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Time to Think About Grades, Credits, and Transcripts

Time to Think About Grades, Credits, and Transcripts
Whether you're new to homeschooling or a seasoned veteran who just needs a little help creating your child's transcripts, it's Time to Think About Gra...
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Guest — Kristin Smith
I missed it! Any chance it was recorded??
Friday, 23 August 2019 00:50
Lee Binz
Hi Kristin! As luck would have it, we have one more free class available on Monday! We are trying out a new webinar system, so we ... Read More
Friday, 23 August 2019 15:20
Lee Binz
Hi Marcy, I usually teach for about an hour and then have up to an hour of Q&A for people who stay. I hope to "see" you there!... Read More
Saturday, 17 August 2019 14:38
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Driven Crazy by Homeschool Drivers Ed

Driven Crazy by Homeschool Drivers Ed
 If you're a homeschool family and have a teen in the house, I'm certain that you've probably had the dreaded discussion ... "When can I learn to...
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Lee Binz
Karen, Thanks for the tip about curriculum in Texas. Taking drivers ed AND having a homeschool transcript will often earn the "Goo... Read More
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 20:40
Guest — Karen Allen
Once my daughter got her license and I was adding her as a driver to our policy, the insurance representative asked me whether she... Read More
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 19:00
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Saxon Advanced Math on the Homeschool Transcript

Saxon Advanced Math on the Homeschool Transcript
If you have students that like to use a more textbook-centered approach, like I did, then you'll find that this is a good curriculum for your family.&...
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Guest — Jessica
Extremely helpful, as always. Thanks!
Friday, 21 August 2020 01:04
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[Free Class] Creating Transcripts for Your Unique Child

[Free Class] Creating Transcripts for Your Unique Child
Do you find yourself fretting over the unavoidable task of making a homeschool transcript for your high school student? What seems like a daunting tas...
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Elizabeth Haber-Lopez
Just finished listening to starting strong - homeschooling freshman and sophmore year. It was such an encouragement ... Read More
Monday, 31 December 2018 15:32
Anita
That's wonderful, Elizabeth! I'm glad you found it helpful. I hope we'll see you this week for my class on Creating Transcripts f... Read More
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 20:18
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What to Include on a Homeschool Transcript for College Applications

What to Include on a Homeschool Transcript for College Applications
It's fall of senior year and you and your child are sitting down to submit college applications. Of course, your job will be much easier if the homesc...
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Come Spring Into Transcripts With Me!

Come Spring Into Transcripts With Me!
Let me guess.... You KNOW that you should get your homeschool transcript done now, but you really don't want to do it. You know you should, but it doe...
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Sending Homeschool Transcripts for Senior Year Applications

Sending Homeschool Transcripts for Senior Year Applications
Is your child's transcript up to date?  Even if their transcript looks great on paper, it can be confusing to figure out how to submit a homeschool transcript when you are filling out college applications during the fall of senior year. Let me give you a few quick tips to make your college admission process easier. Homeschool transcripts aren't hard to make. They do, however, take time to make. And, it is a good idea to...
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[Free Class] How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School

[Free Class] How to Avoid the 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make Homeschooling High School
Homeschooling high school is a challenge. College prep is an additional challenge on top of that. Many parents struggle because they don't know HOW to...
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Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan

Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan
When deciding whether or not you'll have your student do a 5th year of high school, or a Super Senior year, you'll need to weigh the desires and maturity of your student against their age and abilities. It's normal for a child to graduate high school between the ages of 17 and 20. For many parents, that means that you can provide a 5th year of high school and still graduate your child on time. Although graduating...
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Guest — Olga Houston
I have a question about super senior year. My son is doing a super senior year for the purpose of STOA debate tournaments. I sig... Read More
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:58
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Olga! Those are some good questions! These are the kind of questions people ask Lee during Gold Care Club consultations, becaus... Read More
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:44
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Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School

Early High School Credits Earned in Middle School
If you are sure your child is doing high school level work in an academic subject area like math, science, or foreign language in middle school, put that on your transcript and earn early high school credits! Why? Because when it's honest and true it goes on the transcript. And because schools do it too!My record keeping earned our family $187,000 in scholarships. Click this link if you could use that sort of college cash: The HomeScholar Record...
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Guest — lisa
Should I take Algebra 1 or Spanish 1?
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 19:30
Robin
Definitely. WHEN you take them is completely up to you, however. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar... Read More
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 19:36
Guest — RHONDA HUTCHINSON
Hi my son took physics in 8th grade then again in 10th grade. Both are listed on his high school transcript that I just received. ... Read More
Friday, 10 July 2020 18:14
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Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades

Why I Do Not Recommend Weighting Grades
I don't recommend weighting grades. It makes it harder for colleges, and colleges tend to like you more if you make their job easier.  Here is the problem, every high school has a different policy on weighting grades. For an "Honors" or AP class, some high schools will add 1.0 to the grade - so the highest grade possible is a 5.0 instead of a 4.0.  Some high schools will increase the grade by 0.5, so honors...
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ME
Wow, that is complicated. Thank you for this article, I am grading standard grades; not weighted.
Thursday, 29 August 2019 18:17
Robin
That's really smart! You are making it much easier for yourself and for prospective colleges. Well done! Robin Assistant to The ... Read More
Thursday, 29 August 2019 19:26
Guest — SCD
I don't weight any of my HS course grades, but my students have taken college dual-enrollment classes. Instead of weighting the g... Read More
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 20:25
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Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy

Making Homeschool Economics Fast and Easy
Economics is usually a 1/2 credit, semester-long class taught during senior year in high school. Sometimes homeschoolers want to provide a full 1 credit class on economics, or want to prepare for the AP exams in economics. There are a lot of different ways to cover economics as a homeschooler. Here are some options you might consider.This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte. Fast and Easy EconomicsNot everything...
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Guest — Terrible Tuesday: That’s a lot of straws | Oddly Said
[…] high schooling people: Making homeschool economics fast and easy. I like the idea of using the Great Courses classes. I ... Read More
Wednesday, 25 May 2016 17:20
Guest — Alane
Hi Lee, Another resource to add to your list is Hillsdale college offers a free 10 lecture series about economics (as well as gov... Read More
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 07:49
Guest — Sheryl Chandler
Lee, I did not realize your son helped Jay Richards with 'Money, Greed and God'. I read it last summer and loved it...and I'm not ... Read More
Monday, 15 September 2014 18:04
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Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps

Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps
"Occupational Education" is the easiest class you will ever teach!  It is a homeschool requirement in some states (i.e. Washington State). I'm convinced it's the easiest class to cover in your homeschool.  Here are five easy steps:1. Wait until your child becomes motivated by money2. Your child will seek (or be forced to seek) a job3. Count hours on the job4. When your child accumulates 150 hours, call it a credit5. Retroactively write a course descriptionAll done! Piece of cake.What did you...
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Guest — Brandi
This worked great for us as we finished a Personal Finance course and could then apply the concepts to REAL MONEY! Opening that fi... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 04:51
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Way to go, Brandi! It's wonderful when we realize that we can get credit for "real stuff"! Life skills like money management are s... Read More
Friday, 06 February 2015 11:37
Guest — April
Oh goodness. I did a search on your page for O.E. and I read through ALL of the search results. I found an answer to my own ques... Read More
Saturday, 03 August 2013 22:23
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Super Senior Five Year High School

Super Senior Five Year High School
Can you take the Five Year Plan for high school? It's called by many names: 5th Year Senior, Fifth Year Program, Super-Senior. What it means is that y...
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Guest — Adriana
Thank you so much for this post! It helped us tremendously to make our decision to modify our son’s high school plan. I am now i... Read More
Friday, 20 November 2020 15:36
Lee Binz
Hi Lin! I think it would be easiest to create a transcript by subject, not by year. Then you don't need to worry about it. Bless... Read More
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 15:49
Lin Knowles
I'm dealing with this issue from the opposite end. My fall-birthday son started high school at 8th-grade age. Two years in, he dec... Read More
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:39
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