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Seniors - Apply for College and Register for Tests
It takes a long time to complete a college application. Start now, and send it in as soon as they start accepting applications. Financial decisions may be made "first come first served" and applying early may help you get the best financial aid package. Register for ACT test by August 10th if you want to take the test on September 15th. Register for the SAT online before September 10th if you want your student to take the SAT or SAT II subject tests on October 6. This time of year, it's usually the seniors who take the SAT, while younger students concentrate on the PSAT instead. \u003c/span\>This time of year, it's\nusually the seniors who take the SAT, while younger students concentrate on the\nPSAT instead.\u003c/p\>\n\n\n\n\u003cp style\u003d\"text-align:justify\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-weight:bold\"\>Juniors - Register now for the PSAT exam\u003c/span\>\u003cbr\>\u003ca href\u003d\"\u003dno8svccab.0.l6jh4ccab.t665w6bab.1&ts\u003dS0267&p\\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>The PSAT\u003c/a\> will be given on\nWednesday October 17 or Saturday October 20th this year.\u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>You have to register at a local high school,\npublic or private.\u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>Contact them as soon\nas possible to register - at least by the first week of school. \u003cspan style\u003d\"font-weight:bold\"\>Warning: \u003c/span\>Students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in\neleventh grade to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship!\u003cspan\> \u003c/span\>There is only one opportunity to take this test\neach year, so register now for the October test!\u003c/p\>\n\n\n\n\u003cp style\u003d\"text-align:justify\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-weight:bold\"\>Sophomores - Consider taking the PSAT\u003c/span\>\u003cbr\>You may want to take \u003ca href\u003d\"\u003dno8svccab.0.p6jh4ccab.t665w6bab.1&ts\u003dS0267&p\\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>the PSAT\u003c/a\> for\npractice, along with high school juniors.\u003cspan\> \n\u003c/span\>It won't count for the National Merit Scholarship Competition yet, but it is good\npractice for next year, and at $13, it's a cheap way to get a standardized test\nif required by your state. About half of the students who take the PSAT are\nactually sophomores.\u003c/p\>\n\n\n\n\n\n\u003cp style\u003d\"text-align:justify\"\>\u003cspan style\u003d\"font-weight:bold\"\>Freshmen - Choose challenging courses!\u003c/span\>\u003cbr\>\u003ca href\u003d\"\u003dno8svccab.0.q6jh4ccab.t665w6bab.1&ts\u003dS0267&p\\" target\u003d\"_blank\" onclick\u003d\"return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)\"\>",1] ); //-->

Juniors - Register now for the PSAT exam
The PSAT will be given on Wednesday October 17 or Saturday October 20th this year. You have to register at a local high school, public or private. Contact them as soon as possible to register - at least by the first week of school. Warning: Students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in eleventh grade to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship! There is only one opportunity to take this test each year, so register now for the October test!

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Homeschooling Curriculum - Why is Math Important?

Homeschooling Curriculum - Why is Math Important?

Marcia asks:

"Can someone tell me if most colleges require students to take a math class higher than Algebra 2 for admission? Is math the only indication of how a student will do in college? Isn't writing important at all?"

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We Have Two Winners!

We Have Two Winners!

Congratulations to Sharon Bedard for winning a "Moment of Peace" gift basket, our Washington Homeschool Organization Convention giveaway. Sharon was our lucky winner from over 180 entries. Everyone one who signed up for the "Moment of Peace" received a complimentary subscription to The HomeScholar Record newsletter! Look for another "Moment of Peace" contest at the WATCH convention this August!

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Ask the HomeScholar!

Ask the HomeScholar!

This month we are beginning a series called "Ask The HomeScholar." This question comes from a mom who is just beginning high school.

Hi Lee,

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Home School Education - Homeschool College this Summer!

Home School Education - Homeschool College this Summer!

Right there on the brochure it said: "Who takes CLEP? A homeschooled 15-year-old." I felt somewhat reassured when I walked into the test center, knowing that my son couldn't be THAT unusual, since his demographic was right on the brochure. And imagine my surprise! Within the month, my son obtained college credit in "Principles of Marketing" and "Business Law" and yet I had never purchased marketing or law curriculum! How does that happen, exactly? As a homeschool parent, you may know what your children have been taught, but you may not realize what they know. There is a place where knowledge reigns supreme. A place where you can also discover their hidden learning -- your local CLEP testing center.


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Homeschooling Curriculum - Keep Your Students Sharp This Summer

One of the problems with the public schools is that the first four weeks (or more) in the Fall are spent reviewing the material that was forgotten over the summer. Homeschoolers again have a tremendous advantage in this area. By setting aside a few minutes a day you can ensure your students retain what they have learned. Here are some tips for two of the "most forgettable" subjects.


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High School Writing Plan

During the summer before my son's junior year, I struggled with choosing a writing curriculum. When my husband forwarded my older son information on a chess scholarship, I had an idea. Using the internet, I spent months doing an extensive search for essay contests and scholarship opportunities for both my boys. The results were both an awakening and an answer to prayer. To put it bluntly, there are a lot of people and organizations out there that want to give your kids money for college...LOTS OF MONEY!

While most scholarships are highly competitive, some of them actually go unclaimed because no one applies. Never the type of family to refuse free money, we discovered that we could build an entire year's writing plan around scholarship essays.

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Homeschooling Curriculum - Tip for Parents New the High School

1. Read a book:

For beginners I recommend "Curriculum Manual for Junior and Senior High" by Cathy Duffy, and "Homeschoolers' College Admission Handbook" by Cafi Cohen.

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Homeschooling Resources - What about Teaching High School Science?

Have you wondered how parents can teach a subject they don't know? How will you teach high school sciences without having a background in science? Carol asked me about physics, and was resigned to studying physics herself over summer, so that she could teach it to her student. Here is my response:

You can certainly study physics over the summer if you WANT to.... But I didn't want to! We used Apologia Physics, and it was wonderful. My younger son was taking pre-calculus at the same time as Apologia Physics, and my older son was taking Calculus. They both did VERY well in our homeschool, just learning it for themselves from the Apologia text. The next year they started dual enrollment at the community college, and took "engineering physics" - the next level in physics taken at college. They both got excellent grades so I know they really did know the material. My engineering son took the whole physics series in college, and I would frequently find his Apologia book open on the floor. I found out that he was referring to it with many of his college concepts, because he liked the way that it was explained better than the way his professor explained it. He also told me that most of his college lab assignments were experiments that he had done in high school. You don't have to learn physics in order for your student to learn physics unless you really want to!

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Homeschool Transcript Tip

This is the time of year when parents put the finishing touches on their transcripts. Remember that colleges need to see a "Graduation Date" on your transcript. You also need to update their final grades and GPA. If the student has been admitted to college, you need to mail the final transcript after graduation.
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Hear the HomeScholar!

Hear the HomeScholar!

I was recently interviewed by Thor Tolo on KGNW 820 AM in Seattle. I spoke about the importance of independent homeschooling. My son was interviewed with me, and it's fun to hear the perspective of a homeschool graduate. You can hear the interview here.

The HomeScholar on the Radio

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Homeschooling Resources - How to Compile a Reading List

Colleges love to see a reading list from homeschoolers - but how do you go about getting a reading list? Obviously the easiest way is to have your student keep track of all the books they have read. I was never very successful with that strategy myself (nobody is perfect!) Instead, each summer as I compiled the previous year's work, I had to think of other ways to recreate the information. Consider these ideas:

  • Keep your library receipts - they often include the title of books you have checked out

  • Keep bookstore receipts and records from curriculum suppliers

  • List the books, audio books, and videos that you have required for your students to read, as well as reading for pleasure

  • Have your kids collect books from around the house, bringing you all the books they have read in the past year

  • Read book lists like these and curriculum catalogs to refresh your memory

Reading list from The College Board

Reading list from The Well-Trained Mind
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Homeschooling Teens - Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Stanford University Magazine had an article about a gifted homeschool student. I love this quote: "It's the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student--the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age--apart from your typical bright kid. Stanford wants students who have it. Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered. As Reider explains it: "Homeschooled students may have a potential advantage over others in this, since they have consciously chosen and pursued an independent course of study." I love the emphasis on independent homeschooling! Read the article for yourself here:

Stanford Magazine article, "In a Class by Themselves"

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Contest Winner!

Contest Winner!
Joan Purswell was the winner of our drawing to win "A Moment of Peace." Joan was visiting the Christian Heritage Convention in Washington to research homeschooling for her grandchild.

Congratulations, Joan!!
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Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!

Homeschool Transcripts - I Saw a Tax Accountant!

I've always done my taxes by myself, but this year with my new business I was WAY in over my head, so I had to see an // ![DATA[
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// ]]>accountant. It was amazing! I normally spend more than a month on my taxes! This time I took the stuff to him, and the next morning he called to say he was DONE! Even though I had to pay to have it done, I still came out ahead because he saved me so much money. It was incredible! I've never had an accountant before.....

It reminded me of my business helping with transcripts. You COULD spend months writing your own transcript, or you can just have me help you and get it done quickly! LOL!

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