lissiejo wrote:My background is in education so having a grade was important to me as it was to my daughter who we pulled out mid-year this year.
I pulled my kids out of PS also, but even in PS they didn't get grades in elementary school. They got smily faces, stars, or "Redo" if it was done poorly with little effort. On their report cards, they got M (meets expectations), P (Progressing), N (Needs improvement), or E (Exceeds expectations). At that time, my state required quarterly report cards (thank goodness they have now done away with that silliness), so I just used the same letters.
Now that I have a middle schooler, I do grade math and grammar assignments (and then have him fix them all). I don't really give him a grade for the quarter though, just the individual assignments. He is a pretty good student and always tries his best. His notebook is fairly neat (for a boy) and very complete. I don't grade his history, art, poetry, etc. I just expect him to do his best and he does.
I do have one in high school, so for him I grade everything and track the grades so he can have quarterly report cards and transcipts. For math, science, etc this is fairly easy. For more abstract subjects like history and Bible, I give subjective grades (A if he did it neatly and put a good amount of effort into it, and so on.)
I know that is not very helpful, but I just wanted to point out that PS's don't always use A, B, C... grades for lower grades either. I just want them to be learning. (and I don't want to spend all my time
grading and tracking grades. I have to do that with my high schooler and I hate it!
I'm not going to put myself through that with the younger kids.)