Apologia Science

Why Choose Apologia Science?

Because learning science should be loads of fun! My best selling, award-winning Apologia science series is the number one science curriculum for kindergarten through middle school. Not only are my books the number one rated science curricula on the market, chosen as a Cathy Duffy top pick, they will give your children a genuine love for… Continue reading Why Choose Apologia Science?

Homeschooling

How to Homeschool Part 3: What Do I Teach and When?

Wondering how to homeschool? Just starting out and not sure where to begin? You’re not alone! For me, the hardest part was figuring out exactly what I needed to teach my child. What subjects were required for a homeschool education? What year should I teach each subject? Well, I found out it’s a lot simpler… Continue reading How to Homeschool Part 3: What Do I Teach and When?

Homeschooling

How to Homeschool Part 1: Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Homeschool

The thought of homeschooling can seem overwhelming at first. But like everything, if you take it one day at a time, you’ll find the reward far outweighs the sacrifice. In fact, you’ll discover homeschooling was not a sacrifice at all, but an investment. An investment in your family, your children’s character, and your life.   Is it… Continue reading How to Homeschool Part 1: Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Homeschool

College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Let Them Go

After reading the past posts, you now know everything you need to know to help your homeschooled child find the college of his dreams. Whew! It’s been quite a journey, but you’ve been faithful and you’re almost there. Now it’s time to let them go. Sending a child off to college can seem like a… Continue reading College Prep: Let Them Go

College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Admissions Essay

It is my desire that this College Prep: Admissions Essay post will clear up the mystery of the dreaded college essay!It's the one part of the college application that causes students the most stress. But it doesn't have to. The purpose of the admissions essay is simply to: Get to know your child better Find… Continue reading College Prep: Admissions Essay

College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Visiting Colleges

College visits are an important part of choosing the right school. They help your child get a feel for the campus, the students and professors, and the overall atmosphere of the institution. Visiting colleges inspires your child to finish strong while looking forward with anticipation to the day he moves into the dorm. My desire… Continue reading College Prep: Visiting Colleges

College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Paying for College

Although we need to discuss transcripts, college essays, and some other important college admissions items, I want to jump ahead to this post, College Prep: Paying for College, because this topic is a concern for so many. If you are worried about paying for college, be aware that there are many ways to make it… Continue reading College Prep: Paying for College

College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Portfolios

Years ago, when homeschooling was new, colleges required personal interviews and thick portfolios outlining every detail of the homeschooled student’s high school coursework and experiences. Now that homeschooling is more mainstream, portfolios are no longer requested or required. However, in this post, College Prep: Portfolios, I’ll explain why they are still a good idea. Here are… Continue reading College Prep: Portfolios

College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Test Prep

In a recent survey, I asked homeschoolers and test prep teachers what the typical point increase was for students who took an actual SAT or ACT test prep course and for students who did not. The results were what I expected but not what is generally reported in the media.  Students who did not take… Continue reading College Prep: Test Prep

College Prep, Homeschooling

College Prep: Recommendation Letters

Most universities and scholarship boards require applicants to submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher. This can be tricky for homeschoolers since colleges do not want letters from parents. When my daughter began her college application process, she had never completed a class outside the home except for an online dual enrollment course through… Continue reading College Prep: Recommendation Letters