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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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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 that's...
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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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Guest — J W
I have a challenged student who has a hard time grasping concepts that can't be taught by doing something or by experiencing somet... Read More
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 16:59
Guest — Christine
I'm finding out that now! My youngest 3 are so different from my oldest!
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:57
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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 228282. 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 about homeschooling through...
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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 a variety...
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Thank you so much for posting this! We love playing the Settlers of Catan, and I just purchased the Carcassone game. I know my kid... Read More
Saturday, 17 December 2011 17:20
Guest — Lois
We love games too! Take off is a favorite except for the daughter who doesn't like geography games. But, we also like Where in the... Read More
Saturday, 17 December 2011 07:26
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Time for Christmas Shopping?

Time for Christmas Shopping?
Gift-Giving SuggestionsI have a collection of articles that can help you find just the perfect gift this holiday season!  Check out these articles from previous years:Need Ideas for Christmas PresentsThe HomeScholar Recommends GiftsChristmas Presents that Pay for CollegeGifts that Pay for CollegeMy A la Carte courses can provide you with the tools you need to homeschool high school successfully.
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Transcript on College Visits are Empowering

Transcript on College Visits are Empowering
Michelle finished her transcript and was thrilled by how empowered she felt! Her letter can describe how important it is to have your transcript done when you visit colleges.Lee,Thanks for these links and for the encouragement and help on the call last week.I finished my daughter's transcript to take with me to visit colleges in New York. It was SO EMPOWERING to have this done. And it is nothing short of a miracle as I must...
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I worked on my college bound son's transcripts tonight. Not only do I want them for college applications, our car insurance wants... Read More
Saturday, 10 December 2011 23:42
Guest — Jennifer
Hi Lee, Thanks for this post! I love getting your posts and reading your blog. I do have a question though. I thought a transcr... Read More
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Teaching the Difficult Classes

Teaching the Difficult Classes
What do you do if your student needs to take a class that is way out of your comfort zone. We all have that subject, don't we? This video shares how I "taught" physics.Whether you teach the classes or not, learn how to translate all those great homeschool high school classes into the words and numbers that colleges will understand.  Get the Total Transcript Solution.
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That is some great advice!!! That's the only way I can teach those hard subjects is because I had the answer key and I can learn ... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 13:43
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How Do You Do It All?

How Do You Do It All?
Are you suddenly single?  Death, divorce, and even deployment can happen. Even to homeschool parents.  It may happen suddenly, and unexpectedly.  Even a long-anticipated deployment can seem sudden when they day actually arrives, and while temporary it can still be difficult.  When you are faced with single parenting, know that you are NOT alone!Mary Jo Tate of SingleParentsAtHome.com explained what happened to her.  “I never expected to be a single mother. When my husband left me...
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I was widowed with four children aged 13 to 3 and home schooling them all. That was ten years ago and I now have two in college an... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 11:37
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Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes

Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes
When you are pulling together a curriculum from free, online, or mix-and-match sources, it's hard to figure out what to put on a transcript - especially if you aren't using tests.  No matter what you use, these general guidelines may help.For credit value Give credit based on the number of hours worked.  Working about 45 minutes per day, 5 days a week, most of the school year, is a 1 credit class each year.  Working 15-30...
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This "Grade based on a function of annoyance:" made me laugh out loud, and then I had to explain to my hubby why I was laughing an... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 07:32
Guest — Lee
I have a class on grading here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/vmchk/ala-carte/making-the-grades-online-training/flypage.tpl.php A... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:02
Guest — Cherie
So, how would you document on your course description that the grade was based on something less-than-objective (options 1, 2, or ... Read More
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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 (or...
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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 grade for....
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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 the...
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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.) - SallyDear 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 might call it honors. (AP or CLEP exam...
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How about calling it "honors" if the course is better than what I had in high school? But then again, with my alma mater, that's ... Read More
Thursday, 10 November 2011 21:39
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    If you are stressed out that your high school teen hasn't found a career interest yet, relax. Some kids decide on a career when they are very young, and others don't decide until much later. You can help with career assessment for your high school students - read my tips below! 

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  • How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Transcript

    Usually a transcript cover letter is a simple introduction provided when sending homeschool records. It might introduce the student, explain the records, describe major issues or anything unusual. The cover letter should always highlight the positives, and put a positive spin on anything encountered.

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  • March Homeschool Calendar Reminders

    Each month there are homeschool calendar reminders that will help you in your homeschool journey! Have you looked at the calendar for March? How are you doing?

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  • College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® Essay

    As of 2021, the College Board made two immediate changes that affect high school testing.

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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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