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Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!

Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!
 Important Tip for Parents of Seniors!One of my friends saw me at the store and asked me a simple little question. "What should my senior be doing right now?" I suggest the following checklist just for seniors:1. Fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.govThe FAFSA is a government form you fill out to determine your financial "need" for scholarships. Financial aid is sometimes "first come - first served" so apply as soon as possible in January.2. Apply...
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What do PSAT Scores Mean?

What do PSAT Scores Mean?
 What do PSAT Scores Mean?When your child takes the PSAT in October, you will get the results in December. If you just received your PSAT scores, you may want to know what those scores really mean. You can get more information here: College Board® Score Reporthttp://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/scores/report.htmlFor more information, these reports will help.Understanding 2011 PSAT/NMSQT Scores (pdf/870.7K)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/understanding-psat-nmsqt-scores.pdfSample PSAT/NMSQT Student Score Report (pdf/1.46M)http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/sample-psat-nmsqt-student-score-report.pdfWhen your child takes the PSAT next year, be sure to register your child as a...
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Guest — Krissy
I signed up my son to take the PSAT/ NMSQT at our local high school. They only wrote his name on a sheet of paper. Will he fill ou... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:38
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Krissy, You will give more info on the day of the test. In her article Two Weeks to the PSAT Lee says, "When the student fill... Read More
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 13:50
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Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"

Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"
 Free Webinar! "Taking the Mystery out of the SAT & ACT Exams"I'm so pleased to have the Institute for Excellence in Writing participate with this free webinar for homeschoolers. In it, I will explain the SAT and ACT. Then Andrew Pudewa will discuss how to teach essay writing for those tests. It will be a real meat-and-potatoes class filled with useable information, and I hope you can join us!Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Amy, Here is the link for the webinar that Andrew has already recorded http://excellenceinwriting.adobeconnect.com/p54pt2y... Read More
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:36
Guest — Amy
Lee, I would love to listen as I have a son taking the ACT this spring, but will not be home Monday night. Can I download it and ... Read More
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 17:42
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Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King
Today is a great day to study Martin Luther King!This one is great too because it has the text with it. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm    “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 — June
A great man, a great speech. Thank you for sharing the link with the text (preferable to the other video above, which just repeats... Read More
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:05
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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 you for...
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Guest — D. M. Rutledge
Hi Lee! You have been quoted as saying, "Homeschool families tend to focus on the classics and colleges like to see that kids have... Read More
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 09:55
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Deanna, In her article College Bound Reading List, Lee talks gives examples of a wide variety of classic and contemporary lit... Read More
Friday, 08 January 2016 13:58
Guest — Cheri Frame
Lee, thanks for the ideas. I have not used these books, but look forward to it!
Saturday, 14 January 2012 15:56
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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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Guest — Lee
Excellent comments about collecting credits over a few years, Sabrina! You're absolutely right! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 16 January 2012 13:34
Guest — Sabrina Justison
Thanks for helping clarify that question, Lee. It can be confusing. When I offer one-week Drama Camp Intensives to homeschoolers... Read More
Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:28
Guest — J W
One may also research what the colleges want to see and plan accordingly. For instance, the Art Institute of Seattle might have n... Read More
Friday, 13 January 2012 17:49
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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 a CES school. We...
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Guest — Janice Gay
If your daughters ACT/SAT or COMPASS scores are similar to national average or better, then I certainly would "push back" for an i... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 21:53
Guest — Lee
Michelle, I was very surprised by that as well! I've seen it before though. Here's the take-away: if a college has different br... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:13
Guest — Michelle
Why does BYU-I always have to have different rules from the other BYU schools?? Like not allowing skinny jeansSounds like your da... Read More
Thursday, 12 January 2012 14:57
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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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Guest — Lee
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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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 WashingtonDear 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. After that, find...
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Guest — Lynda
Sample tests are also a great way to help study. They give you a better feel for what the test is like so you can feel more confi... Read More
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 21:26
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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 help take...
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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 scholarships come...
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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 can't...
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Guest — J W
Because it's me (Mom) and two girls in our school, we had a problem with practicing formal and masculine modes of address until we... Read More
Saturday, 31 December 2011 18:24
Guest — Sara
I love these ideas - especially the language settings on familiar videos! I did once reset the microwave to Spanish! LOL! Thanks a... Read More
Saturday, 31 December 2011 18:17
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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 best...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Lois, For the PSAT scores, a 50 per section is average. The percentile score is helpful too, but you want to be above the 5... Read More
Monday, 02 January 2012 09:23
Guest — Lois
Thanks, Lee. I was looking at the scores wondering what they meant. Is the percentile any indication of how she did? I think her p... Read More
Friday, 30 December 2011 15:34
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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?~ DanaDear 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 of recommendation for...
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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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