Record Keeping?

I know a lot of people ask about record keeping for their children. I did a lot of searching for the best way to keep my kids’ records. I found a great website that offers a free grade book. I used it last year and it worked wonders for me. http://fivejs.com/free-homeschool-gradebook-record-keeping-spreadsheet-template/. You can keep track of grades, attendance, book lists, etc. If that one doesn’t work for you, there is also a website that has a list of other record keepers. http://www.iamhomeschooling.com/homeschooling-101/563-record-keeping-for-homeschoolers.

As for keeping track of their worksheets and projects, I use 3 ring binders and manila folders. I label each one with the subject and I put all of their paperwork in them. I keep them in order by date. When the 1st semester is over, I take them all out and keep them in a box labeled with the school year and the kid’s name. That way the folders don’t get too full and you will still be able to find all of their work for their portfolio at the end of the year. Every state has a different law about what you need to keep for each child. I live in SC and I have a tab on my page that has the laws for us.

It has been awhile….

It has been awhile since I updated my blog. We have been busy finishing out the school year and trying to decide what to do next school year. Do we continue to homeschool? Do we send our kids to public school? Or do we compromise and register for online public school? All of these options needed to be considered before we moved on.

After weighing out all of our options, we decided the best thing we could do was homeschool our son and sign our daughter up for online public school. The next big decision was which curriculum to choose that will best benefit our son who struggles with school. We researched curriculums, read reviews, and priced out different curriculums. We decided we were going to use a few different levels of Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool (www.allinonehomeschool.com). It is an all free curriculum and you can pick and choose different levels for your child so that you can tailor it to fit each individual student.

For our daughter, we decided it was best to sign her up for online public school. There were a few different options for her too. We decided the right fit for her was South Carolina Connections Academy (www.connectionsacademy.com/south-carolina-virtual-school).

Now that those two big decisions are made, it is time to start getting ready for the school year. I purchased a 180 day planner, plus planners for each of the kids. I have organized my planner for my son according to the Easy Peasy curriculum. I have also supplemented with Singapore Math (textbook and workbook) and Spectrum Spelling (workbook). For my daughter, I will be able to start her planner as soon as Connections Academy releases her weekly planners. The will have her curriculum planned out, and I will decide then if we need to supplement in any areas.

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