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Help for 7th and 8th Grade

Help for 7th and 8th Grade
Parents with students in 7th and 8th grade often feel anxious and don't know where to start with high school. Often their first concern is record keeping. For beginners, I often recommend picking up my video about Preparing to Homeschool High School. But your best bet is to join my Gold Care Club! Get everything you need to help you homeschool through high school, including weekly consultations with me!
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Credit for Logic

Audrey askedWhat category is "Logic", math or English?  I want to know where to give my son credit. It will probably be a 1/4 credit course.  Our math course (Geometry: Videotext) has logic in it. But I always thought this was an "English" subject.    While Logic is part of Videotext Geometry, I also have Introductory Logic by  Wilson and Nance.  I want to know where to give my son credit. It will probably be a 1/4...
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Guest — Audrey
Thank you.
Friday, 05 September 2008 18:11
Guest — Lee
Hi Audrey! We didn't actually use the Teaching Company videos. We used the Introductory Logic Videos by Nance that came with the... Read More
Thursday, 04 September 2008 18:07
Guest — Audrey
Which Teaching Company resources did you use? 1. Argumentation: the study of effective reasoning and/or 2. Tools of Thinking: ... Read More
Thursday, 04 September 2008 17:15
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The Joy of Taking a Homeschool Mulligan

The Joy of Taking a Homeschool Mulligan
No mulligans.  No take-backs.  No do-overs.  When you are dealing with an accrediting program, once you have something on their official transcript, it's.... well.... official.  Even if your child does really poorly, it's still part of their "permanent record."  (You have to say that so it's all scary-sounding, like rolling thunder or something.  "...Permanent Record." )  Colleges will ask you to submit all transcripts for all schools, and even a rotten transcript is a "real" transcript...
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Guest — Lee
You know, if a public school student can re-take a class in order to get a better grade, then certainly we can too, right? I'll... Read More
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 19:09
Guest — Stephanie
I can't wait to see the ebook! I, too, love the idea that you can retake a class. I wish that I had this idea when our older daugh... Read More
Tuesday, 02 September 2008 16:34
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Heart of the Matter Virtual Conference Starts Tomorrow!

Heart of the Matter Virtual Conference Starts Tomorrow!
I'm so excited!  The conference starts tomorrow! Please click here to read all the details.  I will be speaking on Making a Transcript on Friday from 1:45 - 2:45 (PST) and College Preparation on Saturday from 10 - 11 (PST).  The speaker schedule noted on the website is all in Eastern Standard Time so be careful!  I wouldn't want you to miss these important talks.  This is my first online homeschool conference.   I hope I am...
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Homeschool Record Keeping Success!

Homeschool Record Keeping Success!
I met a friend in the grocery store today.  Her son had just finished his first year in college.  A year ago, she and I had spent an hour going over her homeschool records.  We talked about the transcript and how to write course descriptions.  I made suggestions and recommendations, but she did all the work - I only spent an hour with her!  But it gave her what she needed to write a 16 page...
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But what if your high schooler is doing 7th grade work?

But what if your high schooler is doing 7th grade work?
Not only can any high school level work be put on a transcript, but any work that is done by a high school age student can also be put on a transcript.  What that means is that if your student is of "high school age" (typically, 14 - 18) then any work they do as part of their homeschool can be put on their high school transcript.  I understand that some students might be behind on...
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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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Stop Being Tubby!

Stop Being Tubby!
Do you have any specific advice about moving from the tubs to the binders ? I want to get started this summer. Thanks !! ~ ShannonIn a previous article I talked about record keeping strategies, and said there are three kinds of homeschoolers; tubbies, cubbies, and binder queens. Are you looking for ways to stop being Tubby?Like losing weight, you have to be committed if you want to avoid being Tubby. First of all, whatever you...
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Washington Homeschool Week!

Washington Homeschool Week!
The Washington State Governor has declared June 8-14 to be "Washington Homeschool Week." Regardless of which state you live in, why don't you celebrate by going to a convention near you! I will be speaking at the Washington Homeschool Organization this weekend on "How to Make a Transcript" and "Gifted Education." Please stop by if you are at the convention and say "hi!"I would love to hear from you!
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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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Always Be Prepared!

Always Be Prepared!
Some things are just ALWAYS educational! Take Eagle Scouts, for example, or 4-H. It seems like everything you do with those programs can be put on a homeschool transcript. Look at the activities that your teen is doing this week. Can it be added to their transcript too?As always, Let me know if you have any questions. 
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Guest — Lee
Christy, Thank you for the positive feedback - that's very sweet of you to say! When my oldest was in 7th grade, I used that time... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 17:29
Guest — Christy
BTW, I really enjoy this blog. Our oldest just finished 7th grade. I consider what we are doing in these middle school years as la... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 08:24
Guest — Christy
All three of our boys are in Scouts. we joke that dh is the one in scouts and he takes the others along. I have used their handbo... Read More
Saturday, 07 June 2008 08:23
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Mommy Grades! What Good Are They?

Mommy Grades!  What Good Are They?
Mommy grades are a LOT of good!  Just because you don't give tests doesn't mean you don't evaluate your children!  Give an accurate and full representation of what your "mommy grade" contains, and those grades can really count.In our homeschool, we did about 1/2 our subjects the traditional textbookish way.  In fact, we only used tests for math, science and foreign language - and we only did tests in those subjects because the curriculum CAME with tests. ...
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Guest — Carol Anne
Lee, having graduated one high schooler and w/ another in 10th grade, I get a lot of Q's from friends re how to grade, etc. Your p... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2012 11:02
Guest — Marilyn
thank you for all the helpful information....I'm learning more and more how to stress less and less....God bless you Sharon!... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2012 10:33
Guest — clep exam study guides review
CLEP exams are such a great way for homescholars to prove to colleges that college level proficiency is easily within reach. Cong... Read More
Monday, 23 June 2008 22:09
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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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Give 110% to the College of your Choice!

Give 110% to the College of your Choice!
Karen asks: "I wonder if you could post something explaining the shift of colleges from a 4.0 grading scale to the whatever-it-is-now! I can't understand why a 4.0 student now is not the top of his class, and how this all fits into meeting college requirements for seniors." Back in the good ol' days, giving 100% meant giving it your all. And back in the good ol' days, getting a 4.0 in high school was a...
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Guest — Lee
Julia, You can read the AP policy here: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2012 12:08
Guest — Julia
Hi Lee, I found this article while doing research for my cousin. She was home-schooled in a rural environment through high schoo... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2012 08:09
Guest — Lee
Dear Karen, Excellent question, and I'll talk about that on tomorrow's blog post. I've heard wonderful things about Tapestry of G... Read More
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 17:21
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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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