Homeschooling to Open Doors

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Last week I introduced my new eBook series, The Thinking Mother’s Guides to Homeschooling. Today I’d like to tell you about the second book in the series. If you are considering homeschooling through high school or are already in the middle of it, Homeschooling to Open Doors: Smart High School Choices for Great College Options  [read more] …

Volunteer Service Hours

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I frequently get questions about Community Service Hours (or Volunteer Service Hours). Folks are a little fuzzy on what is meant by the term and how many are needed. Let’s start with a definition. What does the term mean? Volunteer Service Hours are the compilation of time your student spends doing things for other people.  [read more] …

Keeping Track

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 When a college admissions officer evaluates your child’s college application, extracurricular activities will be given an approximate weight of 1/3 (2/3 going to academics). These figures will plug into the formula used by that particular college to rank your student. While 1/3 seems a bit insignificant, this is where students can really distinguish themselves from  [read more] …

Career or Hobby?

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Every day I work with amazing kids! They have often reached near-expert status in an extracurricular activity such as music, debate, dance, or athletics. They have invested years in their chosen field and parents have often spent a great deal of time and money to help them reach those heights. Sometimes families choose to homeschool  [read more] …

Trying Out Careers, Part 2

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In the last post, we explored how to follow a child’s interests, develop important skill sets, and research potential careers. Today, let’s look at a very specific example of how my daughter found the perfect career fit. Music From the age of seven, my daughter loved her violin. We were on a rabbit trail. We  [read more] …