Originally published in Learning Tangent Homeschool Magazine, Spring, 2017.
What would you pay for five webinars about high school transcripts, college scholarships, and taking the mystery out of ACTs/SATs? Fifty dollars? A hundred?
How about NOTHING?!
That’s what happened to me last week when I attended five free webinars by Lee Binz, the lady known online as The Home Scholar.
Lee’s story is much like many of ours, or the story we’d like to be telling five, ten, or even fifteen years from now. She homeschooled her two boys from 3rd grade all the way through high school, and then through trial and error, landed full-ride scholarships for them at their first-choice universities.
Ever since then, Lee has been designing and perfecting materials about this process so that none of us has to reinvent the wheel. Many of these books, webinars, and recording talks are free, but she also offers many paid-for resources that include personal training and consultation.
Last week, Lee was running five consecutive days of webinars to coincide with her website’s migration to a new address. These ranged from “Homeschool Records that Open Doors” to “How to Avoid the Five Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School,” and then my personal favorite, “Super Scholarships for Humble Homeschoolers.”
Very little of the material was repeated in these five-plus hours, and I filled about half a composition book in taking notes. Here are some of the things I’ll be taking away and implementing from her advice:
- Keeping records is vital to homeschooling a high schooler, whether or not they currently intend to go to university
- Update your homeschool transcripts yearly, without fail
- There are clear-cut ways to assign grades to your child’s work, and these can indeed be accepted by admissions counselors as proof of standards
- SAT/ACT exams play an important role in normalizing your child’s achievements
- No homeschooled child needs to be a cookie-cutter student when it comes to the amazing things you can put on their records
- Homeschooled kids can get full-ride scholarships
Lee is always offering freebies like a 35-page booklet called “The 7 Secrets for Homeschooling through a Financial Storm”, a downloadable 1-hour chat about SATs and ACTs, and her blog which she updates daily.
The up-shot of this review of The Home Scholar is to encourage you: you CAN homeschool high school, and Lee Binz is there to help you through it. I have personally benefitted from her ideas and her talks and her books, and am glad I found her while my oldest is still a sophomore, so there’s still time to line up my “ducks”, so to speak.
Other than receiving her advice, I have received no other benefit from her that has led to my writing this review. I just share her passion to keep homeschoolers on course to be world-changers, and her tools will help YOU – the awesome mom and dad — to do just that.
Lee’s new website can be found at: https://homehighschoolhelp.com/
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