Homeschool Planning: Skipping Middle School

If your child is starting middle school, it is recommended that you incorporate ‘skipping middle school’ in your homeschool planning with your child. I did this recently with my 11-year old. He knows his weak areas and he knows his strong areas. I had told him that we would have a meeting and discuss his homeschool plan for the upcoming year together. So as I sat with two small whiteboards, he brought up ‘skipping middle school’. It was a term that has been permeating and infusing our home for a…

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Scholarships for College

A dear friend inquired about scholarships and grants for college. This is what I responded to him. Main resources for scholarships: Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): This is a must. Ace the National Standardized Tests such as SAT and ACT: Universities put weights on these scores. This is especially important for homeschoolers to know where their homeschool grades really compare to regular schools. PSAT/NMSQT: Usually taken as a junior. Many don’t take this exam, which is a huge oversight. ACT & SAT: For all these exams, we may…

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Technology in the Homeschool Classroom

Education is no longer about rote learning or memorizing details and facts. Our children still need to develop fundamental skills such as reading and writing but, in reality, we are living in a time when learners need to take a more active role in their own education. Children need to be engaged; they need to develop and learn skills that the outdated, “traditional Industrial Revolution education system” and passive learning style, can no longer provide them with. We need to redefine standards and curriculum. We need to ask ourselves exactly…

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Navigating the World of High School Transcripts

The high school transcript is one of those things that may trigger anxiety at the thought of homeschooling high school. Fear not. All it takes is educating oneself about it, and seeking resources that can aid in navigating it, especially for college applications. If your homeschooled high schooler is doing dual credit classes at the local community college, you should have 3 different transcripts; The Mommy Transcript, The Dual Credit Transcript, and The Official High School Transcript. Otherwise, you only have to deal with two transcripts; The Mommy Transcript and…

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