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  1. I have a tenth grade DD. She has pretty severe dyslexic symptoms. She reads at about a 6th grade level and needs significant help writing essay type answers. She also needs a lot of support to finish her assignments. I'm planning on working 1:1 with her this year and not assigning any independent work that will be graded. I'm struggling with how to grade her work. For example: we will be using Susan Wise Bauer's The History of the Medieval World and the accompanying student guide. Last year, I read the text to her and dictates the guide questions. The guide has four section per chapter, three requiring written answers and one is maps. She is still learning how to express her ideas in full sentences and so I need to coach her in order to complete those sections. I doubt we will finish every question. The map section may also need to be tailored as she is slow getting them done. How would you grade a student with these challenges? PDF sample of the lesson is here: https://welltrainedmind.com/p/study-and-teaching-guide-for-the-history-of-the-medieval-world-pdf/
  2. How do you grade your kids' lessons in the grammar stage? Do many of you find it (un)necessary to grade in the first grade year? How do you do it? I can see how you can figure out the score for subjects like math, drawing and spelling. But do you also grade history and science? I can't think of a way to do that unless you're giving a test quiz. Any advice? Do you grade EVERY lesson? Once a year? Twice a year? Every month? Also is it better NOT to grade? Is it okay? What if the child becomes obsessed with getting perfect scores no matter what?
  3. Mostly, I'd love to hear from others who have used Abeka for Language for Grades 4 and up. I used it our first year of homeschooling for 3rd grade, along with FLL. That went well. Currently using CLE for my 3rd graders and have mostly used something else for my 6th grader this year. I'm considering Abeka for 7th, or possibly CLE. But I think I would have to start in the 600s with CLE for my DD. For her sake (having younger siblings), I would prefer something on "grade level." Workbooks for language work pretty well for us, I don't mind Christian content, and plan to supplement for composition. I know Abeka doesn't get a lot of mention here, but I know some have used it for grammar, so I'd love to hear your thoughts!
  4. So, this is my first year homeschooling my 8yo 3rd grader, and he has asked for grades on a few occasions (but only if he thinks he'd get a very high grade, lol). I don't see much of a point in giving an 8yo grades. I don't like the American grading system, especially not as inflated as grades often are these days. I would prefer for him to just do without grades for a while, get the emphasis away from testing and grading etc (I don't need to test him to know where he's at, I don't need to grade him to know where he's at, but apparently he has learned in school that it's fun to get 90-somethings on a regular basis). Plus, if he gets grades, his 5yo brother might want grades too. Too much of a headache. So, not specifically asking for advice here (I'm pretty inclined to just continue saying "nope"), mostly just curious what other people (would) do.
  5. If your student took the AP exam for a class and did well, do you weight his grade? I've always been ambivalent about grades. I actually don't assign them until high school. But it seems the more I read about college and scholarship applications, so much hinges on grades. I'm wondering if not weighting will put my kids at a disadvantage. So I'm here for the hive's wisdom. What do you do about grades?
  6. I'm just curious, what is the publishing plan for Beast Academy? I know that they published 3rd grade first, but their website says the program is grade 2-5, so I take it there are no plans to publish a first grade curriculum, right? Will they do 4th grade next or 2nd grade?
  7. Okay, so my first quarterly is approaching quickly. I have a few questions. ( I did get a few answers in a different thread but that was buried) First I'm not huge on grades but have been sort of keeping them, however the transcript I am using provides for grades for 1st and 2nd semester, so I am wondering should I only report actual grades at 2nd quarterly and last? or each one? or if you give just a satisfactory evaluation, then how do report grades on transcripts? How would you show credits that were received in 8th grade PS on a transcript that only shows 9-12 grades ?? DD has her French credit and also one for her elective for Rise of Nationalism class both from 8th grade in PS. I am trying to do this in the simplest form and found a nice template but there is not room to add these in. Also do you give grades for PE ? and show this on the transcripts? I am sure I will have more questions but for now.. Thank you!
  8. I am trying to decide what to do about calculating GPA, and would love to hear your thoughts. Do you think that, as a homeschooler, you are more likely to be compared to your peers in your city or area? And what about purposes other than college applications? I just had to answer the GPA question for a sports event. There are also scholarships and applications to do other things like internships, for example. In those instances, I feel like sometimes information like GPA is used to weed out, and then they sort more carefully through the top. And for local things like sports or internships or jobs, you are only being compared to your local peer set, so if you use a straight up 4.0 system, but the schools use a weighted system that goes all the way up to 5.0, then that could make you look very different. What do you think? I think it is more straightforward to just use a 4.0 system. Because honestly, in my opinion, it is a number, and it means something different in every class, school, city, state, etc. You can get 4 points for PE and 4 points for physics, it just doesn't make sense to me. I mean, someone can take a really easy load, and have a high GPA, while someone else takes a more challenging load, and has a lower GPA. I understand that colleges don't just look at GPA, but I am thinking about other things that use GPA as more of a standard piece of information, like for local awards, scholarships, and things like that. ETA: To clarify, I am wondering if it makes more sense to do it the way the schools in your area do it, or if that doesn't really matter.
  9. I have been teaching a "teacher-made" Personal Finance Course. This summer, I researched "Consumermath.org" program, where the students earn "money", and end up "purchasing" their grades. What questions should I be asking about this program, by Seth Hunter? Thank you for your reactions, forum members!
  10. Can we talk about grading? I've never assigned grades before, but I'm reconsidering after having read the 'honors' thread. My dilemma is that we don't always follow curricula in a linear fashion. We go on rabbit trails galore. My dd just discovered Coursera, for example, and has now signed up for Physics, Statistics, Python, and Big Bang. I understand some assign grades based mostly on exams, but what are some other ways you've determined grades? And how do you incorporate rabbit trails in your transcripts? Thank you so much in advance for your response. High school is coming much too quickly for me.
  11. I finally got my password and can post again! Here's the problem. Last year in 7th grade, we took my son out of the public junior high because he was not being challenged, the teachers were poor, and his friends were getting into fights. Still, he got good grades and loves learning. He has tested at the high school or post high school level on the SAT-10 for years. He did well enough on the ACT to get into the NUMATS program. We homeschooled for the last half of 7th grade and enjoyed it. We had previously homeschooled in a similar way in 5th grade, but he wanted to try junior high. But he was lonely during homeschooling. So we decided to try a local private Christian school K-12, that is supposed to have a "college prep" type curriculum and is definitely more rigorous than public schools. But it's not what we thought it would be. The pluses are that it's safe, it's a new building, the classes are small. Mosr teachers are congenial. The downside is that the teachers are plowing through the curriculum, but not stopping to make sure the kids know the material. They never review homework, but it's usually graded. There are 6 new kids in a group of 24, but they're not helping them get up to speed, unless the kids stay after school for short tutoring. The parents have begun to tell me how they have to teach the kids at night. Homework is routinely 3 hours at night and often 5 -7 hours on the weekend. My son is doing the homework and really trying. But it is becoming too much for him. His grades are faltering considerably, which has never happened. The materials are not difficult for him. But if he didn't learn it in class, he isn't always asking for help. He doesn't have enough time to digest what he's learning either. So, we are debating how long we stay at a private school that is rather expensive place to be getting poor grades. There are other facts, but maybe someone would have a perspective or questions that would be helpful in our thoughts. Thanks!
  12. I am making my daughters transcripts to submit to college this week but I am unsure how to award credit or give grades to courses not yet completed. How is this done?
  13. My oldest is in Grade 5. Though we started homeschooling thinking that we would just take things one year at a time, it's looking like we will most probably HS through Grade 12. :001_smile: At this point I don't grade our children's work. I will give feedback and make corrections. But I don't actually give the assignments a grade. DH and I have talked about it, that we like it this way so that our children grow up motivated by learning rather than grades. Also, we didn't want them to associate their "work" with a number or a letter in the early years. (We both grew up with the pressure to get high marks and good grades.) Thinking ahead, I think we will need to report grades on a HS transcript for application to college. And I think I would like to start grading DC's work perhaps in the 8th grade (I am totally not sure about this) - so DC begin to get used to the idea of having a number/letter "evaluation" of their progress. When did you start grading your student's work? Why did you start then as opposed to earlier or later? Are there families who have chosen not to grade even in HS? If that's what you have done, can you please share your reasons? Are grades in HS required to apply for most colleges? Thanks!
  14. That thread got me to thinking about GPA's because that is one of the questions it asks on the application for the STEM program. When do you start keeping a GPA for your dc? I have not done so yet and my oldest dd will be in 8th grade next year. I think I am going to start next year so I get the hang of it for high school. When do you start keeping a GPA for your dc? Or do you at all?
  15. I now regret grading my dd on the 93-100 scale for As, because this is going to cost her in the class ranking. The local ps does 90-94 A and 95-100 as an A+. An A+ has a higher rank number. Arrgh!!!!! Sadly, this coule make a difference down the road because I didn't call anything honours, so her classes are going to be ranked in the lowest scale. This is not anyone's fault here, of course!!!!! Who was it that came up with this @#!*& class ranking system, anyway?:angry: The anger is for the school, who are ignoring my percentages at this point and simply imputting the grades. And at myself, for not checking this out last year because I knew there was a possiblility that dd could end up there. Now I need to :chillpill:
  16. I'd been using 92% but when I recently signed up my son up for SAT II (French), they asked about grades and I found that they stipulate 90% for an A. Besides the recent thread about transcripts where people talked about not putting grades on their transcripts at all, I am wondering what the general habits are about this? Thanks! Joan
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