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Posted in Curriculum, edX, MOOCs

Free Shakespeare courses this fall HarvardX

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EdX is a site that hosts a university’s public courses for free. This fall, HarvardX (Harvard University on EdX) is hosting a series of 3 Shakespeare courses your teen can take!  These are open to anyone and carry no cost – but also carry no direct credit.  In other words, these are curriculum you can use, and you’ll award the high school credit.   The courses have a start date but no ending date, so they are entirely self-paced.  Recommended completion for all 3:  9-12 weeks. Continue reading “Free Shakespeare courses this fall HarvardX”

Posted in CLEP, Uncategorized

TLC Literature Videos (CLEP Prep)

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Thanks to Maggie Flores for putting together these two great TLC playlists on youtube for us to use!  Each video on the list is about an hour long.  Watch the first playlist if you’re studying for the English (British) Literature CLEP or AP exam, and the second playlist if you’re studying for the American Literature CLEP or AP exam.

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High School Medical Classes

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If your teen is considering a career in a health or medical field, I have some interesting electives you can add to your high school curriculum to give them a head start.

These aren’t worth college credit (you’ll award high school credit) but some, like those offered through the American Red Cross, result in certification or licensure!  Since many health occupations look for volunteer or work experience, this is a great way to receive training as a first step toward a career.

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Avoiding Scams

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Education can be a little like the wild, wild, west- so it pays to know some of the potential ways scammers take advantage of people.  In your Homeschooling for College Credit journey, there are a few slippery slopes to avoid.  In this post, we’ll look at the most popular scams identified by the Federal Trade Commission, how to avoid them. Continue reading “Avoiding Scams”

Posted in CLEP, Credit by Exam

The Hardest CLEP Ever…..or not

The Humanities CLEP has a reputation for being one of the hardest CLEP exams. It is, after all, an extremely broad test covering literature, poetry, art, architecture, philosophy, and music that spans over two centuries. That is a lot of material to cover! (A description of the exam is located at the end of this post.) Continue reading “The Hardest CLEP Ever…..or not”

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My 5th Time in High School

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In a few weeks, I’m starting high school – for the 5th and final time. The first time in the ’80s as a student, but this time marks my fourth time as the teacher. Later, I’ll reflect on the profound impact our decision to homeschool made on the ENTIRE course of our married life, but today, I’m reflecting on 3 pieces of advice given to me early on that really made high school manageable for us.  Continue reading “My 5th Time in High School”

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College Entrance Exams

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The two most popular entrance exams are SAT and ACT.  A “new” exam that is gaining popularity is the CLT. Not all Homeschooling for College Credit families participate in standardized exam testing. There are two things to consider before ruling in, or ruling out, entrance exams. Continue reading “College Entrance Exams”

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When Your Teen Fails

“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost over 300 games.” -Michael Jordan

I’ve never lost a basketball game – not once.  Of course, I’ve never played basketball, so it’s easy for me to have a perfect record.  Such is life- it’s easy not to fail as long as you don’t try anything hard.  If your teen is trying hard things, they may experience a failed attempt.  Whether they’ve failed a CLEP test, a college course, or even just a quiz, failure happens.  What do you do when it does?

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Christian MOOCs: Hillsdale College

A Homeschooling for College Credit “life hack” for finding affordable college-level curriculum is tapping into the massive online open course database, affectionately known as MOOCs.  The premise of a MOOC is simple, a college or university provides their course content online for anyone to use for free.  This is similar in premise to a public library, except you’re not limited by your geography!  You can *literally* take courses from our nation’s most prestigious colleges without cost.   Continue reading “Christian MOOCs: Hillsdale College”