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Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education

Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education
For subjects like PE and Occupational Education - which often don't have a textbook - grading doesn't usually involve tests or written work. Are you wondering how to evaluate your child's learning without tests? Grading Homeschool PE and Occupational Education Grading homeschool PE and occupational education can be as simple as recognizing that your children are meeting your expectations, doing what is required, and completing their work. If they do, you can feel comfortable giving them an "A" for...
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Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript

Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript
A CLEP Exam is a college level test that measures college level knowledge in a specific subject area. If a child takes and passes a CLEP test in ANYTHING then it goes on the high school transcript. When determining high school credit for CLEP, it does not matter how long it took the student to learn the material. Whether it was 2 weeks or 2 years, credit is not determined by the hours of study. With CLEP,...
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Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School

Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School
If you are sure your child is doing high school level work in an academic subject area like math, science, or foreign language in middle school, put that on your transcript and earn early high school credits! Why? Because when it's honest and true it goes on the transcript. And because schools do it too! My record keeping earned our family $187,000 in scholarships. Click this link if you could use that sort of college cash: The HomeScholar...
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Yes, absolutely! Just call it "Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry" and put that under "Early High School Credits" on your transcri... Read More
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 22:12
Lee Binz
Hi Shelly, Thanks for asking that question! When a child is high school age, ALL classes are counted on the transcript. After all,... Read More
Thursday, 02 January 2020 17:10
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Homeschool Credits - How to Calculate Partial Credit

Homeschool Credits - How to Calculate Partial Credit
What do you do with hours that don't add up to a full credit? Can you give partial credit? I have a question for you. Last year, Katie's sophomore year, she spent only 28 hours on Spanish. This summer she added about 15 more, for a total of 43. What can I do with these hours, since they don't add up to a half credit? Would it be alright to assign no credit for the sophomore...
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Lee Binz
I hope I'm understanding your situation well enough.... You can certainly combine 9th and 10th grade experiences into one class. G... Read More
Friday, 18 October 2019 16:08
Lee Binz
You can award it any time. To me, it makes sense to award it in 10th grade, when that class was completed. Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 18 October 2019 19:04
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Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades

Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades
I don't recommend weighting grades. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges tend to like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades. For an "Honors" or AP class, some high schools will add 1.0 to the grade - so the highest grade possible is a 5.0 instead of a 4.0.  Some high schools will increase the grade by 0.5, so honors...
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ME
Wow, that is complicated. Thank you for this article, I am grading standard grades; not weighted.
Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:17
Robin
That's really smart! You are making it much easier for yourself and for prospective colleges. Well done! Robin Assistant to The ... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:26
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Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School!

Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School!
Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School! In community college, they don't spend a whole year working through a calculus textbook; they spend three months. Students in community college also don't go through a level of French in one year, they spend three months, instead. It takes a whole year to get a credit in high school American History. In college, you can finish the course in a quarter or semester. Students will usually take three...
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Capture Learning for High School Credit

Capture Learning for High School Credit
You can put FUN on your homeschool transcript! Did you know that? It's such a freeing concept! High school credits created for fun will be the easiest your child will ever earn. Your children do something for fun, you count the hours they work, and give them appropriate credit on their transcript. Easy-peasy! Capture Learning for High School Credit Evelyn wrote an example, so you can see how it works in real life.... I have been following your blog and...
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The Teaching Company's The Great Courses for High School Credit

The Teaching Company's The Great Courses for High School Credit
The Teaching Company's The Great Courses for High School Credit This post contains affiliate links . If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. The Teaching Company provides excellent college level lectures, called The Great Courses. We used them often in our homeschool, to supplement areas our boys were interested in, such as science and economics, and to fill in the gaps in my own weak areas,...
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A Matter of Honor

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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Why Mastery is More Important Than Perfection

Why Mastery is More Important Than Perfection
Do you have a perfectionist in the family? Whether it's you, your kids, or both, click on Lee's video below for some ideas to help you stop worrying about being perfect and learn to relax in your homeschool! Are you or your kids perfectionists? Does it make it difficult to have fun and relax in your homeschool? Let me know in the comments below! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create...
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Lee Binz
Nobody is perfect except God - good discussion topic with teens. Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 22:20
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Grades are Subjective

Grades are Subjective
I understand that some homeschool parents feel uncomfortable giving grades, but grades are the love language of colleges. Some parents tell me they chose not to list grades on their children’s transcripts, and that it was a mistake. They lost money in scholarships because they didn't list grades.  Avoid giving pass or fail grades which may be interpreted as a very low grade, and can lower the overall GPA. All grades are subjective. Teachers in public...
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How to Calculate Homeschool GPA

How to Calculate Homeschool GPA
Each year, update your homeschool transcript to include your finished classes. Remember to recalculate the grade point average. Forgot how to do that?  Here is a brief review of how to calculate homeschool GPA: Assign each class a credit value. Assign each class a numerical grade. Multiply each class credit by it's numerical grade. That gives you the grade point for that particular class. Add all the grade points for all the classes that are complete....
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Lee Binz
Hi Marcella, I think you may be overthinking this a bit. Here's the truth - all school districts across the nation have their own ... Read More
Friday, 15 February 2019 18:18
Lee Binz
GPAs are acceptable to colleges, and many will require them if they are not included. I believe that parents really NEED to create... Read More
Wednesday, 08 January 2020 01:17
Lee Binz
If you are a homeschooling parent then YES you can calculate a GPA with no assistance. There is only one exception: if you are not... Read More
Wednesday, 08 January 2020 16:30
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5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions

5 Lessons About Writing Course Descriptions
Kerrie posted the sweetest comment on Facebook , while in the midst of a challenging marathon of writing her course descriptions. This is what a house looks like at Christmastime when you wait until the last minute to write course descriptions and reading lists for college applications! Lee Binz of The HomeScholar - we should've listened to your advice and started much earlier! See well-worn copies of the two books on top of paper pile! (...
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The difference between accredited and official transcripts

The difference between accredited and official transcripts
Have you ever wondered about the difference between an "accredited" and an "official" homeschool transcript? Sally discovered that her son could play on a private school baseball team - IF he entered that school's Independent Study program.  The school says he needed an accredited transcript from his 9th grade year to prove that he was in the 10th grade this year.  She was under the impression that his work was accredited basically by her.  The school...
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Earn College Credits while in High School

Earn College Credits while in High School
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to earn college credits through...
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