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Be Thankful for Scholarship Essay Contests

Be Thankful for Scholarship Essay Contests
Take some time off to focus on holiday planning and cooking.  That doesn't mean your kids are running wild today, though.  How about giving them an essay contest while you are preoccupied?  These are some scholarship opportunities that are coming up quickly.  While the kids are busy writing, maybe you can get some baking and shopping done? Essay Contests Letters About Literature Essay Contest Love books?  Students in 4th-12th grade are asked to write a personal...
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Senior Year Tests

Senior Year Tests
Why, oh WHY would you submit willingly to the torture of standardized tests?  Well...  money, for one thing! Kim asked me on Facebook, "Is there any point in a senior taking the ACT again in December? Applications and transcripts will already be turned in by the time we get the results." Kim, yes, there is a point to this madness!  I encourage you to have your child take it again IF you think they can get...
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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...
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Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions

Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions
Start your college applications early.  It can be complicated, and questions can come up.  Read how it took this mother weeks to prepare detailed course descriptions. Plan ahead, like Leanne. Hello, Lee- I have been working for weeks now preparing detailed course descriptions (like yours in your publications on the subject). I take my son to Grove City College next week for an interview.I was wondering about a course that you really only have a pass/fail...
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7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards

7th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards
I am honored and thrilled to announce that I have been nominated for the 7th annual homeschool Blog Awards . I am sure you understand how this would be an important thing to me.  I really enjoy sharing my experience of successfully homeschooling my two boys through high school.  I love being able to help other moms and dads who are going through the same things I did.  Many parents have questions, fears and concerns about...
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Honors Science

Honors Science
What is honors?  When do you put honors on a title?  Is Apologia Science an honors curriculum? Is Apologia Science courses, plus labs considered honors on a high school transcript. ( Biology , Chemistry , etc.) - Sally Dear Sally, If the authors/publishers of your curriculum, Apologia Science, say it is a honors course , then you can call it honors. If your child passes a honors level test after taking taking the course, then you...
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More Competitive with CLEP?

More Competitive with CLEP?
What about using CLEP in high school?  Wendy asked these questions after she read my blog post about Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript: If a college doesn't accept CLEP courses as fulfillment of a college class, will they recognize it as fulfillment of the high school course? And will this make the student's college application more competitive? Will organizations like National Homeschool Honor Society and other "honor" societies make a student's college application more...
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Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior Year Grades on the Transcript
Senior year feels so awkward.  You have to submit the transcript during applications, but your child is still in the middle of senior year!  What do you do with the classes they are currently taking? Hey, Lee- I wanted to tell you that Evan's interview at Grove City back in Sept. went well and the Admissions person loved my notebook with course descriptions and said that's exactly what they want to see . He said to...
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Join The HomeScholar for a Twitter Party!

Join The HomeScholar for a Twitter Party!
The HomeScholar is excited to announce that we are having our very first Twitter Party! Join us for: a chance to win giveaways from The HomeScholar enjoy some time  to talk to Lee about homeschooling high school questions chat with other homeschool moms about homeschooling high school topics and concerns Here are the party details… Date:  Thursday, November 10 When:  3 p.m.- 4 p.m.  EST Where : use the hashtag #thsparty Parties are so much fun.  We...
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A Mom's Perspective

A Mom's Perspective
We've all experienced change at one time in our life or another. Allison wrote to tell us how The HomeScholar helped her prepare for that change even before she knew she would need it! I've been following your column / blog / Facebook / emails for several months now, assuming I was preparing myself for homeschooling high school in 2 years - little did I know, my son would decide to come home from public school...
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CLEP Results

CLEP Results
Dear Lee, If your child takes and does NOT pass a CLEP exam, does the College Board® report that to colleges that the child applies to? Thanks, Sue Sue, When your child takes the test, you can choose ahead of time to send the score or not send the score. If you send scores later, after you know they pass, it costs more money. Here’s my tips: be SURE they will pass first, by making sure...
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Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running
The best success comes to parents who plan ahead.  What does that mean exactly?  It means parents with elementary students who "listen in" when others talk about high school.  It means middle school parents who learn how to homeschool high school BEFORE panic starts.  It means taking challenging classes each year, just in case one year you can't get everything done.  It means seizing junior year tasks with gusto.  But you know what?  Everything can still...
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AWANA

AWANA
Awana is a wonderful program, and a great way to get Bible credit naturally in a fun activity.  I know it take a LOT of work.  Because it takes so much time and effort, I usually suggest including it on your high school transcripts.  In private schools and many homeschools, families include Bible on their transcript as a regular subject area - just like math, or science, or physical education.  On my transcript, I had Bible...
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Parent Training Made Easy!

Parent Training Made Easy!
Parent Training A La Carte HomeschoolThruHighSchool This budget-friendly solution perfect for busy homeschool parents will give you information on just one high school topic at a time. What are the classes? 1. Delight Directed Learning 2. Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer 3. Homeschool Planning - Your Goals this School Year 4. Planning High School Courses 5. Getting the BIG Scholarships 6. College Scholarships for High School Credit 7.  Making the Grades 8....
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Too Many Credits

Too Many Credits
For the problem of “too many credits” you can handle it a few different ways. You can keep only the most recent credits. You can lower the credit value of all classes. You can eliminate classes that could also be considered an “activity” instead (so ballet would be an activity and not a PE credit.) You can pick and choose some classes to drop off the transcript if you have more than the usual requirements. (Drop...
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