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CLEP Success!

CLEP Success!
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to reach college credits through...
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Writing a Homeschool Profile Letter

Writing a Homeschool Profile Letter
A profile letter describes the school the child attends.  A homeschool profile letter may be included in the Common Application or required by some colleges.  It's a description of what your homeschool was like; did you work for mastery and include delight directed learning, for example.  It's supposed to describe your homeschool philosophy, and the methods you used.  It might include a family mission statement. In my homeschool, I was completely overwhelmed at the thought of...
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Calming Math Anxieties

Calming Math Anxieties
Hi Lee, Thanks for the e-mail. Even though I’m a few years away from high school yet I know it will come before I know it. I don’t know if you can offer any help but I thought I’d ask any way. My oldest is 11 and technically will be entering 6th grade next year which is middle school as you know, my concern is that I’m at a point where I no longer am comfortable...
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New Bonus Feature on the Total Transcript Solution

New Bonus Feature on the Total Transcript Solution
Have you ever bought the Total Transcript Solution or The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts?  Each time we make improvements, the new and improved version is available to you, no matter how long ago you made your purchase. Recently we added a new bonus to the Total Transcript Solution :  Surprise Bonus # 1 is the Emergency Transcript Solution .  Designed to help the most-panicked parents, this is a quick, "just the basics" class that can...
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Homeschooling in the News

Homeschooling in the News
In the News Home-schools gaining more students in Mississippi This is a very encouraging news report about a regular homeschool family.  Brita Wren is interviewed by WLOX News in Mississippi. "I think I had higher expectations sometimes than the schools that they were in to begin with, that we expected them to do their best," said Wren. "There's no peer pressure, no bullying; there's no busy work." WLOX News New law gives homeschoolers more respect, freedom Minnesota...
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Harvard is Pro Homeschooling

Harvard is Pro Homeschooling
The easy part of earning admission to Harvard is being a homeschooler.  The hard part about getting into Harvard is the same thing that makes it hard for every other student to get in.  Harvard accepts homeschoolers, and if your homeschooler has an eye on the Ivy League schools, don't worry that homeschooling will hold them back.  Here is a story about one family and how they educated for excellence, with excellent results. Here is a...
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Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts

Advice for Non-Art Enthusiasts
Dear Lee, "Did you schedule the art studies or simply allow them do it as they wanted? I debate a lot about whether its worth setting aside the time for art study." Art is really, TRULY my weak area, for that reason I basically reserved time for art study, or else we would most likely never do it! We never had a challenge getting math or science finished, only art, LOL! I planned it for 2-3...
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Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice

Latin Road- A Good Curriculum Choice
I used Latin Road for 3 years. My boys were RATHER successful with it, not to mention my son still remembers all of his Latin even after three years without cracking a book! He was required to take a college placement test at the college he’s attending, so they could find out which course would be applicable for him. He passed all 3 levels of Latin, and began the university in Junior level! Yippee! He liked...
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Showing Respect to our Children

Showing Respect to our Children
A while ago, a segment of one of my newsletters was plagiarized. I consulted my in-house “lawyer in training” – my son Alex. Whenever I think of our discussion that day, it really warms my heart. On one Sunday, in our “ Love and Respec t” Sunday School class, I think I finally recognized why Alex’s assistance had been so important to me that day. He was defending me – which was showing that he loved...
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Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges

Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges
Catherine asks: How important is it to have a typical looking transcript with grades and a GPA vs a more narrative type of transcript or even one with courses listed but no grades, since our goal is mastery and so they’d all just be A’s anyway? Hi Catherine, Perhaps you might attempt to think about this a little differently. Imagine yourself being a foreign language translator. Your job is to translate what you have completed in...
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What is Perfect for Your Family?

What is Perfect for Your Family?
When you are making your comprehensive homeschool records , it’s a great deal like cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. There is usually a whole lot of work involved, that’s true, however there are a great number of  choices! You can find a huge number of “correct ways” to create great homeschool records! You can  choose to create your information appear the way that is JUST RIGHT for your family. I offer  options as well as templates you are...
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What documentation does my homeschooler need?

What documentation does my homeschooler need?
Typically the transcript is extremely important. It’s the one page synopsis of your student so the college or university can give them a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” quickly. It’s a excellent strategy to have some outside documentation besides your transcript. Commonly that’s the SAT or ACT test. Sometimes it can be online classes, dual enrollment, or letters of recommendation. It depends on the college the amount of emphasis they put on tests, because each and...
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Transcript templates are easy to make your own

Transcript templates are easy to make your own
My transcript templates as well as course description templates are like tasty recipes. They supply FLEXIBLE advice that you can adjust to fit your wants. Feel free to edit them! That’s the reason we chose to avoid creating software for our templates, actually. By giving our templates in Word and Excel, you are able to change them and change them in a million ways. Like they say on American Idol, you can “make it your own”...
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The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!

The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!
We have written extensively the reason documenting your homeschool student’s comprehensive record is an intelligent suggestion for every college bound homeschool family.  Below are five final reasons you really should give it some consideration: *College admissions is a high stakes, extremely competitive game and you need to put your best foot forward because it helps to set your student apart. *Homeschooling provides students with a few  specific as well as quantifiable advantages that don’t always shine...
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Social Security Requests

Social Security Requests
You are not by law required to supply your social security number when applying for a college. Schools are not required to ask for it. It is going to be necessary for a college loan, but it should not be necessary for a college application. That’s exactly why I advise that you do NOT put a social security number on your transcript. To find out more, read this document from the Social Security Administration: Legal requirements...
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