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Homeschooling High School without Tests

Homeschooling High School without Tests
When your children are younger, you might be completely confident about avoiding tests and simply focusing on learning in your homeschool. When they reach high school, you may think you have no choice. You need to give grades and include them on a transcript! Don't panic. Did you know that you don't have to test to give a grade?As a home educator, you have the option of evaluating your children with methods other than tests. You...
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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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Evaluate Without Grades

Evaluate Without Grades
When faced with courses such as math or spelling, most homeschool parents feel pretty confident in their grading methods.  But what about those more challenging courses, like fine arts, or even creative writing--how do you grade those things?  If you were teaching culinary arts, think about a yummy piece of chocolate dessert, and how you would grade something like that! Of course, grades definitely have their place, but an equally useful method of evaluating your child’s...
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Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications

Fee Waivers for Tests and Applications
Homeschooling isn't cheap.  We pay for our own curriculum, supplies, and teacher manuals.  It doesn't get cheaper as kids get older, either!  For some families, finances are a HUGE issue, even while they are committed to homeschooling through high school.  Here is some helpful advice for these parents who are thinking about college admission. Two important truthsHomeschoolers tend to be single-income families.Homeschoolers love to save money.Two important expensesSAT and ACT tests are required for admission, and...
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Guest — Elijah
Hi, I'm not sure how active this blog still is, but if someone sees this, I would really appreciate some help. My family talked ... Read More
Thursday, 12 September 2019 03:28
Robin
Don't give up, Elijah School districts can be really difficult. Do you have an advocate on staff at school? A teacher or guidance... Read More
Thursday, 12 September 2019 22:27
Guest — Elijah
Thank you for the encouraging words. The school guidance counselor is the one that provided the test, but she's one of the main pe... Read More
Friday, 13 September 2019 00:12
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"Cramming for Tests" or "Loving to Learn"?

"Cramming for Tests" or "Loving to Learn"?
I posted a public school student's valedictorian speech on my newsletter, and it brought up an interesting question about cramming for a test. I love that speech! But now I'm concerned because we're thinking of using CollegePlus (recommended on this website). Doesn't CollegePlus do just that - train people to cram for tests and then forget? I totally see the value of getting through college in high school, but please give some input about how to...
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Feel Like a Failure? Tests Can Help!

Feel Like a Failure? Tests Can Help!
In spring and summer parents may look back on the year and feel VERY discouraged.  They see how little they got done, they notice what was not finished.  They clearly see the difficulties and traumas that got in the way of  formal education.  But all is not lost!  You can't actually PREVENT a child from learning.  That's where standardized tests can help.  They can show you how much your children have learned while you weren't even...
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How Do I Grade Without Tests?

How Do I Grade Without Tests?
There are a lot of details about grading in my book, Setting the Records Straight.  In it, you can see for yourself how a real homeschooler provided course grades without tests! I used tests for math, science, and foreign language because I used curricula that provided tests for those subjects, not because those subjects require tests.  Most of the other classes listed in "Setting the Records Straight" describe how I evaluated without testing.  If you are having...
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Do You Really NEED to Take College Admissions Tests?

Do You Really NEED to Take College Admissions Tests?
Do you really NEED to take college admission tests?  Even when you have dual enrollment in a community college?Quick question. If my daughter is in the Running Start program,  doing dual enrollment, and will enter college as a transfer student, does she need to take the SAT? Thank you in advance,LeslieDear Leslie,Quick answer:  yes!Long answer:  She doesn't rally "have to" take the SAT in that position, but it will help.  If she is doing dual enrollment...
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Leslie, Lee is absolutely correct. College admissions is more competitive than ever before. Hence, college admissions counselor... Read More
Saturday, 11 July 2009 08:32
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Feeling Overwhelmed with Homeschooling High School?

Feeling Overwhelmed with Homeschooling High School?
Angela says >>>My oldest is just going into 9th grade and I feel completely overwhelmed and out of my depth. <<<And that, my friend, is why I allowed my pleasantly-plumpness to be filmed for the "Preparing to Homeschool High School" DVD!  I had been consulting with local clients, and going into their homes to encourage them as they enter high school.  It's a 3 hour conversation, and I go over everything you need to know about...
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