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Homeschool Transcript Yikes

Homeschool Transcript Yikes
Sometimes messages come by Facebook, but other times I get them on the phone, by email,  or on my blog.  It usually goes something like this:
"Yikes-please help fast! Transcript due tomorrow and I am on the fence with this one......How do we count a European home stay for a month on a high school transcript? How much credit? Never encountered this one....."
Angela on Facebook

Believe me, I've heard it all.  I never feel judgmental at all, because I really KNOW what it's like to be overwhelmed by life and caught off--guard by a sudden realization like that.  In fact, that's what my life is like right now, as I prepare for the wedding in a couple of weeks!

"Yikes-please help fast! Catering count due tomorrow and I don't have all my RSVPs......How do we count people who haven't responded?  Never encountered  this's my first son to get married in a couple of weeks!" Lee in Real Life

Yup, I'm living that "Uh Oh!" feeling right now! No judgment will be handed down by me, that's for sure!  But can I give you the secret to making sure a "Transcript Yikes" doesn't happen to you?

  1. Work on your transcript every year.

  2. Finish the transcript a month before it is due.

  3. Plan ahead to seek help.

When you work on a transcript every year, you may be faced with one or two "Yikes!" courses, but you aren't going to be faced with multiple "Yikes!" courses spanning four years of high school.

When you finish the transcript early, you have time to see help AND make an adjustment if necessary.  Put it on your calendar for a month prior before it is REALLY due.  Send yourself electronic reminders if necessary, or have a buddy nag you, so you remember to complete it on time.

Transcript questions are sometimes cut & dried, but other times complex. This particular question about counting European Home Stay for high school credit would take some time and conversation to figure out, and it depends on time spent, and lessons learned.  You may need help, and you have to plan ahead for help.  For example, right now I'm scheduling appointments three months out.

By the way, in a last minute situation like this, with no further information or time to discuss it, I suggested using it for an activity, or her activity list.  Not every educational opportunity MUST be counted for credit.  Sometimes it's OK to just call something an activity and not stress over it too much.  That's what I would suggest for a college-prep transcript that already looks full.

If you are planning ahead, things like this are great topics for a college application essay!!

You can get the Total Transcript Solution here. Then all you have to do is implement!
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Help for Bullet Point Thinkers

Help for Bullet Point Thinkers
I think in bullet points.

  • I think I was born that way

  • I prefer to write that way

  • I enjoy church sermons with bullet points

  • "Essays" are just outlines with extra words

  • I think I'm just a concrete thinker.

If you think in bullet points yourself, here are some suggestions.

I hope that helps!

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Should I Start Homeschooling?

Should I Start Homeschooling?
Where to start?  If you are just beginning to homeschool high school, where do you even begin??  I have a video called "Preparing to Homeschool High School" that is just perfect for beginners.  It's a three DVD set that will talk you through the basics.  Intended for parents that have a 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grade student, it can help parents who are looking at high school and don't know what to do about it.  The video series will talk you through the courses to provide, the tests to take, and strategies for success. 

I don't tell you what to do, I give you the information to make informed decisions for yourself.  If you are just beginning to homeschool high school, or if you know someone who is, this would be just perfect! 


Homeschooling is NOT the same as doing schoolwork at home.  There is LOTS of freedom!  My Gold Care Club will give you all the help you need to succeed!
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Where do I start?

Where do I start?
A mom wrote to me asking where to start.  As the parent of an 8th and 10th grader, she was feeling completely incompetent and needed a quick dose of you-can-do-it reality.  For beginners, I recommend the video Preparing to Homeschool High School .  It covers all the basics of how to homeschool high school, from planning courses, to giving tests.  My goal is to remove the fear of homeschooling high school, so that you can listen to your heart and NOT your fear when deciding if you can do it.  The Preparing to Homeschool High School video is about three hours long, so it's a lot like a seminar to get you up to speed quickly.  In fact, I'm actually giving a seminar in Vancouver Washington in February, with the exact same content!  If you are interested in attending the seminar in Vancouver, they have opened it up to the public.  The cost for the event is $40-$43.  For more information, click on this link.  I love doing seminars because I can answer specific questions for people.

If you feel insecure, then sometimes personal support is really the key.  When you buy the book "The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts" you get a free month of my Gold Care Club Membership site.  Try the membership for a month free, and see if that is the kind of personal support that will help.  Gold Care Club members have access to extended free private consultations every Wednesday.  You can call and talk for up to 20 minutes each week.  Some parents call each week so I can talk them through their transcript, or their college admissions.  Others call to discuss courses to teach, or fears and frustrations.  Members also get priority email support.  You can email me a questions and get a long, meaty answer.  Or you could email me a document (a transcript, course descriptions, or high school plan) and we can discuss it together on the phone.  The Gold Care Club membership is a great way to get the parent-to-parent support that can sometimes be hard to find.

I do provide support for everyone for free, as well.  I have the free monthly newsletter (which will come out on January 1st), free weekly 10 minute consultations, free daily blog support for your questions, free mini-course on "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High Schoolfree articles for your support group newsletter, "Dig Deeper" websites with in depth discussions on specific issues like Gifted Education or Record Keeping.  You can always search this blog looking for the topic you need help with.

I apologize if I sound like a commercial, but I know that some folks really do just want to know where to start, in order to get the help they need.

Nearly 1000 of you have subscribed to our free mini-course, "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School."  If it has blessed you, we would really appreciate it if you could send the link above to your yahoo group, homeschool group or forum to let others know there is help available for high school.  Thank you!
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Born to Drive You Crazy!

Born to Drive You Crazy!
It seems like a great idea when it applies to me.  When I apply it to my children, I feel a little annoyed.  Here is the Bible verse I'm talking about:
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

When I read the verse and think about how it applies to me, it makes me pretty happy.  I think about all the work I did while I was homeschooling, and how it prepared me for this job.  I think about all the experiences I've had, and how I can apply those to fit different needs for different homeschoolers.

But when I take that Bible verse and apply it to my children, suddenly my perspective changes.  Because God has created them to do good works, too.  And he prepared them in advance, like he did me.  But the end result is completely different than the end result of my experience.  They have to do THEIR thing.  They will be prepared differently than I was.  They are God's workmanship, but it feels like he used completely different tools!

Parents often understand how to get from here to there - where we are, to where we are going.  But we don't always understand exactly where our children will end up, or how to get them there.  Unfortunately, some of those annoying habits and frustrating experiences, and possibly some failures along the way, are all means to prepare our child for their OWN good works.  Our job is to let that happen.

That's the hard part;  letting it happen.  I often think how much easier it would be to parent, if we just knew our kids were supposed to grow up into to become US.  Then we could say "Stop that racket!" and know they should stop the music.  Or we could stay "Will you STOP TALKING!!!" and know they are supposed to stop talking.  But their "good works" may require loud music, or a lot of talking.  They could be doing those incredibly annoying things because they are being prepared in advance for good works using their gifts - completely different good works than we were prepared to do.

That's one of the reasons why I harp on preparing children with a rigorous curriculum.  They will be fulfilling their own good works, and it could require college.  We need to be able to prepare them for anything that God has prepared in advance for them to do.

Just four until days until our January newsletter.   This month's feature article is "A Grouch Free Guide to Grading High School English."  If you aren't on our mailing list, you can sign up here.
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How to Make a Scholarship Notebook!

How to Make a Scholarship Notebook!
Laura asks:  Wow, this is my first time to blog and I'm not sure what I am doing. Hopefully this is how & what I am supposed to do. Here's my question. I was at the Cascadia college fair where you showed a thick notebook which you had with many dividers. This notebook was a filing system used for researching scholarships and keeping track of stuff. I am wondering if you can tell me what the divided sections were that you used.

Dear Laura,

I had so much fun meeting you at the College Fair!  It was nice to see a friendly face in the audience when I spoke on "College Scholarships for High School Credit. "  My scholarship notebook is a three ring binder with dividers.  In the notebook are all the scholarships, placed in order of "due date."  The tabs were only to keep the scholarships separate, without anything special written on them.  If you put the due date on each tab that may help!  Only descriptions of the scholarships were in the notebook.

I'm planning to make the audio of that presentation available in the future, but my tech department (my sweet husband!) is a too busy preparing my e-book on transcripts right now to be distracted by anything else.  I'll be glad to explain things on the phone, if anyone else needs the information.  It takes an hour to get through the whole conversation.

Read my article: Home School High School Math - Hitting the Wall. If you do, please leave a comment.  Thanks!
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High School Graduation Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements
I saw this article in the morning paper about Washington State developing stricter criteria for graduation.

They are thinking about increasing the graduation requirements to match college admission requirements, so that more kids can go to college.  The high schools are hearing from businesses and colleges that their students are not prepared for college OR for the work force.  This is their solution to making sure the kids are educated in high school.  The problem?  They haven't set aside funds.  The plan is now going through the State Board of Education, and then it has to get through the State Legislature for funding.

I have a couple of thoughts here.  First:  don't feel like you can't do a good job of educating your children.  I know a lot of homeschoolers with a lot of different kids and styles, and I haven't seen one that wasn't prepared for either college or the work force.  Second:  recognize that our homeschools don't have the kind of bureaucracy demonstrated here.  We can change our graduation plans in minutes - just by making a decision.  We have the flexibility to take feedback and change what we do, even in the middle of a school year.

Woo Hoo!  Homeschooling works!

Learn more about how to prepare your homeschoolers for college on my “Preparing Homeschoolers for College” Dig Deeper webpage!
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