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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 that's...
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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 15-30...
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Guest — Robin E.
This "Grade based on a function of annoyance:" made me laugh out loud, and then I had to explain to my hubby why I was laughing an... Read More
Friday, 09 December 2011 07:32
Guest — Lee
I have a class on grading here: http://www.thehomescholar.com/vmchk/ala-carte/making-the-grades-online-training/flypage.tpl.php A... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 10:02
Guest — Cherie
So, how would you document on your course description that the grade was based on something less-than-objective (options 1, 2, or ... Read More
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 06:57
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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 GPA...
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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
Guest — Homeschool High School Credits
Weighted grades are for honors classes, college courses, AP classes, etc.  Since these course are more rigorous, they have a great... Read More
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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 let you...
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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.) - SallyDear 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 might call it honors. (AP or CLEP exam...
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Guest — J W
How about calling it "honors" if the course is better than what I had in high school? But then again, with my alma mater, that's ... Read More
Thursday, 10 November 2011 21:39
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AWANA

AWANA
Awana is a wonderful program, and a great way to get Bible credit naturally in a fun activity.  I know it take a LOT of work.  Because it takes so much time and effort, I usually suggest including it on your high school transcripts.  In private schools and many homeschools, families include Bible on their transcript as a regular subject area - just like math, or science, or physical education.  On my transcript, I had Bible...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Elise, I usually count boy scouting as a PE credit, and it can also be listed as an activity. These blog posts may clarify;... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:35
Guest — Elise Knight
Great advice as usual, Lee! One question, though. I thought you had said somewhere (who knows if I just dreamed this?! : )) to o... Read More
Monday, 24 October 2011 18:49
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Too Many Credits

Too Many Credits
For the problem of “too many credits” you can handle it a few different ways. You can keep only the most recent credits. You can lower the credit value of all classes. You can eliminate classes that could also be considered an “activity” instead (so ballet would be an activity and not a PE credit.) You can pick and choose some classes to drop off the transcript if you have more than the usual requirements. (Drop...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Robin and June, Most high schools say that 22-24 credits is "College Prep." However, some very competitive high schools may... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:40
Guest — Robin E.
What is too many credits, and in what sort of situation would this be a draw back. If I recall correctly from your book The Easy T... Read More
Sunday, 23 October 2011 07:18
Guest — June
I wondered about this before, too. So what would you consider to be "too many"?
Friday, 21 October 2011 16:35
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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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Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time

Homeschooling High School: Complicated Answers Take Time
Some questions are easy to answer.When is the PSAT?How do I find a College Fair?Should my freshman take Physics before Biology?But other questions are very big, and very complicated.  Sandi asked a big and complicated question on my blog the other day.Hi Lee. I have 5 kids, 3 remain to be homeschooled. All high school age. My 17 yo has had some issues with seizures since Spring. As a result he has fallen behind somewhat in...
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Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!

Celebrate Homeschool Freedom: Join me on July 7!
This time of year always brings about the feelings of awe and thankfulness for the freedoms that we hold dear in this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt listed these Four Freedoms:  Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear . Homeschool families know these freedoms very well. We express our freedoms by exerting our right to home educate our children. Yet, there are still those things that lurk around the...
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Guest — Carrie Long
Just finished your webinar "Celebrate Homeschool Freedom." You asked for us to fill out a survey at the end, but the webinar ended... Read More
Thursday, 07 July 2011 19:46
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Early High School Credits or Extra Middle School Fun?

Early High School Credits or Extra Middle School Fun?
Should we count extensive European travel during middle school as early high school credit? Traveling Europe, learning foreign languages, and experiencing the art and culture of other countries is awesome!  If these were done during high school, then you can give high school credit for the whole experience. If these experiences are completed prior to high school, does it count? In  my opinion only the academic subjects taught at high school level can be counted as high school...
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Foreign language learners might also be interested in language tests by the country's government in the language. For instance, th... Read More
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Hours in a Credit

Hours in a Credit
"Dear Lee,This is where I need your insight. I know we talked much about how much time my daughter spent on different subjects to justify awarding a credit. If you could simply give me a yardstick of sorts. How much time would warrant a credit or a partial credit." To determine a high school credit by counting hours, most books recommend: 75-90 hours is 1/2 credit 120-180 hours is 1 creditThe hours are how many hours...
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Free Webinar: Credits and Grades and Transcripts, Oh My!!

Free Webinar: Credits and Grades and Transcripts, Oh My!!
Please join us for a very special webinar this Thursday!  This free webinar will take the mystery out of determining high school credits and assigning homeschool grades.  Also, learn an easy-to-implement option for creating an amazing homeschool transcript.  Find out how to make a transcript that will save you loads of time, money and frustration - AND impress the colleges! Title:         "Credits and Grades and Transcripts! Oh, My!!"Date:         Thursday, December 3, 2009Time:         9:00 AM - 10:00...
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Putting Boy Scouts on a Transcript

Putting Boy Scouts on a Transcript
When thinking about putting boy scouts on your transcript, it helps to think about the millions of hours you spend doing those activities.  If you consider that PE only requires roughly 150 hours of his boy scouts experience, and the usual boy scout may spend over 300 hours..... you have PLENTY of hours to call some of them PE and other hours extra curricular without double dipping. But look at it from another perspective.  I took...
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Guest — Saprina
My son has been in Boy Scouts for over 2.5 years and is about to get his Eagle. Thankfully, I do not yet have to figure out how t... Read More
Friday, 03 August 2012 09:25
Guest — Lee
Hi Judy, Yes, it works for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Royal Rangers, and all sort of other experiences! Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 09 October 2009 15:38
Guest — Judy
Thanks. My son is in Royal Rangers. It is simialr to Boy Scouts in some ways, but it is through our church. Men work with the b... Read More
Friday, 09 October 2009 15:32
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Teaching Technology to your Homeschoolers

Teaching Technology to your Homeschoolers
The great thing about technology classes is that there is NO LIMIT to the kinds of skills your child can learn!  If your child is already good at computers, then they can get a technology credit in one of two ways. First, you can expand and use the skills they have on real technology work.  If they have computer skills, they could make a website, set up a blog or other social media, create videos, or...
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Guest — Suzanne
Dianne, Check out HomeschoolProgramming.com. They have courses where you have a book but also work on the actual programming proj... Read More
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 06:31
Guest — Home School College Counselor
I great idea for students to pursue while in high school is to create a blog chronicling what they're learning. Not only will it ... Read More
Saturday, 26 September 2009 17:42
Guest — Lee
Dianne, Check out DigiPen as a college option: https://www.digipen.edu/ See if you can visit them at a college fair. Then look in... Read More
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 11:39
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