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Devastating Test Results: Test Canceled and Scores Lost

Devastating Test Results: Test Canceled and Scores Lost
Plan ahead to avoid devastating test results. Whether your child is a super-smart, gifted test-taker, or struggling test-o-phobe, there is o...
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Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?

Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?
Are you wondering just what to do next? There are so many options for your homeschooled child!I remember what it felt like to worry around in circles over these options! Choosing between community college, AP courses , CLEP exams, online classes, and other options depends on your child. I have recommended each option to different homeschoolers.When you're making the decision for your family, take a step back and think about what your goals are for your child. If...
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High School Testing Help

High School Testing Help
Understanding the common high school tests can save you real money right now - saving thousands of dollars on college. In my online training resource, “High School Testing” I compare major high school tests, discusses general strategies & study tips, and shares how my sons homeschooled one year of college using CLEP exams. This great resource, which includes a video, audio transcription, handouts and an ebook, will help you understand and navigate the following tests: SATACTPSAT/NMSQTPLANSATII...
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OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers

OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers
In the realm of online learning, “OpenCourseWare” is the new kid on the block, one worth checking into if you have a homeschool student who does well with virtual classes.  OpenCourseWare (OCW) includes coursework and materials shared freely with anyone via the Internet. Universities such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard, to name a few, all offer OCW, although there is no credit conferred for completion of any courses.I think it’s wonderful that these courses...
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Terrific info, Jackie! Thanks!
Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:04
Guest — Jackie Ryan Masek
1) We have done OCW and love it! It isn't nearly as easy as they make it sound, though. But, you know me, I'm a Google Master Extr... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:13
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CLEP, AP, or Community College?

CLEP, AP, or Community College?
When you are looking at using CLEP, AP, or Community College, you may wonder which one is best.  "Best" is not always easy to decipher.I'll tell you the big truth about all of this:  it depends on the college your child will ultimately attend.  If you ask 10 different colleges, you might get 10 different answers.  Some very prestigious colleges feel the same way about AP exams and community college classes.  It's almost impossible to tell....
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Guest — Lee
Mary, yes, one transcript for all the colleges. You can make it look just perfect for your top choice college, but use that same v... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:59
Guest — Mary
I assume we need to have one transcript that is the same and is sent to all the colleges we apply to...correct? It would be so ni... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2014 18:34
Guest — Lee
Margie, Ron is correct, but only SOME colleges limit credits, and it's not ALL state colleges. Every college will have unique re... Read More
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:51
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How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?

How Do You Teach the Creation-Evolution Debate?
Do not shy away from the creation-evolution debate. While not critical to teach to younger children, high school students need to have some understanding on both sides of the debate.  Although we didn't shy away from the debate in our homeschool, I wish I had covered the topic even more. Students need to become informed so they can provide reasoned arguments  for their beliefs. Without understanding the issues, they can't reasonably form their own belief system. They need...
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Guest — Lisa
This is a great article and I can see from the comments that it can quickly add fuel to the debate. I am in a very conservative a... Read More
Sunday, 20 October 2013 07:25
Guest — Kim
Joan, Creationism aligns with true scientific research and is compatible with science. Science is merely observing things and off... Read More
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 08:24
Guest — Joan Jahoda
Don't you need to teach a child the difference between belief and science? Belief has no place in this discussion since the only f... Read More
Friday, 21 June 2013 04:23
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  • The Organized Homeschool Life

    A clean house is a sign of a wasted life. Cleaning house while the kids are home is like shoveling snow while it's still snowing. I just cleaned the house top to bottom, so now I'm gonna need everybody to stop living here.

    Have you heard sayings like these? I had when I started my homeschooling journey, and I believed
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  • The CLT Test Alternative to SAT or ACT

    You're likely familiar with the SAT® and ACT® tests, but are you familiar with the Classic Learning Test (CLT)? I'm not always able to spend as much time as I would like discussing the CLT , but I want to be sure parents are aware of this newer test. As more colleges accept the test, and more homeschoolers utilize a classical education, it's important for
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  • Homeschooled Adult Renounces Faith

    Joshua Harris is no longer a Christian. Sad news for the homeschool community.

    Joshua Harris is the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye and is the adult child of well known homeschool speaker. His father, Gregg Harris, is often considered one of the founders of the modern homeschool movement. A former homeschool speaker, Joshua Harris was an outspoken evangelical pastor

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  • 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.


    public school classes on your homeschool transcript

    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

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