I'm so thankful when people express thankfulness! It's such an encouragement!
Laura was working with me through the Gold Care Club and told me how thankful she is for her "Lee Notebook." She fills it with all the handouts, worksheets, and notes from all the classes she has taken with me. She always keeps this notebook handy for reference. Check it out!
Last week, after her 20-minute consultation, Laura wrote, "I have to say, investing in the Gold Care membership is the best money I've spent in homeschooling. You are so calm, matter of fact, and encouraging with the sweetest disposition. I know you've calmed me down and have eased Sarah's fears. Have a great weekend!!"
When we spoke again, we worked together with her daughter to get many details figured out. As usual, my suggestions came as a huge relief to an overworked homeschooled teen. Teens tend to love my advice, because I speak words of reason to parents. You know how sometimes you try so hard to provide an excellent education? Sometimes it's a tad too much, and I have to tell a mom to relax a bit. They were both so thankful, they sent me a Starbucks gift card!
I always tell parents to speak the love language of colleges - grades and credits. I gotta say, Laura is speaking my love language! My love language is definitely a Grande Iced Americano while taking my morning walk!
Find a simple high school notebook strategy to help you learn how to homeschool high school. Keep your notes, thoughts, and resources together in one place for easy access.
If you would like help, consider the Gold Care Club - one of the benefits is a 20 minute consultation each week, by phone or email.
If you are a beginner and prefer working independently, consider the High School Solution, which has over 34 hours of training videos - all with handouts or workbooks, plus articles.
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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, help colleges appreciate your student, allow you to maintain your sanity, or save enough time of money to help you afford the cost of college.
Gifts that pay for college can mean…
Check out these articles and gift suggestions, so that you can give great gifts that will help pay for college in the future!
Gifts to Encourage Specialization
Articles: 3 Must-Have High School Electives
Encouraging Delight Directed Learning at the High School Level.
Resources: The Great Course
“How to Listen to and Understand Great Music”
“Calculus Made Clear”
Home Science Tools
Gifts to Fuel a Love of Learning
Articles: Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions
Play Your Way to a Great Vocabulary
Physical Education Outside the Box
Gifts to Fuel a Love of Learning: resources and suggestions by subject area
Art: Impressionist Artists, Go Fish for Art Card Game
Masterpiece Art Auction Game
Draw Today Art Kit
Coloring book of masterpieces (like Dover Art Coloring Books: Mary Cassatt Masterpieces)
English: The Play’s the Thing
Fun books like Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
Social Studies: Take Off
Ticket to Ride
Diplomacy Board Game
Where in the World
Critical Thinking and Math: Chess
Science: Computers, software
Elemento Chemistry Card Game
Student Microscope Gift Package
LEGO Mindstorms, or robotics kits
Children’s DVDs (like Finding Nemo, The Incredibles)
Comic books in the language (Les Aventures de Tintin: Tintin en Amerique (French Edition)
Cook books (like Not Just Tacos A Journey Into the World of Authentic Latin American Cuisine)
Physical education: sports equipment (like Snow Toboggan)
Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board,
Nerf guns or Water squirters
Games Teens Love:
The Settlers of Catan
Carcassonne Basic Game
Apples to Apples
Gifts to Encourage Reading & Writing
Articles: The HomeScholar College Bound Reading List
Classic Christmas Literature for High School Students
7 Ways to Encourage Reading in Middle School
Resources: Printable reading list for Middle School
Digital Voice Recorder
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Gifts Help You Homeschool Efficiently
Read Articles: Coping Through Not Cooking
Save Money With Old Fashioned Cooking!
Gluten-Free + Costco + Freezer Cooking + Crockpot + Cheap = Meals
Gifts Help You Homeschool Efficiently: Gift Suggestions for Balancing Life
Creating Homeschool Balance: Find Harmony Between Type A and Type Zzz
Managers of Their Homes by Teri Maxwell
Sidetracked Home Executives: From Pigpen to Paradise
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with Your Slow Cooker
Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes by Better Homes & Gardens
The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet
Holiday Freezer Cooking from 30 Day Gourmet
$5 Dinner Mom Cookbook
Gifts that Decrease College Costs
Prove college rigor with this reference book Setting the Records Straight
Online help: Total Transcript Solution, Comprehensive Record Solution
Learn about scholarships with this reference book College Admission and Scholarships
Homeschool college: How to Homeschool College: Save Time, Reduce Stress, Eliminate Debt, “Accelerated Distance Learning” by Brad Voeller, Bears Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, CLEP Official Study Guide by The College Board
Give college expenses as gifts: College Packing List
Gifts that Increase Income
Incorporate work on the transcript: Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps
Teach your child business skills with MicroBusinessForTeens.com
Help children manage finances in the future: Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool
Online Class: Giving Gifts That Pay for College
Online Class: Christmas Goals and New Year Resolutions
Coffee Break Book: Homeschooling the Holidays: Sanity Saving Strategies and Gift Giving Ideas
"I have enjoyed being a gold card club member for years, spoke to you on the phone and I listened to some of your webinars, used the course description and transcript templates and information on SAT's. I thank you for your help in my journey of making all this ready for applications. My daughter and I made a detailed portfolio for her that she sent to 7 places where she was invited to audition live, and was successfully accepted to most of the Conservatories. She was accepted into The Julliard School by her audition and then they accepted her high school portfolio without any questions. She placed into all the academic courses at the higher level. She is now happily studying a bachelors of music at The Julliard School, fulfilling her dream. I am extremely thankful that I had the opportunity to home school her and thanks to you, I knew how to present her schooling and everything else in such a way that I did not need to sacrifice the wonderful home school curriculum that gave her a strong Christian world view and foundation in Christ. ~ A"
I am happy to provide feedback. None of it will be improvement because I loved every minute!
I was home all week with my six-year-old while my husband took a group of 22 on a mission trip. Included in that trip were my 15-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. One of my goals was to update transcripts and START course descriptions. We have homeschooled since the start and I was feeling uneasy about some aspects of our transcripts. Books and research are my stress relievers so I began there. I remembered some moms mentioning liking your talk last year at Modesto, CA so I started with you. Wait! I prayed, then felt certain I was to start with you. What I found was the friendly voice and mentorship I have sought for years and could not find. You echoed so many of my own fears and pleasant discoveries and I knew you were a gift from God.
Most of the help that you gave me was the confidence to get started revising what I have already done and the courage to begin that which I have put off doing. Specifically helpful to me was:
- You validated my one year over semester approach to transcript. I have been using a template from HSLDA and it does not have a semester option. We found that the grade didn't vary from semester to semester so this was fine, EXCEPT, every other sample (from the internet) was in semesters.
- You shared what you did. As mentioned above, I only had samples from the internet. No one will show me what they did. I know some people feel embarrassed to share but seeing a real example from a person you know actually used what you are seeing makes a world of difference to a mom. Which leads me to my next point.
- You don't see homeschooling as a zero sum game. I love helping people. I will happily share anything, and I have shared so many things. Sadly, others don't always feel the same way. My husband and I quietly did our own homeschooling thing since we didn't know anyone who did it. Recently (since High School started), we have been more involved as the Lord has brought the opportunity. We have met a few families who are very competitive. I have been discouraged (more than I realized) but you have given me new hope that on a personal level I can turn things around and share you and your website and materials and underscore your attitudes of wanting all homeschooling families to succeed in their own way.
- You helped me see that it is okay to put on the transcript everything my son did. We were embarrassed when we listed everything (and ran out of room since my husband must have it look pretty) so I began lumping things together in such a way as to make it look "normal." I have had this nagging feeling that we were negating his accomplishments and hard work. My husband is a youth pastor and often has my son teach. We had none of that on there either. He does so many book studies for personal devotions that I never thought of putting on his book list (Do Hard Things, Thirsting for God, Mere Christianity to name a few). In a nutshell, the truth is the truth and I need not fear what others think.
- You reminded me that colleges love homeschoolers. I have heard that but not from a person who has actually experienced it.
While I didn't buy your transcript service (though I was sorely tempted), I would have had I not already done so much on it already. I was happy to see you had books. The webinar was a treat and one I hope to repeat often. However, having your words in print will be wonderful. I bought the one on admissions and scholarships for my son who is making applications this year. While I wait for it to arrive I am reading your book on transcripts and course descriptions on Kindle. I will certainly share your link and the blessing that you are. Please thank your whole family for me as I know it would not be possible without your husbands support and the inspiration God gave you to do your best for your boys. Thank you for telling me in your book to consider you a friend because I do!
With a grateful heart,
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 on standardized tests. While things like critical thinking and logic are generally nice to have, they are not specific for test preparation.
Each time you and your child interact with a college, the student should send a "Thank You" note by email within a few days of their visit.
In the past,
Anne wrote with a wonderful report on her homeschooled daughter! Her homemade transcript, mommy-made grades, and homeschool GPA earned huge rewards! They received wonderful scholarships and her daughter is successfully