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What about Work Samples?

What about Work Samples?
Work samples can be included in Comprehensive Records.  I included some writing samples within the body of my course descriptions.  I tried to choose things that were not too long, perhaps something that had won an award (published, or got an "A" grade from someone else).  And I tried to get some variety:  perhaps a short story and a piece of research. Other than a writing sample, I would just be prepared to give a sample...
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Merry Course Descriptions!

Merry Course Descriptions!
It's early December and I'm already done with my Christmas cards.  To be fair, I have a LOT of Christmas cards to write!  Still, it's a  "wee bit" early to be doing that.  What are the consequences of not working on your Christmas cards early?  Nothing much.  You might conceivably not get them out on time, I suppose.  I have lots of friends that don't send cards out on time, and I'm not offended.  I even...
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Paperless Homeschool?

Paperless Homeschool?
Somewhere between hoarding and a sterile paperless environment is the perfect amount of high school records. Laura wrote:"Do you have any thoughts on student work typed and saved on the computer vs handwritten work?  I thought colleges would want to see examples of student's work in his own handwriting rather than work done on computer that theoretically could have been done by anyone.  I want to move my kids to a paperless (or almost paperless) school. ...
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Guest — Carmen
I am striving for paperless as well and given the comment by Ann I would have my files backed up on another device and have some o... Read More
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:47
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good thinking, Carmen! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Monday, 14 March 2016 22:36
Guest — Ann
Be careful about going paperless. I would tend to say keep paper records as well as digital back-up. I finished my son's course de... Read More
Thursday, 18 November 2010 08:51
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Is Online High School Required or Helpful?

Is Online High School Required or Helpful?
Is it helpful or even necessary to enroll with an online or correspondence school for high school?  I have had friends tell me it is much easier then trying to keep records yourself.You do NOT have to do an online or correspondence school!  In fact, sometimes (often) those will require MUCH MORE paperwork than doing it yourself.  I was in a similar situation in my own home, and my children did not use an accredited program. ...
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Homeschool Parent = Counselor+Mentor+Advisor

Homeschool Parent = Counselor+Mentor+Advisor
Who does the "applying" to colleges these days?  The parents, or the child?  When I was a senior, I filled out all of the applications.  My parents had no involvement at all, except for stating income.  For example, when you brought in all of your records to the college interview, was your son even there?  Was he involved?Dear Susan,The student does all the applying.  The parent plays the role of the guidance counselor, mentor, and high...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks for your comments, Joelle. I'll miss you at choir tonight! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:56
Guest — J W
Whoops! That's Texas schools end around late May, not "by May."
Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:49
Guest — J W
There's also room for a parent to step in when there's just too much red tape. There were, and, last I knew (2005) differences be... Read More
Thursday, 05 March 2009 09:45
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Homeschool Records: From Zero To Binder Queen in 6 Seconds

Homeschool Records:  From Zero To Binder Queen in 6 Seconds
Hello,I joined your site recently and have only received two of the 5 part e-mail. I am anxious to read on. You have been a wealth of information to me and have eased my mind tremendously. I have a seventh grader and am not a record keeper. Administrative tasks, just thinking about them, have me breaking out in hives. I'm gifted and creative in the area of teaching and putting together our course of action, but...
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Guest — Katherine
Hi Lee, Organization is not easy for me and portable file boxes have been a life saver. I have a box for each child's school yea... Read More
Saturday, 07 February 2009 04:06
Guest — Lee
Hi Robin, Here is a link to the article: http://www.thehomescholar.com/article_archive/2007_08_cubbiestubbiesandbinderqueens.htm... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2009 15:51
Guest — Robin E.
Lee, I recall an article of yours somewhere about tubs, binders, and another method of record keeping, but now I can't seem to fin... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2009 15:31
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I'm Here When You Need Me!

I'm Here When You Need Me!
Feeling panicked?  Don't know where to start?  Not even sure what the questions are?  I can help!If you have a junior or senior, I suggest a telephone consultation so we can talk about your homeschool a bit.  Usually in 1-2 hours I can help you figure out exactly what to put on a transcript, including course titles, grades, and credit values.  You'll get information what to do next and how to plan your year.If you have...
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Quick and Easy Transcripts!

Quick and Easy Transcripts!
I hate business bookkeeping!  I put it off and put it off, but I just can't make it go away!  Transcripts are a pain too, but there is a less painful way to do the frustrating work yourself.In 1-2 hours I can help you figure out exactly what to write on your transcript.  We can do it easily on the phone.  All it takes is your brain, my brain, and any records or used curriculum you...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Siri, I'm always willing to provide support and encouragement, whether it's about transcripts or anything else. My consulting... Read More
Friday, 11 July 2008 06:40
Guest — Siri Betcher
Just a helpful suggestion, you may want to offer the "middle of the road". Do the $120 version and let the parent email you a roug... Read More
Thursday, 10 July 2008 17:32
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Why Create your own Transcript?

Why Create your own Transcript?
Retain your status as an independent homeschooler Maintain complete control over your student's academic record. Provide the documentation that colleges need from all applicants. Save TONS of money!Remember, you don't need to pay a transcript or accreditation service thousands of dollars to create a homeschool transcript for you. You can do it at home on your computer. I can teach you how. Visit my website for more information.
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Failure is Forgotten

Failure is Forgotten
When you complete a college application, one of the things they ask for is a list of "activities and awards." I have GREAT news! The activity and awards list is only for successes, and failures don't go on the list! Worked at a fabulous job? On the list! 28 job interviews followed by rejection? Not on the list! Awarded $200 in scholarship money by the community? On the list! Applied to 10 big-money scholarships, but rejected...
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Letting Go of Teaching

Letting Go of Teaching
High school is a good time to let go of the idea of "teaching" everything. What's important is that the students "learn". Sometimes that will mean finding self-teaching curriculum and allowing them to learn without your help. But sometimes "not teaching" really means letting go!If your child loves something, and you see that it is your child's area of specialization, then you don't have to have control over it. Let your child experience and enjoy learning...
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Guest — Yvonne
Lee, you take the homeschool guilt out of my life. I appreciate you!
Sunday, 01 June 2008 04:26
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Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't....

Sometimes you feel like a nut.  Sometimes you don't....
About half of our homeschool classes were traditional, textbookish classes. The rest we were just Wild & Crazy Guys!For fun, my son Kevin studied chess like crazy. One year we called it "Critical Thinking." No kidding - if you have a kid who plays competitive chess, I'm sure you understand! The next year we called it "Public Speaking" because he was going to different classes around our area, teaching to various homeschool groups and public and...
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Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
You know I don't really know where it started.... It has just always been. He got his first knife at 6 yrs old. Yes it was young... Read More
Monday, 02 June 2008 11:05
Guest — Lee
Wow! That IS unusual! Did that passion start with a book? Johnny Tremain? How fun! Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:54
Guest — Sharon - Momn4boys
How about knifemaking. He would love to become a bladesmith. Here is a link with a picture of his forge. http://momn4boys.blog... Read More
Saturday, 31 May 2008 18:04
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Practice Makes Perfect!

Practice Makes Perfect!
I tell people that they should start "practicing high school" in 7th grade. I forget that even "practice" can be stressful. I've been taking an accounting class for my business (and hating every minute of it!) I was sitting there feeling completely overwhelmed, wondering how I was ever going to become knowledgeable enough to do this job! Then it dawned on me that I felt this exact same way when my kids were in 7th grade!...
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Professional Child Raisers!

Professional Child Raisers!
This morning on the opinion page of our newspaper was this quote: "As my wife is fond of saying, our son was raised by dozens of Professionals (mostly teachers) and two amateurs." (Seattle PI "Band Teacher hit all the right notes" Guest Columnist Bob Roseth) I was SO shocked by that quote! They are saying that not only are school teachers professional educators" but they are also "professional child raisers!" Yikes! I believe that homeschooling parents...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Sharon, Yes, it's true, LOL! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 13 May 2008 10:39
Guest — Sharon
LOL I can just hear the indignation coming through your words! (big smile)
Tuesday, 13 May 2008 10:14
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