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    DS wants to continue HSing through high school. I'm thinking he will start in fall 2019, maybe 2020 (August baby), depending on how he does for the rest of MS. The plan is to graduate him with a diploma enabling him to attend an in-state university (I'm familiar with the requirements for the universities here).

    I'd like a year of practice record / documentation keeping to get used to it before I need do it for real. Any suggestions for resources I should look at to get started? Thanks!
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    I was a lot more nervous about this a little over a year ago than I am now, I have to admit. I made myself little check sheets to see how we were doing with hours since I'd never tracked them for anything before. But I didn't bother to keep it going all year. It was one of those things - once I felt I could see it, then I felt okay about dropping it. But that would be one way - count your hours as you do them - in a planner book or with something like Homeschool Tracker or One Note or whatever you already use.

    It's not rocket science. If you want to go by hours, then 120 hours = a credit. You can estimate it - if you're doing an hour of a subject every weekday for the school year, then do the math. Honors is generally considered to be more - at least 150 or more. Lots of people spend a lot longer on subjects. Think of it as a floor, not a ceiling, especially if you're aiming for a 4 year college and want to have credits reflect what's generally accepted as "Algebra II" or "Honors U.S. History" or whatever.

    You don't have to go by hours. If you have a program that is clearly considered to be 1 credit (or half a credit or whatever) then finish the program. Or, you know, finish 80 or 90% or more of the program - you don't have to check every single little box. You can also DIY a course based on other courses and set your own requirements and call it finished when it's done. Whether it takes a month or the whole year. I mean, you don't want to undermine yourselves by setting two novels and a single paper as an English credit. But you can absolutely plan a year's worth of English and then finish it at your own pace, just like you likely have for other school years.
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    MuseCast Mondays: High School Credits · SIMPLIFY

    Also - podcast on the topic. I was hosting, but I'm not the expert on this one - Jill and Suji had good advices about credits.
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    Lee Binz, while she can be churchy, has a wealth of free info on her website. I used to follow her on Facebook; once in a while she'd put her ebooks out there for free. I got a ton of ideas from her.

    IF you use textbooks for something, some people count completion of it as a course credit, regardless of how long it takes to go through it. Later, during high school, if your son takes any dual credit courses and you keep a GPA for him, those can be counted as honors, or weighted, grades. In some cases, semester long courses at community college can be counted as a year course for high school. I did that for some of the courses (calculus, Spanish) but not others (chemistry, English) depending on rigorousness of the course.

    In addition to a transcript, you might also want to keep track of course descriptions (also containing texts/videos/materials used and grading rationale). These are really hard to do 2 or 3 years after the fact (ask me how I know.....). You may think you don't need those now, but maybe you/your son will change your mind on where to apply?

    If you pm me with your email, I can send you what I put together for one or both of my kiddos, if you're interested.
    Carol

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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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    In addition to a transcript, you might also want to keep track of course descriptions (also containing texts/videos/materials used and grading rationale). These are really hard to do 2 or 3 years after the fact (ask me how I know.....). You may think you don't need those now, but maybe you/your son will change your mind on where to apply?
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    This. 1000x this. I’m having to go back now for one(ONE!) school that my son wants to apply to and I’m kicking myself for not doing this all along....

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