Home schooling

Homeschooling Organization-Record Keeping

Homeschooling organization is a topic that frequently comes up in the minds and discussions of parents who teach their children at home or wish to do so. Specifically. the importance of record keeping is perhaps the most relevant issue with regard to organization.  It is not only legally required in various States, but also provides measurable and visible milestones to document your child's learning processes. 

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Though it can feel like a challenge to write regular reports and keep accurate records, it is not nearly the distasteful task it may seem once you design a pattern and become consistent at updating it weekly. It will actually become rewarding to you in several ways as you become more familiar with what is needed. Aside from staying on top of whatever your local regulations may be, it is also an exciting way to record and document the progress of your child and all they are accomplishing. 

The first thing that is necessary before determining exactly what kinds of records to keep is to find out what your local laws and requirements are as far as being able to show data on your child's progress. If you participate in a local support group, you probably already have the forms and requirements needed for your area. If not you can check our resources page and get more information on the Home School Legal Defense website or contact your local school board for specifics.

The records you keep for homeschooling organization can be as simple as a daily journal, or as elaborate as a computer software program. But whatever you choose, keeping track of daily work makes reporting and charting your children's academic journey easier and more efficient. There are various record keeping methods used by various home schoolers. Here are a few that are effective and easy to do:

Journal Keeping:

These daily diaries can be written by the teacher or the student or both. This basically involves keeping a log of what was learned and done on a daily basis. Besides the legalities, recording memorable events, high test scores, funny things you learned, and other such things that happened in the course of  the year can be fun to look back on or glean ideas from at a later date.

Weekly Planner:

This means buying some sort of daily/weekly planning notebook and laying out the plans and the assignments for the week. Check each item off as it is covered and make notes as necessary or desired. Maintain a  separate area where any additional things can be recorded. This includes educational trips, visits and videos etc. Any extra topics that were covered are also recorded in this area. Make a summary during school breaks if needed.

Personal Scrapbook:

This consists of a collection of varied materials that show what your children have achieved and done during the course of a years study. This is another effective way to chart the child's progress. It gives structure to this more flexible type of schooling we call homeschooling. This scrapbook can consist of artwork, essays, stories, book reports, spelling tests, penmanship, progress in mathematics, fine arts, history, science and social studies, etc. Almost any type of school work can be recorded in this way. This method is often beneficial for the child also, as he or she plays a large part in keeping the scrapbook up to date and then has a tangible record of what they have accomplished.

For homeschooling organization you can also purchase homeschool record keeping systems on paper or on computer software. Some of these are incredibly effective even though they are a little more expensive than the above mentioned methods. Regardless of what type of record keeping you and your family choose, it is essential that you do chart the child's progress. You never know how your child's future may depend on well-kept records that you have been meticulous about over the years.