Forget About College!

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I know it is counterintuitive, but to have the best results in college admissions, you need to forget about college as you make decisions about extracurricular activities. Too many people focus on the final goal and lose sight of what is truly important – the development of our children. Among other things, we want our  [read more] …

Choose a Life, Not a Checklist

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I don’t believe that years ago colleges foresaw the negative implications of an application process that appears to focus on superhuman achievement. It can almost seem that AP classes need to start in grade school and that the kid should cure cancer before starting college applications. Thus, the agenda of things kids think they need  [read more] …

The Tortoise Approach: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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I always choose sanity over chaos. I work ahead, knowing that unpredictable bottlenecks happen in the last hours before something is due. I let things sit for a few weeks and grow cold, understanding that my work is better with time for reflection and enough space to see my mistakes. I tend to plod faithfully  [read more] …

Mid Year Reports

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No sooner than homeschool parents finish the Common Application School Report than they have to turn around and submit the next document, the Mid Year Report. This can basically be the student’s transcript updated with official mid year grades from the various venues. You will also be asked to include course descriptions. This can be  [read more] …

Back it Up!

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  All of my children live in the world of high tech where a daily (if not hourly) computer back up is crucial to protect valuable work. Yet, many of us don’t think about the information that might be lost if our personal computers crash. Certainly there are the important household records, but many do  [read more] …