Monthly Archives: October 2011

It’s Time to Nominate Your Favorite (or Unfavorite???) Blog for the Homeschool Misfit Awards

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Labels: This and That
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Signing Time Sale

I’m not an affiliate for Signing Time, but their materials were so helpful with acquiring early language skills for Dora. She could sign several signs, before she could even say one word! I can’t recommend the series enough.

25% off sale for Rachel's birthday. Sunday and Monday only.

Labels: Educator Discounts and Curriculum Sales
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

College Fairs

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This will be my last “preparing for college” post for a while, but it is kind of that time of year when people may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that goes into choosing and applying to colleges. We personally, did not enjoy college fairs, as we found them to be horribly crowded, so much so, that we often just left. At the same time, they are a good way to learn about different colleges and what a college’s expectations are. Some of the big college fairs are:

There are also many regional fairs, some of which are specifically aimed at homeschoolers, that may be happening near you, such as the Pacific Northwest Homeschool College Fair.

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

Wordless Wednesday – What Happens to Toddlers Who Fight Having Their Teeth Brushed EVERY… SINGLE…TIME

Vivi Getting Her Teeth Filled

Labels: Wordless Wednesday
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Jane Austen Challenge Update

In January, I blogged that I was joining the Jane Austen Challenge for 2011. My feelings were that it was the only reasonable book challenge for me. Of course, the minute I joined it, I didn’t want to read a single Jane Austen book. I’m weird that way, which is why I don’t join book clubs, even though I read voraciously. Anyway, it is now October and I have only managed to read one of the books I committed to reading, Mansfield Park.

I must admit that I found Mansfield Park to be a hard read and I was very unsatisfied with the ending. My friend loves the story and considers Fanny Price to be her favorite Austen heroine. She saw two movie adaptations before reading the book, so I don’t know if that affected her opinion or not. After talking with my friend, I tried to rethink my opinion of the book, and I finally realized what my problem was. I read Austen for the romance, period. I want to sigh at the end of the story, because love has triumphed once again. For me, without giving away too much, in Mansfield Park, love really doesn’t overcome much. It’s not enough to change anyone, such has what happens in Pride and prejudice when Elizabeth Bennet’s wit, wisdom, charm, and beauty overcome Mr. Darcy’s pride and prejudice. When I got to the end of the book, I was just left with this feeling of, “You mean I just read through this entire thing to have that be the ending!?!?!”

Anyway, that is my take on the story. This post is probably causing dead Austen fans everywhere to roll over in their graves.

Labels: Literature, This and That
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Registering for College Entrance Exams as a Homeschooler

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I recently posted about registering for the PSAT, but the SAT or ACT score is the score that colleges actually look at when considering a student for admission (except for some select schools, which no longer use standardized test scores as part of their admissions process). The SAT and ACT may be taken at younger ages, but are traditionally taken during a student’s junior or senior year of high school. Both are offered at multiple times and locations throughout the year. Registration is done online.

Currently the written portion of the ACT is optional, but before opting out of that portion, students should ensure that the colleges they are interested in applying to don’t require it.

In addition, some colleges require SAT subject tests. These tests are best taken as soon as the student completes the subject. So if a student studies world history in 10th grade, it would be best to take that subject test in 10th grade, rather than wait until 12th grade. Some schools require more subject tests from homeschooled applicants than from public and private-schooled applicants. Many homeschoolers refuse to apply to such schools, but if your student really has his heart set on such a school, he may need to take four or more subject tests.

Finally, Advanced Placement tests are often used as a means for students to further impress colleges. AP tests can also be used to earn college credit for students, as can CLEP tests. If a student hopes to obtain college credit with these tests, he should investigate his college preferences first, as not all schools will grant credit. Not all AP tests are offered at all locations. You will need to call AP Services, no later than March 1, to coordinate testing for an AP exam. CLEP tests tend to be administered at colleges and after you find a test center through the CLEP website, you will need to contact the test center to make arrangements for testing.

As with the PSAT, homeschoolers have a special school code for these tests that they should provide if they want their scores sent to them. For all SAT tests, it is 970000. For the ACT it is 969-999 (please verify that these codes are still current before going to take the test). The HSLDA has a list of each state’s test codes for homeschoolers for AP exams, but you probably should verify with the AP coordinator that the code is current.

With all of these testing options, it is a good idea for students, seniors in particular, to plan out their annual testing schedule now, rather than waiting until closer to admission packet deadlines.

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