Grades are often a tricky topic when it comes to homeschool. Often, if a state doesn’t require parents to report grades, they don’t like to do it. As many of you know, our homeschool is quite structured. Therefore, we choose to record grades.
Let me explain our process. For one, I use Homeschool Tracker to record attendance, field trips, grades and so on. There’s a free version that we started off with, but I went ahead and paid for it because I loved all the extra options it comes with and I get upgrades for life. In our state, we’re not required to keep grades, but we choose to. It’s not just my choice, it’s Miss K’s choice as well. Maybe it’s a little competition within herself or maybe she just likes knowing how she’s doing. For us, there’s no real “fail” grade. She’s done poorly on a couple of assignments and even tests. I don’t leave those grades as an “F” though. She gets the opportunity to correct them on paper or on the board. I mean really when a kid is in school and brings home an “F”, have they learned anything?? NO!! So she gets to correct them and try it again to see where she went wrong. You can’t learn unless you can fix your mistakes. She doesn’t get full points for corrected answers, but at least she figures out what she did wrong and often, especially for math, it’s just a digit off or something simple.
We do have a grading scale. It’s the same as it was when she went to private school. It’s actually a pretty tough grading scale compared to when I grew up and everything was simple. Our grading scale is:
A/Outstanding = 93 – 100
B/Satisfactory = 85 – 92
C/Progressing = 75 – 84
D/Needs Improvement = 69 – 74
F/Unsatisfactory = 68 & below
For required subjects, K receives a grade of an A to F. For electives, or specials as we call them, she receives an O, S, P, N, or U. I also keep track of conduct because sometimes, she likes to sas the teacher!!
K requested that she receive Honor Roll certificates when her grades are good. This was something she always looked forward to in school. It’s just her way of knowing “job well done” and having something to put in her keepsake book. We have 2 Honor Roll certificates. There’s one for strait “A” and another for “A/B”. I have one paper to grade, and it looks like this might be her first time missing it because she has a “C” in Science. However, all the grades aren’t averaged yet and I have to get the test and extra credit in there!!
So, this is just our version of grades in our homeschool. Everyone does things differently and as I said, many prefer not to do grades at all. It’s a personal choice and this works for us. I don’t mind grading and recording at all. She loves the “reward”!! So for us, it’s all worth it!!
You can download a report card like we use on the Homeschool Printables page. You’ll find it listed under “Pages” on the right side of this page”. There’s also about 6 Honor Roll certificates available to download too. None of these are identical to what we use, except the inside of the report card. When I told Miss K that I was going to share, she said “that’s fine, but please don’t give them ours because they are ours an we created them just for us”. I couldn’t argue that. If you’re interested in me creating a personal report card or Honor Roll certificate for you, please just leave a comment and I’ll get back with you about what you want and need.
So, to grade or not to grade, that IS the question!!
Next time on Homeschool 101: who knows!?!?