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The "How-To's" of the High School Transcript, Homeschool Edition (Electives - Dual Enrollment - Credit Hours - All The Things)

If you are homeschooling your children during the high school years, you want to do it well.

And that includes creating a high-quality transcript. As in, the very BEST homeschool high school transcript.

In this post, I'm not going to give you a transcript template or form. And I'm not going to recommend or review a high school transcript service or provider for homeschoolers (although I have done that in a prior post ~ and I will link to that post below).

What I am going to do is share with you a session I created covering this topic in great detail for a homeschool conference. You can watch the presentation in it's entirety, no strings attached, for free (and it was not "for free" via the conference!)

It's technically about electives in the homeschool ~ but I covered a lot of ground, including dual enrollment, transcripts, what counts as credit for college, how to calculate credit hours, and more.

So if that sounds like something that you would like to check…
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How a Mom of 5 Deals with Daily Chores & Homeschooling

How to manage the daily maintenance and running of your home while maintaining a successful homeschool is one of the greatest challenges the home educating mother will face. It's not just about time management when you live this unique lifestyle; I would venture to say it's actually about maintaining the sanity of everyone who lives and learns within the four walls known as both "HOME" and "SCHOOL".

I am the mom of five wonderful children. Which means that we had seven people and three dogs living in the same space. Which was the same space we were using for our children's education on a daily basis. And as an average middle-class family living on one income, our house was for sure a home and most certainly not above average (read that: we did not have space for a homeschool room that was separate from the kitchen table...)

Nobody knows how to make a whole lot fit into not a whole lot of space like a homeschooler, am I right? But managing to fit a schoo…

Plan Big...!

Ahh, September.

Such a great month for homeschoolers ~ those first days of a new academic year hold a very special place in my heart. While so many mothers were sending their kids "away" after the summer break, I was blessed to get to spend even more time with mine.

September represents so many wonderful memories for me. And I hope it does for you, too.

I usually spent a part of my summer planning the upcoming school year & the kids could choose new school supplies and even some of their coursework based on their interests. They could decide what extracurricular activities they wanted to participate in during the fall months, and sure enough, year after year, the big picture would come together.

The years when I planned BIG were probably my favorite ~ not because I enjoy a challenge (I seriously don't think that describes me at all) and not because I wanted to see my children get as much done as they possibly could. It was because those years were usually the ones wh…

How Do I Make This Homeschool Thing Actually "Fly"...

So here you are. A mom, probably in your mid-thirties. It's August, which probably means you are kicking off your family's homeschool year. And you are most likely a bit uncertain as to how to actually make this whole thing work.

How do I know this? Because for the last 25 or so years, I have been doing this whole thing. And to use an overused phrase, let me just say that THE STRUGGLE ACTUALLY IS REAL!
"Momming/Homeschooling"

Now if you happen to be that mom who is ultra squared-away, I take my hat off to you. Please, teach the rest of us your ways! We all need some help from the mom gurus and homeschool super heroes living in our midst. Share often via social media and blog posts and through good old-fashioned face-to-face conversations. Your knowledge and wisdom and insight is so much needed!

But for the rest of us - the ones struggling to get the laundry folded the same week it was laundered and wondering how many times pancakes can be on the dinner menu in the sa…

Let the Word of God Work for Your Homeschool

When is the last time you thought about the truth that any problem you might have ~ today or in the future ~ is answerable per the Word of God?

I'm not just saying this because it's the right thing for a Christian to say; I truly believe it! There is an answer to any and all problems and struggles you will encounter in this life. The answer is alive ~ the answer is Jesus.

And since John 1:1 tells us that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... I  can dig into my Bible to find out how Jesus wants to be the solution for my current need or problem.

This carries over into our homeschools, too.

Any struggle your child may face, academic or otherwise, Jesus is the answer and the Bible is His love letter to your child/ren. No matter the circumstance, help is available. It isn't hidden away somewhere, locked up & shrouded in mystery. It isn't even all that difficult to obtain. God is not holding out on you. He is not holding out on…

Some Tasks Are Long in the Doing...

"There is something infinitely better than doing a great thing for God, and the infinitely better thing is to be where God wants us to be, to do what God wants us to do, and to have no will apart from His." - G. Campbell Morgan



Homeschooling.

Whew! Homeschooling is a long, long road, isn't it?

It is always tempting to consider giving up when a task is so long in the doing. But what benefit ever comes from quitting? What great gain can there be from taking a break? or from stopping altogether?

Homeschooling may not seem to be the "big thing" that you have always desired to accomplish for the Lord. It may seem tempting to consider setting it aside for some greater work for the Kingdom.



But may I advise you to choose carefully ~ to consider wisely ~ whether or not this is actually the truth. It is always best to be right where God wants you, in the exact spot He has placed you, doing something that is slow and steady, than to be outside of His will doing something…

A Little Romans 8:6 For Your Day

Romans 8:6b - ...but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 

A mind controlled by the world - by the flesh - by the enemy of God is a mind filled with chaos and unease. It's sort of like your mental state is comparable to a bag full of cats. Not a pleasant way to go through daily life, is it? But most of us have dealt with a messed-up mindset at one point or another.

In contrast, the mark of the Spirit's control of your mind is life and peace.

Having God's peace means having a sense of inner calm, regardless of circumstances, coupled with the ability to hear from the Lord and think clearly. It is the opposite of a panicked mind filled with jumbled thoughts and stressful ponderings.

We can pray to have a peaceful mind, knowing that this is God's will for us. (He has no desire to see any of His children living with an out-of-control mind.)

There is also the promise of life when the Holy Spirit controls one's mind. Life is the opposite of death. Deadly tho…

Perhaps the Problem is...

"The world expects, and rightly, that the Christian should be more gentle, and patient, and generous, than he who does not profess to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus." ~ Mark Guy Pearse


Well, well, well...that's a stiff drink of truth for me today! Sometimes I read something and it just pierces my heart & I know that, now that I have seen it, I cannot un-see it. The above quote is a great example.

Truth cuts right through all the nonsense and brings our excuses out of the murky darkness and into the cold but clarifying light of day. The truth is powerful and can inspire change where it is needed...so long as we let the Lord work out His will based on the truths He has shown us.

So how does this quote relate to homeschooling women?

Mothers cannot be screaming at their children and acting out in a rage and still believe that the world sees Christ when it looks at them. Mothers cannot openly ignore their children when they are misbehaving, nor when they cry out with a n…

Working on a Homeschool Transcript?

Homeschooling throughout your child's high school years can be intimidating. Daunting. Freaky-Friday scary. 
So much feels as if it is resting squarely upon your shoulders, homeschooling mom. 
And just one aspect of this overwhelming endeavor is the transcript.
But, thankfully, this one piece of your child's high school career does not have to be enormously difficult. We have the opportunity to learn from homeschoolers who have walked this path before us ~ and having the way paved ahead of me made me a lot less nervous about creating transcripts for my five children. 
Here are a few tips for you as you work on transcripts:
     ~ Use a transcript generating program if you need to.
               There are a variety of online programs available to the homeschooling community with varying price ranges and options, which means you should be able to find one that works for you. The benefit of an online program is that all your child's info is saved remotely, making the odds t…

The 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference ~ The Homeschool/Work-At-Home/Blogging Event of the Year!

This is it! It's finally here! Go time, ladies & gentlemen!

The 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference is now open for business - beginning today (May 28th, 2018) you can buy tickets for this unique event.

Here are some details:

     The conference will take place entirely online ~ no lines, no traveling, no extra expenses for eating out or childcare ~ you could even attend this conference in your pajamas if you wanted to!

     There are two conference options ~ the Homeschool Mom track or the Work-At-Home/Blogger track ~ AND you also have the option of taking advantage of both tracks for one low price!

2018 Homeschool Moms Conference All-Access Pass ~ early bird price of $25

     The conference officially kicks off on June 4th, 2018 but you have access to an early-bird price if you sign up before June 3rd!

     The early bird price is...$15 for either the Homeschool Mom track or the Work-At-Home/blogger track OR $25 for both tracks! That's something like 20 cents per session - t…