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December 16, 2012

Homeschool High School Record Keeping 


What records do homeschoolers need to keep?

No matter how gifted a home educator you are or what wonderful intentions you have, without a small amount of follow through in keeping homeschool records, you will be unprepared for the day when you have to make a transcript for your child.  Don’t procrastinate!  Decide whether you are a ‘tubby, a cubby, or a binder queen’, and start your homeschool record keeping.

Tubby-style record keepers just throw things into a rubber tub, everything to do with their homeschool, and let it all accrue in there for the day they might need it.  Cubby-style people go a step further and actually create a separate box or storage container for each child, even a different one for each year.  Binder Queens are at the top of the food chain when it comes to record keeping, because they actually keep a separate binder for each child every year, separated into subjects or requirements.  These people have the advantage when it comes to making transcripts and course descriptions, because they have everything at their fingertips.

There are three things you will use your homeschool records for: things that colleges may ask for, things that are required by law, and things that you may need for your course descriptions.  Homeschool records are not, however, like scrap booking: those pretty pictures you keep should be put in your scrapbook, not kept with your records. If you have a tall soccer trophy from when your child was in 5th grade, you don’t need to keep that; that’s a memento, and not a part of your record keeping.

Keep the important things, and you will be well on your way to great homeschool transcripts and course descriptions.


Homeschool High School Record Keeping 

Record keeping can save you time, money, and frustration when you are preparing your child for college admission. Learn the four record keeping strategies, including the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Discover what you can DO with your homeschool records, from making a transcript, to creating a reading list, and writing course descriptions.

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