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How to Create a Collage of Awesomeness [with Free Ebook]

How to Create a Collage of Awesomeness [with Free Ebook]
Including Delight Directed Learning in your homeschool is so important! It can help shape and mold the career goals of your child, lead to great experiences that can be put on the transcript, and create a fabulous resume - all while still in high sch...
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An Infographic for Planning College Prep High School Classes

An Infographic for Planning College Prep High School Classes
Here are general guidelines to help you plan high school courses. English Provide 4 years of reading and writing at your child's level. This can include literature, writing, composition, speech... Math Teach 3-4 years of math at your child's level. M...
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Perfect Record Keeping is Not Perfectly Kept Records

Perfect Record Keeping is Not Perfectly Kept Records
Perfect record keeping is keeping records, not keeping records perfectly. See this picture? This is what my own record keeping actually looked like, when I was in the middle of a school year. Perfect record keeping does not mean you have perfectly ke...
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Art College + Homeschool Transcript = Acceptance Letter

Art College + Homeschool Transcript = Acceptance Letter
Going to college is not just about getting IN to college, it's also finding a way to make college affordable. That's part of why I suggest making a homeschool transcript. You want to accurately translate your normal, natural, unique homeschool into t...
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Free Information, Support and Inspiration

Free Information, Support and Inspiration
Have you taken my free class Homeschool Records that Open Doors ? Robin and Larisa tagged me on Facebook as they were chatting about the class. Robin was sharing how helpful the class was, " I love Lee Binz! So full of valuable information, support a...
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Civil Air Patrol on a Homeschool Transcript

Civil Air Patrol on a Homeschool Transcript
Each child will have a different experience with extracurricular activities, so it's impossible for someone outside your home to say exactly how Civil Air Patrol should be represented on your transcript. Every situation is so different! But I was hel...
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6 Tips for Tough Course Descriptions

6 Tips for Tough Course Descriptions
6 Tips for Tough Course Descriptions Getting course descriptions done can seem overwhelming.  But, it doesn't have to be! Follow my 6 steps listed below, and you'll be on your way to completing them in no time. 1. Cover letter can explain things...
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5 Ingredients for Perfect Homeschool Records

5 Ingredients for Perfect Homeschool Records
Every great cooking project requires great ingredients. And homeschool records are the same way. You want to start with a great ingredient list! You know how a Thanksgiving dinner usually includes a turkey, and Easter may always mean lamb? Well there...
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6 Ways to Save Homeschool Records Forever

6 Ways to Save Homeschool Records Forever
6 Ways to Save Homeschool Records Forever You don't have to save your curriculum forever, and you don't have to save all your child's daily work or notebooks or papers. But you do need to save the OFFICIAL homeschool records forever. ​ In my class, H...
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3 Homeschool Transcript Problems and How to Avoid Them

3 Homeschool Transcript Problems and How to Avoid Them
3 Homeschool Transcript Problems and How to Avoid Them There are three homeschool transcript problems that you can easily avoid or overcome. First Problem: Your child's grades don't match their test scores. High test scores usually combine with great...
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Your Job Should You Choose to Accept It: Mission NOT Impossible

Your Job Should You Choose to Accept It: Mission NOT Impossible
Your Job Should You Choose to Accept It: Mission NOT Impossible Remember the TV show "Mission Impossible?" It always started with "Your job, should you choose to accept it". But the team members always accepted the risks, because they knew it really ...
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Review Homeschool Records with 4 Easy Steps

Review Homeschool Records with 4 Easy Steps
Review Homeschool Records with 4 Easy Steps When I review course descriptions for my Gold Care Club members, and doing a document review for the Comprehensive Record Solution purchasers, there are some common errors that I see.  Make sure to use...
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Help for Tubbies, Cubbies, and Binder Queens

Help for Tubbies, Cubbies, and Binder Queens

Help for Tubbies, Cubbies, and Binder Queens


If you are homeschooling a high school student, you’ve probably given at least a little thought to keeping homeschool records. Perhaps you’ve only thought about it vaguely and said to yourself, “I’ll get to it someday." Even if you’re convinced your student will never go to college, chances are a situation will arise when you will need to provide a record of your student’s high school experience, even if it’s only for a camp counselor application or a volunteer position! Here are some pointers on what to keep, when to start keeping records, and how to ease into it if you haven’t started yet.

Choose a Method


The good news is that no matter your organizational ability (or lack thereof), there are a few easy methods you can use to track your student’s coursework. The first is what I affectionately call the “tubbie” method. Tubbies toss homework and tests into a big plastic tub, hoping someday to go through and organize it.

Slightly further up the organizational “food chain” are parents who keep records in cupboards, cabinets, or drawers. These “cubbies” are usually a little more organized than the tubbies, using a different drawer for each child, and perhaps even different drawers for each year.

Other parents keep track of their students' work in notebooks. These are the “binder queens" (or kings) of the homeschool world. They tend to be the most organized people I meet.

What to Keep


Once you have chosen your method, whether it’s using a tub, a cupboard, or a binder, what exactly should you keep? For some classes, such as math or science, it’s easy; keep tests, labs, and worksheets. But what about classes such as home economics or piano? This is where you need to think creatively. Think about what your child does in each class. For a home economics class, you could keep menus, shopping lists, and pictures of meals your child created. For a piano class, you could keep the list of songs your student learned, the piano books they used, and theor recital programs.

Records can include a list of books read, how many hours spent on a subject, or co-op class course descriptions. Some parents photocopy the cover and table of contents of each textbook for writing course descriptions. Your student could also keep a journal of what they work on each day or week to share in the work of tracking!

When to Keep Records


When your child enters high school, it becomes more critical to keep records. Of course, your student needn’t be 14, or in 9th grade, before you start keeping records. It’s common for homeschoolers to do high school level work at the age of 12 or 13. If your student is not technically high school age but is nevertheless doing high school work, make sure to give them credit for it! If your child is in 7th or 8th grade, consider keeping homeschool records as if they were already in high school to be prepared for anything as you move forward.

Try to move up the organizational food chain over the years, so that by the time your student is a senior, you are organized and ready to produce transcripts and course descriptions when necessary. Start small, but start somewhere!



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Sweltering Summer Strategies for Success

Sweltering Summer Strategies for Success

Sweltering Summer Strategies for Success


Sweltering, blistering, boiling, broiling, burning, fiery, heated, hot, red-hot, roasting, scalding, stifling, humid, sultry, sticky, muggy, close, stuffy.

Does this sound familiar?

Uncomfortably hot days are hard. They can even make you cranky (says science - I'm not naming names). Experts say hot and humid weather is associated with increases in aggression and violence, as well as a generally rotten moods. Thanks a lot, science, right? (Live Science)

One option might be to move to Seattle, where I live. On average, we have less than a week of these conditions each year. But moving might not be realistic.

No worries, though! I have a plan for you!

My Gold Care Club member, Karen, was being extremely successful at getting her course descriptions done last week. She finally confessed the REAL reason for her productivity.

"The heat is helping me stay indoors and get those course description accomplished." ~ Karen

Other parents were hiding at Starbucks in air-conditioned bliss, getting course descriptions completed. Another was sitting in her air-conditioned car, watching her daughter compete on horseback.

Take advantage of the heat. Sure, there are a million things you could be doing if it wasn't so crazy hot outside. But since it IS crazy hot outside, enjoy the cool indoors, sit still, and get your paperwork done. Then, when the weather is awesome for playing, you'll be all caught up!



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Homeschool Records + Talent = Julliard Dreams Fulfilled

Homeschool Records + Talent = Julliard Dreams Fulfilled

Homeschool Records + Talent = Julliard Dreams Fulfilled


Getting into Julliard is like getting into Harvard. You really have to have it ALL - academics, special talent, passion, and luck! Anytime you are trying to get into a highly selective school, it requires some extra effort from both the parent and the child.

Recently I received this lovely thank you note from a Gold Care Club member. Their family achieved wonderful success!
"I have enjoyed being a gold card club member for years, spoke to you on the phone and I listened to some of your webinars, used the course description and transcript templates and information on SAT's. I thank you for your help in my journey of making all this ready for applications. My daughter and I made a detailed portfolio for her that she sent to 7 places where she was invited to audition live, and was successfully accepted to most of the Conservatories. She was accepted into The Julliard School by her audition and then they accepted her high school portfolio without any questions. She placed into all the academic courses at the higher level. She is now happily studying a bachelors of music at The Julliard School, fulfilling her dream. I am extremely thankful that I had the opportunity to home school her and thanks to you, I knew how to present her schooling and everything else in such a way that I did not need to sacrifice the wonderful home school curriculum that gave her a strong Christian world view and foundation in Christ. ~ A"

This Gold Care Club Member took advantage of the telephone consultations. She also learned on her own, by consistently watching the 5 monthly classes that change on the 20th of every month. She purchased the Comprehensive Record Solution, that helped her to make a detailed portfolio. And she provided the moral compass her daughter needed to succeed in the future.

The teenager was homeschooled independently, which allowed her to pursue Delight Directed Learning in music, which then enabled her to succeed at the highest levels. Learn more about Delight Directed Learning.

Articles: 
Delight Directed Learning
Maximize the Fun Factor
Encouraging Delight Directed Learning at the High School Level

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Delight Directed Learning: Guide Your Homeschooler Toward Passionate Learning

Here is what I suggest.

  • Prepare thorough homeschool records.

  • Encourage your child's interests and talents.

  • Prepare to have your child's dreams fulfilled too!


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