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The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions

The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions
In this video, I discuss the difference between transcripts and course descriptions. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Is Logic a Math Course or English?

Is Logic a Math Course or English?
Course descriptions are an important part of your high school student’s records, but sometimes it’s easy to get stumped about what to call certain courses, or what to count them as.  Audrey recently asked me,“What category is ‘Logic’? Math or English?  I want to know where to give my son credit. Our math course (Geometry: Videotext) has logic in it, but I always thought logic was an ‘English’ subject. I also will be using ‘Introductory Logic’ by Wilson...
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Guest — Deb
We are also using Introductory Logic by Nance. I too was going to give 1/2 credit and use as an elective. Thank you for the clar... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 08:17
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Comprehensive Record Saves The Day!

Comprehensive Record Saves The Day!
I have a confession to make! I actually used my own Homeschool Comprehensive Records last month! It's true! My son Kevin is headed to graduate school, and he needed to know his immunization records. Since that is required by Washington State Homeschool law, that was a part of my Comprehensive Homeschool Records. I opened my binder, quickly found the immunization records, made a copy, and emailed it to my son. Presto! Crisis averted!And then it struck...
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Inspiration for Course Descriptions

Inspiration for Course Descriptions
Google is a marvelous thing!  It's possible to find course titles and descriptions with a simple search!  For example, the website for the Indiana Department of Education has a page of Course Titles and Descriptions. That means acres and acres of real public school classes for you to stare at in amazement, enjoying their strange mixture.Look at the variety of course titles here - great options!  Look at the words for course descriptions - mix and match!...
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Setting the Records Straight: Transcripts and Course Descriptions

Setting the Records Straight: Transcripts and Course Descriptions
I received a lovely review that I wanted to share!Setting the Records Straight5-Star Review by Susan KilbrideThis book is a must-read for those of you who are thinking of homeschooling through high school.Lee Binz goes through the process of making a homeschool transcript step by step and makes what to some is an overwhelming job seem easy. The book is full of real-life examples of homeschool transcripts that her children and others used to get into...
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Surprise! Course Descriptions Needed Early!

Surprise! Course Descriptions Needed Early!
The trials and tribulations of having a gifted child...  It's not as easy as it may sound to others.  Surprises happen.  And you know, surprises are rarely convenient! For example, Lauren was surprised to find out she needed a transcript and course descriptions for her 14 year old, but it really paid off! I wanted to tell you that my oldest son just was accepted to the dual enrollment program at Georgia Perimeter College. Here in...
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Guest — Evelyn Krieger
This is so helpful, Lee. My daughter,14, is taking her first Coursera history course through Princeton. It is challenging, but s... Read More
Sunday, 21 October 2012 12:17
Guest — Kristine
Great story!!
Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:35
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Amazing Records! A Model for Others!

Amazing Records! A Model for Others!
Lisa was so excited to take her son to college this fall. I often hear stories of "Shock and Awe" and Lisa has a great one! The college loved her homeschool records so much, they asked to use them as an example for other homeschoolers! Dear Lee,We dropped my son off at NU Wednesday. During the registration process, one of the check in location representatives stopped me and said,"Your documents for your son when applying to...
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Queen of Crime Course Title

Queen of Crime Course Title
What a great idea!  Take a classic book and turn it into a springboard for English and science!  Take a look at Debbies ideas about a class on Agatha Christie, and learn how to come up with creative, outside the box, class titles and course descriptions.I am trying to come up with a great name for a course description I'm/we are currently working on with my daughter. She is going into 11th grade next year and...
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Transcripts or Course Descriptions?

Transcripts or Course Descriptions?
   Although most homeschool students utilize transcripts for college admissions, many students are also now submitting a homeschool portfolio when they apply to colleges.  What’s the difference, and why should you use a portfolio?  In general, a transcript is a one-page piece of paper that gives a college the opportunity to get a snapshot of your student, and decide whether they get a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down on admissions.  A portfolio, also known as a comprehensive...
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Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions

Homeschooling High School - The Difference Between Transcripts and Course Descriptions
We all want to be ahead of the game, especially when making homeschool transcripts.  Knowing the difference between transcripts and course descriptions can help you get started with this important paperwork.“Honey, There’s a Crazed Mob of Scholarship Wielding Colleges Pounding on Our Front Door!!” Get the Comprehensive Record Solution!  
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Yes! this very simple tip to keep a list of materials used (as well as a list of what your child did or a binder to collect everyt... Read More
Saturday, 22 March 2014 06:09
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good point, Ann! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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Homeschooling High School: Course Descriptions for Visual Learners

Homeschooling High School: Course Descriptions for Visual Learners
I'm a visual learner. Show me an example, and I can usually imitate it (unless technology stands in my way.)  Are you a visual thinker?  What would you like to see?"I'm a visual thinker and I guess I need to SEE a piece of paper as to how the course descriptions are laid out and formatted. Do you have a format?" ~ Maria Here are some links for visual learners who want to see a course...
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"Please pass the course descriptions"

"Please pass the course descriptions"
Course descriptions are like mashed potatoes. I always think of the strangest metaphors, don't I?  And you can certainly tell I'm in the kitchen a lot these days!  But think about it.....For mashed potatoes, you don't just throw a bag of potatoes into the water.  Each potato has to be individually washed, peeled, and cut.  You don't just mash them, either.  You add flavorings; milk, butter, sour cream or cream cheese.  Presentation matters, too.  You don't...
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Course Descriptions - Help is On the Way!

Course Descriptions - Help is On the Way!
I've been getting a lot of questions about course descriptions. People are asking me to create an e-book on creating a student comprehensive record, with downloadable templates for the course descriptions.  I do have a paperback, spiral bound book of course descriptions available now.  That book, the Comprehensive Record Solution, does have my ENTIRE homeschool records for one of my children.  That can be a great help when you are working on your own course descriptions. ...
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Oooooooo, the portfolio book sounds great! I'm a pack rat when it comes to my kids school achievements, so I'll definitely need t... Read More
Wednesday, 24 December 2008 21:53
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Homeschool Record Keeping Success!

Homeschool Record Keeping Success!
I met a friend in the grocery store today.  Her son had just finished his first year in college.  A year ago, she and I had spent an hour going over her homeschool records.  We talked about the transcript and how to write course descriptions.  I made suggestions and recommendations, but she did all the work - I only spent an hour with her!  But it gave her what she needed to write a 16 page...
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