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How Much College Debt is Acceptable?

How Much College Debt is Acceptable?
Every person has to decide for themselves how much college debt is worthwhile. I can tell you what my debt boundaries are as you begin your research. Ultimately, that will be a family decision that you'll have to make.For me, I think college debt may be worthwhile only if you can pay it back within one year. Estimate how much your child could make at a minimum wage job while living at home for one year....
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3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications

3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications
3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications Dual enrollment classes on the transcriptUse an acronym before the class title to clearly show which classes were taken at the community college. That shows that senior year classes are harder than last year - a good trend to show.  You can read about that trend in this blog post, Acronym for Outside Classes.  For the classes your student is currently enrolled in, replace the grade with...
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5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution

5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution
5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution Marcy Crabtree of Ben and Me recently started using my Total Transcript Solution. I taught a class for her, and during the class she was telling me all about how much she loves it! The Top 5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution 1) I know that I'm going to be prepared and that helps alleviate so much fear and so much pressure for me....
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What Grade is My High School Child?

What Grade is My High School Child?
There you are, homeschooling the normal and natural way, not worrying about grade levels. After all, when your child is younger, how can you really tell what grade they are in? Because they could be in 5th grade math, 8th grade spelling, and using a 7th grade history curriculum. But when you have a high school student, suddenly everyone wants to know. What Grade is My High School Child? The easiest way to determine grade level...
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From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers

From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers
Success! I love it when people write to say THANK YOU and share their successes! I got this awesome note from Jen in Pennsylvania. Read some of her tips, and see what you can glean from her experiences today. From Freaked Out to Scholarship Offers I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my homeschool-mom journey.I've been a Gold Care Club member for a long time and it has been...
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Calendar Reminders for Summer

Calendar Reminders for Summer
Some of my Gold Care Club members want me to give them direction and ask me regularly, "What should I be doing right now?" Well, here are my calendar reminders for summer suggestions for what you can all be doing all summer long. Relax! Fill summer with Delight Directed Learning, and provide time for kids to pursue their own interests.  It's the best thing that you can do to prepare them for college - and life!...
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What Does Homeschool Freedom Mean to YOU?

What Does Homeschool Freedom Mean to YOU?
What Does Homeschool Freedom Mean to YOU? What does homeschool freedom mean to you? I'll go first - you chime in! 1. Freedom of Expression Homeschoolers have the freedom to craft your homeschool to perfectly fit your children, without overreaching governmental interference. As teachers, we can hug and love our children until they grow up and become confident, self-assured adults. It's amazing what a little love can do! 2. Freedom of Religion We have the freedom...
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Graduation Stories Needed

Graduation Stories Needed
Graduation Stories Needed Have you been helped by my resources over the years? Do you have a high school graduate? I need your help!I would love to be able to share your graduation story on my blog! Graduation Photos and Stories WantedHomeschool moms and dads are wondering how real homeschoolers graduate their children, and would love to see pictures of what that looks like. If you have a graduation celebration, cap & gown photos, party pictures,...
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Know Your State Homeschool Law

Know Your State Homeschool Law
Know Your State Homeschool Law Could you do me a favor? Before you start your new homeschool year, can you quick run over to your state homeschool law, and check it out for me?If your neighbors are doing something that seems a little strange and wacky, don't just follow them blindly. 9 times out of 10, they are assuming that something they see in their local public school is somehow encoded into law.Do me this one...
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Budget for College Applications

Budget for College Applications
Budget for College Applications It's normal to pay $30-$100 per college applicationDon't think about it as your homeschool budget, think of it as a down payment on the total cost of college - as if by applying you will get more scholarships. It's possible to have the application cost deferred, if you ask. Most colleges will defer the cost of application if you simple go for a college visit. You can also ask the college to...
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Homeschool Graduation by Jean

Homeschool Graduation by Jean
Homeschool Graduation by Jean What will your homeschool graduation look like?Jean was kind enough to share her graduation day photos. There were only two graduates in this ceremony. There were a couple of others in the homeschool group that were graduating this year, but they didn't want to be recognized in a service. Each family of the two graduates invited whomever they wanted to attend the ceremony and reception. Together, the two families invited over 400...
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Guest — Nancy Luckhof
We are currently in the planning stage of our home school graduation ceremony and party! As missionaries in the Philippines, we ha... Read More
Sunday, 07 June 2015 17:31
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
What a lovely gift to give your son, Nancy! His graduation will be a loving memory, in addition to a call to ministry. You are giv... Read More
Monday, 08 June 2015 15:55
Guest — Robin Helzer
I wholeheartedly agree that graduation should be celebrated. A lot of hard work from both the parents and the student should be re... Read More
Saturday, 23 May 2015 10:27
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Underwater Basket Weaving: Sometimes Easy is OK

Underwater Basket Weaving: Sometimes Easy is OK
Relax!  Some classes will be easier than others!Our homeschool group wants to have a choir/drama class this semester but they want it to count for 1/2 a credit for the high schoolers. We only meet nine times with three extra rehearsals/practices and the final performance is a short play that is to be memorized. There is singing, dancing, and acting in the play. They are also required to write a 3-5 page character study as well...
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Guest — Karen
I think we should get our children more involved in outside activities like this https://www.underwaterbasketweaving.org/underwate... Read More
Wednesday, 24 October 2018 06:15
Guest — Kristine
Okay. Your "invest in your weakness" has long been my #1 mantra. I think I'll take "sometimes easy is OK" as my #2.
Friday, 05 August 2011 09:58
Guest — Rebecca
From a mom who had her 7th grader read Aristotle's Poetics, I love love love this advice. I need to hear this. Often. Thank y... Read More
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 19:45
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Economics for Beginners

Economics for Beginners
My son has a degree in Political Economy, and has loved economics since he was a child. This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Economics for Beginners When he was younger, my economics-loving son enjoyed the Penny Candy books in the Uncle Eric Series, written by Richard Maybury. These books come from a free market perspective and are politically conservative/libertarian. Many people use...
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Lee Binz
Thanks Deanna! I'm so glad it helped! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 21 April 2018 21:51
Deanna Pathio
What great-looking resources. I had no idea what to do with economics till I read this post. Thank you!
Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:37
Guest — Ashley
My son is a rising senior who is planning to major in Economics. We used Economics in a Box (used in by My Father's World) and LO... Read More
Monday, 18 May 2015 05:11
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How to Say NO to College Offers

How to Say NO to College Offers
May 1st is the 'National Candidate Reply Date' for deciding on which college you will attend and the day you must say no to college offers. It's true that some of them will be great offers and will be hard to say no to. Each college you have applied to will give you directions on how to announce your decision. Some have an online form, others will want an email or paper letter. How, exactly, do...
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Stages, Ages and Grade Levels

Stages, Ages and Grade Levels
Many homeschool parents today are intimidated by the thought of homeschooling through high school, overwhelmed by the thought of college applications, and unsure of how to plan for the final steps of their child’s education. Stages, Ages, and Grade Levels Generally, parents tend to react in one of two ways to this challenge. Some are stressed out; they need minimal information, because if they are given too much information, they are immobilized and can’t do anything....
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More Encouraging Posts

  • Meet Me at Convention!

    Meet Me at Convention!

    Can you feel the spring in the air? I can!  And, if you've been around homeschooling long enough, you know that can only mean one thing.... It's almost convention time!  

    Conventions are great for allowing you a chance to do continuing education, find new curriculum by browsing through book upon book, and getting to interact with fellow homeschoolers.

    I will

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  • 6 Big Problem with Standardized Tests

    When you see your child's test score, in your heart of hearts you may wonder why the score wasn't higher. Let me explain 6 problems with standardized tests , and I'd love for you to leave a comment with anything you can add. 

    1. The problem with tests is that they don't measure what is REALLY important. Qualities NOT Measured by Tests
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  • Digging Into College Statistics (and what they tell you!)

    When you are looking at different colleges, spend some time digging into college statistics before you visit a campus. College statistics may look like little numbers on a page, but the can indicate HUGE differences between colleges - and can explain how some colleges appear "cheap" while others look more like a good investment. 

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  • What if I Homeschool Only Senior Year?

    Mary Jo emailed asking for advice as to whether a public-schooled high school junior should consider homeschooling for only her senior year of high school. Here's what I said.

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    My best advice is this;  "Know your child and trust yourself."  If you know that homeschooling is the best fit for your child, then trust yourself and do it.  Don't avoid
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