I was wondering I have been told that middle school is the right time to start putting together a transcript. She is now in 8th grade and I have not officially started. How do I get started and is there a good software out there that is worth getting.
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Middle school is the BEST time to start putting together a homeschool transcript for two reasons! First, it will give you the practice you need to feel comfortable and confident in your new homeschool role as high school counselor . Because transcripts are so critical in high school, learning that skill a little early can help you become more knowledgeable and do a better job. Record keeping, particularly in some states, can come as a big surprise to homeschool parents. Although it isn't difficult to learn, it does take a little bit of effort. Homeschooling will give you the edge in confidence and ability.
I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you! I've been REALLY busy!
This is a topic I talk about often in my book: Setting the Records Straight
Not all homeschoolers use graded textbooks, so it can be difficult to tell when your homeschool student is doing high school work. The most common early high school credits are algebra and foreign language. However, math textbooks rarely say "High School Algebra" it usually says "Algebra." And a foreign language curriculum may say "French" and a parent using it in middle school may not realize they mean high school level French.
If you are using a graded curriculum that is clearly labeled "WARNING: HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL" then it's pretty easy, but it's usually not that clear. As long as parents know that it can happen, that some junior high classes really are high school level, then they can keep their eyes open.
The best classes to prepare for high school are reading, writing, and math. Reading and writing are fundamental skills that everything else will hinge upon. Math is a skill that builds incrementally, so you have to be consistent in order to become successful.
Middle school is a time to focus on fundamental skills in some things, and work ahead at a high school level for other things. That's the great thing about middle school - you really can't be behind. Since the purpose is EITHER remedial OR advanced, and each subject can be taught separately, you can provide exactly what your child needs and still be at just the right level in everything.
Thank you for the info on transcripts. My oldest will be in 9th grade this coming new school year. I am devouring everything high school I can find.
You mentioned above about middle school students taking high school courses and not realizing it.
How is that done? Wouldn't a person know what grade level book they are using, typically.
My twins are going into 8th grade next year. Are there any courses that we could do to help us get a step ahead in high school?
Thank you for your help.
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