I've graduated 2 students. One is in college and the other joined the Navy under the homeschool waiver.chris629 wrote:I know we have some time but when the boys start to get closer, how do we go about diplomas? How do you keep track and prove credits? What kind of work do you keep for getting into college?
A Diploma is a piece of paper. You can print one off your computer or order one. Search the net there are several options for diplomas. We ordered ours off the internet. We gave our homeschool an official name. It's lovely and packed in a box somewhere. It was a necessary piece of documentation for joining the Navy. If you look under "Our Grads" on my blog you can see a picture of my grads with their diplomas.
A transcript is the way you track and "prove" credits. Again you can search the internet and find a template that you like. Each year you add in the credits that you completed. I keep a running log during the year.....actually my teens kept a running log during the year. It is not an overly complicated process.
I kept all papers sorted by year and subject during highschool years. No one ever looked at them except me! So it wasn't really necessary in our case. I had an accordian type folder and if they wrote an English paper I put in the file. I did this for each subject.
My dd who is in college---took the college entrance exams, applied and was accepted. They wanted a copy of her transcript but barely looked at it. Check the box on her file---trascript on file. That was it. Super simple.
My son who joined the Navy under the homeschool waiver was a little bit more complicated. I had to talk to the Educational Specialist who asked my 20 questions about his highschool career while looking at his transcript. The only adjustment I made on his transcript was to note which courses where taught in a classroom setting. Super simple. Apparently I answered the questions appropriately because he was approved to take the ASVAB under the homeschool waiver and is now currently serving.
This is such a personal choice unless you have some requirement by law. I keep items for a few years then do a hard toss. WIth the younger kids, I will keep their history/science notebooks but toss the English/Math stuff. I keep my TM which is record of what we did. I also keep a notebook with goals and comments throughout the years--this is the most useful for me.chris629 wrote:I will be saving school work but I was just wondering at the elementary age how important is this? In our state, Indiana, we have 3 'rules' teach all the basics, science, history, math, english etc, 180 days of school, and to keep a record of attendance (which really I just have written down every day what we do, not necessarily proof I guess that we did it but its there of what we will do that day, what subjects, what worksheets etc.
I kept getting asked and then I didn't know how to explain it but really had no idea how important it was (or wasn't) and what we would do. I bookmarked the links so I can refer back to when needed.