Recording Grades and Credits Earned

It can be beneficial to keep a record of your child's grades or credits earned per subject, particularly as he enters high school. You can purchase a traditional grade book like the ones that teachers use. This could be a timesaver if you're keeping track of grades for several children. Or, you can simply create your own grade book on notebook or graph paper.

Although grades can be an indicator of your child's comprehension of material, they are also a measure of the teacher's ability to convey information and guide the learning process. If your child is having difficulty grasping subjects, re-evaluate the teaching and learning styles within the homeschool, then try a new approach.

If you grade your children's papers (answer sheets are included in most workbooks and teacher edition textbooks), you can record their grades under each subject heading. To calculate grades, use a handheld cardboard grader, such as the E-Z Grader, to determine the score and letter grade on tests and worksheets. These sliding charts are inexpensive and are available at most teacher supply stores.

At the end of each six-or eight-week period, you can average out your children's grades. By acknowledging their grades and closely observing their daily performance or struggles with certain topics, you can help them improve on any weak areas.

Credits Earned

For high school graduation, a child usually needs about twenty-four credits in most states. Check with your state to determine their exact requirements. You can keep track of credits earned by entering credits on a high school transcript. A credit is generally based upon 130 to 140 hours of study in a particular subject. If a child spends 45 minutes on English for the 180-day school year, he'll have spent 8,100 minutes, or 135 hours, which equals one credit.

In most cases, a half credit is earned in a subject in one semester, resulting in a full credit for a year's study in that subject. For instance, one semester of freshman English can equal one-half credit. The second semester gains another half credit. By the end of the child's freshman year, he has earned one full credit in English. At the end of four years, he should have earned four credits in English, as well as two or three credits in each of the other required subjects.

Achievement awards and certificates can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride for your children. Educational supply companies have certificates available for nearly every situation: preschool awards, reading awards, science awards, honor roll and citizenship awards, high school diplomas, and many more. Such certificates and awards serve as tangible signs of progress throughout the homeschool year.

After completing four years in your homeschool high school, your child can acquire twenty-four credits. These could include four credits in English, four in math, three in science, three in social studies, two in a foreign language, two in physical education, and six credits in electives (art, music, computer courses, business courses, or special courses of interest).

High-School Transcripts

Keeping track of credits earned through the high school years may not be mandatory, but if your child is planning to attend college, it's a good idea to keep a transcript. This is something your child can easily do. Create a transcript form by listing the subjects studied in the high school years. List the subjects by starting with the most important: English, literature, math, history, government, economics, science, and so on. List foreign languages and elective courses toward the end of the transcript.

At the end of the semester and the year, have your child record the number of credits earned in each subject or elective. Keep the transcript in a safe place with your child's other homeschool records, in case he should need to present a copy of it when applying for college.

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