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Setting the Records Straight: Transcripts and Course Descriptions

Setting the Records Straight: Transcripts and Course Descriptions
I received a lovely review that I wanted to share! Setting the Records Straight 5-Star Review by Susan Kilbride This book is a must-read for those of you who are thinking of homeschooling through high school. Lee Binz goes through the process of making a homeschool transcript step by step and makes what to some is an overwhelming job seem easy . The book is full of real-life examples of homeschool transcripts that her children and...
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This Book is a Must-Read

This Book is a Must-Read
It was so nice to see a new 5-star review of my book, Setting the Records Straight.  Sometimes positive encouragement is so... encouraging! Setting the Records Straight 5-Star Review by Susan Kilbrid This book is a must-read for those of you who are thinking of homeschooling through high school.  Lee Binz goes through the process of making a homeschool transcript step by step and makes what to some is an overwhelming job seem easy. The book...
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Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th

Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th
Join The HomeScholar for a free LIVE presentation! “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” will give you the information and confidence you need to succeed in creating AMAZING homeschool transcripts that the colleges will LOVE! There will be lots of time to get your high school record keeping questions answered by an expert! Everyone who registers will receive an audio recording of the class, so while we are together you can just sit...
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Flu is Everywhere so Plan Ahead!

Flu is Everywhere so Plan Ahead!
Have you been hearing in the news that it's a bad flu year?  I'm just getting over it myself! They are saying that this is one of the worst flu seasons in years.  As a nurse, I can't help but urge you to be prepared.  When you are faced with flu season, please plan ahead for your homeschool! Plan ahead! Do you have Tylenol on hand?  Make sure you have chicken noodle soup, lots of juices...
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Senior Year Last-minute 12-Step Emergency Panic Plan

Senior Year Last-minute 12-Step Emergency Panic Plan
  Senior Year Last-minute 12-Step Emergency Panic Plan If you don’t have a clue about college admissions and your child is in the midst of senior year, it’s very difficult to quickly regroup in order to experience success. “Second best” success is also possible. I have an emergency plan for families who haven’t started preparing for the admission process prior to senior year. Here is a quick checklist, a panic plan just for those hopelessly behind...
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Surprise! Course Descriptions Needed Early!

Surprise! Course Descriptions Needed Early!
The trials and tribulations of having a gifted child...  It's not as easy as it may sound to others.  Surprises happen.  And you know, surprises are rarely convenient! For example, Lauren was surprised to find out she needed a transcript and course descriptions for her 14 year old, but it really paid off! I wanted to tell you that my oldest son just was accepted to the dual enrollment program at Georgia Perimeter College. Here in...
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Sending Transcripts for Senior Year Applications

Sending Transcripts for Senior Year Applications
Is your transcript up to date?  Even if your transcript looks great on paper, it can be confusing to figure out how to submit a homeschool transcript when you are filling out college applications during the fall of senior year. Let me give you a few quick tips. Classes  Include all the classes your child is currently doing on the transcript.  Are you beginning Chemistry or Calculus this fall?  Put that on the high school transcript. ...
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Documenting Homeschool Academic Records

Documenting Homeschool Academic Records
Should you include documentation of your students academic record by year or by subject on your transcript? Do colleges prefer to see the classes by subject organization: english, math, history etc. or do they prefer to know which year your student completed what subject: Freshman, sophomore, junior etc.? The trouble with these questions is that there isn’t a one size fits all answer. I decided to put both on my sons transcripts. The reason why is...
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Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!

Book Saves Bacon! Result Priceless!
I was chatting with my Friends on Facebook , kind of complaining about a lack of summer in Seattle actually, and Anna commented about how my book, Setting the Records Straight , "saved her bacon" LOL!  It was so sweet, but then she sent a follow -up message. Anna wrote: "I would be remiss if I didn't give credit where credit is due. The hardest part was starting the transcript. I stared at my header for...
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Transcripts or Course Descriptions?

Transcripts or Course Descriptions?
    Although most homeschool students utilize transcripts for college admissions, many students are also now submitting a homeschool portfolio when they apply to colleges.  What’s the difference, and why should you use a portfolio?  In general, a transcript is a one-page piece of paper that gives a college the opportunity to get a snapshot of your student, and decide whether they get a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down on admissions.  A portfolio, also known as a...
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Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!

Total Transcript Solution at Your Service!
  While there are lots of resources for homeschooling high school on The HomeScholar website, one of the most popular is our Total Transcript Solution (TTS).  What many people don’t realize is that this program can be used over time, and for more than one student!  If you have a lot of children, TTS is a really good value, because you can use it for an unlimited number of students for as long as you want....
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Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People

Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People
  I asked Bari "How do you like it?" after he purchased the Comprehensive Record Solution, and he said "We are theater/music people and many things seem to not apply or go over my head a bit. Overall - I am pleased with the material."  So.... how do you make a transcript and course description when you are a dealing with a lot of fine arts? When you are music and theater people, it can help...
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Crazy Lifestyle of Learning

Crazy Lifestyle of Learning
  Lots of homeschoolers have a "Crazy Lifestyle of Learning".  I'm a huge fan of Delight Directed Learning , and I love helping my members turn that into words and numbers that colleges understand - and putting those on a Homeschool Transcript . Here is one example! "My son spends his remaining school day working on film projects. He had already won two contests. I took him to the San Antonio Christian film festival academy a...
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Facebook HELP! Honors? Boy Scouts?

Facebook HELP! Honors? Boy Scouts?
I can't really do a lot of "consulting" on Facebook, but sometimes I can help in a moment of panic, and provide a quick tip!   Jeannine wrote on my Facebook wall "HELP!!!!! What do you consider an honors course to be? I am putting together David's transcript and am not sure if I should leave that category on the grade criteria. Also Lee, what about listing his time in Boy Scouts and his making Eagle?...
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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...
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