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    A sponsored post by Jane Stine of Loop Abroad

    As the Managing Director of a study abroad program, I spend a lot of time advising students and parents on finding the best study abroad experience for them, and a lot of time working to shape the experiences my programs offer to optimize the experience for our students.

    If youíre exploring the idea of a summer travel program for your son or daughter, here are six tips to help make the experience a positive one!

    1) Assess what your Child Needs to Thrive

    There are lots of options for summer travel experiences for students. They range from free to costing tens of thousands of dollars. There are programs on every continent, on cruises, and in your neighboring state. There are programs focused on college credit, research, service, or just plain fun.

    Itís important to think about what youíre looking to get out of a travel experience. I feel itís important to mention that, except for a very limited list of prestigious, competitive, and generally free programs, participating in one of these programs will not help your child get into college. Anyone telling you that it will is giving you a (false) marketing spiel.

    That said, travel abroad can have huge benefits. It widens perspective and exposes students to new things. It can teach them more about career opportunities, network them with other students and professionals, and allow them to try new things. These are valuable rewards, and I absolutely love seeing the huge and positive impact our programs have on students.

    Think about what your child needs from a program. Independence? Support? Help in making friends? Experienced staff? Authenticity of activities? Value for money? Ask your child what they ...
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    Recently, I was introduced to a brand new resource that I simply
    must pass along to you secular homeschooling peeps. AMAZE is a completely non-profit, non-partisan tool for making sex education less weird and lots easier for students and parents. AMAZE uses humor to try and lighten-up some of the more awkward aspects of talking about the many changes of puberty.

    Just what is AMAZE?

    AMAZE is an animated video series for the digital-savvy 10 to 14 year old that provides factual,non-judgmental, and age-appropriate information about puberty, periods, body image and sexuality in fun, bite-sized clips. If we want our children to know the facts about their bodies, ...
    Published on 07-24-2016 12:22 PM
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    This article first appeared at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com and is reprinted here with permission for High School Homeschool Month.

    Is that even possible? With the insatiable rising costs of higher education, the idea of college for many graduates is becoming a distant dream. Who wants to graduate with a pile of school loan debt that will take half a lifetime to pay off? What if there were ways to get through college and be debt free? Well, thereís good news! There ARE ways, and they arenít as difficult as you may think!

    1. While in high school, take as many dual-credit courses as you can. Make sure that those courses will be recognized by the college you plan to attend in the future.
    2. Do test prep, and take the SAT or ACT as many times as you need to in order to attain your state scholarship level. You see, each time you take the ACT or SAT you get a little more relaxed and you test at your true levels. For example, in our home state of Georgia you need to graduate from an eligible high school with a 3.0 GPA OR obtain an 80th percentile on the SAT or ACT. In most cases, if the student attends a state college, the scholarship will cover 80% of the cost. Of course, if your student gets a higher score on the SAT or ACT, there are other state scholarships that will
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