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Degree Planning 101 (part 3)

PART 3 of 4

Degree planning, in contrast to high school planning, is when your teen’s courses are selected to meet the requirements for a college degree. Resourceful high school planning, something we’re especially focused on here, is considering those requirements while your teen is still in high school and thoughtfully injecting college credit into your homeschool program where it makes sense. Since planning a high school diploma is already a big job for most of us, degree planning can feel unachievable.  In this 4-part series, I’d like to talk more with you about degree planning.  Continue reading “Degree Planning 101 (part 3)”

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AP Conflict List for 2020

If you’re planning more than one AP exam this academic year (2019-2020) you’ll want to make sure your subjects are not going to “bump” into each other at test time.  This year’s conflict list contains 22 exams that occupy 11 time slots!  Since your teen can only take 1 exam per time slot, don’t make the shocking mistake of studying for 2 subjects in the same time slot. The AP Exam conflict list appears below. Continue reading “AP Conflict List for 2020”

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Degree Planning 101 (part 2)

PART 2 of 4

Degree planning, in contrast to high school planning, is when your teen’s courses are selected to meet the requirements for a college degree.  Resourceful high school planning, something we’re especially focused on here, is considering those requirements while your teen is still in high school and thoughtfully injecting college credit into your homeschool program where it makes sense. Since planning a high school diploma is already a big job for most of us, degree planning can feel unachievable. In this 4-part series, I’d like to talk more with you about degree planning.  Continue reading “Degree Planning 101 (part 2)”

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Degree Planning 101 (part 1)

PART 1 of 4

Degree planning, in contrast to high school planning, is when your teen’s courses are selected to meet the requirements for a college degree. Resourceful high school planning, something we’re especially focused on here, is considering those requirements while your teen is still in high school and thoughtfully injecting college credit into your homeschool program where it makes sense. Since planning a high school diploma is already a big job for most of us, degree planning can feel unachievable. In this 4-part series, I’d like to talk more with you about degree planning.  Continue reading “Degree Planning 101 (part 1)”

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”

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TLC Literature Videos (CLEP Prep)

Today’s Blog

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”