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Lesson Planning, Progress Reports, and Transcripts

When the parents are the teachers, they have the responsibilities of the teacher that include lesson planning, progress reports, and transcripts. Here at Home School Wisdom, I can help you with all of these. First of all, let me point out to you that parents commonly make two mistakes in teaching their children:

  • To educate their children, parents must know the entire curriculum before instructing their students.
  • Children will learn only what their parents present them.

The Progression of Learning

The Grammar Stage = Elementary

Children from ages 8 to 11 build a foundation by memorizing facts.

The Logic Stage = Middle School

Children from ages 12 to 14 develop analytical skills.

The Rhetoric Stage = High School

Students from ages 14 to 16 pull the first two stages together and learn the art of articulation.

Children Writing

Parent High-Fiving Child

Learning Objectives

What are the expectations for students to achieve in each grade?

This was one of the most frequently asked questions when parents inquired about educating their children at home. To answer this question, I compiled a list of behavioral/educational objectives for each grade level. Included with the objectives is a wonderful reading list marked with a reading-level guide from reading aloud to a student, to student-read with assistance, or for a student to read independently. See the link to an example for kindergarten students in Marcia's Corner at the bottom of this page.


Some students learn best by reading, others by watching a demonstration, and some prefer to learn on their own.

  • Listening, 10% Retained
  • Reading, 30% Retained
  • Doing, 90% Retained
  • Listening and Reading, 50% Retained
  • Observing a Demonstration, 70%, Retained

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Teacher Demonstration
  • Student Presentation
  • Discussion
  • Socratic (Questions /Answers)
  • Audio-Visual
  • Experiments
  • Projects - Scale Models, Dioramas
  • Textbooks
  • Novels (Living History)
  • Workbooks
  • Copy
  • Drills
  • Memorization
  • Dictation
  • Field Trips

Lesson Planning — A Rough Guide to Determine How Many Lessons Per Week

The school year is usually:
36 Weeks; 18 Weeks per Semester, 9 weeks per Quarter or 180 Days Per Year; 90 Days per Semester; 45 Says per Quarter

Books are written using:
Lessons, Chapters, or Units
Use the Index to determine how the books are divided.
If the textbook has 160 lessons/year; 80 Lessons/semester; 40 lesson /9 weeks, that is about 4 to 5 lessons per week or assigning a lesson a day.

Progress Reports - Keeping Records

  • Dates Covered
  • Subjects - Write Name of Textbook/Program Used
  • Number of Pages/Chapters Covered
  • Write the Main Skill/ Topics Covered
  • Assign a Grade

Grading Scales

Kindergarten - 3rd-Grade Evaluations:
O = Outstanding, S = Satisfactory, N = Needs Improvement

4th - 12th Grades
All grades computed on a 4.0 scale.


A+ 98-100
A 94-97
A- 90-93
B+ 87-89
B 84-86
B- 80-83
C+ 77-79
C 74-76
C- 70-73
D+ 67-69
D- 60-63
F 0-59
I = Incomplete
IP = In Progress

Grade-Point Average

A+ 4.00
A 4.00
A- 3.75
B+ 3.50
B 3.00
B- 2.75
C+ 2.50
C 2.00
C- 1.75
D+ 1.50
D- 0.75
F 0-59 0.00


1 Unit = 15 hours, 5 Units = 75 hours, 10 Units = 150 hours


Lesson Planning
Learning Objectives
Note: Other Grade-Levels Available

Contact me for help in handling the planning and recordkeeping side of a teacher's job.