Depending on the laws of your state, you may need to keep detailed homeschool records and, in some areas, report them to your school district regularly. Read on to learn more about record keeping for homeschooling families.
What you need to document
Check with the requirements from the state to find out exactly what items you need to keep track of. Some may require just an outline of your curriculum, while others may require test scores, attendance records and other information. Some organized homeschooling parents keep very diligent records that include the lesson plans for each day or week, along with attendance records, reading lists, samples of the child's work, standardized test results, progress reports and other info about activities, projects and field trips. Very few states would require such details but it's nice to have to look back on.
Choosing a record-keeping system
When it comes to maintaining your child's homeschool records, you can keep it simple and use a journal or scrapbook, do it online with a software program, or through any number of other ways. If you are an unschooling or eclectic homeschooling family, record keeping may seem extremely tedious – so keep it basic.
As long as you meet the legal requirement for documentation, you don't have to do much more.
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Common record-keeping methods
You can use a scrapbook or album to put together your child's school records, photographs and other keepsakes. Also try one of the common electronic organization methods.
Whatever type of homeschool record-keeping method you choose – stick to it. Record keeping is a fantastic way to stay organized and it's fun to look back on all the things your children have accomplished through home education.
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