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Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!

Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!
 While there are lots of resources for homeschooling high school on The HomeScholar website, one of the most popular is our Total Transcript Solution (TTS).  What many people don’t realize is that this program can be used over time, and for more than one student!  If you have a lot of children, TTS is a really good value, because you can use it for an unlimited number of students for as long as you want. You’re...
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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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Crazy Lifestyle of Learning

Crazy Lifestyle of Learning
 Lots of homeschoolers have a "Crazy Lifestyle of Learning".  I'm a huge fan of Delight Directed Learning , and I love helping my members turn that into words and numbers that colleges understand - and putting those on a Homeschool Transcript. Here is one example!"My son spends his remaining school day working on film projects. He had already won two contests. I took him to the San Antonio Christian film festival academy a few Weeks back....
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Facebook HELP! Honors? Boy Scouts?

Facebook HELP! Honors? Boy Scouts?
I can't really do a lot of "consulting" on Facebook, but sometimes I can help in a moment of panic, and provide a quick tip!  Jeannine wrote on my Facebook wall "HELP!!!!! What do you consider an honors course to be? I am putting together David's transcript and am not sure if I should leave that category on the grade criteria. Also Lee, what about listing his time in Boy Scouts and his making Eagle? Do...
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The Total Transcript Solution Loved in Omaha

The Total Transcript Solution Loved in Omaha
I recently did a webinar for Omaha Homeschool Learning Center.  Their group organizer created a long comparison chart describing the differences between four homeschool transcript products.  Watch this video to hear him describe the highlights.  He compares the four major transcript products (Transcripts Made Easy, Total Transcript Solution, Transcript Boot Camp, and TranscriptPro) in the areas of information, support and tools. Guess which one was the clear winner!? To see his review for yourself, including all...
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WOO HOO! Congratulations!
Sunday, 11 March 2012 15:08
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How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?

How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?
I often get asked about how to get a homeschool diploma. That is an easy question to answer. What is more difficult is the education behind that piece of paper. That is what colleges are most interested in. As you wrap up your homeschooling years let me help you finish strong.
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Guest — J W
Your lilacs are blooming and the birds are singing! Hooray for Spring!!! Sorry - got a little sidetracked there. Great answer :... Read More
Thursday, 08 March 2012 17:15
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Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!

Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!
 Recently, my book, Setting the Records Straight, received a fantastic review from Lisa at Home School Enrichment Magazine!"If you are a homeschooling parent who feels intimidated or overwhelmed by the thought of seeing your high schooler through the process of applying for college admissions, then you must read Lee Binz’s book, Setting the Records Straight. Ms. Binz shares her experience and expertise on how to write transcripts that reflect your student’s academic achievements and unique talents and strengths. Because...
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Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions

Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions
We all want to be ahead of the game, especially when making homeschool transcripts.  Knowing the difference between transcripts and course descriptions can help you get started with this important paperwork.“Honey, There’s a Crazed Mob of Scholarship Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!” Get the Comprehensive Record Solution!  
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Guest — Ann
Yes! this very simple tip to keep a list of materials used (as well as a list of what your child did or a binder to collect everyt... Read More
Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:09
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good point, Ann! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Monday, 24 March 2014 11:31
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Community College Language on the High School Transcript

Community College Language on the High School Transcript
 Making a transcript isn't so hard....  Well....  Until it gets complicated, LOL!  Renee asked a question about how to put foreign language on the high school transcript when classes were taken at a community colleges.Lee,I am watching your DVD's for high school.  Question about college classes.My son took Elementary German 1 @ a college first semesterNow, 2nd semester, he is taking Elementary German 2So - in high school credits - would those classes each receive a credit,...
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Guest — Lee
It seems like each high school across the country does it their own way. Sometimes a school district will have a policy - but the ... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 19:20
Guest — Cassie Fishbein
Hi Lee, I wanted to just add a suggestion that parents consult how credits from college are counted by public high schools in thei... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:56
Guest — Renee
Unless of course you live in AL where the Dual Enrollment agreement with the cover schools (and public/private schools) states tha... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:45
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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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What Do They Do For Fun?

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

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

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