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How to Find God's Grading Scale

How to Find God's Grading Scale
How to Find God's Grading Scale When our children were still in middle school, many years ago, I didn’t know anything about homeschooling high school, which made me really anxious. Consequently, I did what I always do when I’m anxious - I ate cookies and I researched like crazy. I researched transcripts, course descriptions, curriculum, and grading - the whole shebang. Both helped (the cookies and the research), and eventually I became much more confident and...
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4 Ways to Earn High School Credit

4 Ways to Earn High School Credit
4 Ways to Earn High School Credit There are different ways to earn high school credit. 1. Credit based on high school level work at any age You'll know it's high school level because someone will tell you. Common examples include math (Algebra 1 and higher), science (high school biology textbook or greater), and foreign language (using a high school level curriculum). 2. Credit based on hours worked at high school age Count or estimate hours....
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How to Evaluate without Tests

How to Evaluate without Tests
How to Evaluate without Tests What I don't want you to do is create a test for each subject in order to evaluate your child. What I do want you to do is think about how you are already evaluating your child. What I do want you to do is give a grade for every subject . Following me so far? No tests are necessary. There are many ways to give grades without tests. You might...
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How Many Credits?

How Many Credits?
  Homeschool parents can be worriers, "Do I have enough structure in my homeschool? Not enough? Are my grades too lenient? Too strict?" In addition to a long list of other potential worries, some parents wonder about homeschool credits and whether their child will have enough to graduate, while others are embarrassed by the large number their child has accrued. How many is normal? Let’s take a look at the possibilities. Not Enough Credits If you...
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Evaluating Classes and Estimating Grades

Evaluating Classes and Estimating Grades
Evaluating Classes and Estimating Grades Unless you’re one of those super-conscientious homeschool parents who keep all your homeschool records up to date, you probably need to spend a little time catching up on record keeping. Grading, filing, and planning are all important, especially in the high school years! If any of this feels intimidating to you, let me encourage you that you’re not alone. Many parents feel unsure of themselves, especially when it comes to grading...
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Taking the Magic and Mystery Out of Grading

Taking the Magic and Mystery Out of Grading
Taking the Magic and Mystery Out of Grading Many of the homeschool parents I talk to seem to get really stressed out about assigning grades to their students’ work. Parents often think there is a magic, mysterious, official formula to follow that will remove all subjectivity out of the process. But all grades have some level of subjectivity. Take a look at RateMyProfessor.com and read the comments college students make about their professors. Here are some...
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Non-Traditional Ways to Determine High School Credit

Non-Traditional Ways to Determine High School Credit
Non-Traditional Ways to Determine High School Credit There are many different ways you can determine high school ( and sometimes college ) credit for your homeschool student. It's one of the great things about homeschooling! The usual test-and-quiz evaluation method isn't the only way to give your child credit on their high school transcript. Other methods are just as legitimate, and in some cases even easier! One way your child can earn credit is through dual...
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How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Homeschool Transcript

How to Put Dual Enrollment on Your Homeschool Transcript
Dual enrollment. It can be such a sticking point for homeschool families making a homeschool transcript. Follow the 6 steps below to put dual enrollment on your child's transcript. This post will tell you how to put dual enrollment on a transcript. Want to see what a scholarship-winning transcript actually looks like? Click to download The HomeScholar Record Keeping Samples Choose an acronym Create an acronym for each college or high school location where your child...
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Good evening. I am hoping that you will be able to answer my question, and I hope that I can word my question in a way that makes... Read More
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Hi Emily, Lee always recommends keeping your grading scale as it is. It may mean including the college's grading scale in your do... Read More
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Dear Laura, I'm so sorry you are frustrated. This can be a very confusing subject, and each high school and school district may h... Read More
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Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades

Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades
Test Scores Low but High Homeschool Grades What do you do? What do you do when your test scores don't match your homeschool grades? First rule of homeschooling - do not panic! Especially with the first time taking the SAT or ACT, the scores may not be accurate as the child is adjusting to the test. Tammy asked this question on my Video Tip of the Week . I have been working through my daughter’s transcripts,...
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The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript

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,...
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Failing Grades in Online School

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...
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Free Class: No Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach

Free Class: No Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach
No-Nonsense Style and Take it Easy Approach The other day I presented my grades, credits, and transcripts class for a group of homeschoolers. The positive feedback from the attendees was so overwhelmingly positive! My grade was 4.9 stars (out of 5.0 possible.) I have to say, it's nice to be appreciated! For the class last week, I partnered with Luke and Trisha Gilkerson at  Intoxicated on Life . I first met Luke and Trisha on Facebook,...
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Photography Credit

Photography Credit
When a child loves, loves, LOVES a subject, it can feel complicated to put it on the transcript or create a course description if it is not a standard subject like math or science. Instead of trying to get too technical with "fun" subjects, think about what your children are doing with this thing they love. How much time do they spend ... just a little, or too much to count?   Photography Credit For example, a client was talking...
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Occupational Education for the Confused Homeschool Parent

Occupational Education for the Confused Homeschool Parent
Occupational Education for the Confused Homeschool Parent Although different states require parents to cover different subjects according to their specific homeschool laws, in Washington State where I live there are eleven required subjects. The one that seems to consistently stump people is occupational education. So many people have asked me what this term means! I read a thread about this topic recently on a homeschool forum and it was quite funny to see what some people thought...
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Cover the Core and Capture Delight Directed Learning

Cover the Core and Capture Delight Directed Learning
Include as much delight directed learning as possible in your homeschool! This isn't because you want school to be easy or fun, but because you want it to be interesting and applicable.  When school is interesting, your kids will learn more and begin to LOVE learning more. Cover the Core and Capture Delight Directed Learning Parents do need to find a balance when incorporating delight directed learning, however. You want to both cover the core AND...
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