A few years ago when we first started homeschooling high school, it was a little overwhelming! If you have been in that position then you know! I am always happy to try things that make it a little easier! Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High-School Paperwork from Everyday Education has been such a good resource!
Since we have one child that has already graduated, and the other two are in 11th grade, I wasn’t sure how much information this would have for me that I didn’t know.
Goodness, I really was naive in that! This book is just totally full of plenty of information for so many different people!
There are six different parts in the book.
- Part 1: Meet the Transcript – Even if you know what a transcript is and what it is for, this is still a very useful section. I learned a lot just in this part! It mentions who is going to see the transcript and what information should be included on it. It also goes into where you should start with what grade your kids are in. This is nice because even if your child is a senior, there is still time to work through it, and she mentions how it is done.
- Part 2: Plan With the End in Mind – This was one of the parts that I was very interested in before I even got this book! The what to study section was a big one for us. With Ryan it was just kind of grasping at straws and hoping it worked. We kind of went with a generic public school type schedule. With Kyle and Lauren, we were a little bit more organized, but it is still just a little all over the place. It goes over what to study in high school and that was good to read that we did ok with our choices! My kids do community college while they are in high school, so they don’t need the typical college sections, but I did like the College Alternatives section! The jobs that they want to do don’t necessarily need a college degree, but we agreed that if they at least got their Associates, it would be a step in the right direction.
- Part 3: Keep Simple Records – We are reallllly bad at keeping records. We finally started a couple years ago, but I wonder if it is enough! This section at least got me some tips and made it not so overwhelming. Although I never thought to keep sample items, so that is something that we should start doing! There was a section on naming classes, and I admit, I just called them what they were: English, History, Math, etc. But really, a lot of our past school work was using unit studies, so it was all over the place. This was a great section for us!
- Part 4: Grades, Credit, and the GPA – We are pretty set on grades. This has fantastic information for the people that are just starting with high school, or just new to grading in general. The different curricula that we use have great rubrics on how to grade certain things and it has worked out for us. But it also has sections for unschoolers, because grading just isn’t really a thing for them. AP classes, Honors Classes, and dual credit are also on there. My kids get actual credits from their college classes, so I don’t have to do that, although the college does want those classes listed on their transcripts as well as their regular coursework that we do at home.
- Part 5: Create the Transcript – The author was in a similar situation as we were. Our kids are using the community college path starting during high school years. Her oldest and my oldest both didn’t need much of a transcript when they first started, but our younger ones did. I use a program right now that keeps track of grades and prints out a transcript for me, which has been good enough so far, but this is still a helpful section in case I do need to make one that looks more official. There is also a section on creating a diploma. Again, I send away for these, so that is one thing that I don’t have to worry about. But helpful for the person that wants to do it themselves!
- Part 6: References, Resources, and Reproducibles – This section is what I typically call ‘the back of the book’. 🙂 It includes a glossary, resources that will help you that includes websites and books, and then a reproducible section. This has logs and and other forms that you would use to help organize your homeschool.
There really is so much more throughout this book. One slogan that they use is Transcripts Made Easy takes the work out of paperwork! It is so true! And this book is totally something that every homeschool needs. I wish I had it ohhh at least five or six years ago. It really isn’t overwhelming and it is very easy to read. The author does a great job at explaining everything to where it all just seems so simple.
I only mentioned how it worked for my family, but if you want to read how it worked for other families, feel free to click the image below! I have a feeling that Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High-School Paperwork will be on your next list of things to get!
Transcripts Made Easy: The Homeschooler’s Guide to High-School Paperwork