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From the Editor
I’ve recently been talking to other moms who are homeschooling high school students about creating high school transcripts for those who are college-bound. It seems that there are quite a few homeschoolers who are intimidated by the transcript creation process (often because their children are following interests and passions instead of curriculum). One way to approach transcript creation is by breaking it down into much smaller steps starting with things you are familiar with, like this:
- Brainstorm the various accomplishments and studies for the child and type them out one per line in a word processor, triple space. Don’t worry about formatting your sentences properly or even making them full sentences – this is just food for later thought.
- Print the document, then cut the lines into strips.
- Arrange the strips into groups based on general topic, then again into more groups based on subjects. I find color coding each strip by subject to be helpful since you can have more than one color/subject per strip (simply use a colored marker to make a dot or line representing the subject(s) it covers on each strip). This allows activities/studies that were multi-disciplinary to be in more than one group and makes the entire process easier by allowing you to visually process the colors into groups.
- Look at all the strips for each color and begin to see patterns and connections in the activities and studies, and come up with course names for each group. Specific studies can have course names that are specific (Greek Mythology), where broader studies can be named “Survey of XXX” (Survey of Ancient Cultures).
- Keeping in mind how much time was spent on each subject, assign credits for each. There is a helpful webinar that TheHomeSchoolMom hosted with Lee Binz several years ago that has information to guide you in determining how many credits to assign for various work.
- Take each course and credit and enter them into our Homeschool Planner Plus spreadsheet (free download) and the GPA will automatically be generated. Fill in the student information and print and you have a transcript that can be sent to any college (keep in mind that most colleges require that transcripts be submitted in a sealed envelope with your signature across the seal).
Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
Martin Luther King, Jr.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and gave his most famous speech. His dream for his children, that they would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” has inspired many in the fight for civil rights over the past 53 years. Our MLK, Jr. unit can be found on the linked page for free, and newsletter subscribers can download the PDF version in notebooking format.
Treaty of Paris
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You’re excited about the new homeschool year, and you have a list of things to do to get ready. Do you have a list of things you don’t have to do?
Homeschoolers don’t have to:
- Buy new curriculum. Really! You don’t need to purchase a new curriculum to homeschool. You can use free online curricula, you might homeschool using an approach that doesn’t require a purchased curriculum (unit studies, unschooling), or you could use the internet and the library to design your own studies. You can also buy used curriculum privately or through a homeschool conference or bookstore. Of course, buying new curriculum is certainly an option if you prefer doing so.
- Follow a school calendar. You can homeschool year round or on a four-day week. You can homeschool through the summer and take time off between Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can even forget about the calendar all together, since children learn all the time. It’s up to you how you set up your homeschool calendar.
- Follow a school schedule. You don’t have to start school at a certain time of day. Your kids can play outside during school hours. You can homeschool at night, or set a homeschooling schedule around your work hours. You can think in terms of setting up your homeschool schedule by the week instead of by the day. You don’t even have to have any set schedule … [Continue reading]