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"I love your transcript! Well done!"

"I love your transcript! Well done!"
"I love your transcript!  Well done!"  How nice would that be to hear? I spoke to Maryjane as a Gold Care Club member last fall.  We were discussing strategies for her senior in high school.  When we ended our conversation, I suggest that she read a few articles, and take some specific steps with her senior.  Here is what I suggested for her, the last time we spoke.Read Acronym for Outside ClassesRead Two for the Price of One Read 15...
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Transcripts in 45 Minutes!

Transcripts in 45 Minutes!
Shirley Solis had a lot to say about creating transcripts for her son! "Homeschool transcripts can be overwhelming if you don't know what you are doing! I am going to share my experience of how I created my son's transcript in 45 minutes!I have an expert friend who helped me create a transcript for my son. She has been doing this for years and teaches step by step how to gather the information and make this...
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Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious

Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious
Feeling Freaked Out or Anxious About the Coming Year? The hardest part about homeschooling is when you are faced with something new.  The first time you had to teach a child to write in cursive, or mulitply, for example, it was pretty intimidating. If you are feeling stressed about the coming year, chances are you are faced with something new.  These are my "OH MY GOODNESS I'M PANICKING!" articles that I hope will talk you down from...
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Guest — Kate Cushman
Lee, I've read this article in the past but I am grateful for the reminders! As it happens. we are enjoying a quick "last" vacatio... Read More
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:03
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Your Plan for September

Your Plan for September
It's time to make your plan for September!  Here are some ideas, to get you started!SeniorsLocate your favorite colleges online, find the admission application due date, and put it on your calendar. Start college applications on the first day of school during senior year. And no, I'm not kidding! College admission and scholarships are first-come, first-served.Senior Year Inspection ChecklistRead more! College Admission BookJuniorsYou have a very busy year ahead!  Make sure you have a transcript ready to...
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Please LIKE me on Facebook

Please LIKE me on Facebook
Hey, can you do me a quick favor?  I'd love for you to run over to my Facebook page and give me a quick "like".  It only takes a second, you know?By the way, in case you don't know, when you "Like" my page, it doesn't mean you see all my posts.  To actually SEE my Facebook posts in your news feed, you have to add me to you interest list, and then click "Show in...
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Earn College Credits while in High School

Earn College Credits while in High School
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to earn college credits through...
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What About College?

What About College?
It’s a common question, frequently posed by skeptical friends and  loved ones. When homeschooling high school, the question “what about college? ” becomes more pressing. Intuitively, parents know that if they try to homeschool high school – and in some way fail – there will be nobody to blame but themselves. Parents are looking for some peace of mind that this path can lead them to the promised land of college admissions and scholarships. I have...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lilia, I have a free class on making course descriptions here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/homeschool-records-webinar.php... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:38
Guest — Lilia Janss
Hi, I am helping my son apply for ASU college admission and I am filling out the lab sciences forms they require;so I need descrip... Read More
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 14:44
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Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees

Admission Advice for Homeschool Military Academy Enrollees
Military academies. The uncomplicated thing concerning getting in is to be a homeschooler. The complicated part with regards to getting in, is everything else! The military academy candidates looking for admission have to get a nomination, in most cases through a congressman. When was the last time you talked to your representative? Sally and I happen to be chatting concerning her son’s application to a military academy, and she has verified their admission requirements again.The things...
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Guest — Janet
Eva, I agree with J. Rivers, but I would be careful to check on any JROTC unit as to its quality. We were thinking of doing the sa... Read More
Monday, 02 September 2013 22:35
Guest — J. Rivers
Also, the Harvard University Extension School offers online courses, and summer programs for high schoolers. If a student takes c... Read More
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 20:47
Guest — J. Rivers
Jr. ROTC is beneficial, as are the Civil Air Patrol, Sea Cadets, and Coast Guard Auxiliary, if any of those are in your area. Sop... Read More
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 17:54
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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 generally...
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Guest — Lee
Diana, This is a short blog post, not an exhaustive discussion of credits. For more information, try this free class: A Homeschoo... Read More
Sunday, 04 August 2013 08:01
Guest — Diana Boles
I think it's misleading to believe that logging hours is the only criteria to judge whether one has acquired the material for a co... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:16
Guest — Lee
Heather, The parent knows best - how much the child is doing everyday, if they are adding supplements, if the child has a learning... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 11:12
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Which Math Goes First?

Which Math Goes First?
As teenagers struggle to figure out the order of operations in algebra, parents have their own worries.  They are trying to figure out if there’s a specific order to follow for high school math.  It can be confusing!  What comes first? Should you take Algebra 2 after Algebra 1, or should Geometry come next? Each math curriculum will have a their own order of high school classes. Some textbooks do it one way, and some do...
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Guest — Lois
This is what I always thought, but my son has not finished algebra 1 yet, although he is 15. Reason being, he switched from ALEKS ... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2013 09:21
Guest — Lee
Lynn, it looks like either Alg 2 or Geometry will be a good fit and good timing. If you are using a curriculum that you like, do ... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2013 08:48
Guest — SoCalLynn
My daughter is 13 and entering 9th grade. She completed Algebra 1 last year and did very well, so I was planning on having her con... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2013 08:39
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When Guess is Best

When Guess is Best
One of the hallmarks of our homeschool back when our children were in high school was to teach them using the concept of mastery: when they had mastered a subject, they were ready to move on to something else.  How did we know when they’d mastered a subject?  Why, we gave them a multiple choice fill-in-the-bubble test, of course, right?  Wrong! We were looking for their ability to problem-solve and use higher-order reasoning skills, which are better evaluated with...
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Lee, what I do is I evaluate my children if they feel if they mastered a subject. For example, my son felt he was a wiz at Biology... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 15:32
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Coast Guard Academy Admissions

Coast Guard Academy Admissions
If you are a prepared homeschool parent, no doubt you’re steadily working on your child’s transcripts, you have test dates on your calendar, and perhaps even a few college visits planned for the summer of junior year.  But even with all that preparation, it’s important to remember that admission requirements are often unique between schools, and what one school requires might be very different from another.  If your child has her heart set on a particular...
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Do Online Schools Scare You Silly?

Do Online Schools Scare You Silly?
It's a Feeding Frenzy of Ads Preying on Homeschool Fears I just got an advertisement for an online, accredited program.  I just have to respond!  If you look at the ad, you might feel insecure, or inadequate.  But you are a homeschool parent!  Let me tell you the truth!fully accredited providers- are not better than parents that are official educators, though not accreditedsuperior, personalized education- nothing is more personalized than parent-provided educationhighly accountable schooling- can be...
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Guest — Dr Joe
Hello Lee! You are certainly right that the homeschool parent is superior in many ways to centralized, online instruction. But the... Read More
Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:45
Guest — Birdie
Hello Lee. Your post today has to be one of my favorite from you. I have spent time reading through many sites, blogs, ezines, e... Read More
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 21:28
Guest — JW
I am leery of computerized school because my husband is a programmer with well over 20 years of experience. Things go wrong all t... Read More
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:21
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Is Logic a Math Course or English?

Is Logic a Math Course or English?
Course descriptions are an important part of your high school student’s records, but sometimes it’s easy to get stumped about what to call certain courses, or what to count them as.  Audrey recently asked me,“What category is ‘Logic’? Math or English?  I want to know where to give my son credit. Our math course (Geometry: Videotext) has logic in it, but I always thought logic was an ‘English’ subject. I also will be using ‘Introductory Logic’ by Wilson...
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Guest — Deb
We are also using Introductory Logic by Nance. I too was going to give 1/2 credit and use as an elective. Thank you for the clar... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:17
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Alternative Education and Homeschooling Independently

Alternative Education and Homeschooling Independently
Homeschooling is hard enough all on its own, but when others criticize us for our educational choices, it becomes even harder.  That’s why I try really hard not to judge the way other people choose to educate their children, knowing that most parents are doing their very best with their situation. Because I’m a huge advocate of independent homeschooling through high school, sometimes people who choose to use government-funded programs perceive that I am critical of...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you for the encouragement! I appreciate it! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 14:40
Guest — Kimberly
Homeschooling does require investment and when you're choosing for one parent to stay home and educate the kids, it can be a finan... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 09:45
Guest — Deana
Thank You Lee!!! We have been so blessed by your approach to home school through High School. We drove in the wee hrs of the morni... Read More
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 08:37
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