Saving samples as well as records of your high school students work is an crucial part of getting ready for college. Our recall is not always the best and being able to remember what your child did as a freshman could be somewhat challenging without good record keeping.
When saving your student’s homeschool records it is a good idea to have a area to put each subject area that you teach and to put any papers there that you can come across. If your student is writing something for English, it is complicated to recognize what class it is eventually going to go into. It won’t really make any difference where you put it; what counts is that you put it somewhere.
Having a notebook with a subject tab is beneficial because it allows you to find out what subjects are lacking records. Colleges may ask to see work samples, but you never know what the colleges are going to require. Some colleges may want to see a lab write-up from a science class. Others may choose to see a math paper or possibly a math test. They may want to see the student’s own handwriting on the paper. One of the colleges that we applied to wanted a graded English paper.
I wrote a course description for each of the classes as we went along. I wrote it as a paragraph, listed the things we did or used, wrote every possible way that I evaluated them and put that on the bottom.
It’s essential to understand that the way you evaluate your children is not all about testing. Testing is a very small piece of how we evaluate our children. The kids in public schools are not entirely evaluated on tests, either. When they go to school, they might be given a grade which is dependant on many different things. If you, as a homeschooler, are solely giving a grade based on your end of chapter tests, you’re putting them at a disadvantage against every other student.
From time to time colleges will ask for other things from people as well. They will often request more from a homeschooler, like a written paper. I’ve talked to many colleges and they’re very unhappy at the state of education in our country. How they can have four years of English and get to college without the skill to read or write? Most college admissions will ask for samples from everyone, not only homeschoolers.