When your children reach high
school, do you need to seek accreditation for your
homeschool? I know homeschoolers that pay a lot of money for
accredited transcripts, but how important is that, anyway? My
article "High School
Accreditation: Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will explain
everything, and you'll feel completely confident after you read
Time for a Treat?
to the MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati and register for a
chance to win this gift basket! Win a Porter &
Lane® Gift Basket! This delicious basket has
something to tempt everyone in the family! Raspberry Tea
Cookies, Sweet Berry Dried Fruit & Nut Mix, Fancy Fruit Hard
Candies, Dulce De Leche Cookies, Fruit Punch Drink Mix, Latte Latte
Hard Candies, Chocolate Fudge Squares, Key Lime Cookies, and 4 Assorted
Tea Sachets in a Handled Picnic Basket with Lid. Register to
win by visiting my booth at the MidWest Homeschool Convention in
Cincinnati! More information.
If you can't come to Cincinnati, how about attending an Online
Homeschool Conference for FREE? I'm
going to be speaking at the Schoolhouse Expo this year, and I have a
free ticket to give away! If you would like to win this ticket, please
leave a comment on this blog post:
Win a Free Ticket to
the Old Schoolhouse Expo
Not Certified Angus Beef
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
We have all been conditioned to think that when something is labeled
"certified" or "accredited," it is somehow superior to those things
that are not. While this might be true for "Certified Angus
Beef," it is not necessarily true for education.
Learn all about it:
- Unaccredited Public Schools
- Unaccredited Homeschool
- Accredited Public Schools
- Homeschool Accreditation
- Official or Accredited
differences can save you a LOT of money!
Read the article online
Accreditation: Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College
Admission and Scholarships
by Lee Binz
Parents who consider
homeschooling their children through high school are often consumed by
insecurity: "Are we ruining their college chances?"
Well, worry no more! When it
comes to college admissions and scholarships, homeschoolers have what
the colleges are looking for! Setting the Records Straight will
provide you the tools and information you need to create homeschool
records will perfectly document your amazing homeschool education in a
way that will demand attention. You CAN craft high school transcripts
and records that gain choice college admission and win BIG scholarships.
Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, has
helped thousands of parents create outstanding homeschool transcripts
and records. Her proven system will teach you how to present your child
to colleges in the best possible light. You'll learn:
- How to build a winning
homeschool transcript, regardless of your homeschool methods or style.
- How to create credible grades
and credits, even if you don't give tests
- How to provide the exact
records the colleges are looking for.
combines my "Sample Comprehensive Record," "The Easy Truth
About Homeschool Transcripts," and "The Easy Truth About
Course Descriptions," which has not been released for sale
are Saying about
"Setting the Records Straight"
"This is a must-read for those
of us planning to homeschool through high school. If you are thinking
about high school records, this book will answer all your questions!"
- Heidi Strawser, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
"This book was the most VALUABLE
tool I've seen on the nuts and bolts of transcripts and course
descriptions! You literally answered EVERY question that came to mind."
- Lori MacMath, Heart of the Matter Magazine
"With humor, understanding, and
simple step-by-step instructions, you'll be encouraged and equipped to
consolidate your educational experiences with excellence."
- Ann Dunagan, Author of The Mission Minded Family
Getting the BIG
I received the sweetest hand-written note and gift card from my client
Janice, sharing some wonderful news! Thank you, Janice!
Gold Care Club
Janice and Tom
Thank you so much for your advice, your website, your information, and
all you do to help homeschoolers. Just "having you there"
gave us the confidence to navigate through this college application
process. We had purchased your DVD on "Getting the Big
Scholarships" and found that extremely helpful, as well. Our
son, David, has been awarded a full-ride scholarship! We are
celebrating this and want to include you and show our appreciation.
Sherry in Washington
Lee, you are a wealth of knowledge! I just love this Gold Care Club!
I'm making adjustments to the transcript, and I have a couple more
questions for next week's phone consultation. Thanks for all
the web links and CLEP testing information. I think you're an
incredible woman, and I feel so blessed that God has provided me with such wise counsel.
Amanda in Washington
The HomeScholar is like the Homeschooling
Parents' Cheerleader. She offers a free
newsletter and blog (which I am loving). She does
consultations and some instructional materials for parents re:
homeschooling high school. I've known a handful of people
who've used her services and
they loved it and recommend it whole heartedly. While her
family is Christian, her wisdom is universal.
bless you for your heart!
I am POSITIVE that your info came across my computer at this point for
a reason! Thank you for all of this
help! I appreciate your time and encouragement! Thanks for
letting me know that other moms of young kids are asking the same
thing! It is great to know that I am normal to wonder! Thank you for
reminding me that my kids were chosen for me! You are an encourager for
sure and I sooooooooooooo appreciate having met you! ~
Amanda, mother of preschooler and kindergartner
Save Money on Gold Care Club
We have experienced tremendous growth in the Gold Care Club over the
last 6 months. Part of the reason is the enhanced
content we have added, including monthly members-only webinars and
additional tools and helps. In order to provide continued
quality service, we have decided to limit the number of members in the
Gold Care Club to 400. For that reason, it is necessary for
us to raise our prices to $47 per month effective on April 4th.
Great news, though! Until
Saturday April 3rd you can continue to join the Gold Care Club for the
low price of $27 per month, and you will be locked into
that price for as long as you retain your membership, with no increases
ever! You can take advantage of this personal attention and
support available to all Gold Care Club members while saving money each
Start Class: Keys to High School Success
Preparing to Homeschool High School Hour 1
Intermediate Class: Record Keeping
Advanced Class: Gifted Education
Encouragement: Bizymoms.com Expert Interview
Course Description: American Literature and Composition
Webinar on April 13th: Making the Grades
Webinar: Planning High School Courses
Learn about the Gold Care Club and what is included here:
Are you having your homeschool convention in your state?
you like some brochures? If you would like
HomeScholar brochures and information for your support group or
convention - large or small - please hit reply to this email and let me
know your address and how many to send. I'll be glad to
You Like Some Brochures?
If you would like to support
homeschoolers through high school, I'll be glad to help!
Please hit "reply" to this email to request some brochures and I'll be
glad to send you some! Just provide your address and let me
know how many you want.
This could be great encouragement for your coop or homeschool support
Thank you for encouraging
is what we are working on
We hope to have our new homeschool solution available in May.
Designed to help parents with course descriptions and comprehensive
homeschool records, this solution will give you all the training,
information, and templates you need!
are working very hard to get these homeschool helps to you as soon as
Videos Require Work
Homeschooling high school is
a lot like exercise videos. You can buy everything you need,
but it's not going to do you any good unless you USE the products.
Please make your transcript today! It's spring, and I'm starting to get
those calls from parents with a senior in high school. Three
today. Full panic mode. Remember: Failure is an option if you never
make a transcript (even for great homeschool kids and wonderful
Read blog post
Homeschool Convention Cincinnati
April 8-10, 2010
"Making a Transcript"
"Grades and Credits"
"Homeschool High School for Excellence"
Expo Online Conference
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Online conference
May 12-14, 2010
"Making a Transcript"
WA Homeschool Organization
of the Matter
Parenting and Home Education Conference
August 9-13. I'm speaking August 12
11:30 CST/9:30 PST
Contact me if you need a speaker for your support group or convention
next year. Email Lee
In the News
Top 10 Myths About
With homeschooling on the rise, it shouldn't take long for tired
stereotypes of homeschooling to fall by the wayside. In the meantime,
take a look at these ten myths about homeschooling to learn how to
separate the fact from fiction.
Read the article
"Increasing Number Of Parents
To Have Children School-Homed"
"According to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of
Education, an increasing number of American parents are choosing to
have their children raised at school rather than at home."
The Onion is a very tongue-in-cheek newsletter that my political
science aficionado just loves. He shared this article with
me, and I hope it will make you laugh. Suitable April Fools Day fair!
Read The Onion
Attending College When You've
Never Been to High School
"Home school graduates need only to demonstrate that they have
successfully completed a secondary school education in a home school
setting and have met state law requirements. No college may refuse
admittance based on the argument that these graduates are under
compulsory attendance age"
Read the article
Top Home-school Texts Dismiss
"Christian-based materials dominate a growing home-school education
market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the
U.S." Not everyone is happy about that trend.
"Those who don't (believe in creation) however, often feel isolated and
frustrated from trying to find a textbook that fits their beliefs."
Read the article
Written by Dr. Jay Wile
Dr. Wile's Blog
UC schools may not accept Christian textbooks.
Read textbook policy
Course Approval info
My advice? Always use what works for your family.
My review of Apologia
Make your transcript. Transcript Help
Make your transcript. I think I just said that...
Make your transcript. Am I repeating myself?
I hope you have your transcript done. You will need to update
it again in June. You can also order your diploma:
you sensing a theme? Please work on your transcript this
Fun for the Littles
Know Your States
This is a great
way to study the States! It's an online puzzle, and you place
place state at a time until you complete a map of the entire United
States. I won't confess my score - but I'm a public school
kid, remember! My children can do this much better than I
can! Have fun!
Know Your States