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Screenshot of homeschool transcripts with text: Homeschool Transcripts Explained : includes free transcript templates

Homeschool Transcripts Explained—Spoiler Alert… They’re Easy & Free!

One of the things that intimidates people the most about homeschooling high school is how to make homeschool transcripts. Thankfully, the solution is much easier than homeschoolers expect it to be, and it’s free—you don’t need a homeschool transcript service or expensive record-keeping software in order to create a homeschool transcript to send to colleges. There are several ways to produce homeschool transcripts for your student, including availability from various organizations, online planner services, or creating your own. We have made it easy to print your own transcripts with our free homeschool transcript template for Excel—just input the information, set the print area, and print the spreadsheet. You’ll find the link at the bottom of this page. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom Blog: When Grade Level Matters (Or, Jumping Through Hoops)

Grade Level: When It Matters in Homeschooling

In a previous post, I encouraged parents not to obsess over grade level to the detriment of their child’s actual engagement and learning. However — yes — I concede there are times you do have to think about grade level, and your child and your homeschooling efforts will benefit if you do. Continue reading »

Kids Learn by Blogging Unit Studies

Kids Blogging Unit Studies

What do you get when your child combines a unit study and notebooking with a blog?

You get the homeschool version of a Virtual Learning Environment (a fancy way of saying learning that is enhanced by the Internet).

Homeschooling parents can use what they already know about unit studies and notebooking to have their children create their own unit study blogs on specific topics — their own VLE’s. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom: Using a Homeschool Evaluator

Homeschool Evaluation Instead of Testing

Some states require end-of-year evidence of progress for homeschooled kids in order for them to homeschool in subsequent years. There isn’t actually any evidence that this improves homeschooling outcomes (and many homeschoolers believe it interferes with the educational process), but it is the law in some parts of the United States. Using an evaluator may be one of the options you can choose if you are in a state that requires evidence of progress. A homeschool evaluation can be a more holistic approach than standardized testing. An evaluator can use a “whole child” approach that takes into account accomplishments that do not show up through testing. Continue reading »

TheHomeSchoolMom: Edspeak

EdSpeak or Educationese for Progress Reports

Learning activities that we once knew by simple names have been given new industry-generated names in recent years that are supposed to be more descriptive of subtle differences. Called “edspeak” or “educationese”, these words or phrases are often used by professional educators. If you are required to file some form of proof of progress to your school district, you may find some of these terms helpful in describing your child’s activities. Additionally, if you are working with a school system because your child has an IEP, the ability to understand the language commonly used by professional educators is helpful. Continue reading »

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