When you must write a letter of recommendation for your child, be sure to follow a formal-looking format, to show you are a serious educator. Use this format, and follow this example.
A formal letter will not talk about elementary school or junior high experiences - it will only mention high school.
Don’t include personal matters not related to the purpose of the letter, such as a divorce. The letter should only be about the student. Personal matters should be included in the student's essay if appropriate.
Try not to sound like a mommy or daddy. Don’t talk about your child’s annoying habits or their weaknesses. Make sure to brainstorm enough strengths to fill the letter.
Don’t write about your other children, or how difficult it is to homeschool.
For more information, this article may help: How to Get a Great Letter of Recommendation.
If you took a peek through the window of your local university’s admission office between September and March, you’d probably see a frenzy of activity and piles of papers as admissions counselors sift through thousands of applications from hopeful high school seniors. How, you may wonder, does an aspiring student make their application stand out, instead of blending in with all the others? One way is to give the admissions office as much information about a student as possible. Homeschoolers can do this with transcripts, course descriptions, and reading lists, but there’s another list that is often overlooked, and that’s the activity and awards list.
Putting together a homeschool transcript is one of the most important things to do before your student’s senior year. Is yours up to date and ready to send to colleges? Here are some helpful things to consider when putting the final touches on your masterpiece!
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