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Should I Make a High School Transcript for my Homeschool 8th grader?

Should I Make a High School Transcript for my Homeschool 8th grader?
Today is a good day to work on a transcript.   Especially if you have a middle school student!Stephanie wrote on Facebook:"I'm thinking that I need to get my system in place. My daughter is in 8th grade, but she's working on a high school level so I'm going to start tracking and catching info. I know what to do from you, but now it's just the doing that I have to get started on!" If your...
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How to Keep High School Records

How to Keep High School Records
Did you keep records in one big folder or did you keep each subject's records in it's own folder?   Where did you keep the transcript?   Or the things that didn't fit into a folder?~ Diane in Oklahoma Dear Diane,I had one three-ring binder for each child, and used a new one for each year.  That allowed me enough space to have records for every class, and keep samples for each class as well. I kept the...
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Delight Directed Learning - Transcript or Activity List?

Delight Directed Learning - Transcript or Activity List?
Delight-directed learning crosses many boundaries. It can be a class, community service, and an activity.  It's fun for the child, but it may be frustrating for the parent.  It can also be difficult to quantify.   It is a challenge to decide how to include it in your high school records. I have a daughter that has been in Martial Arts since she's been 11. The last few years she's been helping teach the younger class, but...
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Guest — Julie
I too listed the martial arts for P.E., community service & Instructor Training under business/life skills. My daughters flute... Read More
Thursday, 21 October 2010 09:17
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Is this enough for a high school credit?

Is this enough for a high school credit?
Is this enough for a high school credit?  That depends on what YOU think - it's up to the homeschool parent! I just finished watching your webinar on the grades, credits, and transcripts. My son is in the 9th grade and I am having him go through both books of the All American History.  This is one of those curriculums that can be adjusted to all ages so they give suggestions as to what you can...
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Daily Homeschool Record Keeping

Daily Homeschool Record Keeping
What would you recommend for the daily record keeping of time and subjects… an official teacher record keeping book or something ‘home made’ on Excel. Should track grades on each assignment, as it is first done and as it is corrected to 100%, as well as track the time spent?~ homeschool mom For record keeping, I had a sheet of notebook paper for every class.  I would write the names of any papers and the results...
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Real Life Homeschool Education

Real Life Homeschool Education
It can be difficult to determine when an activity should be considered a high school course or just an activity.  Everyone has an opinion, and different parents may handle the same situation in a different way.  Stephanie asked for my opinion on getting high school credit for work experience. My son has been working at a restaurant as a cook for several months.  In order to keep this job, he had to memorize the entire menu...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Dawn, My vote would be for calling the dog walking a PE class. Volunteer work is more suited to helping with a non-profit. F... Read More
Monday, 11 October 2010 18:10
Guest — Dawn in Ohio
That brings up another thought. Our 15-year-old son has volunteered to walk a very difficult Australian shepherd dog for an elder... Read More
Monday, 11 October 2010 15:56
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When Do You Need a Transcript?

When Do You Need a Transcript?
When will you need your homeschool transcript?  It's hard to say exactly. The first time you need it may be sophomore year, when your child starts driving.  Many insurance companies provide a good student discount for teenage drivers, and your homeschool transcript is required.  It may be during junior year, when you need to review grades and credits with your child, so they report their grades correctly when they take the PSAT for the first time. ...
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Setting the Records Straight vs. Total Transcript Solution

Setting the Records Straight vs. Total Transcript Solution
Thank you for your informative web site. My eldest child is entering eighth grade, and I’m educating myself on how to homeschool  high school. We’ve always homeschooled, but I’m learning that high school will have added complexities.I’m considering buying your book Setting the Records Straight, but I’ve been unable to browse a copy beforehand. Do you include many sample transcripts and other record-keeping forms in the book? I love to keep records and thrive creating files...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Giovana, The free month of the Silver Training Club and the one month of consulting begins at the time of purchase. It's an aut... Read More
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:32
Guest — Giovana
Does the one month Silver Training Club support become effective at time of purchase? Or can one choose when that starts?
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 18:57
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How to Never Lose your Homeschool Transcript

How to Never Lose your Homeschool Transcript
I have multiple redundancies for my computer because I use it for business.  External hard drives and remote back-up systems like Carbonite Online Backup serve a great purpose.  Most homeschoolers don't have the time or energy to back up all their data like that, but disasters can happen.  A single computer virus, a major computer crash, or a household disaster or theft can destroy all the hard work you put into making your transcript. There is...
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You Can't Make a High School Accept your Credits

You Can't Make a High School Accept your Credits
It's easy to pull children out of school and begin homeschooling.  It's more challenging to go the other way.   If you have been homeschooling, you may have difficulty convincing a public or private high school to accept credits earned in your homeschool. High schools don't have to accept your homeschool credits, and you can't MAKE them accept your credits. Create the transcript as you would for a college, but recognized that they have all the power....
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Oh Dianne! I hope you have good luck! I think it's much easier at a private school that public, so I'm hoping it will go OK for ... Read More
Friday, 03 June 2011 14:34
Guest — Dianne
Ironically, I'm in the process of completing a transcript for my son to attend a private school for his senior year of high school... Read More
Friday, 03 June 2011 14:10
Guest — Kirsten O'Malley
Hi Lee -- More and more of our students are full-time students at a public school, but choosing to take "outside credits" with one... Read More
Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:31
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Homeschool Transcript Yikes

Homeschool Transcript Yikes
Sometimes messages come by Facebook, but other times I get them on the phone, by email,  or on my blog.  It usually goes something like this:"Yikes-please help fast! Transcript due tomorrow and I am on the fence with this one......How do we count a European home stay for a month on a high school transcript? How much credit? Never encountered this one....."Angela on Facebook Believe me, I've heard it all.  I never feel judgmental at all,...
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Should Unschoolers Make a Transcript?

Should Unschoolers Make a Transcript?
What you recommend non-tradional (unschoolers and eclectic) homeschoolers do about making transcripts for 4-year state colleges?  Do they have a better chance at admission if they transform what they have  done  into atraditional transcript?~Julie Dear Julie,In general I think the best answer is to convert non-traditional experiences into a traditional transcript with grades made by mom, and credit values clearly labeled.  I have heard some moms truly regret NOT doing that, believing that it cost them...
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Guest — Natalie
Hi, adding to that question, what about GPA and credits if there is no record of them?
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 11:29
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good question! Your job is to translate your activities (whatever they are) into records. I think this article will help: Transc... Read More
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 22:52
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Friday, 09 July 2010 06:03
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Happy Binder Building Day

Happy Binder Building Day
Leanne is a reformed pyromaniac.  At the end of every school year, her policy was to torch all schoolwork.  A rite of passage, she would gather all her children's homeschool records, and they would celebrate with a giant bonfire. Thankfully, she realized that may not be her best option in high school! She came to my "High School Record Keeping" speech and gained a new appreciation for keeping high school records.  Completely reformed, she said she...
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Those old Sonlight binders are huge and make a great Binder for high school stuff...
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 05:38
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Monday, 05 July 2010 06:03
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Homeschooling Teens: How Do You Know It's High School Level?

Homeschooling Teens: How Do You Know It's High School Level?
"How do I determine if a curriculum is high school material?  My son is interested in learning Biblical Greek. I found a few great workbooks at Half-Price books, but they don't have any grade recommendations on them." ~ Charlotte on Facebook Look up the book online, through Amazon or a homeschool catalog, and see what it says. You can also look at the author and reviewer, to see if they are high school or college reviewers....
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You might be able to find good audio books on biblical greek free on your library website. I know my library has one, I just happe... Read More
Thursday, 17 June 2010 07:00
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Homeschool High School: Fine Arts vs. Technology Credit

Homeschool High School: Fine Arts vs. Technology Credit
"Hi Lee.  I heard you speak at the Midwest Homeschool Convention.  I really appreciated all your information.  I need to ask you a question.  Can I count a computer graphics class or video editing class for fine arts credit on the homeschool transcript?"~ Trina on Facebook Sure, Trina!  You can use those classes for fine arts on your homeschool transcript.  Some parents use classes like that for a technology credit, and others will use it as...
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