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Leap of Faith: From Behind and Overwhelmed to College Scholarships

Leap of Faith: From Behind and Overwhelmed to College Scholarships
Leap of Faith: From Behind and Overwhelmed to College Scholarships Not everyone begins their college planning and preparation from the time their children are young, crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's. Parents have busy lives, with babies, toddlers, and busy schedules.  Check out this letter of encouragement from a real-life homeschool mom like you! You are NOT alone!    Thank you for all your help this year.  My oldest child is a senior this...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks for leaving a comment, Ann! I miss talking with you, and I hope all is well with you and your family! Hugs! ~ Lee
Friday, 06 November 2015 22:11
Guest — Ann
Bravo, Ms. Tiena! You did phenomenal "under the gun!" I know it was not at all easy but never would have been possible without Lee... Read More
Friday, 06 November 2015 22:01
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How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best?

How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best?
How to Write Course Descriptions - How do you learn best? I've explained in a earlier blog post the 3 Ingredients of a Great Course Description: a paragraph about what you did, a list of what you used, and a description of how you graded. Within those suggestions, you have a LOT of latitude!You can have a very SHORT description about your grades, and say only "1/3 tests, 1/3 lab, 1/3 daily work." Or you can...
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South Carolina Wins the Wacky GPA Prize!

South Carolina Wins the Wacky GPA Prize!
South Carolina Wins the Wacky GPA Prize! And the winner is... South Carolina Public Schools! They get the prize for the silliest, most nonsensical grading scale conversion! Do not be fooled - this is NOT a requirement for homeschoolers. This is a public school grading scale, not a reason for more gray hairs, ladies.My intention is NOT to make fun of a public school system or anything, but let's take a look at it and enjoy...
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Guest — Lee
This article is written for homeschooling parents who do not need to play the weighting game. The point of the article is that all... Read More
Friday, 02 September 2016 09:55
Guest — SCAbby
Hi Lee, Being a student partaking in public South Carolina studies, I would like to point out a few things. I myself have be... Read More
Friday, 02 September 2016 09:43
Guest — Kim Andrysczyk
It's also possible to include both the weighted and unweighted GPA's on the transcript. I say, open all the doors of opportunity p... Read More
Friday, 24 June 2016 06:29
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Guiding Your Child Through College Applications

Guiding Your Child Through College Applications
Guiding Your Child Through College Application It's tempting to think you can let your child go to fill out college applications, and they will be mature enough to handle it from there, but that's not how it normally happens. There are so many details, deadlines, and complicated forms, it's difficult for a young adult to figure out the system. Working on it without help can make a difference in scholarship awards. The help of a parent...
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5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution

5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution
5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution Marcy Crabtree of Ben and Me recently started using my Total Transcript Solution. I taught a class for her, and during the class she was telling me all about how much she loves it! The Top 5 Reasons Marcy Crabtree Loves the Total Transcript Solution 1) I know that I'm going to be prepared and that helps alleviate so much fear and so much pressure for me....
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4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences

4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences
4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences A mission trip to Haiti, touring the castles of Europe, or sailing the globe - how do you use the amazing things your child has experienced? They are ALWAYS educational and awesome, but when your child is in high school, there are 4 ways to use those experiences to improve your chances of college admission and scholarships.A huge, tremendous, wonderful, high school experience can be...
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Guest — Lee
Don't you love homeschooling, that allows us to give our kids such rich experiences!!! I love it! Blessings, Lee... Read More
Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:12
Guest — Donna
This is the perfect read for me today. I am trying to decide how to document an 11-day mission trip to Thailand. My 16-year-old da... Read More
Thursday, 30 July 2015 04:03
Guest — Cynthia Dunn
This is not eactly amazing, but.... Two years ago my daughter, 13, babysat weekly for a moms' group. There were typically 6-8 kid... Read More
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 05:24
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How Do I Show 8th Grade Classes on a High School Transcript?

How Do I Show 8th Grade Classes on a High School Transcript?
I get this question a lot: My daughter is in 8th grade and has completed a couple of High school courses this year.  How should I show it on her transcript?If your child hasn't started high school yet, he or she can still earn high school credit. If she has done Algebra 1 or higher, high school biology or higher, or high school foreign language, then it does go on the transcript. Here's how. Curious about...
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Guest — Alejandra Garcia
I have an eighth grader applying to some college prep boarding schools. The charter school will provide a basic transcript, grade... Read More
Monday, 21 December 2015 20:46
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Alejandra, Of course, Lee helps parents gain college acceptance for their homeschooled students, so I'm not really sure how to... Read More
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 15:46
Guest — Lee
Dear Sandi, As long as your daughter is doing high school math (algebra 1 and higher), foreign language (using a high school curr... Read More
Friday, 26 June 2015 08:09
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Homeschool Records: How Much to Keep?

Homeschool Records: How Much to Keep?
What do you really need to keep? A military mom shares her frustrations with homeschool record keeping. How much of my kids' elementary or middle school paper work do I need to keep? I have every notebook, every workbook they have done. We just moved for the third summer in a row and as I moved that stuff, one more time, it got me thinking do I really need to keep all of it? I have tests and grades in a separate binder, but do I need to keep all...
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Take photos of large projects (you don't want to move a salt map around!) especially if you might later put together a portfolio (... Read More
Saturday, 16 November 2013 21:06
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The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades

The Difference Between Test Grades and Transcript Grades
In this video, I talk about the difference between grades you give on tests and grades you put on your homeschool transcript. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Important Dates for 2013

Important Dates for 2013
The New Year is here, and it’s time to mark up your new 2013 calendar! Include any upcoming exams or college preparations you need to make for your high school student.  Don’t miss these deadlines, because many of them are inflexible!  Check the links below for further information about each test.Deadline                                 Test or ActivityJanuary                                    Find a college fair to attend in your areaJanuary 11th                             Register for ACT test on Feb 9thFebruary                                  11th graders schedule college visitsFebruary                                  Find summer jobs and enrichment programsFeb 8th                                     Register for...
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Guest — Sharie
It's not (just) the PSAT part that's confusing. That was just her example. My kid is a junior, so only some of these apply to h... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:22
Guest — J W
Oops, Lee - Denise was really asking, "In which years do we have to do each of these things?" F'rinstance, everyone has to update... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 17:32
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Very good question, Denise and Jo! You are correct, Freshmen typically think about registering for the PSAT in late summer/early f... Read More
Thursday, 03 January 2013 19:16
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Hand Holding Calms Nerves

Hand Holding Calms Nerves
As a nurse working in a hospital,  I learned that the warm touch of hand-holding can improve heath and healing.  I think it's true for homeschoolers as well! I loved what Anita wrote in this note about hand-holding!Dear Lee, I want to thank you so very much for all the hand holding for my first graduate.  It was so nice to be able to email you with questions that I had regarding my daughters transcripts and...
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Project Manager of Your Home

As the resident homeschool adviser to your children, it’s important that you don’t drop the ball when it comes to deadlines, plans, and requirements. You will need to keep track of the academic calendar and what courses your children need to cover, when they need to study for specific tests, what year to take those tests, and what specific tests they should take.My husband works as a project manager.  He doesn’t actually build the building, but...
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High School Reading Lists & Reading Comprehension

High School Reading Lists & Reading Comprehension
Are you confused about reading lists? High school reading lists are not just for "school" books, they are for ALL books. High School Reading Lists & Reading Comprehension When we were homeschooling, my children would occasionally write a brief essay about a book they read, but only once in a while.  I can't even remember if we did one a year...perhaps less!  An essay or even reading comprehension questions are not required for a book to...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Karen, Each parent can make that decision about the reading list for their own child, and not everyone will choose to make the ... Read More
Saturday, 27 September 2014 08:11
Guest — KarenBowman
Hello Lee, I would like to make a comment on the reading list. While most of the list is standard I have wondered how most follow... Read More
Saturday, 27 September 2014 07:26
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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 able...
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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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More Encouraging Posts

  • Homeschooled Adult Renounces Faith

    Joshua Harris is no longer a Christian. Sad news for the homeschool community.

    Joshua Harris is the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye and is the adult child of well known homeschool speaker. His father, Gregg Harris, is often considered one of the founders of the modern homeschool movement. A former homeschool speaker, Joshua Harris was an outspoken evangelical pastor

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  • Seven Reasons to Study History

    When I was in school, we learned about the world in seemingly unrelated snippets. My teachers called the subject Social Studies .

    • We might start the year studying Chinese culture.
    • Then we'd study the Pilgrims because it was getting close to Thanksgiving.
    • Then we'd take a break to study the Plains Indians and build miniature teepees.

    Social Studies remains a core

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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.

    How to Write a Cover Letter for Your Transcript

    A Transcript Cover Letter Will Explain Craziness

    While many parents have nothing important to say in

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  • I'm Not Afraid to Teach High School Geology!

    High school geology and earth science: learn about the rock types, different layers of the atmosphere, throw in some volcanoes and earthquakes…I think we have it covered. And truth be told, you can cover much of this in the lower grades, even into middle school.

    But there is one major component in studying geology that is left out of this

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