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Give Colleges What They Want

Give Colleges What They Want
One tip to getting a good scholarship is to give college exactly what they want.  The happier you make the college, the more they like your student. That means they may give you money in scholarships!   Here is Ann's recent experience: Recently, Ethan received a letter from the Dean of Admissions at CCSU. It said his application was important to them, and they wanted to interview him. We didn't know what to make of that, but...
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What is a Homeschool Friendly College?

What is a Homeschool Friendly College?
What is a Homeschool Friendly College? In general, a homeschool friendly college is one that treats a homeschool applicant the same as a public school applicant. Your child would be requested to take the exact same tests as any other student - more tests are not required of a homeschool applicant. Some colleges say they are homeschool friendly, when in reality they have "hoops" that we have to jump through.Read the complete article from 2008  What...
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Guest — Penny
Thanks for reposting this article. With a son entering the high school level soon enough, it's good information to know ahead of t... Read More
Saturday, 09 April 2011 14:20
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Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada

Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada
Eunice had some feedback about my  blog post "What’s Next? 8 Options After High School" http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/8-options-high-school/5374/She provided a great argument in favor of community college.  This would be good to compare and contrast with my article Facing the Community College Fad - http://www.thehomescholar.com/recent-articles/community-college-fad.phpPlease read Eunice's experience with community college, then leave a comment and share your opinion and experiences!  It's important to share information with each other, so each parent has as much data as possible...
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Public School for Senior Year

Public School for Senior Year
A homeschool transcript is easily accepted by almost all colleges.  It's strange to think that public schools don't value our hard work the way that colleges do.  If you are thinking about sending your child to public school for a year or more, consider how it will look on your transcript. Hi Lee,I come to you biting my nails!! Our oldest daughter asked me about attending the local high school her senior year next year.  I...
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Lee, I wish you had told this mom that she could send her child to the public school but still create a home school transcript. S... Read More
Thursday, 31 March 2011 18:23
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Using CLEP on a High School Transcript

Using CLEP on a High School Transcript
CLEP Exams should come with a big disclaimer saying "it depends."  Although CLEP was wonderful for my family, using CLEP test really depends a lot on the university where the student will attend.  In this blog post, we will compare different college policies on the use of CLEP scores, and see the wide variety of how those test are used. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does...
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Good timing, Stephanie! Have you checked the possible colleges to see if they accept CLEP? Even if they don't, it can still be g... Read More
Monday, 21 March 2011 05:44
Guest — Stephanie in OH
Lee - My 14yo is just starting to prepare for her first CLEP later in the year, so I thought I'd hop on to review your blog posts ... Read More
Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:20
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Should Homeschoolers Take the GED?

Should Homeschoolers Take the GED?
What is your opinion about a student taking the GED Test before moving onto college.  She will still be learning from home until she is finished with her senior studies and will be preparing for college and the SAT in the mean time. I thought however, it might be helpful for her to pass the GED first since she is still behind in a few subjects. A GED is usually not necessary. Most colleges do not...
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Homeschool Encouragement from Another Mother

Homeschool Encouragement from Another Mother
Need some encouragement as you are facing high school for the first time? One of my online friends knows exactly what it's like to consider high school for the first time.  Here is what she wrote: In our homeschool co-op we have a few children graduate each year. We have about 40 local families and the kids range from preschool all the way to older teens – and graduated teens that still love to hang out...
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Should I Weight Homeschool Honors Classes?

Should I Weight Homeschool Honors Classes?
To Weight or Not to Weight... That is the Question!  Which is nobler?  Leanne asked about weighting rigorous courses. What about Honors classes? I see you didn't "weight" the grade for Honors English. Don't the public schools do this? If I wanted to would I make it a 1.5 credit course, or a 5.0 for the grade? We used James Stobaugh for American Lit and it was very rigorous, plus Evan is taking Brit Lit with...
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Can dual credits at the community college considered honors course & weighted that way?
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Kimberly, Lee is not in favor or weighting classes, but in her article Two for the Price of One she says, "Make sure you put ev... Read More
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Guest — ChristineMM
I was not going to assign grades for everything or to weight but we are submitting to the NCAA and they require grades. They want ... Read More
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We Got a Scholarship!

We Got a Scholarship!
Here is the thing about February and March.  It's the months when homeschooling is the most difficult.  The doldrums set in, and life seems more tedious. But for me, early spring is my FAVORITE time of year!  That's when all my seniors start hearing about admission and scholarships!  Although deadlines for admission are often much later in the spring, the early bird gets the worm!  Those who applied earlier in the fall are now reaping the...
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Hi Lee, That's excellent. The truth at least for me is that most of the home-schooled students I know are incredibly smart and ha... Read More
Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:35
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February is a Difficult Homeschool Month

February is a Difficult Homeschool Month
February is a difficult month for homeschooling.  The days are long and dark, and the weather may not always be cooperative.  Public schools often plan breaks and vacation days for this time of year because it's SO easy to get burned out.Hang on!  Don't give up!  It will get better soon, and spring is almost here!  What you are doing every day with your children is so important.  One day you will look back and be...
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Feel The Love from Colleges!

Feel The Love from Colleges!
Where will you be four years from now?  Will you experience post-homeschool success?  These notes from other real homeschool parents are SURE to encourage you!Encouragement from Ann in Connecticut Just a short note of encouragement - two years ago, I was just where you are. I had purchased the Total Transcript Solution, as I knew I had to prepare transcripts for college admission, and my son had taken the SAT, but I knew NOTHING about what...
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Homeschooling and Boy Scouts

Homeschooling and Boy Scouts
Confession - my boys never did boy scouts.  The local public school had a group of truly rotten kids that I didn't want my boys to play with, so we never started the boy scout tradition.  But scouting is such a great activity!  Especially in high school! Some colleges have told me that an Eagle Scout is GREAT for college admission!  The military academies particularly love Eagle Scout candidate. It demonstrated leadership, physical fitness, volunteerism, and...
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You can Lone Scout as a homeschooler. You don't have to join a troop. My son has done this, for the last three years. We join loca... Read More
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Free Homeschooling High School Articles

Free Homeschooling High School Articles
I love having my articles published by other sources! Here are some free homeschool magazine articles to encourage you! Free MagazineGrab this free magazine from Heart of the Matter Online, January 2011. Read my article on page 42, "You CAN Teach High School Science Labs."  Focus on Science IssueFree Magazine ArticleMy article on record keeping was published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, then carried by Christianbook .com Read  Homeschool Record Keeping: The Cure for Homeschool Dementia"Free...
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Homeschool Record Keeping: The Cure for Homeschool Dementia

Homeschool Record Keeping: The Cure for Homeschool Dementia
Christianbook.com has reprinted my article from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  That means it's available to you FREE, even if you don't have a subscription to the magazine! You can read the article online here:  Record Keeping: The Cure for Homeschool Dementia - Christianbook.com Christianbook.com has a wonderful selection of homeschool books.  If you need to change curriculum, it's a great place to look for a replacement.  Because they aren't the largest curriculum suppliers, there are fewer...
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Thursday, 27 January 2011 00:57
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Setting the Records Straight - Feedback from a Stranger

Setting the Records Straight - Feedback from a Stranger
Imagine my surprise!  Sometimes I get a review from someone when I'm expecting it, but this time I read a review of my book that came as a surprise.  And she liked it!  Here is what she said: Read the Online Review Here: The Homeschool MomI recently purchased Lee Binz's book, "Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admissions and Scholarships". My homeschooled son is now taking high school...
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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lee Binz, Lee Binz. Lee Binz said: Review of my book, "Setting the Records Straig... Read More
Monday, 24 January 2011 07:57
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