Subject Area (Math): Class Title (Algebra)
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I would like to count all the singing our youth group does as Choir but not sure how to write it on a course description or on the transcript. How can I best represent this in a transcript and Course description. Oh yeah, they do a drama in the performance too!
Grades 9 – 12
The Treble Chorus is a women’s chorus that sings a variety of music. It is open to any interested female in grades 9-12. All females in the choir program will be placed into Treble Chorus their freshman year. All students with no choir experience must have a voice placement interview with the instructor before being allowed to participate. Focus will be placed on proper vocal production, sight-reading, diction, music theory, and functioning as a musical ensemble. Required concerts for the Treble Chorus include: the Fall Concert, Holiday Concert, Clinician and/or Large Group Contest, and the Spring Concert. Other performances are possible during the course of the school year. The Treble Chorus meets daily.
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:
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?
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I have been following your blog and newsletter for the past year. I was a Member and took your Total Transcript Solution course. We also had a phone and email consult with you regarding my 9th grade daughter, Audrey, who is very interested in the arts: drama, film, dance, creative writing, music.
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Last weekend, my son and I attended a college admissions workshop. Attending were deans of admission from prominent public and private universities in VA, MD, and NC.
In between sessions, I introduced myself as a homeschooler to the deans of admission for two of the top public universities in the US. I showed them sample course descriptions that I had made from your comprehensive record solution, and asked if information like that would be helpful. They were very enthusiastic about the information. They consider rigor of coursework as one of their main criteria, and they felt that this information could help significantly. They said they would be especially interested in seeing the course descriptions for the current (senior) year with the application. It hadn't occurred to me to include those course descriptions (although you probably tell us to somewhere!).
I also asked them about the "all A's" dilmemma, and whether it looks suspicious on a homeschooled transcript. They understood how I could worry about that, but they said that if thegrades were corroborated with outside grades, like community college, and test scores, then they wouldn't think twice about a homeschooler having a "perfect" report card. They also encouraged me to give them lots of information about how we chose our courses and what our educational philosophy was.
Basically, everything they said dove-tailed beautifully with everything you say. I know that you are not surprised, but I thought it might be nice to hear anyway!
Thanks for all you do,