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Four Homeschool High School Advantages

Four Homeschool High School Advantages
A few summers ago my two sons graduated together from homeschool high school. They were both invited to compete in an all day full-tuition scholarship competition at their first choice university.  108 students competed for those ten full-tuition scholarships, Two of the winners were homeschoolers.  Both were mine. I found myself wondering, "How did that happen?" I believe we received scholarships because of four advantages: curriculum, SAT preparation, documentation, and character. These advantages are available to...
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Are You an Assertive Homeschooler?

Are You an Assertive Homeschooler?
It never hurts to ask.  If you are denied admission because of homeschooling, be assertive, and ask tough questions!  Socially active parents can change admission policy, as I have written in the past.  If you get a barricade, and it looks like bricks, it may not be an impenetrable as it appears. Ask questions.  See second opinions.  Demonstrate facts.  Don't panic! I am planning on attending Technical College in January, but unfortunately the women over admissions...
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Tuesday, 28 December 2010 08:45
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Good to know that being assertive can get things done. Our 16yr old begins Running Start at the community college in one week and ... Read More
Tuesday, 28 December 2010 08:39
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Is Your Homeschool For Real?

Is Your Homeschool For Real?
What do you do when an application asks if you have a high school diploma "recognized by the state you live in"? I'm so honest....don't know what to say or do.  I registered with a school that will award a "private school" diploma.  Sounded good, but I'm being boxed in.  Dual enrollment articulation agreement is great, but I can't put correct course descriptions on the transcript because they aren't available as options.  Having a school help...
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Bilingual Homeschool

Bilingual Homeschool
If your children are bilingual, some colleges will accept that as a foreign language and some will not.  I think it's a good idea to provide some sort of outside documentation.  I like suggesting a CLEP exam, because they provide an official transcript.  However, CLEP only offers a handful of languages, so I'm not sure it will help you.  You can also try an AP exam, but they need to be fluent in writing as well...
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Good to know, Stan! Thanks for the tip. Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:56
Guest — Stan
Hi Lee, One may consider ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (see http://www.languagetesting.com). It is offered over the phone, cov... Read More
Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:59
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Monday, 20 December 2010 22:46
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What about Work Samples?

What about Work Samples?
Work samples can be included in Comprehensive Records.  I included some writing samples within the body of my course descriptions.  I tried to choose things that were not too long, perhaps something that had won an award (published, or got an "A" grade from someone else).  And I tried to get some variety:  perhaps a short story and a piece of research. Other than a writing sample, I would just be prepared to give a sample...
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Giving Gifts That Pay for College

Giving Gifts That Pay for College
Giving Gifts That Pay for College - Free Webinar!Instead of using the old "Toys R Us" strategy of looking through catalogs o brain-dead products, consider getting gifts that feed the flames of your child's special interests, and gifts that make high school easier for you AND for your children! Last month I had a webinar called "Giving Gifts that Pay for College."   We were able to record that webinar, and we would love for you to...
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Doubling Up on English for CLEP Tests

Doubling Up on English for CLEP Tests
Weighing the pros and cons of studying for a CLEP Exam? My son is interested in CLEP for English, but I need some help with planning this along with his other work.  He is doing an English curriculum, should he just stop it for the 8 weeks to study for the CLEP?  He already takes a long time to finish his English, especially the writing.  We are praying and weighing out the benefits and would appreciate...
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A point of clarification, there is no CLEP for English as in the study of grammar, sentence structure, etc. There is a CLEP called... Read More
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 08:37
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How to Avoid Cheating in College

How to Avoid Cheating in College
According to ABC News, the University of Central Florida has a huge problem.  Recently 200 seniors cheated on a Business course midterm.  One third of the class cheated, and now they may not be allowed to graduate. One student called it a witch hunt and said, "This is college.  Everyone cheats, everyone cheats in life in general." Students may be tempted to cheat in college.  While they are at home, tell them you are aware of...
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Homeschool Grades - Are You Too Tough?

Homeschool Grades - Are You Too Tough?
Do you grade too hard?  Or too easy?In my blog post about Reconsidering Homeschool Grades, one mother shared her experience: It is so amazing that I came across this article today because if you had published this last month I would have just ignored it, but it just so happens a college admissions officer came to visit our co-op and said these very words! She said that homeschool transcripts lacked courses designated “Honors” or “Advanced”. She...
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Our Second Comprehensive Record Solution Review!

Our Second Comprehensive Record Solution Review!
On this Thanksgiving, we are so blessed by this review from Annie Kate of the Tea Time With Annie Kate blog.   You can read her whole review here, but this was my favorite part!So far I’ve enjoyed some of the videos and studied a few of the E-books and documents.  The videos are basically well-organized talks with notes, something that fits well with my learning style.  Lee has a pleasant voice, and it has been...
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Our First Comprehensive Record Solution Review!

Our First Comprehensive Record Solution Review!
Sally is a client I helped with comprehensive records.  She made such beautiful records, I asked her to review my latest creation, the Comprehensive Record Solution.  By the way, Sally let me include all of her course descriptions in the my Course Description Collection, which comes with the purchase of the Comprehensive Record Solution.Dear Lee,WOW!!!!!!  I love this product. Oh, how I wish it would have been available a couple of years ago!!  Still, the info...
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Homeschoolers: Don't Miss the College Fairs!

Homeschoolers: Don't Miss the College Fairs!
Trying to decide if you should go to a college fair?   Now is the time! Particularly for high school juniors, a college fair is a very important step in going to college.  You can find a large college fair through www.nacacnet.org and you can find smaller Christian college fairs through National Christian College Fairs.  When push comes to shove, though, our busy schedules make it difficult to prioritize this important step. Can you describe what the...
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Separating is Horrible - But Joy Awaits!

Separating is Horrible - But Joy Awaits!
Letting go is hard work.  Watching your children leave for college brings all sorts of emotions to the surface.   That's when you truly do the hard work of separating. Separating is horrible, and the work is hard, but it really pays off! I'm reading all my home educating friends talking about starting their new academic year and I'm thinking...I am so not ready to not be a home educator any more. I wonder what my cat...
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It's College Fair Time!

It's College Fair Time!
Put that College Fair on the Calendar!It's college fair season, and it's time to get that responsibility on your calendar before it gets full!  Attending a college fair is a key to finding a college, and I strongly recommend that every homeschooler attends a college fair in Junior Year.  I think they are great for freshmen, fabulous for sophomore and seniors, but should be required for Juniors.  One of the major tasks of Junior year is...
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How Does Your Homeschool Compare?

How Does Your Homeschool Compare?
Scores Stagnate at High SchoolsA Wall Street Journal article mildly whispers a passively calm title.  But the quotes within the article are really quite shocking."High schools are the downfall of American school reform," said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington. "We haven't figured out how to improve them on a broad scope and if our kids aren't dropping out physically, they are dropping out mentally."  It's an...
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Dear Lisa, Don't think about CLEP as "cramming for the test." Certainly there is an element of learning how to test well. But i... Read More
Monday, 13 September 2010 15:57
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I love that speech! But now I'm concerned because we're thinking of using CollegePlus (recommended on this website). Doesn't Colle... Read More
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Guest — Luke Holzmann
Homeschooling high school is absolutely a great option! Thanks for sharing, Lee [smile]. ~Luke
Thursday, 09 September 2010 06:10
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