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Help for Homeschooling Middle School

Help for Homeschooling Middle School
Many parents feel anxious about homeschooling middle school. Parents can find themselves suddenly staring across the breakfast table at strangers. Del...
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The 3 Most Important Scholarship Tips

The 3 Most Important Scholarship Tips
Every year some perfectly wonderful homeschool students miss out on college scholarships. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Read on to find out my 3 most important scholarship tips to help your student! Missing out doesn't have to happen to you! In addition to the 3 most important scholarship tips, you can earn more homeschool scholarships by 'clipping college coupons'! These 9 “coupons” you can clip to earn homeschool scholarships, reduce college costs, and...
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High School Tests During Coronavirus Pandemic

High School Tests During Coronavirus Pandemic
Due to social distancing requirements, and the possibility of further school closures, parents and students are struggling to provide college admissio...
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The Coronavirus and College Admission Update

The Coronavirus and College Admission Update
Homeschoolers, and families that are forced homeschoolers, are faced with canceled college admission tests and colleges have closed their ca...
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Guest — Jaime Goodman
Everything seems to be on hold for my graduating senior. The idea of a gap year had occurred to me but what does that even look li... Read More
Thursday, 16 April 2020 22:50
Lee Binz
Hi Jaime! A gap year can be doing anything helpful, not just missions or travel. So working as an essential worker totally would c... Read More
Friday, 17 April 2020 20:04
Lee Binz
What a blessing to see your name today Ann! I'm so glad your family is safe and healthy. Thanks for your encouragement again, afte... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2020 17:01
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Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?

Is Apologia Science Rigorous Enough for the College-Bound?
Are Apologia science textbooks rigorous enough for college-bound students?  Sure, they are popular with homeschoolers, but how GOOD are they as science books? Are Apologia science textbooks fairly rigorous, for college-bound students?  I've heard a few conflicting reports...~Jill in SeattleApologia is a very rigorous college prep series.  I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all about "fit" more than a textbook.  When it comes to science, though, I had such success with the...
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Lee Binz
Hi Jen! YES they are WELL prepared. No additional content needed - the study guide for the test is enough. And a student should al... Read More
Friday, 21 February 2020 17:25
Guest — Jen Gaerthofner
Thank you for taking the time to answer! I appreciate your time and advice.
Friday, 21 February 2020 19:05
Guest — Jen
Can anyone speak to whether or not this Bio text prepares students well for testing like the ACTs? I wonder if there isn't some a... Read More
Friday, 21 February 2020 16:23
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Sending Homeschool Transcripts for Senior Year Applications

Sending Homeschool Transcripts for Senior Year Applications
Is your child's transcript up to date?  Even if their transcript looks great on paper, it can be confusing to figure out how to submit a homeschool transcript when you are filling out college applications during the fall of senior year. Let me give you a few quick tips to make your college admission process easier. Homeschool transcripts aren't hard to make. They do, however, take time to make. And, it is a good idea to...
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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 — Madison
If I go homeschooled in the middle of my senior year and get everything done am I still able to walk the line with my class?... Read More
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 03:47
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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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Catherine Silverio
Dear Lee, I enjoyed that blog post! Thank you! My son will be in 9th grade this fall and I have met with someone from the Enginee... Read More
Thursday, 15 July 2021 05:22
Lee Binz
Catherine, I'm glad you enjoy it! Your questions really depend on which college your son ultimately goes to, but I don't want you ... Read More
Thursday, 15 July 2021 19:04
Catherine Silverio
Thank you .Thank you. Thank you! These 2 links were VERY helpful! I found my answers there. XOXO from Colorado!
Thursday, 15 July 2021 19:14
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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 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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