Homeschool Record Keeping
When I hear the word “homeschooling”, I think about hands-on projects, field trips, learning games and crafts, and fun activities. But just like any job, there are aspects of the “homeschooling parent” position that can be, well, a bit tedious. While it’s tough enough to get beyond the occasional bad attitude or lack of focus, you also have to keep accurate records.
Laws about homeschooling differ from state to state. Check online to see just what the requirements are for the state where you live. Some are more stringent while others are more relaxed. But no matter where you live, you need a good system of keeping track of your school days.
In our state, students are to complete 180 days of school. The four main subject areas – math, social studies, English, and science – need to be covered, as well as enrichment classes such as art, music, and PE. Parents are to keep records of each school day, the subjects covered, and the lessons taught in those subjects.
Recording the Schooldays
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, one of the easiest places to start is with a school planner. I’ve used regular teacher planners, as well as those created just for homeschoolers. Some years, I’ve had all my children listed in one planner; other times, I’ve had a separate planner for each one. I’ve purchased the planners, printed them off the computer, and created my own using spiral notebooks. It doesn’t matter how you do it as long as the records are there. You can try different methods until you find the one that works best for you.
For each day in the planner, I mark:
- The school day # we are on. For example, if we are on school day #40, I would put a “40” at the top. I do this because we rarely follow the traditional school calendar. We take breaks when family visits, if someone’s sick, or if it’s someone’s birthday. J Also, I can be sure we complete all 180 days.
- Each subject with the day’s assignment. I used to let my kids cross through them when they were done, but then I couldn’t read what I had written. J Now they have a different page they can cross through.
- Grades they received. If they take a quiz or test, the grade went in another section of the planner.
- Field trips we take. It’s okay to take a field trip on a school day! Just be sure to mark in your planner where your child went and what he did.
If you need to get a little more organized with your homeschool record keeping, here are some places you can start. The following sites have printable planners – and they’re free!
What do you use for a homeschool record keeping?