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The Great Courses for High School Credit

The Great Courses for High School Credit
  My Gold Care Club members love having their biggest questions answered promptly - and they love having a monthly webinar too!  Recently Anne shared her burning question for the week, and I thought it would be helpful information for others as well.My burning question for this week is:  What about The Great Courses company?  Are their DVDs enough to “count?  I know you said that just reading Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the Ancient World...
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Guest — Margaret
Thanks for this. Great Courses lectures work well for one of my kids and we do like to use them when we can.
Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:07
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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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Transcripts for the Rest of Us!

Transcripts for the Rest of Us!
It’s not too hard to create a stellar transcript for a student that excels in all they do, but what about the more average student who struggles in certain areas, and may be a little reluctant to learn?  How do you make their transcript look acceptable without any stretching of the truth?Usually the first thing I suggest when I consult with somebody in this situation is to figure out what your child does for fun. There...
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Is Socialization a Bad Word?

Is Socialization a Bad Word?
 My friends call it The ‘S’ Word.  Socialization.  But you know, it's not a dirty word.  It's the place where homeschoolers truly shine!Homeschoolers are better prepared for life as a result of their socialization in the real world. Instead of spending 6 hours a day with their same-age peers, homeschoolers have the opportunity to interact with a broad range of people, in a wide variety of different settings.  This real world socialization leads to all sorts...
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Guest — J W
I've noticed when it comes to my special needs child, that word comes up a lot. People assume that being in public school will "c... Read More
Sunday, 17 June 2012 07:55
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Sonlight for Good Readers

Sonlight for Good Readers
I try to be very careful about what curriculum I recommend, because different approaches will work for different families, but Sonlight is one of the curriculums I have made a point of praising, because we used it in our homeschool for about five years, and really enjoyed it.  The only reason I stopped using it was because I had prolific readers and they read all the books!  I especially recommend Sonlight to people that are new...
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Guest — ME
Last year was my first year of using Sonlight. We are so glad we did. It's not perfect; we made some modifications, but that's one... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 22:16
Guest — Homeschooling Mom
Lee, what do you recommend for highschool students whose reading speed is less than ideal? I took a look at the Sonlight highschoo... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:20
Guest — J W
Sonlight - fantastic for the first child, disaster for the second :-) Second child is special needs, but even when I started Sonl... Read More
Friday, 15 June 2012 21:18
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Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!

Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!
 While there are lots of resources for homeschooling high school on The HomeScholar website, one of the most popular is our Total Transcript Solution (TTS).  What many people don’t realize is that this program can be used over time, and for more than one student!  If you have a lot of children, TTS is a really good value, because you can use it for an unlimited number of students for as long as you want. You’re...
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Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers

Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers
 The other day, a client asked me, “What is the best way to record transcript credits for classes that do not fall within a given school year?”  This family homeschooled year-round, and had courses that spanned several ‘school years,’ so they wondered how to reflect that on their homeschool transcripts.One of the best ways to handle this situation is to record the end date when you actually finish the course. That’s actually what our family did. ...
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Deciding on SAT Subject Tests

Deciding on SAT Subject Tests
Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay.  The SAT Subject Tests are required by SOME colleges, but not all. So here is what you need to do:1. Find out what colleges you are applying to (or the college you *may* apply to)2. Find out what tests they require for admission3. Take the tests if they require them.Virtually ALL colleges will accept either the SAT or...
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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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Summertime Fun with Record-keeping

Summertime Fun with Record-keeping
Summertime Fun: Record-keepingIt’s summertime, and the living is… easy?  Probably not, if you’re a homeschool parent!  Now is the time to play catch-up. Summer provides an opportunity to work on all those tasks you’ve put off throughout the school year.  Little things such as cleaning out the closet under the stairs, or planning a visit to grandparents in another state.  Summertime is also a great opportunity to catch up on homeschool tasks that you’ve put off...
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Summertime Reading, Planning, and More

Summertime Reading, Planning, and More
Summer is a great time to compile your student’s reading list, in preparation for college applications.  A reading list is simply a list of books your child has read, including title and author.  Often requested by colleges, and sometimes useful for scholarship applications, reading lists are an important part of your student’s high school record.  Include books you have assigned your children to read over the summer, books they’ve used in their coursework, and books they...
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Guest — Lee
I listed the books on course descriptions when appropriate AND on the reading list. Some books are "just" for the reading list, b... Read More
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 11:39
Guest — Janet
Do you put required course readings in both the detailed course description and the reading list? Or, do you denote which course ... Read More
Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:35
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Timing Your American Government Class

Timing Your American Government Class
Recently I wrote a little tip about studying American Government this coming year, during a Presidential election year.  As homeschoolers, we get to teach subjects when they make sense for the student, not just because of their age or grade.  But why do schools insist on teaching it later in high school?  That's what Donna wanted to know!Lee, I have often wondered why I usually see government class listed in the senior year.  I know as...
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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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Ivy League Admission

Ivy League Admission
Ivy League Admission   Is your child headed toward Ivy League schools?  This information may help!The "true" Ivy League schools are Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.Do your research early in high school to find out exactly what they want in their applicants, and do your best to give it to them.  Here are examples of Ivy League homeschool admission policies.Brown FAQ for HomeschoolersI suggest thorough course descriptions and extra subject tests.Columbia Admission...
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Kathleen's Two Favorite Tips

Kathleen's Two Favorite Tips
 Kathleen shared her two favorite tips for homeschooling high school.1. Start transcripts as soon as your child is doing high school work.2. Save every academic thing in a folder so you can use it later.Read her experiences here, so you can be encouraged too!Dear Lee,I wanted to let you know how much your newsletters have meant to me. My daughter, Michaela, is graduating this year and she has already been accepted to the 4 private Christian...
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