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March 5, 2014 Edition 

Help for transcripts, report cards, and staying on track              

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The Wuehler Family

I totally need help for all these things. I am not a type-A homeschool mom. Homeschooling is hard for me, but I press through and always feel guilty that I am not doing it the right way or doing enough of it. Then, you ask me to add in transcripts or report cards and try to stay on track. Right, it's me you're talking about here. This is why I need help. So the first place I go to is a place of prayer. Next, I ask those who have gone before me. And then I practice not being anxious.


Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.


And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:6-8


Practical tips: You can see how to put together a transcript and portfolio using information gleaned from people like Lee Binz, Inge Cannon, and Janice Campbell. There is a myriad of information on high school and college prep at HSLDA.


Since I have graduated three children up to this point, I now know that transcripts are really not that hard. It starts when they are young making easy checklists and keeping simple records, and then when they are in the high school years you do the same thing, but just mark it on forms called transcripts. Easy enough. You can do this!


Do what is easiest for you, and get help if you have to. Don't fear these things. The LORD is on your side.


The LORD is on my side; I will not fear ... Psalm 118:6


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"Transcripts, reports cards, and staying on track ... Oh, my!! Something tells me we're not in Indiana anymore, Toto."


 In Indiana (my fair state), homeschoolers don't have to keep transcripts or report cards ... so we don't. After all, we know how our kids are doing. They live in our house, for goodness sake. Besides, like I say when I speak all over the country, "All my kids are 'A+' students." I mean they're just exactly the way God created them to be. Those who are good in math were created to be good in math and those who aren't ... weren't. A+

Now as far as staying on track ... whose track are we talking about? And who decided that it was the right track? I believe that God is the one who sets the track for each child, and it's our job as parents to know what that track is.

It's really a lot easier than so many people make it. For example, the child who reads early is on the early reading track so they read more and earlier. The child who learns to read later is on the later reading track.

The key is to learn to enjoy them both. We don't have any problem enjoying the early track learners. We feel confident in their abilities (like we had something to do with it). It's the later track learners that we have trouble with. Although they're on the track that God set for them (that almost sounds scriptural).

That doesn't mean we can blow homeschooling off. It just means that everyone has a different track and that's okay.

Here's the take away:

1. Don't sweat transcripts. I've heard many moms say they didn't put one together until their child needed one and it turned out fine.

2. If you don't HAVE to keep report cards, don't. Those letter grades are often for the "teacher" (that's you), not for the students. All your kids deserve an A+, by the way, if they've tried hard.

3. Let each child enjoy his or her own track. One track DOES NOT fit all.


4. If your state rules are burning you out, move to Indiana ... it's like the OZ of the nation.

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Have you ever felt the swirling sensation of looking at your schedule and To Do lists and not knowing where to start? You feel the overwhelming weight of it all begin to creep in and paralyze you. Transcripts. Report cards. Unfinished projects.


We have all felt that at one moment or another--sometimes for many moments at a time. What can we do? The image that comes to my mind most often during those times is of Peter and Jesus walking on the water. Well, actually, Jesus is doing most of the walking. Peter is mostly drowning and crying out for help. But the best part of that scene for me is not the miracle of Peter walking on the water, be it ever so briefly. It is the moment when Jesus reaches out his hand and catches Peter. Peter failed, but Jesus didn't. We will fail, but Jesus won't. He will catch us and put us back on track--his track.


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Transcripts. When we do workshops on homeschooling high school and we mention transcripts, moms break out in a cold sweat. We were there once, too. It's funny, though, that something that only takes a couple of hours is so nerve-wracking. Want some real anxiety? Help your child figure out what to do after high school and how to afford it. That's a real nail biter, so let's get the transcript out of the way and focus on the more important stuff.

Record-keeping. Keep a file somewhere and list what courses your high school age student is taking and what books he used. You think you'll never forget struggling through Algebra I together, but trust me, it'll fade to black pretty quickly! Do your best to keep a list of all the significant books (you can skip the graphic novels) he reads in high school, too. Very few colleges or programs will ask for a textbook list or reading list, but if they do, those are very hard to reconstruct later.  


The format: one page, just one page. Homeschoolers are often horrible at following directions. We once headed up a scholarship program in which applications were limited to 10 pages. Some homeschoolers sent 10 page transcripts plus all the rest. It broke our hearts, but we had to decide what to set aside. A judge, who has to read through 200 applications, is not amused by extra pages. It's also not fair to the students who obeyed. You want your transcript to be in the standard format.


The necessities. Student's name, social security number, birthdate (you need those to avoid mix-ups in college admissions), the name, phone number, and address of your school, dates of attendance, expected graduation date, and parents' names. ). Include a list of courses either by year or by subject, whichever looks better for your student, with grades. At the end, you'll need a signature from the administrator of your school (in our case, Dad). It's really quite easy!


The other stuff. The other parts of a college application are more important than the transcript, but are often overlooked. The resume is the place to share all the cool things your student has done outside of his coursework--employment, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and sports. Recommendation letters from outside teachers or others who can speak to your child's academic ability and character are critical. Most important of all are the essays your student writes himself. That's his opportunity to stand out from the pack and to show what makes him special. Spend the most time on these!


All of this seems pretty intimidating, but it's not. The real challenge of the high school years is helping your young men and women transition to adulthood through mentoring, discipleship, and that difficult letting-go part. That's the part that ought to keep us on our knees!


Yours in the battle,

Hal & Melanie


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