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Relax and Renew

Relax and Renew
Summer... time to relax and renew!  Summer provides an opportunity to do tasks that were set aside during the school year. Perhaps your focus is on snuggling young children, relaxing in a hammock, or inventing activities to keep young ones busy. Whatever your summer brings, I'd love to help!  Read my article " 5 Goals for Summer Success " as you catch up with your homeschool tasks.  I have tons of activities for younger children on...
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The Greatest Advantages of Homeschooling

The Greatest Advantages of Homeschooling
  What do you think are the greatest advantages of homeschooling? Several summers ago my two sons were invited to compete in a full-tuition scholarship competition. There were ten winners out of 108 students. Two of the winners were homeschoolers.  Both were mine.  I wondered later, “How did that happen!?” I believe it happened because of four great advantages of homeschooling through high school.   The Curriculum Advantage Many homeschoolers have a very rigorous academic plan....
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Getting it done with an Accountability Buddy!

Getting it done with an Accountability Buddy!
I always enjoy getting to know my Gold Care Club members.  Some members will come and go - maybe it's a light summer month, and they have extra time for paperwork tasks.  Maybe they are taking the holidays off, and want to take some continuing education classes.  Other members join just when the pressure is intense and the need is urgent.  And some members will stay for years, methodically working on one child at a time...
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Good Things Can Happen To You Too!

Good Things Can Happen To You Too!
Don't give up!  Every year parents contact me surprised at their own successes.  Face this coming year with confidence and determination.  Read what Renee, Janet, and Kathleen have shared.  What will YOUR story be?  When the year is done, and you have the results of your hard work, let me know.  I love to encourage others! Renee wrote: I just wanted to write and thank you for the encouragement you provided as my daughter applied to...
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Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!

Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!
I was chatting with my Friends on Facebook , kind of complaining about a lack of summer in Seattle actually, and Anna commented about how my book, Setting the Records Straight , "saved her bacon" LOL!  It was so sweet, but then she sent a follow -up message. Anna wrote: "I would be remiss if I didn't give credit where credit is due. The hardest part was starting the transcript. I stared at my header for...
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What About That Prom!

What About That Prom!
  Some homeschoolers would like a Prom, and others aren't interested.  This is for all you party-loving prom-providing parents!  How do you create a fun and wholesome prom for homeschoolers?  Donna has some great suggestions! Hello Lee,   I’m happy to share what I know about the local Christian homeschool prom in our area last month. I had hoped to have this to you sooner, but it has been one whirlwind of a month!   Through...
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Choose Peace

Choose Peace
Are you the parent scrambling frantically to finish every problem in every book before you can relax for the summer?  I encourage you to focus on "choosing peace."  Look at each thing you are trying to finish. Does it need to be done?  If you are 80% done with the book, that should be enough.  Public schools finish 80% to finish the subject, and so can you. Does it impact your mental health?  Weigh the pros...
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The Great Courses for High School Credit

The Great Courses for High School Credit
  My Gold Care Club members love having their biggest questions answered promptly - and they love having a monthly webinar too!  Recently Anne shared her burning question for the week, and I thought it would be helpful information for others as well. My burning question for this week is:  What about The Great Courses company?  Are their DVDs enough to “count?  I know you said that just reading Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the Ancient...
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Keeping Work Samples for College Admission

Keeping Work Samples for College Admission
  In our family’s homeschool experience, it seemed that colleges asked for some pretty strange things when our sons applied for admission.  One college asked for their transcripts in a sealed envelope, signed on the outside by the principal (my husband).  Another asked for transcripts from a ‘recognized homeschool agency’ (what is that?!).   A lot of colleges, though, want samples of a student’s homeschool work, and this at least is a reasonable and quite common request. ...
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Making the Most of Community College

Making the Most of Community College
  If you are planning to use community college classes to replace or supplement junior and senior year, I have some specific suggestions. For maximum benefit.... Make sure to have your child take a class in each major subject area: English, math, history, etc.  If you are trying to get an AA degree, that means you will be covering all of those major subject areas plus a little more. Make sure to have her take a...
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Transcripts for the Rest of Us!

Transcripts for the Rest of Us!
It’s not too hard to create a stellar transcript for a student that excels in all they do, but what about the more average student who struggles in certain areas, and may be a little reluctant to learn?  How do you make their transcript look acceptable without any stretching of the truth? Usually the first thing I suggest when I consult with somebody in this situation is to figure out what your child does for fun....
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Sonlight for Good Readers

Sonlight for Good Readers
I try to be very careful about what curriculum I recommend, because different approaches will work for different families, but Sonlight is one of the curriculums I have made a point of praising, because we used it in our homeschool for about five years, and really enjoyed it.  The only reason I stopped using it was because I had prolific readers and they read all the books!  I especially recommend Sonlight to people that are new...
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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....
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Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers

Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers
  The other day, a client asked me, “What is the best way to record transcript credits for classes that do not fall within a given school year?”  This family homeschooled year-round, and had courses that spanned several ‘school years,’ so they wondered how to reflect that on their homeschool transcripts. One of the best ways to handle this situation is to record the end date when you actually finish the course. That’s actually what our...
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Deciding on SAT Subject Tests

Deciding on SAT Subject Tests
  The SAT Subject Tests are required by SOME colleges, but not all. So here is what you need to do: 1. Find out what colleges you are applying to (or the college you *may* apply to) 2. Find out what tests they require for admission 3. Take the tests if they require them. Virtually ALL colleges will accept either the SAT or ACT test.  Not all colleges require SAT Subject tests.  Fewer still will require...
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