I am happy to provide feedback. None of it will be improvement because I loved every minute!
I was home all week with my six-year-old while my husband took a group of 22 on a mission trip. Included in that trip were my 15-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. One of my goals was to update transcripts and START course descriptions. We have homeschooled since the start and I was feeling uneasy about some aspects of our transcripts. Books and research are my stress relievers so I began there. I remembered some moms mentioning liking your talk last year at Modesto, CA so I started with you. Wait! I prayed, then felt certain I was to start with you. What I found was the friendly voice and mentorship I have sought for years and could not find. You echoed so many of my own fears and pleasant discoveries and I knew you were a gift from God.
Most of the help that you gave me was the confidence to get started revising what I have already done and the courage to begin that which I have put off doing. Specifically helpful to me was:
- You validated my one year over semester approach to transcript. I have been using a template from HSLDA and it does not have a semester option. We found that the grade didn't vary from semester to semester so this was fine, EXCEPT, every other sample (from the internet) was in semesters.
- You shared what you did. As mentioned above, I only had samples from the internet. No one will show me what they did. I know some people feel embarrassed to share but seeing a real example from a person you know actually used what you are seeing makes a world of difference to a mom. Which leads me to my next point.
- You don't see homeschooling as a zero sum game. I love helping people. I will happily share anything, and I have shared so many things. Sadly, others don't always feel the same way. My husband and I quietly did our own homeschooling thing since we didn't know anyone who did it. Recently (since High School started), we have been more involved as the Lord has brought the opportunity. We have met a few families who are very competitive. I have been discouraged (more than I realized) but you have given me new hope that on a personal level I can turn things around and share you and your website and materials and underscore your attitudes of wanting all homeschooling families to succeed in their own way.
- You helped me see that it is okay to put on the transcript everything my son did. We were embarrassed when we listed everything (and ran out of room since my husband must have it look pretty) so I began lumping things together in such a way as to make it look "normal." I have had this nagging feeling that we were negating his accomplishments and hard work. My husband is a youth pastor and often has my son teach. We had none of that on there either. He does so many book studies for personal devotions that I never thought of putting on his book list (Do Hard Things, Thirsting for God, Mere Christianity to name a few). In a nutshell, the truth is the truth and I need not fear what others think.
- You reminded me that colleges love homeschoolers. I have heard that but not from a person who has actually experienced it.
While I didn't buy your transcript service (though I was sorely tempted), I would have had I not already done so much on it already. I was happy to see you had books. The webinar was a treat and one I hope to repeat often. However, having your words in print will be wonderful. I bought the one on admissions and scholarships for my son who is making applications this year. While I wait for it to arrive I am reading your book on transcripts and course descriptions on Kindle. I will certainly share your link and the blessing that you are. Please thank your whole family for me as I know it would not be possible without your husbands support and the inspiration God gave you to do your best for your boys. Thank you for telling me in your book to consider you a friend because I do!
With a grateful heart,
“If I could go back to the very, very beginning, and say to my wife, ‘Sweetheart, I know this woman who will help you – let’s just get her services and do this the easy way,’ it would have saved a few hours ... Lee is just one of the most encouraging and common sense, down to earth, but careful people in this whole business. I recommend her highly.”
~ Andrew Pudewa, Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).
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 course when accomplished by a student who goes above and beyond. However, there is no shame in having regular courses on a transcript. If it means a class without honors for your child to be successful, then that's what they should be doing in order to learn at their level.
Homeschooling is not a race to the finish. It's a time of life to relish and enjoy your child and the journey, and savor homeschooling.
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