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Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People

Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People
 I asked Bari "How do you like it?" after he purchased the Comprehensive Record Solution, and he said "We are theater/music people and many things seem to not apply or go over my head a bit. Overall - I am pleased with the material."  So.... how do you make a transcript and course description when you are a dealing with a lot of fine arts?When you are music and theater people, it can help to think...
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Guest — Laura Stein
Perfect timing, Lee. Thanks for the post. I just finished the course academic course descriptions for my new graduate and was mull... Read More
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 18:25
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Summertime Fun with Record-keeping

Summertime Fun with Record-keeping
Summertime Fun: Record-keepingIt’s summertime, and the living is… easy?  Probably not, if you’re a homeschool parent!  Now is the time to play catch-up. Summer provides an opportunity to work on all those tasks you’ve put off throughout the school year.  Little things such as cleaning out the closet under the stairs, or planning a visit to grandparents in another state.  Summertime is also a great opportunity to catch up on homeschool tasks that you’ve put off...
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How is Your Comprehensive High School Record Looking?

How is Your Comprehensive High School Record Looking?
Thank you for all your help in preparing Johanna's Comprehensive High School Record. The completed document look great!  It was well received by the University. The Admissions Department and several Faculty members commented on how thorough the document was. As a result, it was suggested that Johanna apply to the Honours Program, which includes an additional scholarship. I have learned much and have begun to work on our other daughter's transcripts and records in order to...
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Comprehensive Record Solution Review by Molly Evert of My Audio School

Comprehensive Record Solution Review by Molly Evert of My Audio School
 Comprehensive Record SolutionReview by Molly Evert of My Audio SchoolI recently completed the records for my homeschooled son’s freshman year in high school.  I was nervous about writing his transcript and unsure about how to best showcase my child’s unique strengths, but Lee Binz demystified the process for me with her Comprehensive Record Solution.  In hindsight I needn’t have worried so much about the transcript, as it didn’t take me long to put it together once I had a good...
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Course Description Help

Course Description Help
 What if you don't read the WHOLE book - what do you do with that? How does it fit into your course description when you didn't finish every word of it? Julie asked some questions about her course descriptions...Hello Lee.I’m finding your book Setting the Records Straight quite helpful as I learn to write course descriptions. That’s triggered three hopefully simple questions though.May I use the course descriptions from the book, both the page layout and...
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Right. Supplemental texts read in full: complete name of book. Excerpts: partially read book that was used as a supplement. C... Read More
Monday, 16 January 2012 16:09
Guest — Cherie
This was helpful. Thanks! Just to be clear: for supplemental texts, you would NOT use the word "excerpts," but you would use that... Read More
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 05:26
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High School Reading Lists & Reading Comprehension

High School Reading Lists & Reading Comprehension
Are you confused about reading lists? High school reading lists are not just for "school" books, they are for ALL books. High School Reading Lists & Reading Comprehension When we were homeschooling, my children would occasionally write a brief essay about a book they read, but only once in a while.  I can't even remember if we did one a year...perhaps less!  An essay or even reading comprehension questions are not required for a book to...
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Hi Karen, Each parent can make that decision about the reading list for their own child, and not everyone will choose to make the ... Read More
Saturday, 27 September 2014 08:11
Guest — KarenBowman
Hello Lee, I would like to make a comment on the reading list. While most of the list is standard I have wondered how most follow... Read More
Saturday, 27 September 2014 07:26
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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is Perfect for Your Family?

What is Perfect for Your Family?
When you are making your comprehensive homeschool records, it’s a great deal like cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. There is usually a whole lot of work involved, that’s true, however there are a great number of  choices! You can find a huge number of “correct ways” to create great homeschool records! You can  choose to create your information appear the way that is JUST RIGHT for your family. I offer  options as well as templates you are able...
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Transcript templates are easy to make your own

Transcript templates are easy to make your own
My transcript templates as well as course description templates are like tasty recipes. They supply FLEXIBLE advice that you can adjust to fit your wants. Feel free to edit them! That’s the reason we chose to avoid creating software for our templates, actually. By giving our templates in Word and Excel, you are able to change them and change them in a million ways. Like they say on American Idol, you can “make it your own”...
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The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!

The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!
We have written extensively the reason documenting your homeschool student’s comprehensive record is an intelligent suggestion for every college bound homeschool family.  Below are five final reasons you really should give it some consideration:*College admissions is a high stakes, extremely competitive game and you need to put your best foot forward because it helps to set your student apart.*Homeschooling provides students with a few  specific as well as quantifiable advantages that don’t always shine through in...
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