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The Great Courses for High School Credit

The Great Courses for High School Credit
  My Gold Care Club members love having their biggest questions answered promptly - and they love having a monthly webinar too!  Recently Anne shared her burning question for the week, and I thought it would be helpful information for others as well. My burning question for this week is:  What about The Great Courses company?  Are their DVDs enough to “count?  I know you said that just reading Susan Wise Bauer’s History of the Ancient...
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Does Your Homeschooler Make the Grade?

Does Your Homeschooler Make the Grade?
  Parents often have a hard time figuring out how to assign grades to their homeschool students, and get stressed just wondering whether ‘mommy grades’ are even valid or not!  At a recent webinar, one of the attendees asked, “Can you give some options and factors to use when evaluating grades?”  Another mom wondered, “My daughter is autistic and we do a lot of hands-on type things. How do you decide grades for hands-on assignments?” There...
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Transcripts for the Rest of Us!

Transcripts for the Rest of Us!
It’s not too hard to create a stellar transcript for a student that excels in all they do, but what about the more average student who struggles in certain areas, and may be a little reluctant to learn?  How do you make their transcript look acceptable without any stretching of the truth? Usually the first thing I suggest when I consult with somebody in this situation is to figure out what your child does for fun....
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Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers

Recording Credits for Year-‘Round Homeschoolers
  The other day, a client asked me, “What is the best way to record transcript credits for classes that do not fall within a given school year?”  This family homeschooled year-round, and had courses that spanned several ‘school years,’ so they wondered how to reflect that on their homeschool transcripts. One of the best ways to handle this situation is to record the end date when you actually finish the course. That’s actually what our...
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Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People

Transcripts and Course Descriptions for Music and Theater People
  I asked Bari "How do you like it?" after he purchased the Comprehensive Record Solution, and he said "We are theater/music people and many things seem to not apply or go over my head a bit. Overall - I am pleased with the material."  So.... how do you make a transcript and course description when you are a dealing with a lot of fine arts? When you are music and theater people, it can help...
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Crazy Lifestyle of Learning

Crazy Lifestyle of Learning
  Lots of homeschoolers have a "Crazy Lifestyle of Learning".  I'm a huge fan of Delight Directed Learning , and I love helping my members turn that into words and numbers that colleges understand - and putting those on a Homeschool Transcript . Here is one example! "My son spends his remaining school day working on film projects. He had already won two contests. I took him to the San Antonio Christian film festival academy a...
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Use The Boy Scout Motto

Use The Boy Scout Motto
One of the best pieces of homeschool advice I could ever give you is the Boy Scout Motto:  Be Prepared! A homeschool friend of mine was convinced that her child was going to be an auto mechanic. Her husband had mechanical inclinations, and her child brought home little stray engines. She didn’t worry much about math and he just did it when he felt like it.  When he turned eighteen years old, he decided he wanted...
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Homeschooling High School - How to Get it All Done

Homeschooling High School - How to Get it All Done
How do I get it ALL done? That is a big question. It all depends on what your "ALL" means to you? Is your "All" too big? What are your priorities? I am now a featured expert on Bizymoms.com! You can read my articles here .
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Getting Enough Credits While Homeschooling High School

Getting Enough Credits While Homeschooling High School
For my children it was chess and economics. Those things that your homeschool student spends their time on. That thing that sometimes gets very annoying to you. These are the things that could actually end up becoming credits on their homeschool transcript.       Subscribe to my YouTube channel . You’ll get notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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What Do They Do For Fun?

What Do They Do For Fun?
What do they do for fun? When I’m helping parents with a transcript, that one question can open the floodgates! How does your child spend unstructured time? When they are supposed to be working on school, or emptying the dishwasher, what are they doing instead? That can be a great indication of their Fun Factor. If they enjoy their fun for more than one hour a day, you may be able to translate that into high...
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Mix and Match Curriculum

Mix and Match Curriculum
Progeny Press, Easy Grammar, Strunk and White - when you mix and match within a subject area, how many credits should it be? If you are using two completely unique, completely credit-measured classes, then I would feel comfortable calling it two separate credits.  For example, one year I did Sonlight Language Arts PLUS  we did Learn to Write the Novel Way, so we did have two English credit that year. (We also nearly died trying, but...
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Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes

Grading Hodge-Podge Homeschool Classes
When you are pulling together a curriculum from free, online, or mix-and-match sources, it's hard to figure out what to put on a transcript - especially if you aren't using tests.  No matter what you use, these general guidelines may help. For credit value Give credit based on the number of hours worked.  Working about 45 minutes per day, 5 days a week, most of the school year, is a 1 credit class each year.  Working...
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Weighting Grades

Weighting Grades
Weighting Grades Is the stress of weighting grades weighing you down? Let go of that burden! Teri on facebook asked this question: How to compete with the 5 pt grading scale in public school...they take a college credit type class and it's weighted at 5 pts vs 4pts for an A then their GPA can be higher than 4.0 overall. A friend told me that some exclusive/ivy league colleges aren't even looking at kids unless their...
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Lee Binz
Each college is unique. Always do as your favorite college asks. That is why it is important to get to know the college. Many coll... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 14:21
Laurie Beth Keller
FWIW, I followed your advice, unweighted all grades and have "Unweighted GPA: x.x" on the transcript. My student and I called the... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 10:56
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Look Inside - Check Out the Comprehensive Record Solution

Look Inside - Check Out the Comprehensive Record Solution
About a year ago we launched our Comprehensive Record Solution.  Since then, we have had some fantastic feedback from some very happy customers.  You can read some of these testimonials on our offer page here, Happy Comprehensive Record Solution Customers . If you are like me though, you really like to look under the hood and see how a product works.  That's why I'm excited to draw the curtain back on the Comprehensive Record Solution and...
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Honors Science

Honors Science
What is honors?  When do you put honors on a title?  Is Apologia Science an honors curriculum? Is Apologia Science courses, plus labs considered honors on a high school transcript. ( Biology , Chemistry , etc.) - Sally Dear Sally, If the authors/publishers of your curriculum, Apologia Science, say it is a honors course , then you can call it honors. If your child passes a honors level test after taking taking the course, then you...
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