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The Myth of Too Many Dual Credits

The Myth of Too Many Dual Credits

Many parents wonder if it’s possible for their student to earn too many dual credits during high school, forcing them to enter college as a transfer student instead of a freshman. The answer is a resounding NO, but let’s explore the topic a little further for extra clarification. What is the difference between a freshman and a transfer student? The vast majority of colleges consider...

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How to Help Your Home School Student Learn a New Language This Semester

How to Help Your Home School Student Learn a New Language This Semester

Learning a foreign language may be one of the best opportunities available to high school students. Not only will it increase their confidence, but it also sharpens cognitive and communication skills, improves employment potential, and makes travel more enjoyable. Two years of studying the same language is often required at traditional four-year colleges and even though your child may be considering an alternative option for higher...

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Seven Fall Field Trip Ideas for the Whole Family

Seven Fall Field Trip Ideas for the Whole Family

With back-to-school in full swing and autumn fast approaching, it’s tempting to buckle down and hit the books every day, but if you home school, fall is the perfect time for a family field trip. The crowds have disappeared and most attractions offer off-season rates. It’s the perfect time for a little nontraditional learning. Here are 7 great field trip ideas for the whole family....

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7 Tips for Improving Your Reading Skills this Semester

7 Tips for Improving Your Reading Skills this Semester

As a dual credit student, you do a LOT of academic reading — more than the average high school student, that’s for sure. But are you retaining what you read so you can apply your new-found knowledge and ace your exams? No matter where you are in the dual credit process, you’ll find these 7 strategies helpful for improving your reading skills this semester. Turn...

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8 Surprising Ways to Earn Dual Credit in High School

8 Surprising Ways to Earn Dual Credit in High School

Did you know that you can earn college credit in high school? You may have heard of Advanced Placement classes, but some of the following ideas are obscure. Whether you homeschool, attend public school, or go to a private school, there are ways around a typical four-year college education. Here are eight surprising ways to earn college credit while in high school. 1. Take Advanced...

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5 Steps You Can Take to Prepare Your Young Kids for High School Right Now

5 Steps You Can Take to Prepare Your Young Kids for High School Right Now

As homeschooling parents, we have taken on the responsibility of loving our children unconditionally, providing for their needs, teaching them right from wrong, and helping them achieve their educational goals. This is a monumental undertaking! Not only are we charged with all the tasks of raising kids, but it’s also our job to ensure their educational success by preparing them for the best future possible....

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How to Make Sure School Happens (When Life Keeps Getting in the Way)

How to Make Sure School Happens (When Life Keeps Getting in the Way)

As homeschooling parents, we take our children’s education very seriously. We have made a monumental commitment to help them learn and grow purposely and thoughtfully from curious children into compassionate and successful adults. While education is important, we are also charged with managing a sometimes hectic household. Homeschooling and keeping house can work together very well at the best of times. It’s the less-than-best-of-times that...

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Before Going out on Their Own: Skills Every Young Adult Should Learn

Before Going out on Their Own: Skills Every Young Adult Should Learn

Your kids will not live with you forever! Inevitably they will venture out on their own, using all of their acquired skills to spread their wings and fly. They will learn to become independent all on their own, but you can still teach them a thing or two while you have their attention. We have a quote on the wall here at our house that...

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How to Take Awesome Notes When Studying for an Exam

How to Take Awesome Notes When Studying for an Exam

Whether you’re preparing for a high school final, a college-level test, or a dual credit exam, there is nothing more important than taking proper notes that will serve as a useful and easy study tool. This sounds simple, but good note taking doesn’t come naturally. Here are some expert note-taking tips that will help you ace your exams. Keep it simple Add only important facts,...

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“What Curriculum Do You Use?”

“What Curriculum Do You Use?”

Often someone will ask what curriculum we use or have used with our own kids. I’m happy to list some of it here and let you know how we’ve tweaked it so that it fits our family better. Every student has different learning styles and passions, so be creative and flexible and find what inspires learning for your child! I don’t use affiliate links on...

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How to Build a Great College Application For a Traditional College Degree

How to Build a Great College Application For a Traditional College Degree

Over the past year, I’ve spoken with many home schooling parents and here are two thoughts that come up often. #1 – “What courses/activities/etc. make an outstanding college application “package?” #2 – “What should we be doing during high school to build an impressive resume/transcript?” How you approach these matters helps set the course for your child’s future. Note: Parents and students are increasingly choosing...

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