Record Keeping In Homeschooling 507

Record Keeping In Homeschooling 507



Record keeping in​ Homeschooling
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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