Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT)

Homeschool Mom Universal Translator (HMUT)

Hi there, Mr. HomeScholar here...

It has come to my attention that homeschool dads will sometimes struggle understanding their wives.  Lee asked me to help explain the homeschool mom perspective to the dads out there.

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Update: Children Grow Up and Leave Home

Update: Children Grow Up and Leave Home
People have been asking me for an update on my kids.  My boys are all grown up - they are men now and not boys anymore.  I could give you an update, but really, I want to give you more of a warning.

Chess and Piano


Children grow up. They leave home. They stop leaving messes.

The other day my kids came over.  I needed an excuse to make cookies, but I also made them dinner and we all watched a movie together.  It was lots of fun!  A few days after they left, I realized something was different about my living room.

There was music on the piano...chess pieces littered the table...

Wow!  All those years homeschooling my children and feeling frustrated at messes, and now here I am HAPPY to have a little bit of proof that they came over to visit and had fun! What once seemed so annoying now brings me such warm feelings!  Who knew?

Here is a brief update, because some have asked for it:

Kevin is still playing chess, but not very often.  He works full time as an electrical engineer and software engineer and loves it.  He is also a part time student getting his masters in engineering, and he is constantly studying "just for fun."  He is married to his beautiful, sweet wife Liz (who also works as my Office Manager) and they have a lovely home nearby.  Alex is still playing piano, but not very often. He graduated with a double major in Political Economy and Rhetoric. He lives nearby and tutors students in all subjects.  We talk a lot about the state of education and curriculum options, and he loves encouraging others to love learning.

Homeschooling is a season of life, not a life sentence.


Enjoy what you are doing, and the stage of life you are in right now. It won't last forever - that's a promise. It's also a warning, because one day you'll face the empty nest and wonder why you were ever so annoyed with scattered chess pieces and random sheet music on the piano.

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New to All This!

New to All This!
I'll admit it.  Sometimes parents ask BIG questions on Facebook, and it's hard to answer in a short paragraph.  If you only had a few sentences, how would you answer this new homeschool mom?



Posted on The HomeScholar Fan Page: My daughter has been in a Classical Christian school since Kindergarten. She is now going into 7th grade and we want to home school her. She is so sick and tired of filling in work sheets, and Saxon math. But I am so new to all of this, I don't know where to go from here for curriculum. Can you recommend a good math program for a kid coming out of 6 years of  Saxon? How do I figure out what type of a learner she is? Yikes!
~Deb on Facebook

Hi Deb!

I love Sonlight Curriculum for beginners because it is so easy to use.

I have an article listing different math curriculum here: For the Love of Math.

If you have some time, this website will help with learning styles HomeEdExpert .

If you don't like the feel of that website, then her book is 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum: Choosing the Right Curriculum  and Approach for Your Child's Learning Style by Cathy Duffy.



Lisa Baughn wrote a review of myTotal Transcript Solution. She wrote, “With Lee’s help, any home educating family can create a marvelous, intriguing, scholarship-inspiring transcript.”  Read Lisa’s Review.
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Homeschool Moms & Dads: Reinvest in YOU! Join Me at the WHO Convention June 17-18, 2011

Homeschool Moms & Dads: Reinvest in YOU! Join Me at the WHO Convention June 17-18, 2011
It's time for another homeschool convention! The smell of curricula still brings back memories of homeschooling our two sons. The part of homeschool conventions that I enjoy most is seeing the faces of moms and dads as they reinvest in themselves. We need to remember that just as we invest in our children through their education so should we invest in our own knowledge as we homeschool the high school years. You'll find yourself refreshed and ready to take on the new school year!


Are you in the Washington area? Join me on June 17th and June 18th at the WHO Convention at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center! There will be many opportunities for us to get to know one another. Visit me and Mr. HomeScholar at Booth #**104 and in the following workshops:


Friday, June 17th

Session B, 11:00 – 12:00

Room 2, Homeschooling High School

Let me show you why you don't need to be afraid to homeschool high school.
We'll discuss the keys needed to ensure success!


Saturday, June 18th

Session A, 9:30 – 10:30

Room 2, Making a Transcript

Transcripts are a hassle, so why bother? Because they are the love language of many colleges and a key to college admission and scholarships! Come learn the “why and how” of making a transcript!

Register for my giveaway gift. Trust me, it's always people who "never win" that win my free giveaways! We'll also have lots of information at our  booth about our Parent Training Tools, including our new Parent Training A la Carte!

Conventions are also fun because it gives us a chance to meet all of our long-distance homeschooling friends that we normally just get to connect with through email, telephone consulting, or Gold Care Club webinar events. Please come ready to say hello because we would love to see you!

For more information on the WHO Convention workshops, be sure to check out their workshop schedule.

See you in Puyallup!



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Nervous about Homeschooling High School?

Nervous about Homeschooling High School?
Not everyone feels confident about homeschooling.  Shannon was nervous when she started, but I'd say it ended up pretty well for her and her son, Aaron.  Read Shannon's story - I know it will encourage you!

college scholarships, college admission, college preparation



Hi Lee, I'm responding to your request for high school graduate postings.

When I began homeschooling Aaron in kindergarten, I wasn't sure I could teach the basics, let alone all the way through high school.

I was nervous about teaching in general. He was a smart kid, and still is. One thing that gave me encouragement was the fact that I'd taught him to read when he was 4. I used phonics. When I heard that the local public school 'taught' reading in late kindergarten and 1st grade using whole language, I knew I had to homeschool. The irony is this school was very proud of its remedial reading program in 4th grade; however, if they'd taught the kids how to read using phonics, they wouldn't need the remedial program!

This Saturday he graduates with a 3.9 from his Running Start classes plus homeschool classes. He was accepted into both UW and Rochester Institute of Technology. He will be majoring in Physics at the UW. On the side, he sings, plays guitar and acts.

I am very proud of Aaron and what he has accomplished. Not only is he excelling academically and in the arts, he is a morally strong young man with a love for Jesus Christ. I know that homeschooling him all these years has been vital to his development. Homeschooling has enabled him to pursue his passions as well as guarding his heart from the prevailing attitudes of the culture.

Some of the best curriculum choices I made were: Bob Jones math (colorful pages when they're younger and they really teach the concepts; all my kids have done well in BJUP math), Apologia science, Romalda Spaulding phonics cards for learning to read and spell, frequent trips to the library, Christian drama/theater (which I'm heavily involved in, but which I endorse because of how it helps improve speaking skills, memory skills, physical memory skills, confidence, and helps instruct youth through story . . . and enables kids to do ministry for others, including praying for the audiences).

Homeschooling our children is one of the best decisions my husband and I have made.

~ Shannon

I agree!  It was one of the best decisions our family made too!  It's no always easy, but you can do it!  And you can be successful like Shannon!

college scholarships, college admission, college preparation

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Preparing Homeschool Records & Transcripts Early

Preparing Homeschool Records & Transcripts Early

homeschool records, homeschool high school, homeschooling


Mary graduated her son this year and was EXTREMELY successful as a homeschool parent.  Still, she confesses that the job would have been much easier and less exhausting had she done the work before senior year.  Here is Mary's story:
Hi Lee!!!

Haven't contacted you since my senior, Bryan, was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in April!  The School of Filmmaking is a fairly exclusive program and I am so very proud of him!  His interview went very well (Bryan's a strong "people person"!) but I understand that they interviewed him with his "Comprehensive High School Record" open in their possession, referring to details within it during the interview! Wow - what fun to know that all that work was of value to them in their job of selecting candidates for their  program.  Thank you, Lee, for the unspeakably big help you were in that whole process of my documenting his high school years!

I attached Bryan's picture - do you remember us?  I'm the RN mom who had spent the previous 5 years caring for my mom before she passed, and had  done NO course descriptions until I started fall of last year!!  Nightmare! - but your help and guidance got me through it beautifully (although exhausted) in time to submit it all in December!  Well - my rising 10th and 11th graders are NOT going to be in the same place by the time THEIR applications are rolling - this mom's got some SERIOUS templates to work from:  my son's transcript template, lots of course descriptions  needing only updating/grades/etc, and multitudes of know-how, *thanks to my personal HomeScholar tutor!

Blessings,

Mary in North Carolina

Now is a GREAT time to be working on your homeschool records!  I used to work on mine during the summer, completing course descriptions for the previous year.  I have a FREE Webinar that will help get you prepared for the job:  Homeschool Records that Open Doors!

Simply planning ahead over summer can make a world of difference.  When you get these record keeping chores done during the break, you will be free to homeschool with reckless abandon during the school year.  That makes life SO much more fun!

For more help, you may want to purchase the Comprehensive Record Solution

The Comprehensive Record Solution provides what you need to create homeschool records to amaze and impress the colleges.  You get training and templates and real life examples of successful high school records; including my own which resulted in full-tuition scholarships to our first-choice university. Get the guidance and coaching you need to finish the job with confidence.  Read on for more information.

homeschool records, homeschool high school, homeschooling

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Gifted Education and 100% Homeschooled

Gifted Education and 100% Homeschooled
I was speaking to a mother with struggling learners.  She mentioned how I wouldn't understand because my children are gifted.  I disagree.  It was HARD to have gifted children.  Sleepless nights.  Some tears.  A huge struggle trying to find appropriate curriculum.  I had to find something that would be challenging but not overwhelming, but at the same time it had to be age-appropriate.  It was a huge struggle.


Most of my products are geared toward junior high and high school.  However, I have one class that is appropriate regardless of age:  Gifted Education at Home.  I often consult with parents of gifted children that need extra  encouragement and support.  This week I received a note from one of those parents.  Candy's daughter is graduating this month, at the age of 13.

Greetings!
Hi Lee,
I've been meaning to email you for a while, but am just now getting around to it. I wanted to take a minute to email you and thank you. Because of  our
wisdom and support, Courtney is graduating this year! She's 13, and a full time college student with College Plus.

You were the first to encourage us NOT to change the way we homeschooled when Courtney reached high school level (and her stint in the spotlight). You are the one that gave us the knowledge and support of our high school options. After being shut down by the school district this year for Running Start Dual Enrollment at Community College (due to Courtney's age) it was again you that helped get us back on track and find College Plus.

Anytime I meet a new homeschooling mom, I tell them to go to your website first. THANK YOU for all your passion and dedication. You truly deserve all the success you have and much more.

Thanks to your support and knowledge, Courtney has been 100% homeschooled. We're actually glad we didn't take part in Running Start now . It has been a great source of pride that we have taken this journey 100% together, and on our own terms. So THANK YOU!!

Candy, Courtney's Mom



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Homeschool Mom's Investment Wins Big!

Homeschool Mom's Investment Wins Big!
Thank you, Sue, for sharing your experience!



Even though I am in the field of education, finding a plan for homeschooling high school and preparing good college transcripts was not easy. Then I came across Lee’s website and everything changed.

I first purchased the “Total Transcript Solution” program to help me organize and plan my 10th grade daughter’s transcripts. Lee added so many bonuses and articles which helped me in the whole process so that* I now have an entire high school template to keep our homeschooling on track.*The best part was the free month of weekly one-on-one calls where she gave advice and actually critiqued my working drafts.

I then purchased the “Comprehensive Records Solution” and discovered so many ways to enhance my daughter’s transcript. We now work together and actually prepare classes and projects to showcase her special talents in the field in which she wants to study. Without the attention to details found in the comprehensive programs she wouldn’t be as appealing to her college as she looks now. I also felt so strongly in the need for Lee’s programs and services for homeschool parents, just like me, that I shared them with my local homeschool group.

Lastly, I joined the “Gold Care Club” and can’t wait for my weekly discussion with Lee. I now feel confident that my daughter will have the necessary transcripts for graduating high school as well as the crucial transcripts for getting into the college of her choice.

~ Dr. Sue Overend
Homeschool Mom to Brittany



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January Homeschool Burnout

January Homeschool Burnout
January is a tough time for everyone.  I was chatting online with a mom who is facing some family challenges.



Hi Lee,
I remember the article or blog you had saying that January was a difficult month. With so much going on in my life I am amazed we have gotten anything done but I feel like we are doing the minimum if anything. It has gotten as boring as public school to them. The field trips we used to take to brighten up our curriculum have been eliminated at the moment due to the separation and financial stress.   I don't feel like the wonderful home school mom that I envisioned myself to be. It has not become fun for them anymore. Thank Heaven we still have their other activities - Civil Air Patrol - Soccer - Youth Court - Volunteer at thrift store. Most are free.

I especially get paranoid over my oldest because he is in 9th grade. I feel he should be doing more and motivated. He only cares about his laptop and Japanese cartoons. He isn't motivated in any writing assignments at all.  I know the separation has affected them but he was being like this before then. How do I motivate this child?  Your boys read all the time. It sounds like they would have been fine no matter what you did. I mean one was absorbed in economics as a hobby. Your annoyance meter activities still lead to careers. I have two gifted children who do not use most of their gifts. So sad. The smartest people are the ones who seem to read all the time. I try to tell them this. Back in time before there was anything else the great people we admire today just read all the time. If they did more of this and on different subjects I would feel better. How can they be so brilliant and yet cannot tell you where most of the well known cities is this country are located? Discovered this info this morning.
~ Karen

Here is the blog post about burnout, but I need to write it again! Homeschooling High School – Strengthen What Remains! January and February are such a difficult time of year - even for public school teachers.  It's not just you, and it's not just because of a challenging situation.  It's just a hard time of year.

Don't worry about projects and field trips and fun.  If you have finished the core classes, just go to the library and let the kids learn something there. Since you are facing a family crisis, don't worry too much about getting academics beyond the core.  How about doing videos for history? Even watch literature on TV to mix things up?  And your activities WILL keep you sane.  They are all on the transcript.  Just math is the key.  The rest can wait.

You asked how to motivate your oldest - use the computer.  Can you have him start to blog?  Have him research these places:
http://www.blogger.com/
www.blogspot.com/
wordpress.com/

He can do the research to learn how, blog about his experiences with Civil Air Patrol, Manga, etc.  Have him post photos of his experiences and his cartooning.  In the process he will be doing reading, writing, math, computer technology and maybe even start coding or working on graphic design.  By the way, when you do start into the heavy homeschooling again, ask him if he wants to learn Japanese.  See if they offer Rosetta Stone Japanese at the library for free :-)

My son's friend is a computer geek like that.  He was just offered $40,000 per year to be a teaching assistant and get a masters in graphic design. This IS an academic hobby, it's just hard for you to see right now.  But getting him into programming or creating art on the computer can feed his interests.

For general encouragement, I suggest my favorite free online magazine, Heart of the Matter.  They covered burnout in their January 2009 edition here: http://heartofthematteronline.com/January2009Edition/magazine.html

I know it's hard.  It would be just as hard at school, only then any problems would be part of his "permanent record" and here at home you can make adjustments.



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Setting the Records Straight - Feedback from a Stranger

Setting the Records Straight - Feedback from a Stranger
Imagine my surprise!  Sometimes I get a review from someone when I'm expecting it, but this time I read a review of my book that came as a surprise.  And she liked it!  Here is what she said:


Read the Online Review Here: The Homeschool Mom
I recently purchased Lee Binz's book, "Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admissions and Scholarships". My homeschooled son is now taking high school level classes and I'm developing his portfolio and transcript. This book is extremely helpful. It combines all the online information I've found into one book. It also contains a lot of Lee's knowledge from her website and consulting service. The price is completely worth it. The print is visually stunning with different type-faces and fonts, side bars, sample transcripts and course reports, and more. This is a book every parent-teacher of a homeschooled high schooler should have if the student is college bound.

Setting the Records Straight by Lee Binz is for those homeschooling high school, or planning to do so. The subtitle is "How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admissions and Scholarships". That pretty much sums up the content. Lee has "been there done that" at educating high schoolers to college and getting them into high-ranking schools.

Homeschool Rating (5 Stars Possible)
Value  -   Five Stars
Ease of Use  -  Five Stars
Fun Factor  -   Five Stars
Overall  -   Five Stars

My favorite part is where she gives me five starts for "Fun Factor"!!  I really do try to make it sound as easy as possible.

Sometimes parents ask me "Is it time for me to make my transcript, or should I wait?"  If you have a high school student, this is the BEST time to write your transcript. If you wait, you could get into a panicky situation when the transcript is needed "tomorrow" because of insurance or summer camp or scholarship opportunity.  Whether your child is a freshman or senior, make your transcript now. Really... even if you don't buy anything from me, start the transcript now and life will be SO much easier later! I promise!



I am writing for the Seattle Homeschool Examiner.  You can read my homeschool articles here.
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Happy Customers

I seriously thank you both as you have made all the difference for our son. I was prepared to send him away next year for high school because I had lost hope, was so scared and my vision had become cloudy. But I have praising God that I found your site a few days ago and now I know I can do this.

Stephanie in PA
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The girls applied to various schools' Engineering departments and were accepted to every one. After visiting all schools, they finally decided to accept Florida Institute of Technology's admission offer. They received full tuition scholarships from FIT, including the highest award for Florida Bright Futures. Their transcript and course description documents were extensive, so thank you again... Read More

I'm a Gold Care Club member. You have been such a blessing, giving me the advice I need each week. My husband has been really impressed, too.

Lee, I couldn’t have done it without you and I give thanks to God for leading me to you!! Thank you for all your help and coaching over the last two years, I feel so thankful and blessed!!

The admissions officer told her that one of the factors in their decision to give her the scholarship and the invitation were her impressive homeschool transcript and course descriptions!!

Thank you for your resources on the Gold Care Club. I now feel confident that with your help and resources I can do it on my own and make her transcript for her, thanks to you. I feel so supported being able to ask you questions each week.

I am finished with the transcript!! Thank you so much for all your help and guidance with the Total Transcript Solution. I feel really good about the grades my daughter has, taking more into consideration than just the averages on paper. I know full well that effort played a big part in her high school career too. The last 2 years of high school, she really grew up and figured out how to get her... Read More

I signed up for your transcript program, read through all of your materials and we had a phone consultation shortly afterward. Speaking with you that day gave me the extra confidence I needed to step outside of my comfort zone and let go of my need to "check all the boxes". He was accepted to the University of Texas for this fall to pursue a degree in information technology. Thanks for your... Read More

Your webinar has certainly bailed me out! This is for my son who was not interested in any more schooling and then suddenly changed his mind after graduation. I had started to buy your program, but after seeking help with our homeschool group they told me not to bother with a transcript. I will be telling everyone in our group to at least take your webinar on transcripts. I agree this should be... Read More

I bought the High School Solution last week and I am part way through the first presentation. So far, I am really liking it. I am green, green, green to home school so I had no expectations except to learn. My favorite part so far is the overview. I'm learning a lot and feel like it is doable. I'm good at organizing and planning I just needed some direction. Some help. After I bought it, I... Read More

Your kind words written back to me filled my heart with joy!! I appreciate that you took the time to read what I wrote. That really tells me that you are 100% invested in your business, but I already had that impression anyway!

I only wish that I had found your resources earlier in my daughter’s homeschooling high schooling years. I would have saved myself so much time and energy.

I... Read More

"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great webinar yesterday. It was a great blessing to me. I was feeling a bit intimidated by high school and was planning to find a diploma program, because I just didn't know how to do it on my own. But you have given me such confidence and even excitement about it. I now feel that I can stay true to who we are as a homeschool family, rather... Read More

Long time fan - I used your book to help my eldest get a full tuition scholarship! Your ideas work! Child #2 is a bit more free form in her learning, so I'm hoping to refine my course description skills to help her as best I can. Thank you!

Lee is extremely professional and relevant to homeschooling. All her tips and recommendations are clearly explained and ideas I wouldn't have considered. The voice of experience (successful experience at that) is *always* valuable!

After getting over the shock of scholarships, my first thought was 'Thank you Lee!' It wouldn't have happened without the Comprehensive Records and encouragement from you!

I have loved all of your work, ideas, and especially Lee's coaching me through the homeschool transcript and college issues process. You helped daughter get accepted into 11 colleges and helped her get a partial scholarship. You helped us receive guidance for other important college issues, for which we are most appreciative. And thank you, Lee. so very much for your excellent coaching with... Read More

The High School Solution is an online membership site designed to support and encourage parents who are homeschooling their children through high school.

A veteran homeschool mom herself, Lee Binz shares the tried-and-true tips and tricks she learned while preparing her own children for college and while helping other homeschool parents do the same.

The High School Solution is well... Read More

Susan Anadale, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Susan Anadale, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

I'm feeling all sorts of feelings - panic, insecure, frustrated that I'm not done with all the paperwork, etc. I uncovered a pile of my school related record keeping items and discovered your book Finding the Faith to Homeschool High School. I randomly opened to page 85 and read about The Great Pause. Thank you for writing this book. I read about 20 pages and I felt like you were exactly... Read More

I want to give a little testimony and some kudos to YOUI I compiled my beautiful spiral-bound booklet of course descriptions, reading lists, awards & activities, and sample work for my son Sam a few weeks ago. It had a nice cover page, complete with table of contents (which was the most difficult to do of the entire thing!). It was total about 80 pages. It looked professional, and honestly,... Read More

I received so much wonderful help and support from Lee over the years. I'm pleased with how the whole home school journey has turned out. Our oldest son, Daniel, is currently a junior in Mechanical Engineering at University of Cincinnati, our daughter, Pearl, is a sophomore in nursing working toward a BSN specializing in Women's Health at Christ College and working as a PCA at the Christ... Read More

I have really enjoyed having your support in our journey through homeschooling. I especially enjoy the online workshops! I am so happy that I've made this purchase and have no regrets. You are a blessing in our lives. Thanks again.

Thank you, Lee, for making me feel like I can teach high school and prepare them for college. You have really made me feel that this stage of my home schooling journey is doable.

There is so much here to value. The course descriptions are absolutely wonderful! I absolutely love it when I realize that we are taking a class that you have already outlined for us. The different options on the transcript is also great, especially when you have kids with early high school credit.

Thank you for the help The Total Transcript Solution gave me during my son’s senior year… he graduated last June and this was a huge life line for me to preparing his transcripts! Boy do I wish I had this information and all of these resources when he was in middle school, it sure would have made this so much quicker and easier! This did it’s job!! I am constantly telling others that this... Read More

Hello Lee,
I recently attended your webinar, "12 Keys to High School Success" free workshop. I just wanted to compliment you on your presentation. It was very helpful and encouraging. And I think it was even better than previous presentations. Kudos! I particularly appreciated the month-by-month meltdown calendar! It was good to know that you understand and feel the difficulties; it provided a... Read More

Hi Lee,

Thank you so much for all the help you have given me over the past years. I really appreciate you and your advice. On Saturday, I graduated my youngest child who will be heading off to Liberty University in the fall. What a blessed journey it has been and you have been a big part of the success we have experienced.

I am an organized person but your help in staying on top of... Read More

Kathleen in North Carolina
Kathleen in North Carolina

Dear Lee,

I attended the North Carolina Homeschool Conference several years ago when you were speaking. My daughter was just beginning High School and I felt lost. You were wonderful! I left the conference feeling energized and encouraged. I read your books, watched your Youtube videos and your DVDs. I can't tell you how often we used your advise in Dual Enrollment, college visits,... Read More

Tracy in North Carolina
Tracy in North Carolina

As one of your Gold Care Club members, I am so excited to share our good news. We are so proud of our daughter, Kiana, for being selected for the top scholarship. Thank you for all your help in preparing her transcript, commenting on her essays and completing her comprehensive file. I am so thankful that I discovered (and purchased) BEFORE my girls began high school. Kiana has been accepted to 6... Read More

Tracey Pieters in Mexico
Tracey Pieters in Mexico

Dear Lee,

Thank you! Thank you! My name is Michele Williams and I am one of your Happy Customers! I have a daughter that is getting ready to graduate, she is my first and I was so nervous on how to go about doing her transcripts. I ordered your transcript package and watched your webinars hoping to learn how to make them look good and what exactly to apply to them. She is an artist and had... Read More

I love Lee Binz!!!! So full of valuable information, support and inspiration! The Gold Club was very worthwhile! I appreciated the opportunity to have those weekly phone calls with her when I had specific questions. She is awesome! Everything I have bought through her program has been a worthwhile and valuable purchase.

Robin in California
Robin in California

I ran across a story in an article that referenced how much Lee Binz had helped the author with homeschooling high school, so I decided to give her a call. She had a special “Gold Club” membership which included access to her resources, a special email address, and a 20-minute phone consultation with her once a week to pick her brain about any questions or concerns I might have. I decided to... Read More

Jean in North Carolina
Jean in North Carolina

In April, my homeschooled senior daughter was applying to a very competitive specialty summer college program at a major Ivy League university. I had to come up with a really professional looking transcript, FAST, and I was really dreading it.

However, I ordered your Homeschool Total Transcript Solution and it was all you said it was! I was able to write brief course descriptions and find... Read More

Thank you so much for the wealth of information that you share! You have given me the knowledge and courage to do more than I ever felt possible, especially the ability to maneuver the high school transcript and college application process. Our daughter was accepted to all six schools to which she applied. She was offered various scholarships to each of them, and she received a full four-year... Read More

Lori in New Hampshire
Lori in New Hampshire

I just had to write to let you know that my daughter received the Regent's Scholarship for Pepperdine University! This is a $40,700 annual award. I am still in shock daily. We found out a week ago, and it has taken this long for it to actually sink in. Of course this is after hours and hours of work on both of our parts, my daughter writing countless essays and filling out applications, and... Read More

Lee Binz is a genius at taking complex information and making it simple. She simplified the information in a fun and quite comical way. I felt so empowered! I now have the information I need to turn what my children enjoy doing into credits on their transcript. I highly recommend visiting her website and purchasing her book!

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Monica, Blog: "Chocolate Covered Boy Joy"

I have been following your advice for 3 years now! Last year I leaped into the Gold Care Club with the purchase of the Comprehensive Record Solution.  I am so thankful for your willingness to mentor the homeschool community. My family has just gone through the college application process for the first time.  Thanks to you, I felt very aware of what to expect, and confident in our coursework,... Read More

Kathy and daughter, Sarah
Kathy and daughter, Sarah

I have been following your advice for 3 years now! Last year I leaped into the Gold Care Club with the purchase of the Comprehensive Record Solution.  I am so thankful for your willingness to mentor the homeschool community. My family has just gone through the college application process for the first time.  Thanks to you, I felt very aware of what to expect, and confident in our coursework,... Read More

I am writing to say thank you and to share our success story with you. Our was just accepted early decision into College! Your resources were invaluable in helping me wade through the application process. I used both your Total Transcript Solution and Comprehensive Record Solution. I recommend your materials to all homeschoolers who have high school students, and I also agree with your... Read More

I am writing to say thank you and to share our success story with you. Our was just accepted early decision into College! Your resources were invaluable in helping me wade through the application process. I used both your Total Transcript Solution and Comprehensive Record Solution. I recommend your materials to all homeschoolers who have high school students, and I also agree with your... Read More

I want to thank you for all that you have done for me in my homeschool-mom journey.

I’ve been a Gold Care Club member for a long time and it has been invaluable to me. I wanted to thank you! My son is away at college in his second semester of freshman year. He is doing great and although the course work is rigorous, he is WELL prepared for college. Many people in my life would question... Read More

Our daughter had chronic Lyme Disease. I was stressed wondering how we were going to get her through High School. Then I found you! With your ebooks, emails and blog I was able to create a high school centered on her interests and be creative with how she learned each subject. Your clear method for keeping course work and making transcripts was so easy that I was even able to help friends... Read More

I have been so blessed by your newsletters, website, and the Total Transcript Solution. Last October, my daughter was accepted and awarded the highest academic scholarship from all four of the private Christian colleges she applied to. Two of those universities invited her to compete for “up to full-tuition scholarships,” and in early April, she was awarded the Presidential Honors... Read More

Even though I am in the field of education, finding a plan for homeschooling high school and preparing good college transcripts was not easy. Then I came across Lee’s website and everything changed. I joined the “Gold Care Club” and can’t wait for my weekly discussion with Lee. I now feel confident that my daughter will have the necessary transcripts for graduating high school as... Read More

Sue, mom of Brittany
Sue, mom of Brittany

The support and information The HomeScholar provided helped me confidently perform that task, and now my son has been accepted into the college of his choice! Believe it or not, his smile was even bigger than in the picture when he got that acceptance letter! Thank you, HomeScholar!

Kelly and her son, Cole
Kelly and her son, Cole

I have seen no other site on the web better equipped than yours to help homeschooling high school students, and I will be telling others nothing but good things about your site. I am the type who researches something and eventually becomes reasonably well educated on the subject. This is what I have done when it comes to homeschooling our high school daughter. I have spent many months getting up... Read More

I just wanted to say 'thank you SO much' once again for all your help and input. I don't know if this adequately expresses how appreciated your wise counsel is and what a help it's been to me. I would be fumbling and procrastinating if I had not ordered your transcript e-book and become a member of your Gold Care Club. I'm so glad my husband said OK to letting me stay on as a member. It's funny... Read More

Ann in Connecticut
Ann in Connecticut

First, Lee, you have been a great help in answering my questions concerning my daughter taking a Gap Year. Second, I raved over your High School Planning Guide and the Sample Grading This is how I felt after downloading everything offered on the Gold-Care membership: I know for certain that in the near future I will be choosing one of the Transcript Templates to make my own official transcript... Read More

Thank you so much for this info and for talking with me today. Your personal experiences that you shared with me, along with all the information, really helps a lot. Thanks for listening also. I tend to talk a lot, so it is refreshing to find someone who actually listens and thinks some of what I have to say is worth listening to. One thing during our conversation that I meant to mention was how... Read More

Jean in North Carolina
Jean in North Carolina

You saved me many tears by helping me with your Gold Care Club this past year... Just so you know our son has been accepted at all the colleges he has applied and one admissions officer commented "I can tell by his transcript that you have done a great job homeschooling him". Thanks Lee!

Thank you so much for the links and resources. Thanks, too, for being available to talk yesterday. I truly enjoy talking with you! You help me to feel more confident about putting Meaghan's transcript together. Lee, you have so much knowledge and wisdom to share about home schooling high school, preparing for college, and putting a transcript together. Thanks for sharing it with others! You are... Read More

You helped me out a couple of years ago, and assisted me with a high school transcript for my son Landon. I was just beginning to deal with some brain tumors and several surgeries and so appreciated your help. Things are still not as easy for me as they used to be and I did very little homeschooling with my then 13 year old Austyn that 2008-2009 school year. I thought I would give you an update... Read More

I want to highly recommend Lee's services to anyone who has questions about the high school years! I had a consultation with her yesterday and it was so helpful and amazing to watch the transcript fill before my very eyes. I think as homeschoolers we can be VERY critical of our little schools and I didn't even realize how much was learned last year. Lee's service is truly a blessing and her rates... Read More

I thought I would have to convince my husband that we wanted to spend this amount, but he is fully convinced that your materials are an investment in my daughter's education. That, my friend, is a compliment in the highest! He is very picky as to what he calls an investment in education! We've been talking about it, and I told him that not only am I impressed with your materials, and not only was... Read More

The FEAR has been alleviated (THANKS to you!!) The audios were incredibly insightful and PACKED full of information! The ebook was the most VALUABLE tool I've seen on the nuts and bolts of transcripts! You literally answered EVERY question that came to mind. I know I will refer to it often. You are a blessing indeed.

Your latest newsletter is very inspiring. I liked the curriculum article and the straightforward tips on how to sort through all the various choices available. Your husband's articles are excellent; they’re consistently relevant, humorous and insightful. I enjoy seeing his perspective as a homeschool dad. You are certainly a blessing to home schooling moms like me. You have been an answer to... Read More

Lee!!!!!! You don't even realize what a blessing your blog post was to me today... SERIOUSLY! I was actually talking to the Lord about this yesterday; then you post this! Amazing! Thank you so much! May God continue to bless all you do for Him and us home schoolers! You're awesome!

I was just telling my husband how good it feels to have a coach. He is a realtor and he has a coach too, so he sees the value in it. I look forward to talking to you next week. I have my list going and I will email you with a heads up before I call. Have a great week.

Sheila in California
Sheila in California

You provide a much needed service. I must tell you that I've spent the past three hours going over all the materials and still haven't exhausted all that you offer. Your service is an answer to prayer. It's very late, (nine hours ahead of west coast time) so I must close but I will be contacting you soon. Thank you for providing a first-rate service.

Thank you for the wealth of information you provide on your website. I was reading your article on record keeping. I am one of those "What??!!! I didn't know I had to keep records!" people. I really appreciate all your help! You are the BEST!!!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions at the conference. I’ve been praying for an answer to my unique needs in homeschooling my oldest son. I believe God answered my prayers by sending me to you. A huge weight was lifted after speaking with you and your husband. It’s hard for me to let go and let God have complete control of our homeschool, but I’m learning and it’s getting... Read More

Janel in North Dakota
Janel in North Dakota

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your audio workshops. I often listen to them on my iPod while I walk in the mornings or on my computer while I’m making dinner. They offer such practical, in-depth advice, and such an affordable product.

You can count me as a completely satisfied customer.  The Total Transcript Solution made the process a pleasure.  Our transcript was a wonderful summary of the rich educational experience a home school education can provide.  We translated my son’s home school experience into the language schools can understand, and obviously love!

What you do is a wonderful ministry.  I gleaned wonderful insights from your seminars at the convention. The information on transcripts was so simple and straightforward, that I'm actually looking forward to getting started. I've been avoiding writing my course descriptions until now too. But now, I'm more encouraged, more energized and more motivated than ever before, thanks to you.   I'll be... Read More

Your presentation was FABULOUS and fills a GAPING need in the homeschooling community. You teach people how to take their unique homeschooling experience and translate it into a college-prep program. What a gift!! You helped bring clarity and focus to areas that needed attention. I absolutely can't wait to get my hands on your college series. I will buy anything you produce!

This information is so much more than I ever could have hoped for from anyone! You're truly providing a wonderful service. Thank you so much for your help. I had this little voice in my head telling me I needed to keep great records through middle school, so I have been doing it right along. Glad to know it can work for his high school transcripts. Thank you for your words of wisdom. You've... Read More

I want to thank you for "Getting the BIG Scholarships". It was very helpful, informative, insightful and practical in its advice and real world application. Now we are armed with the insider information we need to make our son's scholarship applications stand out above the crowd and get noticed!

I found Lee Binz while searching the internet. My husband and I set up an appointment with Lee.  Talk about hand holding! It was just what I needed. She answered all my questions about SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP, and PSAT testing. She helped me set up a plan for the next four years. It was wonderful. The best part? My husband and I left the meeting as a team. Even today I still feel 100% better about... Read More

Tressa in Washington
Tressa in Washington

Thank you so, so much for all that you are doing. I have needed support like you offer for a number of years now. It has felt like we've been going on to the end all alone. Now I feel supported. I am just nervous to call or email you for help. One of these days I will be brave. Thank you, again. You are one of my heroes.

You have created such an incredible resource and I'm thrilled to be mentored through these high school years. It's obvious you are a woman of great excellence. I believe you offer so much to the homeschool community and you obviously care deeply about the education of those choosing to educate their children at home.

Pastor Diane in Washington
Pastor Diane in Washington

You guys on the support staff are really fantastic, I have never had better customer service. It is a rarity in this day and age sometimes.

I am so so so thankful to God for you. I spent the morning becoming confused and in despair over math and science next year. I was reading a homeschool forum trying to decide what to do for science next year. Some of the moms had the idea that you HAD to do certain things or your child's college career, not to mention life, would be ruined if you didn't do things a certain way. I finally... Read More

Dear Lee, Honestly, we are IN AWE of the resources you’ve got here. With our journey into high school just beginning, we are SO happy to have you with us! Thank you again for putting together such AMAZING resources for the homeschool community!

Lori and Scott in Georgia
Lori and Scott in Georgia

It really made for a more professional look. You are providing a service much needed by many. Her scholarship will be paying for four years of tuition, out-of-state fees, room/board, book stipend as well as $5000 toward a month summer abroad program. Thank you again for all that I learned through your services.

In applying for the summer institutes I used your model to the best of my ability. I watched the videos enough to have them pretty much set to memory. I plan on putting together a complete comprehensive record ASAP. I want to have available my son’s accomplishments in a neat and presentable package. Without you, our homeschool would not be as organized record keeping and academically, and my... Read More

Real live samples, like the sample Course Description and Grades and Credits Resource sheet, really clarify things and give homeschoolers a starting point in creating their own, which is very helpful! The “Record Keeping” section was very good too. This topic and the way you present it would be extremely useful for parents new to homeschooling high school. I was impressed by your knowledge... Read More

Your homeschool transcripts and records were the best organized and documented I have seen.

Bryan Jones, Admissions Director at SPU
Bryan Jones, Admissions Director at SPU

I loved Finding a College.  It was so helpful, so much great information!  You shared many of the concerns that I had about college. I see so many "so called" Christian Colleges/University's that are no different than a secular school.  That concerns me.   I will continue to pray, I know God can always change things, but that was really neat.

I loved the way you compared "finding a college" to finding "the love of your life." That really put a perspective on college hunting that I hadn't thought of before. Your step-by-step outline of the process used to help your sons' find a college is straight-forward and easy to understand. How I wish I'd had this information when I was helping my two oldest daughters find colleges. This... Read More

I just finished going through it and I am amazed at the wealth of information you have provided for homeschool parents and their high schoolers.  As I am in thick of the application and admission process, I can confidently say that you have done your homework very thoroughly, the information you share is right on, and this product is going to save many homeschool parents time, energy and... Read More

I watched Lee's 1 hour Grades, Credits and Transcripts Webinar. While  watching it, all of my fears melted away and I was reminded of why we started homeschooling in the first place! It was the joy of learning, and a blessing from God! She gave me detailed instructions on how to grade our work, give credits, and make transcripts that included high school level work from previous years. Lee has... Read More

I listened to the webinar the other day while working in the kitchen, and I was so encouraged!  I am currently homeschooling the last four of our twelve kids, and have seen "real time" how well our graduates have done both in college and the work force.  Still, it was nice to have the reinforcement of the studies that Dr. Wile presented.I really wish that I had had the information that I've... Read More

Again, just 20 minutes with you and I feel so relieved! This "high school" thing is gonna be alright! Thanks for the list of books. Reading is the love language of both of my boys also. So I truly appreciate this list to give me a foundation. The new school year is starting, and I am introducing folks to you left and right and hope that they jump on board, since your info has been priceless to... Read More

One of the major reasons I'm no longer anxious about homeschooling high school is because I've had the benefit of reading Lee Binz's book "Setting the Records Straight," as well as her many other wonderful resources. Her examples, encouragement, and insights will equip you to translate your homeschooled student's experiences into the language that college admissions officers understand.

I’ve always considered myself a manly kind of dad…but after reading Lee Binz’s book, my fears were confirmed that I’ve been a little afraid of the college scene. Perhaps it’s because of my own college experience or what I see now at colleges, but I wasn’t convinced college is a good thing. Lee helped calm my fears, reassured my inner-dad, and walked me through the whole process.... Read More

During the registration process, one of the representatives stopped me and said, 'Your documents for your son were amazing. We would like to use them as a model for others, as they were really helpful for us and especially for homeschoolers!' Of course, I followed the Comprehensive Record Solution that you provide, and heard about your success with the admission process…. but never expected to... Read More

Lee, you are THE BEST homeschool encourager!!!! You are a tremendous blessing to homeschoolers and I am telling my friends to check out your site and your terrific resources---I wish I told some of them sooner.

Sharon in Connecticut
Sharon in Connecticut

It was so great talking with you today! Thank you so much for all of your advice, your time, and your encouragement. I am so excited to know I have someone so knowledgeable that I can go to for help with everything regarding homeschooling high school! The email you just sent my way today is a treasure trove. You really know how to listen and know what to recommend! I have already sent my son to... Read More

As these kids were going through their high school years, my homeschool mentor, Lee Binz, helped me realize that seeing their individuality and capitalizing on this as well as their strengths and passions was the ticket to helping each of them gain entry into their next chapter of life. I am so thankful for the instruction, solid support, and mentorship that the HomeScholar provided to me as I... Read More

Lee Binz deftly guides parents about the dangers that accompany gaming and internet addiction in this valuable book. Follow her advice, end the power struggles with your children and teens over their technology use, and be well on your way to rebuilding harmony in your family life.

Kim McDaniel, Author and Parent Coach
Kim McDaniel, Author and Parent Coach

I knew I had to prepare transcripts for college admission, and my son had taken the SAT, but I knew NOTHING about what I should be doing to prepare for college admissions. I decided to purchase the Gold Care Club, learned loads about junior year and homeschooling high school through the Club and Lee's other materials, and was able to prepare a transcript, go to a college fair, visit colleges, and... Read More

Thank you for your educational website. The Total Transcript Solution has been very helpful! In the last month -- since we found your site -- we have been making changes regarding our record keeping etc. Your other articles have also been beneficial in the planning for future courses, CLEPS and SAT preparation, etc. Thank you for the work that you have done in assisting families in their... Read More

Lee is an expert in homeschool transcripts. Many people send me things to review but Lee's stuff really grabbed me. I said 'this is a like minded person. This is woman with the voice of experience and the common sense that so many of us are so desperately looking for in the educational world.' Lee has the expertise of a professional to help with this tricky issue of assigning credits and grades... Read More

Andrew Pudewa, Director of IEW
Andrew Pudewa, Director of IEW

Lee Binz has hit the nail smack on the head for clearly identifying the impact technology is having on our children, families, and schools, and what to do about it. TechnoLogic demystifies a very complex issue, helping readers to sort out problem areas and identify solutions. TechnoLogic is for everyone who cares about creating better lives for children.

Cris Rowen, Author of
Cris Rowen, Author of "The Virtual Child"

I strongly recommend this book to all homeschooling parents who think that college might be in their child’s future. It not only demystifies the process of college preparation, it will also put you at ease as you help your child make one of the most important decisions of their young life.

Lee understands the struggles that mothers face when they take on the challenge of homeschooling through the high school years. But more than that, she knows how to point moms back to Jesus. Lee is right. Homeschooling is a gift. Your kids may drive you crazy from time to time … and that’s okay. Let the challenges push you closer to Jesus.

Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom
Heidi St. John, The Busy Mom

Your book, 'Setting the Record Straight' helped me compose my own unique transcript and course description document. Mine did not look like any of the examples in your book, but as you encouraged in your book, I found my very own style.

My daughter was not only accepted to the one and only school she applied, but she was offered the highest scholarship they award and invited to join their... Read More

You have taken an enormous amount of information and put it into bite-sized pieces so that the homeschooling parent can learn the information and process without becoming overwhelmed and frustrated–that goes for beginner homeschool high school parents and those of us who have been at it awhile. And you speak in the videos like a girlfriend who is going through all the same stuff with me! I... Read More

I thought I would also take this chance to thank you for your assistance with my daughter’s transcript and course descriptions. The information that I learned in your book, seminars, and talking with you personally gave me the confidence and knowledge to create a solid presentation of records. My daughter received multiple scholarship offers. She turned down a full tuition scholarship at one... Read More

I’d like to thank Lee for helping me gain the confidence I needed to start teaching high school this year. Instead of timidly requesting information from various sources I simply devoured everything I could find on her web site and spoke to her several times as part of a Gold Care Club membership. I cannot stress enough how empowering it is to have this important information up front! I am not... Read More

I've been doing a happy dance all day and I just had to pass the excitement along to you! Late last night I took the plunge and submitted my first ever high school transcript accompanied by 13 course descriptions to our state college after applying for dual enrollment for my upcoming junior. I used your template "Academic Record by Subject" from the Total Transcript Solution package and I... Read More

I'm just a grateful mom who wouldn't do without Lee's continued valuable help at this point in my homeschool career! I still have two in high school so I have a ways to go and I still depend on her wisdom and wonderful resources for those of us who are homeschooling through high school. Lee's input enabled me to prepare a "Comprehensive High School Record" for my son which allowed me to present... Read More

THANK YOU. My daughter applied online to the university of her first choice. She had to send in a copy of her transcript. We sent that in, but in addition and thanks to your guidance we also sent in a cover letter followed by her Comprehensive Record. Your assistance via the phone was invaluable and was a great confidence booster as we embarked on this journey. Thanks again!

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