For about ten years, I've watched a considerable number of local homeschooling families place their children into public or private school when they reach either the junior high or high school years. They've had multiple reasons for doing this. Please understand that I am not criticizing them for their choice. Often, they have felt God leading them in this direction.
I've observed other homeschooling families place their junior high or high school children into charter school-at-home programs; most of their time is still homeschooling at home.
We've been praying and thinking about several options for our girls once they reach high school. But so far, none of those other options have seemed to be the right choice for our own family. Kelsi (age 14) participated in a mock trial club at our local high school this last year. While she loved being on a mock trial team (half homeschoolers, half public schoolers), there were some things that she really didn't like about being in a public school program, and she has no desire to take classes from a public school or public school charter school program for her high school years.
We have felt peace about teaching our girls at home during their high school years.
One of the areas about teaching high school at home - that I felt I've needed to learn more about - is keeping appropriate high school records. There are many views among public school teachers and administration on how to grade student work. Throw in differing views of private school teachers, those of colleges and universities (yes, those vary, too!) and homeschool parents, and it can be tough to sort it all out.
Also, what about transcripts? How do I write one that will be acceptable for college admission, should my daughters be interested in attending college in the future?
How do I go about writing Course Descriptions to include with my daughters' transcripts?
I was excited to learn about Lee Binz's recent book:
Setting the Records Straight: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships.
Non-fiction books are interesting to me but take me F-O-R-E-V-E-R to read! I think this is because I'm usually reading with background "noise": piano lessons, violin lessons, and even Netflix movies in the evenings at home.
Well, one of the best things ever (for a homeschoolin' mama) happened when Lee Binz's book, Setting the Records Straight came in the mail last Saturday. I took my girls plus three of their friends up to Homeschool Outdoor School on Sunday afternoon - and dropped them off for three days of fun and learning. After I arrived home on Monday afternoon, I had several hours to myself for my own fun and learning! I was able to read Setting the Record Straight in about two hours. Yeah! Um - yes, this is what I do these days for fun. And I enjoy it a lot! (See, I am a crazy, desperate lunatic!)
Setting the Records Straight will not answer every question you've ever had about educating a high school student at home. It will, however, cause you to have confidence in what you are doing - to know that the record keeping you will be maintaining at home will be well accepted and appreciated by colleges and universities.
My questions about how to develop our own transcripts, and how to write course descriptions were completely answered. I feel very confident about how to do that now. I'm also excited that homeschoolers are able to include so much more than public school students when they submit admission applications to colleges and universities! Homeschoolers are definitely at an advantage when it comes to their permanent records and providing a much more well-rounded picture of themselves when they apply for admission.
My favorite aspect of Setting the Records Straight?
Lee immediately jumps into answering questions that you have, instead of spending 2/3 of the book in theories! She wastes no time in helping you to get started, step by step, in record-keeping and preparing your high schooler for college. I love this! I wish many other books would follow her example. And she includes page after page of samples and examples. You'll love this!
If you've had fears about teaching your older children at home during the high school years, you will gain a lot out of Lee's book. I'm so glad I've read it!
Hi! I'm Julieanne!