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5 Top Tips About Weighting Homeschool Grades

5 Top Tips About Weighting Homeschool Grades
I often get asked about weighting honors classes on a transcript. Have you taken my free class on grades, credits and transcript before? Sign up for f...
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Options for Handling Homeschool Failure

Options for Handling Homeschool Failure
What would you do if your child REALLY failed a homeschool class - refused to do history, for example? Let's talk about how to cope, as a homeschool m...
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Michelle Schefcik
Lee, what if your child took a dual-enrollment course and failed? The instruction was poor, tests were loaded with material not y... Read More
Saturday, 11 August 2018 15:30
Lee Binz
Dear Michelle, Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear that! There are actually two things to consider here. 1. Learning the content Yes, y... Read More
Saturday, 11 August 2018 16:41
Robin
Hi Andrea, It's difficult to say, since there are many factors that will influence how you would proceed. In the blog post, Lee s... Read More
Sunday, 14 July 2019 01:50
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Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!

Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It!
Take This Class and Love Every Minute of It! Each time someone takes my free class on grades, credits, and transcripts, I ask for feedback. I update that class every few years, and feedback helps me to improve the class each time. But, I have to say, Cindy went over-and-above on her specific review of “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” . She said she loved every minute of it!     Dear Lee,...
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Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar

Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar
Andrew Pudewa Recommends The HomeScholar Recently I worked with Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) on a series of classes teaching parents how to determine high school credit for IEW products. We’ve known each other for many years and collaborated together on a number of projects before, and it's always fun. This time I enjoyed chatting with him about my Total Transcript Solution. This is what Andrew had to say: “If I...
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The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript

The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript
The Real Value of Grades on a Transcript I always recommend that parents put grades on every class on your homeschool transcript. Either letter grades (A, B, C) or number grades (4.0, 3.5, 3.) will be equally helpful, but grades are important. I do not recommend using Pass or Fail on your transcript. Colleges award scholarships based on the GPA of your child - and the GPA is determined by the grades you provide. Without grades,...
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Failing Grades in Online School

Failing Grades in Online School
Failing Grades in Online School Many parents choose online classes for their students, and from time to time will experience the "crash and burn" of failing grades from these classes. How can you make sure your smart child is represented fairly on the transcript, even if your child has failed some classes? If your classes are NOT accredited , then the class and grades are essentially like a homeschool co-op, and you are completely in charge...
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Great News About Grading Scales!

Great News About Grading Scales!
I have such marvelous news about grading scales! This is guaranteed to thrill! Or maybe not... Let me know after I explain the good news! You are in charge of your homeschool policy. As the parent, you can choose any grading scale that you want to use.  If you are homeschooling independently, then you get to decide. There are a few commonly-used grading scale options I usually suggest you consider.  Which of these will strike your...
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A Matter of Honor

A Matter of Honor
A Matter of Honor: Honors Classes Honors credit or no honors credit, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler to give your child a C grade for an honors credit, or a B for a regular credit. First and foremost, your job is to teach your child at their level. Teach for success. It doesn't matter what the course is, or what the books you used. An honors course refers to the depth and extent of how far your child takes the content. Any course can be an honors...
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How Do I Keep A Record of Their Grades?

How Do I Keep A Record of Their Grades?
In this video, I share an easy, non-techie way to keep homeschool grades organized. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics!
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Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th

Free Live Training Webinar on February 19th
Join The HomeScholar for a free LIVE presentation! “A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts” will give you the information and confidence you need to succeed in creating AMAZING homeschool transcripts that the colleges will LOVE! There will be lots of time to get your high school record keeping questions answered by an expert! Everyone who registers will receive an audio recording of the class, so while we are together you can just sit...
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Evaluate Without Grades

Evaluate Without Grades
When faced with courses such as math or spelling, most homeschool parents feel pretty confident in their grading methods.  But what about those more challenging courses, like fine arts, or even creative writing--how do you grade those things?  If you were teaching culinary arts, think about a yummy piece of chocolate dessert, and how you would grade something like that! Of course, grades definitely have their place, but an equally useful method of evaluating your child’s...
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What About College?

What About College?
Do you ever wonder about things?  I was one of those moms that would worry and fret about LOTS of things.  Wonder what would happen if you homeschooled through high school? What if you homeschooled independently? What would you do about grades? What about college? Would colleges accept grades given by mommy? If you homeschool through high school, prepare a high school transcript on your home computer, provide mommy grades and kitchen credits, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?...
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Acronyms for Outside Classes

Acronyms for Outside Classes
When homeschoolers take classes outside the home, the transcript can seem a little complicated.  You can make it easily understandable by simply using acronyms for outside classes. Acronyms for Outside Classes Choose an acronym for each location where your child took classes. Here are some examples: DHS = Denver High School HCC = Highline Community College FHC = Family Homeschool Cooperative Once you have chosen an acronym, use it on your child's homeschool transcript.  This will help colleges...
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Shelley Mallory
My son has taken a couple of classes from a local high school, a few from a homeschool coop and the rest at home. All 3 had differ... Read More
Monday, 02 April 2018 22:18
Lee Binz
Shelley, That's a good question for Lee when you send your records in for review. Typically, you would include a key for your grad... Read More
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 19:34
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Drill Sergeant Not Needed

Drill Sergeant Not Needed
Some things about homeschooling high school really are NOT hard.  Even scary words like "grades" and "credits" can be simple when you know the easy way to do it! I'll be glad to show you the easy way to calculate high school credits.  You'll be amazed at how simple it is!  No need for a scary-sounding boot camp, with sweating and tremendous effort while the Drill Sergeant is screaming at you. Instead, calculating homeschool credits is...
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How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes

How to Document Homeschool Co-op Classes
Have you ever struggled to document your students co-op classes? I’ve had a few questions lately from homeschool families who are struggling to do this very thing. All co-ops have particular elements that make their classes unique and it can be hard to develop a class description for these classes when you weren’t the one teaching your student, but you want to make sure and get all of your students credits on their high school transcripts....
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