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Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about navigating the college admissions process with your homeschool student? If this is your first time helping a child get admitted to college, you don’t know all the details and requirements. In fact, we’ve sent two of our kids off to college so far and now that our …

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Insecurity is a monster every homeschool mom faces. For some of you, insecurity might plague you through every step of your homeschool journey. I’d be lying if I told you I’d never felt insecure about my ability to accomplish this task. However, never decide you cannot homeschool your children because you feel insecure. You are …

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Homeschooled children can graduate from high school, attend college, join the military or enter the work force. Going to college or onto other paths that require a high school diploma isn't much of an issue these days because homeschooling is now accepted and HSLDA continues to work in all 50 states to ensure Americans have the right to homeschool. Without attending a traditional high school, many people unfamiliar with homeschooling ask how the process works.

If a child has been homeschooled, the parent issues the diploma and creates the transcript. This is shocking to those unfamiliar with homeschooling, but the parent has served as the teacher and is the person most knowledgeable of what the student has accomplished. Before the 1990's when homeschooling was less common this practice was resisted by many institutions. As homeschooling has become more common, transcripts and diplomas issued by parents became accepted. This is because HSLDA (Homeschooling Legal Defense Association) has consistently challenged practices that exclude homeschool students, and homeschool students have proven themselves again and again to be proficient and competent members of society.

When a homeschool student graduates from high school they graduate from homeschool and not public school. If the student has taken any external classes it is important to include them on the transcript. Homeschool students regularly attend elective courses at local high schools, and take classes at community college and tech centers. Some students are graded by others through homeschool co-op classes or have taken community center courses such as first aid. When these external courses are included in the transcript, the courses graded by the parent begin to carry more weight with those skeptical of a homeschool transcript.



When applying to college a student's homeschool transcript should include all of the classes taken at every institution. In addition official transcripts from the high school and other institutions should be included with the application. Transcripts may include a very traditional list of classes, but may also include unique classes taken by the student. For example, the homeschooled child who is a cooking master should have a culinary credit on the transcript. Any topic that the child has spent a significant amount of time learning should be included on the transcript. Other examples include cake decorating, computer networking, or mythology. 1 credit equals approximately 120 hours of work.

Because homeschooling is a non-traditional educational path, many homeschool students earn college credit through CLEP and AP exams. These credits should also be listed on the transcript. Here is an example high school transcript from my daughter who currently attends Michigan Technological University.


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This is an ironic welcome post, because it is also serving as my final post on Highhill Education. After homeschooling for 14 years I have one child in college, and two in high school. I'm still homeschooling, but have really said all I have to say. With out a doubt homeschooling has been a huge success for our family. Although there have been ups and downs along the way, we (and I'm including myself) have learned so much and are continuing to learn. Each of my children has developed a love of learning, a fantastic work ethic, and many skills they will use throughout their lives.

My oldest graduated from Highhill Education, and is in her second year of college studying mechanical and biomedical engineering. She has a internship job lined up for this summer where she will be working in an injection molding group and a co-op job lined up for Jan-Aug of the following year where she will be working for a company that designs orthodontic devices. My younger two are still finishing up high school and following in her footsteps of success.

While homeschooling my husband and I created two products which are still available through this blog. Speed! is a skip-counting card game that helps children learn to multiply. Johnny's Jelly Bean Tacos is a book my husband wrote and my girls and I illustrated.

I hope you find this blog a source of inspiration, free unit studies and activity ideas, and a resource for answering homeschooling questions. Links to some of the most popular posts can be found from the tabs above, but there many more posts embedded in the blog if you feel like browsing.

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As a Homeschool mom I am always trying to find fun and comfortable alternatives for our homeschool room.  Having a great desk and comfortable seating can really make a difference. My kids love to lounge when reading and studying material. 

Image result for Furniture.com logo

Furniture.com has amazing homeschool room ideas. In their most recent post, " The Right Place for Homework", they shared a lot of ideas to create a space for kids that is comfortable and useful at the same time. 

I loved reading through this post as it had some really great ideas like having easy access to the supplies a child might need when doing their school work or homework. 

I also enjoyed the tips on how important natural light is as well as having a computer at eye level and to be sure light isn't reflecting off the screen. 

I really just wanted to share this site with you all as I found it really informational and it has everything on the site that you could ever possibly need for an amazing homeschool room. Not only do they write amazing articles on how to make a space work perfectly they also offer a website that is easy to navigate and search for products right from their website! 

I definitely plan to utilize it more as I start to change our school room into a more comfortable space for my boys!

Go take a peek around the site and come back and tell me what you found that will change your homeschool room and make it better?



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If you are just starting out homeschooling it can be very overwhelming when choosing curriculum. I am entering my 3rd year of buying curriculum, and I finally feel that I have found what works for my family. Go into it knowing that what you chose may or may not work and always be ready to make changes. 

Over the past 2 years I have started each year thinking I found the perfect curriculum for my kids. To only get a few months in and realize it's not working. Then I have to find a way to get something that will work. It can be frustrating or overwhelming, but once you find what works and your child's learning style it gets better! 

My oldest has always hated Math. I started him the first year using Saxon, because I felt I would be able to teach it to his understanding level. It worked but he still hated it. Then I decided to look at his interests. He loves video games and computer time. Why not find a program that will meet his interests while learning. So we started using Teaching Textbooks. It has been a totally different and pleasing year with Math! He loves it and we will continue to use it.

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I also learned that minimal curriculum is better. Becoming a minimalist and realizing that less is more has been a blessing in disguise. Our first year I felt I needed to focus on just the basic subjects and we managed to get through them. This year I decided we needed to have writing, handwriting, spelling, geography and all this extra curriculum, which almost seemed like busy work in the end. I ended up setting it all aside and finding something that had it all mixed in and wasn't so overwhelming. We started using The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts and fell in love with this curriculum. We used the Science curriculum also and I could go on and on about how much we love this curriculum! It's very open and go, and they have just made it so easy to teach without stressing about all these extra subjects. 

Image result for The Good and The Beautiful

It just goes to show that you can think you have it all figured out but they are kids and they will through curve balls at you. Interests will change and curriculum will need to be changed. If you go into it knowing this it helps when the stress of making a change has to happen. 

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by Marcia Washburn, The Old Schoolhouse As Christian parents, we are eager for our children to serve God wholeheartedly. Our mission is to help our children develop their God-given life messages and to learn how He wants them to share these messages with the world.  In a sense, we are all missionaries. We are all […]

The post Growing Mission-Minded Children appeared first on Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California, Inc..

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by Rebecca Kocsis Isn’t it a wonder how we as homeschool parents can be so intentional about raising our children and yet completely neglect ourselves?  I guess it shouldn’t be. As homeschool mothers we are consumed with the many needs of our families. We are mindful of what they eat and drink, what they read […]

The post Homeschool Mom Self-Care: Your 60-Year-Old Self Will Thank You appeared first on Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California, Inc..

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Cooking is a valuable life skill. There are many benefits to teaching your child how to cook from a young age, not just giving them the ability to make their meals when they leave home. Homeschooling in the kitchen is such a natural way to teach your children. Additionally, the skills they learn will help […]

The post Homeschooling in the Kitchen appeared first on A MOTHER'S RANDOM THOUGHTS.

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Tips for Helping Your Autistic Homeschooler Focus Homeschooling your child is a wonderful decision, especially for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It opens up many opportunities, but this at-home approach to learning does have its ups and downs. Parents have to learn how to handle distracted children, and all involved can feel overwhelmed in the process. However, these tips will help both your […]

The post Tips for Helping Your Autistic Homeschooler Focus appeared first on A MOTHER'S RANDOM THOUGHTS.

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Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about navigating the college admissions process with your homeschool student? If this is your first time helping a child get admitted to college, you don’t know all the details and requirements. In fact, we’ve sent two of our kids off to college so far and now that our …

Understanding the College Admissions Process Read More »

The post Understanding the College Admissions Process appeared first on Old School Homeschool.

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Insecurity is a monster every homeschool mom faces. For some of you, insecurity might plague you through every step of your homeschool journey. I’d be lying if I told you I’d never felt insecure about my ability to accomplish this task. However, never decide you cannot homeschool your children because you feel insecure. You are …

Tired of feeling insecure as a homeschool mom? Read More »

The post Tired of feeling insecure as a homeschool mom? appeared first on Old School Homeschool.

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Homeschooled children can graduate from high school, attend college, join the military or enter the work force. Going to college or onto other paths that require a high school diploma isn't much of an issue these days because homeschooling is now accepted and HSLDA continues to work in all 50 states to ensure Americans have the right to homeschool. Without attending a traditional high school, many people unfamiliar with homeschooling ask how the process works.

If a child has been homeschooled, the parent issues the diploma and creates the transcript. This is shocking to those unfamiliar with homeschooling, but the parent has served as the teacher and is the person most knowledgeable of what the student has accomplished. Before the 1990's when homeschooling was less common this practice was resisted by many institutions. As homeschooling has become more common, transcripts and diplomas issued by parents became accepted. This is because HSLDA (Homeschooling Legal Defense Association) has consistently challenged practices that exclude homeschool students, and homeschool students have proven themselves again and again to be proficient and competent members of society.

When a homeschool student graduates from high school they graduate from homeschool and not public school. If the student has taken any external classes it is important to include them on the transcript. Homeschool students regularly attend elective courses at local high schools, and take classes at community college and tech centers. Some students are graded by others through homeschool co-op classes or have taken community center courses such as first aid. When these external courses are included in the transcript, the courses graded by the parent begin to carry more weight with those skeptical of a homeschool transcript.



When applying to college a student's homeschool transcript should include all of the classes taken at every institution. In addition official transcripts from the high school and other institutions should be included with the application. Transcripts may include a very traditional list of classes, but may also include unique classes taken by the student. For example, the homeschooled child who is a cooking master should have a culinary credit on the transcript. Any topic that the child has spent a significant amount of time learning should be included on the transcript. Other examples include cake decorating, computer networking, or mythology. 1 credit equals approximately 120 hours of work.

Because homeschooling is a non-traditional educational path, many homeschool students earn college credit through CLEP and AP exams. These credits should also be listed on the transcript. Here is an example high school transcript from my daughter who currently attends Michigan Technological University.


Rss

This is an ironic welcome post, because it is also serving as my final post on Highhill Education. After homeschooling for 14 years I have one child in college, and two in high school. I'm still homeschooling, but have really said all I have to say. With out a doubt homeschooling has been a huge success for our family. Although there have been ups and downs along the way, we (and I'm including myself) have learned so much and are continuing to learn. Each of my children has developed a love of learning, a fantastic work ethic, and many skills they will use throughout their lives.

My oldest graduated from Highhill Education, and is in her second year of college studying mechanical and biomedical engineering. She has a internship job lined up for this summer where she will be working in an injection molding group and a co-op job lined up for Jan-Aug of the following year where she will be working for a company that designs orthodontic devices. My younger two are still finishing up high school and following in her footsteps of success.

While homeschooling my husband and I created two products which are still available through this blog. Speed! is a skip-counting card game that helps children learn to multiply. Johnny's Jelly Bean Tacos is a book my husband wrote and my girls and I illustrated.

I hope you find this blog a source of inspiration, free unit studies and activity ideas, and a resource for answering homeschooling questions. Links to some of the most popular posts can be found from the tabs above, but there many more posts embedded in the blog if you feel like browsing.

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As a Homeschool mom I am always trying to find fun and comfortable alternatives for our homeschool room.  Having a great desk and comfortable seating can really make a difference. My kids love to lounge when reading and studying material. 

Image result for Furniture.com logo

Furniture.com has amazing homeschool room ideas. In their most recent post, " The Right Place for Homework", they shared a lot of ideas to create a space for kids that is comfortable and useful at the same time. 

I loved reading through this post as it had some really great ideas like having easy access to the supplies a child might need when doing their school work or homework. 

I also enjoyed the tips on how important natural light is as well as having a computer at eye level and to be sure light isn't reflecting off the screen. 

I really just wanted to share this site with you all as I found it really informational and it has everything on the site that you could ever possibly need for an amazing homeschool room. Not only do they write amazing articles on how to make a space work perfectly they also offer a website that is easy to navigate and search for products right from their website! 

I definitely plan to utilize it more as I start to change our school room into a more comfortable space for my boys!

Go take a peek around the site and come back and tell me what you found that will change your homeschool room and make it better?



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If you are just starting out homeschooling it can be very overwhelming when choosing curriculum. I am entering my 3rd year of buying curriculum, and I finally feel that I have found what works for my family. Go into it knowing that what you chose may or may not work and always be ready to make changes. 

Over the past 2 years I have started each year thinking I found the perfect curriculum for my kids. To only get a few months in and realize it's not working. Then I have to find a way to get something that will work. It can be frustrating or overwhelming, but once you find what works and your child's learning style it gets better! 

My oldest has always hated Math. I started him the first year using Saxon, because I felt I would be able to teach it to his understanding level. It worked but he still hated it. Then I decided to look at his interests. He loves video games and computer time. Why not find a program that will meet his interests while learning. So we started using Teaching Textbooks. It has been a totally different and pleasing year with Math! He loves it and we will continue to use it.

Image result for math sybols

I also learned that minimal curriculum is better. Becoming a minimalist and realizing that less is more has been a blessing in disguise. Our first year I felt I needed to focus on just the basic subjects and we managed to get through them. This year I decided we needed to have writing, handwriting, spelling, geography and all this extra curriculum, which almost seemed like busy work in the end. I ended up setting it all aside and finding something that had it all mixed in and wasn't so overwhelming. We started using The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts and fell in love with this curriculum. We used the Science curriculum also and I could go on and on about how much we love this curriculum! It's very open and go, and they have just made it so easy to teach without stressing about all these extra subjects. 

Image result for The Good and The Beautiful

It just goes to show that you can think you have it all figured out but they are kids and they will through curve balls at you. Interests will change and curriculum will need to be changed. If you go into it knowing this it helps when the stress of making a change has to happen. 

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by Marcia Washburn, The Old Schoolhouse As Christian parents, we are eager for our children to serve God wholeheartedly. Our mission is to help our children develop their God-given life messages and to learn how He wants them to share these messages with the world.  In a sense, we are all missionaries. We are all […]

The post Growing Mission-Minded Children appeared first on Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California, Inc..

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by Rebecca Kocsis Isn’t it a wonder how we as homeschool parents can be so intentional about raising our children and yet completely neglect ourselves?  I guess it shouldn’t be. As homeschool mothers we are consumed with the many needs of our families. We are mindful of what they eat and drink, what they read […]

The post Homeschool Mom Self-Care: Your 60-Year-Old Self Will Thank You appeared first on Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California, Inc..

Rss

Cooking is a valuable life skill. There are many benefits to teaching your child how to cook from a young age, not just giving them the ability to make their meals when they leave home. Homeschooling in the kitchen is such a natural way to teach your children. Additionally, the skills they learn will help […]

The post Homeschooling in the Kitchen appeared first on A MOTHER'S RANDOM THOUGHTS.

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Tips for Helping Your Autistic Homeschooler Focus Homeschooling your child is a wonderful decision, especially for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It opens up many opportunities, but this at-home approach to learning does have its ups and downs. Parents have to learn how to handle distracted children, and all involved can feel overwhelmed in the process. However, these tips will help both your […]

The post Tips for Helping Your Autistic Homeschooler Focus appeared first on A MOTHER'S RANDOM THOUGHTS.