Homeschool students often run into the problem of who to ask for a letter of recommendation. If students have been involved in co-op classes, dual credit classes, music lessons, or community service, they should have plenty of choices for letters of recommendation.
Can you, the parent/teacher/counselor write a letter of recommendation for your own child?
Yes, you can, in some cases.
I have written several letters for my high school senior this year. It was a little strange at first writing a letter telling how awesome my son is, but I figured out how to give a balanced (hopefully objective), view of my student.
I have used the following basic outline to write my letters.
1. Check with the school or scholarship program to make sure they will accept a letter from the parent as the teacher/counselor recommendation.
2. Be as objective as possible.
3. Don’t repeat the transcript or resume’ in your letter of recommendation
4. Tell a story or two that demonstrates strong points of your student - characteristics that might not be obvious by looking at the resume’ or transcript.
5. Tell why your student would be a good fit for the college you are writing the recommendation for.
In my letters I have included a statement that indicated I was trying to be objective even though I am the parent/teacher.
Don’t be intimidated by writing a recommendation for your own child.
But, don’t embellish the facts, either.
Have you written letters of recommendation for your student?