Okay so I have only just graduated one, and she only intended to go to community college- and I don’t REALLY know how she will do in the real world. I don’t know the answers. BUT I do feel fairly confident that I can answer for what we’ve done in our school. Her (and the youngers’) accomplishments. I feel confident that I did all I could do for her here and that it was better than our alternatives would have turned out. That’s it. That is all the security I have for you. 😉 Here is my real security- God chose you as your child’s parent and He knows you will do what THIS child needs. You’ll do OK mama. Don’t sweat it. You’ve raised a good kid.
Now, first things first. I don’t use a fancy online, app or program to keep track. I’m pretty simple. I tend to be a procrastinator and I get bogged down with redundancy. So this is how I operate:
I keep record books. I always have. Maybe some fear of ‘someone checking in on us’, maybe for me. maybe because I didn’t know where to go with all of the paperwork….
I’ve decided not to panic about ‘High School’ I’ve been schooling with my kids’ interests all along. I’m going to continue.
I use HSLDA’s transcript template.
At the end of each semester/year as we put our record books together, I’d make a list of each of the classes we’d done. This was also a chance to reflect on any ‘extra’ classes that would count. You know a home ec credit for all of the cooking and housework… you’ve all read Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+La right? or you’ve at least heard form others about adding in your time spent on things like this, right? … anyway so I’d make this ‘list’ and I would grade them. (yes. that is what I do. all grades are subjective. I expect a lot.)
I put it together. We live on a farm. My kids help a lot. They have their own livestock, as well as helping us, and they show them. It’s a lot of hours. I gave them credit.
(0ur area does 2 credits per year, 1 per semester so that is how we worked it)
Then I took it to a friend for help. She has two at a state university with many scholarships. Her advice is this- keep in simple. One page. Nothing stands out- raises any flags. short, sweet, simple. I followed her advice. Here is what she saw:
all of these are English credits. That may be easy to see now, but I’ll be you too kept more than you should have. We completed each of those classes, but in the end: English I, English II, English III.
still too many credits she says. While they did spend a great deal of time in livestock work- too many credits. This was hard to give up but it didn’t undo their work. remember that!
we combined the consumer math, financial peace and Livestock records into Personal and Business Finance.
we listed all of her theater work on the back and just left the speech and drama she took at public school (note on this: she took the class as the local public school. they did not write ONE speech. They did silly theater pieces- no they were silly!- but she learned to use imovie which became important later, she got involved with the speech competitions using her connections here which were important. She was highly involved in 4H and FFA which helped her more than any speech class we did here or at public school…. and it is one of her gifts. In the end- she is accomplished in speech and drama and even though she didn’t learn it at the public school class- she did learn it and it is recorded here.)
*classes she took at our local public school.
and the ones edited out in purple we opted to just list on the back. (note here- the sign language class was one she did on her own with a curriculum we bought, but she struggled not having anyone to ‘talk’ with and practice it so she taught a couple of friends.- I listed it as American Sign Language Club- she kind of started one right?)
The edited version looks something like this:
on the back of the transcript is where you list accomplishments- things that don’t fit on the front.
I opted to list her livestock work as well work. employment: “Cow/Calf producer since 10 years of age” and her job at a local store since 2014…
I apologize it is not a very good image but I think you get the idea. I know too that I didn’t compare for other changes. (I didn’t create these or save these for blogging 😉 )
*EDIT * I’ve been asked to upload a copy that can be easier to read and zoom. Here is an edited copy. I chose one that was midway through her senior year- noted with *classes not finished* This is what was attached to many of her scholarship applications. e-hslda-transcript-blog-copy-edited
…laughing…crying….confessing….I struggled with loading her ACT score. I know that many homeschool families (maybe all families) are competitive about the ACT score. She did not score well according to many standards. She scored ENOUGH- is what I think. She qualified for the State University. She didn’t earn a big scholarship. It’s OK. (I’m still telling myself. but you know, I went to public school and I scored one point BELOW her and went to university.)
She NEVER scored well on tests. She doesn’t learn easily. She struggles. We pulled her from public school for EXACTLY this reason. So, I champion her accomplishments. I’m OK with her score. I pray. I know the the Lord is leading her down her own path- not mine.
I decided not to exclude it here. Maybe some of you struggle with this very thing.
If you look at the back of her transcript you will see a snapshot of THIS child and HER GIFTS are not on the ACT. She likes to write and give presentations and act and give speeches…. She did not earn a scholarship based on her academic performance but she did earn scholarships from a variety of small places 4H, FFA, American Legion, the power company, two local farm businesses (she went into Ag business AA and Ag Teaching BS) each kid has their own path. This is my oldest’s path so far.
EDIT** UPDATE** This child has all A’s at community college so far, is active in clubs, picked up an internship, and has not yet paid for any tuition. She continues to apply for (and earn) small scholarships and applies great financial sense to her expenses….. just wanted to let you know. ESPECIALLY those of you struggling with AVERAGE test scoring kids!!
Hope that this is helpful. I’d love to hear if you have any questions or comments. (kind of helps to know I’m not talking to myself 😉 ) Thanks for reading!!