My Homeschool Records Book

Tomorrow is the first day of the final term of the school
year. Andy is busy preparing lessons for his school class (he is a primary
school teacher). And I am not busy preparing lessons. I have hardly thought
about the new term.  I don’t really need
to. Andy will get up early and head off to school and we’ll slip back into our
normal term time routine. It always happens that way. The only preparation I
should do is find my records book. Yes, tomorrow I have to resume recording my
children’s learning experiences in order to satisfy my homeschooling
registration requirement.
I wonder if you’d be interested in hearing about my method
of recording. Perhaps you’re looking for some ideas. (Or maybe you’re not!)  You might imagine, after nearly 21 years of homeschooling, I have
worked out a very impressive recording system, perfected by many years of trial
and error.
As you probably know, there are lots of recording methods: I could buy a special homeschooling journal or
diary; I could download a template and insert all my info; I could set up my own computer file or use a special online website designed just for record keeping; I could even buy a homeschooling app for my tablet. So which of these methods do I use? I don’t actually use any of them. I use an old exercise book.
I keep my exercise book on the arm of the sofa, together
with a pen. The book is there, right at hand, and it doesn’t take much effort to jot down a few notes at various times of the day. I don’t have to wait for a quiet moment. I don’t have to write neatly. I don’t even have to turn on my computer.
Perhaps my system doesn’t sound very sophisticated. It sure
doesn’t look very impressive. But for me, it works. And it has always satisfied
the Board of Studies Authorised Person when I am renewing my homeschooling
Now I’m not saying, “Go out and buy an exercise book to use
for your homeschool records.” The point of this post (I think) is…
Simple is sometimes all
that’s needed. A method that doesn’t involve much time or effort is good. I’d rather spend more time with my children and less time compiling records. And a method that works is better than one that looks impressive.
Since starting this post, I’ve located my exercise book. Now I think I’ll go and take
a couple of photos and add them to this story. Perhaps then you can be totally not
impressed, but at least you won’t leave my blog thinking, “I could never do
that. I feel so inadequate.”
Because everyone can scrawl a few notes in an exercise book.
So I don’t have an impressive record-keeping system but that’s okay because I know…
Homeschool records, however sophisticated, are just words. If we really want to know if our children are learning, we only have to observe them. Sometimes that can be very impressive indeed. 

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    Hi sue,
    It all depends on how we as homeschoolers feel comfortable in keeping our records. mine are done by brid herself. She writes her work for the week and she adds as she needs to, or crosses if we didn't get to a lesson..

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    You are quite right. We should do what we feel comfortable with and what works for us. Charlotte keeps her own records like Brid. The younger girls find writing everything out too much of a chore. But when they are older they'll probably keep their own records too. Then I won't need my old exercise book!

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    The content's more important than the looks, isn't it? I used to make detailed plans that looked good but, I'm finding it more useful to keep it simple, now, and spend the time on other things. Maybe, I've got too old to be interested in making things look impressive!

    God bless, Sue:-)

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      Yes, I agree about content being more important than looks!

      Too old? Maybe you're just more experienced and confident these days. You'll have to share your method of recording with me. I've forgotten what you do.

      God bless!

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