By Lee Binz
Grab Free and Fun Treats Every Day!
I am so excited to introduce you to the new website! We have moved to a completely new web address, www.HomeHighSchoolHelp.com, and I think you're going to LOVE it! It's easier to navigate, simpler to understand, easier to read on your mobile device, faster to load pages, and better organized - all this with a beautiful new look!
To celebrate the new website, we are holding an Open House February 5th through 11th and YOU are invited! Come and join me for virtual coffee, cookies (plus some real recipes), FIVE amazingly FREE parent training classes, plus TWO free books. All told, if you attend my Open House you’ll get 10 hours of free classes and over 120 pages of downloadable material to help you homeschool high school, all in a beautiful, personalized notebook keepsake you create. And all of this is the most valuable information you need to help you homeschool through high school with an eye on college and scholarships. Want to join me?
Enter to Win by Attending Class
For every class you attend during our Open House, you will receive one entry into our drawing for this Coffee Break Book Bundle. There are 11 fantastic print books included in this huge giveaway and the big bunch o' books will be mailed directly to the lucky winner’s home! The winner will be chosen randomly from the combined class attendance records and will be notified on Monday, February 13th.
Check out all the fabulous books you could win!
• High School Math Made Easy
• Creating Homeschool Balance
• Comprehensive Homeschool Records
• Delight Directed Learning
• Keys to High School Success
• Homeschool Curriculum That's Effective and Fun
• Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer
• Senior Year Step-by-Step
• Scheduling is the Secret to Homeschool Sanity
• Easy English for Simple Homeschooling
• How to Homeschool 9th and 10th Grade
Remember, attending each of the classes above earns you an entry!
I suggest a notebook like this one if possible – a simple, white, 1 inch, 3-ring binder with eight divider tabs.
You will be given a link to download the workbook for each class, so you can print it out and work on it. I suggest you grab a 1 inch, 3-ring binder - it’s going to be filled soon. “My Homeschool High School Notebook: Encouragement, Training and Support” will be ready to receive all the goodies and downloadables from this fun Open House Event. Download the cover for your workbook here, so you can keep the resources you print out each day organized. Follow along as we work together each day, filling in answers and tips in your notebook as you listen to the question and answer time after each class.
Bake Your Cookies and Bring Your Coffee
Before the week begins, do some baking so you have a steady supply of cookies to keep your strength up during this marathon of learning. Trust me, nothing says “I love homeschooling” like fresh baked cookies! I’ve collected our favorite online cookie recipes – and some are gluten-free, so please save some of those cookies for me! Which of these will you choose to make?
• Perfect Snickerdoodle Cookies (From Life's Little Sweets)
• Soft Batch Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cookies (From Baker by Nature)
• Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies (From Saving Room for Dessert)
• Gluten Free, Dairy Free Peanut Butter Cookies (From Tastes Lovely)
• Kid Approved Gluten Free Gingersnap Cookies (From Happy Mothering)
• Coconut Crack Bars - my personal favorite (From Chocolate Covered Katie)
• Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds (From The Recipe Critic)
• Double-Chocolate Mocha Meringue Kisses (From Relish.com)
Grab your cookies here! The HomeScholar Cookie Recipe Collection. This freebie has six pages of recipes you can download immediately. Can you imagine an Open House without cookies AND coffee? That’s why my next freebie is a Coffee Break Book! You can start filling your “My Homeschool High School Notebook” now.
Sunday, February 5th - All Day
Making the Grades Free Coffee Break Book
“Mommy grades” really do matter! Learn how to evaluate your child’s work whether you use tests in each subject or not. Learn how to make high school grades with this book that is free on Kindle February 2nd - 6th, 2017.
If you’re like many homeschool parents, you stress a bit about grading your child’s work, and wonder whether you can even give them valid grades. You may think: Does anyone take “mommy grades” seriously?! Do I really have to assign grades at all? If your child plans to go to college, they usually must submit homeschool grades with their transcript when they apply because almost all colleges require them. Unfortunately, some parents change the way they homeschool—when everything is working just fine—and make it more “schoolish” in order to generate those grades. You don’t have to restructure your homeschool just to come up with grades!
Making the Grades brims with a variety of methods for evaluating your child’s work, including examples from public and private schools as well as alternatives to typical testing strategies. This book will help you grow in confidence, and encourage you with new ideas and methods, without having to discard your own criteria, methods, and strategies that have worked so far in your homeschool. Making the Grades is part of The HomeScholar's Coffee Break Book series. Designed especially for parents who don’t want to spend hours and hours reading a 400-page book on homeschooling high school, each book combines a practical and friendly approach with detailed, but easy-to-digest information, perfect to read over a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop! Never overwhelming, always accessible and manageable, each book in the series will give parents the tools they need to tackle the tasks of homeschooling high school, one warm sip at a time. Grab the book here: Making the Grades - Free Kindle Book
“How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School” Free Class
The biggest obstacle to success is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of the big, scary-sounding subjects, and fear of record keeping requirements can immobilize parents. I want to face these fears with you and explain how you can avoid making common high school mistakes. Don’t cower in the corner! Join me, learn a little, laugh a lot, and get motivated for the next stage. These five common blunders can cost your child dearly in the college admission and scholarship sweepstakes. Heed this friendly warning from a parent who has been there and lived to tell the tale.
The first mistake may cripple plans if your child ever changes their mind (what teen doesn’t?!). The second mistake may leave your child unprepared for college! The third mistake may result in the loss of thousands of dollars in financial aid! The fourth mistake may cause your child to be lost in the crowd during college admission! And the fifth mistake may render your child unable to gain admission to the college of their dreams!
Come and learn how to avoid ALL this trouble, while you learn to enjoy homeschooling more and more! This class includes a four page workbook for those who attend. Register here: "How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School" - Monday, 6 February 2017, at 01:00 pm (Pacific time)
“Homeschool Records that Open Doors” Free Class
PROVE to colleges that your student is worthy of admission and the highest possible scholarships by creating stunning, professional homeschool records. This class has four lofty goals.
Impress Colleges! Help your student stand out from the crowd of thousands of "cookie-cutter" applicants. A professional, comprehensive record can distinguish your student for special admission and scholarship consideration. Gain Admission! Beautiful records can open the door to even the most prestigious colleges. Combined with their already excellent education, comprehensive homeschool records can make all the difference for your student's admission and scholarship success. Win Scholarships! Creating excellent records for our boys had, by far, the BEST RETURN of any investment we made as homeschool parents. You will be shocked at how easy gorgeous records can be to produce and grateful you didn't have to do it alone! Achieve Their Dreams! How would it feel if your student was admitted to the college of their dreams with massive scholarships because of the homeschool records YOU created? Impossible? Let me help you do the impossible, as I have for hundreds of other families.
This is the kind of fun and relaxing event that can make you a better and more confident homeschool parent. Join me for some fun learning in a cozy and convenient location (your home)! Grab a treat and an iced drink or cozy coffee, and then settle in for some relaxed fellowship among friends. This class includes a five page workbook for those who attend. Register here: “Homeschool Records that Open Doors” - Tuesday, 7 February 2017, at 01:00 pm (Pacific time)
“Bright Future Ahead” Free PDF Ebook
Your child has a bright future ahead! This book is my third annual collection of homeschool articles, compiled to help you homeschool through the coming year with the best possible success.
Start strong by finding the faith to homeschool high school, with a four week devotional to encourage you. Learn to create balanced technology use in your homeschool that will ultimately increase learning, by setting logical boundaries on digital media. Make your life simpler to decrease stress, by learning the four key goals in the four years of high school - only one goal for each year!
Then dive into the meaty middle of the book, and learn how to simplify high school record keeping, whether you are perfectly type-A or organizationally challenged, and learn what high school documents you need to create. Remove your fear of making a transcript. Learn the options after high school, and how to be prepared even if your child changes their mind. Find out the key ingredients to becoming a better home educator.
Finally, as you look toward college, find out how to get a great letter of recommendation. Discover the purposes of the PSAT/NMSQT® and prepare for the SAT or ACT® essay tests. I'll teach you the nine secrets to effortlessly finish the FAFSA in record time, and the difference between a college application, coalition application, and common application. This is a 72 page downloadable pdf ebook you can download immediately. Download the book here: “Bright Future Ahead” - Free PDF Ebook
“A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” Free Class
I hope that creating a transcript was on your task list this year! Perhaps it was a "New Year’s Resolution" but it might have also held a prominent place on your "beginning of summer checklist." Whatever is going on right now, put "creating a transcript" on your checklist.
They call me the "Homeschool consultant who does NOT make you cry" and I promise this is an easy intro class and great refresher all in one. Let me show you how to do it in a way that is easy and fun with "A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits, and Transcripts." This class is the PERFECT motivation for parents who need to finish their transcript for the year. Or parents new to homeschooling who need to figure out the whole "transcript thing." It's great for parents who need a refresher course on calculating grades and figuring out credits, or those needing a nudge to get that job done now, while there is still time. And this workshop is perfect for parents who have specific questions about creating a transcript for their unique children.
In this class you'll learn how to figure out high school credits and calculate grades. I'll tell you how to find the perfect grading scale, and what it takes to make your transcript official. This is a “No Transcript-Shaming Zone!” I want to be an encouragement - the motivation you need, like a cheerleader saying, "Go, team, go!" This class includes a six page workbook for those who attend. Register here: “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” - Thursday, 9 February 2017, at 01:00 pm (Pacific time)
Friday, February 10th at 1:00 pm Pacific Time
“Super Scholarships for Humble Homeschoolers” Free Class
You can afford college! How? I want to show you how to earn BIG merit based scholarships you thought were reserved for the uber-intelligent or Olympic-level athletes. These scholarships are available for homeschoolers, even kids that are academically or athletically dis-inclined. In fact, one of the best ways to position your kids for these scholarships is by leveraging the educational benefits available EXCLUSIVELY to homeschoolers.
Intrigued? In this class you'll learn why merit scholarships provide the most money. I'll teach you which college admission test is best, the SAT or ACT®, and why. I'll show you how to make SURE your child will stand out above the crowd, regardless of their gifts or challenges. You'll learn how to find a college that gives great scholarships, and the secrets to creating homeschool records that will reduce college costs.
Get free help to earn thousands in college scholarships. If you stay to the end of this class, you will receive downloadable information on need based scholarships as an extra bonus. This class includes a 7 page workbook for those who attend as well as a 14 page “Need Based Scholarships” white paper. Register here: Super Scholarships for Humble Homeschoolers - Friday, 10 February 2017, at 01:00 pm (Pacific time)
Saturday, February 11th at 1:00 pm Pacific Time
“12 Keys to High School Success” Free Class
This class will teach you how to homeschool without going bonkers. I know there are homeschool parents who can compete in the Tour de France while nursing their newborn and teaching their high schoolers Advanced Latin. This class in NOT for them. This workshop IS for those mortal, human, sometimes frail and tired homeschoolers who truly want to do the best job possible preparing their children for college and life but could use a little extra "boost." It will help you diagnose the 12 most common nutties of homeschooling high school and give you the tools and wisdom to overcome them.
Every homeschool mom needs a bit of encouragement from time to time. After the class is over, I will stay EXTRA long to answer YOUR questions. You will be so glad you joined us LIVE for this special event. Do you need a boost of encouragement and lots of proven tips to help you have your most successful homeschool year yet? Let me help!
This class is for YOU, if you remember your last homeschool nutty and want to avoid being hit by that particular truck again. Or if you are in the middle of a nutty or feel one coming on and would like to sidestep it. Or if your battery is low, and you need some recharging to face the rest of the homeschooling year. Or even if you would simply like an encouraging class filled with helpful information that will help you homeschool high school with renewed confidence.
I promise you will learn solid strategies that will make homeschooling EASIER and MORE REWARDING for both you and your children! This class includes an eight page workbook for those who attend. Register here: The 12 Keys to High School Success - Saturday, 11 February 2017, at 01:00 pm (Pacific time)
Prepare Your Notebook
Now that you have registered, be sure you have prepared your notebook so you are ready to learn and be encouraged each day! I suggest a notebook like this one if possible – a simple, white, 1 inch, 3-ring binder with eight divider tabs.
Download your notebook cover, “My Homeschool High School Notebook” so it will be ready to receive all the goodies and downloadables from this fun Open House Event. Print the resources you receive each day. Your notebook will be filled with encouragement, training, and support by the end of the week! If you attend all my events this week, here is what you will receive:
• 1 cover page for “My Homeschool High School Notebook”
• 6 pages: The HomeScholar Cookie Recipe Collection
• 1 free Coffee Break Book Making the Grades for Kindle or Kindle App
• 4 pages: “How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes” Workbook
• 5 pages: “Homeschool Records that Open Doors” Workbook
• 72 pages: “Bright Futures Ahead” Free PDF Ebook
• 6 pages: “A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Grades, Credits, and Transcripts” Workbook
• 7 pages: “Super Scholarships for Humble Homeschoolers” Workbook
• 14 pages: “Need Based Scholarships” White Paper
• 8 pages: “12 Keys to High School Success” Workbook
That’s a total of 123 pages of free downloads PLUS a Kindle book for those who attend each day!
Bring Your Questions
Remember to bring your questions about homeschooling high school to get them answered by the expert. I’ll try to stay late each time to answer as many questions as I can! So feel free to ask your questions during each of these live, interactive webinars.
Unfortunately this event is so huge, and quite complicated for us to pull off, that we are unable to provide recordings because we won’t have time between events. We can only provide workbooks when you attend; otherwise it would be WAYYYYY too difficult for me to manage. So please try to arrange your schedule (or hire help if needed!) so you can be with me February 5th – 11th. I hope you can join me for the LIVE classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I would hate to disappoint you, but it’s got to be this way to make it a week-long event. I hope you understand!
Get the support and encouragement you crave, while grabbing all the information about homeschooling high school that you can. I’m looking forward to seeing you online! I’ve got my cookies ready – do you?
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Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, specializes in helping parents homeschool high school. Get Lee's FREE Resource Guide "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School" and more freebies at www.HomeHighschoolHelp.com/Freebies.