Record Your Accomplishments
By Cindy Short and Sue Welch
Set aside a day or more to do the necessary task of gathering, filing, and recording the year’s schoolwork. The rewards are:
Gather up all your schoolwork for the year, then sort and dispose of everything appropriately.
1. Sort, File, and Dispose of Schoolwork
2. Sort, Store, or Dispose of Books
3. Keep Various Records
You might need to keep a record or a portfolio of your children’s studies to comply with your state’s laws or an umbrella organization, as well as for your own benefit.
Choose any, or all, of the following options. Depending on their ages, your children may be able to help you with some of the work.
Record the date and student’s name after he finishes each concept on your scope and sequence chart or list of educational goals.
Keep track of the hours spent on each subject if you are required to do so by your state law, or wish to for your own information (e.g., for a high-school transcript).
Make Copies of records of family projects, unit studies, field trips, etc. for each child’s individual file as applicable.
Keep a journal for each day of a unit study, briefly listing books read or activities done.
List all books read by the family or individual students, including the title, author, and publisher. (A brief description of contents and your personal evaluation will make this list more valuable to you and your children in the future.)
Place artwork and writing assignments in a notebook or file.
Take photos of art, craft, and science projects and activities such as plays, costumes, and field trips. You can use a computer scanner or digital camera to create a CD containing these photos as well as pages of school work, compositions, etc.
Store your records in a labeled box for the year or for each child.
4. Compile Your Homeschool Yearbook
Create a yearbook by placing photos, sample work, and other memorabilia in a scrapbook.
5. Make Sound Records
Tape record some of your family’s answers to evaluation questions (especially positive ones!) as a sound recording of your school year.
(From The Teaching Home e-newsletter No. 213, by Cindy Short and Sue Welch. Used with permission.)