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Classics that can Raise SAT Scores

Classics that can Raise SAT Scores
  Hi Lee, One of the times I heard you speak, you mentioned a certain publisher of literature books (classics) by a particular author that you had your boys read to prepare for the SAT. They were unique in the fact that on the back of each page words were defined.I cannot find that information in my file of notes from you. Do you recall those books, and would you mind sending me the name? Thank...
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Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits

Too Many or Too Few Fine Arts Credits
Are you an art person? Most people tend to either love the arts, or if you are like me you struggle with them. Even if you or your student struggle with the fine arts, colleges still want to see some on a high school transcript.   Learn more about high school credits and grades with my webinar.
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Disappointed by College Rejection

Disappointed by College Rejection
  Applying to college doesn't mean you'll get in. And frankly, rejection HURTS. This letter is from Michelle, who shares her hurting heart and looks for words of encouragement and suggestions. Hi Lee, I guess I am writing you to just vent. My daughter applied to BYU-Idaho last month and she just received an email telling her that her homeschool transcript was not valid. Here is the exact message: "Thank you for your interest in attending...
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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...
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Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler?

Is the SAT or ACT best for my homeschooler?
I am praying you can help answer this. How do I know, if she will do better on ACT or the SAT? I want her to go with the test that best fits her. Any ideas on this? Thank you for your help, ~ Bertie in Washington Dear Bertie, You can’t find out until she has utilized a trial test at home. Just a sample test at home, one for SAT and also one for ACT....
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Can I Begin Homeschooling at the High School Level?

Can I Begin Homeschooling at the High School Level?
Misty asked me if it was possible to begin homeschooling during the high school years. Yes, you can! It is very possible and can end up being a great time for your teen to learn how to learn independently as well as explore the subjects that really interest them. Here is more of my answer in this video post. Learn how to homeschool with confidence with my Preparing to Homeschool High School DVD . It will...
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Scholarships Come in Waves

Scholarships Come in Waves
Seniors are usually starting to hear back from colleges. I hope you find out fantastic news regarding acceptances as well as scholarships. Following the excitement from hearing about admission and scholarships, all of a sudden the reality of finances comes crashing down on parents. Even with a scholarship, just how can you pay for college? It’s important to keep relaxed, even though you have been told an initial communication concerning scholarships. Since the truth is that...
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Ideas for Making Foreign Language Fun

Ideas for Making Foreign Language Fun
Learning a new language is work.  You can't just plop kids in front of a video screen and let them enjoy the ambiance of French.  They really need to work at it.  Success with foreign language requires being consistent every day.  The problem with foreign language is the same problem I have with Weight Watchers.  It only works when you actually DO the program!  So sad... but so true. Just because it's work doesn't mean it...
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Above Average is Good!

Above Average is Good!
Once you get the PSAT scores, what happens next?  Have your children take the SAT or ACT in the spring of junior year. My daughter is going to take the SAT in Mar 2012. She's taken the PSAT and we had her scores sent to our home. But when it comes to the SAT scores I was thinking of doing the same thing and then we personally send the scores to the colleges. Is that the...
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Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently

Lots of Questions about the Common Application Recently
Can you give me guidance on writing a recommendation as a counselor? The Common Application and another school have requested I do.  What points should I cover in answering college homeschool supplements that request explanation of an educational philosophy? ~ Dana Dear Dana, I have a section on recommendation letters that will help.  Remember that even though the concept makes you feel anxious, at least you know your child!  Lots of teachers have to give letters...
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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...
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Mix and Match Curriculum

Mix and Match Curriculum
Progeny Press, Easy Grammar, Strunk and White - when you mix and match within a subject area, how many credits should it be? If you are using two completely unique, completely credit-measured classes, then I would feel comfortable calling it two separate credits.  For example, one year I did Sonlight Language Arts PLUS  we did Learn to Write the Novel Way, so we did have two English credit that year. (We also nearly died trying, but...
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Your Child's Method of Learning

Your Child's Method of Learning
Books rule! We really like books. We soak up books. Everything that we want to find out can be discovered from a book. Many times people ask me why our reading lists were so incredibly long. It wasn’t due to the fact I assigned all of those books, I can tell you that much! For both of my boys, reading is their “love language. ”  Let them have a book, and they will adore you forever....
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Text to Join the Newsletter

Text to Join the Newsletter
Holding your Smart Phone Now?  Text to join my newsletter! 1. Text "homescholar" to 22828 2. Follow the directions and reply with your email address. 3. Enjoy! My newsletter is published on the first of each month - EVEN on New Year's Day!  LOL!  It has articles, resources, giveaways, a high school calendar, something fun for the little ones, links to news articles and more.  It's a great way to get some encouragement as you think...
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Fun and Games for Christmas Day!

Fun and Games for Christmas Day!
Our family LOVES board games!  Every year we would get one big game for our family.  We played them on Christmas morning - and then the boys would play them again while I did some after-Christmas shopping at the sales with my mom! It seems like our MOST favorite games come with variations that are just awesome!  Here are some game suggestions! "Ticket to Ride" games -  great for geography, by the way.  It comes in...
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