Preparing for College

Even as Early as Middle School


Did you know you can start thinking about college for your homeschool student as early as middle school.  We did.  Here are some tips:

1. Start enquiring about college requirements in middle school - and have your student make the calls and ask the questions with you on the phone.  (This works well with home phones with extensions.)
Do your research first by going on their website.

Do they offer the degree(s) your student is potentially interested in?

Where is the school located?  If it is far away, do you have family or friends reasonably nearby in the event of an emergency? 

 What is the mission of the school?  What is their focus?  If the website shows them to be all about sports and your student is more focused on arts and academics, that may not be the best school for your child, and vice versa.

Do they offer advanced degrees in your student's field of interest?

Do they offer ROTC, if your student is interested in going into the military reserves after college?  If so, which branch of the military sponsors the ROTC on that campus.

Look at their affiliations. Are they a state school, a religious school (and if so, which relgion / denomination), etc.?

 Find out what accreditations they have.  Some universities will only accept credits from schools with certain accreditations.  If you don't see that on their list, ask when you call.

 Look at their approved organizations.  This can tell you a great deal about the makeup of the college or university.

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Trim Healthy Mama Oat Tortillas


THM Oat Fiber Wraps - With FLAVOR


    We live in Texas.  As such, we LOVE our Tex-Mex, and not just on "Taco Tuesdays."

    If you saw the January Menu Planners, this week was my older daughter's week to do meal planning for Home Ec.  She had planned to have enchiladas for lunch.  I found a THM Oat Fiber Wrap recipe last night on he Trim Healthy Mama recipe website and had all he ingredients to make them, so I figured I would.

    While I have masa to make homemade corn tortillas - and even have some store bought corn tortillas around, to lose weight, my husband and I need a low-carb tortilla.  These fit the bill perfectly because they have no net carbs and are non-fat, too.  With my modification, they may have 1 net carb per tortilla.

    Today, we had breakfast burritos that had my husband saying things like, "These are AWESOME!"  "I can't wait for you to make them again!"  "You should sell these!"  My daughters each had 2 1/2 breakfast burritos.

    For supper, we had chicken enchiladas using these tortillas.  After supper, my husband exclaimed, "These are the best tortillas I've ever had!"

Top: Breakfast burritos with bacon.  Bottom: chicken enchiladas and Caesar salad.