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Top 10 New Year's Resolutions

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions Happy New Year! No year will feel complete without a little self-reflection and commitment to improve in the coming year. 1. Lose Weight Eliminate homeschool clutter.  No resolution appears more consistently on every list than losing weight. 2. Get in Shape Get your transcript done. Getting in shape and losing weight always seem to go together. 3. Break a Bad Habit Cover the core consistently.  Even acknowledging you have a bad...
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How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps

How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps
How to Say NO in 3 Easy Steps 1. Say it        2. Explain it          3. Walk away Your priority is your children and your family. Your job is to educate them, and that's important! Don't feel guilty when you must say no to someone (or even say no to something awesome!). Put your priorities first: children and family. Everything else is great, but optional. Say no when you need to. You have my permission....
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Deanna Pathio
Oh how I appreciate this message! When I worked, I had a leadership position and my manager told me once that my position would te... Read More
Saturday, 06 January 2018 03:58
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Application Essays That Work

Application Essays That Work
Application Essays That Work My biggest college application essay tip is to write something that might make grandma gasp. (College Admission Essay Tip: Make Grandma Gasp, Not Blush! ) But, what does a great college application essay look like? Johns Hopkins University actually posts their favorite essays each year. Look at them to help you guide your child through the college admission procedure. Read the article: Essays That Worked (Class of 2019) Of course, each essay...
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Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents

Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents
Newbies Make EXCELLENT Homeschool Parents Parents new to homeschooling, listen up! You and your spouse can be EXCELLENT homeschool parents, regardless of your skills, because you LOVE your child. That's what ensures your success. You want them to do well, and if you have a weak area, you can find resources for that. But because you love your child, you will be motivated to find those resources. A school teacher might not be as motivated to...
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Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College

Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College
Are you busy getting all of your Christmas gifts purchased? If so, you won't want to miss this list! Christmas gifts for your homeschooler that will free you from checking your list twice! What are Gifts that Pay for College? Kids want fun things that they are interesting to them. Parents want educated children without going broke or crazy. Colleges want “passion” and delight directed learning. Give gifts that will increase the fun factor in school,...
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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...
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BRAND NEW book, Simple Science for Homeschooling High School

BRAND NEW book, Simple Science for Homeschooling High School
BRAND NEW book, Simple Science for Homeschooling High School "Houston, we have a problem!" Homeschool parents often approach teaching high school science as if being asked to build the space shuttle. But teaching your kids science doesn't require a PhD. All it requires is a willing heart, an organized approach, and some simple facilitation skills. There is no reason for science to be scary. You don't have to work at NASA to teach your teens effectively!...
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Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!

Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!
Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It! Each time someone takes my free class on grades, credits, and transcripts, I ask for feedback. I update that class every few years, and feedback helps me to improve the class each time. But, I have to say, Cindy went over-and-above on her specific review of “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” . She said she loved every minute of it!     Dear Lee,...
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Test Preparation in Middle School

Test Preparation in Middle School
  Test Preparation in Middle School What do you do to prepare for the SAT and ACT when your child is in middle school? Read these 7 ways to effectively prepare for the SAT and ACT before high school. The best test prep in middle school is making sure you do a good job with reading, writing, penmanship, and math. Also, providing practice with fill in the bubble tests can ensure that they will be successful...
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Common Application Homeschool FAQ Infographic

Common Application Homeschool FAQ Infographic
Common Application Homeschool FAQ Infographic Common Application FAQ: How to Answer Those Tricky Questions   “What is your title?” Guidance counselor Home Educator Homeschool Parent “Graduating class size” 1 N/A Not applicable “Are classes taken on a block schedule?” No N/A Not applicable “Graduation date” 06/16 (Insert June of senior year) “Do you use AP curriculum?” Yes (if approved by College Board® ) No (if not approved - they still accept AP scores) “Do you provide...
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Robin
Hi Leslie, Hi Leslie, They want to know if your homeschooler is part of a homeschool association or diploma program of some sort... Read More
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 23:28
Robin
Those kind of ambiguous questions are very stressful, Leslie! You wonder what the implication is for your homeschooling and your f... Read More
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 15:26
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Can you help?

Can you help?
Do you have beautiful children and/or a budding photographer in your home? I need a specific photo for my upcoming new book on technology, TechnoLogic: How to Set Logical Technology Boundaries and Stop the Zombie Apocalypse . Can you help? I need a high-resolution photo similar to the one above, with a variety of people (parents, teens, tens, and toddlers) all using technology and not seeing the world around them. If chosen, your photo could be...
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What WILL Make You a Better Home Educator?

What WILL Make You a Better Home Educator?
What WILL Make You a Better Home Educator? Sometimes homeschooling high school can feel overwhelming, confusing, frustrating, and panic-inducing. What is the difference between "pedagogy" and "pet a doggy" anyway? And does it even matter? Well, statistics show that homeschoolers do a better job of educating their children regardless of the parent's educational background. That means knowing words like "pedagogy" isn't going to make your children better.   So, if you are trying to weigh the...
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How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best?

How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best?
How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best? I've explained in a earlier blog post the 3 Ingredients of a Great Course Description : a paragraph about what you did, a list of what you used, and a description of how you graded. Within those suggestions, you have a LOT of latitude! You can have a very SHORT description about your grades, and say only "1/3 tests, 1/3 lab, 1/3 daily work." Or...
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How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Homeschool Transcript

How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Homeschool Transcript
Dual enrollment. It can be such a sticking point for homeschool families making a homeschool transcript. Follow the 6 steps below to put dual enrollment on your child's transcript. This post will tell you how to put dual enrollment on a transcript. Want to see what a scholarship-winning transcript actually looks like? Click to download The HomeScholar Record Keeping Samples Choose an acronym Create an acronym for each college or high school location where your child...
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Ami Brainerd
Kathleen, I had the same understanding. Maybe different colleges have different systems/designations. I don't know any local unive... Read More
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:16
Lee Binz
Each high school across the nation may assign credits for dual enrollment differently. That makes it confusing for homeschoolers w... Read More
Monday, 01 July 2019 22:07
Lee Binz
If English 103 and English 104 are each full college courses (4, 5, or 6 credits) - according to Lee's definition - they would eac... Read More
Monday, 09 April 2018 21:36
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Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar

Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar
Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar Recently I worked with Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) on a series of classes teaching parents how to determine high school credit for IEW products. We’ve known each other for many years and collaborated together on a number of projects before, and it's always fun. This time I enjoyed chatting with him about my Total Transcript Solution. This is what Andrew had to say: “If I...
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