TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: Homeschooling and the College Admissions Process

Successfully Navigating the College Admissions Process

by THSM Contributor

Despite all of the benefits of homeschooling, many students (and parents!) can feel apprehension when it comes time to apply for college. The college admissions process is not easy for anyone, but homeschooled students can put their best foot forward and know what to expect by following these tips.

Kids Learn by Blogging Unit Studies

Kids Blogging Unit Studies

by Jeanne Faulconer

What do you get when your child combines a unit study and notebooking with a blog?

You get the homeschool version of a Virtual Learning Environment (a fancy way of saying learning that is enhanced by the Internet).

Homeschooling parents can use what they already know about unit studies and notebooking to have their children create their own unit study blogs on specific topics — their own VLE’s.

TheHomeSchoolMom: Edspeak

EdSpeak or Educationese for Progress Reports

by Mary Ann Kelley

Learning activities that we once knew by simple names have been given new industry-generated names in recent years that are supposed to be more descriptive of subtle differences. Called “edspeak” or “educationese”, these words or phrases are often used by professional educators. If you are required to file some form of proof of progress to your school district, you may find some of these terms helpful in describing your child’s activities. Additionally, if you are working with a school system because your child has an IEP, the ability to understand the language commonly used by professional educators is helpful.

Homeschool Guide to High School Grades, Credits & Transcripts

A Homeschool Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts

by Mary Ann Kelley

If you didn’t have a chance to attend our free webinar ,"A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts", the full webinar recording is now online. Lee Binz of TheHomeScholar covers a variety of topics and spends over 45 minutes answering participants’ questions at the end of the webinar, so be sure to listen to the Q&A session as well as the presentation itself.

Transcripts and Delight-Directed Learning

Transcripts and Delight-Directed Learning

by THSM Contributor

Some people just aren’t textbook people! What do you do if your homeschooler learns by living, instead of studying textbooks? What if your child soaks up knowledge like a sponge, without being directed in any way? Can you still create a serious-looking high school transcript?

High School Graduation Checklist for Homeschoolers

High School Graduation Checklist

by THSM Contributor

Parents can provide a college preparation during high school for every student, which can benefit every child. If they ultimately don’t go to college, then your homeschool education will be the only education they get. Make it great! They’ll be well prepared for life and their civic responsibilities. Plus, if they ever change their mind and decide to go to college, they will have a much easier time getting in. On the other hand, some parents know early on that their children are college bound. For them, a college prep education can influence the quality of the colleges they get admitted to. College preparation can benefit everyone!

Homeschool Accreditation

by THSM Contributor

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. Homeschoolers seem to have certain fears in common, and one major fears is how […]

Homeschool Record-Keeping and Organizing

by THSM Contributor

1 – BE PREPARED AND ORGANIZED – in how your home operates and in presentation of lesson work on a daily basis. You’re on top of it, not it on top of you! Helps you prepare for the academics you want to teach; have materials on hand for creative projects that you OR the kids […]