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Homeschool In the News

Homeschool In the News
In The News Want to get kids into college? Let them play!As admissions officers at selective colleges like to say, an entire freshman class could be filled with students with perfect grades and test scores. But academic achievement in college requires readiness skills that transcend mere book learning. It requires the ability to engage actively with people and ideas. In short, it requires a deep connection with the world.CNN.comMath prodigy proud of his autism  At age two,...
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Project Manager of Your Home

As the resident homeschool adviser to your children, it’s important that you don’t drop the ball when it comes to deadlines, plans, and requirements. You will need to keep track of the academic calendar and what courses your children need to cover, when they need to study for specific tests, what year to take those tests, and what specific tests they should take.My husband works as a project manager.  He doesn’t actually build the building, but...
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Margin Means Saying No

Margin Means Saying No
 Have you ever wondered why some books are easier to read than others?  It’s not just because of the vocabulary words they use; it’s also due to how much white space is on the page. You need that ‘white space’ in your life, too, otherwise known as ‘‘margin.”   Margin means having some free time and some down time.  Your children need free time in their homeschool, so they can develop whatever God-given gift they were given....
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Delight Directed Learning at the High School Level

Delight Directed Learning at the High School Level
 Not everything that homeschoolers study is easy to translate into a high school credit. What do you do if your child learns best by living, instead of studying textbooks?  What if your child soaks up knowledge like a sponge, without being directed in any way?  Can you still put that activity on a high school transcript? I once heard a mom say, "My son's interested in something that's not a real academic course - he just...
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Three Reasons for High School Testing

Three Reasons for High School Testing
Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay.  Don't you just wish sometimes people would tell you EXACTLY what tests a high school student needs to take?  Unfortunately, it's not that easy!The number and type of tests depend on the college your student may attend.  Some will require certain tests, or allow other tests, or encourage or discourage community college classes.  Sadly, that means no pat...
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May Day is Important to Seniors

May Day is Important to Seniors
 So many holidays in May!  For parents with young children, you may be thinking about May Day and celebrating with flowers.  Moms of all ages are thinking about Mother's Day .  Patriotic Parents are thinking about Memorial Day. But parents of seniors have a special day to remember, called the National Candidates Reply Deadline.On May 1, high school seniors who have been offered college admission have to make their final decision. Most students have until that...
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Withdraw from Public School

Withdraw from Public School
This is the time of year when parents may consider homeschooling for the first time.  It can be a scary thought!This first step is to locate your state homeschool law.  Search for the name of your state and the words "homeschool organization" to locate a group that can help you. You can also search for your state here: http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp.  Contact your state homeschool organization, and make sure you follow the state law for homeschoolers, which is...
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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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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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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2

Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2
 Always at Their LevelAs you choose curriculum for your high school student, it’s important to always teach them at their level, for every subject, all the time. One of the reasons why public schools and classroom settings have such a hard time educating kids is that they look at a student’s age and then put them in an age-based course with no regard to ability. Just because your child is 14 or 15 does not mean...
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Guest — J W
I'm not a college professor, nor is my older student mature enough for campus life. However, we have a wonderful resource called ... Read More
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Guest — Tracey
Lee, This is SO true~ I have found over the years of teaching my boys who are now 15 and 13 that it is even more important to not ... Read More
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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 1

Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 1
 When thinking about curriculum for your high school student, you want to do what works--whatever you have been doing through elementary and junior high-- if it’s working, keep doing it. If the curriculum is working, keep using those curriculum choices.At high school level, it helps to make sure you’re using a curriculum that is made for homeschoolers. If you have to teach a subject you’re not familiar with, buy a curriculum that is meant for homeschoolers. ...
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Thank you, Kristine! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:52
Guest — Kristine
Perfect timing! With one soon to be 12th grader, and one soon to be 9th grader, I'm surprised at how different their high school p... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:30
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Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process
Sharon asked me about  how she should plan ahead for the college application process.  She didn't want to miss a huge piece and make any huge mistakes.  Is this a question you have too? I hope this video post can help you both.   Get a Free 20 minute weekly phone consultation with me as part of your Gold Care Club membership. http://www.thehomescholar.com/gold-care.php
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Time to Go College Visiting

Time to Go College Visiting
 Time to Go College VisitingWhen you visit a college campus with your high school student, you will likely be given the opportunity to visit a classroom and take a campus tour.  These are great opportunities—don’t miss them!  Choose a class that interests your student, or a general freshman level class to see what the first year of college will be like.  Throughout these activities, you and your student should be taking notes.  Write down the details...
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The Total Transcript Solution Loved in Omaha

The Total Transcript Solution Loved in Omaha
I recently did a webinar for Omaha Homeschool Learning Center.  Their group organizer created a long comparison chart describing the differences between four homeschool transcript products.  Watch this video to hear him describe the highlights.  He compares the four major transcript products (Transcripts Made Easy, Total Transcript Solution, Transcript Boot Camp, and TranscriptPro) in the areas of information, support and tools. Guess which one was the clear winner!? To see his review for yourself, including all...
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WOO HOO! Congratulations!
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After the Visit

After the Visit
 After you visit a college, you have one more job: Say thank you!After each campus visit, make sure your student writes a thank you note to the admissions staff and professors.  This simple act will show the staff that you’re interested in the school.  If you don’t intend to go to the school, then emailing a thank you note is fine. But if you do intend to apply to the school, then a mailed thank you...
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