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What Grade is Your Child in Next Year?

What Grade is Your Child in Next Year?

What Grade is Your Child in Next Year?


What grade is your child in next year? Are you ready? If you need to plan for the coming year, I have a book that's a perfect fit, no matter what grade!

Homeschooling Middle School with Powerful Purpose: How to Successfully Navigate 6th through 8th Grade

Middle school is a time when homeschool parents often get frightened and quit. But now is no time to panic! Middle school can be the sweetest, most rewarding time to homeschool! Learn strategies for gently guiding your preteen through the physical, intellectual, and social changes that come with this age. You will be able to reconnect with your child and be encouraged and energized to prepare them for high school and beyond.

How to Homeschool 9th and 10th Grade: Simple Steps for Starting Strong

If starting to homeschool high school makes you nervous, this book will help you homeschool with confidence. Get a great start homeschooling high school! Learn what you need to cover in freshman and sophomore year! These are exciting years in your child's life!

Junior Year is the Key to Homeschool Success: How to Unlock the Gate to Graduation and Beyond

This book covers the important tasks of junior year, including taking the PSAT, preparing for college admission tests, attending college fairs, choosing a college, finding merit scholarships, and getting a jump on senior year. Have you “fumbled the ball” in previous years? There is still time to catch up and be ready for college applications during senior year! Have you kept good records all along and given your child a college prep education? There are still plenty of other tasks that need to be done!

Senior Year Step-by-Step: Simple Instructions for Busy Homeschool Parents

Does the thought of homeschooling senior year of high school seem scary to you? It doesn't have to be! You can do it, just take it one step at a time! This book covers homeschool records, forms and deadlines, college application essays, college interviews, planning a graduation ceremony, how to save money and get those scholarships, preparing for college life, and more! Get the encouragement, tips, and tricks you need to get through senior year.

Heading to College

Are your kids headed to college? You don't need a book, you need to know what to buy for them to take to college! Here is a list of things that will likely be needed during the year: College Packing List. Some items may be restricted by your university, so check their policy before buying electrical equipment such as microwaves, refrigerators, and toaster ovens.



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National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers

National Merit Scholarship Information for Homeschoolers
Money for College!


Have you seen billboards and newspaper articles announcing that a student is a National Merit Scholar?  Did you know that those students entered the competition by taking the PSAT? The National Merit Scholarship is the best known high school scholarship in the nation, and the only way to win is to start with the PSAT test.  Therefore, the single most important thing you can do to win that scholarship is to make sure your children take the PSAT in October of 11th grade.

Students are invited to participate in the competition based on their Selection Index from the PSAT, compared to other students within each state.  The Selection Index is used to compare high school juniors within each state.  Because each state is different, it's impossible to predict exactly how your child will compare.  However, if your student's scores are above the 98th percentile on the PSAT, there is a possibility they may qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.Monetary Amount Varies

The National Merit Scholarship is a non-renewable, one-time award of up to $2500.  Not everyone gets the whole prize amount, and some will get far less. When you compare the award to the cost of colleges, it doesn't seem like much.  But the National Merit Scholarship can be a stepping stone to other scholarships.

Keep reading the whole article online to learn about the National Merit Scholarship process, and how to plan for success.  See the whole scholarship timeline, so you are prepared.


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For more information about how your child can earn great college scholarships, watch my video, “Getting the BIG Scholarships,” available both as an online class or DVD.


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Register for the PSAT

Register for the PSAT
Right now is the time.  No more putting it off.  Call the local high school (public or private) and ask them how to register your homeschooled student for the PSAT.  The test is in October, but you need to register as soon as possible.


The PSAT in 10th grade is "for fun."  It's an opportunity for sophomores to try the PSAT for the first time, when it really don't matter for anything.

The PSAT in 11th grade is "for profit" because the junior year PSAT is the only year it counts for the National Merit Scholarship.  If you have a particularly smart 11th grader, they may score high enough to get the National Merit Scholarship.  Otherwise, the PSAT is just great practice for the SAT in the spring.  Either way, it's a great opportunity. It can estimate your score on the SAT, and help you figure out which colleges might be a good fit in the future.

I don't usually recommend the PSAT in 9th grade.  At that age, most kids don't have the amount of math they need to score well.  Since they can't do well, I worry that kids will develop a test phobia, from being forced to take a test they when they are expected to do poorly.  Unless kids have completed geometry, taking the test in 9th grade may do more harm than good.

If you want to learn more about the PSAT, this article will help: Take the PSAT for Fun and Profit



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