How many Evernote notebooks do we need for recording our unschooling? Here are three options:
1. We could create only one notebook for the whole year eg:
We can easily sort our notes if we tag them with the term and the week eg:
If we want to see all the notes for week 1 of term 1, 2015, we search the 2015 notebook for the tags week 1 and term 1.
2. We could create a notebook for each term of the year eg:
These 4 notebooks can be stacked to form 1 year eg:
We can sort the notes if we tag them with the week eg:
If we want to see all the notes for week 1 of term 1, we open up the Term 1 notebook and search for the tag week 1.
3. We could create a notebook for each week of the term, and then stack them into groups, one for each term of the year:
If there are 10 weeks in a term then…
10 notebooks = 1 term = 1 stack
If there are 4 terms in each year, we’ll end up with 4 stacks…
4 terms = 1 year = 4 stacks
I do things this way even though I don’t think this is the best way to use Evernote. The Evernote system was designed for fewer notebooks and more tags. But I use this option because I like how my Authorised Person (AP) can see everything at a glance when she visits us at registration time.
We have to provide evidence that our children are learning for 40 weeks of the year. My AP can run her eyes down my computer screen and yes, she can see the required weeks without me sorting the notes for her.
I have a lot of notebooks visible onscreen at once. To avoid a cluttered look, I collapse the notebooks we’re not currently using.
By the way, there are two available versions of Evernote. We can switch between them. I’m using the older version. The newer one is designed to provide more white space and a less cluttered appearance. If you want to know more, you could read my post Evernote for Homeschool Records: Which Version?
Of course, you might not use any of the above options. Perhaps you’ve discovered a different way of organising your record keeping notes. That’s what I love about Evernote: All the possibilities! It really is a very versatile system.
So how many Evernote notebooks do we need for homeschool recordkeeping? That depends! I wonder how many you have. Please stop by and share!
Of course, my girls’ unschooling doesn’t look as organised and regular as my notebooks might suggest. They don’t learn for only 40 weeks of the year. Their learning doesn’t occur in an even manner. So how do I make things look ‘good’ for registration purposes (without cheating)? I might write about that in a future Evernote post!
Update: I did (eventually!) write a post about making our Evernote records books look good: How to Make Evernote Unschool Records Look Impressive.
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