This is part of my transcript series.  Click HERE for the previous post.  Click HERE for the next one.]

I always suggest creating a one-page transcript.  Despite what you may read about running out of room, I have no trouble including everything I want to list on a single page, and still get a great-looking transcript.  I have had personal success using a one-page design, and my clients have, too. And because I attach a printout of course descriptions with every transcript I create, should there ever be anything that doesn’t fit on the page, it can always be included in the attachment, anyway.

Though others may charge big money to create what they claim is the “best” transcript in the industry, I’m here to tell you there is no magic format that is preferred by colleges and universities.  I have never (to date) come across a format that is universally required, and I have never had a transcript rejected by anyone, anywhere.  If anything, I receive praises from counselors and admissions officers who receive one of my transcripts. That, I believe, is the most important feedback of all.

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The format I use is very straightforward.  It’s comprehensive, without being overcrowded.  It’s neat and easy to follow.  It’s professional, without going overboard on the bells and whistles you might find somewhere else.

Anatomy of a transcript

The parts of my transcript are as follows:

1. The word “Official” appears across the top. This is perhaps the single most important word on the transcript.

2. All student data is displayed prominently.  (This is not the time to skimp on information or worry about privacy.)

3.  I show the yearly GPA and cumulative GPA for each of the 4 years.  Though colleges recalculate GPA when they receive a transcript anyway, remember that transcripts are used for more than college admissions alone.

4. I show the number of credits and grade earned for every course.  These always align with the grading scale I display on the transcript.

5. I list the grading scale used to award grades and credit.  This is applied consistently over the 4 years of high school.

6. I provide an Academic Summary.  I find this is a great at-a-glance look at the student, and I purposely put it right next to the student’s test scores, too.

7. I choose a reasonable graduation date and display it there.  Though part of the Academic Summary, this is worth repeating, as many parents forget to put it on the transcript.

8. I sign and include a statement of authenticity and accuracy.  Though it isn’t necessary, when families request it, I also emboss and/or have the transcript notarized, too.

I provide assistance for families needing help in this area, and I am happy to help you produce a transcript that best reflects your student and his/her 4-year high school plan.

Families creating their own transcripts are strongly advised to follow the guidelines I have outlined above.

This project came about when I purchased a new table and wanted to protect the top.  I didn’t want to hide it under a tablecloth and I don’t like fabric placemats, so I was looking for another solution.

While picking up greeting cards at the dollar store the other day, I noticed they had plastic chargers.  I picked up a half dozen to see what I could do with them.

I love how they came out!

Here’s how I did it.

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You’ll need:

– as many chargers as you need

– black Krylon Fusion spray paint*

– black Krylon Chalkboard paint (also comes in green!)

*Krylon Fusion is the only spray paint I have found that really sticks to plastic — requires no surface prep, either.

How to do it:

Start with Krylon Fusion.  I spray (outside) into a box propped up against a tree or the side of the garage.  Follow the manufacturers directions.  At first, it looks like this:

article first few sprays

Then, it starts to look like this:article almost done

Cover the top entirely, even the edges.  I didn’t need to spray the bottoms because they were already black.

Once dry, start spraying with the chalkboard spray.  It only takes one coat, but take your time, since this paint is fickle and doesn’t always spray smoothly.  I find shaking the can over and over and clearing the nozzle frequently helps prevent pesky droplets from forming on surfaces.

Let the chalkboard paint dry completely.  I wouldn’t use them for at least 24 hours.

I’m going to bet you find lots of fun uses for these.  Here’s what they look like in our house:


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Let me know if you try it!

There is little dispute over the need for transcripts for homeschoolers.  It is widely understood that most colleges require them, most athletic organizations require them, most scholarship committees require them, and so on.

But there is another document that is also important for high school record-keeping — a list of course descriptions.  I always  recommend creating a list of course descriptions for every high school student in the homeschool.  I also recommend  creating this document early on (in 8th or 9th grade) and adding to it every year.  This way, nothing is ever forgotten, plus the list is easily finished by the time the student completes high school.

The purpose of having a list of course descriptions is to explain, in some level of detail, each course the student took from grades 9-12.    The list should correspond exactly to the transcript, so that if the two documents were placed side-by-side, one could locate a course on the transcript and find the full course description on the corresponding list.

This may seem excessive to those who have never done this before.  Some may find it too “school-y” or an act of conformance they’d rather not participate in.  I am often asked, “Isn’t a transcript enough?” adding, “I always thought we didn’t have to keep the same records as the schools do.”

The truth is, in many cases, a transcript really is enough.  But think of it this way — homeschool experiences vary quite a bit.   Due to this lack of standardization (by itself, a good thing), homeschool transcripts are all very different, too, and some transcripts are just easier for people to figure out than others.  Having a list of course descriptions acts as insurance — so there is never any misunderstanding about what a student actually accomplished.

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Besides, isn’t it better to do it, than be caught without it?  (Imagine if a college admissions officer or potential employer were unable to discern the content of a class simply from its title on the transcript?  This could mean the difference between acceptance, a job, or not…)

When preparing a list of course descriptions, include things like:

  • Course title
  • Course number (if taken at a community college or somewhere else)
  • Number of credits
  • Textbooks or other materials studied (include ISBN numbers if desired)
  • General description of the course
  • Name of professor or teacher
  • Duration of the class (particularly if several combined together to form a course or credit)

You’ll find an example at the top of this page, one that looks rather similar to traditional course descriptions at a school.  While this is a traditional format, homeschoolers may choose any format they are comfortable with, plus include any details they feel are worth writing about.  Overall, the goal is that anyone reading the document should be able to glean an accurate picture of what took place in each course each year.

Take a look at this course description for a 1/2 credit on the transcript entitled Driver’s Ed:

Student combined online study guides with DMV-provided materials to study for online driver preparatory courses.  Passed Drug & Alcohol exam and Road & Rules test;  certificates issued via 1-2-3 Driving online driving school. Obtained Texas Learner’s Permit in one attempt.  Student also received driving instruction from parents and began basic road training.

As you can see, descriptions should reflect whatever took place, and may be written in any clear language that is likely to be understood by those reading it.

Some additional tips about course descriptions are in order:

1. When the same course (I mean, exactly the same) was completed more than once, only a single course description on the list is necessary.  Sometimes, families treat physical education this way, because the same kinds of activities are completed for P.E. each year.  On the other hand, if a course changes at all (even just a little bit) from semester to semester, it is important to note the differences using two different course descriptions.  An example of this scenario is illustrated by courses like:  English I, English II, English III and English IV — clearly four different courses, taught at different levels, requiring four different course descriptions.

2. When multiple classes, experiences, subjects and resources are bundled together to form a single course on the transcript (see CREATIVE COMPOSITE) this information should be included in a single course description for which credit was awarded.  This is akin to the “unit study” concept, where multiple activities are combined in the study of one specific thing, thus all of the separate activities used to award credit should be described in the course description.

3. When searching for great course titles or confused over how to word the language in a course description, it can be very helpful to consult the web site or handbook of a local high school or community college.  Great ideas can sometimes come from looking through similar classes and experiences at other schools, and can provide inspiration for what to say for homeschool classes, too.  Talking to other homeschool families is also a great idea, since just hearing what other families wrote can provide insight as to how to create a list of your own.

A list of course descriptions comes in handy in so many different circumstances, once families create one, they may wonder how they did without it before!  All kinds of homeschoolers will benefit from this additional documentation, whether college-bound or not.  Don’t forget to include a copy in the student’s comprehensive record, too!

Maybe you’ve read about household binders before?  But maybe you haven’t found the one that works best for you?

The same thing happened to me.

I printed pages from many sources and created my own binder system.

Turned out, it still wasn’t exactly what I needed.

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So, I created my own set.  It isn’t as pretty as some of the rest, but it works perfectly for me.

Now, I’m sharing it with you.  It’s 50 pages to grab for free.  Use as many as you need, or, use them all!

The pages include a cover page that you can insert into the clear plastic cover of a binder.  It’s the only color page, and it looks like this:

Household organizer cover only

All of the other pages may be printed using only black ink.

Pages include menu planners, monthly date pages, lists of stuff to keep track of, and lots more — like this page I use to map out an entire month:

April page example


And this list of things I like to keep track of:

Things to do this week sample

Plus this page I use to keep track of books:

Books loaned to friends sample

There are a whole bunch more.

CLICK HERE to DOWNLOAD the whole set.

To your organization,



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Like other basic skills, typing (often called keyboarding) is one of those things homeschoolers should master before graduation – preferably a whole lot sooner.  No student ever complains about knowing how to type, yet many grads lament never taking the time to master this tremendously useful skill.

Parents may introduce keyboarding early on, or wait until it is needed during the child’s life.  I suggest starting in the elementary years so it is almost second-nature by the time longer periods of typing become necessary; but, even introducing keyboarding during high school is never too late.  (See comments about the future of teaching typing, below.)

During high school, a keyboarding course may be given a full- or half-credit on the transcript, assuming it meets the number of hours or level of mastery you require of your students.  Typing tests and printed documents may also be included in a student portfolio as evidence of level mastery, if desired.  In the alternative, keyboarding may be woven into a computer course, a business course, a writing class, a life skills program, or some other practical arts experience designed by you.

Many typing tools exist online, thus finding a favorite for every student isn’t very difficult.  Below, you’ll find a list of about a dozen typing products offered free, online, and [most] without any registration whatsoever.

Check these out for all ages, including adults:


Power Typing

Typing Web Tutor

Peter’s Online Typing Course

Learn 2 Type

Typing Made Fun

Free Typing Game


Try these for the younger set:

Dance Mat Tutor

Typing Learning Game for Kids

Alpha Typing

Keep in mind the proliferation and evolution of modern devices will eventually eliminate the need to teach keyboarding altogether, since most kids will learn entirely on their own.

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Meanwhile, parents need to make sure all students master basic keyboarding before graduating from homeschool.

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I talk a lot about great habits in my work as a homeschool advocate and mentor.  Though I absolutely believe that respecting children means letting them become who need to be, I also feel strongly that children must develop great habits for a successful life.  And while we all define success differently, most will agree that a solid work ethic and compassion for all mankind are habits that everyone should be encouraged to learn.

Growing great habits in children comes first from modeling great behavior ourselves.  Children watch and learn continuously by what we do.  Believe me, they notice – and begin doing it, too.  Behaviors may be barely noticeable, like the simple act of saying ‘good morning’ to people we meet when leaving the house each day.  Or they may be larger, like working a problem until it has been properly solved.  They’re watching.

Great habits come from consistency, too, allowing habits to become cemented in our minds and become patterns in our bodies.  Children raised with continually changing expectations face obstacles in this area.  Those raised with consistency are on a much faster track to good habits, and  benefit greatly by learning them early  on.

Are parents ever perfect?  Of course not!  That, too, is a lesson for children, who also notice how we handle our imperfections and mistakes.

But overall, watching and learning from the earliest ages produces tremendous benefits throughout the growth years, and beyond.

So, what does this mean for your homeschool?  The answer depends on your style of living.

It could mean rising at a reasonable time and starting school work without being asked.  It might mean stopping to help a sibling who is struggling, or offering to watch a toddler while a parent tends to a different child.  It could mean working through a problem until a solution is found, or not asking for help until all of the necessary steps have been taken (re-reading a lesson, checking a video, or whatever is required in your home).

Great habits could mean jumping in to help with laundry, dinner preparations or something else going on throughout the home.  It might be about answering telephone calls or knocks on the door in ways that create as little distraction to others as possible.  It could also mean moving from subject to subject throughout the day and placing completed work where you like it to go.

In our home, habits include starting school each day without being reminded.  It means checking daily if a test, quiz or lab is scheduled instead of regular lessons.  It means remembering field trip days and other activities, and planning work around time spent away from home.  And it means letting me know before taking a break, instead of doing so without permission, since breaks and down-time are loosely scheduled throughout the day.  But it also includes things like not watching television programs we do not allow and asking permission before visiting web sites or downloading video games without consent.  It includes walking animals at specific times of day, closing doors to keep pets safe and our home clean, and picking up the torn bits of paper and tufts of hair the animals always manage to leave behind.  It includes coming to my aid every time I return home with a car full of groceries and never failing to help when I am carrying a heavy load.  It includes lowering voices if another is sleeping and turning off lights when one leaves the room.  Our children diligently follow chore schedules I publish and the notes I leave throughout the house.  And while it may not be popular in every home, our children know I require a particular style of dress and footwear depending on where we go, and remember to ask me [almost] every single time.

Every family is different, but principles learned in the home are easily applied any time they are needed.  Starting early is helpful, but it’s never too late.

Here is a free set of printable pages to create a Household Organizer.  The pages were designed to be used in a 3-ring binder.  Simply print as many copies as you like, and then use a 3-hole punch to get your pages ready.

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  • Fuel: This can be referred to any product that can be burned to give away heat energy. Such items can be used as fission agents in a chain reaction leading to enormous thermal production.


  • Fuel oil: These include the heavily refined distillates and can be used to fuel large power stations or ships and even find its usage in industries. The fuel oil is graded based on their fluidic viscosity and percentage of sulphur residing in it.


  • Fuel expense: The total expense regarded with the production of steam from fuel burning processes or that used for steering the prime mover for electric power generation. It also includes those cost associated with loading and unloading the fuel from the ship and carrying it to the boiler house structure.


  • Fuel cost: The heat content of the fuel is rated as the fuel cost. They are obtained by dividing the total rate of fuel by its respective BTU content and further multiplying the result by a million.


  • Fuel adjustment: Every time adjustment is possible for changing the price value of natural gas or oil with its respective change in market price value.This acts as protection against sharp elevation and demotion in the price of fuel. Thus, they safeguard both the utility and the rights of the customer.


The charge for fuel adjustment is a sub-charge applied, in addition, to compensate for sudden hike in the value.


There also exists a fuel adjustment clause which is a term used in energy agreement made with the customer that sanctions the energy utility to modify the energy rates in accordance to the cost of energy to the utility. These can vary from low to high prices as well.

Using a “view” binder (the kind with the clear outside pocket) is a perfect way to display the cover page on the front of the binder.  You can also add tab dividers if you like.

This document is available two ways:

1 – in Google Documents by clicking HERE
2 – from Scribd by scrolling down and followingthe instructions at the very bottom

Household Organizer Pages

*NEW* Subject-a-day Weekly Planner and Learning Log  (samples)

High School 4-Year Plan

Driver’s Ed Tracker: A form that can be used to keep track of class, study and driving hours for credit towards a Driver’s Ed course

Monthly Practice Record: A form resembling a calendar that can be used to record practice hours for music, sports, reading or any other type of daily activity

Web Site Log: A form used to record the names/URLs of web sites that are used for school

Field Trip Log

Video/DVD Log

Reading Log

Sample Block Schedule: A sample of a weekly block schedule using 30-minute time periods

Portfolio Covers — Girl: Three different cover sheets to choose from, each with the, ”What I Did This Year”

Portfolio Covers — Boy: Three different cover sheets to choose from, each with the, ”What I Did This Year” message

Graphic Homeschool Portfolio Covers: Four different vibrant color designs to use for homeschooling portfolio covers

What’s it like to have the kids home 24/7?  Do homeschool parents ever dream of getting a day off, too?

Of course we do.  I’d be lying if I said that homeschool moms and dads never think about what it must be like to load the kids onto a yellow bus and go home to sip coffee while it’s actually still hot.  Or take an uninterrupted shower.  Or eat a breakfast actually prepared for us, instead of dining on scraps left on a child’s plate.  It isn’t something we brag about, but we’re human.  It’s natural for us to need a break from time to time.

Just think about it.  When was the last time you got out by yourself?  Got to watch a television program from beginning to end?  Were able to catch up with an old friend?

Is it wrong to wish for such things every now and then?

The truth is, perpetual motion is exhausting — both mentally and physically.  The responsibility of raising little people can seem enormous at times.  Homeschool parents don’t get breaks from the constant action happening in and around the home.  And they never get a break from being solely behind every educational decision made on behalf of the kids, either.

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Do we mind?  Of course not.  Actually, we like it.  It’s a choice we gladly make for the sake of our children, and for the future of the entire family.  As a matter of fact, when we hear people talking about sending kids to school, it can even be hard for us to understand why anyone would want their children gone when it’s such a joy and a privilege having them around.

But homeschooling doesn’t come without a price.  And that price is the occasional feeling of too much togetherness.  When nobody ever leaves, things can feel a little bit too close.  Moms tend to feel it most, but dads may experience it, too.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming of a day off every now and again.  If anything, the only thing wrong with dreaming about it is never doing it.  Every parent — homeschooling or not – needs time off once in a while.

There are many ways that homeschool parents can get a little time to themselves.  It just takes a little planning, that’s all.  I’ve heard all of the excuses — in fact, I have used many of them myself.  But in the end, there is a solution to every single one of them.  So there is really no good reason not to get a little vacation from the family every so often.

Occasional breaks may be achieved by asking older children to supervise younger ones for 15-30 minutes while mom retreats to her room with a cup of tea.  Even a friend or neighbor may be asked to sit with the children briefly while mom takes a bike ride or goes for a short walk.  Longer breaks can be scheduled by asking grandparents to oversee the home and family while parents head out for dinner and a movie.  Some homeschool moms and dads even organize exchanges where one watches the other’s children for a day, and the other family returns the favor the next time around.

Regular down time for the entire family can be achieved by scheduling an hour each day for everyone to retreat to their rooms for napping or some other quiet activity.  This break from the day can give everyone the time they need away from the activity, and allow moms or dads the feeling of having the house to themselves for just a little while.  Oftentimes, this 60-minute break is all that is needed to finish out the day with great joy and satisfaction.

As wonderful as it is being together, there is nothing wrong with parents needing a little time to themselves, too.  See if these ideas may work in your home, and please use the COMMENT area to share others that have worked for you!