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Too Many Credits

Too Many Credits
For the problem of “too many credits” you can handle it a few different ways. You can keep only the most recent credits. You can lower the credit value of all classes. You can eliminate classes that could also be considered an “activity” instead (so ballet would be an activity and not a PE credit.) You can pick and choose some classes to drop off the transcript if you have more than the usual requirements. (Drop...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Robin and June, Most high schools say that 22-24 credits is "College Prep." However, some very competitive high schools may... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:40
Guest — Robin E.
What is too many credits, and in what sort of situation would this be a draw back. If I recall correctly from your book The Easy T... Read More
Sunday, 23 October 2011 07:18
Guest — June
I wondered about this before, too. So what would you consider to be "too many"?
Friday, 21 October 2011 16:35
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Transcripts in Process

Transcripts in Process
Have you ever changed your mind?  What happens when you change your mind about a transcript?  Nothing bad, actually!If you change your mind about grades, you can change your transcript.  You are the teacher and principal and administrator, right?  And sometimes we get more information that can change how we assess a grade. You can consider your classes and transcript "in process" until the point you submit it to colleges.  Once you have submitted it to...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Kristine! Go, team, go! You can do it! Write it as a rough draft first. You can edit the class titles, grades, credits, etc... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:18
Guest — Kristine
Perfect encouragement, as I'm facing this right now. Although my daughter is in 11th grade, I just have scraps of paper with cours... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 06:55
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College visits are like job interviews

College visits are like job interviews
You know why it's important to visit colleges?  So you can learn more about the college and they can learn more about the student.  While visiting, make sure your student is actively engaged in the visit.  I often say that students need to "look them in the eye and give a firm handshake."  But being present is MORE than a handshake.  Karen didn't want me to identify her school, but she has allowed me to share...
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Guest — Karen
I plan to read this article with my own children. I plan to discuss the social mistakes that the teen made and what could have bee... Read More
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:02
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How Do you FEEL about Homeschooling High School?

How Do you FEEL about Homeschooling High School?
Let's talk about real feelings.  How do you feel when you think about homeschooling high school?  Do any of these words sound familiar? freaked out terrified hyperventilating procrastinating confused stressed overwhelmed immobilized with fear panicky ready to run obsessed worriedDo any of these words describe what you are feeling?  Thinking about homeschooling high school can make you feel uncomfortable.  But what you really need is some down-to-earth advice.  High school is not really terrifying.  It's just...
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Guest — J W
OK. Done. Had to log a field trip and no less than six (read in as many weeks) adult nonfiction books related to the field my ch... Read More
Saturday, 15 October 2011 20:07
Guest — J W
Procrastination. So I should quit reading this blog and get some recordkeeping done, LOL!
Saturday, 15 October 2011 19:36
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Can we get real?

Can we get real?
I really appreciate when other real parents allow me to share their stories.  Recently Lois contacted me about this blog post: Our Community College Stories.  Here is the story that Lois has allowed me to share about her daughter. Interesting Lee. One area my daughter did well in was in our local Community College.Our successful method was — talking to students about the professors; getting recommendations about them in conjunction with RateMyProfessor.com. I found the latter to...
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Guest — J W
OK - just tried out a French "little kid" book by Edouard Manceau. These are great once you get used to the cursive writing. Tin... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 14:12
Guest — J W
Actually four ideas, but two of them we've implemented for quite some time. The first idea is when we learn a rule of grammar, I ... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:16
Guest — Lee
Joelle! Don't leave us hanging! What are your great ideas for French? I've got to know! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:47
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How Colleges View Transcripts

How Colleges View Transcripts
Whenever colleges are looking over students to admit, it’s quite a lengthy and arduous process for them. Rather unpleasant, they point out! They typically have only a couple of minutes to make a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on an applicant. For that reason, the transcript might be the only section of information they utilize for that determination.The transcript is designed to whet their appetite. Do they want more of your student? or not?Similar to an appetizer prior...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Tee, You don't have to set up a time - if you purchased The Total Transcript Solution, you get a free 20 minute phone consult... Read More
Monday, 09 December 2013 06:39
Guest — Tee Jenkins
Thanks Lee!! I needed to read this today (December 7th, Sunday 9:43 a.m.) as I have been seriously dragging my feet on completing... Read More
Sunday, 08 December 2013 06:44
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CLEP Success!

CLEP Success!
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to reach college credits through...
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Calming Math Anxieties

Calming Math Anxieties
Hi Lee,Thanks for the e-mail. Even though I’m a few years away from high school yet I know it will come before I know it. I don’t know if you can offer any help but I thought I’d ask any way. My oldest is 11 and technically will be entering 6th grade next year which is middle school as you know, my concern is that I’m at a point where I no longer am comfortable or...
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Guest — Nuez
@ Courtney : Its Khanacademy.org ;not kahn
Thursday, 06 October 2011 20:17
Guest — Courtney
My daughter is in 6th/7th grade and is studying algebra through http://www.time4learning.com. There are also great (free) videos f... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 19:04
Guest — Michelle
I am loving the Thinkwell math program. They have a homeschool version and it is working GREAT for my daughter who doesn't love ma... Read More
Thursday, 06 October 2011 16:08
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New Bonus Feature on the Total Transcript Solution

New Bonus Feature on the Total Transcript Solution
Have you ever bought the Total Transcript Solution or The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts?  Each time we make improvements, the new and improved version is available to you, no matter how long ago you made your purchase. Recently we added a new bonus to the Total Transcript Solution: Surprise Bonus # 1 is the Emergency Transcript Solution.  Designed to help the most-panicked parents, this is a quick, "just the basics" class that can give you a...
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Homeschooling in the News

Homeschooling in the News
In the NewsHome-schools gaining more students in MississippiThis is a very encouraging news report about a regular homeschool family.  Brita Wren is interviewed by WLOX News in Mississippi. "I think I had higher expectations sometimes than the schools that they were in to begin with, that we expected them to do their best," said Wren. "There's no peer pressure, no bullying; there's no busy work."WLOX News New law gives homeschoolers more respect, freedom Minnesota parents who teach...
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Harvard is Pro Homeschooling

Harvard is Pro Homeschooling
The easy part of earning admission to Harvard is being a homeschooler.  The hard part about getting into Harvard is the same thing that makes it hard for every other student to get in.  Harvard accepts homeschoolers, and if your homeschooler has an eye on the Ivy League schools, don't worry that homeschooling will hold them back.  Here is a story about one family and how they educated for excellence, with excellent results.Here is a YouTube...
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Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts

Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts
Dear Lee,"Did you schedule the art studies or simply allow them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study." Art is really, TRULY my weak area, for that reason I basically reserved time for art study, or else we would most likely never do it! We never had a challenge getting math or science finished, only art, LOL! I planned it for 2-3 times...
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Guest — J W
We do it bits & pieces with my older. My younger is a budding artist, so no worries there. I find art everywhere. Literally... Read More
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:19
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Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice

Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice
I used Latin Road for 3 years. My boys were RATHER successful with it, not to mention my son still remembers all of his Latin even after three years without cracking a book! He was required to take a college placement test at the college he’s attending, so they could find out which course would be applicable for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and began the university in Junior level! Yippee! He liked...
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Showing Respect to our Children

Showing Respect to our Children
A while ago, a segment of one of my newsletters was plagiarized. I consulted my in-house “lawyer in training” – my son Alex.Whenever I think of our discussion that day, it really warms my heart. On one Sunday, in our “Love and Respect” Sunday School class, I think I finally recognized why Alex’s assistance had been so important to me that day. He was defending me – which was showing that he loved me.In the book,...
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Guest — Lee
You go, girls Blessings, Lee
Monday, 26 September 2011 15:42
Guest — J W
Yes, absolutely we have :-) Through a website about one of *my* favorite hobbies we learned about Lake Erie College's program fro... Read More
Monday, 26 September 2011 14:58
Guest — Lee
Speaking of horses, Joelle, have you looked at some degrees in horses? Equine Studies Associate Degree Programs http://www.horsec... Read More
Monday, 26 September 2011 11:56
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Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges

Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges
Catherine asks: How important is it to have a typical looking transcript with grades and a GPA vs a more narrative type of transcript or even one with courses listed but no grades, since our goal is mastery and so they’d all just be A’s anyway?Hi Catherine,Perhaps you might attempt to think about this a little differently. Imagine yourself being a foreign language translator. Your job is to translate what you have completed in your homeschool,...
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