July 3, 2009, Newsletter Issue #286: Home Schooling Report Cards

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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.

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The new 2006-2007 Sonlight catalog is hot off the presses! In addition to new educational resources, we've also made some significant improvements to our curriculum, such as expanded flexibility in Reader choices for Levels K through 2.

The catalog also provides several articles with helpful homeschool tips. For example, check out the "Top Ten Goals" article (pp. 146-147) which can help you think through your personal philosophy when it comes to homeschooling. And "Why we use certain books that some homeschoolers won't touch" (pp. 144-145), that gets into some pretty important issues about the content of books. And you won’t want to miss “27 Reasons NOT to Buy Sonlight”—a perennial favorite (beginning on page 148).

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Sarita Holzmann
Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.

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