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How to Make the Final College Decision

How to Make the Final College Decision
Let's talk about how to make that final decision about what college to attend. Sometimes it's REALLY easy to make a decision. It's easy when the teen ...
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What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest

What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest
​You will need to demonstrate interest in a college if you want to get admitted and get scholarships. Applying to a college without showing a genuine ...
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February Homeschool Calendar Reminders

February Homeschool Calendar Reminders
Each month there are calendar reminders that will help you in your homeschool journey! Have you looked at the calendar for February? Are you on t...
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[Free Class] High School Testing Simply Explained

[Free Class] High School Testing Simply Explained
One of the biggest high school anxiety producers is testing - specifically the PSAT/NMSQT ®, SAT ®, and ACT ® tests. I've seen otherwise proud, overco...
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[Free eBook] Making the Grades

[Free eBook] Making the Grades
  Does anyone take "mommy grades" seriously?! Do I really even need to grade at all? Maybe it's just English papers that you hate to grade? (I ca...
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Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School

Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School
If you are sure your child is doing high school level work in an academic subject area like math, science, or foreign language in middle school, put that on your transcript and earn early high school credits! Why? Because when it's honest and true it goes on the transcript. And because schools do it too! My record keeping earned our family $187,000 in scholarships. Click this link if you could use that sort of college cash: The HomeScholar...
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Lee Binz
Yes, absolutely! Just call it "Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry" and put that under "Early High School Credits" on your transcri... Read More
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 22:12
Lee Binz
Hi Shelly, Thanks for asking that question! When a child is high school age, ALL classes are counted on the transcript. After all,... Read More
Thursday, 02 January 2020 17:10
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Nice Soft Boundaries for Homeschool English

Nice Soft Boundaries for Homeschool English
I'm a big fan of providing nice soft boundaries for homeschool english, rather than hard and fast rules. One mom was struggling to balance English for her reluctant readers. It can be hard to figure out how much time to spend reading and writing - particularly with struggling readers and writers who may suffer and struggle through the process.  Here are some nice soft boundaries, as you think it through. In general, think about having 1...
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Teen Tips for College and Career Success

Teen Tips for College and Career Success
 First, a simple question (that reveals one of the great truths about human behavior), have you ever changed your mind about what you want to do ...
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Homeschool High School: Teaching Health

Homeschool High School: Teaching Health
Homeschool health requirements vary by state.  Check your state homeschool law, and see what your state may require for health. Unless your state requires it, you don’t have to teach Health every year of high school. Some states want Health to be a requirement for graduation, but colleges generally don’t care about it much. Some colleges want to see students who take health as a separate course, while others assume it is included in Physical Education...
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Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades

Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades
I don't recommend weighting grades. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges tend to like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades. For an "Honors" or AP class, some high schools will add 1.0 to the grade - so the highest grade possible is a 5.0 instead of a 4.0.  Some high schools will increase the grade by 0.5, so honors...
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ME
Wow, that is complicated. Thank you for this article, I am grading standard grades; not weighted.
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Robin
That's really smart! You are making it much easier for yourself and for prospective colleges. Well done! Robin Assistant to The ... Read More
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January Homeschool Calendar Reminders

January Homeschool Calendar Reminders
It's a new year! Here are some handy January homeschool calendar reminders for you!     Middle School:  Avoid panic! Spend some ti...
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9 Tips to Earn More Scholarships

9 Tips to Earn More Scholarships
It's tempting to think that our goal is to get our children in to college. No, no! Our goal is that our children can get in AND afford to go to colleg...
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College Application Lexicon

College Application Lexicon
College application has it's own unique vocabulary.  As you look toward college admission, you'll notice you have many different choices on how to apply.  Here are the NACAC definitions of terms for different kinds of application plans.  If you need a primer on what "application" means, this blog post is for you. ADMISSION TERMS PER NACAC Non-Restrictive Application Plans: All of these plans allow students to wait until May 1 to confirm enrollment. Regular Decision is...
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[Free eBook] How to Motivate Homeschool Teens

[Free eBook] How to Motivate Homeschool Teens
It can happen overnight. One day your child is pleasant, cooperative, and enthusiastic about learning; the next day, they aren't. This can happen with...
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How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Transcript

How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Transcript
Usually a cover letter is a simple introduction provided when sending homeschool records. It might introduce the student, explain the records, describe major issues or anything unusual. The cover letter should always highlight the positives, and put a positive spin on anything encountered. Cover Letters Explain Craziness While many parents have nothing important to say in a cover letter, some homeschool parents must address an unusual situation. In a calm and poised manner, use the cover...
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