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NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers

NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers
If you don't know, NCAA means National Collegiate Athletic Association.  If you don't know what it is, you probably aren't worried about it at all.  But if you DO know what it means, then as a homeschool parent you may feel stressed or insecure.  Let me help! Let me unlock the mysteries of the college application process (NCAA and otherwise) in this free class! Click to register: College Applications Simply Explained First, it's important to remember...
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Guest — Tiffany
Does anyone have a list of homeschool online programs that are approved? Or are none of them, at this point?
Wednesday, 08 April 2020 15:13
Guest — Susan HEfner
ExcelsiorClasses.com also has several courses that are NCAA approved.
Sunday, 28 June 2020 20:03
Guest — Dara
HSLDA Online Academy is approved by NCAA. They offer AP English, Math and Science, History, and Spanish. Several others. Their app... Read More
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 14:30
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The 5 Hardest Things About Homeschooling High School

The 5 Hardest Things About Homeschooling High School
There are 5 situations that homeschoolers may face that are so challenging, only a parent can effectively handle the ins and out and eccentricities of...
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Guest — Chris James
Thanks for sharing such a great blog!! It was really informative and I am sure that everyone would like and it would help them in ... Read More
Thursday, 04 April 2019 06:10
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How Homeschoolers Measure Up: Comparing Percentiles

How Homeschoolers Measure Up: Comparing Percentiles
How Homeschoolers Measure Up with Test Scores Homeschoolers tend to do GREAT on standardized test scores. For example: on average, homeschoolers score above the 79th percentile in reading. But what does that mean to you? How does your homeschooler measure up? Are you average? Of course not!Homeschooling alone can't guarantee that your child will score in the 79th percentile in reading, because every child is unique! But what homeschooing CAN do, is allow your child to...
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Military Academy Admission and Upper Echelon Colleges

Military Academy Admission and Upper Echelon Colleges
A mother shared her concerns that the military may still harbor some hesitation about homeschoolers.  Requesting anonymity, she wrote this heart-felt letter:"The official line of the military academies and of ROTC is that they love homeschoolers and the diversity that they bring.  However, during the application process, we found that to be not so true.  My son had an impeccable resume for academics (4.0, college prep classes, 13 hours from the community college, 35 superscore on...
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Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers

Letters of Recommendation for Homeschoolers
How to get great letters of recommendation for your homeschooler. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Guest — JW
LOL, next time someone says something about socialization, I'll just point them to this video - you're advocating what's known as ... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 12:00
Guest — Lee
Hi Ellen! Fun to see a friend "in real life" on my blog, LOL! Yes, it's OK to send the letters before the transcript! Your appl... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:58
Guest — Ellen Joslin
Thanks for the tips for Letters of Recommendation. I especially like your tip on furnishing the student's activity list, etc. to t... Read More
Friday, 19 July 2013 11:36
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Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!

Grab the NEW HomeScholar Book!
"Honey, There's a Crazed Mob of Scholarship-Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!" While we can't promise that this will happen to you, "The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships" really is a treasure trove for college bound homeschoolers and their parents! This paperback book is available now on Amazon. Grab your copy today! Find a College - and Afford it! This book will help your student find a college to love, a college that...
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Military Academy and ROTC Scholarship Success

Military Academy and ROTC Scholarship Success
Let me just stand back and let another mom tell you the good news: Homeschoolers win Scholarships!  Military Academy and ROTC!  Here are some real tips from a real mom with experience!  Thanks for sharing, Cassie! Hi Lee,Now that we are nearing the end of the year I wanted to update you on Sara's plans for next year. Sara was fortunate to receive a nomination to the US Naval Academy from our representative and a nomination to the US...
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Guest — Jessica Cramer
Thank you so much for posting this information. Our son is interested in the Air Force Academy and the ROTC at Embry-Riddle in Flo... Read More
Friday, 05 October 2012 16:39
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OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers

OpenCourseWare for Homeschoolers
In the realm of online learning, “OpenCourseWare” is the new kid on the block, one worth checking into if you have a homeschool student who does well with virtual classes.  OpenCourseWare (OCW) includes coursework and materials shared freely with anyone via the Internet. Universities such as MIT, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Harvard, to name a few, all offer OCW, although there is no credit conferred for completion of any courses.I think it’s wonderful that these courses...
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Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Terrific info, Jackie! Thanks!
Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:04
Guest — Jackie Ryan Masek
1) We have done OCW and love it! It isn't nearly as easy as they make it sound, though. But, you know me, I'm a Google Master Extr... Read More
Thursday, 23 August 2012 13:13
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Schedule Free Time

Schedule Free Time
I always encourage parents to schedule free time.We worked our heavy academic subjects 4 days a week.  The 5th day was when we focused more on delight directed learning.  In elementary school, the 5th day was when we went to the park, or roller skating, or met with friends.  In high school, that was the day for my children to do special projects, or work on their electives. They had to get their math and foreign...
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Ideas for Volunteer Leadership and Community Service

Ideas for Volunteer Leadership and Community Service
My Facebook Friends helped me create this great list! "Ideas for Volunteer Leadership and Community Service"Melanie ~  5 K walks and runs, local shelters, United Way, Food Pantry, Red Cross, Nursing Homes, Animal Shelters, Assisted living Facilities, Salvation Army, local Libraries and volunteer tutoring or babysitting for younger kidsAnimal Shelters and Animal rescue clinics.Dana ~ Your local community access cable station (they film things like town meetings and high school concerts) probably uses volunteers for their...
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Guest — Kim
My son joined the Civil Air Patrol (for anyone ages 12 & up). They do leadership training, character building, aeronautics, e... Read More
Thursday, 26 July 2012 13:30
Guest — Ann
What a great post! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 19:04
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Homeschool Yearbook Solution

Homeschool Yearbook Solution
My writer and editor Jill Bell just graduated her high school senior (congratulations, Jill!)  I asked her to write a review of Total Yearbooks so I could see how it would work for a real homeschooler.  Guess what?  She LOVED it!  Read her review and see for yourself - this could be the solution for your homeschool yearbook too! Total Yearbooks Review   If you’re like many homeschool moms, the photos you’ve taken of your family...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lois, The photo in the blog post is a picture of Jill's son inside the yearbook she created - THAT is how awesome this produ... Read More
Monday, 23 July 2012 13:42
Guest — Lois TEbo
ooh, this may be the answer to my dreams. Any way we can see the homeschool yearbook she came up with? I'll also check the compa... Read More
Monday, 23 July 2012 13:29
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Scared to Start

Scared to Start
We had so many friends who were homeschooling, that it seemed only natural for us to homeschool too. Still, we were hesitant (SCARED!). My children entered the public school system, and we kept waiting for it to meet the needs of our children, but it just didn’t.  After a few years, I realized I could do a better job with both hands tied behind my back, so we took the plunge.  We began to homeschool for...
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Independent Homeschool Support

Independent Homeschool Support
I encourage parents to homeschool independently.Homeschooling is legal in every state, and you can educate your children in a way that makes sense, without being tied to a school system.  That will allow you to homeschool outside the box, keeping your children challenged but not overwhelmed.  When you homeschool independently, you can choose homeschool curriculum that is a perfect fit, and teach any elective class under the sun.  The world is your oyster! But when you...
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Thinking about High School

Thinking about High School
Sometimes people ask for specific recommendations when parents and students start thinking about homeschooling high school.  It's hard to give specific recommendations to a general question, but here are some places to start looking.I have several resources on my website that you might want to check out.  First is my HomeScholar Recommends homeschool curriculum page that has a lot of information on what we used and what worked for us.  It covers gifts, books, resources and...
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Guest — Becky
Tried to access the reading list and the link would not work
Friday, 20 July 2012 04:10
Guest — Lee
Hi Becky. It should be working now. Please try it again. Thanks!
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:56
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In the News - Homeschool Graduates Succeed!

In the News - Homeschool Graduates Succeed!
  Homeschooling Goes To College"Today homeschooling is a credible, viable educational choice that is garnering respect, even admiration, from outside educators. At the nation's elite colleges and universities, once-wary admissions officers are validating the benefits of a home education in the best way possible - with much- coveted acceptances.www.carolinajournal.comHomeschoolers Ready for College"Myths about unsocialized home-schoolers are false, and most are well prepped for college, experts say."www.usnews.comHomeschooled Students Well-Prepared For College, Study Finds"Studies suggest that those who...
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Guest — Homeschool Dad
Great collection! This information needs to get out more. I'm surprised by so many who still think differently. Homeschooling wil... Read More
Thursday, 19 July 2012 07:34
Guest — Debbi
Nice to read those and see what others have done. I've got a few years still to plan but we're thinking backyard bbq with ceremony... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:13
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