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Because grades are not required for homeschool students in every state, parents can elect to either award grades or not for those states that don't require it. If your state does require grades, there are several places online where you can find templates to print (they even leave space for you to print the name of your school).
Since colleges are still very grade oriented, its not a bad idea to keep report cards—even if its not required. Keep records of how you arrive at the grades you assign. And, if you don't want your children influenced by report cards, you don't even have to show it to them—just save them in a file as part of you home school transcripts.