Options for Handling Homeschool Failure

Options for Handling Homeschool Failure

What would you do if your child REALLY failed a homeschool class - refused to do history, for example? Let's talk about how to cope, as a homeschool m...

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The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript

The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript I always recommend that parents put grades on every class on your homeschool transcript. Either letter grades (A, B, C) or number grades (4.0, 3.5, 3.) will be equally helpful, but grades are important. I do not recommend using Pass or Fail on your transcript.Colleges award scholarships based on the GPA of your child - and the GPA is determined by the grades you provide. Without grades, you...

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Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar

Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar Recently I worked with Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) on a series of classes teaching parents how to determine high school credit for IEW products. We’ve known each other for many years and collaborated together on a number of projects before, and it's always fun. This time I enjoyed chatting with him about my Total Transcript Solution. This is what Andrew had to say:“If I could...

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Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!

Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It! Each time someone takes my free class on grades, credits, and transcripts, I ask for feedback. I update that class every few years, and feedback helps me to improve the class each time. But, I have to say, Cindy went over-and-above on her specific review of “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts”. She said she loved every minute of it!    Dear Lee,I am happy...

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Failing Grades in Online School

Failing Grades in Online School Many parents choose online classes for their students, and from time to time will experience the "crash and burn" of failing grades from these classes. How can you make sure your smart child is represented fairly on the transcript, even if your child has failed some classes?If your classes are NOT accredited, then the class and grades are essentially like a homeschool co-op, and you are completely in charge of those...

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Great News About Grading Scales!

I have such marvelous news about grading scales! This is guaranteed to thrill! Or maybe not... Let me know after I explain the good news!You are in charge of your homeschool policy. As the parent, you can choose any grading scale that you want to use.  If you are homeschooling independently, then you get to decide.There are a few commonly-used grading scale options I usually suggest you consider.  Which of these will strike your fancy?  Grading...

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A Matter of Honor

A Matter of Honor: Honors Classes Honors credit or no honors credit, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to give your child a C grade for an honors credit, or a B for a regular credit. First and foremost, your job is to teach your child at their level. Teach for success. It doesn't matter what the course is, or what the books you used. An honors course refers to the depth and extent of how far your child takes the content. Any course can be an honors...

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Evaluate Without Grades

When faced with courses such as math or spelling, most homeschool parents feel pretty confident in their grading methods.  But what about those more challenging courses, like fine arts, or even creative writing--how do you grade those things?  If you were teaching culinary arts, think about a yummy piece of chocolate dessert, and how you would grade something like that! Of course, grades definitely have their place, but an equally useful method of evaluating your child’s...

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What About College?

Do you ever wonder about things?  I was one of those moms that would worry and fret about LOTS of things.  Wonder what would happen if you homeschooled through high school? What if you homeschooled independently? What would you do about grades? What about college? Would colleges accept grades given by mommy?If you homeschool through high school, prepare a high school transcript on your home computer, provide mommy grades and kitchen credits, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?Let's see...

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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....

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Drill Sergeant Not Needed

Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Even scary words like "grades" and "credits" can be simple when you know the easy way to do it!I'll be glad to show you the easy way to calculate high school credits.  You'll be amazed at how simple it is!  No need for a scary-sounding boot camp, with sweating and tremendous effort while the Drill Sergeant is screaming at you. Instead, calculating homeschool credits is more...

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Does Your Homeschooler Make the Grade?

 Parents often have a hard time figuring out how to assign grades to their homeschool students, and get stressed just wondering whether ‘mommy grades’ are even valid or not!  At a recent webinar, one of the attendees asked, “Can you give some options and factors to use when evaluating grades?”  Another mom wondered, “My daughter is autistic and we do a lot of hands-on type things. How do you decide grades for hands-on assignments?”There are many...

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Parent Training Made Easy!

Parent Training A La Carte HomeschoolThruHighSchoolThis budget-friendly solution perfect for busy homeschool parents will give you information on just one high school topic at a time. What are the classes?1. Delight Directed Learning2. Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer3. Homeschool Planning - Your Goals this School Year4. Planning High School Courses5. Getting the BIG Scholarships6. College Scholarships for High School Credit7. Making the Grades8. High School Testing9. Finding a College10. College Admission EssaysWhat do...

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Awana is a wonderful program, and a great way to get Bible credit naturally in a fun activity.  I know it take a LOT of work.  Because it takes so much time and effort, I usually suggest including it on your high school transcripts.  In private schools and many homeschools, families include Bible on their transcript as a regular subject area - just like math, or science, or physical education.  On my transcript, I had Bible...

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Do Colleges Care about Homeschool Grades?

Do most colleges actually care about letter grades from homeschoolers, or are they much more interested in test scores? ~ Julie Dear Julie, Colleges really *DO* care about grades from homeschoolers.  Some colleges prefer letter grades (A, B, C) and some colleges prefer number grades (4.0, 3.0, 2.5) and other college don't have a preference as long as you give some grades at all.Colleges do care about test scores for homeschoolers, just like they care about...

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