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What Grade is My High School Child?

What Grade is My High School Child?

There you are, homeschooling the normal and natural way, not worrying about grade levels. After all, when your child is younger, how can you really tell what grade they are in? Because they could be in 5th grade math, 8th grade spelling, and using a 7th grade history curriculum. But when you have a high school student, suddenly everyone wants to know.

What Grade is My High School Child?

The easiest way to determine grade level is to decide what year the child will be graduating from high school, and then count backward. In other words, if your child is graduating next spring, this is the senior year. If your child is graduating a year from next spring, then your child is a junior this year.

The only time grade level REALLY matters is when you take the PSAT for real. They will ask the child what grade they are, and only the 11th grade PSAT will count for the national merit scholarships. (You can take it in 10th for fun, but only the 11th grade level counts for scholarships.) Other than that, it's all about when will the child graduate.

The standard age and grade level for high school children may be helpful to know.

Freshman, grade 9, begins at age 14-15
Sophomore, grade 10, begins at age 15-16
Junior, grade 11, begins at age 16-17
Senior, grade 12, begins at age 17-18

But do standard age and grade levels matter? Not always - it depends on the child and the family. And sometimes it depends on the grade level of their friends, too.

When you are making the decision about graduation, keep in mind the magic number: 18. When children turn 18, they will usually want to become independent. This is a good thing, because we have worked our entire life to create independent, confident, capable young adults. The problem is that an independent, confident, capable young adult may not want to be homeschooled by Mommy. That can result in stress and difficulty at home, with even the most pleasant and compliant child. Without the agreement of the child, it may not be possible to homeschool a child over the age of 18 without some angst or drama at home.

I hope that helps! Remember, if you ever need some support, I'm happy to help! You can join the Gold Care Club, you can call me so we can discuss your worries or concerns.

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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, and give math credits not by textbook, but by the number of hours worked. In other words, it your young person worked at math for 45 minutes to an hour a day, then give credit for math, 1 credit per year. The title of the class is extra important in this option. You don't imply that your child got farther in the textbook than actually accomplished. To clarify that, you can call the class Algebra 1A, for 1 credit, for a whole year of work, for the first half of the textbook. Then call the class Algebra 1B for 1 credit, for a whole year of work the following year, for the second half of the textbook.

One Book Completed In Random Intervals

You could decide to give credit based on the completion date of each textbook. Some parents know the child is just working on their own time-table, being successful while only slightly slower than the average bear. Sometimes families will do year-round schooling, with math completion dates occurring at random intervals throughout the year. For them, it makes more sense to just give the credit on the month and year when each textbook was completed. So for this situation, math classes on the transcript might look like this:

  • Pre-algebra, 1 credit, completed 06/2014

  • Algebra 1, 1 credit, completed 12/2015

  • Geometry, 1 credit, completed 09/2016

That way is sometimes easier, I think, because there is less to keep track of other than completion dates. This may not be a good choice if a child is FAR behind, while still working hard all day, because they get short-changed for all the work they did just to get 1/2 way through a textbook.

Measure by Semester,  Not by Year

You could decide to embrace the random start and stop time of your homeschool classes. Some parents prefer to give grades each semester, rather than each year, because the timing is just too difficult to figure out when each class begins and ends otherwise. If you do that, then each 1/2 textbook you can enter half the number of usual credits and give a grade. So on the semester system, a math book is still 1 credit, but each semester is 1/2 credit. I to have some transcript templates with semester grades available for you to look at, but templates are usually just by semester or by year. You can still add one class at a time that ends at the semester, if you like. This works well if your child starts and stops many classes at somewhat random intervals. Every 6 months, update the transcript with what was completed in the previous 6 months.

Over-Picky Parents Expecting Perfection

You may need to just lighten up, and your child can complete a math book per year. Other moms are just expecting more than a public school expects. In other words, expecting a child who struggles to complete every single problem in the book, from beginning to end isn't always the best choice. After all, a child only needs enough practice to learn, not all the practice problems that are provided in the universe. And homeschoolers don't need to complete all the chapters in every textbook, either. If you complete 75-80% of the curriculum, then it's done. So maybe Algebra 1 or Geometry will be done sooner than expected.
If you need more help, I have some math articles to encourage you!

9 Ways to Actually Get Math Done This Year
High School Math Without the Moaning

What do you think? Which method would you choose?

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4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences

4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences

4 Ways to Use Huge, Amazing, Tremendous, Wonderful, High School Experiences

A mission trip to Haiti, touring the castles of Europe, or sailing the globe - how do you use the amazing things your child has experienced? They are ALWAYS educational and awesome, but when your child is in high school, there are 4 ways to use those experiences to improve your chances of college admission and scholarships.

A huge, tremendous, wonderful, high school experience can be used in these four ways.

1. Field Trip Listed on Course Description

When you are traveling or visiting anything, it might be considered a field trip for one of your high school classes. A mission trip to Haiti might be a field trip for Spanish class, for example. Provide a descriptive paragraph of your class, list your textbooks or resources, but also list your field trips and experiences on your course description. (Need help? Take my free class on course descriptions.)

2. Activity and Awards List on the Transcript

Special trips with mission groups or service communities can be listed on your activity list. There is a short list of activities on the transcript.That mention on the transcript is so short that the name of each activity is as short as a class title, like this: Mission Trip to Haiti 2013. It's OK for something to be listed as an activity when it's on the transcript (read more: Delight-Directed Learning – Transcript or Activity List)

3. Separate Detailed Activity and Awards List

Keep a longer activity list that gives all the details, with the organization, the type of activity, and the hours and years it was completed. This is much more detailed than what is on the transcript. It's part of your comprehensive homeschool record, and it looks more like a resume. For example, it might look like this: Mission Trip to Haiti, home construction with Habitat for Humanity, 100 volunteer hours, June 2013. (Feeling stuck here? Read more:  How to Create an Extraordinary Activity List for Perfectly Ordinary Teens)

4. Topic for College Application Essay

A huge, tremendous, wonderful, high school experience is usually memorable and rewarding for the student, so it's a great experience as a topic for your college application essay. The more unusual the topic you choose, the more likely the college will remember your child above all the other applicant's essays. College Admission Essay Tip: Make Grandma Gasp, Not Blush!

The only thing you really need to remember is that all homeschool experiences are valuable and important, but only experiences done during high school can be used with your high school records. (Read more about Comprehensive Homeschool Records)

I'm always so intimidated by the awesome things homeschoolers have done. What is the most huge, amazing, tremendous, and wonderful experience your high school student has had?




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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 about what type of transcripts can win $187,000 in scholarships? Click to see: The HomeScholar Record Keeping Samples
If you arrange your transcript by year

Create a new transcript section called "Early High School Credits" and place middle school credits there. You can see an example here: Sample Homeschool Transcript by Year

If you arrange your transcript by subject

Add classes to the transcript as you normally would, and include a completion date, without indicating the grade your child was in at the time. That is enough to show it was done in middle school. You can see an example here: Sample Homeschool Transcript by Subject

Need more information?

If you want to know more about earning high school credits in middle school, I have some great free resources. This blog post explains more: Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School. This free class on grades, credits and transcripts will give you even more detailed information: A Homeschool Parent's Guide to High School Grades, Credits, and Transcripts.

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7 College Acceptance Letters and Generous Scholarships

7 College Acceptance Letters and Generous Scholarships

7 College Acceptance Letters and Generous Scholarships

Where are you in the homeschool journey right now? Are you feeling panicky? Overwhelmed? You KNOW you can just reach out and get some help, right? And one day maybe you will report back, shouting from the rooftops about getting 7 college acceptance letters and generous scholarships! I just got the sweetest note from Lois, thanking me for her son's success with college admission and scholarships.
        I want to thank you SO MUCH for your help when I was panicking about getting my comprehensive record and homeschool transcript done! In spite of the panic and the work and the time, I am VERY pleased with how they turned out with your guidance. I want to tell you that my son was accepted into every one of the seven schools he applied to, and I am sure the thorough records had quite a bit to do with that. I certainly know your calming and practical advice and counsel along the way had a huge impact on our shaping and recording his work with an eye toward college. My son received generous scholarships, both for merit and need-based. I just wanted to be sure to say thank you. ~ Lois

Maybe what you would REALLY like is some help with calming and practical guidance and counsel. I would love to help you, too!

I was able to meet Lois in 2014 at a homeschool convention on the East Coast. If you would like me to speak at your convention, contact the convention organizer to request me. Hopefully I can see you soon!

Are you going to a homeschool convention this year?



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How to Remember Course Description Details

How to Remember Course Description Details

How to Remember Course Description Details

Many moms feel anxious that they will not remember to include everything in the course descriptions and reading lists. Do you feel the same way? Making your comprehensive records every year is a HUGE step in the right direction. Every spring, sit yourself down and update your homeschool transcript for each child. Then, write course descriptions for each class on the transcript. You heard me. Each class.

You don't have to be a perfect mom to make this happen. Ordinary humans get this job done too, so let me show you how to do it.

First, let go of perfection - especially if you are stressing out so much you are avoiding it all together! Make it your goal to include 80% of the information about the course contents, and then maybe you will feel more comfortable. When you piecemeal things together, instead of use textbooks, it can be a lot to list, but if your goal is to write down at least 80%, then often, moms feel more comfy-cozy-secure in what they are doing.

Absolutely you want to capture the most important things, but that should be pretty easy using the "elephant strategy" that you will remember and not forget.  The big solution to  your concerns is that you take just a few easy steps to making your class descriptions:

  1. Every day, throw all your information or papers in a big box in your schoolroom, or if that doesn't work, take notes in a notebook, journal, or even a calendar!

  2. Every month or so, try to use your notes or information from those papers you saved to add to your course descriptions

  3. Every year, work on making your course descriptions look good. I suggest spring, when the bulk of the class is already done, and all of the information is fresh in your mind.

If you do it that way, you'll easily remember what you need to remember!

Keep up the good work, homeschool parents! You can do it!  Start this process and the next thing you know, you'll be creating the course descriptions and records! Start this EARLY in high school, by 9th and 10th grade, so you have plenty of time to work on this. Then just be consistent. In fact, one Gold Care Club member worked on two course descriptions per week - that was her goal. She was extremely successful through the process. If you are stuck, maybe a more bite-sized goal will help you?

How do YOU remember the details you need to put into course descriptions?  Do you have a method that you can share?

If you need more help, I have a free class to motivate you. Check it out! Homeschool Records That Open Doors..


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Transcripts & Applying to College Can Be a Breeze!

Transcripts & Applying to College Can Be a Breeze!

Transcripts & Applying to College Can Be a Breeze!

It's that time of year again, when my Gold Care Club members are graduating their children. I love hearing about their successes, and I feel their uncertainty about facing the empty nest after years of homeschooling. I got this sweet note from Jennifer recently. Check it out!
With a heavy heart I am writing you an email to say goodbye.  My last home schooled child is graduating in two weeks.  I have learned so much from you and your millions of resources.  O.K., maybe not millions, but your newsletter, website, and books.  Then the added bonus of meeting you when our family had just moved to the Seattle area.   You were a lifesaver then and your advice and amazing tutelage for transcripts was far beyond any type of  thank you I could give in return.

I have and will continue to tell friends and family, who are interested in home schooling about your site. You are kind and full of grace to offer this invaluable service.  You made applying to colleges and sending transcripts a breeze.  You prepared me for what our family was in store for with college admissions from the time my son was a freshman in high school.  It was a bit tedious to write a page about each class, but boy it was worth it not to wait until the kids were seniors to tackle the transcript mess.

What a relief when the application process began.  All I had to do as a counselor was reach into the home school transcript drawer and fax the information over to the various colleges. Let me add the colleges were VERY impressed.

When someone has such a large impact on your family, you need to let them know.  I met you when were at the home school college fair.  I cannot remember the date or location. Yet you saved me from making a huge mistake and I really appreciate you redirecting my thinking. My prayers go to you and your business.  You are invaluable!

Thank you again!  Keep up the good work!
Forever in your debt,

If you are graduating a student and would like to share your successes, I'd love to share your story too!

If you are still in the thick of it, how can I help?
My millions of resources: Homeschool Freebies
My newsletter: The HomeScholar Record
My books:

If you are still early in the high school years, please take Jennifer's advice - it's worth it not to wait until your children are seniors to tackle everything. Start early, so all you have to do is reach into your homeschool drawer and send colleges the information they need.

Are you feeling confident? Or do you feel like you need some help in the coming year?

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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, you can't get a GPA. Colleges may still award scholarships based on test scores, but give them the option of giving you their best scholarships by providing them with grades.

When my boys were in school, I did put grades on their transcripts. I've met some homeschoolers that would never put a letter grade on the transcript when they gave the grade themselves. I've met other homeschoolers that would never put a grade that they've gotten from accrediting agencies. But as I talk with colleges, they have made it clear: they want grades on the transcript.

All teachers worry about having subjective grades. Homeschool parents worry about that too. Just create a transcript with grades, putting on the transcript what you know to be honest and true.

Colleges know that in general homeschoolers tend to work for mastery. If you work for mastery in your own home, you could feel comfortable giving them a 4.0. This means that they knew it before moving on. It doesn't really surprise colleges when they see really good grades on a homeschool transcript. When they see you give a less than perfect grade, a lot of times that would say that you’re a rough grader.

Learn more about grading in this free online class: A Homeschool Parent's Guide to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts.

As long as you have documentation for the grades you give and the SAT or the ACT scores. Those documents, when given together, look like a natural thing which doesn't freak them out at all. Learn more in this article: Super-Size Scholarships with Outside Documentation.

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How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript

How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript
You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other delight directed learning on a high school transcript!?

You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other handcrafts on a high school transcript!?

Mandi asked, "My daughter has taught herself to crochet and makes bags, headbands, coasters and whatever else pops into her head. Can count that as an elective art credit?

Yes! Art can be taught intentionally with books, or learned naturally and for fun like Mandi's daughter. School districts across the country include these kinds of classes, and we can do it too. Let me show you just a few examples.

Wallingford Public Schools in Connecticut offers a class called "Contemporary Crafts". Their online description suggests a variety of crafts, but of course you have unlimited options as a homeschooler. They call it "Career and Technical Education" instead of fine art, but high school kids can earn 1/2 credit each year.  Here is their course description:

Course Description for Contemporary Crafts

"Contemporary Crafts is a hands-on course designed to give students opportunities to develop skills in a variety of craft techniques. The course delves into the history of each craft and its application to today’s society. There are numerous connections to the core academic areas. Each student will create an individual information based portfolio. The class will design a business based on a craft and market their product. Examples of the skills that may be developed include macramé, decoupage, charted designs, basketry, weaving, quilting, knitting, crocheting, paper craft, bookbinding, and stamping."

Bloomer High School Wisconsin simply calls it: "Crafts 1". It's available every semester for students in grades 10-12, but we have the freedom to provide the same thing in grade 9, of course. Their online description says "Some projects covered are: paper arts, cement casting, stamping, card making, clay, handmade books, fiber arts, and decorative painting."

Northland Pines School District is also in Wisconsin, but it uses a really fancy class title, calling it "Textiles, Arts and Crafts". Their online description says "Students will learn a number of handicrafts by taking this class. Students will work with the following areas in this class: crocheting, latch hooking, cross stitching, bracelet making, scrap-booking, cake decorating, beading, and glass decorating."

Wayne Westland Community Schools in Michigan calls it "Creative Stitchery" for Grade 9-12 and allows their students to take this class all year. Although each semester class earns 1/2 credit, the course can be taken more than once for credit throughout high school, so students can earn up to one credit per year of high school. The school provides this description:

Course Description for Creative Stitchery

"This course explores hand sewing and craft techniques. The student will make a sample project supplied by the teacher. This allows the student to learn a hand craft such as knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, and/or embroidery. Students will be required to purchase some additional materials. As the student’s ability increases, each project will become more challenging. Because this class is taught according to each individual student’s skill level, this course may be repeated to increase skill level."

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Learn 100% About One College

Learn 100% About One College

What Colleges Want

It's difficult to find out exactly what colleges want, because they are all different. Instead of the stress of figuring out what ALL colleges want, try to figure out what your number one college is and learn 100% about ONE college. Get to know absolutely everything about them. Learn their preferences and visit that college for sure. Then tailor your remaining homeschool years to meet their requirements.  In all of your communications, show them you love them.

Gold Care Club Help

One of my Gold Care Club members was looking into Georgia Tech, and many of her friends told her she didn't need comprehensive homeschool records, that homeschoolers had gotten in without it. But when we read their policy together, we found out a different story. While Georgia Tech does not currently REQUIRE comprehensive records, Georgia Tech does RECOMMEND supplemental information - and it will help you get admission and scholarships if you have comprehensive homeschool records. (Read Georgia Tech Homeschool Admission Policy.) After thinking it through, we realized that some of her friends had not been admitted, and we wondered if the missing records could be part of the reason.
So… learn 100% about one college and give them what they want! That will give you the best chances of college admission and scholarships to your number one college.

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Subject Line - SUCCESS STORY!

Subject Line - SUCCESS STORY!
What a blessing to read about good news! Cynthia wrote to tell me about her marvelous success story! They were able to get their child the college admission and scholarships of her dreams!

Cynthia's Success Story!

 Hi Lee -

I am writing to say thank you and to share our success story with you.

Our eldest (of three) children was just accepted early decision into Lafayette College in Easton, PA! Your resources were invaluable in helping me wade through the application process. I used both your "Total Transcript Solution" and "Comprehensive Record Solution." I so appreciate all the information, directions, and samples provided so that I could customize our son's application to make him stand out. I feel our end product - the transcript, comprehensive records, in addition to the essays he and I both had to write and the recommendations from others - was an outstanding product that helped the college selection committee see our son's academic excellence and also his character, which led them to a decision to admit him to their institution.

I recommend your materials to all homeschoolers who have high school students, and I also agree with your suggestions that homeschoolers with younger students should also begin to learn all about keeping records before their children are in high school. I find myself almost looking forward to creating the transcripts and records for our two younger children!

Blessings and joy as you and your family!

In Christ,

Cynthia in NJ

Listen, if you are new to the whole "high school thing" just take it one step at a time. If you are a true beginner, or looking at homeschooling for the first time, look at my Getting Started Page. If you are ready to have your own success story about homeschooling high school, then check out some of my preview classes on my Homeschool Freebies Page. And if you would appreciate some support along the way, consider joining the Gold Care Club for $67 per month. The Gold Care Club has 5 recorded classes, a live webinar, tools, template, scholarships and resources that change monthly - and you can learn independently that way. But with the Gold Care Club you also get personalized support if you like, with a consultation for 20 minutes every week, by phone or by email. Plus it's just plain fun to talk to another homeschool mom who understands!

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Focus on Your Child's Strengths

Focus on Your Child's Strengths

What will your story be, when your child finishes high school? Are you putting focus on your child's strengths when you create records? Read about Kelly's daughter who received $11,000 in financial aid!

Lee, we bought Setting the Record Straight some months ago to prepare our oldest daughter's transcript. We were late in our application because we moved cross country due to a work transfer this winter.  I admit I felt unprepared, confident in her education, but concerned about how I would make her strengths best showcased on a transcript.

I did not explain classes in detail.  However, your book did encourage me to include her extensive book lists.  She is an English major / Russian minor and is really just an incredible student - very well read and extraordinarily literate.  Certainly her test scores also helped.

But I thought you would be tickled to find out she received her award letter today from our state university. She will be attending with her entire financial needs met. Her tuition, fees, and books will all be covered through academic scholarship.  She's also receiving a grant that will help with her travel costs this year.  In all, she received almost $11,000 in financial aid for a school that only costs approximately $8,000 for in-state tuition.

Thank you for writing the book. After homeschooling for 13 years, and having ten children, I feel quite confident a good deal of the time these days.  However, the transcript scared me a bit. Thank you for the light and the encouragement.

I think what I'd most like to share with those visiting your website was that your book encouraged us to focus on Ana's strengths.  She had weaknesses - doesn't EVERY person?  But our transcript was arranged according to subject rather than by year, as is traditional, which allowed us to really showcase her personal studies into Russian History & Culture & Language and her extensive literature reading - her strengths.

It was still very traditional in appearance but the examples given and most especially the idea of including her reading lists were priceless to us.



If you would like more information about getting your children into college, you might also enjoy my book College Admission and Scholarships. I can help you focus on your child's strengths and win those big scholarships!

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How to Earn $1600 an Hour Writing Course Descriptions

How to Earn $1600 an Hour Writing Course Descriptions

If your homeschool family is struggling to make the time to write course descriptions, this might be a good blog post to share with your spouse.

If you had the perfect job, working from home, loving your children, how much could you earn per hour, do you think? Traci found out that her job as a homeschool parent was actually earning her WELL over minimum wage. Can you believe it? $1600/hour for working on her homeschool course descriptions!
 “I just had to write to let you know that my daughter received the Regent's Scholarship for a $40,700 annual award.  I am still in shock daily. Of course this is after hours and hours of work on both of our parts, my daughter writing countless essays and filling out applications, and me writing course descriptions.  But we figured out that even if we spent 100 hours in the process, we were actually making about $1600 an hour! I cannot thank you enough for all the direction you have given me over the past few years.  Honestly, the college application process has proven to be one of the most challenging things I have ever done.  It challenged my faith and sanity.  I cannot imagine trying to do it on my own.  Thank you for choosing to spend your post-schooling years helping others! The prospect of homeschooling high school IS scary, but looking back, the blessing of intimacy I now share with my daughter by having spent these past  four years together was worth it.  Thank you for helping!

~ Sincerely, Traci Minor

Why would you share this information with your spouse? Because writing course descriptions is like changing a baby's diaper. It's a dirty job, but somebody has got to do it. If you and your beloved can just agree that course descriptions are important, and encourage one another, then maybe you can have the perfect job working from home too, and earn HUGE amounts of cold, hard cash for college.

Here are some resources to get your started!

Learn more about creating awesome course descriptions with this FREE class.

Homeschool Records That Open Doors

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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 their work. In public school, these types of classes may be graded in terms of "effort" and I think it's OK for homeschoolers to do this as well. For more on how to grade without giving tests, you can check out my YouTube video on Options for Grading Without Tests.

If you would like to see for yourself exactly how we graded PE classes and occupational education in our homeschool, you can purchase my Comprehensive Record Solution. I put it together for EXACTLY these kinds of questions. Parents want to see an example of how to grade classes like this: what to include, how to write a course description, how to determine grades, etc. Here is a sample page from the book using a regular American History class.

My PE and Occupational Education classes looked very similar. I wanted to put a grade for those classes on my children's transcripts, but you don't have to. You can't be sure a college will use non-academic grades that you provide, because some colleges do and some colleges don't. I just felt like it was my job to provide grades on the classes I taught, and my evaluations had as much credibility as any other school's evaluations.  I put it on the transcript and let the colleges use it or not use it at their discretion.

Which classes do you evaluate using methods other than tests? Please share!

Please note: This post was originally published in August 2008 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
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A Common Sense, Easy to Understand Approach to Homeschooling

A Common Sense, Easy to Understand Approach to Homeschooling

A Common Sense, Easy to Understand Approach to Homeschooling 

Recently, I had the pleasure of holding a webinar with Hal and Melanie Young of Raising Real Men! They are parents of six real boys and two real girls and have been homeschooling for two decades. They said some sweet things about me - check it out!

Hal Young spoke about the significance of homeschool independence and flexibility. “This is one of those important things because as homeschoolers, we love our independence, we love the flexibility. But when we get to the end of the day, you’ve got to communicate what your young scholar has accomplished. And you’ve got to communicate it in a way the college admissions personnel, the future employers can understand.”

Melanie Young added, “Trying to find out all that information was really hard and there’s a lot of different information. It was hard for me to figure out what was reliable. And Lee, I looked through all of your stuff and when we talked, I liked the way you handled things. You handled things the way Hal and I do. And it’s a common sense, easy to understand approach that’s doable for regular families.”

Click on the video below to listen to Hal and Melanie Young speak about The HomeScholar.

Do you feel like you could use some help? Consider the Gold Care Club if you would like weekly one-on-one consultations with me as well as monthly webinars, training tools, resources, and more. Check out my Gold Care Club (

 Save Yourself a World of Time - Don't Reinvent the Wheel! 

After our online conversation, Hal and Melanie Young of Raising Real Men were kind enough to share a review Total Transcript Solution. After two decades of homeschooling, they had a LOT of thoughts about homeschool transcripts! Here is some of what they had to say:

Hal Young said, “I don’t see the virtue in reinventing something when there’s a resource that’s got it collected, that’s got it organized in a way that you can jump right in and not waste a lot of time learning how to do it, but actually getting it done and focusing on the discipleship and the opportunities or those last critical years with your child at home.”

Melanie Young thought it would be easier to use the Total Transcript Solution, too. She wrote, “I tried everything else, too. I tried the software and it was so restrictive and it wouldn’t let me change those descriptions to fit my school. It wouldn’t let me change how I handled things or wanted to do some classes that were more than one credit, less than’s really awkward. I looked through the Total Transcript Solution. I read the book and I just thought, if I had only had this 9 years ago when we high schooled our oldest, it would’ve saved me a world of time. You don’t have to do all the work I did. You can go out there and let Lee hold your hand through it. And for me, Lee, it was fantastic. I also really like the templates because I really struggled ridiculously long over figuring out how to make everything fit and how to make it look professional. And I was tickled when I saw the templates because you can just plug your information in and skip all that stuff about making it look right because it already looks right."

Hal and Melanie LOVED the Total Transcript Solution! "I’ll tell you, I’m really impressed with it, Lee. It looks like a great value to me and I recommend it!”

For the entire review, check out this video.

My Total Transcript Solution has everything you need to create fantastic homeschool high school transcripts that colleges will love!

Check out Hal and Melanie Young’s incredible resources, including their book, Raising Real Men! They have so much to offer the homeschool community!

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