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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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Ami Brainerd
Kathleen, I had the same understanding. Maybe different colleges have different systems/designations. I don't know any local unive... Read More
Friday, 15 February 2019 21:16
Lee Binz
Each high school across the nation may assign credits for dual enrollment differently. That makes it confusing for homeschoolers w... Read More
Monday, 01 July 2019 22:07
Lee Binz
If English 103 and English 104 are each full college courses (4, 5, or 6 credits) - according to Lee's definition - they would eac... Read More
Monday, 09 April 2018 21:36
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Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar

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...
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Ooops! Not Done With Math!

Ooops! Not Done With Math!
What do you do when you just aren't done with math before the year is done? Let me give you a few options, and you can decide which is best for your situation. One Book In One Year is Impossible You could measure math credits by counting hours spent on math. Some moms know their child can't complete a whole level each year. For them it makes sense to embrace the way God made your child,...
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How Do I Show 8th Grade Classes on a High School Transcript?

How Do I Show 8th Grade Classes on a High School Transcript?
I get this question a lot: My daughter is in 8th grade and has completed a couple of High school courses this year.  How should I show it on her transcript? If your child hasn't started high school yet, he or she can still earn high school credit. If she has done Algebra 1 or higher, high school biology or higher, or high school foreign language, then it does go on the transcript. Here's how. Curious...
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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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Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning

Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning
Changing Curriculum - Don't Start from the Beginning One problem I sometimes see is parents who repeatedly start over every time they buy new curriculum. That's what I want you to avoid. Instead, keep your focus on "challenging, not overwhelming." Their work shouldn't be boring, and they should be actively learning, but the work should also be easy enough so they can be successful - and not in over their head. If you have needed to...
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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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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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2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar

2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar
2014 Homeschool Year In Review with The HomeScholar  Every month I help parents homeschool though high school by publishing an email newsletter. January is a great time to look back and see all we have learned in the past year. Join me below for a 2014 homeschool year in review with The HomeScholar.  January Complete the FAFSA for Fun and Profit  February  iTired: Dealing with Homeschool Fatigue   March Know Your State Homeschool Law  April  How...
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Great News About Grading Scales!

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...
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