The College Application Dance – MBFLP 182

The process of applying for college can be stressful for homeschoolers. It’s hard enough being both Mom and Teacher – now she has to play Guidance Counselor too! Can your son prove he’s ready for college? How can you showcase your daughter’s real gifts? Will admissions offices believe it when Mom gives the grades? Hal and Melanie have successfully launched four children from homeschooling to the college classroom – this episode, they share some important principles for building an awesome – and truthful! – college application.

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College Transition from Roadschool


College transition from high school is on the table in episode #144 that comes to you live from the Roadschool Moms team on the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  broadcasts from the a sweltering location that recorded 113 degree temperatures earlier in the day in southern Utah. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher chimes in from the central Missouri along Route 66. The ORT dynamic duo are joined tonight by veteran roadschooling mom, Tara Weed who recently graduated her son from high school and beamed with pride as he went off to college without a hitch!

The big transition. As homeschoolers, we face what seems like a constant bombarding of questions regarding the success of our roadschoolers pending success, or lack thereof. Do they have friends? Are they get the proper “socialization?” Do they measure up to public school kids? In an answer, we really don’t know. Shockingly, the same is true of our public school mamas. When it comes down to it, only you know what’s best for your family. Building the confidence in yourself as a roadschool mom and giving your roadschoolers the tools to build their foundation for the same is critical to the layers of education built during these years. This episode brings specific examples and loads of encouragement to help navigate the waters from roadschool to college.
Throughout the podcast, Tara speaks about her son Brennan’s recent experience, of adjusting to college life while joining the National Guard to pay for it. She reflects back on their decision to unschool their boys and the benefits that have came from that positive experience over the years. Tara admits that at one point, her son wasn’t sure college was the next step in his education; however, this roadschool mom kept the roadschool journey on a road that could easily turn in any direction.
Many recommendations come out of this positively powerhouse packed episode to recognize the value of a roadschooling lifestyle. Tara reflects on how her son prepared for the SAT (through Khan Academy.) She reveals that this online resource bridged the gap in the areas where her roadschooler needed help (specifically in math.) She further revealed that taking a few classes at a community college that aligned with their travels also helped prepare her son for the steps necessary to successfully enroll in a college of his choice. Tara advises roadschool moms to encourage their homeschooler to picture himself in the college or university where he sees himself. Wherever that is, do the research to market your roadschooler to that institution. Make that school want your roadschooler as much as she wants to be admitted there. Much of Tara’s advise is common sense; however, her genuine reflection is a breath of fresh air in this daunting subject. For more great tips on transitioning your high schoolers to college, hit the replay below to hear more including Tara’s absolute must have books Guerilla Learning and Teenage Liberation Handbook.

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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Electives We Love

Electives We Love with Julianna Curtis, Marla Stevens, and Jenny Rose Curtis Finish Well Radio Podcast #43 takes you to our Finish Well Conference. This workshop is led by homeschool grads who looked back and realized that the electives they loved changed the course of their lives. Let them share their research, their insights, and their suggestions so that you too can one day say, “these are the electives we love!

Affording College – HIRL Episode 126

Free homeschooling podcast with Jean Burke about affording college!When our students hope to go to college, the perennial question remains: how in the world will they pay for it? We decided to return to the topic of affording college with College Prep Genius Jean Burk because we know she has valuable information to share.

We think you’ll be encouraged and feel equipped as you help your college-bound student get the education they are pursuing!

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1:32 – Fluff : Discussion on tragedy, college visits, real life. 
8:01 – Interview with Jean Burk, Part 1
25:43 – Interview with Jean Burk, Part 2
34:30 – Goodbye! The Show Is Over!


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Should I Major in Music at College?

Major in Music?

Should I Major in Music at College? with Meredith Curtis and Marla Stevens

Meredith Curtis interviews Marla Stevens, pianist, music major, and speaker at Finish Well. Marla shares how she prepared to be accepted in the music school of a private university, what it was like to major in music, and how her college major has influenced her life. If you love music and are thinking about majoring in music at college, be sure to listen in and hear some great advice from someone who’s been down that road.

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FW Should I Major in Music at College?

Meredith Curtis interviews Marla Stevens, pianist, music major, and speaker at Finish Well. Marla shares how she prepared to be accepted in the music school of a private university, what it was like to major in music, and how her college major has influenced her life. If you love music and are thinking about majoring in music at college, be sure to listen in and hear some great advice from someone who’s been down that road.

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Interviewing for Job and College – MBFLP 130

MBFLP 130 Interview Skills

We all have lists – maybe we write them down, maybe they’re in our heads – of the things we want our kids to know when they’re all grown up. Have you ever considered how many things even in early adulthood that take an interview? Getting a job, applying for college, competing for a scholarship … interviews for all of them. This episode, we talk about some basic tips on preparing for an interview, presenting yourself honestly and effectively, and being ready for the toughest questions they can throw!

A favorite resource: Martin Yate’s Knock ‘Em Dead series of career development guides

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College and your Roadschooler

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 8.53.36 PMIs preparing your children for a college education one of your goals as a Roadschool mom?  Does a college education hold the weight it did in our parent’s generation?  Does the cost of a college education guarantee a return on the investment for your child’s future?  On this episode, Mary Beth and Kimberly reconnect with former guest, Jay Forte, of Get Your Kids Ready for Life.  Jay is a coach, a motivational speaker and a mentor found on college campuses and he shares with us his incite on higher education.

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Growing in Christ at a Secular College – MBFLP 126

Washington And Lee College, Virginia. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Washington And Lee College, Virginia. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Christian parents may struggle with the cost of sending their sons and daughters to a Christian college, and to be honest, some courses of studies are very hard to find among Christian schools — even if you can afford them. Our son John Calvin received scholarships to attend two secular universities, and he found the opportunity not only to defend the faith but to grow in it. This episode is an excerpt from his recent workshop, “Christ and College,” from the APACHE Convention in Peoria, Illinois!

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