"" -- A Homeschooler's Notebook Subscriber.
An interactive, FREE, twice-monthly ezine packed with great reader tips, reviews, & practical encouragement for homeschool families.


Some of Our Sponsors


Landry Academy

Math Mammoth

Great Homeschool Conventions

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Resource Links

All About Spelling
Homeschooling ABCs
Upper Level Homeschool
FIRETIME Notebooking
FREE Funschool Units
Homeschooling Help
More Homeschooling Help
HS Gifted and Talented
Homeschool Country Life
Beloved Books & Audio



FIRE 2008 Homeschool Family Camp, High School Transcripts

By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, March 28, 2008

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 9 No 25 March 28, 2008
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2008 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

Welcome to the Homeschooler's Notebook!

If you like this newsletter, please recommend it to a friend!
And please visit our sponsors! They make it possible. :-)


"Have You Taken the Kids Financial Future Index Yet?"

By analyzing your answers to 12 simple yes/no questions
I can forecast the financial future of your children
with amazing accuracy.

Interestingly, the likelihood that your kids will be
financially competent (or not) has nothing to do with
your yearly income or tax bracket.

Take 60 seconds to reveal your child's Future
Financial Score at http://tinyurl.com/38eoz4



Notes from Heather
-- FIRE 2008 Homeschool Camp
Winning Website
-- The Bird Boy Blogs
Helpful Tip
-- Apple Computers Discount
Reader Question
-- High School Work Done Ahead
Additional Notes
-- Searchable Archive
-- Our Email Group
-- Sponsorship Information
-- Reprint Information
-- Subscriber Information

Notes from Heather

FIRE 2008 - 5th Annual Homeschool Family Camp

Come to Michigan for camp! Each year homeschool families gather
from all over the country for hands-on projects, fun classes,
music, and fellowship. 2004 was the year that my husband and I
founded the camp. That year we built real boats and piled in
to race them in the lake -- and we had all kinds of hands-on
craft projects and classes. In 2005 we had a medieval theme
with huge catapults; in 2006 we hit the "Prairie Trail" with
covered wagons, and in 2007 we had Mike Riddle from Answers in
Genesis and a "Dinosaur Dig"!

This year the theme is "Discovering Our Biblical Heritage" and
we have invited homeschool dad James Whitman, Director of The
Center for Judaic-Christian Studies, to come and teach us all
about finding our Messiah in the Biblical holidays of Passover,
Tabernacles, Pentecost and the Sabbath.

Hands-on activities tentatively include Biblical crafts like
building real furniture, raising a succot, hand-tied fishing
nets, drama instruction and performance, clay oil lamps, and
many camp crafts appropriate for the younger ones.

Take a spin on the go-carts, go swimming in the lake or in one
of the pools, play basketball or volleyball, enjoy bonfires and
attend the daily seminars!

When: August 24 - 29th 2008
Where: FaHoLo Campground in Grass Lake, Michigan

For more information and to register see this link:



Have you been to camp? Do you have comments to share?
Send your emails to: heather@familyclassoom.net



Start piano at home with your child
Book and numbered stickers. Free DVD.
Come see all the fun songs you can play.
Download and print any book $9.95



Helpful Tip

Macbooks for Homeschool Families

"Apple offers discount pricing on Macs for homeschoolers.
I'm not sure how much of a discount but any is great."


-- Tawanna, member of HomeschoolingBOYS.com


Do you have an idea, experience, or tip to share? Please write!
Send to: HN-ideas@familyclassroom.net

Winning Website

"If you have sons (or daughters) interested in birds, here is
an amazing 11 year old boy in Canada who blogs his pictures and
stories of birds he's seen. His knowledge of the birds is truly
remarkable for his age."


-- Linda at www.mysistersjar.wordpress.com

Last Issue's Reader Question

"Our 8th grade daughter is in the process of finishing up 9th
grade Algebra 1 and 10th grade Apologia Biology. She has already
completed Physical Science and a 9th grade vocabulary course.
When I begin to keep her High School transcript, how do I include
course work that was completed in Junior High? Thanks in advance."
-- Kate in NC

Our Readers' Responses

"According to the information presented in Inge Cannon's workshop
(Transcript Boot Camp), you give high school credit for high school
level work regardless of when it was completed. The most common
way of doing that is by listing courses completed, along with
grade and credit hour(s), grouped together on the transcript
according to subject (e.g., Math: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry,
etc.; Foreign Language: Spanish I, Spanish II, etc.) as opposed
to the typical format of listing subjects according to grade
level (e.g., 9th Grade: English I, Algebra I, Biology, etc.;
10th Grade: English II, Geometry, Chemistry, etc.).

For a complete explanation and more comprehensive presentation,
see http://www.edplus.com/ to order the seminar on DVD.

I have no ties to the company but found this seminar to have been
one of the most valuable seminars I've ever attended over my 17.5
year homeschooling career. My oldest son is attending USMA (West
Point), and while he was ultimately not a homeschool grad, the
information I obtained through the Boot Camp seminar enabled me
to prepare a transcript to submit to the Academy covering what he
had done through his home school years while he was completing
his senior year at a classical Christian school. The Admissions
department could easily see what had been done when and never had
any problems with the 'alternative' presentation." -- Elise


"One thing you did not mention is whether or not you are part of
an 'umbrella' group, or have filed an independent affidavit.
Either way, you are in charge of your child's records and can
record their completed coursework in whichever year you prefer.
It doesn't matter what year the coursework was completed -- if
it is 10th grade work, list it in her 10th grade records. This
is not 'cheating' -- the coursework was done and it belongs in
that grade, and she should get credit for having completed the
work." -- Kathy in CA


"It doesn't matter when a child studies a course; if she learns
the material, she deserves credit for it. Many children take
college courses in high school and get college credit for it,
so high school courses in junior high should be no different.
Just put it on her transcript as you normally would. If your
transcript form includes a place to indicate the date a course
is completed or the span of dates when it was studied, you can
indicate it that way. You could make up your own transcript
form if you need to." -- Mary Beth

Answer our NEW Question

"I'm new to home schooling and curious about an average time
length of a 'school day'. I have a 10 year old girl in 4th
grade and an 8 year old boy in 2nd grade. I work with my chil-
dren using curriculum in the morning from 9 to 12 with a couple
of breaks. It is difficult for me to get their attention after
lunch. They feel like they are 'done' and their learning seems
to shut down. Are we doing enough?" -- Jenn


Do you have some wisdom and/or practical advice for Jenn?
Please send your answer to: HN-answers@familyclassroom.net

Ask YOUR Question

Do you have a question you would like our readers to answer?

Send it to HN-questions@familyclassroom.net and we'll see
if we can help you out in a future issue!

Need Immediate Help?

Visit our Homeschool Encouragement Center! This is a live 24/7
'chat' area where you can talk live to our homeschool counselors
by typing in a box. When you get there, just introduce yourself
and let them know that Heather sent you!

This ultra-safe chat is supervised by experienced moms who are
there to serve and share their wisdom... or just offer a listening

Check out our schedule of daily chats and jump right in! :-)


[Note: This ministry is geared toward Christian parents, but all
are welcome. You may need to download a Java program to utilize
this service. Email Luanne@educationforthesoul.com if you have
any technical difficulties.]

Our Searchable Newsletter Archive

Access the Homeschool Notebook issues you have missed...
at our archives! http://www.FamilyClassroom.net

...or you can search on a specific word or phrase in issues all
the way back to January 2001! Just go to this link:


Interactive Email Group

In an effort to help our readers become more of an interactive
community, we have set up an email loop at YahooGroups called

Here is the link to sign-up!



There are opportunities for you to be a sponsor of this
newsletter. If you are interested, drop an e-mail to
marketing @ stretcher.com with "Homeschoolers-Notebook"
as the subject. We'll send you some information on how to
become a part of this ministry!


All contributed articles are printed with the author's prior
consent. It is assumed that any questions, tips or replies to
questions may be reprinted. All letters become the property of
the "Homeschooler's Notebook". [Occasionally your contribution
may have to be edited for space.]

Again, I welcome you to the group! Feel free to send any
contributions to HN-articles@familyclassroom.net or

Our main website is:

We also sponsor an incredible site with over 1,500 pages of helps!


No part of this newsletter (except subscription information
below) may be copied and/or displayed in digital format online
(for instance, on a website or blog) without EXPRESS permission
from the editor. Individuals may, however, forward the newsletter
IN ITS ENTIRETY to *individual* friends (not email groups). For
reprints in paper publications (homeschool support group newsletters,
etc.) please direct your request to: Heather@FamilyClassroom.net


To subscribe, just send a blank email to the following address:

To unsubscribe send a blank email to the following address:


Next - How Much Daily Time to Spend on School?
Previous - Just a Gopher Skinner, Homeschool On Our Own

     Site content copyright individual contributors and FamilyClassroom.net 2001-2011 - Digital duplication expressly prohibited.
Privacy Policy | Advertise