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Four Steps to Creating an Official High School Transcript

Regardless as to where you are right now on your homeschool journey, looking ahead at preparing for those daunting college applications is prudent. Creating an official high school transcript seems like a herculean task……along with planning coursework and being sure your homeschooler meets your state’s graduation requirements. Deep breath!  Broken down into easy manageable tasks, we can get that transcript in place. Here’s how:

Concerned about creating your homeschoolers high school transcript? You don't have to be! Broken down step by step, here is what you need to create an official high school transcript.

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1 First things first: Find out the graduation requirements for your state. This is as easy as googling “New York State high school graduation requirements” and phoning your state education department to clarify any concerns. This is an excellent indication of what colleges are expecting of a high school graduate. There are “typical” high school course requirements for the average student in the United States including:

Math : 4 credits

Science: 3 or 4 credits  (usually including two lab classes)

English:  4 credits

History/Gov’t/ Economics/ Social Science: 3 credits (including US History and World History, plus one or two more)

Foreign Language:  1 to 2 credits

Electives: vary

P.E. / Arts: vary

Again, there are very broad, but generally typical, requirements.

2 Utilize a credit planner: This will be instrumental in helping you chart what courses your child needs to complete by graduation. I’ve found one right here at Five J’s (http://fivejs.com/free-homeschool-high-school-credit-planner/ ) that I find practical and extremely user friendly. In this way, you have a visual tracker of each course over the duration of your homeschooler’s high school career.

3 Research high school transcript styles & create your own:  This will help to determine how to logically construct and what to include in your official transcript. Primarily, transcripts are in  spreadsheet format and list courses, credits, grades for all four years of high school. HSLDA links to several sample transcripts for your perusal before building your own, as well as  transcript templates to personalize your child’s.:  https://www.hslda.org/highschool/academics.asp#TR

4 It’s official! Be sure to include all your graduate’s important information, such as date of birth, address, phone number, date of graduation.  Place the name of your homeschool and your signature in prominent spots. Many veteran homeschoolers who have been “in the homeschool trenches” and down this high school – to –college path recommend  having the document notarized as well.

Good luck in your college preparation and admissions process and congratulations to the graduate and to you, homeschool Mom and Dad!


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3 Tips for Reducing Screen Time in Your Homeschool + 2 Reasons to NOT!

I’ve noticed there’s a debate in the homeschool community on screen time. Do we reduce it? Do we not? Do we let the kids go full force in tech? Or do we let them dabble until we’re ready to let go of the reins?

I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what the answer is. In our home, screen time is limited.  However, I also know that my boy uses screens way more than his sisters did simply for my sanity.

My kids don’t have computers, but they do have tablets. Our video game system includes an old Wii and a few Nintendo DS’s.  We dabble. But, I do worry about the kid’s screen time.

So, what is the answer? Who knows! I feel we are all just trying out this parenting thing and hoping we don’t mess up right? That is why I’m sharing three tips for reducing screen time in your homeschool, but I’m also sharing two reasons NOT to. Because on this one I just can’t make up my mind!

I'm sharing three tips for reducing screen time in your homeschool, but I'm also sharing two reasons NOT to. Because on this one I just can't make up my mind!

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Tips for Reducing Screen Time

So, you’ve made the decision to reduce screen time in your home. Great! Here are a few ways to implement better limits on screen time.

Make Them Earn It

This is the way we run things in our home. The kids can have screen time after they complete chores. So, they have their daily chores, then they have additional chores that they get paid to do. They can opt for cash or 30 minutes of screen time. We do not count family movie nights as earned screen time.

No Screens in the Bedroom

This one is a big one in our home. Screens are only allowed in the open area of the house. I do make an exception for school time (we use Teaching Textbooks that requires a computer). By making the screens stay in an open area of the house you are able to see how often the kids are on their screens. This also makes it a lot harder to be looking at things they aren’t supposed to be looking at. And yes, this includes TV.

Be an Example

Want your kids to be on their screens less? Model it. This is a hard pill to swallow. I rarely watch tv, and my laptop stays at my desk after work hours, but my phone? Yea…it’s with me ALL the time, and SO easy to check.

Our kids can call us on this guys. Why are we telling them to limit the screens when we have access to one 24/7? A few ways to limit our own screen time is to keep the phone OUT of the school room or area. Show that school is the MOST important thing, not checking social media in between English lessons.

Another idea is to make the dinner table a no screen zone for EVERYONE, not just the kids. Model the behavior you want your kids to show, and they will have a wonderful example to follow.

 

Reasons NOT to Reduce Screen Time

Now, let’s play devil’s advocate here and discuss some reasons NOT to reduce screen time. You see, those screens are not ALWAYS a bad thing!

We Live in a Different World

Our kids are growing up with the world at their fingertips. Literally. What are we going to do about it? Limit it? Tell them no? If so, then at what point are they going to learn to manage their own screen time? At what point are they going to be able to explore freely and decide what is appropriate and what is not?

My friend Amy at the HMMM schooling mom wrote an excellent post about this and I think she explains it well. 

When my kids are allowed to explore freely, they are able to find the things that I don’t even know are out there to help them do the things they want to do.

Screen Time Isn’t Always a Waste 

There are SO many educational apps, tv shows and games out there.  This keeps kids learning ALL the time. However, sometimes those things we consider “fluff” can help our kids learn too. It can also just be the down time our kids need. Their minds work differently than ours do, and for us down time may be a book, but for them, it may be Mario Brothers…. Who are we to tell our kids how to learn? Or how to unwind?

The bottom line is we as parents have to find the right answer for us. I feel as homeschoolers we have WAY more control over our kid’s screen time than most. However, we also have our kids around ALL DAY LONG. And, let’s face it, sometimes we are guilty of using the screen as a babysitter.

The answer on screen time isn’t black or white. It’s a gray area that each family needs to make for themselves. Whether it’s one hour a day, unlimited time a day, or a back and forth, the answer for YOUR family is the right one.

So, let’s not judge another homeschoolers take on screen time. We are all just doing the best we can!

Additional Resources

10 Reasons Why Screen Time Isn’t a Waste of Time

How to Manage Screen Time with Homeschool Kids 

Why I Stopped Managing My Kids Screen Time


Misty Bailey planned on being a public school teacher, not a work at home, homeschool mom to three. But in 2009 God changed her plans!  She now LOVES helping and encouraging new homeschoolers and sharing everyday tips and encouragement on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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