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How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript

How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript
You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other delight directed learning on a high school transcript!? You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other handcrafts on a high school transcript!? Mandi asked, "My daughter has taught herself to crochet and makes bags, headbands, coasters and whatever else pops...
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Class Title for Piano

Class Title for Piano
How do you choose a class title when nobody tells you what the class title should be? There are so many options for class titles. Even more so when you are talking about a skill that is repeated in high school. Lisa asked me how to name her piano class on a transcript.  The easy answer? You can do it any way that you want to, because all schools would do it differently. So many options. So...
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Racking Up Music Credits

Racking Up Music Credits
When kids love the arts, like music, they can quickly and easily rack up fine art credits. When I was in public high school, I took choir every year. At the end of high school I had 4 credits of fine art, all called "Choir." I had plenty of friends who took choir, band, AND orchestra. Those kids would have three credits of find art each year. If they kept that up for 4 years, they...
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A Big Homeschool Question: Is This Class a Credit or Not?

A Big Homeschool Question: Is This Class a Credit or Not?
Determining just how much theater comprises a high school credit is hard. The broad idea for almost all classes is 5 hours a week for a full year of school, which means you can easily determine if that’s an adequate amount of for a credit or perhaps for a half credit. There’s no real “absolute” right and wrong option. I like right-and-wrong math questions, therefore I never felt genuinely at ease estimating on credit value. I...
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Homeschool Credit for Special Courses

Homeschool Credit for Special Courses
If you’re struggling to evaluate your student’s courses, and how to assign credit, you’re not alone!  A lot of parents have a particularly hard time figuring out how to evaluate special courses, such as the culinary or fine arts.  One approach is to think of all the different skills that your child demonstrates. In culinary arts, sometimes people come up with things like shopping, meal planning, and menu creation. Other times people will list general skill...
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Struggling With Homeschool Art

Struggling With Homeschool Art
In my homeschool, there were things I did well (like math and science) and things that completely baffled me (like art.)  When we had a “bad homeschool day” it almost always involved art in one way or another.   I tried various art projects, but they were all so messy that I lacked the follow-through necessary to make sure the project actually happened.  Even when I did manage to start an art project, I never seemed...
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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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Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts

Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts
Dear Lee, "Did you schedule the art studies or simply allow them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study." Art is really, TRULY my weak area, for that reason I basically reserved time for art study, or else we would most likely never do it! We never had a challenge getting math or science finished, only art, LOL! I planned it for 2-3...
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Are you doing too much in your homeschool?

Are you doing too much in your homeschool?
How do you know when enough is enough? Particularly with Writing and History, how can you make sure you are not asking too much and frustrating yourself and your children?.  Sometimes it can be so hard to tell.  It can be VERY difficult to make sure you aren't expecting too much! Here are some ideas to consider if you think you may be overworking your children.  If you use a curriculum for writing and history, do...
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Homeschool Art for the "Art Klutz"

Homeschool Art for the "Art Klutz"
Art Klutz's of the world, unite! Art was a weak area in my homeschool.  It was one subject that we all had to work at, or it wouldn’t get done.   If we didn’t set aside time for art study it would never happen!   It may sound strange to some, but we never had that problem getting math or science done.  I know for certain that art is my nemesis.  It's messy.  It's subjective.  There are no...
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Course Descriptions for Fun Stuff

Course Descriptions for Fun Stuff
I often get questions about how to create real classes for unusual interests like writing music for movies.  How do you create classes for fun?  More importantly, how do you write a boring course description about fascinating non-classroom learning? My Gold Care Club member asked for me to look over her course descriptions.  When I saw this one, I flipped!  This is just WONDERFUL, and a great example of how to take a student's interest and...
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Computer Graphics and Video Editing Class

Computer Graphics and Video Editing Class
There is NO LIMIT to the wonderful array of homeschool classes you can  teach! Hi Lee. I heard you speak at the Midwest Homeschool  Convention. I really appreciated all your information. I need to  ask you a question. Can I count a computer graphics class or  video editing class for fine arts credit on the transcript? ~Trina on Facebook Sure, Trina! Some parents use classes like that for a technology credit, and  others will use it...
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Homeschool Transcripts - Where Does Shakespeare Fit?

Homeschool Transcripts - Where Does Shakespeare Fit?
I have often said that the easy part about writing the transcripts is the typing.  The hard part is knowing what to type!  That's why I became so frustrated with transcript software, and why in my business I focus more on "WHAT" to type. My daughter is studying Shakespeare and I'm wondering what  "subject" will that fall under. Might you know? Is drama, theatre,  or ???? ~Tisha in California Hi Tisha, Put it where you need...
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Fine Arts for the "Not So Gifted"

Fine Arts for the "Not So Gifted"
Wow.  I guess it worked.  Fine Arts was my "great failing" in homeschool high school.  I tried to expose my kids to some Fine Arts during high school but, honestly, it was a pretty pathetic effort.   Fast forward two years.  According to facebook, here is what my son did this weekend at college: Alex loved "The Marriage of Figaro" yesterday, went to the Seattle Art Museum today, and is going to "Rhapsody in Blue" at the...
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More School in Less Time!

More School in Less Time!
Audrey asks: How do you balance what you feel they need to know and do with what they feel they want to know and do? There are not enough hours in the day! This question is actually TWO questions! Q1: How can you get more hours in your day? To some extent, homeschoolers will ALWAYS feel like there aren't enough hours in the day!  It's part of parenting, and even more a part of homeschooling.  There...
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