Record keeping in Homeschooling

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A topic that frequently comes up in meetings and forums that deal

with homeschooling is record keeping. The importance of record 

keeping cannot be ignored. It is not only legally required in 

various States, but also provides important milestones in your 

child’s learning experience. An interest-initiated homeschooling 

approach means that the topic of studies is far ranging and 

multifarious. Thus, it can be something of a challenge to write 

quarterly reports for the school district, when it is difficult 

to classify learning into neatly pigeonholed areas. 

Record keeping is important not only for the sake of regulations. 

It is also an exciting way to record and document the learning 

process of the child. When most of the learning is done through 

play and there is no clear cut index of topics that have to be 

covered, it is necessary for the parent to keep some sort of a log 

which records the child’s progress. 

The records you keep can be as simple as a daily journal, or as 

elaborate as a software program. If you participate in a support 

group, you probably have set forms and requirements. But even so, 

keeping track of daily work makes reporting easy and efficient.

There are various record keeping methods used by various 

homeschools. Some of the more popular ones are:

Journal:

This can be maintained by the teacher or the student. This 

basically aims to keep a log of what was learned and what was 

done. Recording memorable events that happened in the course of 

the year is a great way to reminisce later on.  

Daily planner:

Lay out the plans and the assignments for the week in a teacher’s 

planning notebook. Check each item as it is covered. 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 every quarter. 

Portfolios:

This consists of a collection of varied materials that show what 

the child has achieved and done during the course of study. 

Portfolio assessment is a very effective way to chart the child’s 

progress. It gives structure to the otherwise loose and flexible 

form of schooling called homeschooling. A drawing portfolio will 

consist of some paintings or sketches that are considered the best 

in that quarter. A language portfolio may consist of essays, 

stories, reading-logs, spelling samples or letters. Progress in 

mathematics, fine arts, history, science and social studies can 

all be recorded this way. The biggest advantage is that portfolio 

assessment places control in the hands of the children. Having a 

tangible record of what they have established eggs them on to 

greater heights. 

Other than the above-mentioned systems, there are also purchased 

record-keeping systems that lay out a good checklist. Some of 

these allow one to personalize the organizer. Irrespective of the 

methods used, record keeping in one form or the other is 

essential. Your child’s future may well depend on the 

well-maintained record that you have meticulously kept over the 

years.

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