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Help for transcripts, report cards, and staying on track

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“Transcripts, reports cards, and staying on track … Oh, my!! Something tells me we’re not in Indiana anymore, Toto.”In Indiana (my fair state), homeschoolers don’t have to keep transcripts or report cards … so we don’t. After all, we know how our kids are doing. They live in our house, for goodness sake. Besides, like I say when I speak all over the country, “All my kids are ‘A+’ students.” I mean they’re just exactly the way God created them to be. Those who are good in math were created to be good in math and those who aren’t … weren’t. A+Now as far as staying on track … whose track are we talking about? And who decided that it was the right track? I believe that God is the one who sets the track for each child, and it’s our job as parents to know what that track is.

It’s really a lot easier than so many people make it. For example, the child who reads early is on the early reading track so they read more and earlier. The child who learns to read later is on the later reading track.
The key is to learn to enjoy them both. We don’t have any problem enjoying the early track learners. We feel confident in their abilities (like we had something to do with it). It’s the later track learners that we have trouble with. Although they’re on the track that God set for them (that almost sounds scriptural).

That doesn’t mean we can blow homeschooling off. It just means that everyone has a different track and that’s okay.

Here’s the take away:

1. Don’t sweat transcripts. I’ve heard many moms say they didn’t put one together until their child needed one and it turned out fine.

2. If you don’t HAVE to keep report cards, don’t. Those letter grades are often for the “teacher” (that’s you), not for the students. All your kids deserve an A+, by the way, if they’ve tried hard.
3. Let each child enjoy his or her own track. One track DOES NOT fit all.


4. If your state rules are burning you out, move to Indiana … it’s like the OZ of the nation.

Be real,


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