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College for 90% off Sticker?

College for 90% off Sticker?
It's not just genius-types that get good scholarships. My girlfriend's son goes to a private Christian college in Washington. They are low income, and not as academically inclined. She pays about $3000 PER YEAR for a college that is over $30,000 per year on the "sticker price." Most of her scholarships were need-based. The key it matching your student to the college. Find out more on saving BIG on scholarships! Check out my Getting the BIG...
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When is an hour not really an hour?

When is an hour not really an hour?
Homeschooling books don't agree on the value of a credit. Some books say 120 hours, and some say 150 hours, and some say 180 hours. Some say could a "hour" as just 20 minutes. Others say an "hour" has to be the full 60 minutes and must NOT include homework (which I find hilarious, since ALL work for homeschoolers is homework!) Based on that information, I think you can pretty much just DECIDE on a scale...
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Easy Start on Computer Skills

Easy Start on Computer Skills
For computer sciences, it's important to start with typing (Mavis Beacon was our favorite.) Beyond that, there are often tutorials available in the library. I know that other homeschoolers are extremely successful just doing the tutorial programs that come WITH the computer (for example, Word, Excel, etc.) - as long as the child actually goes through them and can use the program in the end, it should work out. Check the library for video and computer...
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CLEP Study Recommendations

CLEP Study Recommendations
When we did CLEP, I preferred using the Official Study Guide by College Board® as a entry-level "can we pass this" assessment. Here is the link: I chose that book because it had a sample test from EVERY CLEP, and we were just looking for an overview assessment at that time. I usually prefer Princeton Review study materials for everything, but in this one instance it seemed like the Official Study Guide worked better for us....
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How do I Count PE?

How do I Count PE?
It probably depends on state law. If you have lenient laws, like Washington, it is the parent who determines what a credit is. I usually recommend that people count hours for PE, and decide how many hours they want to be one full credit. That is usually 120, 150, or 180 hours, depending on what the books you have read recommend <grin!> When counting hours, you can count ANYTHING THAT BREAKS A SWEAT. Many books say...
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Homeschooling the Profoundly Gifted

Homeschooling the Profoundly Gifted
Janel in North Dakota met me at a homeschool convention, and we shared our worries about homeschooling profoundly gifted children. If you are dealing with a gifted child, you may want to see my web pages that are devoted to just those concerns. I wish I would have had someone to talk to when I was in Janel's position! It really IS difficult to know what to do with a profoundly gifted child. I do have...
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Foreign Language Tutor?

Foreign Language Tutor?
I searched for a tutor to supplement our foreign language, but I never found one that I could afford. If you can find one, a tutor can provide the missing ingredient for some kids. A classroom setting can go too fast or too slow, but it may help some kids. If you take a class at a community college, however, be VERY careful about it. Sometimes those classes add a level of foreign "culture" that you...
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Supplementing Foreign Languages

Supplementing Foreign Languages
Whatever you end up using for a foreign language curriculum, supplement with some fun activities. About once a week we would watch movies in a foreign language. Finding Nemo , The Incredibles , and others, all come with Spanish and French language, both spoken and in subtitles. You don't have to understand everything they say on the movie, just understand what's happening and listen to the spoken words. My kids loved that! You can also find...
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Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 2

Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 2
Why are you keeping things? If it's just for you, like a scrapbook, then keep anything you want as a momento. If you are keeping it because of college, then consider how it will be used. A college *may* ask for a graded English paper, or a math test, or a history paper. They won't ask for ALL of it, just a sample. Your binder is a collection of samples, so that you can hand one...
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Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 1

Homeschool Records: What to Keep - Part 1
The old "What to keep" question is complicated, because no two homeschoolers are alike! When you are doing school the textbook way, you can just keep tests and written work. You don't have to keep daily work - except the science lab notebook is usually kept. Anything that is flat, you can put it a notebook: awards, some art work. If the art work isn't flat, and you really WANT to keep it, then a photo...
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Save Those Receipts!!

Save Those Receipts!!
At the convention yesterday, one Mom asked me to blog about reading lists, because my tip was such an "Ah ha!" moment for her. We had a lot of trouble collecting books for our reading lists in high school because my sons are prolific readers, but at the same time they weren't good about keeping track of the books they read. We ended up including the books we owned but leaving off most of the library...
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Christian Heritage Convention!

Christian Heritage Convention!
I'll be at the Christian Heritage Convention in Redmond this weekend! I hope I'll see some of you there! I apologize if we don't get our regular blog articles posted while we are working the convention. Remember to invest in yourself as a home educator. Conventions can be your "continuing education" as your further your vocation as a homeschooler. Invest in a convention this year, take the classes, buy yourself a book about homeschooling high school,...
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How about technology or computer credit?

How about technology or computer credit?
What kinds of things can you use for a technology or computer credit? This question came from a parent who was wondering if power-point, keyboarding, web mastering, audio-visual work at church could count as a technology or computer question. I'm not familiar with homeschool laws in every state, but ALL of those hours sound just GREAT to me! If your child has a lot of sound and studio experience, you may even have 180 hours for...
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Great High School Writing Course!

Great High School Writing Course!
I used the Advanced Communication Series by IEW ( Institute for Excellence in Writing .) It contains three DVDs: note taking, essay writing, and public speaking. It's a video geared to the student. My kids watched them twice a year during high school, once when we started school, and once toward then end of our school year as a "reminder." Instead of teaching note taking with ABC and 1-2-3, it teaches you to write your notes...
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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?
By summer, you want to have a variety of colleges that your child can apply to. I have read that the average student will apply to six schools. Some apply to more, and some to less. No matter how many there are, make sure you apply to a variety. At least one college should be a "safety" school, where you are certain to get in. One should be a "stretch" where you are less qualified and...
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