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How to Graduate Your Homeschooler (Replay)

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How to Graduate Your Homeschooler

In this show, True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring talks about the pragmatics of How to Graduate Your Homeschooler!

We’ll cover:

  1. Who creates the Transcript
  2. Who issues the Diploma
  3. What is required to Graduate
  4. How to make graduation official
  5. Who oversees it all
  6. Are homeschoolers required to take the GED?

 

    1. First things first  make sure you have legalities in order.
    2. Determine What Type of Transcript will you create – Vocational, College Prep or Honors
  • Where’s Your Student Headed- think through post High School Options

Ending Well  Once your students have completed the necessary ….they are ready to graduate!

Let’s Get Graduated! Listen in as we talk about the legal stuff:

 

  • Is it legal for your to create a High School Transcript?
  • Is it legal for you to create a High School Diploma?
  • Is the Homeschool Diploma considered an official document?
  • Are homeschoolers required to take the GED?

 

We’ll also cover what should be included in a Diploma?

And that’s a wrap, my friends! You’ve graduated your high school student as as homeschooler! And that’s something you can both be proud of!

Resources and FREE Printables from True North Homeschool Academy!

True North Homeschool Academy offers 1st – 12th grade live on-line, dynamic, interactive classes for the Homeschool family that will inspire and delight! World class teachers, international community, syllabus and grading done for you, private and secure virtual campus that provides Parent and Student Dashboard, communication with instructors, monthly newsletter, topic and bulletin boards and more! We utlize gamification and the SAMR model to bring you time tested educational pedagogy and cutting edge technology. Discover the True North Homeschool Academy Difference! Fall registration is OPEN and classes begin the week of August 22!

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How to Graduate Your Homeschooler

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

How to Graduate Your Homeschooler

In this show, True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring talks about the pragmatics of How to Graduate Your Homeschooler!

We’ll cover:

  1. Who creates the Transcript
  2. Who issues the Diploma
  3. What is required to Graduate
  4. How to make graduation official
  5. Who oversees it all
  6. Are homeschoolers required to take the GED?

 

    1. First things first  make sure you have legalities in order.
    2. Determine What Type of Transcript will you create – Vocational, College Prep or Honors
  • Where’s Your Student Headed- think through post High School Options

Ending Well  Once your students have completed the necessary ….they are ready to graduate!

Let’s Get Graduated! Listen in as we talk about the legal stuff:

 

  • Is it legal for your to create a High School Transcript?
  • Is it legal for you to create a High School Diploma?
  • Is the Homeschool Diploma considered an official document?
  • Are homeschoolers required to take the GED?

 

We’ll also cover what should be included in a Diploma?

And that’s a wrap, my friends! You’ve graduated your high school student as as homeschooler! And that’s something you can both be proud of!

Resources and FREE Printables from True North Homeschool Academy!

True North Homeschool Academy offers 1st – 12th grade live on-line, dynamic, interactive classes for the Homeschool family that will inspire and delight! World class teachers, international community, syllabus and grading done for you, private and secure virtual campus that provides Parent and Student Dashboard, communication with instructors, monthly newsletter, topic and bulletin boards and more! We utlize gamification and the SAMR model to bring you time tested educational pedagogy and cutting edge technology. Discover the True North Homeschool Academy Difference! Fall registration is OPEN and classes begin the week of August 22!

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Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Replay

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Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips | Things you must know before you buy the first book. Questions to know and ask yourself and your kids. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool Homeschool Curriculum Shopping Tips ~ Episode 333 | Special Replay

Shopping for homeschool curriculum is never easy.  In this episode, we discuss must-know-tips for homeschool curriculum shopping and an insider’s available to homeschool podcast network subscribers. 

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Fast forward and many years of homeschooling gone by and I realized the best time to consider purchasing curriculum was in June. I could finish my school year, take a look back and see what worked and what did not. I was blessed to find homeschool math curriculum we loved (I share these brands on the podcast), and these helped us in many ways to accomplish what was often considered the hardest subject. My kids loved to do the hardest subject first so that the rest of the day seemed easy by comparison. In fact, they would get up early to complete Math before breakfast.

Here is a quick list of questions to ask yourself before you buy the first book!

  1. What are my kid’s ages/ grades?
  2. Do I have a budget per subject or an overall budget?
  3. Do I want to focus on hands-on curriculum or text/ workbooks?
  4. How will my kids relate to the books I purchase?
  5. Do I want to add outside sources? Co-ops or online classes?

Often the best ideas are those that come to you after prayer. One year I was so tired of what I felt was zipping through the curriculum. I had purchased several years of a popular science text and when I found the next “new year,” which we began in January started with birds again and we had finished an exhaustive unit on birds the previous year I knew we had to regroup, skip around the book and then I found myself added unit studies which my children immensely enjoyed.

Consider doing some unit studies with the middle grades. Your kids will thank you I promise. This allows you to delve into a subject and really study it from top to bottom. A unit study on birds can turn into a study of migration patterns, bird watching, identification, the study of habitats and so much more. Or, a study on geology can turn into rock collections (which we still have) and rocks from all over the world. (We had our relatives bring us back rocks from their trips to Europe).

Look at the following to help you further narrow down your curriculum choices:

  1. Look at your child’s learning style—if your child is an auditory learner, loves having books read, listens to audios, etc. it isn’t the best to have this child do textbooks.
  2. Look at expert reviews. The only one I highly recommend is CathyDuffyReviews.com – Cathy is a long time homeschooler. She graduated three boys from homeschooling and set out years ago to look at curriculum with a critical eye. Now a disclaimer here, many of my books are on her top 100 and 102 Curriculum Picks. The Creation science series, accompanying study guides, and Teaching Science and Having Fun. You can get all of these books for less than $30 when one of them costs $18.95 retail. These are digital but you can read them, print out the experiment sheets and planning guides and use them for K-12. Looking at reviews can also tell you if it is something that will work with your homeschool.
  3. Listen to podcasts. What are some recommendations made by those in the know!
    1. Three Homeschool Curriculum Essentials
    2. When Your Curriculum Is Wrong For Your Teens
    3. Best Curriculum For Your Family
    4. Movies For Homeschool Curriculum
  4. Visit a homeschool conventions
    1. Homeschool convention attendance has changed in recent years. With everything available online and the expense involved to attend it is often the last thing on a homeschool moms list. However, it is important to attend for many reasons. The most important is encouragement.
    2. It can be overwhelming which is why I have created a standalone curriculum buying guide that will be helpful. It will be available for free for my email subscribers. After the giveaway is over, it is always available on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.
  5. Get on email lists from your favorite publisher – get to know them.
    1. Many publishers have samples on their website.
    2. If they don’t many will send you some via email.
    3. Join their Facebook or discussion groups to ask questions or ask questions of other users.

My favorite curriculum shopping happened when I decided to use an eclectic approach and I began with topics we wanted to study, and I created my own yearlong study. It was so much fun. I shopped for books that were topic related. We used these books for many, many years. For example, a Creation Science focus requires books to be purchased as you won’t find these in the library (although you can try for interlibrary loans).

When you use topics that interest your children guess what? They are so excited about school and they want to get started each day. Another thing to consider is to focus on your faith.

We did many Bible studies and one of the things we enjoyed was doing a family Bible study that I created, Homeschooling with Proverbs. This study consisted of audios that were focused on each book of Proverbs and we loved it! I had studied Proverbs quickly in the past but there were so many nuggets of truth that were so applicable to homeschooling! I created study sheets, journal pages and dig deeper sections. Each audio (there are three per lesson) is geared to different age levels. This is a standalone digital product on my MediaAngelsMembership.com website.

You can look at online learning. I am not a fan of putting kids in front of a computer for all their subjects, however when they struggle or if you are not interested in teaching a particular subject this can be valuable. We used a DVD for higher math – our favorite was Chalk Dust. Mr. D. Math one of my previous podcasters on this network has a higher math online program as well.

When it came to history I felt my American History was lacking so I partnered with my brother in law who was History Professor of the Year two times in West Virginia where he taught. His online courses were so wonderful that my daughter is now a history major in college.

These classes focused on teaching the US Constitution and the lives of the American Presidents. We also have an American Government Classes. These were taught in real time but recorded so they can be enjoyed by families throughout the years.

There are classes taught by:

  1. North Star Academy
  2. Bright Ideas Press
  3. Luma Learn (you can even teach a class if you feel qualified!)

Of course, there are many others, but these are the ones I personally know about that are high quality and geared to homeschool students.

Whatever curriculum you select keep your kids, your schedule and your sanity in mind. You will be glad you did! If you have a favorite curriculum share it with me!

 

Homeschool High School Transcripts

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On this episode, Lisa Nehring, Director of True North Homeschool Academy, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss homeschool high school transcripts.Episode #3- Homeschool High School Transcripts

On this episode, Lisa Nehring, Director of True North Homeschool Academy, joins Crystal Niehoff to discuss homeschool high school transcripts.

Lisa and her husband, Dr. David Nehring who served in the Air Force, started homeschooling 30 years ago. They started in 1991 and graduated their youngest a year ago this spring. They have five kids ages 19 to 35, and a couple of grandkids who are also homeschooled. Lisa holds an M.A. in Human Development and M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy. In addition to homeschooling and her work as Director of True North Homeschool Academy, Lisa has worked as an Admissions Counselor, Administrator, Copywriter, Blogger, Academic Adviser, Teacher, Event Planner, and Program Developer.

Homeschool parents often dread the thought of preparing high school transcripts for their high schooler and feel confused about what should be included. In this episode, Lisa shares her years of experience in creating transcripts for her own children and others, details the different types of transcripts and what should be included, and assures us that homeschool high school transcripts don’t need to be complicated or stressful. We can do it!

So, whether your homeschooled high schooler is on a college track, career track, military track, or trade school track, this episode will help you navigate the ins and outs of preparing a high school transcript.

Closing Thought: Crystal then shares this thought in closing which comes from educator, John Holt, “Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school.”

Resources:

True North Homeschool Academy

Survive Homeschooling Through High School

Considering Military Service

Special Needs Credits and Transcripts

Join Crystal and her guests each week as they bring relevant information to equip you, stories to encourage you, and content to inspire you. You don’t have to go it alone, tune in to the Military Homeschool Podcast, and be energized in your military homeschooling journey!

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Homeschooled and Headed for College- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Homeschooled and Headed for College- Special Replay.

Homeschooled and Headed for College

Homeschooled and Headed for College

Our 7Sisters’ own homeschoolers have all graduated. While most of them went to college, others headed for the workforce. That’s cool! But today we want to talk about our college-bound homeschool high schoolers!

Many homeschool high schoolers are planning to attend college. How about yours? We know there’s not one right way to homeschool high school AND there’s not one right way to do life after high school. Some teens are call right into the workforce, military or missions. Others must go through college.

For teens who are homeschooled and planning for college, we’ve got some helpful information to think about.

Remember, these are tips. You know what is best for your homeschool high schoolers.

As experienced homeschool moms and community leaders, we’ve learned some insider tips. What experience do we have?

  • We have graduated all of our homeschool high schoolers and all the college-interested teens attended a college of their choice.
  • Vicki has served as academic advisor for local homeschool upperclassmen, helping hundreds graduate and gain acceptance at a college of their choice.
  • Sabrina and Kym have, for decades, taught homeschool co-op and group classes and mentored college-bound students (including writing many, many college reference letters).
  • However, we can’t say that Quella the seeing eye puppy (who helped us record this episode) has helped many teens get into college yet. Maybe someday…

From our feet-on-the-ground experience, we have got helpful information for you regarding the questions we often receive:

First, you need to know that you and your teens can do this! Now, here are the questions.

Join Sabrina, Vicki, Kym and Quella the seeing eye puppy for a lively and helpful discussion about college preparation and application!

Also, check out this resource for helping keep calm and homeschool on:

Mindfulness Activity: Progressive Relaxation VickiTillmanCoaching.com

Click here to download freebie how-to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lifeschooling | Love in Homeschooling

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Love in homeschooling, a special Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network episode from Life as a LifeschoolerOn this very special episode of Life as a Lifeschooler, I talk about Love in Homeschooling. 

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Love in Homeschooling – Exploring how love plays a central role in homeschooling

Over time, love has become a central focus of my Christian walk, as I’ve realized how impactful this one concept of loving others can be. Jesus says that all the law and the prophets are summed up in “love God, love your neighbor as yourself.” If one thing can cover so much ground, it must be essential that we understand it!

In a very basic sense, when we homeschool our children, we are loving our neighbor as ourselves. We remember what school was like for us and we want better for them. We are sacrificing our own opportunities for income, self-fulfillment, and achievement in order to see our children successful and fulfilled.

But there are times we forget this motivation. Or the motivation becomes cloudy, tainted by the pressures, fears, and worldly ambitions we allow to enter our hearts.

So it’s good to be reminded of what love really is. If we want to truly love, we must know what exactly love is. And to know exactly what love is, we must turn to the Bible’s definition in 1 Corinthians 13, the “love chapter.”

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Moms, you can have the perfect homeschool curriculum and teach with eloquence and simplicity, but if you don’t have love, you will fail your kids.

You can even do it in the power of the Holy Spirit, according to this chapter, and still fail your kids! That’s how important love is to everything you do in life. In fact, love was so important to God that He sent Jesus to die for us. Love is at the very core of the Gospel!  So we need to have a full understanding of it.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Now, let’s look at what love is…

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Patient

Are you patient in teaching your children about 56 times in a day that 7×8 is 56? Are you patient in teaching them how to do their chores quickly and diligently? Or is your goal to check off the boxes and be done?

Kindness

Do your children see you as an example of kindness? When they talk back and disrespect you, do you respond “in kind” or with kindness (and discipline, of course)?

Does Not Envy or Boast

Pride is the opposite of love. Pride is all about self, not God and others.

If you are busy making yourself feel accomplished from the shiny, perfect children you have raised, then your homeschooling is not about love. It is about boastfulness in your own achievements. If you look at others whose kids graduated high school at age 13 and think, “That’s not so great. We could have done that if we had wanted to,” then you may have an envious heart that has no room for love.

Not Arrogant or Rude

This again comes back to a prideful heart that is not focused on others. If you think you don’t need the advice or opinions of others in your homeschooling journey, then first of all, why are you here? 😉 And secondly, you may be arrogant.

Arrogance often leads to rudeness. When someone gently and lovingly corrects your parenting or offers a kind word of advice, do you respond rudely? When your children respectfully correct your teaching, pointing out an error in something you say, do respond graciously, thanking them for the information, or do you speak to them rudely? Is your instant reaction, “You’re being disrespectful!”?

Does Not Insist on its Own Way

Do you insist on doing school in a way that works for you as the teacher? Or do you submit your own comfort to the needs and desires of your children in their learning?

Not Irritable or Resentful

Do you have to have your cup of coffee before you can be nice? Do you resent your children for keeping you from pursing your own career or hobbies? Or do you consider it a joy to sacrifice your own desires for the sake of their callings (and your highest calling)?

Does Not Rejoice at Wrongdoing, but Rejoices with the Truth

Are you more focused on the wrongdoing of your children than what is good and true? Are you almost happy when you finally catch them doing something you had suspected of them so you can finally dole out the punishment they deserve? Or do you focus on their good behavior and rejoice when they choose to do right and follow truth?

Bears All Things

Do you bear all the frustrated tears? The arguments? The lack of confidence? Do you encourage your children and give them a break when they are tired and burned out on school work?

Believes All Things

Do you believe the best when your children fail? Do you try to see their hearts and give grace, even thought discipline may still be required?

Hopes All Things

Do you tend to focus on the positive or the negative? Do you rest in the hope we have in Christ, that He is our strength and our “very present help in time of trouble”? Or do you allow fear to cripple you in your homeschooling and cause you to believe the enemy’s lies about your children’s future? Perfect love casts out fear! 1 John 4:18

Endures All Things

Are you in it for the long haul or are you swayed by your feelings and doubts? If you are homeschooling out of love, you will endure the hardest days because you know spending each day with your child is the best way to get to his heart. If your decision to homeschool was made because of love, you will continue to homeschool because of love and nothing will move you.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

“Knowledge will pass away.” It is only a tool for advancing God’s Kingdom on this earth in the short time we have. Love is what really matters and what will transcend anything we can possibly teach.

“More is caught than taught.” We’ve all heard that phrase and it’s certainly true here. No matter how biblical your teaching; no matter how diligent you are with discipline; no matter how much information you manage to fill their brains with, if you are not doing it all in love, they will “catch” that and learn the lessons you are not meaning to teach. Children know whether they are being loved or controlled.

If you want to have a successful homeschool, with children who grow up to love and serve the Lord with their gifts, let Holy Spirit-empowered love be the central, guiding force in your homeschooling!

 

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Advice for Moms of Homeschool High Schoolers

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Advice for Moms of Homeschool High Schoolers.

Advice for Moms of Homeschool High Schoolers

Advice for Moms of Homeschool High Schoolers

We 7Sisters have graduated our kids from homeschooling high school. We have also advised several hundred others. So, by experience and by learning from lots of homeschool mom-friends, we have LOTS of advice for moms of homeschooling high schoolers!

Some advice for moms of homeschooling high schoolers

As you know, with the ability to tailor curriculum to their child’s unique needs and interests, homeschooling offers a flexible and personalized approach to education. With having been through it all with several kids, we want to give you some advice that we wish we knew early on. We’re not here to judge or give you a formula, but rather to be honest, vulnerable, and transparent. Think of the following advice for moms as a conversation over coffee with your older sisters!

Individualized Learning

One important lesson we have learned is that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool. Our sister, Marilyn, used to say that all the time, and it’s stuck with us ever since. 

The ability to customize the curriculum to suit your teen’s learning style and pace is a wonderful advantage to homeschooling.  Homeschooling allows for one-on-one instruction, enabling you to adapt lessons to your teen’s strengths, weaknesses and interests. 

This kind of individualized approach fosters a deeper understanding of concepts, promotes critical thinking skills, and encourages a love for learning.

When you feel pressured to follow a specific curriculum or teaching method, remember that you have the freedom to homeschool in a way that works best for your teens. 

Do not let peer pressure or mom shaming get to you. Trust your instincts and do what feels right for your family.

Choose The Right Curriculum

You have the power to choose the curriculum materials that align with your child’s interests and values. Choosing the right curriculum is a crucial aspect of homeschooling and one of the best advice for moms we can give.

We have all made mistakes in this area, such as picking up a math curriculum that ends up being too advanced for your daughter. So, when selecting curriculum, keep your teen’s abilities and interests in mind. 

It’s okay to challenge them, but be mindful not to overwhelm them. And remember, you can always supplement their learning with your own side projects and interests.

Know Your Teen’s Personality

Understanding your teens’s personality is also key. As Kym, our resident extrovert, discovered, it’s important to consider the needs of both the students and the teachers in your homeschool. 

If you are an extrovert like Kym, make sure you find ways to engage with others, even if your kids are more introverted. 

On the other hand, if you need more time at home, communicate that with your family and find a balance that works for everyone.

One of the best tools for learning about your teen’s personality and using that in your homeschool is the book Star Finder by our friend, Anita Gibson. Learn about it in our interview with Anita about helping teens find their star!

Go On Tons Of Field Trips

Field trips are a fantastic way to bring learning to life. Whether it’s a history trip to Gettysburg or a visit to a waste processing plant (yes, we’ve done that!), these experiences create lasting memories and deepen understanding. 

And do not forget to take care of yourself along the way. Check in with yourself regularly and make sure you are filling your own tank. (Need a little gentle support and encouragement for your own self-care? You will love all the homeschool mama self-care support that our Cousin Teresa Wiedrick shares on her blogs and podcast at Capturing the Charmed Life- that’s what she’s all about!)

You cannot pour from an empty cup, so prioritize self-care and find activities that rejuvenate you.

Follow Your Teen’s Passions

Homeschooling goes beyond academic instruction. It also offers opportunities for personal growth and the development of essential life skills

One piece of advice for moms we cannot stress enough is to follow your teen’s passions. Each of us is unique, with our own gifts and interests. Instead of trying to fit into someone else’s box, tap into what makes your teen special and help them explore their what makes them get excited. 

Encourage them to pursue their interests and provide opportunities for them to develop their skills. By doing so, you are preparing them for a future where they can thrive and make a difference.

Check In With Your Homeschool Overall

Take a step back every month and evaluate how your homeschool is going. Look at the overall well-being of your family and make adjustments as needed. 

It’s not about sticking to a rigid schedule or completing every lesson perfectly. 

It’s about creating a healthy and balanced homeschool environment where everyone can grow and learn.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. We at 7SistersHomeschool are here to support and encourage you every step of the way. We are grateful to be part of your homeschool journey! Keep having fun and enjoy the adventure! (Hey, join our fun 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group for real-time encouragement and support.)

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!

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Finding Balance with Working from Home and Homeschooling

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Looking to find balance with working and homeschooling? Listen in. Finding Balance with Working from Home and Homeschooling

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Homeschooling Work-Life Balance

In this episode of “Homeschooling Work-Life Balance,” we’re delving into the intricate challenge of balancing a full-time job while homeschooling.

Full-Time Work & Full-Time Family Life

Juggling homeschooling and a full-time job? Bet you’re pretty tired. #ihearyou

If you’re employed with full-time work inside or outside the home, your work tasks can leave feeling overwhelmed when trying to balance this with homeschooling. It can take a toll on your mental health and you might feel like one more Zoom call will end you.

Even with older children, the demands of being a full-time homeschooling parent are a lot to juggle. Take a deep breath, I have some good news for you. You can be a homeschooling mom and learn to gracefully juggle all.the.things.

One thing I’ve learned over the past year (or 5!), is that embracing a daily schedule as a working mom is key.

When I say schedule, think flow. Give yourself lots of grace and know that you can’t possibly be all things to all people. Take the little bit of help when it’s offered, for example:

  • Can a spouse or friend (or the kids themselves if old enough) be present at some of the extracurricular activities that your family has chosen to participate in?
  • Can you manage to have a home office if working from home? Have a space to separate yourself from the rest of your work (raising your family), can give you a mental break at the end of the day.
  • Consider a block schedule or loop schedule, not just for your homeschooling, but for your business.
  • If you’re a single mother, take an honest look at your best helpers, including family, friends, and church. I’m a big believer in taking help with younger children when it’s offered and you feel comfortable with it.
  • Is it in your budget to hire your tribe? Seriously, Task Rabbit, Facebook friends who are local and trying to also launch a business while homeschooling could be among the best tips you have for getting some time back.

Let’s join Vicki Tillman for her seasoned advice for homeschool schedules and additional resources and ideas to give us the highest quality time in the most effective way.


Vicki works as a counselor in her regular job, and offers life and career coaching services at vickitillmancoaching.com. Vicki helped found a large homeschool “umbrella school” and served that community for almost 20 years as an upperclassmen academic advisor and teacher (where she helped hundreds of students take the next steps toward college or career). She graduated all 5 of her children from homeschool. They are all pursuing or have completed varying levels of college degrees from BA to PhD.

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Online Transcript Platform for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Enid Franklin

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WThis week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Online Transcript Platform for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Enid Franklin.

Online Transcript Platform for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Enid Franklin

Online Transcript Platform for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with Enid Franklin

If you’re wondering about how to get your high schooler’s transcript under control, we have you covered here in this interview with Enid Franklin and Brittany Williams. Our friends Enid and Brittany are the masterminds behind Franklin Homeschool Services and My Portfolio Page. These incredible women have developed an online portfolio and transcript service. It will revolutionize the way you document and showcase your homeschooling achievements.

Let’s dive into their journey, the benefits of online portfolios, and how this online transcript platform can transform your homeschooling experience.

Getting to Know Enid and Brittany

Enid Franklin, a lifelong Maryland resident and homeschooling mom, has successfully homeschooled her three children. Her oldest daughter recently earned her master’s degree in journalism at the age of 21! Her son is pursuing a career as a firefighter, while her youngest daughter has just completed her first year at Drexel University. 

Brittany Williams, another homeschooling mom, also has successfully homeschool her three kids. Her oldest son graduated from Towson University two years ago and now works in the film industry. Her daughter is about to enter her third year at Coastal Carolina, majoring in marine biology. And then Brittany’s youngest son just graduated from high school, and he plans to attend Baltimore County Community College before transferring to a university for mechanical engineering. 

The Birth of Franklin Homeschool Services:

Franklin Homeschool Services became established in 2021, after Enid recognized the need for comprehensive homeschooling support. That summer, she started the company after working as an administrator for a homeschool umbrella. When COVID hit, many families who never intended to homeschool suddenly found themselves needing guidance. 

When Enid finished homeschooling her own children, she realized she had a wealth of knowledge to share. So, she decided to start Franklin Homeschool Services. With her years of homeschooling knowledge and experience, Enid was determined to give back to the homeschooling community. 

Brittany joined forces with Enid due to their shared passion for helping families navigate the overwhelming process of homeschooling. Together, they provide consulting services, guidance, and encouragement to homeschoolers at all stages of their journey.

Introducing ‘My Portfolio Page’

Do you recall the days of bulky physical portfolios and the stress of having them reviewed? Not anymore! Introducing My Portfolio Page, an online portfolio and transcript service offered by Franklin Homeschool Services that makes the process of keeping up with your transcripts and documents super easy. 

And easy is exactly what we busy homeschool moms are looking for these days, especially when it comes to prepping our high schoolers for graduation and college.

Because Enid and Brittany understand the challenges of creating and maintaining physical portfolios, they have created My Portfolio Page, which is a user-friendly platform that simplifies the process and eliminates the risk of losing important documents. This digital portfolio service allows homeschoolers to effortlessly track attendance, create activity logs, log reading lists, and even upload pictures to support their educational experiences.

The Benefits of Keeping Online Portfolios

You’ll find numerous advantages of using an online transcript maker in homeschooling. Firstly, it provides an organized and easily accessible record of your child’s educational journey. No more searching for misplaced log sheets or worrying about physical portfolios getting lost during moves or transitions! 

​ The portfolios are not only useful for reviews but also serve as keepsakes and a way to celebrate the progress and achievements of homeschooling. Once the portfolio is complete, it can be downloaded, printed, and organized in a binder for a physical keepsake. 

Using an online transcript platform, like My Portfolio Page, also allows you to showcase your child’s achievements in a professional and visually appealing manner, making it easier to share with colleges, universities, and potential employers.

It’s like a media kit or a resume of your child’s academic years, and My Portfolio Page makes the process of accumulating all the information a breeze.

Streamlining Transcript Creation

One of the most exciting features of My Portfolio Page is the ease with which it generates transcripts. By linking the report card to the high school component, parents can input grades, including weighted grades for honors or AP courses, and the system automatically calculates the GPA. 

My Portfolio Page eliminates the stress of manually calculating GPAs and ensures accuracy in transcript creation. Once completed, you can easily download and print the transcript, ready to be included in college applications or other educational endeavors.

Online Transcript Platform

It’s important to start off your high schooler on the right foot and utilize the tech tools available to make homeschooling more manageable. Enid and Brittany understand the importance of support and encouragement, and their services reflect their commitment to helping families thrive in their homeschooling journeys.

Enid and Brittany are beloved in the homeschool community. Satisfied parents often share the impact of their services and the ease with which they can handle record-keeping and documentation.

If you are a homeschooling parent looking to streamline your record-keeping process and enhance your child’s educational portfolio, Franklin Homeschool Services and My Portfolio Page are the perfect solutions for you. With their user-friendly online transcript platform, comprehensive services, and commitment to supporting homeschooling families, Enid and Brittany have revolutionized the way we document and showcase our homeschooling achievements.

How To Connect With Franklin Homeschool Services and My Portfolio Page

Remember, the journey of homeschooling is made easier when you have the right tools and support. Explore Franklin Homeschool Services and My Portfolio Page today and take your homeschooling experience to new heights!

For more on what to include on your homeschool transcripts and all the transcript details, check out these resources:

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!

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Why Do YOU Homeschool?

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Why do you homeschoolWhy Do YOU Homeschool?

Why do we Homeschool? Homeschooling, for me, has always been a way of life. I was homeschooled from K through 12th grade and loved the experience. I decided to pursue higher education and graduated in three years with honors. It wasn’t just the opportunities I had but the loving surroundings in which I was able to grow and flourish with love, stability, and Christian spirituality. I attribute my homeschool experience as an excellent springboard for my life and events that took me well into adulthood with fond memories.

My brother and I were not concerned about how other students would treat us as we learned. My brother was “disabled” in the sense of the word, but I didn’t think it was odd that I, two years his junior was on the same grade level. We were free to learn at our own pace, gleaning information on topics that interested us (it seemed) at every turn during school hours or not. I later learned that my mother planned our year ahead of time and often switched topics as our interests became fine-tuned to a particular subject. It appeared to us as if the world was our school, and on many days we were excited to begin.

We were free to learn at our own pace, and often, testing was a form of a game where mom asked us questions and we bunny-hopped, jumped, or skipped to the end, signifying completion. When testing became more formalized, it still was a contest where we tried to beat last time’s score or asked for unique “extra credit” answers that would bring us over the 100 mark. Mom was always sure to comply. My mom didn’t like testing us, but I enjoyed the tests.

Homeschooling my own children was an easy choice, especially since I have the loving support of my husband, who was not homeschooled but had cousins who were through high school. We both want to offer our children an excellent education both academically as well as with the foundation of Christianity. Homeschooling, we both agree, will accomplish that desire for our family. I am excited knowing my children will experience the same things that I had growing up: the freedom to talk and discuss profound religious truths, question when those teenage years come up, and know that my parents never discounted our questions as childish or rude, but listened and directed with love and concern. I also love having a flexible schedule, except for offering my young children a little more structure than my mom gave us. Mom is almost perfect in the proverbial “Mary Poppins” sense, is an icon of the homeschool movement, and is well-loved…But I can’t do everything just like her! In fact, I learned that from her. She told me to think for myself, stand my ground, and always cheer me on when confronted with tough decisions and whatever life crisis crops up.

I have only just begun my journey with my young children; the oldest turned five in January. With almost a year of schooling completed, I have come to realize what a tremendous undertaking homeschooling can be for the entire family. We have had the most incredible year in terms of growth, enjoyment of each other’s company, and of course, the element my mom used, “fun.” We have learned much and had a few ups and downs along the way. Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. It takes commitment and dedication. It takes a totally unselfish love for your children that supersedes what the world says is “normal” in regard to traditional schooling.

I remember a story recounted by my mom. She had us in a high-end preschool where academics were stressed, thinking that was important for my speech-delayed brother. I went along for the ride, so to speak, and made friends quickly, as did my mother. When it came time for school, Mom decided to homeschool my brother, and of course, I followed suit. She received a call from a friend one morning (I was too young to remember), who felt “sorry” for my mother. You see, she had rushed through the morning, gotten her child on the school bus, and was sitting down in a wrecked kitchen with a cup of coffee before she tackled the day. She told my mom she was sorry for not getting a “break.” My mom recounts, “I told her that I was sitting in bed, with my second cup of coffee, still in pj’s with two kids flanked on either side, pillows fluffed, and reading. We had completed our religion books, Bible, and history. Breakfast was long done and washed and put away, and we would soon dress and do a few more chores before we headed upstairs to our school room to tackle some math, writing, and other activities.” This friend didn’t call again, feeling sorry for my mom. In fact, we felt sorry for ourselves if we did not complete school by noon, so we had the day to explore our world!

For the success of a lifetime homeschooler, I believe it is a decision, not something to revisit every year. It is similar to reviewing your marriage and deciding yearly if it works out for you! Marriage is a commitment, and for my family, so is homeschooling. We will give it our all. We don’t micro-analyze it looking for an out, looking at what they are “missing” in the school bazaar, fund-raisers, track and field events, or the like.

We feel it is ordained by the Word of God, and we know, by His grace, we will continue with the tradition of raising a mighty people who love and will serve Him in thought, word, and deed! If you are considering homeschooling, I ask you to prayerfully consider what the Lord wants for you, for your life, and for your family. Do not look left or right; look straight ahead. If the Lord ordains it, He will give you the blessings and grace to continue. Don’t take my word for it; take His.


Christina Gerwitz Moss is a Christian, wife, and homeschool mom of four precious blessings, and she is the daughter of Jeff and Felice Gerwitz (Media Angels). While still a homeschooler, Christina desired to be an author. She urged her mom to write a series of novels. However, her mom turned the tables and urged Christina to try her hand. The results were a mother-daughter team, and the highly successful novels are loved by many and sold on many online venues such as Christian Book Distributors. The Truth Seekers Mystery Series was born, three action-adventure, mystery, and suspense novels. Christina completed the last one as a college freshman.

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