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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for TestsIt normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by September...
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Guest — J W
I know - and I've watched your business grow from day one, I've read your Home Scholar blog all these years, I have at least one o... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:03
Guest — Lee
Joelle, that is SO EXCITING! I knew your sweetie was getting TALL but she's also getting older at the same time?? How does that ... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 20:30
Guest — J W
I copied this text to my personal files and bookmarked this page so I can have a rough idea of what to do when. We now officially... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 18:14
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Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers
Stanford University Magazine had a write-up regarding a gifted homeschool student.  I love this quotation: “It’s the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student-the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age-apart from your typical bright kid.  Stanford wants students who have it.  Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered."  As Reider explains it:...
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Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time

Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time
Some questions are easy to answer.When is the PSAT?How do I find a College Fair?Should my freshman take Physics before Biology?But other questions are very big, and very complicated.  Sandi asked a big and complicated question on my blog the other day.Hi Lee. I have 5 kids, 3 remain to be homeschooled. All high school age. My 17 yo has had some issues with seizures since Spring. As a result he has fallen behind somewhat in...
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Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records

Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records
Why write a course description?Some colleges will ask for them and some will not.  There are a few situations when course descriptions are extremely important.1. When applying to a very selective college.2. When parents can't afford college.3. When the child wants to go to only ONE college.In each of those situations, providing detailed homeschool records can improve your child's chances of admission and scholarships.The transcript is the bare minimum requirement (there are VERY few that don't...
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Homeschooling High School: Success with the First, Confidence with the Second

Homeschooling High School: Success with the First, Confidence with the Second
I love hearing back from parents with graduates!  I love hearing about her successes with the National Merit Finalist, college admission, and full scholarships.  Here is what Andrea wrote: I have learned so much over these past couple of years and appreciate so much the help your Gold Care Club has been. My oldest son, Adam, just graduated and is going to be attending Auburn University this fall with scholarships that will more than equal a...
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Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!

Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!
This time of year always brings about the feelings of awe and thankfulness for the freedoms that we hold dear in this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt listed these Four Freedoms:  Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear . Homeschool families know these freedoms very well. We express our freedoms by exerting our right to home educate our children. Yet, there are still those things that lurk around the...
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Just finished your webinar "Celebrate Homeschool Freedom." You asked for us to fill out a survey at the end, but the webinar ended... Read More
Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:46
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Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records

Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records
When providing colleges with the information they need, going beyond a transcript can  improve your chances of scholarships.  A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, but colleges want more than that if you expect them to give you scholarship money.  They generally like to see more comprehensive homeschool records. Samples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records.In our homeschool records, I provided three writing samples with...
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Common Homeschool High School Questions

Common Homeschool High School Questions
One of the things I do the most is point people to homeschool high school resources. Often the answers are simple, you just know where to look!    One mom had this list of questions: "I will be going onto your site later tonight when everyone is done with school but I have two questions how do they take the SAT's?  Also I want to make sure she doesn't have to take the GED® to get...
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Online Homeschool Taskmaster

Online Homeschool Taskmaster
Online classes are a TOOL you can use.  Don't allow them to become your taskmaster. If you are using an accredited program for an online class, then you are not the teacher in charge.  The accredited teacher will provide a grade you can't alter, and your child will receive an accredited transcript that must be submitted to colleges when you apply.  However, if you are using a non-accredited program, YOU are the teacher.  Whether it's a...
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Bilingual Homeschool

Bilingual Homeschool
If your children are bilingual, some colleges will accept that as a foreign language and some will not.  I think it's a good idea to provide some sort of outside documentation.  I like suggesting a CLEP exam, because they provide an official transcript.  However, CLEP only offers a handful of languages, so I'm not sure it will help you.  You can also try an AP exam, but they need to be fluent in writing as well...
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Good to know, Stan! Thanks for the tip. Blessings, Lee
Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:56
Guest — Stan
Hi Lee, One may consider ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (see http://www.languagetesting.com). It is offered over the phone, cov... Read More
Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:59
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Should I Make a High School Transcript for my Homeschool 8th grader?

Should I Make a High School Transcript for my Homeschool 8th grader?
Today is a good day to work on a transcript.   Especially if you have a middle school student!Stephanie wrote on Facebook:"I'm thinking that I need to get my system in place. My daughter is in 8th grade, but she's working on a high school level so I'm going to start tracking and catching info. I know what to do from you, but now it's just the doing that I have to get started on!" If your...
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Delight Directed Learning - Transcript or Activity List?

Delight Directed Learning - Transcript or Activity List?
Delight-directed learning crosses many boundaries. It can be a class, community service, and an activity.  It's fun for the child, but it may be frustrating for the parent.  It can also be difficult to quantify.   It is a challenge to decide how to include it in your high school records. I have a daughter that has been in Martial Arts since she's been 11. The last few years she's been helping teach the younger class, but...
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I too listed the martial arts for P.E., community service & Instructor Training under business/life skills. My daughters flute... Read More
Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:17
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When Do You Need a Transcript?

When Do You Need a Transcript?
When will you need your homeschool transcript?  It's hard to say exactly. The first time you need it may be sophomore year, when your child starts driving.  Many insurance companies provide a good student discount for teenage drivers, and your homeschool transcript is required.  It may be during junior year, when you need to review grades and credits with your child, so they report their grades correctly when they take the PSAT for the first time. ...
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How to Never Lose your Homeschool Transcript

How to Never Lose your Homeschool Transcript
I have multiple redundancies for my computer because I use it for business.  External hard drives and remote back-up systems like Carbonite Online Backup serve a great purpose.  Most homeschoolers don't have the time or energy to back up all their data like that, but disasters can happen.  A single computer virus, a major computer crash, or a household disaster or theft can destroy all the hard work you put into making your transcript. There is...
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Homeschool Transcript Yikes

Homeschool Transcript Yikes
Sometimes messages come by Facebook, but other times I get them on the phone, by email,  or on my blog.  It usually goes something like this:"Yikes-please help fast! Transcript due tomorrow and I am on the fence with this one......How do we count a European home stay for a month on a high school transcript? How much credit? Never encountered this one....."Angela on Facebook Believe me, I've heard it all.  I never feel judgmental at all,...
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