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How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?

How Important is a Homeschool Diploma?
I often get asked about how to get a homeschool diploma. That is an easy question to answer. What is more difficult is the education behind that piece of paper. That is what colleges are most interested in. As you wrap up your homeschooling years let me help you finish strong.
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Guest — J W
Your lilacs are blooming and the birds are singing! Hooray for Spring!!! Sorry - got a little sidetracked there. Great answer :... Read More
Thursday, 08 March 2012 17:15
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HELP! They Don’t Love Learning!

HELP! They Don’t Love Learning!
 There may come a time when your child says they aren’t interested in learning anything. If they seem disinterested in their studies for a while, try to incorporate more delight-directed learning into your homeschooling.  Delight-directed learning is all about fostering the love of learning in our children, creating lifelong learners who can adapt to any situation. It helps children find areas they are passionate about pursuing, and incorporates this learning into their education.If your child is...
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Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!

Setting the Records Straight receives a RAVE review!
 Recently, my book, Setting the Records Straight, received a fantastic review from Lisa at Home School Enrichment Magazine!"If you are a homeschooling parent who feels intimidated or overwhelmed by the thought of seeing your high schooler through the process of applying for college admissions, then you must read Lee Binz’s book, Setting the Records Straight. Ms. Binz shares her experience and expertise on how to write transcripts that reflect your student’s academic achievements and unique talents and strengths. Because...
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March is College Visit Time

March is College Visit Time
 College Visit TimeIf you’re a parent of a homeschooled teenager, you’ve probably been thinking about college for a while now! As you and your student prepare for that not-so-far-away event, now is the time to start visiting colleges that interest you.  Deciding which colleges to consider is a big job—and you should take your time doing it, since your student will be spending four years of their life in this place.  For help in the process...
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Headed to a Scholarship Competition?

Headed to a Scholarship Competition?
 Headed to a Scholarship Competition?If you've done a great job educating your kids, it's possible.  Your children are bright, intelligent, well socialized and have an area of passionate interest.  They have all the required classes, great grades, excellent test scores, and wonderful letters of recommendation. You have kept complete and accurate homeschool records.  That means your child might be invited to a scholarship competition. They could be invited to interview at a prestigious school.A college may...
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Why You Shouldn't be Afraid of High School

Why You Shouldn't be Afraid of High School
You can homeschool high school and I can prove it from scripture!  So don't be afraid!What’s the most common problem for homeschool parents facing the high school years?  Fear—being afraid that you’ll somehow fail your student, or ruin their future, or not be able to provide what they need to succeed.  Confidence In homeschooling is something we often take for granted during our children’s younger years, but when kids reach 9th grade, all of the sudden...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Sheryl, Maybe this article will encourage you too: A New Beginning: Homeschooling High School for Freaked Out and Terrified P... Read More
Monday, 27 February 2012 18:29
Guest — Sheyl Chandler
Lee, Thank you for this timely dose of truth and encouragement! I read it with tears running down my cheeks. I can't describe the ... Read More
Monday, 27 February 2012 17:28
Guest — J W
And in this weak economy, there's another fear: no provision for the future (except maybe the child's fraction of the grocery and... Read More
Monday, 27 February 2012 10:19
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Getting Enough Credits While Homeschooling High School

Getting Enough Credits While Homeschooling High School
For my children it was chess and economics. Those things that your homeschool student spends their time on. That thing that sometimes gets very annoying to you. These are the things that could actually end up becoming credits on their homeschool transcript.   Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’ll get notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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While my son's social networking didn't count for high school, his self acquired 90 words per minute typing ability DID count. We ... Read More
Friday, 24 February 2012 11:50
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Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions

Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions
We all want to be ahead of the game, especially when making homeschool transcripts.  Knowing the difference between transcripts and course descriptions can help you get started with this important paperwork.“Honey, There’s a Crazed Mob of Scholarship Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!” Get the Comprehensive Record Solution!  
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Yes! this very simple tip to keep a list of materials used (as well as a list of what your child did or a binder to collect everyt... Read More
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Good point, Ann! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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Great Backyard Bird Count is February 17 - 20

Great Backyard Bird Count is February 17 - 20
The Great Backyard Bird Count is February 17 - 20.People across the country will spend 15 minutes or more taking stock of the birds in their towns.This looks like so much fun!  I love birds!  You can find resources here: Birdsource.org and they have a guide here: How-to HelpTo encourage birds to visit your yard, try hanging a homemade birdseed biscuit. I found the cutest heart-shaped recipe in Family Fun Magazine: Birdseed BiscuitsHave fun counting those birds!Learn how to save money homeschooling with...
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We received this information from our hs co-op and have been observing the birds all day and had art class of drawing the variety ... Read More
Friday, 17 February 2012 11:57
Guest — Karen
Bird watchers have been excited in Washington state because the Snowy Owl has been spotted on our coast in the past month.
Friday, 17 February 2012 10:34
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Happy Valentine's Day! Freebies from Institute for Excellence in Writing

Happy Valentine's Day! Freebies from Institute for Excellence in Writing
 I hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day!  Here is my heart-shaped sweet for you - Freebies from the Institute for Excellence in Writing !  IEW has a wonderful online catalog, called a Magalog.  This year, if you sign up for their 2012 Magalog before February 14th,  you get some GREAT freebies!  This is pretty cool stuff, and I just HAD to share it!Request a 2012 Magalog and receive four free downloads HERE.These are the four great...
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Ooops - here is the link: http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/2012 Blessings, Lee... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:47
Guest — Lee
Here is the link: Request a 2012 Magalog and receive four free downloads here I don't know if they will extend or not, but I'd j... Read More
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:44
Guest — Terry Martinez
Would love to receive the magalog and free downloads, but didn't get this in time. Any chance there is an extension?
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:38
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Heart Shaped Meals for Valentine's Day!

Heart Shaped Meals for Valentine's Day!
Heart Shaped Meals for Valentine's Day!My kids think I'm crazy, but I've always celebrated Valentine's Day with pink, red, and heart-shaped food.  I'm not usually a very crafty person, but I love to create food surprises on the holidays.Breakfast:Pancakes made in a heart shape.  It's remarkably easy to do, just make a "V" with the batter. Other alternatives include oatmeal with a drizzle of red-raspberry syrup in the shape of a heart.Lunch:Heart shaped sandwiches, of course!...
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Homeschoolers in the News

Homeschoolers in the News
 My newsletter includes a section called "In the News." Check out what those wild and crazy homeschoolers are doing these days!In The NewsRick Santorum: Homeschooling Dad"I'll Home-School In The White House" Read articleRon Paul and Homeschoolers Influential Homeschoolers Coalesce Behind Ron Paul TheNewAmerican.comRon Paul is an enemy of homeschooling Michael Farris of HSLDATim Tebow: Homeschool High School GraduateTim Tebow's Unusual Education Washington Post ArticleKansas State Starting Quarterback Homeschooled"Klein is fluent in the locker-room language, even if...
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"Hail Mary" Play for Homeschool Seniors

"Hail Mary" Play for Homeschool Seniors
 Whoops!  Did you forget that your child is a senior this year?  Have you completely spaced out about applying to colleges?Some homeschool parents feel like they are always behind a step.  If senior year is upon you, and you haven't begun the final sprint toward college, I can help!  My article called "Senior Year Hail Mary Play" can get you the winning touchdown!  In this article I share a story about my facebook friend Brittany -...
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Community College Language on the High School Transcript

Community College Language on the High School Transcript
 Making a transcript isn't so hard....  Well....  Until it gets complicated, LOL!  Renee asked a question about how to put foreign language on the high school transcript when classes were taken at a community colleges.Lee,I am watching your DVD's for high school.  Question about college classes.My son took Elementary German 1 @ a college first semesterNow, 2nd semester, he is taking Elementary German 2So - in high school credits - would those classes each receive a credit,...
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It seems like each high school across the country does it their own way. Sometimes a school district will have a policy - but the ... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 19:20
Guest — Cassie Fishbein
Hi Lee, I wanted to just add a suggestion that parents consult how credits from college are counted by public high schools in thei... Read More
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Guest — Renee
Unless of course you live in AL where the Dual Enrollment agreement with the cover schools (and public/private schools) states tha... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:45
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4 Most Important Things for Parents of Seniors

4 Most Important Things for Parents of Seniors
Dear Parents of Seniors,I know how busy you are, so I'll keep this simple.For scholarships, the most important thing is to DO THE APPLICATION NOW.  I often suggest that by January of senior year, if you haven't completed all your applications, that becomes your priority.  I suggest you put ALL other things on hold and do ONLY your applications.  It can make a huge difference financially to get them done as quickly as possible.  Often scholarship money...
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