Setting the Records Straight by Lee Binz

I’m not sure how I became aware of this book. I’m sure it caught my eye because Mr. Curiosity is in high school this year and will be going to college eventually. Homeschooling is much more common these days, so it isn’t hard to get a homeschooler into college. It just requires that I keep track of what he’s learning and turn it into a transcript. This book is designed to help me do just that.

Subtitle: How to Craft Homeschool Transcripts and Course Descriptions for College Admission and Scholarships

Published: 2010

Genre: nonfiction homeschooling education

Length: 118 pages of text, 222 pages total

Summary: The book starts out at the most basic – what is a transcript, and what typically goes into a transcript. Then the author walks you through creating all the components of the transcript, from grades to credits to course descriptions. The book ends with several examples of completed transcripts.

Final thoughts: This is definitely a useful book for anyone homeschooling through high school and wanting to go to college afterwards. The author doesn’t assume the reader knows how to do anything, and walks you through each step of creating a transcript. Not only that, but she provides several options on how to do each of the components, since there really isn’t a standard format for a transcript. That can be both a blessing and a curse. You can make the transcript reflect your child’s interests and achievements, but how do you know you’ve done it “right”? This book helps take some of the pressure off the parent. It is most useful at the start of high school, so you can start your record keeping early. It’s much more difficult to try to recreate courses and activities after the fact.

It’s a very quick read since it’s only 118 pages of text and each page has an image or box of important text. The prologue has a pretty heavy Christian flavor, but that isn’t present at all in the rest of the book. Overall, I found it helpful. Now, to get started on Mr. Curiosity’s transcript details!

Title comes from: The book is all about recording your child’s learning and activities in a transcript form for colleges

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since it was too short

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