 August 2011 18:13
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What About Homeschool Planners?

What About Homeschool Planners?
Hello!  I plan to take you with us on our journey through high school.  We are only beginning 6th grade this year but knowing that you are available when 9th grade comes is a huge relief and I've told all our homeschool moms in our group about you. Since you've said that middle school is preparation for high school, I would love a planner for my daughter or myself that would get us in the mode...
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Guest — Debbie Collins
I pretty much do that as above and use various charts from websites and planners I've found to fill in the details - it saves me t... Read More
Friday, 06 July 2012 08:53
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Test Prep on a High School Transcript

Test Prep on a High School Transcript
SAT preparation is a good idea, but you don't want to announce "WE STUDY FOR THE TEST" in big bold letters, so I don't recommend the title "SAT Preparation" for a course title.  Instead, I prefer calling it something else. Many public and private schools will include test prep in their regular English and math courses.  Others will provide separate classes for SAT prep, like you are doing.  It's completely fine to give credit for test...
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Guest — June
What a timely article! I'd decided to do just this with my younger daughter this coming year(having seen with her sister how I sh... Read More
Friday, 22 July 2011 17:35
Guest — Joanna
That's a much better name! Do you have any suggestions for writing the course description?
Friday, 22 July 2011 08:34
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Homeschooling High School: Success with the First, Confidence with the Second

Homeschooling High School: Success with the First, Confidence with the Second
I love hearing back from parents with graduates!  I love hearing about her successes with the National Merit Finalist, college admission, and full scholarships.  Here is what Andrea wrote: I have learned so much over these past couple of years and appreciate so much the help your Gold Care Club has been. My oldest son, Adam, just graduated and is going to be attending Auburn University this fall with scholarships that will more than equal a...
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Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!

Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!
This time of year always brings about the feelings of awe and thankfulness for the freedoms that we hold dear in this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt listed these Four Freedoms:  Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear . Homeschool families know these freedoms very well. We express our freedoms by exerting our right to home educate our children. Yet, there are still those things that lurk around the...
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Guest — Carrie Long
Just finished your webinar "Celebrate Homeschool Freedom." You asked for us to fill out a survey at the end, but the webinar ended... Read More
Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:46
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Make a Bigger Homeschool High School Transcript

Make a Bigger Homeschool High School Transcript
My facebook friend Sharon told me about a break-through she had.  In listening to a Sunday hymn, she decided that God was bigger than all her fears – and was EVEN bigger than her fears about transcripts!  She shared with me two key ideas. 1. A Bigger GodHi Lee, God is bigger than anything—even my HANG-UPS about transcripts! Thanks to you—and Him for giving me this creative idea—to put a big piece of paper (do ALL...
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Guest — Kristine
Thanks to this post, I hung up a piece of paper where I can now record those "smaller" items that will be of use compiling a trans... Read More
Thursday, 07 July 2011 08:26
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Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records

Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records
When providing colleges with the information they need, going beyond a transcript can  improve your chances of scholarships.  A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, but colleges want more than that if you expect them to give you scholarship money.  They generally like to see more comprehensive homeschool records. Samples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records.In our homeschool records, I provided three writing samples with...
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Feelings About Transcripts - a Homeschool Mom's Personal Experience

Feelings About Transcripts - a Homeschool Mom's Personal Experience
I received the sweetest note from Stacie this week. She said very nice things about me, which was SO sweet! But I would like all homeschool parents to look beyond her sweet words and see her FEELINGS. She is homeschooling merrily long, doing a great job. Still, her son FEELS like his education doesn’t measure up. As a teacher, she FEELS like she may have failed him academically. Sometimes our feelings tell the truth, but sometimes...
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Hi Lee, I'm using this as an easy way to contact you, not to respond specifically to this post, although it's what prompted my c... Read More
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 06:12
Guest — J W
Sausage-making, LOL! Of course!
Monday, 27 June 2011 18:20
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Preparing Homeschool Records & Transcripts Early

Preparing Homeschool Records & Transcripts Early
Mary graduated her son this year and was EXTREMELY successful as a homeschool parent.  Still, she confesses that the job would have been much easier and less exhausting had she done the work before senior year.  Here is Mary's story:Hi Lee!!!Haven't contacted you since my senior, Bryan, was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in April!  The School of Filmmaking is a fairly exclusive program and I am so very proud...
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Homeschool Mom's Investment Wins Big!

Homeschool Mom's Investment Wins Big!
Thank you, Sue, for sharing your experience! Even though I am in the field of education, finding a plan for homeschooling high school and preparing good college transcripts was not easy. Then I came across Lee’s website and everything changed.I first purchased the “Total Transcript Solution” program to help me organize and plan my 10th grade daughter’s transcripts. Lee added so many bonuses and articles which helped me in the whole process so that* I now...
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Homeschool Record Keeping - Yearly Standardized Testing

Homeschool Record Keeping - Yearly Standardized Testing
For standardized testing, I recommend a generic grade level test (CAT, IOWA, etc.)  I think it's helpful in middle school to take a test in a fairly large group.  That will help make it a normal and natural experience for kids.  Hopefully that will reduce test anxiety later on, when they need to take the SAT or ACT and it counts.    It's helpful to use the same test each year, until you start taking the...
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