Homeschool High School Record Keeping- FREE Webinar Training

The HomeScholar

Homeschool High School Record Keeping – Free Webinar to teach parents more about creating a homeschool transcript that will go the distance.

Confused about how to keep high school records and create transcripts in your homeschool‬, for college admission? Investing now in your transcripts and comprehensive records could save your family BIG BUCKS later.

Lee Binz, The ‪Lee Binz – The‎HomeScholar‬ saved over $184,000 when her two boys earned their full-tuition scholarships. Learn how they did it and, more importantly, how YOUR family can do it, too!

Register for the free Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts webinar hosted by A Journey Through Learning – on Thursday, May 14th at 5pm (PST) now at http://ow.ly/LYWBj.

A note from Lee:

I’m Lee Binz, TLee Binz he HomeScholar. I wrote a few days ago about how there’s still a lot of resistance from the non-homeschooling world toward the idea of homeschooling high school.  I do get a bit riled up about that, but when I get notes like this one, my anger just turns to sadness:

Lee, I am so, so, so thankful to God for you. I spent the morning becoming confused and in despair over math and science next year. I was reading a homeschool forum trying to decide what to do for science next year. Some of the moms had the idea that you HAD to do certain things or your child’s college career, not to mention life, would be ruined if you didn’t do things a certain way. I finally remembered many of your encouraging, reassuring words regarding individuality and turned off that silly forum.
~Christy

While I was very grateful to receive such beautiful encouragement, I was also sad because I realized it isn’t just outsiders who discourage parents…we homeschoolers also do it to each other…

Not much has changed in the homeschooling world in the last few years. You see, a short time ago I was in Christy’s exact situation. I was fed up, frustrated, and confused about homeschooling my kids through high school.  It seemed that discouragement was around every corner, whether it was forums, blog comments, advertisements or even just casual remarks at dinner parties. The world, it seemed, did NOT want my husband and I to continue homeschooling through high school.

But I have a stubborn streak, and such talk made me more resolute to prove the naysayers wrong. My way of dealing with this sort of challenge is to do research. And that is exactly what I did! In 2006, we graduated both of our boys after homeschooling independently for 8 years.  Far from ruining their lives, both of our sons earned full-tuition scholarships from their first choice university, which saved our family over $184,000 in tuition expenses!

My mission now as The HomeScholar is to help parents homeschool high school.  The primary way I do this is through education, which is why I am delighted that A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks has asked me to present this information exclusively to their friends.  On Thursday, May 14th, I am holding a FREE one and one-half hour instructional webinar called “A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts”

You will learn all you need to know about determining high school credits and assigning homeschool grades. You will also discover an ultra-EASY, super-QUICK way to perfectly document your homeschool with a transcript that will IMPRESS and AMAZE colleges.

Whether you currently have a high school student or you are just wondering about homeschooling high school, this webinar is a MUST-SEE event!

Please take a moment to click on the link here and register your spot today.  Space is limited and we are filling available slots quickly! We are cooking up something really special for those who attend this presentation live, so make sure you sign up today to reserve your spot!

Here is the information you need:

Title:               A Homeschool Parent’s Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts
Date:               Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Time:               5pm PST

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now RIGHT HERE!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions to help you join the Webinar. To say “thank you” for registering, you will receive a free monthly email newsletter that will help you homeschool through high school graduation.

Blessings, Lee

Lee Binz, The HomeScholar is a dynamic homeschool speaker and author. She is an expert on how to craft a winning homeschool transcript.  Lee understands what it takes to graduate homeschool students who are fully prepared for college and for life. Her practical advice and organized presentations have helped thousands of homeschool parents muster up the courage to complete their homeschooling journey. Lees mission is to encourage and equip parents to homeschool through high school. Sign up for her free homeschool e-newsletter, The HomeScholar Record, at www.TheHomeScholar.com. You can also find her at Facebook.com/TheHomeScholar.

 

Creating Binder Builders from Lapbooks for Older Students

Creating Binder Builders

Do you have older children that feel cutting and pasting is NOT for them?  Do they cringe at the thought of doing anything creative? Well, AJTL has the answer! Creating Binder Builders from lapbooks for your older children may just be the solution you are looking for.

Being creative IS needed by EVERYONE! Children learn BY doing.  Somewhere we have given the message to older kids that learning can no longer be fun.  The simple truth is, as homeschooling moms of “older” kids, sometimes we just want to get it done.

We see items like paper, glue, scraps, brads, scissors and crayons as THINGS we used in elementary teaching. In reality, these are brilliant tools that open true thinking and imagination in our kids!Binder Builders for older students

Now, I will be the first to admit that my son (13) DID NOT LIKE file folders. So, I got creative. I started creating what we now call “Binder-Builders.” By taking a 3-ring binder and filling it with colored three hole punch paper and eight tabs (labeled Maps, Notebooking, Reading Books, Reports, Research, Timeline, Vocabulary, Writing), I turned an already packed lapbook into a MEGA binder of learning!

My son was given a sheet of card stock for each booklet. The instructions were simple- cut out and glue the booklet ANYWHERE on this page. You MUST provide (on this piece of cardstock) what is being asked on the booklet. You must also fill the REST of the page with the information you have learned in the study guide.

Binder builders

 

It always amazed me how he would come up with creative ways of remembering the study guides; army men with bubble words coming out of their mouths, snakes eating the answer, answer written down the side of a mountain – But, see, the learning and being creative part was STILL there!

Binder Builders for teens

 

The next day, he took the SAME study guide and had to looked up five NEW words from the study guide. Those were placed behind the “Vocabulary Tab.” Depending on the study guide, I would assign reports, writing, research, timelines, and/or require extra reading. All of these were then added behind the tabs. Now, I had taken a very informative lapbook and with a little imagination created a complete curriculum portfolio for my older child.

I pray that these simple changes will help you to see that kids are NEVER too old for paper and glue!

 

 Go to our store HERE to find a lapbook to enhance your studies

What Moms Say About AJTL Lapbooking . . .

What moms are saying about AJTL

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We’ve been asking questions – because we want to know what moms say about AJTL lapbooking and how it helps their children learn. Martina Bump is a homeschool mom, like you, and she had these things to say about our lapbooks . . .

 

“My children and I love A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks and study guides!!!

We have done several of them and my girls retain more by being able to write,cut and glue and put together a lapbook that is fun and engaging to look at over and over again.

With your student wanting to go back and look at what they have created over and over they are reenforcing what you have taught them.In addition to it being fun it works on fine motor skills such as cutting ,writing and also on following step by step directions.

Happy results with AJTL lapbooks

Upon finishing one of the lapbooks my daughter took it to show her speech and OT therapist and they were very impressed by what she had accomplished and how much she had retained from schooling with the lapbook. The therapist agreed that this was the PERFECT fit for my struggling learners.

The strides they have made in school since doing

lapbooks from A Journey Through Learning have been amazing!!!

What a wonderful testimony of homeschooling it has been to their therapist. Some who were not for homeschooling have been in favor of my homeschooling as a result.

Thank you Paula for taking the time and helping out an overwhelmed mom, a few years ago . It has been a tremendous blessing.”

~ Martina Bump – Happy Homeschool Mom

 

A few choices to consider: 

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To save 50% on select download lapbooks – Including:

Spring Lapbook, Spring Notebooking, Easter, The Death & Resurrection of a King, Earth Day, St Patrick’s Day

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Homeschool Convention Season: How-to Make the Most of It

Making the Most of Homeschool Convention Season

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Homeschool Convention Season is upon us and we’re ready to make the most of it. Many families plan vacation around various conventions, for our family . . . . it’s road trip time!

While you may not need to go to more than one homeschool convention each year, it is important that you choose one that is right for your family, and that you make the most of the experience.

We highly recommend all of the Teach Them Diligently Conventions . . . they are Christian conferences created to guide families not only in homeschooling, but in bringing their families closer to the Lord. They encourage families in every aspect of family life – along with homeschooling.

No matter which conferences you choose, with a little bit of planning, you can turn it into an experience the family looks forward to each and every year.

Road trip to TTD

Map it Out

Pull out the Atlas & road maps and plan your route! Get the kids involved, and turn it into a geography lesson. Look for museums along the way. Be sure to check the ASTC.org Passport list HERE. If your local science center is on the list – you can join and have access to the rest of the museums on the passport list! That means that with your membership comes hundreds of free museum opportunities from around the world. There are exclusions – so be sure to check out the details. We join each year & often plan extra days into our trips to check out the museums along the way. Roadschooling at it’s best!

State and National Parks or National Monuments are another great option for field trips on your way to conventions. Check the link HERE to see about visiting National Museums and MonumentsYou’ll find teaching plans and resources to go with the National Parks & Museums HERE.

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TTD Atlanta

While in Atlanta for TTD – be sure to take time to stop in Macon to see the Ocmulgee National Monument.  The mounds of four pre-historic cultures lived for thousands of years before the invitation of Europeans. Ocmulgee National Monument is the ancestral home land of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who now reside in Oklahoma.

Oclumgee National Monument

There is a small museum on site where you can view artifacts, watch a movie and learn about the culture of the natives who lived there before. Inside the largest mound – is a pathway which leads to the central meeting area where the tribe came together to make important decisions. The property is impressive. Plan to take a nice walk and enjoy a picnic. About 2 hours time will be enough to cover your visit – and it is well worth the honor of visiting this National Monument. Admission is free.

While you are south of Atlanta – be sure to stop by the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village. Admission is $7 for adults during the week or $10 on weekends (includes a train ride on the weekends) and $4 and $5 for kids. Those under 4 years of age are always free.

The grounds of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village have over 35 structures which have been relocated to the 95 acre site and faithfully restored or preserved.  Have a picnic while you are there. See the old church, drug store, farmstead, gristmill, peanut museum, the old schoolhouse, turpentine still and more!

There are several museums in and around Atlanta – which are on the list from ASTC.org.

 TTD Nashville

Get a list of outdoor parks and fun for families HERE.  Downtown has a park with a beautiful replica of the Parthenon building. The grounds include a pond with ducks and plenty of shade for picnics. (We do a lot of picnics while on the  road).  Walk around downtown and enjoy the Centennial monuments, fountains and more.

Visit Country Music Hall of Fame , Grand Ole’ Opry Backstage Tour,  Get a big list of Nashville attractions and museums HERE. 

 TTD Sandusky, OH

Sandusky, Ohio is a small city that is home to one of the most beautiful collections of historical architecture in the Midwest. Visit the Seneca Caves in Ohio – HERE –  for an exciting adventure.  Check out the list of Gardens & State Preserves HERE.  

Take a drive over to the African Safari Wildlife Park and enjoy a unique kind of zoo experience. Cedar Point is the world famous amusement park located in Sandusky.

Be sure to check the ASTC.org list for the Ohio museums to see if you’ll be driving past one of the great options to visit.

TTD Dallas, TX

Visit the Dallas Heritage Village for a look at historical life as a Texan.  Adults will pay $9 and kids between 4 – 12 are only $5 each. Take a walk downtown in Pioneer Plaza for some great photo ops and enjoy the sculptures and beautifully landscaped design.

The Old Red Museum is one of the few history museums in the nation to include a hands-on education center designed specifically for younger visitors. The Crystal Charity Ball Children’s Education Center is a unique learning center for students from pre-K to young adult and offers hands-on activities, exhibits on children in Dallas County and twelve TEKS-based touch screens.

The Perot Museum is on the list of ASTC.org participants & therefore FREE

 Pit -Stops

Another idea is to check points along your travel route that make for good stopping points – then search that area for special museums and parks to visit. I usually plan to stop about every three hours on our trips. If needed – we can certainly go longer than that to get to a special stopping point, but we like to make these pit stops for adventure along the way.

Keep ’em Busy

Set kids up with clip boards and attached pencil, and give them their own road map for the trip. We bring along colored pencils and markers to use as well as dry erase boards. The kids bring electronic games, mad libs, and get their own snack bags. We always make a dollar store stop before leaving town to stock up on inexpensive, fun treats to keep them occupied.

Look for educational options. We love the Melissa & Doug License Plate Game.

Or try our free License Plate Math Worksheets from Adventures in Childrearing. All you need is a pencil and a clipboard to go along with this fun free printable. Kids love checking out the license plates of the cars on the road.

Travel Math Sheets

License Plate Sheets

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Which homeschool conventions will you be visiting this year? Do you plan a fun extended field trip out of it?

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Join us on Tuesday night on the A Journey Through Learning facebook page here for a fun, and encouraging party. The event starts at 9 pm. ET and will run for about an hour.

We will discuss tips and tricks to help you teach and answer questions about hands on homeschooling, teaching with chronic illness, teaching special needs kiddos, teaching multiple ages, how and why notebooking, lapbooking, and unit studies are invaluable tools in your family homeschool.

Win door prizes, enter giveaways, get freebies and leave feeling refreshed and encouraged that you really can homeschool your children!

 

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Hope and Help for your Home and Homeschool in the New Year

Hope and Help for Home and Homeschool in the New Year

This time of the year, many are re-evaluating their home, life, and homeschool. We’ve rounded up posts from some of our favorite bloggers to help and encourage you as you prepare to tackle 2015! God Bless!

Hope and Help for your Home and Homeschool in the New Year: 

Teach Children to set Goals – Free Printable from AJTL
New Year Resolutions for kids

 

 Great Quotes and Scripture copywork for the New Year @Adventures in Childrearing

(comes with activities to keep little ones happy while older students do copywork)
Great Quotes & Scripture copywork for the New Year

 

2015 Gratitude Journal @ Ben and Me

2015 Grateful Journal

How to Become an Excellent Bible Teacher @ futureflyingsaucers

Become an Excellent Bible Teacher

Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from setting goals! @His Mercy is New

Don't let fear of failure hold you back!

Quick Start Guide to Praying the Scriptures @His Mercy is New

Praying the Scriptures

Top 10 Free Homeschool Printables @Homeschool Encouragement 

To Ten Free Homeschool Printables from Homeschool Encouragement

Encouraging Scripture Printables @Homeschool Encouragement 

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Teaching Students with Dyslexia – Series & FREEBIES

Teaching Students with Dyslexia

 

Put the fun back into your homeschool by using our lapbooks!

Simple to use – with assembly instructions on each page . . . .

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 New Year

AJTL has big plans for the new year and we want to include you each step of the way! Sign up for our New & Improved (monthly) Newsletter and receive exclusive discounts as well as a FREE Lapbook to get you started. We will encourage you & offer discounts & resource to help you in your homeschool journey.

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New Year Resolutions and Goals (freebie for the kids)

New Year Resolutions for kids

It’s the beginning of another new year and a great time to assess and remember the old while making plans for the new. Use this simple sheet to have children record their favorite memories from 2014 and their goals and objectives for 2015.

This is a great way to begin teaching kids how to set reasonable goals for themselves and walk them through making a plan to achieve those goals. Although many people set resolutions and goals at the beginning of each year, many fail to lay out the plan for success. Doing so can make all the difference between those who follow through with their resolutions and those whose ideals fall by the wayside.

Your homeschool students can begin a lifelong habit of setting goals and plans. Take it a step further and encourage them to set monthly, weekly, and even daily goals working towards a larger objective. Download the free printable to get started below:

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If one of your goals is to put some fun and excitement back into your homechool, add more lapbooking into your days! Learn more about WHY Lapbooking is good for learning HERE. 

Save Big

Right now is a GREAT time to stock up on lapbooks! You can save 50% on all downloadable lapbooks with code: AJTLHOLIDAY (at checkout)

Choose from stand alone lapbooks or buy them to go with some of the top curriculum in the industry. Excludes only GeoMatters. All other downloads are included in this terrific sale.

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 New Year

AJTL has big plans for the new year and we want to include you each step of the way! Sign up for our New & Improved (monthly) Newsletter and receive exclusive discounts as well as a FREE Lapbook to get you started. We will encourage you & offer discounts & resource to help you in your homeschool journey.

 

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Lapbooking for Homeschool: What and Why you should

Lapbooking for Homeschool

What exactly is lapbooking for homeschool and why should you use it?

Lapbooking for Homeschool - what & why you should

The What

Lapbooking is simply a way to gather the information you are learning and studying and compiling it into a mini-book format. Students learn to assimilate information, to pull out the important data, and to put it together in an organized and understandable presentation.

Regular file folders are used as a base to create this fantastic homeschool resource. See our tutorial HERE  on how to fold them to form the main book. Additional “mini-books” are then added throughout the base to organize and present the information on any topic.

Lapbooks are an educational scrapbook of your studies.

The Why

Lapbooking trains students to process, assimilate and share important information.  

The mini-books that are put together throughout the lapbooking process provide a terrific visual method of “chunking” information in appropriate sections. This skill not only helps students retain what they are learning, but is a skill that will continue to be useful to them long after their lapbooking days have passed!

Lapbooks also make great tools for review and for recording all that you have studied in your homeschool journey.

Lapbooking is educational and fun!

Additional Benefits

Using lapbooking as an educational tool in your family homeschool can change the whole atmosphere in your school day. A few of the added benefits include the following:

  1. Lapbooking is FUN!
  2. Lapbooking is CREATIVE
  3. Great for Special Needs Learning
  4. Hands on activities help students retain what they learn
  5. Terrific resource for REVIEW
  6. It’s AFFORDABLE
  7. Lapbooking highlights the most important information on a subject
  8. It teaches organizational skills useful in studies & throughout life
  9. It is FLEXIBLE! Use it in a way that works best for your family or child
  10. Lapbooks make a GREAT PRESENTATIONS of work (for grandparents or state agencies)

Options

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks come in stand alone options that need no other curriculum, and also in lapbooks to accompany your studies for many of your favorite homeschool companies!  SEE OUR STORE HERE

 

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Hands on Learning Ideas

It’s time to get your craft on!

These simple crafts for kids can be great hands on learning projects for your homeschool and make wonderful gifts for friends and neighbors- or grandparents!

Christmas Crafts for Kids: Hands on Learning Ideas

Did you know that most children learn best when they are keeping their hands busy? It can be an incredible tool for teaching kids with special needs as well.

Enjoy these simple crafts for kids while you read great Christmas books out loud to them. Stop along the way, while reading, and discuss important points from the story. Ask questions to gain insight into what your child is thinking as they listen.

Powerful Mothering                  Crafty Morning 

Candy Cane fun                    Reindeer Paper Plate - Crafty Morning

 

Tips from Typical Mom          Frugal Navy Mom

Better Than Salt Dough Ornaments                 Frugal Navy Mom craft

 Hands on Learning

Additionally – you can enjoy hands on learning in your homeschool and take some stress out of the busy holiday season by putting our holiday and Christmas lapbooks to good use!

Try the Arrival of the King Lapbook  – let kids do the cutting and pasting while mom does the reading. Additionally, you can have older kids read to the younger ones and have everyone read a little bit, as much as they are able.

The Arrival of a King       Arrival of a King

Christmas Cash Giveaway and Gifts for Homeschoolers

Christmas Blessings Giveaway

 

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Christmas Blessings Giveaway – 2 Prizes – 2 Winners – $600 Total 

We are so excited to bring you this Christmas cash giveaway and gifts perfect for homeschoolers!

Christmas is the happiest, busiest time of the year. We often get such lovely pictures in our minds of what the holidays are supposed to look like. In today’s busy world, those images can be neigh impossible to live up to!

The reality is that between house cleaning that needs to be done for the holiday, regular chores, meals, errands, homeschooling . . . and even working from home for a lot of us, we are fortunate to get some decorations up and finish the Christmas shopping.

Gift Ideas for Busy Homeschool Families

This year, why not simplify things? We highly recommend that you back off on some of your regular homeschooling, and focus on some wonderful seasonal schooling instead.

For instance:

Holiday Lapbooks on sale now!

Why not work through a history lesson your kids are sure to remember with our “Thanksgiving Mega Bundle”?

Get into the true spirit of Christmas with our lapbook and study guide “The Arrival of a King”.

Best of all . . . we have these handy, hands on learning tools available to you at half price!  There are over 40 wonderful units to choose from in both the Seasonal Lapbooks and the Holiday Lapbook collection. Use the coupon code below when you purchase for yourself – or gift another homeschool family – and you will save 50%!

November & December coupon!

50% off on ALL DOWNLOADS!

Need additional ideas and tools for your favorite homeschool family? Check out our “tools of the trade” page for gift ideas that every homeschool mom will surely LOVE!

Giveaways

Enter our wonderful $500 Cash, and $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaways with one entry or use them all! 2 winners will be chosen.

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