You may wonder how to award homeschool credit for learning that doesn’t come from a book. Since there are many ways to homeschool, rest assured, there are different ways to recognize homeschooling achievements, too.
Use one of these methods to recognize your child’s efforts and award the credit they deserve for working outside of a book or curriculum. Three of the most common ways to do this appear below:
1. COUNTING HOURS
Counting hours is perhaps the simplest way to award homeschool credit. Begin with the notion that no matter what the activity may be, as long as it’s educational, it counts. You may track hours any way like, such as keeping a daily list and tallying the hours at the end of every school week. Using these totals, hours may be grouped together to form one single course, or may be spread out over several courses, depending on the subjects you teach that year. Assigning some limit, such as 150 hours per course, will help determine when a credit has been reached. (Check your state to see if credit guidelines exist, or make your own.) And don’t forget that anything related to the class counts, too; therefore things like studying, research, discussions and extracurricular activities related to the topic may be included as well.
2. TOPIC COMPLETION
When using a ready-made curriculum product, completing the book or finishing the entire course makes it easy to know when credit is due. But, homeschool parents can duplicate this concept on their own, using other kinds of resources, too. When spelling out the goals of a course, determine just how much material must be covered before the course is complete. Writing down a list of objectives, either randomly or in the order you hope to meet them, is one way to do this. Then, once students have completed most or all of what was expected on the list, credit may be awarded and the class considered over.
Since homeschooling is flexible and efficient, students may be able to grasp concepts and master skills very quickly. Regardless of the number of hours, days or weeks something takes to learn, parents may award homeschool credit based solely on this mastery. Looking at a student’s total level of understanding or mastery of a skill before a class, and at periodic intervals thereafter, homeschool credit can be awarded whenever mastery is achieved. Resist the temptation to assign extra work to students who complete a class quickly; instead, reward achievement by awarding credit and either giving students a break or the chance to move on to the next course.
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