My daughter will be starting high school next year so it's high time I started think about her future. I breathed a sigh of relief when Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler's Guide to High-School Paperwork by Everyday Education came across my desk to review.
Transcripts are a record of your son or daughter's academic accomplishments. This includes the basics like math, English, and science. And also elective things like piano, a second or third language, the arts, computers skills, and so on.
When it comes time apply for colleges you will want good transcripts to show off all your child's hard work (and your's too parent).
There are many career options out there for homeschool graduates. Surveys show that homeschool graduates are more likely to choose are: business, computer programming, career in the armed forces, internships, home worker, etc. I don' know about that but I do know several homeschoolers who have gone on to nursing school, law, and careers in the culinary arts.
But before these former homeschoolers embarked on their chosen careers they chose to go to college first. There are a number of colleges that accept students fresh out of homeschooling.
Some of them simultaneously took college courses while homeschooling to earn credits. And others finished their homeschool courses before entering college.
All of these students needed transcripts to prove they were ready for college. I know of one homeschool mom who scrambled during her son's senior year to pull together a transcript. Thankfully she had been keeping good record through out high school so it was just a matter of pulling together a transcript but what if you weren't so ready?
Janice Campbell wrote Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler's Guide to High-School Paperwork after going through the process of pulling together transcripts for her son. She says, since she was going at it blind, that the experience was so harrowing she wanted to spare others. The edition we reviewed is the fourth edition of this publication having been updated each time with new information she uncovers. There is even a chapter to help new college freshman tackle that first critical year.
Transcripts Made Easy
Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler's Guide to High-School Paperwork is a 138 page ebook guide to help you pull together transcripts for your high school student whether they are collage bound, trade school bound, or no matter what the future holds. It is also available as a print book.
The Homeschool Review Crew recently got to review this resource.
There are 6 Parts in the ebook…
- Meet the Transcript
- Plan with the end in mind
- Keep Simple Records
- Grades, Credit, and the GPA
- Create the Transcripts
- References, Resources, and Reproducibles
Transcripts Made Easy not only goes through the physical process of putting together a record of your child's high school career but also things to keep in mind and include along the journey.
No matter how you homeschool Transcripts Made Easy can help you figure out how to apply grades, credit, and even how to dump that altogether and go the portfolio route.
There's even a section for those short on time. Need your transcript tomorrow? Never fear. There's a form for that.
How I Plan on Using Transcripts Made Easy
I'm trying hard not to hyperventilate as I prepare to help my daughter for her future and this ebook is a huge help. There are courses to focus on. Skills to cultivate. I admit to being a little bit on edge about it all but Transcripts Made Easy makes me feel better with a mapped out road so I don't miss a thing.
There is a small, but particularly helpful page on what to focus on depending upon where your child is in their schooling. For example my daughter is in Junior High or Middle School.. alright 8th Grade, and so my steps are to read through the book/ebook thoroughly and begin keeping records with her 9th grade year, next year.
We use a boxed curriculum for our homeschool. That makes it easy to keep track of her grades. We plan on using the same curriculum for high school and I'll be using the tips in Transcripts Made Easy for things we don't use the curriculum for like foreign languages, physical education, art, music, and the list goes on!
Starting off we will be keeping track with the included forms for books read, activities (we have lots of those), and details on her tests from her courses. I love all the tips for applying credits for classes and even how to Issue an Official Transcript!
Stressed out about high school? Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler's Guide to High-School Paperwork is a good option for the keeping track part.
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Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.