Study Skills for Grades 7-12

For most of us, the beginning of the school year is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to hone your middle and high schoolers’ study skills. TODAY at 12:30 p.m. EST I’ll be presenting a session especially for your tweens and teens on essential study skills. It’s not too late to pick up a ticket for the entire Heart of the Matter Homeschool Conference happening this week. Click here to visit Heart of the Matter.

AND, I’m pleased to announce that Study Skills for Grades 7-12, the e-book, is releasing today as well! Visit my business website to purchase your copy at the introductory, discounted price of just $3.95. Hurry, this special price is available just for this week!


The Graduate

Two weeks ago, my oldest daughter graduated from our homeschool. Yay!! I shared a little bit about persevering through all the hard times. Now, I’d like to share a little bit about my special girl through the years. I’m joining up with the Heart of the Matter Online homeschool high school graduate celebration blog hop today, so be sure to congratulate all of our graduates (and their moms!). Congratulations to Meghan, who graduated at age 16!

We had a private graduation with just her, mostly because none of her close friends were graduating this year (especially since she jammed 2 years into 1 this year). Over 40 friends—and a few family members—came out to help us celebrate. The ceremony itself lasted just about half an hour and was rather nontraditional. My father, a pastor, was the MC and also gave a short charge to her, as did her own father. No Pomp and Circumstance. No 2-hour PowerPoint of 20 kids we barely knew. But, Meghan did read her favorite Scripture passage and we listened to one of her favorite Christian songs. Her sister read our original homeschool vision/goals that I composed in 1999, and I awarded her a lovely diploma, obtained from and printed by HSLDA (also the source of the cap and gown). Since I taught her everything she knows from reading to bike riding, from basic math to driving, I figured it was my right and my pleasure to do the actual presentation. After that, we partied!

Future plans include attending a local community college for the next year (or 2?), then moving onto Columbia International University, where she will study communications. She feels as if God has called her to the mission field, but doesn’t have any more specifics than that. She’ll also be getting a real, paying, part-time job when she returns from working at summer camp.



My Homeschool Transcripts (review)

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It’s never too early to start on your children’s high school transcripts. Okay, well maybe kindergarten might be a bit soon, but by the beginning of 9th grade, you’ll want to have a system in place. I’ve seen free templates, expensive templates, and instruction books thicker than Webster’s. But the best, new solution I’ve seen by far is My Homeschool Transcripts, written by homeschooling dad Steve Sensenig.

My Homeschool Transcripts is flexible, versatile, and easy to use. It’s an online application that securely stores information for one or more students. It can generate transcripts by year (more traditional) or by subject (for students who graduate early, like mine is). The GPA can be listed weighted, unweighted, or both. You can use it as a grade keeper throughout the high school years with up to four grading periods, or you can input the grades during your teen’s senior year as she’s filling out college applications. My Homeschool Transcripts allows users to input their own subjects and classes. It also has the capability to note whether classes are honors, dual-enrollment, or AP. Track credit hours obtained and credits still needed. Decide how many credits are required for graduation from your homeschool. The printout is crisp, clean, and just what colleges are looking for, with room for your official signature at the bottom. There’s also the option of adding course descriptions to the transcripts if you wish.

I was privileged to be a beta tester for My Homeschool Transcripts and Steve provided the most responsive customer service I have ever seen anywhere. Every suggestion I made, he promptly added into the program. When I had a question that wasn’t answered in the user-friendly, online manual, he texted me from his phone while he was out with his family. Wow!

Here’s the bottom line: It’s FREE if you just want to input data for one child and print it out without saving it. Or, if you just want to check it out. If you want lifetime access—yes, that’s unlimited—to store information for multiple children, print out multiple transcripts, and have access to the best customer service ever, the cost is only an affordable $29.99! Hurry on over to My Homeschool Transcripts to get started today!