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What if I Homeschool Only Senior Year?

What if I Homeschool Only Senior Year?
Mary Jo emailed asking for advice as to whether a public-schooled high school junior should consider homeschooling for only her senior year of high school. Here's what I said. My best advice is this;  "Know your child and trust yourself."  If you know that homeschooling is the best fit for your child, then trust yourself and do it.  Don't avoid homeschooling out of fear. Senior year can be busy with college applications. Get 75 application essay...
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Guest — madison
If I go homeschooled in the middle of my senior year and get everything done will I still be able to walk the line with my class?... Read More
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 03:49
Anita
Hi, Madison. You'll need to check with the school / school district that you were attending prior to homeschooling. Unfortunately... Read More
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 17:25
Guest — Rezik
I have the same situation with my child who doesn't want to continue the last semester. Challenge is already applications were su... Read More
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 08:21
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17 Tips for Kinesthetic Learners in High School

17 Tips for Kinesthetic Learners in High School
An active learner, or kinesthetic learner, often learns best by moving. Even when they are high school age. And you can use their movement t...
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Guest — 27pcadm4@gmail.com
I am just realizing my son is a kinesthetic learner... He does not test well. When he does homework he likes to go outside for a... Read More
Monday, 09 April 2018 20:51
Guest — Nikki Duvall
I feel you, my 15 year old is the same way. We actually just withdrew him from public school. I'm curious, is your son still in ... Read More
Sunday, 07 October 2018 03:36
Lee Binz
This is a big problem in a typical high school. Most teachers (of course, there are exceptions) teach in a way that works for a sm... Read More
Monday, 09 April 2018 21:31
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How to Say NO to College Offers

How to Say NO to College Offers
May 1st is the 'National Candidate Reply Date' for deciding on which college you will attend and the day you must say no to college offers. It's true that some of them will be great offers and will be hard to say no to. Each college you have applied to will give you directions on how to announce your decision. Some have an online form, others will want an email or paper letter. How, exactly, do...
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Homeschooling During a Crisis

Homeschooling During a Crisis
Do you continue homeschooling during a crisis? Can you or should you? As waves of COVID-19 ebb and flow across the country, homeschooling during a cri...
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How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Homeschool Transcript

How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Homeschool Transcript
Dual enrollment. It can be such a sticking point for homeschool families making a homeschool transcript. Follow the 6 steps below to put dual enrollment on your child's transcript.This post will tell you how to put dual enrollment on a transcript. Want to see what a scholarship-winning transcript actually looks like? Click to download The HomeScholar Record Keeping SamplesYou can count college credits in high school. Below are the specifics of converting college credits to high...
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Guest — Rochelle
Lee, I enjoyed your presentation very much. I would like to add that you can put "number values" on those extra things that are i... Read More
Monday, 28 December 2020 21:50
Robin
Good thinking, Rochelle! Thank you for sharing your ideas! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Monday, 28 December 2020 23:18
Guest — gladden
Hi Lee. if my child gets a D on a college class but yet, takes it again, at another college and gets an A do I have to put it the ... Read More
Monday, 19 October 2020 18:48
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Putting Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

Putting Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript
When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences. As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single homeschool transcript document. Here are 7 steps for putting public school classes on your homeschool transcript: 1. Choose an acronym Create...
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Anita
Hi, Karen. Yes, if you have transcripts from public schools, you'll need to send those separately (directly from the public schoo... Read More
Tuesday, 09 June 2020 17:52
Karen Hood
In submitting 3 years of public high school transcripts along with the senior year of homeschool would the official transcript fro... Read More
Monday, 08 June 2020 23:08
Robin
Hi Michele, There are a few reasons... We include those classes, primarily, because they are on our children's permanent record, ... Read More
Monday, 21 October 2019 21:02
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How Much College Debt is Acceptable?

How Much College Debt is Acceptable?
Every person has to decide for themselves how much college debt is worthwhile. I can tell you what my debt boundaries are as you begin your research. Ultimately, that will be a family decision that you'll have to make.For me, I think college debt may be worthwhile only if you can pay it back within one year. Estimate how much your child could make at a minimum wage job while living at home for one year....
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[Free Class] How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School

[Free Class] How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School
Homeschooling high school is a challenge. College prep is an additional challenge on top of that. Many parents struggle because they don't know HOW to...
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[Free eBook] Finding A College You Love

[Free eBook] Finding A College You Love
Finding a college is like trying to find the "love of your life." When you have narrowed down your selection of colleges to a few candidate schoo...
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Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan

Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan
When deciding whether or not you'll have your student do a 5th year of high school, or a Super Senior year, you'll need to weigh the desires and maturity of your student against their age and abilities. It's normal for a child to graduate high school between the ages of 17 and 20. For many parents, that means that you can provide a 5th year of high school and still graduate your child on time. Although graduating...
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Guest — Olga Houston
I have a question about super senior year. My son is doing a super senior year for the purpose of STOA debate tournaments. I sig... Read More
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:58
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Olga! Those are some good questions! These are the kind of questions people ask Lee during Gold Care Club consultations, becaus... Read More
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:44
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The Psychology of Letting Go (with a Success Story)

The Psychology of Letting Go (with a Success Story)
Letting go is tough. It's even tougher when you are a homeschool parent. Being with our children 24 hours a day provides its struggles, yes, but it provides such great joy, as well! There can be success along the way. Joyce and I have worked together for years as part of my Gold Care Club, getting all her homeschool records tidy. It was by far one of the most challenging situations I've seen. Her daughter had...
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Guest — Lee
I'm so glad this helped you! Thanks for sharing. Lee
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:48
Guest — Homeschool Mom
I am almost to this stage, and this post was very helpful! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information!
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 07:41
Guest — Robin
I love you Lee!
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 12:04
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3 Waves of Scholarships

3 Waves of Scholarships
Scholarships come in waves.  They don't all come at once and they don't all come when you receive college admission. And, unfortunately, they don't all come by the time you have to decide on your college, either.  To say the least, they certainly don't come when it's convenient, that's for sure.Three Waves of Scholarships Scholarships come in Waves - 3 waves, actually.  The first wave is scholarship money based on application numbers.  That means the score on...
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Lee Binz
Lee, I love your posts. They are truly amusing as well as informational.
Friday, 08 March 2019 00:50
Robin
Thank you, Denise! Lee is always thankful to hear that she has blessed parents. And when her humor is understood! Robin Assistant... Read More
Friday, 08 March 2019 01:55
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Homeschooling Teenagers: Choose Your Battles

Homeschooling Teenagers: Choose Your Battles
There are challenges with homeschooling teenagers. A resistant 16-year-old can certainly have an attitude, at times, that makes you want to throw in the towel!  It's hard to be a Christian parent homeschooling a resistant teen who doesn't want to homeschool anymore.  It may seem like an uphill battle, but there are ways to find the right path for your family. The biggest factor in success of homeschooling is when the child WANTS to homeschool, you...
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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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