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Free Preschool Printable

I’m trying my hand at something new: Printables

Preschool printable

Here’s a super simple preschool printable I whipped up. Click the link to view and print the pdf. You can hand this to your preschooler when you have a lesson to do with big brother or sister that requires your attention. Pre-readers can follow the simple instructions on this printable to practice their preschool skills without assistance from you.

This is my very first try, but I’ll be making more of these for all ages. Be sure to sign up for my free email newsletter to get more of these free printables delivered to your inbox.

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Preparing for CLEP Tests – PART 3

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A Homeschooled Student's Guide to CLEP Tests

This is a guest post, written by Madison Hughes, homeschool graduate and college senior. This post is part 3 of a 4-part series on CLEP tests for homeschooled students.  Click here for part 1 or part 2, and be sure to check back for part 4!

The popularity of CLEP tests is currently on the rise, and you may have heard about them from friends or acquaintances as a way to earn college credit. Homeschoolers especially can take advantage of this easy method. This 4-part series will guide you through learning about and choosing a CLEP test, studying for and taking a CLEP test, and transferring CLEP credit to a college. In part 1, we explained what exactly a CLEP exam is and how to determine if it is right for you or your student. In part 2, we discussed how to consider your options and choose a CLEP exam. In part 3, we will talk about how to prepare for your test.

By now, you have learned about CLEP tests, done research about your school’s policies, and chosen an exam to take. Now what?

Need-to-know before studying for a CLEP

  • CLEP tests cost $80 each, and your testing center may charge an additional proctoring fee. This means that each testing attempt will cost you around $100.
  • Additionally, if you do not pass your exam on your first attempt, you must wait a minimum of 6 months before retesting. Some colleges may require a longer wait time between attempts or even have a policy of only accepting CLEPs passed on the first attempt.

These factors mean that you definitely want to pass your CLEP the first time – but how?

CLEP Study Guides

  • The College Board, which controls and administers CLEP tests, publishes *official CLEP study guides. Several other companies also publish study guides, however.
  • I personally have used the REA CLEP study guides with good success.
  • Whichever brand you choose, I strongly recommend going with some form of study guide designed specifically for the CLEP test rather than, say, a random American History textbook. These are specifically designed to help you learn information that will be on your exam.

Studying Tips

  • The REA study guides that I use are usually 7-10 chapters long and contain 2 full-length practice tests in the back of the book, along with a score conversion chart in the front. The method that has worked well for me is to read through the chapters and define each bolded term.
  • After finishing the guide, I take practice test 1 to see how much information I retained from just reading and defining terms. This gives me a good idea of how much studying I need to do.
  • I then study the important terms I defined and may re-read the textbook before taking practice test 2.

This method has worked well for me. However, people learn in many different styles and what helps me may not work for another student. I would suggest starting with the method outlined above and then making any necessary or helpful modifications as you go.

How to know when you’re ready

As I said at the beginning of this article, there is reasonable incentive to pass your CLEP test the first time. But how will you know when you’re ready? The answer to this question is the reason I like the REA CLEP guides: full-length practice tests. If you know what score you need to pass the exam, you can take a practice test, score yourself, and convert the score using the chart at the front of the book. This will give you a good idea of how ready you are for the test. My recommendation would be that the student should be scoring several points higher than the required score on a practice test before going on to the real thing, especially if it is very important that the first attempt is successful.

Now that you’ve studied, you’re ready to take the test! Part 4 of this series will go over the details of scheduling and taking a CLEP test, as well as how to transfer your credit to a college. Be sure to check back for the end of the series!

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Back to School Shopping

Well, have you done it yet?

We all know it’s that time of year and no matter how long we put it off, there is no getting around the need to get to the store, navigate the crowds, and buy those back to school supplies.

Schick Disposable Razor

With 8 children to buy for, this takes me a good bit of time, and I can pretty much wipe out the back to school bins. Also, bumping it up a level of difficulty, it turns out my kids are sort of picky about their school supplies. They requested the “good” pencils that don’t break easily, and the “cool” notebooks with pretty covers, so I tried to honor their requests.

My college girl also requested these Schick disposable razors, which were easy to find in the health and beauty section, so I loaded up on them.

Schick disposable razors

If you have a picky college student (or teen) like I do, be sure to use this buy one get one free coupon to get your Schick disposable razors, and then enter this sweepstakes to win $10,000! 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sending the Boy to College

Loving Jackson

Everybody loves this kid. And there is plenty of reason to love him. He is hard working, compassionate, and funny.

Jackson at airport

This summer he spent 23 days in Brazil serving a local community, digging, planting, building, painting, and teaching.

Jackson in Brazil

We stayed in touch with him through Face Time, but we surely hated him not being home for dinner every night.

Picking up Jackson

Finally back together!

Jackson with china bowls

He brought back carefully selected gifts from Brazil for everyone in the family. A dolphin bracelet for one sister who loves dolphins, a soccer ball bracelet for another, and so on. When he brought out these dishes for me I died a little.

Him: “Remember when I accidentally broke your favorite mixing bowl when I was little? I found this hand painted pottery set for you while I was in Brazil.”

Me: (died)

We were all thrilled when he made it back to us, but we knew our time with him at home was limited since leaving for college was looming around the corner.

And that time has come. Later this week, he will head down our gravel driveway and he won’t be coming home for a good long while.

Well, you can’t fence time, as the saying goes. But I am surely marking all these memories and keeping them bound up to recall when I’m missing him.

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

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REACH® Complete Care Mouth Rinse

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of REACH® and One2One Network, and I received a REACH product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.

Have you heard how long I waited between checkups at the dentist? I mean I seriously dread going. It’s not that I don’t love our dentist, because I do. She is awesome with my kids and super sweet and gentle with all of us. It’s just a thing I have about someone poking sharp metal objects into my gums.

That’s why I make sure to be extra, extra diligent in taking care of my teeth and gums. That way I can justify avoiding a dentist appointment for as long as possible.

REACH Complete Care Mouth Rinse

So, when I got the opportunity to review REACH® Complete Care Mouth RinseI was all in.

The 8-in-1 rinse kills bad breath germs, helps prevent gingivitis, reduces plaque, fights tartar build-up, freshens breath and cleans the whole mouth by foaming between the teeth with no burn of alcohol. It tastes great, and it’s special “stay away from the dentist” formula is right up my alley!

REACH Complete Care Mouth Rinse

And I especially love the handy, dandy toothbrush holder and built in pump with the cup stored right there on the top. This way I don’t have to keep it under the sink like I used to with my old mouth rinse and worry about finding a cup for the mouthwash every time I use it. Which would usually be sporadically since I mostly forget to look under the sink!

No “out of sight, out of mind” problem with this mouth rinse. I keep this right on the bathroom counter by the sink and I remember to use it each day when I brush.

That way I can rest easy and NOT dream of jagged lids from tuna cans. ::shudder::

 

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A Homeschooled Student’s Guide to CLEP Tests – PART 2

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A Homeschooled Student's Guide to CLEP Tests PART 2This guest post by Madison Hughes, homeschool graduate and college senior, is part 2 of a 4-part series on CLEP tests for homeschooled students.  See PART 1 of A Homeschooled Student’s Guide to CLEP Tests here, and be sure to check back for parts 3 and 4!

The popularity of CLEP tests is currently on the rise, and you may have heard about them from friends or acquaintances as a way to earn college credit.  Homeschoolers especially can take advantage of this easy method of acquiring college credit.  This 4-part series will guide you through learning about and choosing a CLEP test, studying for and taking a CLEP test, and transferring CLEP credit to a college.  In part 1, we explained what exactly a CLEP exam is and how to determine if it is right for you or your student.  In part 2, we will discuss how to consider your options and choose a CLEP exam.

Need-to-know before choosing a CLEP test

  • Almost all colleges accept some form of CLEP credit.  However, many colleges place restrictions on the type and/or amount of CLEP credit that students are allowed to transfer.
  • Before purchasing study materials, you should check with your college on which CLEP tests they accept, what test scores they require for credit, and how many total CLEP hours you can transfer.  If your college only accepts a limited number of hours, this may affect your decision on what CLEPs to take and what courses to take as physical or online classes.
  • If you cannot find this information on your college’s website, you should call the registrar’s office, which handles transcripts, enrollment, and questions about classes and credit.

Selecting a CLEP test

  • Before deciding which CLEP exam to take, as mentioned above, make sure your college accepts this particular class as CLEP credit.  Some colleges only accept a few CLEP tests, and it may make a difference whether the class is part of the general education portion of your degree or whether it is required by your major.
  • Also double check the scores required for passing – some colleges impose higher standards than CLEP’s standard score of 50 out of 80.

After this, you should ask yourself why you are taking this CLEP test.  Are you hoping to avoid taking a particular subject, such as a physical class?  Do you want to be able to either get an easy course knocked out quickly or take more time on a difficult one?  Are you using this course as both high school and college credit?  These questions should help you narrow down which tests you may want to take.

Keep in mind that available CLEP study guides are mostly undirected except for a few practice tests in the back.  This means that if your student lacks the ability to self-direct, or if they struggle on a particular subject, they may need to take that subject as a physical class whether in high school or in college.  One of the easiest CLEP tests to start with is the Analyzing and Interpreting Literature exam, which doesn’t require much preparation if the student is already a good reader.  However, not all schools or majors require this course, so double check before spending time and money to get a useless 3 hours of college credit.

After choosing your CLEP exam you will need to get materials, study for the test, and finally determine whether you are ready to take it.  We will discuss this in part 3, so be sure to check back!

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