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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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Guest — Kaye
I love this! I had a son who ‘flunked’ math his freshman AND sophomore year. He doesn’t like math and put forth negative effort. ... Read More
Tuesday, 03 December 2019 03:22
Robin
So true, Kaye! I'm so impressed that you trusted yourself. You know your son best, and you exhibited wisdom in giving the grades ... Read More
Tuesday, 03 December 2019 22:29
Guest — Clare Ansah
Hi I was wondering if my daughter could retake the same final test in her English course, in order to get a higher grade?... Read More
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:11
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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,I am happy...
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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 could...
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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, you...
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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 of those...
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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 fancy?  Grading...
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Guest — Kat
I agree with Elizabeth. Our previous umbrella school uses option 3, which I think is unfair that a 90, 91 or 92 would not count as... Read More
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 20:51
Guest — Lee
The private Christian high school I attended used option 3, and I hated it. It always seemed unfair that a 90, 91, & 92 didn't cou... Read More
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:26
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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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Guest — Lee
Hi Carol, Yes, he can be in high school and yes, you can give him high school credit. I have an article about College for Strug... Read More
Friday, 02 July 2010 17:41
Guest — carol
Lee, I get this...for one son. I have another son with fairly significant learning disabilities. He is dues to begin high school... Read More
Friday, 02 July 2010 16:49
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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 back and...
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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?Let's see...
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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 more...
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Guest — Lee
Thanks Julieanne! I'm so glad you like it! You can find Julieanne's full review on her blog here: http://www.joyinourjourney.com... Read More
Monday, 24 September 2012 09:56
Guest — Julieanne Miller
Lee, I just read your book this week, and you're right - it is SO helpful! The tasks like writing course descriptions, figuring... Read More
Saturday, 22 September 2012 17:56
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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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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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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 are many...
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