Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sonlight now has NO FEE Time Payments

Paying for homeschooling curriculum can be daunting at times. So in order to serve you better, Sonlight has a new payment plan which will allow you to pay for your Sonlight materials over 3 or 6 months at no extra charge.

This is great news for many homeschoolers.
  • You pay no fee for the Time Payments Option. Sonlight now charges no fee and no interest on new Time Payment plans. You can spread the flat cost of your purchase over several months.
  • Your payment options include*:
    • A 3-month plan with 25% down and 3 monthly payments. This option is available year-round.
    • A 6-month plan with 25% down and 3 payments every two months. This option will be available for orders placed in April, May and June.
    You can go here for more information.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CHEO... my last 2010 convention

Christian Homeschooling Educators of Ohio will have their annual homeschool conference in Akron this year. After 25 years of being in Columbus, the event planners made a change of venue and moved to Akron.

My team and I will be in the Sonlight booth ready, willing and eager to help. I will be presenting a workshop at 10:30 Friday morning, "Raising Kids who love to learn with guidance, great books and good times."

I will also have coupons for $15 off an order of $50 or more, good through the end of August. With featured speaker Voddie Baucham and The Family Guy-Todd Wilson, and with tons of vendors, it promises to be a great convention.

Experience an awesome convention!
- A New Facility
- Lots of Encouragement
- Keynote Speakers: Voddie Baucham & Todd Wilson
Family Discipleship: Brian & Betsy Ray
Featured Speaker: Dianne Craft

I have quite a bit to do before we leave next Thursday. I can't believe the 2010 convention season is almost over.

Take care,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Transcripts, again...

Transcripts are not scary. Say it again, "Transcripts are not scary."

I have to tell you that it grieves me how much money is charged and how much scary hype there is related to creating a transcript. There are boot-camp sessions, endless numbers of books and speakers who all conspire to scare the pants off of you when it comes to transcripts.

The basic message is that your children will be jobless, friendless and homeless if you don't subscribe to their method [and it always costs money] of doing transcripts.

It isn't true.

A transcript is simply a resume of your child's high school accomplishments. It should include classes taken, grades given and some other basic information. It does not need to be in any particular format. It does not need to be done by a professional service. It does not take a genius. Simply put, it is a resume.

Now I am not saying that you don't have to keep decent records and have a high school plan so that your student has a well rounded education. What I am saying is that the transcript is just a recording of those classes your child has done. If you can keep records, you can make a wonderful transcript. Don't wait till the senior year to start trying to remember what courses your child did as a freshman--that will make you a wreck.

The secret to a good transcript, is to keep records as you go along. Assign grades as you go along and make course descriptions as you go along. It is not hard, it just takes keeping on top of writing down the records.

I once knew a lady whose son did not go to college. He went right to work and at the age of 28 decided to go into the military. They needed a high school transcript. She had never made one up, and he had graduated from their homeschool 10 years earlier. Now that is a reason to panic! She was scrambling to find records, try to remember what he had done and so forth. It was not fun! So, even if you child is not going to college or the military, please--create a transcript so that if they do need it down the road you will have an accurate resume of what they accomplished while they were in your homeschool.

I also recommend the book, Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook, by Cafi Cohen. It has a lot of good information that can help with transcripts and a lot more. If you would like a sample of what I created for my children's transcripts, email me

I have other high school blog posts as well and you can find them here.

Take care,