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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

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

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 th