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The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!

The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!
Learn the Steps to Getting BIG Scholarships!  You're not just a homeschooler.  You are the Homeschool Parent PLUS Counselor PLUS Mentor PLUS Advisor.  Don't worry, though. Homeschool parents are GREAT high school guidance counselors, motivated by love and a long term commitment to their child's success.  But even the most determined and steadfast parent may quake at the cost of college! Learn how to market your child for college admission.  Marketing can increase your chance of...
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College Application Essays for Homeschoolers

College Application Essays for Homeschoolers
College application essays take time and effort - they don't just happen overnight!  Take some time to learn about them now.  You and your children can practice some application essays now - BEFORE senior year - and make your life that much easier down the road. What's the big deal about a little essay?  If you have ever faced resistance from your children about a writing assignment, boy are you in for a treat! You haven't...
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What is a Homeschool Friendly College?

What is a Homeschool Friendly College?
What is a Homeschool Friendly College? In general, a homeschool friendly college is one that treats a homeschool applicant the same as a public school applicant. Your child would be requested to take the exact same tests as any other student - more tests are not required of a homeschool applicant. Some colleges say they are homeschool friendly, when in reality they have "hoops" that we have to jump through.Read the complete article from 2008  What...
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Guest — Penny
Thanks for reposting this article. With a son entering the high school level soon enough, it's good information to know ahead of t... Read More
Saturday, 09 April 2011 14:20
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Better Grades Through Baking

Better Grades Through Baking
As you can imagine, I get a lot of "interesting" press releases.   Recently I received information about how grades improve when the house smells good. Here are the very important statistics: We’re working with homeschooling mom and the founder of Mom Bloggers Club, Jennifer James, to let people know about this new study which shows that 84% of students reporting GPAs of A or B reported positive childhood home smells, such as lemon, mint or “clean.”...
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Guest — BobbieSue
While it is impossible to prove a causative relationship between the smells at home and grades at school; it is reasonable to say ... Read More
Friday, 08 April 2011 06:42
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High School with Learning Challenges

High School with Learning Challenges
If your child struggles with learning challenges, you are not alone!  Read my article "College for Struggling Learners" to hear about other teenagers with learning problems. These are the resources listed in the article, linked so you can easily access the information. Learning Disabilities Association of AmericaTypical learning difficulties include dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia - often complicated by associated disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Learning Disabilities Association Tips for College AdmissionLearning Disabilities - 8 Tips For...
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Spelling for Dyslexia

Spelling for Dyslexia
My girlfriend has children with dyslexia.  She tells me the best program is always the THIRD spelling program you try!  Because by that time you begin to figure out your child and understand the problem better!  She recommends Sequential Spelling - it was the third (and final) spelling program she tried. Recently I've been hearing about a new program that works well with my clients.  Have you heard about All About Spelling yet? It might be...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks for the tip about another spelling program! Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 08:36
Guest — Rebecca W
My 15 year old daughter has ALWAYS struggled with spelling. We've tried so many different things, but nothing has seemed to help h... Read More
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 17:43
Guest — Cindy K.
I agree! We used the program through Level 4. Then we had to wait about 5 months for Level 5 to be ready and during that time, we ... Read More
Friday, 08 April 2011 08:27
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Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada

Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada
Eunice had some feedback about my  blog post "What’s Next? 8 Options After High School" http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/8-options-high-school/5374/She provided a great argument in favor of community college.  This would be good to compare and contrast with my article Facing the Community College Fad - http://www.thehomescholar.com/recent-articles/community-college-fad.phpPlease read Eunice's experience with community college, then leave a comment and share your opinion and experiences!  It's important to share information with each other, so each parent has as much data as possible...
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Public School for Senior Year

Public School for Senior Year
A homeschool transcript is easily accepted by almost all colleges.  It's strange to think that public schools don't value our hard work the way that colleges do.  If you are thinking about sending your child to public school for a year or more, consider how it will look on your transcript. Hi Lee,I come to you biting my nails!! Our oldest daughter asked me about attending the local high school her senior year next year.  I...
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Lee, I wish you had told this mom that she could send her child to the public school but still create a home school transcript. S... Read More
Thursday, 31 March 2011 18:23
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Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs

Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs
Great News!  Colleges love homeschoolers for their academic preparation, socialization, and specialization. They love us and they want us at their school.  Another group also loves us:  alternative education and parent partnership programs.  They love us for a completely different reason, however!  They love us because they can make money when they make us afraid about homeschooling. Don't be afraid!   Your children can achieve anything with a homeschool education!  They can get into college (with wonderful...
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Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"

Here's the Solution to "Help! I don't know what I'm doing!"
I'm getting those calls and emails again.  The ones where parents start with "Help!  I don't know what I'm doing!" I hear it all.  See if these worries sound familiar: Can my child get into college? Can she get good scholarships? How can I provide opportunities for his future? How do we apply to college? What do I do first?If you are confused with the whole process, and don't even know what to do first, please...
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Music Scholarship or Work Study?

Music Scholarship or Work Study?
Many times music scholarships really aren't a scholarship at all.  They are really more like a WORK STUDY PROGRAM. Music scholarships many require many hours invested in practicing and accompanying.  Students may spend hours playing music they don't like to accompany other musicians and singers.  This level of commitment may be required by a music scholarship.  A music scholarship may have relatively low monetary value, and may represent a work study program earning far below minimum...
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Guest — Lois
Lee- I was a music major, and I tried to get as many music scholarships that I could. In band, there were many non-music majors wh... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 08:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Ann! Check to see how much practice/playing time is required, then do the math to see if it is a good investment of his time. ... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:59
Guest — Ann
hi Lee-- Is a performance grant the same thing?
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:15
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Using CLEP on a High School Transcript

Using CLEP on a High School Transcript
CLEP Exams should come with a big disclaimer saying "it depends."  Although CLEP was wonderful for my family, using CLEP test really depends a lot on the university where the student will attend.  In this blog post, we will compare different college policies on the use of CLEP scores, and see the wide variety of how those test are used. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does...
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Guest — Lee
Good timing, Stephanie! Have you checked the possible colleges to see if they accept CLEP? Even if they don't, it can still be g... Read More
Monday, 21 March 2011 05:44
Guest — Stephanie in OH
Lee - My 14yo is just starting to prepare for her first CLEP later in the year, so I thought I'd hop on to review your blog posts ... Read More
Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:20
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College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants

College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants
Don't be shy!  Speak up, and colleges may change their admission policy!  A client contacted me about a college her child wanted to attend.  The website provided a homeschool policy that was not very homeschool friendly.  I wrote to the college to ask about their admission policy and received a favorable reply. This is the email I sent to the admission department:To: AdmissionsSubject: Homeschool Policy Discourages Homeschool ApplicantsDear William Woods University Admissions,A homeschooler has contacted me...
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Guest — G B
Can you please do the same thing for me? I am a homeschool applicant with no parents to help me and I have been trying to transfer... Read More
Monday, 17 September 2012 14:44
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear GB, As Lee stated in her article, you are welcome to to edit her letter for your own use. Lee encourages you to include spe... Read More
Monday, 17 September 2012 22:40
Guest — J W
LOL - Lee said "They objected to ME teaching biology labs, and they are the university that gave me my nursing degree. In other wo... Read More
Thursday, 10 March 2011 20:04
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Should I Weight Homeschool Honors Classes?

Should I Weight Homeschool Honors Classes?
To Weight or Not to Weight... That is the Question!  Which is nobler?  Leanne asked about weighting rigorous courses. What about Honors classes? I see you didn't "weight" the grade for Honors English. Don't the public schools do this? If I wanted to would I make it a 1.5 credit course, or a 5.0 for the grade? We used James Stobaugh for American Lit and it was very rigorous, plus Evan is taking Brit Lit with...
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Guest — Kimberly C
Can dual credits at the community college considered honors course & weighted that way?
Thursday, 21 July 2016 10:14
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Kimberly, Lee is not in favor or weighting classes, but in her article Two for the Price of One she says, "Make sure you put ev... Read More
Sunday, 24 July 2016 16:06
Guest — ChristineMM
I was not going to assign grades for everything or to weight but we are submitting to the NCAA and they require grades. They want ... Read More
Friday, 14 June 2013 08:42
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Online College or Diploma Mill?

Online College or Diploma Mill?
Have ever heard of Western Governors University? It's an all online non-profit college. And, if so, then any opinions would be great. ~Christine Dear Christine,I haven't heard of it before. For an all-online college, I would lean heavily on a college with a reputable brick-and-mortar presence (like Thomas Jefferson, Regent University in Virginia, etc) or a college that comes highly recommended by CollegePlus!  There is a risk of stumbling upon a diploma mill otherwise, which can...
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Western Governors University is legit! They are the only online college that is able to offer teacher's licensure NCATE approved!... Read More
Monday, 28 February 2011 06:34
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