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Keeping Track of Progress and Accomplishments

Homeschooling Expert Advice from Isabel Shaw

Q: I am currently homeschooling my daughter using various textbooks, the Internet, etc. I am not sure of the best way to keep track of her grades and accomplishments to use for her college requirements. Do you have any suggestions?

A: Some parents have found curriculum guides to be very helpful. Nancy Plent, founder of Unschoolers Network of New Jersey, developed these guides to help parents meet state curricula reporting laws. A high-school package is $25 and can be ordered by email from UnNet@aol.com, by phone at (732)938-2473, or by snail mail: Unschoolers Network, 2 Smith Street, Farmingdale, NJ 07727

The Homeschoolers Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts is an excellent book written by homeschooling parent Loretta Heuer. This book will help you track your daughter's progress, speak to school officials, and create a traditional transcript for your college application even if your learning has not been traditional.

Cafi Cohen has been a guiding light for many parents of homeschooling teens. And What About College? How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges and Universities is an indispensable book for college-bound homeschoolers. (Be sure to get the second edition, revised for 2001.) Cafi Cohen also has a website that specifically deals with teen homeschooling issues. Visit her at: www.homeschoolteenscollege.net. Good luck!

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Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.


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