Are you wondering how to write course descriptions for your homeschool high school student? Creating course descriptions can be fairly straight forward when you are using a standard curriculum or textbook. It's a little more challenging when you are flying free. In this post, you'll learn the basics of how to write descriptions for curriculum-based courses as well as the custom courses you design for your student!
There are three "ingredients" of a great course description: a paragraph about what you did, a list of what you used, and a description of how you graded. Within those suggestions, you have a LOT of latitude!
You can have a very SHORT description about your grades, and say only "1/3 tests, 1/3 lab, 1/3 daily work." Or you can be very detailed in your grading description and provide a chart with the scores on all 23 chapter tests and all 48 biology labs. That part is up to you.
I suggest this brief little format, just to help you keep things in order:
Subject Area (Math): Class Title (Algebra)
In this class the student will....
Primary Text Used
Textbook, author, publisher, year, etc.
Supplemental Texts and Resources
(Include field trips, supplements, any tutors or classroom information as well, if you prefer.)
Course Grade Description
(Short) Grading criteria: 1/3 tests, 1/3 lab, 1/3 daily work
(Long) Insert a chart with all the details and test scores
Final grade = 97%, 4.0
I would love to help you create your course descriptions, and I've got something for everyone! How do you learn best?
Book lovers: Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships is available on Amazon, and you can circle, underline, and highlight whatever you want.
Overwhelmed beginners: Homeschool Records That Open Doors is a FREE, relaxed, recorded online class, as easy as watching a YouTube video.
Brief overview: Comprehensive Homeschool Records: Put Your Best Foot Forward to Win College Admission and Scholarships is available on Kindle or paperback, and you can read it in an hour, during your lunch break.
Relational learners: The Gold Care Club provides personal consultations, so you and I can discuss it together on the phone. I still suggest the book Setting the Records Straight or Comprehensive Record Solution, but relational learners may need a little more encouragement in person.
Detail-oriented parents: The Comprehensive Record Solution provides technical help, templates, ebooks of instruction, and cut & paste course descriptions.
Initially I was overwhelmed when I thought of documenting my son's high school records. Lee's encouragement helped me to overcome my fears and to tackle the process in bite sized chunks. In the end, it didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would, even though I wasn't as organized as I should have been. It will be even easier next year, now that I have the framework completed and know what I should be doing along the way to streamline the process.
The Comprehensive Record Solution was convenient to use since much of the information is presented in three formats: audio, video, and print format. The features I liked best about the CRS were the samples and templates included in the course.
I initially thought the price of this course was steep, but I changed my mind after using it. I truly believe my son will receive many more scholarship offers because of his excellent records than he would have if I had not prepared a comprehensive record. I feel confident that his comprehensive record highlights his unique strengths and effectively demonstrates the rigor of his course of study. Lee relieved this busy homeschool mom's stress by giving me the tools and the know-how to prepare excellent and thorough records.
~Molly Evert, My Audio School To read her full review, click HERE!
Disclaimer: I received a free three month trial of Comprehensive Record Solution in exchange for my honest review, and was not compensated in any other way.
Check out my video book review for Setting the Records Straight here!
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