Monthly Archives: September 2010

Homeschool Blog Awards

First of all, sorry that I haven’t been posting much these last few weeks, we’ve been on vacation. Secondly, I just learned about the 6th Annual Homeschool Blog Awards. Though I’d sure love to win the “Best New Blog” award (wink, wink), I just mostly wanted to encourage you to nominate your favorite homeschool blogs. I know of a few blogs that I want to nominate and hope the awards will help me learn about even more blogs to read/follow, because I certainly don’t spend enough time reading blogs (I realize that it is very hard to convey emotion over the internet, so I’ll clue you in, that last sentence was meant to be read with dripping sarcasm – I spend way too MUCH time reading blogs, but how could I give up any of them?).

Labels: High School
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Holiday Printable Workbook

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Teachervision has a free printable workbook with lots of fun activities for holidays of all sorts.

Labels: Freebies, Social Studies
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Handwriting Without Tears’ New Worksheet Maker

image Handwriting Without Tears is one of the most popular handwriting programs used by homeschoolers. Now HWT has a free A+ Worksheet Maker that helps to incorporate handwriting practice into other areas of study, such as spelling, vocabulary, etc.

Labels: Freebies, Handwriting and Typing
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Museum Day is September 25th, 2010


Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day is September 25th. From their site:

Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket.

The Museum Day Ticket provides free admission to one person, plus a guest. 

  • One ticket per household
  • A ticket will gain entry in only one museum and only participating museums
  • Only an official Museum Day ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day website.

You can find out if a museum near you is participating here. Go to get your ticket.

Labels: Freebies
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Homeschooling High School: The PSAT


Fall has yet to officially begin, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t too early to start thinking about the PSAT. For those of you who did not take the PSAT in high school, the PSAT is a Preliminary SAT. It gives your child a chance to practice for the SAT in a real testing situation. In addition, it will help give your student an idea of what type of SAT score he will get, so that he can start looking into appropriate colleges.

The practice your child gets is important, but equally important, the PSAT score is used to enter your student in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship is not a particularly large scholarship, but it looks very good on student transcripts and can open the door for other scholarships.

The one thing that I learned the hard way, is that if your child is trying for a National Merit Scholarship, make sure that he takes the PSAT in his junior year. I took it during my sophomore year and did not retake it during my junior year, so was not eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program, despite having scores that probably would have earned a scholarship.

The PSAT is the only standardized test used for the college application process that you will have to register for at a school. All other tests can be registered for online. In addition, the test is often given during school hours. On top of that, the PSAT is administered once, and only once, a year. This year, school’s will have the option to administer the test on Wednesday, October 13th, or Saturday, October 16th.

To register for the test, you will need to speak with a principal or counselor at a local school. I have heard that private schools are often easier to work with than public schools. My children have tested at the local public school. In order for us to register, we had to go to the student store during the school’s lunch hour. It felt awkward, but we lived to tell the tale. When the test date arrived, they had to find the appropriate classroom, once again, a bit awkward. I do wish that the PSAT was administered through a test center, like the SAT, ACT, AP tests, etc.

Look here to find a school near you that is administering the test.

One VERY IMPORTANT note is that your child must enter your state’s homeschool code on the test where it asks for the school code. The test administrator will tell the students what the school code is, but it will be the code for the school, not for homeschoolers. If your child enters the school’s code instead of the homeschool code, his test scores will be sent to the school instead of to your home. In addition, have your child pay attention that no “helpful” test administrator erases his code and enters the school’s code instead (they think your child entered the wrong code and are trying to help your child). They should not be doing that, but I have heard of it happening to several people.

If your child would like to start being contacted by colleges, be sure he checks “yes” for the Student Search Service. I highly recommend this service as your child will receive information from schools that he might not have considered before. Plus, it is kind of nice to see all of the flyers and not just rely on reading about schools in the various college list books.

Finally, be sure to double check all of this information and more at the College Board’s official PSAT homeschool page.

Labels: High School, This and That, Wrapping Up Our Week
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff