Do you have a book to recommend for how to figure out what requirements are for an "A" in a certain subject? For example, English papers, science subjects, etc., if you are not using a textbook?
I suppose I should recommend my own book, Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships. It's on Amazon, and it's gotten FABULOUS reviews. If you like my writing and enjoy my blog posts, you'll love my book.
The book, "Making the Grade" by homeschool mom Lesha Myers is absolutely excellent! She has lots of grading ideas for every subject including PE, discussion, art projects and she even shows how God "graded" the kings in the Old Testament! Can't recommend it highly enough!@!!
Just FYI: 501 Writing Prompts is available for free in PDF form at the following link:
Oh, so that's what rubrics are for! I first ran into the word just recently for a writing contest my daughter entered. I have the rubric in my files, thinking it was merely a good guideline for teaching. So it's a basis for grading! Hmmm... I guess that would come in handy if you were dealing with 30 individuals and needed 1 standard so that their parents wouldn't scream "UNFAIR!" But I judge my 2 students against what they are capable of.
My personal grading system is wildly variable according to what's being done and who's doing it. Almost everything is "pass/fail," unless it's a highly objective subject (like math or health) with a lot of "read it and spit out the answer" questions. So the "pass/fail" is either 1 point (participation with good effort and attitude) or 0 points (uncooperative and sulky). "Projects" (art, experiments, creative writing, essays, knitting, etc.) are graded according to what I think they're worth and according to what I know my student is capable of. For instance, a paragraph for a creative writing exercise might be worth only 10 points for my older daughter, who is gifted in this area. I'd probably give my younger daughter, who struggles with creative writing, 50 points because that would be a major project for her! Regardless of the final grade, each hour spent researching, writing or editing is either 1 or 0. The final grade for a full-blown five paragraph research paper could be 98 out of 100 points for my gifted 6th grader. I would probably give her a score out of 50 points if she actually were an older teen instead of a sixth grader working at that level. Tests are rare. Mostly I test on memeory work - Bible verses, spelling, the bones in a horse's body - things that you either get right or wrong. I have a database program my husband is developing to automatically tally up the grades, 1's and 0's (among other things). Hopefully that program will be thoroughly tested and ready for release in a couple of years. One could use Microsoft Excel for this too. I think discussion, daily work, discussion, research, discussion, field trips, disussion, special projects, and discussion are far more valuable than just chewing information and spitting it back out for a test.
One mom jokingly told me that her son's spirit animal was a sloth. We had a good giggle over that one, because I remember what it's like to try to