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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!
My favorite word in the Bible:  lovingkindness.Today I'm Thankful for the Lords lovingkindness.Psalm 100:4-5Enter His gates with ThanksgivingAnd His courts with praise.Give thanks to Him, bless His name.For the LORD is good;His lovingkindness is everlastingAnd His faithfulness to all generations.What are YOU thankful for today?Are you my facebook friend?   Please send me a friend request.  I would love to get to know you better.
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College Admissions and Thanksgiving Menus

College Admissions and Thanksgiving Menus
Preparing your menu for admissions is a lot like preparing for Thanksgiving.  It takes time and effort to prepare scrumptious and eye-pleasing presentations.  If you are thinking about Thanksgiving, let me share my menu with you.  If you are thinking about college admission, I’ll give you my menu for that as well!Here is my regular Thanksgiving Menu. Each item will take planning, and it has to be carefully timed to be presented at just the right...
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I love this analogy! And your Thanksgiving menu looks scrumptious! Have a wonderful time with your family on Thursday, and enjoy t... Read More
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 06:15
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Senior Year Tests

Senior Year Tests
Why, oh WHY would you submit willingly to the torture of standardized tests?  Well...  money, for one thing!Kim asked me on Facebook, "Is there any point in a senior taking the ACT again in December? Applications and transcripts will already be turned in by the time we get the results."Kim, yes, there is a point to this madness!  I encourage you to have your child take it again IF you think they can get a better...
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What Colleges Need

What Colleges Need
Different colleges ask for different information from homeschoolers.  It can be difficult to determine what extra information they may require from you.The only way to find out is to check their website and also speak to them in person.  Some colleges will have one policy posted, but admission personnel require more or less than the posted policy.  Other colleges won't have a policy posted on their website, but the admission personnel will know the details (or...
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Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions

Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions
Start your college applications early.  It can be complicated, and questions can come up.  Read how it took this mother weeks to prepare detailed course descriptions. Plan ahead, like Leanne.Hello, Lee-I have been working for weeks now preparing detailed course descriptions (like yours in your publications on the subject). I take my son to Grove City College next week for an interview.I was wondering about a course that you really only have a pass/fail grade for....
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7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards

7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards
I am honored and thrilled to announce that I have been nominated for the 7th annual homeschool Blog Awards. I am sure you understand how this would be an important thing to me.  I really enjoy sharing my experience of successfully homeschooling my two boys through high school.  I love being able to help other moms and dads who are going through the same things I did.  Many parents have questions, fears and concerns about the...
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Honors Science

Honors Science
What is honors?  When do you put honors on a title?  Is Apologia Science an honors curriculum?Is Apologia Science courses, plus labs considered honors on a high school transcript. (Biology, Chemistry, etc.) - SallyDear Sally,If the authors/publishers of your curriculum, Apologia Science, say it is a honors course, then you can call it honors.If your child passes a honors level test after taking taking the course, then you might call it honors. (AP or CLEP exam...
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How about calling it "honors" if the course is better than what I had in high school? But then again, with my alma mater, that's ... Read More
Thursday, 10 November 2011 21:39
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More Competitive with CLEP?

More Competitive with CLEP?
What about using CLEP in high school?  Wendy asked these questions after she read my blog post about Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript: If a college doesn't accept CLEP courses as fulfillment of a college class, will they recognize it as fulfillment of the high school course? And will this make the student's college application more competitive? Will organizations like National Homeschool Honor Society and other "honor" societies make a student's college application more...
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Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior Year Grades on the Transcript
Senior year feels so awkward.  You have to submit the transcript during applications, but your child is still in the middle of senior year!  What do you do with the classes they are currently taking?Hey, Lee-I wanted to tell you that Evan's interview at Grove City back in Sept. went well and the Admissions person loved my notebook with course descriptions and said that's exactly what they want to see. He said to send it when...
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hi Leanne-- If I were applying as an undergraduate, I would be very interested in Grove City! That said, I wanted to mention tha... Read More
Saturday, 05 November 2011 13:20
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Join The HomeScholar for a Twitter Party!

Join The HomeScholar for a Twitter Party!
The HomeScholar is excited to announce that we are having our very first Twitter Party!Join us for: a chance to win giveaways from The HomeScholar enjoy some time  to talk to Lee about homeschooling high school questions chat with other homeschool moms about homeschooling high school topics and concerns Here are the party details… Date:  Thursday, November 10 When:  3 p.m.- 4 p.m.  EST Where: use the hashtag #thsparty Parties are so much fun.  We cannot wait...
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A Mom's Perspective

A Mom's Perspective
We've all experienced change at one time in our life or another. Allison wrote to tell us how The HomeScholar helped her prepare for that change even before she knew she would need it!I've been following your column / blog / Facebook / emails for several months now, assuming I was preparing myself for homeschooling high school in 2 years - little did I know, my son would decide to come home from public school 3...
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CLEP Results

CLEP Results
Dear Lee,If your child takes and does NOT pass a CLEP exam, does the College Board® report that to colleges that the child applies to?Thanks,Sue Sue,When your child takes the test, you can choose ahead of time to send the score or not send the score. If you send scores later, after you know they pass, it costs more money. Here’s my tips: be SURE they will pass first, by making sure they get a good...
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Our experience has been that we didn't have to choose whether to send the scores until AFTER the test anyway so it wasn't a proble... Read More
Saturday, 29 October 2011 23:42
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Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running
The best success comes to parents who plan ahead.  What does that mean exactly?  It means parents with elementary students who "listen in" when others talk about high school.  It means middle school parents who learn how to homeschool high school BEFORE panic starts.  It means taking challenging classes each year, just in case one year you can't get everything done.  It means seizing junior year tasks with gusto.  But you know what?  Everything can still...
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AWANA

AWANA
Awana is a wonderful program, and a great way to get Bible credit naturally in a fun activity.  I know it take a LOT of work.  Because it takes so much time and effort, I usually suggest including it on your high school transcripts.  In private schools and many homeschools, families include Bible on their transcript as a regular subject area - just like math, or science, or physical education.  On my transcript, I had Bible...
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Dear Elise, I usually count boy scouting as a PE credit, and it can also be listed as an activity. These blog posts may clarify;... Read More
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Guest — Elise Knight
Great advice as usual, Lee! One question, though. I thought you had said somewhere (who knows if I just dreamed this?! : )) to o... Read More
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Parent Training Made Easy!

Parent Training Made Easy!
Parent Training A La Carte HomeschoolThruHighSchoolThis budget-friendly solution perfect for busy homeschool parents will give you information on just one high school topic at a time. What are the classes?1. Delight Directed Learning2. Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer3. Homeschool Planning - Your Goals this School Year4. Planning High School Courses5. Getting the BIG Scholarships6. College Scholarships for High School Credit7. Making the Grades8. High School Testing9. Finding a College10. College Admission EssaysWhat do...
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  • How do You Gain Ivy League Admission as a Homeschooler?

    If your child has dreams of gaining admission to an Ivy League school, there are certain things you'll need to do to help them reach their goal. Read on for helpful information to help your homeschool student realize their dream. 

    What is Ivy League Admission? 

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    Dealing with learning challenges is difficult, but in high school, it can become seriously concerning. You don't have to be afraid! A parent is a successful homeschooler if their child is performing to the best of their ability. It's an emotional struggle, best understood by other parents who have faced the challenge of special needs students. 

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    Do you ever think about homeschool statistics and the success of homeschooling? There are currently over 2 million homeschool students. How does homeschooling compare to public education really? Let's talk about How and Why Homeschooling Works

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