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Important Dates for 2013

Important Dates for 2013
The New Year is here, and it’s time to mark up your new 2013 calendar! Include any upcoming exams or college preparations you need to make for your high school student.  Don’t miss these deadlines, because many of them are inflexible!  Check the links below for further information about each test.Deadline                                 Test or ActivityJanuary                                    Find a college fair to attend in your areaJanuary 11th                             Register for ACT test on Feb 9thFebruary                                  11th graders schedule college visitsFebruary                                  Find summer jobs and enrichment programsFeb 8th                                     Register for...
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Guest — Sharie
It's not (just) the PSAT part that's confusing. That was just her example. My kid is a junior, so only some of these apply to h... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:22
Guest — J W
Oops, Lee - Denise was really asking, "In which years do we have to do each of these things?" F'rinstance, everyone has to update... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 17:32
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Very good question, Denise and Jo! You are correct, Freshmen typically think about registering for the PSAT in late summer/early f... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 19:16
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Keeping Work Samples for College Admission

Keeping Work Samples for College Admission
 In our family’s homeschool experience, it seemed that colleges asked for some pretty strange things when our sons applied for admission.  One college asked for their transcripts in a sealed envelope, signed on the outside by the principal (my husband).  Another asked for transcripts from a ‘recognized homeschool agency’ (what is that?!).   A lot of colleges, though, want samples of a student’s homeschool work, and this at least is a reasonable and quite common request.  In...
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Making the Most of Community College

Making the Most of Community College
 If you are planning to use community college classes to replace or supplement junior and senior year, I have some specific suggestions.For maximum benefit.... Make sure to have your child take a class in each major subject area: English, math, history, etc.  If you are trying to get an AA degree, that means you will be covering all of those major subject areas plus a little more. Make sure to have her take a class for...
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Guest — Cassie Fishbein
A lot of schools offer the option of taking classes for "honors" credit. This will involve more work from the student, but it is a... Read More
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 09:30
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College Survival Skills

College Survival Skills
 There are two big college survival skills you need to teach your children before they leave home.#1 How to Study A big key to high school success is to make sure that you teach your students the skills that are necessary for college survival. Before my sons were seniors in college, I would have said that the most important college preparation skills were note taking, public speaking, and essay writing. I asked my sons what I...
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Guest — Heather T.
Like Michelle I'd love to know of a resource that helps teach your child to study! Anxious to hear your ideas!
Thursday, 07 June 2012 21:08
Guest — Michelle
How would you suggest teaching your child to study? I discovered this year that my 8th grader needs help in this area. I haven't ... Read More
Thursday, 07 June 2012 11:32
Guest — Lee
This is where a class specifically for that purpose is really helpful. Study/learning skills don't come naturally to everyone, so... Read More
Thursday, 07 June 2012 21:58
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Crazy Lifestyle of Learning

Crazy Lifestyle of Learning
 Lots of homeschoolers have a "Crazy Lifestyle of Learning".  I'm a huge fan of Delight Directed Learning , and I love helping my members turn that into words and numbers that colleges understand - and putting those on a Homeschool Transcript. Here is one example!"My son spends his remaining school day working on film projects. He had already won two contests. I took him to the San Antonio Christian film festival academy a few Weeks back....
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Hand Holding Calms Nerves

Hand Holding Calms Nerves
As a nurse working in a hospital,  I learned that the warm touch of hand-holding can improve heath and healing.  I think it's true for homeschoolers as well! I loved what Anita wrote in this note about hand-holding!Dear Lee, I want to thank you so very much for all the hand holding for my first graduate.  It was so nice to be able to email you with questions that I had regarding my daughters transcripts and...
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College Prep, Step by Step, Part 2

College Prep, Step by Step, Part 2
 Junior YearAs you continue to prepare your student for college, their Junior year is a particularly important year.  You really want to work hard at high school advising during junior year, because that’s when the rubber meets the road. The first task for junior year is to take the PSAT; the junior PSAT is the one that qualifies your student for the National Merit Scholarship. It’s the one that counts, and it’s the one for the...
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College Prep, Step by Step, Part 1

College Prep, Step by Step, Part 1
Preparing for college can start even before your child hits high school.  If you have a middle school student, it’s a great time to review or preview. If you need to do remedial work with your student when they don’t quite know their basic math facts, now’s the time. Likewise, if your child is ready for algebra or geometry, 7th or 8th grade is a perfectly fine time for you to teach those classes.Middle school is...
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Determining CLEP Credit

Determining CLEP Credit
For determining test-related CLEP credits, here are three big ideas to help:1. Ask the university where you hope to attend and give 1 high school credit per class they equate to that CLEP.2. Look at the "Sample CLEP Policy" from the CollegeBoard to estimate credits.  Each equivalent college class could be one high school credit:3. Remember, it all depends on where  you end up, and the CLEP policy for that university.Colleges each have their own policy...
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Planning High School Courses: Part Two

Planning High School Courses: Part Two
Planning High School Courses: Part Two In this second half of planning high school courses for college preparation, we’ll consider what’s needed in the areas of Math, foreign language, PE, and electives.MathMath is such a cornerstone for other subjects, careers, and college majors that I believe it’s important to have four years of math. Most colleges want at least 3 years, and many want 4 years of math. They like to see kids moving forward in...
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Guest — J W
That's clear, thanks! I prefer teaching grammar in the context of the child's own writing because there's *so much* the child alr... Read More
Thursday, 15 March 2012 19:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Joelle! Latin Road provide the grammar and vocabulary of a high school English class. You still need to cover reading and wr... Read More
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:10
Guest — J W
My daughter and I are learning Latin side by side. We pretend we're taking a college course together, so I show her how to label ... Read More
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:10
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Planning High School Courses: Part One

Planning High School Courses: Part One
Planning High School Courses: Part One As a homeschool parent, you know how to educate your children best. You use what you know about your students and their learning styles, and make sure to cover a wide range of academic areas. But when it comes to homeschooling high school, sometimes parents become paralyzed over how to choose courses. What are the subjects that colleges want to see on a high school transcript? How many credits are...
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Struggles with Daily Math

Struggles with Daily Math
What do you do when your child struggles with daily work? It can be confusing! Let me suggest a few ideas: check the curriculum try to motivate kids to work more carefully consider using a test to inform you on a grade, or provide a grade that reflects their poor scores.Karen asked a question about her son's math, and I will illustrate how she can use these strategies to help.Hi Lee, I bought your book, Setting the Records Straight and want...
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Guest — Kathleen
I have a similar situation to Margaret, but it is different enough that I want to pose the question: Using a popular homeschool co... Read More
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 05:46
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Kathleen, Lee talks about explaining unusual situations in your homeschool cover letter: Writing a Homeschool Profile Letter ... Read More
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 14:40
Guest — Margaret
Lee, thank you so much! That is helpful.
Thursday, 23 February 2012 14:45
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Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!

Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!
 Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!One of my friends saw me at the store and asked me a simple little question. "What should my senior be doing right now?" I suggest the following checklist just for seniors:1. Fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.govThe FAFSA is a government form you fill out to determine your financial "need" for scholarships. Financial aid is sometimes "first come - first served" so apply as soon as possible in January.2. Apply...
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What do PSAT Scores Mean?

What do PSAT Scores Mean?
 What do PSAT Scores Mean?When your child takes the PSAT in October, you will get the results in December. If you just received your PSAT scores, you may want to know what those scores really mean. You can get more information here: College Board® Score Reporthttp://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/scores/report.htmlFor more information, these reports will help.Understanding 2011 PSAT/NMSQT Scores (pdf/870.7K)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/understanding-psat-nmsqt-scores.pdfSample PSAT/NMSQT Student Score Report (pdf/1.46M)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sample-psat-nmsqt-student-score-report.pdfWhen your child takes the PSAT next year, be sure to register your child as a...
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Guest — Krissy
I signed up my son to take the PSAT/ NMSQT at our local high school. They only wrote his name on a sheet of paper. Will he fill ou... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:38
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Krissy, You will give more info on the day of the test. In her article Two Weeks to the PSAT Lee says, "When the student fill... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:50
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Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"

Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"
 Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"I'm so pleased to have the Institute for Excellence in Writing participate with this free webinar for homeschoolers. In it, I will explain the SAT and ACT. Then Andrew Pudewa will discuss how to teach essay writing for those tests. It will be a real meat-and-potatoes class filled with useable information, and I hope you can join us!Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Amy, Here is the link for the webinar that Andrew has already recorded http://excellenceinwriting.adobeconnect.com/p54pt2y... Read More
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:36
Guest — Amy
Lee, I would love to listen as I have a son taking the ACT this spring, but will not be home Monday night. Can I download it and ... Read More
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:42
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