Homeschool Legacy John Taylor Gatto

Homeschool Legacy John Taylor Gatto
Read books by John Taylor Gatto, and be encouraged in your decision and ability to homeschool. A cornerstones of the modern homeschool movement, his eye-opening books were instrumental in motivating a generation of homeschoolers who began educating children at home without the benefit of a computer or a huge variety of homescho...
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Gifted and Stuck in School!

Gifted and Stuck in School!
Gifted education is a subject very near and dear to my heart! It is the reason why I began homeschooling in the first place. After we started, I was surprised at how many other homeschooling benefits there are! If your child is bored in school and you have been wanting to homeschool high school but you're afraid, I have some suggestions.

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Gifted and Stuck in School!



If your child is gifted and stuck in school, I offer many resources dedicated to homeschooling gifted children that may help:


  • Article: 13 Tips for Teaching Your Gifted Teen


  • Kindle Book: Gifted Education Strategies for Every Child


  • Online class: Gifted Education Strategies for Every Child (Online Training)


  • Audio CD: Gifted Education at Home


  • My Gold Care Club members also receive everything they need to homeschool through high school, including video training, tools, templates, and some great resources specific to homeschooling gifted children. Check out my Gold Care Club for more information.

    Please don't avoid homeschooling out of fear. Fear is a lousy reason - fear is something that can prevent you from hearing God. My job is to remove the fear, so that you can hear what you are called to do. There is nothing to fear! Studies show that homeschoolers do just fine and in fact outperform their public school peers!

    For more encouragement, here are some short video clips. These may help remove the fear, and remind you that you aren't the only one who knows what it's like to have gifted teens in a public school.

    "How do you know you can homeschool high school?"

    The HomeScholar on "Flunked" - Award Winning Documentary

    Enjoy the start of your homeschool journey with your gifted child! Are you homeschooling a gifted child or about to get started? Please share!

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    Please note: This post was originally published in October 2009 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades

The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades
In this video, I talk about the difference between grades you give on tests and grades you put on your homeschool transcript.




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How Do I Teach Subjects I Don't Know?

How Do I Teach Subjects I Don't Know?

Strategies on teaching subjects that you as the parents haven't mastered.

 

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Teaching Your Dyslexic Student

Teaching Your Dyslexic Student

Strategies for teaching your child with learning difficulties.

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The HomeScholar Online Christmas Party!

The HomeScholar Online Christmas Party!

The HomeScholar Online Christmas Party will be LOTS fun! #Homeschool @TheHomeScholar


Join me for fun and games, laughter and friendship, giveaways and prizes! The HomeScholar Online Christmas Party is going to be SO much fun! It will be just like a regular Christmas party, only it will be completely online. My mom helped me think of fun things to do online for the party, and it's going to be a blast! We will have a cookie exchange, play party games, share white elephant gifts, and get party favors. While we are together, you can ask me anything about homeschooling high school while we are chatting and laughing. It's not a bother, just bring your questions and we'll sip hot chocolate and talk about it. We will also share ideas for making homemade gifts, ornaments, and recipes. Feel free to show up in your sweats or jammies - you can even wrap your gifts while we party, I don't mind! Just pay close attention so you can jump up and win some great prizes when the time comes! I can't think of a better way to spend a December evening than celebrating with YOU!



Date: December 6th


Time: 5 pm (pacific time)


Reserve your place now!


Register for the party here


I want to thank so many of my wonderful business friends for providing great giveaways for the party!

The Homeschool Experiment
The Homeschool Experiment, by Charity Hawkins

A Delightful Novel for Moms


Set in the hilarious, hard, and beautiful world of homeschooling, this is the perfect first book for those just starting out on their homeschooling journey, or beginning to consider the idea, and it's a reminder to the veteran homeschooler that you're not alone.
Retail Value: $12.99

My Audio School
My Audio School

One Year Subscription to My Audio School AND Free Audio Downloads for All!


My Audio School provides classic books, old-time radio theater, historical radio and television broadcasts, and more make My Audio School a treasure trove for educators, parents and students alike.
Retail Value: $14.99

Also from My Audio School

Free Audio Downloads for All!

Audios from old time radio theater, related to Christmas.  There is a radio broadcast of It's a Wonderful  Life starring Jimmy Stewart, a reading of O. Henry's Gift of the Magi, a couple of episodes of The Cinnamon Bear, an episode of Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, a Hallmark radio theater drama of The Long Winter, based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's book by the same name, and finally a 30 minute radio adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol!

Susan K. Marlow
Badge of Honor and Gold
Badge of Honor, plus a vial of real gold


From the author of the Circle C Adventures comes a new series set during the waning days of the California gold rush. In book 1, Badge of Honor, twelve-year-old Jem Coulter’s and his sister Ellie’s lives begin to unravel when their father accepts a job as sheriff of lawless Goldtown. Then their gold-panning creek dries up and Jem determines to find out why—and plunges head on into danger. Wholesome reading from a biblical worldview.
Retail Value: $10

Susan K. Marlow
Andi’s Circle C Christmas and Paper Dolls

Andi’s Circle C Christmas and Paper Dolls


Children ages 6-8 can join six-year-old Andi, her baby horse Taffy, and her family and friends on the Circle C ranch in 1874. In book 6, Andi is sure Christmas will be an unhappy holiday when grumpy Aunt Rebecca comes for a visit. Can Andi give Jesus the perfect birthday present by being kind and obedient to her bossy aunt?

Paper doll set includes Andi, Riley, and their animals friends on heavy, glossy card stock, plus 3 pages of glossy clothes with Velcro fasteners.
Retail Value: $13

Susan K. Marlow
Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home and “Mini” Breyer Palomino Horse

Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home, plus a “Mini” Breyer palomino horse


Living on the Circle C ranch in 1880s California provides twelve-year-old Andi with more than her fair share of adventures. From nearly trampling her schoolmaster with her palomino horse, Taffy, to outwitting an escaped convict, Andi's life is never boring. Her hair-raising escapades always end up teaching her valuable lessons about family, faith, and friends.
Retail Value: $12

Syl-la-bles
Syl-la-bles

Syl-la-bles Game


Syl–la–bles is a game for all ages, as the difficulty of the words is up to each individual playing the game.  The object of the game is to come up with the longest and most difficult words beginning with the letter on the spaces you land on. The longer the words, the more points you score. First person to achieve the set amount of points (decided before the game starts) is the winner.  Syl-la-bles encourages players to be creative and think big!
Retail Value: $24.99

You Can Do It Too!
You Can Do It Too!

You Can Do It Too! 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories


A Series of interviews with 25 homeschool families answering questions of ‘Why do you homeschool?’ ‘What does it look like?’ ‘How do you find what to teach? ‘What do your kids think?’ and much more. Our goal is to share with you the how’s and why’s – the successes and failures.  By Lorilee Lippincott.
Retail Value: $9.99

Homeschool Diploma
T-Shirt from Homeschool Diploma

Class of 2013 Black T-Shirt, for Guys or Girls


This Class of 2013 T-shirt is one-of-a-kind!  The front of the shirt reads "SENIOR CLASS - Ruling the World Since 2013." Shirt is 100% preshrunk cotton.
Retail Value: $16.99

Homeschool Diploma
2013 Sweatshirt from Homeschool Diploma
Black "Class of TWENTY 13" Hoodie for Guys & Girls


This black hooded sweatshirt is complemented by a white design. 51% cotton, 49% polyester.
Retail Value: $28.25

Total Yearbooks
Total Yearbooks!

$50 Gift Certificate from Total Yearbooks!


Total Yearbook is an easy, affordable solution for homeschools to print their own yearbooks. Teach your child the elements of photography, technology and design while creating a yearbook that they will treasure forever!  With Total Yearbooks you can design your entire book and upload a PDF or you can choose from one of our professionally designed templates and insert your photos and add captions.
Retail Value: $50

BibleMesh
BibleMesh Biblical Story Course
BibleMesh Biblical Story Course


An interactive, web-based course for adults and high schoolers. Explore evangelical theology driven by the story of the Bible. You’ll make connections between the Old and New Testament and, ultimately, see Christ in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.
Retail Value:  $39.99

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The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


An entertaining and educational children’s book enhanced with animations, games, recipes, videos, and more providing hours of fun for kids and parents alike. Based on the beloved story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this interactive, action and adventure is filled with delight and carries you through the Chocolate Factory with stops along the way to create, laugh, and learn. It reawakens the passion of “jumping” inside the pages with each chapter being a gateway into a magical world.
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 185 page step-by-step guide with over 20 activities and crafts for you and your children.
Retail Value: The Apple version is $7.99 and the PDF Version is $14.95

Indie Boards and Cards
Flash Point: Fire Rescue Game
Flash Point: Fire Rescue Game


A fully cooperative board game, everyone plays on the same firefighting team - win or lose together!   Every turn is filled with the tension of having to fight the fire back, rescuing victims or investigating points of interest.  Players can ride the ambulance to safety or fire the engine's deck gun in a desperate attempt to control the blaze.  No two games are ever the same - and with two rule-sets (family, & experienced) and 3 different difficulty levels, there is a challenge to be had for all.  Flash Point Fire Rescue is available where ever great games are sold, including your local game store, Barnes and Noble and select Target locations.
Retail Value: $$39.99

Home School Enrichment Magazine
Home School Enrichment Magazine Gift Subscription!
One-Year Subscription to Home School Enrichment Magazine

Home School Enrichment Magazine gives you the encouragement, inspiration, and practical teaching ideas you need to keep your homeschool going strong, all year long. Each issue is packed with useful and real-world homeschool help, Biblical insights, and much more to make this the best homeschool year you’ve ever had!
Retail Value: $21.97
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Words I Hate

Words I Hate
There are certain words I hate.  They don't seem to be important for homeschooling.  Although I know it can be useful for some people, many of these words have their roots in public schools.


rubric
literary analysis
umbrella organization
accountability
benchmark
credential
inclusive
norm or normative
socialization
alternative education
accreditation
parent-partnership
certified
approved

In fact, to me some words just scream "Certified teacher!  Lookout!"  Some things are useful - even important - with public school children or in a brick and mortar school.  That doesn't mean they are words that are important for homeschoolers, or in your homeschool.

What words do YOU hate?


Do you need help with college admission essays? Learn how to have your student write a compelling story about themselves so colleges will listen.
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You Can Do It Too! – 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Story  by Lori Lippincott

You Can Do It Too! – 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Story  by Lori Lippincott
I was asked to share my story for Lori Lippincott's new book, "You Can Do It Too! – 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Story"


Not sure you could homeschool? This book is for you!

Afraid you don’t have the education or patience?  This book is for you!

Curious about what it looks like day-to-day?  This book is for you!

Overwhelmed by homeschool options? This book is for you!

You Can Do It Too! is a series of interviews with 25 homeschool families answering questions of ‘Why do you homeschool?’ ‘What does it look like?’ ‘How do you find what to teach? ‘What do your kids think?’ and much more. Our goal is to share with you the how’s and why’s – the successes and failures.
“Ever wondered what it is really like to homeschool? Twenty-six families share the good, the bad, and the not-so-pretty things that can make up a homeschool lifestyle. Grab a cup of coffee and “chat” with these homeschool moms as you read the pages of this book. If you’re looking for picture perfect, you won’t find that here. What you will find are homeschool moms who honestly share the ups and downs of the homeschool life. Discover their joys, experiences, concerns, and why they don’t quit. Whether you’re a newbie, a veteran homeschooler, or somewhere in between, you’ll enjoy these candid looks at homeschooling.”

~Gena Suarez, Publisher, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC


This book isn’t a book comparing homeschool, public school, private school or other education options. We are not going to tell you what is best for you or your kids because we don’t know you or your options. The goal of this book is to let you see the nuts and bolts of what homeschool is and make sure you know it is an option for you.

Open the pages and come on in. Let us share our stories with you.

Purchase You Can Do It Too!


The Comprehensive Record Solution provides you  the guidance and coaching you need to finish the your homeschool records with confidence.   
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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.


Jennifer wrote to me expressing great concern that CLEP exams would hurt high achieving students.  She worried that CLEP tests were too easy compared to AP.  Someone told her that a college looked negatively upon CLEP tests.

Each college is unique. In my business I talk to a lot of colleges.  I try to represent the views of many colleges as even-handedly as possible.  It's important to realize that the range of college preference and attitude varies dramatically - as much as parents homechool preferences from unschool to classical.  I'm trying to serve the entire homeschool community who may go to any of these colleges.  It's difficult to give absolute answers to questions that vary so much from student to student and college to college.  As with everything we homeschoolers do, it's the parents responsibility to determine from the colleges what they want to see.

No harm will come to your child for taking the CLEP.  It may or may not be beneficial, but it can't hurt.  You have the option of submitting scores or not submitting scores to colleges.  You can choose to include CLEP on the transcript or not include it.  Taking a CLEP test doesn't mean your child didn't learn something - it's not going to hurt anyone. There are many opinions on CLEP (good and bad) and many opinions of AP (good and bad).  Some colleges don't accept community college credits either.

All you can really do is to educate your child as best you can, and then get to know the colleges where he might apply.  Try to give each college what they want. So for example, if you wanted your child to attend that particular school, you would simply not submit CLEP scores to that college, and you would leave it off the transcript.  But if his number 2 school DID accept CLEP, you would send them the CLEP scores to show what your son could do.

That said, if you are thinking about the Ivy schools, your best bet is AP for testing.  Check to see if they value community college classes - some really encourage that, and others just hate community college classes.

With my gifted child, we decided NOT to send him away for college at a very young age.  The local colleges were very accepting of CLEP.  I waited until the summer before we applied, and had him take all the CLEPS he could pass at that time.  We didn't have CLEP accumulated over the years.  Gifted kids are.... complicated, with lots of moving parts.  It's not just what they are capable of in college, but how mature will they be, and when will they be ready for college, and should they leave home before they are 18, etc.  Very complicated stuff.  So for now, take it one day at a time.

Just remember the key concept:  educate your child to the best of your ability for right now.  When the time comes to apply to colleges, you'll be ready.

 

What's your story when it comes to college applications?
Learn how you can create homeschool records that win college admission and scholarships.

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Success in Homeschooling High School

Success in Homeschooling High School
I'll let you in on a secret.  Success in homeschooling is not dependent on how your children turn out.  That's because you can't measure your own success or failure based on the behavior of others.

 


It may sound shocking, but it is true.  Parents can’t control their adult children.  They can only control their own choices and behaviors.  Therefore, our success in homeschooling must be based on what we do, as parents, and not on the results we see in our children. We are like a contractor who builds the foundation of a house.  Our concrete must be strong, but our work cannot ensure the house will be built properly.

Success is when you “leave it all on the field” as they say in sports.  True success means you did your best, tried your hardest, and worked to prepare your children for the future.  Parents cannot be perfect, but they can give their best effort. Success means giving your children the best possible education and character you can provide.  After their education is complete, their choices are up to them.

Your measurement of success cannot depend on your children’s behavior, because you can’t control their behavior.  It can only depend on you.



 

Homeschooling is NOT the same as doing schoolwork at home.  There is LOTS of freedom!  My Gold Care Club will give you all the help you need to succeed!

 

 
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Considering Homeschooling

Considering Homeschooling


 

What advice would you give to a mom who is considering homeschooling?

 

Don't doubt it for a second - you CAN homeschool! You don't have to be afraid - you won't ruin your child's future or jeopardize their college chances! You can provide a superior education for your kids that will open doors for them. Your love for your child will ensure success beyond your wildest dreams!

 

At the same time, don’t try to do it alone. Seek companionship and encouragement from others, and walk together.  I had a homeschool friend with boys slightly older than mine. We stuck together like glue, and offered each other support when it seemed like the whole universe was aligned against us.  I’m telling you, it made all the difference in the world!

Looking back, my friend and I provided each other with four critical ingredients for homeschool success: a willing ear to listen, a gentle voice to correct, a wise word to encourage and a warm heart to accept.  With these critical elements in place, I believe even the most challenging homeschooling experience can succeed through high school graduation.  I've seen it - in my life and the lives of others.  Homeschooling high school is a challenging.  It is demanding and requires an extraordinary commitment from both the parents and the child to be successful.  Every parent experiences discouragement at some point.

 

I believe that homeschooling discouragement is primarily caused by fear...fear of the unknown, fear of failing, fear of hurting our children's future, and fear of looking foolish.  They may sneak up on you at a family event, or ambush you at a homeschool convention.  You may even be sitting at church and get that overwhelming sense of dread.  For me, the fear always seemed to come at night…in bed…staring at the ceiling….

 

Don’t succumb to the temptation to throw in the towel, just when the rewards promise to be so great!  Homeschooling through high school is worth the effort!  It’s one of the best times you’ll have with your children, before they launch and start their own lives at college or beyond.   Stay the course, and finish strong.  I’m glad I did, and I believe you will be too.  Now that my sons are graduated from homeschool high school, my mission is to help encourage other homeschooling parents, and I have a lot of great resources on my website (www.TheHomeScholar.com).  I encourage you to visit and get any help you need!



 

Your best strategy for keeping all those balls in the air is preparation.  The HomeScholar Gold Care Club will give you the comprehensive help you need to homeschool high school.
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Relax and Renew

Relax and Renew


Summer... time to relax and renew!  Summer provides an opportunity to do tasks that were set aside during the school year. Perhaps your focus is on snuggling young children, relaxing in a hammock, or inventing activities to keep young ones busy. Whatever your summer brings, I'd love to help!  Read my article "5 Goals for Summer Success" as you catch up with your homeschool tasks.  I have tons of activities for younger children on my Pinterest page "Fun for the Littles"  so your children can be kept occupied all summer long - or you can plan for activities during the school year.  I also have a College Packing List, so if your student is leaving for college you'll know just what to bring.  This is a "Best Of" packing list - I collected ideas from others, added things I knew helped me, consulted with a friend sending her child to college this fall, and asked my college-age assistant to add her unique spin as well!



 

See those cute buttons at the bottom of these blog posts?  Those are there to help you share helpful posts with others who might need encouragement.  Go ahead and give it a try.  I promise that nothing will blow up!
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Math at the High School Level

Math at the High School Level

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At the high school level, sometimes it can see like math takes FOREVER!  It can simply take a LONG time to complete math when you are working at a high school level.  Kids get slower after they have worked for an hour or more, so it makes sense to break it up into two pieces.  Some kids need more practice and some need less.  Each child only NEEDS to do the number of problems necessary in order to learn. Perhaps you can try to do odds or evens in math for a while, and see how the chapter tests go.  If a student doing well, that may be all the practice that is needed.

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The Comprehensive Record Solution provides the training and templates and real life examples of successful high school records.
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Homeschool High School Inspiration: A Graduation Story

Homeschool High School Inspiration: A Graduation Story

One thing that I love about the homeschool community is that most of us love to encourage others with our stories. In this post Joyce, a homeschool mom, shares the story of her two sons so that it will encourage each of you. You CAN homeschool high school!


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Join me at The Homeschool Lounge "Summer Daze" event!

Join me at The Homeschool Lounge "Summer Daze" event!
I'm thrilled to share that I will be participating in The Homeschool Lounge's "Summer Daze" event August 1 through August 5, 2011! Not only will there be great activities, but there will also be wonderful giveaways provided by a long list of wonderful homeschool businesses!


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I seriously thank you both as you have made all the difference for our son. I was prepared to send him away next year for high school because I had lost hope, was so scared and my vision had become cloudy. But I have praising God that I found your site a few days ago and now I know I can do this.

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The girls applied to various schools' Engineering departments and were accepted to every one. After visiting all schools, they finally decided to accept Florida Institute of Technology's admission offer. They received full tuition scholarships from FIT, including the highest award for Florida Bright Futures. Their transcript and course description documents were extensive, so thank you again... Read More

I'm a Gold Care Club member. You have been such a blessing, giving me the advice I need each week. My husband has been really impressed, too.

Lee, I couldn’t have done it without you and I give thanks to God for leading me to you!! Thank you for all your help and coaching over the last two years, I feel so thankful and blessed!!

The admissions officer told her that one of the factors in their decision to give her the scholarship and the invitation were her impressive homeschool transcript and course descriptions!!

Thank you for your resources on the Gold Care Club. I now feel confident that with your help and resources I can do it on my own and make her transcript for her, thanks to you. I feel so supported being able to ask you questions each week.

I am finished with the transcript!! Thank you so much for all your help and guidance with the Total Transcript Solution. I feel really good about the grades my daughter has, taking more into consideration than just the averages on paper. I know full well that effort played a big part in her high school career too. The last 2 years of high school, she really grew up and figured out how to get her... Read More

I signed up for your transcript program, read through all of your materials and we had a phone consultation shortly afterward. Speaking with you that day gave me the extra confidence I needed to step outside of my comfort zone and let go of my need to "check all the boxes". He was accepted to the University of Texas for this fall to pursue a degree in information technology. Thanks for your... Read More

Your webinar has certainly bailed me out! This is for my son who was not interested in any more schooling and then suddenly changed his mind after graduation. I had started to buy your program, but after seeking help with our homeschool group they told me not to bother with a transcript. I will be telling everyone in our group to at least take your webinar on transcripts. I agree this should be... Read More

I bought the High School Solution last week and I am part way through the first presentation. So far, I am really liking it. I am green, green, green to home school so I had no expectations except to learn. My favorite part so far is the overview. I'm learning a lot and feel like it is doable. I'm good at organizing and planning I just needed some direction. Some help. After I bought it, I... Read More

Your kind words written back to me filled my heart with joy!! I appreciate that you took the time to read what I wrote. That really tells me that you are 100% invested in your business, but I already had that impression anyway!

I only wish that I had found your resources earlier in my daughter’s homeschooling high schooling years. I would have saved myself so much time and energy.

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"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great webinar yesterday. It was a great blessing to me. I was feeling a bit intimidated by high school and was planning to find a diploma program, because I just didn't know how to do it on my own. But you have given me such confidence and even excitement about it. I now feel that I can stay true to who we are as a homeschool family, rather... Read More

Long time fan - I used your book to help my eldest get a full tuition scholarship! Your ideas work! Child #2 is a bit more free form in her learning, so I'm hoping to refine my course description skills to help her as best I can. Thank you!

Lee is extremely professional and relevant to homeschooling. All her tips and recommendations are clearly explained and ideas I wouldn't have considered. The voice of experience (successful experience at that) is *always* valuable!

After getting over the shock of scholarships, my first thought was 'Thank you Lee!' It wouldn't have happened without the Comprehensive Records and encouragement from you!

I have loved all of your work, ideas, and especially Lee's coaching me through the homeschool transcript and college issues process. You helped daughter get accepted into 11 colleges and helped her get a partial scholarship. You helped us receive guidance for other important college issues, for which we are most appreciative. And thank you, Lee. so very much for your excellent coaching with... Read More

The High School Solution is an online membership site designed to support and encourage parents who are homeschooling their children through high school.

A veteran homeschool mom herself, Lee Binz shares the tried-and-true tips and tricks she learned while preparing her own children for college and while helping other homeschool parents do the same.

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I'm feeling all sorts of feelings - panic, insecure, frustrated that I'm not done with all the paperwork, etc. I uncovered a pile of my school related record keeping items and discovered your book Finding the Faith to Homeschool High School. I randomly opened to page 85 and read about The Great Pause. Thank you for writing this book. I read about 20 pages and I felt like you were exactly... Read More

I want to give a little testimony and some kudos to YOUI I compiled my beautiful spiral-bound booklet of course descriptions, reading lists, awards & activities, and sample work for my son Sam a few weeks ago. It had a nice cover page, complete with table of contents (which was the most difficult to do of the entire thing!). It was total about 80 pages. It looked professional, and honestly,... Read More

I received so much wonderful help and support from Lee over the years. I'm pleased with how the whole home school journey has turned out. Our oldest son, Daniel, is currently a junior in Mechanical Engineering at University of Cincinnati, our daughter, Pearl, is a sophomore in nursing working toward a BSN specializing in Women's Health at Christ College and working as a PCA at the Christ... Read More

I have really enjoyed having your support in our journey through homeschooling. I especially enjoy the online workshops! I am so happy that I've made this purchase and have no regrets. You are a blessing in our lives. Thanks again.

Thank you, Lee, for making me feel like I can teach high school and prepare them for college. You have really made me feel that this stage of my home schooling journey is doable.

There is so much here to value. The course descriptions are absolutely wonderful! I absolutely love it when I realize that we are taking a class that you have already outlined for us. The different options on the transcript is also great, especially when you have kids with early high school credit.

Thank you for the help The Total Transcript Solution gave me during my son’s senior year… he graduated last June and this was a huge life line for me to preparing his transcripts! Boy do I wish I had this information and all of these resources when he was in middle school, it sure would have made this so much quicker and easier! This did it’s job!! I am constantly telling others that this... Read More

Hello Lee,
I recently attended your webinar, "12 Keys to High School Success" free workshop. I just wanted to compliment you on your presentation. It was very helpful and encouraging. And I think it was even better than previous presentations. Kudos! I particularly appreciated the month-by-month meltdown calendar! It was good to know that you understand and feel the difficulties; it provided a... Read More

Hi Lee,

Thank you so much for all the help you have given me over the past years. I really appreciate you and your advice. On Saturday, I graduated my youngest child who will be heading off to Liberty University in the fall. What a blessed journey it has been and you have been a big part of the success we have experienced.

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Kathleen in North Carolina

Dear Lee,

I attended the North Carolina Homeschool Conference several years ago when you were speaking. My daughter was just beginning High School and I felt lost. You were wonderful! I left the conference feeling energized and encouraged. I read your books, watched your Youtube videos and your DVDs. I can't tell you how often we used your advise in Dual Enrollment, college visits,... Read More

Tracy in North Carolina

As one of your Gold Care Club members, I am so excited to share our good news. We are so proud of our daughter, Kiana, for being selected for the top scholarship. Thank you for all your help in preparing her transcript, commenting on her essays and completing her comprehensive file. I am so thankful that I discovered (and purchased) BEFORE my girls began high school. Kiana has been accepted to 6... Read More

Tracey Pieters in Mexico

Dear Lee,

Thank you! Thank you! My name is Michele Williams and I am one of your Happy Customers! I have a daughter that is getting ready to graduate, she is my first and I was so nervous on how to go about doing her transcripts. I ordered your transcript package and watched your webinars hoping to learn how to make them look good and what exactly to apply to them. She is an artist and had... Read More

I love Lee Binz!!!! So full of valuable information, support and inspiration! The Gold Club was very worthwhile! I appreciated the opportunity to have those weekly phone calls with her when I had specific questions. She is awesome! Everything I have bought through her program has been a worthwhile and valuable purchase.

Robin in California

I ran across a story in an article that referenced how much Lee Binz had helped the author with homeschooling high school, so I decided to give her a call. She had a special “Gold Club” membership which included access to her resources, a special email address, and a 20-minute phone consultation with her once a week to pick her brain about any questions or concerns I might have. I decided to... Read More

Jean in North Carolina

In April, my homeschooled senior daughter was applying to a very competitive specialty summer college program at a major Ivy League university. I had to come up with a really professional looking transcript, FAST, and I was really dreading it.

However, I ordered your Homeschool Total Transcript Solution and it was all you said it was! I was able to write brief course descriptions and find... Read More

Thank you so much for the wealth of information that you share! You have given me the knowledge and courage to do more than I ever felt possible, especially the ability to maneuver the high school transcript and college application process. Our daughter was accepted to all six schools to which she applied. She was offered various scholarships to each of them, and she received a full four-year... Read More

Lori in New Hampshire

I just had to write to let you know that my daughter received the Regent's Scholarship for Pepperdine University! This is a $40,700 annual award. I am still in shock daily. We found out a week ago, and it has taken this long for it to actually sink in. Of course this is after hours and hours of work on both of our parts, my daughter writing countless essays and filling out applications, and... Read More

Lee Binz is a genius at taking complex information and making it simple. She simplified the information in a fun and quite comical way. I felt so empowered! I now have the information I need to turn what my children enjoy doing into credits on their transcript. I highly recommend visiting her website and purchasing her book!

Monica, Blog:

I have been following your advice for 3 years now! Last year I leaped into the Gold Care Club with the purchase of the Comprehensive Record Solution.  I am so thankful for your willingness to mentor the homeschool community. My family has just gone through the college application process for the first time.  Thanks to you, I felt very aware of what to expect, and confident in our coursework,... Read More

Kathy and daughter, Sarah

I have been following your advice for 3 years now! Last year I leaped into the Gold Care Club with the purchase of the Comprehensive Record Solution.  I am so thankful for your willingness to mentor the homeschool community. My family has just gone through the college application process for the first time.  Thanks to you, I felt very aware of what to expect, and confident in our coursework,... Read More

I am writing to say thank you and to share our success story with you. Our was just accepted early decision into College! Your resources were invaluable in helping me wade through the application process. I used both your Total Transcript Solution and Comprehensive Record Solution. I recommend your materials to all homeschoolers who have high school students, and I also agree with your... Read More

I am writing to say thank you and to share our success story with you. Our was just accepted early decision into College! Your resources were invaluable in helping me wade through the application process. I used both your Total Transcript Solution and Comprehensive Record Solution. I recommend your materials to all homeschoolers who have high school students, and I also agree with your... Read More

I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my homeschool-mom journey.

I’ve been a Gold Care Club member for a long time and it has been invaluable to me. I wanted to thank you! My son is away at college in his second semester of freshman year. He is doing great and although the course work is rigorous, he is WELL prepared for college. Many people in my life would question... Read More

Our daughter had chronic Lyme Disease. I was stressed wondering how we were going to get her through High School. Then I found you! With your ebooks, emails and blog I was able to create a high school centered on her interests and be creative with how she learned each subject. Your clear method for keeping course work and making transcripts was so easy that I was even able to help friends... Read More

I have been so blessed by your newsletters, website, and the Total Transcript Solution. Last October, my daughter was accepted and awarded the highest academic scholarship from all four of the private Christian colleges she applied to. Two of those universities invited her to compete for “up to full-tuition scholarships,” and in early April, she was awarded the Presidential Honors... Read More

Even though I am in the field of education, finding a plan for homeschooling high school and preparing good college transcripts was not easy. Then I came across Lee’s website and everything changed. I joined the “Gold Care Club” and can’t wait for my weekly discussion with Lee. I now feel confident that my daughter will have the necessary transcripts for graduating high school as... Read More

Sue, mom of Brittany

The support and information The HomeScholar provided helped me confidently perform that task, and now my son has been accepted into the college of his choice! Believe it or not, his smile was even bigger than in the picture when he got that acceptance letter! Thank you, HomeScholar!

Kelly and her son, Cole

I have seen no other site on the web better equipped than yours to help homeschooling high school students, and I will be telling others nothing but good things about your site. I am the type who researches something and eventually becomes reasonably well educated on the subject. This is what I have done when it comes to homeschooling our high school daughter. I have spent many months getting up... Read More

I just wanted to say 'thank you SO much' once again for all your help and input. I don't know if this adequately expresses how appreciated your wise counsel is and what a help it's been to me. I would be fumbling and procrastinating if I had not ordered your transcript e-book and become a member of your Gold Care Club. I'm so glad my husband said OK to letting me stay on as a member. It's funny... Read More

Ann in Connecticut

First, Lee, you have been a great help in answering my questions concerning my daughter taking a Gap Year. Second, I raved over your High School Planning Guide and the Sample Grading This is how I felt after downloading everything offered on the Gold-Care membership: I know for certain that in the near future I will be choosing one of the Transcript Templates to make my own official transcript... Read More

Thank you so much for this info and for talking with me today. Your personal experiences that you shared with me, along with all the information, really helps a lot. Thanks for listening also. I tend to talk a lot, so it is refreshing to find someone who actually listens and thinks some of what I have to say is worth listening to. One thing during our conversation that I meant to mention was how... Read More

Jean in North Carolina

You saved me many tears by helping me with your Gold Care Club this past year... Just so you know our son has been accepted at all the colleges he has applied and one admissions officer commented "I can tell by his transcript that you have done a great job homeschooling him". Thanks Lee!

Thank you so much for the links and resources. Thanks, too, for being available to talk yesterday. I truly enjoy talking with you! You help me to feel more confident about putting Meaghan's transcript together. Lee, you have so much knowledge and wisdom to share about home schooling high school, preparing for college, and putting a transcript together. Thanks for sharing it with others! You are... Read More

You helped me out a couple of years ago, and assisted me with a high school transcript for my son Landon. I was just beginning to deal with some brain tumors and several surgeries and so appreciated your help. Things are still not as easy for me as they used to be and I did very little homeschooling with my then 13 year old Austyn that 2008-2009 school year. I thought I would give you an update... Read More

I want to highly recommend Lee's services to anyone who has questions about the high school years! I had a consultation with her yesterday and it was so helpful and amazing to watch the transcript fill before my very eyes. I think as homeschoolers we can be VERY critical of our little schools and I didn't even realize how much was learned last year. Lee's service is truly a blessing and her rates... Read More

I thought I would have to convince my husband that we wanted to spend this amount, but he is fully convinced that your materials are an investment in my daughter's education. That, my friend, is a compliment in the highest! He is very picky as to what he calls an investment in education! We've been talking about it, and I told him that not only am I impressed with your materials, and not only was... Read More

The FEAR has been alleviated (THANKS to you!!) The audios were incredibly insightful and PACKED full of information! The ebook was the most VALUABLE tool I've seen on the nuts and bolts of transcripts! You literally answered EVERY question that came to mind. I know I will refer to it often. You are a blessing indeed.

Your latest newsletter is very inspiring. I liked the curriculum article and the straightforward tips on how to sort through all the various choices available. Your husband's articles are excellent; they’re consistently relevant, humorous and insightful. I enjoy seeing his perspective as a homeschool dad. You are certainly a blessing to home schooling moms like me. You have been an answer to... Read More

Lee!!!!!! You don't even realize what a blessing your blog post was to me today... SERIOUSLY! I was actually talking to the Lord about this yesterday; then you post this! Amazing! Thank you so much! May God continue to bless all you do for Him and us home schoolers! You're awesome!

I was just telling my husband how good it feels to have a coach. He is a realtor and he has a coach too, so he sees the value in it. I look forward to talking to you next week. I have my list going and I will email you with a heads up before I call. Have a great week.

Sheila in California

You provide a much needed service. I must tell you that I've spent the past three hours going over all the materials and still haven't exhausted all that you offer. Your service is an answer to prayer. It's very late, (nine hours ahead of west coast time) so I must close but I will be contacting you soon. Thank you for providing a first-rate service.

Thank you for the wealth of information you provide on your website. I was reading your article on record keeping. I am one of those "What??!!! I didn't know I had to keep records!" people. I really appreciate all your help! You are the BEST!!!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions at the conference. I’ve been praying for an answer to my unique needs in homeschooling my oldest son. I believe God answered my prayers by sending me to you. A huge weight was lifted after speaking with you and your husband. It’s hard for me to let go and let God have complete control of our homeschool, but I’m learning and it’s getting... Read More

Janel in North Dakota

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your audio workshops. I often listen to them on my iPod while I walk in the mornings or on my computer while I’m making dinner. They offer such practical, in-depth advice, and such an affordable product.

You can count me as a completely satisfied customer.  The Total Transcript Solution made the process a pleasure.  Our transcript was a wonderful summary of the rich educational experience a home school education can provide.  We translated my son’s home school experience into the language schools can understand, and obviously love!

What you do is a wonderful ministry.  I gleaned wonderful insights from your seminars at the convention. The information on transcripts was so simple and straightforward, that I'm actually looking forward to getting started. I've been avoiding writing my course descriptions until now too. But now, I'm more encouraged, more energized and more motivated than ever before, thanks to you.   I'll be... Read More

Your presentation was FABULOUS and fills a GAPING need in the homeschooling community. You teach people how to take their unique homeschooling experience and translate it into a college-prep program. What a gift!! You helped bring clarity and focus to areas that needed attention. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on your college series. I will buy anything you produce!

This information is so much more than I ever could have hoped for from anyone! You're truly providing a wonderful service. Thank you so much for your help. I had this little voice in my head telling me I needed to keep great records through middle school, so I have been doing it right along. Glad to know it can work for his high school transcripts. Thank you for your words of wisdom. You've... Read More

I want to thank you for "Getting the BIG Scholarships". It was very helpful, informative, insightful and practical in its advice and real world application. Now we are armed with the insider information we need to make our son's scholarship applications stand out above the crowd and get noticed!

I found Lee Binz while searching the internet. My husband and I set up an appointment with Lee.  Talk about hand holding! It was just what I needed. She answered all my questions about SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP, and PSAT testing. She helped me set up a plan for the next four years. It was wonderful. The best part? My husband and I left the meeting as a team. Even today I still feel 100% better about... Read More

Tressa in Washington

Thank you so, so much for all that you are doing. I have needed support like you offer for a number of years now. It has felt like we've been going on to the end all alone. Now I feel supported. I am just nervous to call or email you for help. One of these days I will be brave. Thank you, again. You are one of my heroes.

You have created such an incredible resource and I'm thrilled to be mentored through these high school years. It's obvious you are a woman of great excellence. I believe you offer so much to the homeschool community and you obviously care deeply about the education of those choosing to educate their children at home.

Pastor Diane in Washington

You guys on the support staff are really fantastic, I have never had better customer service. It is a rarity in this day and age sometimes.

I am so so so thankful to God for you. I spent the morning becoming confused and in despair over math and science next year. I was reading a homeschool forum trying to decide what to do for science next year. Some of the moms had the idea that you HAD to do certain things or your child's college career, not to mention life, would be ruined if you didn't do things a certain way. I finally... Read More

Dear Lee, Honestly, we are IN AWE of the resources you’ve got here. With our journey into high school just beginning, we are SO happy to have you with us! Thank you again for putting together such AMAZING resources for the homeschool community!

Lori and Scott in Georgia

It really made for a more professional look. You are providing a service much needed by many. Her scholarship will be paying for four years of tuition, out-of-state fees, room/board, book stipend as well as $5000 toward a month summer abroad program. Thank you again for all that I learned through your services.

In applying for the summer institutes I used your model to the best of my ability. I watched the videos enough to have them pretty much set to memory. I plan on putting together a complete comprehensive record ASAP. I want to have available my son’s accomplishments in a neat and presentable package. Without you, our homeschool would not be as organized record keeping and academically, and my... Read More

Real live samples, like the sample Course Description and Grades and Credits Resource sheet, really clarify things and give homeschoolers a starting point in creating their own, which is very helpful! The “Record Keeping” section was very good too. This topic and the way you present it would be extremely useful for parents new to homeschooling high school. I was impressed by your knowledge... Read More

Your homeschool transcripts and records were the best organized and documented I have seen.

Bryan Jones, Admissions Director at SPU

I loved Finding a College.  It was so helpful, so much great information!  You shared many of the concerns that I had about college. I see so many "so called" Christian Colleges/University's that are no different than a secular school.  That concerns me.   I will continue to pray, I know God can always change things, but that was really neat.

I loved the way you compared "finding a college" to finding "the love of your life." That really put a perspective on college hunting that I hadn't thought of before. Your step-by-step outline of the process used to help your sons' find a college is straight-forward and easy to understand. How I wish I'd had this information when I was helping my two oldest daughters find colleges. This... Read More

I just finished going through it and I am amazed at the wealth of information you have provided for homeschool parents and their high schoolers.  As I am in thick of the application and admission process, I can confidently say that you have done your homework very thoroughly, the information you share is right on, and this product is going to save many homeschool parents time, energy and... Read More

I watched Lee's 1 hour Grades, Credits and Transcripts Webinar. While  watching it, all of my fears melted away and I was reminded of why we started homeschooling in the first place! It was the joy of learning, and a blessing from God! She gave me detailed instructions on how to grade our work, give credits, and make transcripts that included high school level work from previous years. Lee has... Read More

I listened to the webinar the other day while working in the kitchen, and I was so encouraged!  I am currently homeschooling the last four of our twelve kids, and have seen "real time" how well our graduates have done both in college and the work force.  Still, it was nice to have the reinforcement of the studies that Dr. Wile presented.I really wish that I had had the information that I've... Read More

Again, just 20 minutes with you and I feel so relieved! This "high school" thing is gonna be alright! Thanks for the list of books. Reading is the love language of both of my boys also. So I truly appreciate this list to give me a foundation. The new school year is starting, and I am introducing folks to you left and right and hope that they jump on board, since your info has been priceless to... Read More

One of the major reasons I'm no longer anxious about homeschooling high school is because I've had the benefit of reading Lee Binz's book "Setting the Records Straight," as well as her many other wonderful resources. Her examples, encouragement, and insights will equip you to translate your homeschooled student's experiences into the language that college admissions officers understand.

I’ve always considered myself a manly kind of dad…but after reading Lee Binz’s book, my fears were confirmed that I’ve been a little afraid of the college scene. Perhaps it’s because of my own college experience or what I see now at colleges, but I wasn’t convinced college is a good thing. Lee helped calm my fears, reassured my inner-dad, and walked me through the whole process.... Read More

During the registration process, one of the representatives stopped me and said, 'Your documents for your son were amazing. We would like to use them as a model for others, as they were really helpful for us and especially for homeschoolers!' Of course, I followed the Comprehensive Record Solution that you provide, and heard about your success with the admission process…. but never expected to... Read More

Lee, you are THE BEST homeschool encourager!!!! You are a tremendous blessing to homeschoolers and I am telling my friends to check out your site and your terrific resources---I wish I told some of them sooner.

Sharon in Connecticut

It was so great talking with you today! Thank you so much for all of your advice, your time, and your encouragement. I am so excited to know I have someone so knowledgeable that I can go to for help with everything regarding homeschooling high school! The email you just sent my way today is a treasure trove. You really know how to listen and know what to recommend! I have already sent my son to... Read More

As these kids were going through their high school years, my homeschool mentor, Lee Binz, helped me realize that seeing their individuality and capitalizing on this as well as their strengths and passions was the ticket to helping each of them gain entry into their next chapter of life. I am so thankful for the instruction, solid support, and mentorship that the HomeScholar provided to me as I... Read More

Lee Binz deftly guides parents about the dangers that accompany gaming and internet addiction in this valuable book. Follow her advice, end the power struggles with your children and teens over their technology use, and be well on your way to rebuilding harmony in your family life.

Kim McDaniel, Author and Parent Coach

I knew I had to prepare transcripts for college admission, and my son had taken the SAT, but I knew NOTHING about what I should be doing to prepare for college admissions. I decided to purchase the Gold Care Club, learned loads about junior year and homeschooling high school through the Club and Lee's other materials, and was able to prepare a transcript, go to a college fair, visit colleges, and... Read More

Thank you for your educational website. The Total Transcript Solution has been very helpful! In the last month -- since we found your site -- we have been making changes regarding our record keeping etc. Your other articles have also been beneficial in the planning for future courses, CLEPS and SAT preparation, etc. Thank you for the work that you have done in assisting families in their... Read More

Lee is an expert in homeschool transcripts. Many people send me things to review but Lee's stuff really grabbed me. I said 'this is a like minded person. This is woman with the voice of experience and the common sense that so many of us are so desperately looking for in the educational world.' Lee has the expertise of a professional to help with this tricky issue of assigning credits and grades... Read More

Andrew Pudewa, Director of IEW

Lee Binz has hit the nail smack on the head for clearly identifying the impact technology is having on our children, families, and schools, and what to do about it. TechnoLogic demystifies a very complex issue, helping readers to sort out problem areas and identify solutions. TechnoLogic is for everyone who cares about creating better lives for children.

Cris Rowen, Author of

I strongly recommend this book to all homeschooling parents who think that college might be in their child’s future. It not only demystifies the process of college preparation, it will also put you at ease as you help your child make one of the most important decisions of their young life.

Lee understands the struggles that mothers face when they take on the challenge of homeschooling through the high school years. But more than that, she knows how to point moms back to Jesus. Lee is right. Homeschooling is a gift. Your kids may drive you crazy from time to time … and that’s okay. Let the challenges push you closer to Jesus.

Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom

Your book, 'Setting the Record Straight' helped me compose my own unique transcript and course description document. Mine did not look like any of the examples in your book, but as you encouraged in your book, I found my very own style.

My daughter was not only accepted to the one and only school she applied, but she was offered the highest scholarship they award and invited to join their... Read More

You have taken an enormous amount of information and put it into bite-sized pieces so that the homeschooling parent can learn the information and process without becoming overwhelmed and frustrated–that goes for beginner homeschool high school parents and those of us who have been at it awhile. And you speak in the videos like a girlfriend who is going through all the same stuff with me! I... Read More

I thought I would also take this chance to thank you for your assistance with my daughter’s transcript and course descriptions. The information that I learned in your book, seminars, and talking with you personally gave me the confidence and knowledge to create a solid presentation of records. My daughter received multiple scholarship offers. She turned down a full tuition scholarship at one... Read More

I’d like to thank Lee for helping me gain the confidence I needed to start teaching high school this year. Instead of timidly requesting information from various sources I simply devoured everything I could find on her web site and spoke to her several times as part of a Gold Care Club membership. I cannot stress enough how empowering it is to have this important information up front! I am not... Read More

I've been doing a happy dance all day and I just had to pass the excitement along to you! Late last night I took the plunge and submitted my first ever high school transcript accompanied by 13 course descriptions to our state college after applying for dual enrollment for my upcoming junior. I used your template "Academic Record by Subject" from the Total Transcript Solution package and I... Read More

I'm just a grateful mom who wouldn't do without Lee's continued valuable help at this point in my homeschool career! I still have two in high school so I have a ways to go and I still depend on her wisdom and wonderful resources for those of us who are homeschooling through high school. Lee's input enabled me to prepare a "Comprehensive High School Record" for my son which allowed me to present... Read More

THANK YOU. My daughter applied online to the university of her first choice. She had to send in a copy of her transcript. We sent that in, but in addition and thanks to your guidance we also sent in a cover letter followed by her Comprehensive Record. Your assistance via the phone was invaluable and was a great confidence booster as we embarked on this journey. Thanks again!

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