“Mommy grades” is a negative term typically used to describe grades given by a homeschooling parent. As a homeschooling parent I am embarking on giving grades for the first time this school year. “Mommy grades” are often derided as being unreliable because all parents want their children to get straight A’s. While, I suppose, that may be true with some families the vast majority give accurate representations of their child’s abilities. My eight year old son has asked to start receiving grades. So I am about to begin the grading journey with him. While many subjects do come easily to him, I don’t plan for A’s to be easy to obtain. Many years ago when I taught a college class it wasn’t difficult to receive an A if you came to class and turned in your assignments. I don’t plan to offer easy A’s this time. I have decided to make half of my son’s grade based on effort and attitude. I want him to understand the value of working hard and having a good attitude. To me those are more important than learning the material thoroughly. As a homeschooling parent who does not have to turn in grades to anyone I have the freedom to do that.
So, here are our mommy grades:
Each subject’s work is based on his current ability level and not his grade level. I’ve separated the letter grade levels by the standard percentages. I plan on averaging every assignment, project, and test to come up with the total grade. Each assignment, project, or test will be given equal value.
A: 90-100 %
B: 80-89 %
F: 59% or lower
As far as effort and attitude goes I have made up a little scale that I will refer to in order to determine a daily grade that will be averaged for the final grade.