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Homeschooling High School is a Lot Like Exercise Videos

My girlfriend Laura was chatting with me about the workout video Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred one day. It claims that I could lose 20 pounds in 30 days. I was watching  the demo on YouTube (sitting in front of my computer in a cushioned, swivel chair) thinking about getting the video so I would be in shape for all the upcoming weddings. Great idea, right? Then my husband brought me back to reality. "It looks hard. You would actually have to do the work." Hmmmmm...I knew there had to be a catch. "You mean to tell me that simply owning it is not enough???!!!"

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Homeschooling High School is a Lot Like Exercise Videos


You can buy all the exercise videos and equipment you need, but it's not going to do you any good unless you USE the products. A homeschooler confessed to me that she bought the Total Transcript Solution months ago, but hadn't started her child's transcript yet. Simply owning a transcript solution will not solve your transcript problem any more than owning an exercise video will solve a weight problem.

With that in mind, can I make a suggestion? Please make your transcript today! When Spring comes around I will start to get those calls from parents with a senior in high school, in full panic mode. Failure is an option (even for great homeschool kids and wonderful homeschool teachers) if you never make a transcript or apply to a college at all. But panic can be completely eliminated if you simply work on your transcript each year in high school.

Another homeschooler recently called me, asking for some feedback on her transcript. She was embarrassed and giggling about her transcript for a 9th grader. "Who makes a transcript for a *freshman*?" she laughed. She is getting her transcript done in 9th grade! She will never feel that senior year panic.  She will always feel confident in her record keeping abilities.  She will be prepared for any scholarship, internship, insurance, or summer camp experience that might need a transcript. No panic.

Again, please work on your transcript. Don't just own what you need to make the transcript, actually MAKE the transcript. Work on it every year in the spring. It doesn't have to be perfect, you can always call it your "work in progress." Don't wait until senior year!

Have you found the discipline to work on your child's transcript, or an exercise video? Let me know in the comments!

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Please note: This post was originally published in March 2010 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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Comments 6

Guest - Bethany LeBedz (website) on Friday, 26 March 2010 07:16

Love the analogy! Sure enough, that Jillian Michaels DVD DOES require A LOT of hard work. And, I didn't even lose 20 lbs. in 30 days. Transcripts require work, too! I've got mine in progress for my 10th grader, but I'm still working on some of the finer points (like course descriptions & the reading list from 7th & 8th grade when she read all the great books).

Love the analogy! Sure enough, that Jillian Michaels DVD DOES require A LOT of hard work. And, I didn't even lose 20 lbs. in 30 days. Transcripts require work, too! I've got mine in progress for my 10th grader, but I'm still working on some of the finer points (like course descriptions & the reading list from 7th & 8th grade when she read all the great books).
Guest - J W on Saturday, 27 March 2010 06:00

Guess it's time to get off my duff - my 7th grade child and I are probably as fluent in French as a first-year high school student. She can write a decent 5-paragraph essay too, and I know I didn't learn that until high school. In fact, her essays have more style and are way more interesting than mine ever were. OK, OK, OK... I'll start the transcript, I'll start the transcript...

Guess it's time to get off my duff - my 7th grade child and I are probably as fluent in French as a first-year high school student. She can write a decent 5-paragraph essay too, and I know I didn't learn that until high school. In fact, her essays have more style and are way more interesting than mine ever were. OK, OK, OK... I'll start the transcript, I'll start the transcript...
Guest - elsie on Monday, 09 February 2015 11:32

I know I need to write my transcripts, but how do i find the time to do it? Between FAFSA forms, tax forms, paper piles, home schooling, and student activities,etc., i don't have enough time during the day. It doesn't help that writing transcripts is about as much fun as having teeth pulled. Any suggestions to find time or to get motivated?

I know I need to write my transcripts, but how do i find the time to do it? Between FAFSA forms, tax forms, paper piles, home schooling, and student activities,etc., i don't have enough time during the day. It doesn't help that writing transcripts is about as much fun as having teeth pulled. Any suggestions to find time or to get motivated?
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 19:25

Elsie,
Jill makes a good point. Lee talks a lot about scheduling time for things that are important. Time for morning meetings with children, time for test preparation. You might even find a way to fit it into your daily routine. Once you get going on it, it will get easier. Lee has been a wonderful motivator for many people. Her members know that she takes calls on Wednesdays, and Lee is very good at giving reachable goals. You might find The Gold Care Club helpful. If you would like to find out more, you can read about that here: The HomeScholar Gold Care Club
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Elsie, Jill makes a good point. Lee talks a lot about scheduling time for things that are important. Time for morning meetings with children, time for test preparation. You might even find a way to fit it into your daily routine. Once you get going on it, it will get easier. Lee has been a wonderful motivator for many people. Her members know that she takes calls on Wednesdays, and Lee is very good at giving reachable goals. You might find The Gold Care Club helpful. If you would like to find out more, you can read about that here: The HomeScholar Gold Care Club Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Jill Robinson on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:48

Elsie, I have used the timer method -- set the timer for 10 minutes or 15 minutes and do as much as I can until the bell rings, and that includes deciding on a list of things that need to be done with the transcript. If you do this every day when you get up -- just like exercising :-) -- it's amazing how much you can do. I actually go back and forth between "blocked" time and "ten minutes", but if you are having problems with "blocked" time, you could certainly try this - can't hurt (you only lose 10 minutes or whatever) and it might help.

Elsie, I have used the timer method -- set the timer for 10 minutes or 15 minutes and do as much as I can until the bell rings, and that includes deciding on a list of things that need to be done with the transcript. If you do this every day when you get up -- just like exercising :-) -- it's amazing how much you can do. I actually go back and forth between "blocked" time and "ten minutes", but if you are having problems with "blocked" time, you could certainly try this - can't hurt (you only lose 10 minutes or whatever) and it might help.
Guest - elsie on Monday, 16 February 2015 08:27

Jill, that sounds like a good idea. I have heard about using the timer method for other tasks but didn't think of it for transcripts. I did finish FAFSA over the weekend, so that is one task off of my to-do list. Yay! Thanks for the suggestion. I will certainly give it a try.

Robin, thanks for your post, too. I really appreciate Lee's posts, on-line videos, and emails. I will have to try to look into the Gold Care Club. It will probably depend on what fits in the budget. But, Lee offers tons of free stuff, too! Again, I am very thankful for the help!!

Jill, that sounds like a good idea. I have heard about using the timer method for other tasks but didn't think of it for transcripts. I did finish FAFSA over the weekend, so that is one task off of my to-do list. Yay! Thanks for the suggestion. I will certainly give it a try. Robin, thanks for your post, too. I really appreciate Lee's posts, on-line videos, and emails. I will have to try to look into the Gold Care Club. It will probably depend on what fits in the budget. But, Lee offers tons of free stuff, too! Again, I am very thankful for the help!!
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