Thanks to this book, I know I can homeschool high school.
I borrowed this through Kindle Unlimited. Lee's down to earth, practical, "here let me show you how I did it" advice and suggestions helped me ditch the overwhelming stress I had considering homeschooling high school. I learned about other ways to grade and evaluate my kids besides a test, delight directed learning (letting kids explore their own interests and creating high school credit for it), how to write class descriptions, what kind of documentation I should be keeping NOW, the works. She had real examples of her own children's transcripts and course descriptions as well as 2 or 3 other families who approached high school in very different ways. The book even went into earning college credits while still at home. After reading her book, I know I can homeschool high school and do it well.
When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences. As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single transcript document. Here are 7 steps for putting public school classes on your homeschool transcript:
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I was home all week with my six-year-old while my husband took a group of 22 on a mission trip. Included in that trip were my 15-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son. One of my goals was to update transcripts and START course descriptions. We have homeschooled since the start and I was feeling uneasy about some aspects of our transcripts. Books and research are my stress relievers so I began there. I remembered some moms mentioning liking your talk last year at Modesto, CA so I started with you. Wait! I prayed, then felt certain I was to start with you. What I found was the friendly voice and mentorship I have sought for years and could not find. You echoed so many of my own fears and pleasant discoveries and I knew you were a gift from God.
Most of the help that you gave me was the confidence to get started revising what I have already done and the courage to begin that which I have put off doing. Specifically helpful to me was:
- You validated my one year over semester approach to transcript. I have been using a template from HSLDA and it does not have a semester option. We found that the grade didn't vary from semester to semester so this was fine, EXCEPT, every other sample (from the internet) was in semesters.
- You shared what you did. As mentioned above, I only had samples from the internet. No one will show me what they did. I know some people feel embarrassed to share but seeing a real example from a person you know actually used what you are seeing makes a world of difference to a mom. Which leads me to my next point.
- You don't see homeschooling as a zero sum game. I love helping people. I will happily share anything, and I have shared so many things. Sadly, others don't always feel the same way. My husband and I quietly did our own homeschooling thing since we didn't know anyone who did it. Recently (since High School started), we have been more involved as the Lord has brought the opportunity. We have met a few families who are very competitive. I have been discouraged (more than I realized) but you have given me new hope that on a personal level I can turn things around and share you and your website and materials and underscore your attitudes of wanting all homeschooling families to succeed in their own way.
- You helped me see that it is okay to put on the transcript everything my son did. We were embarrassed when we listed everything (and ran out of room since my husband must have it look pretty) so I began lumping things together in such a way as to make it look "normal." I have had this nagging feeling that we were negating his accomplishments and hard work. My husband is a youth pastor and often has my son teach. We had none of that on there either. He does so many book studies for personal devotions that I never thought of putting on his book list (Do Hard Things, Thirsting for God, Mere Christianity to name a few). In a nutshell, the truth is the truth and I need not fear what others think.
- You reminded me that colleges love homeschoolers. I have heard that but not from a person who has actually experienced it.
While I didn't buy your transcript service (though I was sorely tempted), I would have had I not already done so much on it already. I was happy to see you had books. The webinar was a treat and one I hope to repeat often. However, having your words in print will be wonderful. I bought the one on admissions and scholarships for my son who is making applications this year. While I wait for it to arrive I am reading your book on transcripts and course descriptions on Kindle. I will certainly share your link and the blessing that you are. Please thank your whole family for me as I know it would not be possible without your husbands support and the inspiration God gave you to do your best for your boys. Thank you for telling me in your book to consider you a friend because I do!
With a grateful heart,
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“If I could go back to the very, very beginning, and say to my wife, ‘Sweetheart, I know this woman who will help you – let’s just get her services and do this the easy way,’ it would have saved a few hours ... Lee is just one of the most encouraging and common sense, down to earth, but careful people in this whole business. I recommend her highly.”
~ Andrew Pudewa, Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW).
I have been so blessed by yournewsletters, website, and theTotal Transcript Solution. Last October, my daughter was accepted and awarded the highest academic scholarship from all four of the private Christian colleges she applied to. Two of those universities invited her to compete for "up to full-tuition scholarships," and in early April, she was awarded the Presidential Honors Scholarship at the University for her well-written essay. She was also awarded a vocal/music scholarship after I encouraged her to audition even though she had an insignificant amount of vocal training! All combined, Michaela was awarded 93% of her tuition for four years. Room, board, and books are virtually her only responsibility.
Know that I recently met with the Director of the Honors Program at the University who identified with interest, an unusual activity Michaela completed during high school that was listed on her TTS transcript. I presume the Total Transcript Solution made it easier for the university to conclude that Michaela's unique homeschooling experiences would be a welcome addition to the University community!
Thank you for your sound advice on starting a high school folder. The best thing I ever did was start Michaela's transcripts when she started doing high school work--and that was in 8th grade. And every time we did something, a college class or a field trip, a conference, or a missions project, anything... I printed it off the internet, dated it, and put it in a folder. That little nugget of advice from you has SAVED me. One of the essay scholarship questions on the application was, "What kinds of extra-curricular cultural activities have you done?" Fortunately, I found ticket stubs in Michaela's folder from a Latin museum and a Latino Film Festival we forgot she attended two years earlier for her extra-credit Spanish coursework at the community college. Every parent should have a folder, whether they are homeschooling or not!
The BEST advice you ever gave me: read excellent literature. Michaela scored nearly perfect on the SAT reading and writing components. For lack of time (both hers and mine), she never completed any formal English/writing curriculum during high school. Your encouragement in that area helped me step out in faith believing that it was quality, not quantity that would produce a right result. Michaela devoured good books and wrote in her journals (and I coached her with my limited knowledge of community college general education English!), and she wrote a very creditable essay when it counted most.
Thank you for your dedication and service to the homeschooling community. Your recommendations and resources have empowered me to take control of my children's high school education. I know that we will complete high school with absolute success. My second daughter, only a sophomore this year, is nearly finished with high school and plans to take community college courses this fall in fashion design. Her youngest sisters will be starting junior high in the fall. I have every confidence they will all experience comparable success, and I can't wait to make their transcripts!
Hopefully this will give more parents hope to keep their children out of the public school system. We need to keep sending a message that it can be done! You were right about junior colleges. Just from my girls taking foreign language classes at our local junior college the last 2 years... they've been exposed to a lot of inappropriate behavior from both teachers and students. I didn't feel like I had a choice because they needed language and I didn't have time to teach it properly. I'm glad Michaela made it to a Christian college where at least most of the environment is going to be positive. Can't wait to see the amazing things she's going to do there.
Finally, I give all the glory to God who shows me daily that "apart from Him, we can do nothing." There were weeks and months when we were inundated with admission essays, college visits, sports, injuries, illness, life in general; times when I felt we were so far behind we would never catch up. BUT GOD!
An activity list is a key ingredient of comprehensive homeschool records that open doors for college admission and scholarships. Let me show you how to create all your records! Register