From Homeschool to College and Work is written in a question and answer format and covers getting started, documenting learning interests, compiling data, putting a portfolio or job resume together, common questions and concerns and five appendixes including an extensive sample from an actual portfolio. The following is from the book's introduction:
Recently Christian (our son), David (my husband), and I had the pleasure of putting our heads together and writing a college admissions portfolio which outlined Christian's unschooling experiences and detailed how those experiences had readied him for college. When Christian put his college application into the mail we held our breath and hoped that it would be well received. We were unprepared for the compliments which came our way. A dean of admissions from a small, highly competitive Midwestern college, was particularly interested in Christian's unusual educational background and found it fascinating that he had devoted himself to the study of trout fishing and fly tying. Another admissions officer praised the thoroughness with which we documented Christian's unusual learning exploits and mentioned that if other homeschoolers were as thorough in their work, the process of considering homeschooled applicants would be much less cumbersome for their admissions committees. As letters of acceptance into state and private schools (Grinnell College, Hamline University, Kalamazoo College, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and University of Wisconsin-Madison) came to our mailbox, it became clear that Christian's college portfolio had been well received by many different types of schools.....
"I can't imagine anyone with children... not being better off from having read From Homeschool to College and Work."
John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education
"We [at Ball State] enjoyed your book very much. More importantly, it will have a positive impact on our admission policy in this area."
Warren VanderHill, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History, Ball state University, Muncie, IN
"Highly recommend for high school children who aren't doing things in a traditional manner."
Mary Hood, Ph.D., author of The Relaxed Homeschool
"There ought to be a guide book to prepare adolescents and their parents for the inevitable transition to the next level [of homeschooling]. From Homeschool to College and Work is that book."
Back Home Magazine
"We couldn't have done it without your book. Thanks so much, Alison."
MaryAnn, parent of a college bound homeschooler and public school administrator
"Thanks for all of your help with the transcript. Without your help we would have been lost."
Ann, parent of a college bound homeschooler
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