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Can I Begin Homeschooling at the High School Level?

Can I Begin Homeschooling at the High School Level?
Misty asked me if it was possible to begin homeschooling during the high school years. Yes, you can! It is very possible and can end up being a great time for your teen to learn how to learn independently as well as explore the subjects that really interest them. Here is more of my answer in this video post.Learn how to homeschool with confidence with my Preparing to Homeschool High School DVD. It will help take...
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Scholarships Come in Waves

Scholarships Come in Waves
Seniors are usually starting to hear back from colleges. I hope you find out fantastic news regarding acceptances as well as scholarships.Following the excitement from hearing about admission and scholarships, all of a sudden the reality of finances comes crashing down on parents. Even with a scholarship, just how can you pay for college?It’s important to keep relaxed, even though you have been told an initial communication concerning scholarships. Since the truth is that scholarships come...
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Above Average is Good!

Above Average is Good!
Once you get the PSAT scores, what happens next?  Have your children take the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year.My daughter is going to take the SAT in Mar 2012. She's taken the PSAT and we had her scores sent to our home. But when it comes to the SAT scores I was thinking of doing the same thing and then we personally send the scores to the colleges. Is that the best...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lois, For the PSAT scores, a 50 per section is average. The percentile score is helpful too, but you want to be above the 5... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2012 09:23
Guest — Lois
Thanks, Lee. I was looking at the scores wondering what they meant. Is the percentile any indication of how she did? I think her p... Read More
Friday, 30 December 2011 15:34
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Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently

Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently
Can you give me guidance on writing a recommendation as a counselor? The Common Application and another school have requested I do.  What points should I cover in answering college homeschool supplements that request explanation of an educational philosophy?~ DanaDear Dana,I have a section on recommendation letters that will help.  Remember that even though the concept makes you feel anxious, at least you know your child!  Lots of teachers have to give letters of recommendation for...
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What Do They Do For Fun?

What Do They Do For Fun?
What do they do for fun?When I’m helping parents with a transcript, that one question can open the floodgates! How does your child spend unstructured time? When they are supposed to be working on school, or emptying the dishwasher, what are they doing instead? That can be a great indication of their Fun Factor.If they enjoy their fun for more than one hour a day, you may be able to translate that into high school credits....
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Are Homeschool Diplomas a Good Idea?

Are Homeschool Diplomas a Good Idea?
Nancy asks, "Is a diploma a good idea?"Yes, Nancy. I believe that they are. Here is video response with some more thoughts about homeschool diplomas.Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’ll get notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Your Child's Method of Learning

Your Child's Method of Learning
Books rule! We really like books. We soak up books. Everything that we want to find out can be discovered from a book. Many times people ask me why our reading lists were so incredibly long. It wasn’t due to the fact I assigned all of those books, I can tell you that much! For both of my boys, reading is their “love language. ”  Let them have a book, and they will adore you forever....
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I have a challenged student who has a hard time grasping concepts that can't be taught by doing something or by experiencing somet... Read More
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:59
Guest — Christine
I'm finding out that now! My youngest 3 are so different from my oldest!
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Text to Join the Newsletter

Text to Join the Newsletter
Holding your Smart Phone Now?  Text to join my newsletter! 1. Text "homescholar" to 228282. Follow the directions and reply with your email address.3. Enjoy!My newsletter is published on the first of each month - EVEN on New Year's Day!  LOL!  It has articles, resources, giveaways, a high school calendar, something fun for the little ones, links to news articles and more.  It's a great way to get some encouragement as you think about homeschooling through...
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Fun and Games for Christmas Day!

Fun and Games for Christmas Day!
Our family LOVES board games!  Every year we would get one big game for our family.  We played them on Christmas morning - and then the boys would play them again while I did some after-Christmas shopping at the sales with my mom!It seems like our MOST favorite games come with variations that are just awesome!  Here are some game suggestions!"Ticket to Ride" games -  great for geography, by the way.  It comes in a variety...
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Guest — Jennifer
Thank you so much for posting this! We love playing the Settlers of Catan, and I just purchased the Carcassone game. I know my kid... Read More
Saturday, 17 December 2011 17:20
Guest — Lois
We love games too! Take off is a favorite except for the daughter who doesn't like geography games. But, we also like Where in the... Read More
Saturday, 17 December 2011 07:26
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College Consulting

College Consulting
"Do you know of any type of coaches or consultants to help us get our kids into a college and program of their choice?"Considering a college counselor?  There are business that are dedicated to only college consulting.   They normally work with public and private school students.  Although high school guidance counselors are supposed to fill the role, many parents don't feel they provide enough guidance, or enough individual support, so they look to a dedicated...
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Thank you so much! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 08:22
Guest — HomeschoolNewbe
Lee, the information you have provided on this website has been invaluable! I was tempted to hire a college coach, but intstead I ... Read More
Friday, 16 December 2011 07:29
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Time for Christmas Shopping?

Time for Christmas Shopping?
Gift-Giving SuggestionsI have a collection of articles that can help you find just the perfect gift this holiday season!  Check out these articles from previous years:Need Ideas for Christmas PresentsThe HomeScholar Recommends GiftsChristmas Presents that Pay for CollegeGifts that Pay for CollegeMy A la Carte courses can provide you with the tools you need to homeschool high school successfully.
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Transcript on College Visits are Empowering

Transcript on College Visits are Empowering
Michelle finished her transcript and was thrilled by how empowered she felt! Her letter can describe how important it is to have your transcript done when you visit colleges.Lee,Thanks for these links and for the encouragement and help on the call last week.I finished my daughter's transcript to take with me to visit colleges in New York. It was SO EMPOWERING to have this done. And it is nothing short of a miracle as I must...
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Guest — Tina
I worked on my college bound son's transcripts tonight. Not only do I want them for college applications, our car insurance wants... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 23:42
Guest — Jennifer
Hi Lee, Thanks for this post! I love getting your posts and reading your blog. I do have a question though. I thought a transcr... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 17:29
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Teaching the Difficult Classes

Teaching the Difficult Classes
What do you do if your student needs to take a class that is way out of your comfort zone. We all have that subject, don't we? This video shares how I "taught" physics.Whether you teach the classes or not, learn how to translate all those great homeschool high school classes into the words and numbers that colleges will understand.  Get the Total Transcript Solution.
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That is some great advice!!! That's the only way I can teach those hard subjects is because I had the answer key and I can learn ... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:43
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How Do You Do It All?

How Do You Do It All?
Are you suddenly single?  Death, divorce, and even deployment can happen. Even to homeschool parents.  It may happen suddenly, and unexpectedly.  Even a long-anticipated deployment can seem sudden when they day actually arrives, and while temporary it can still be difficult.  When you are faced with single parenting, know that you are NOT alone!Mary Jo Tate of SingleParentsAtHome.com explained what happened to her.  “I never expected to be a single mother. When my husband left me...
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Guest — Darlene
I was widowed with four children aged 13 to 3 and home schooling them all. That was ten years ago and I now have two in college an... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 11:37
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Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes

Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes
When you are pulling together a curriculum from free, online, or mix-and-match sources, it's hard to figure out what to put on a transcript - especially if you aren't using tests.  No matter what you use, these general guidelines may help.For credit value Give credit based on the number of hours worked.  Working about 45 minutes per day, 5 days a week, most of the school year, is a 1 credit class each year.  Working 15-30...
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Guest — Robin E.
This "Grade based on a function of annoyance:" made me laugh out loud, and then I had to explain to my hubby why I was laughing an... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 07:32
Guest — Lee
I have a class on grading here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/vmchk/ala-carte/making-the-grades-online-training/flypage.tpl.php A... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:02
Guest — Cherie
So, how would you document on your course description that the grade was based on something less-than-objective (options 1, 2, or ... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:57
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More Encouraging Posts

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    "Double dipping" in homeschooling high school is a common problem. It is an offense that you shouldn't commit, but do you know how to avoid it when making your child's homeschool transcript? I can help with my tips below!

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  • Full Tuition Scholarships for Homeschool Students

    Full tuition scholarships - the envy of parents everywhere! We dream of them with stars in our eyes and thoughts of a quality education for our student without the debt in our pockets. It is possible! Read on to see how other families have made that dream a reality. 

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  • Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy

    Economics is usually a 1/2 credit, semester-long class taught during senior year in high school. Sometimes homeschoolers want to provide a full 1 credit class on economics, which can be done. There are a lot of different ways to cover economics as a homeschooler. Here are some options you might consider.

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  • Making School Fun

    I tried to incorporate games into our homeschool whenever possible, in order to make school fun. We played math games, art games, and economics games. They would giggle when I wrote on the assignment sheet "Play 30 minutes of Masterpiece" or "Play SAT Game." Making homeschooling fun is a great way to instill the love of learning. 

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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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