Record Keeping and Evaluation

Keeping a record of your child’s progress is an essential part of homeschooling. But in most moms this is the dreaded part of the program. Record keeping can be daunting if you don’t know the reason behind its purpose. This task can be a stress free one if you manage track down your child’s development on a daily basis. This documentation is your child’s proof of learning and it will come handy for college application.

Homeschooling documentation is also a requirement to record your child’s activities in some local district. It’s a compliance with the law when your child is applying for scholarships or going to a private or public school. You child’s admittance will depend on how detailed and appropriate your records are. Your records could also be used as a professional evaluation of your child’s progress. This could be a valuable record if you have future academic pursuits. Others may keep a record for nostalgic reasons, while others keep it as a way to showcase their child’s achievement. Whatever your reasons behind your documentation there is no doubt that it will only give you beneficial results.

So here are some of the things you need to know in starting your own documentation.

1.   There are many ways on how to keep your record, and that depends on your style and state requirements. Records could range into a simple journal of your child’s activities or a portfolio that showcases the child’s accomplishment during the course of study. It could also be a form of a daily planner that has a weekly schedule of things to do and topics to be discussed. So whatever type of documentation you choose make sure that it highlights your child’s progress in your given activity.

2.   Aside from keeping a record, some states require homeschooling moms to fill out forms for child’s development. Remember to keep those forms updated for future use, and to safeguard your child’s future in case homeschooling is questioned by child welfare authorities.

3.   Aside from the usual way of keeping records you can also use the modern technology for documentation. There are many ways to jeep your records online and paperless. You can start making a blog where you can post progress with the use of videos and pictures. You can even make an audio file and post it online. The blog could be used as an online portfolio for your child’s learning process.

4.   There are three basic kinds of data that you need to record to keep your documentation up to date. The first step is to record the planning and administration of activities, then keep track of your child’s work and then try to assess and record the child’s achievement.

5.   And lastly, keep a calendar that will serve as a reminder of your daily activities. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate one, but just a summarise version of things to do without going through the hassle of checking all your records. This could be your guide at the end of the day when you are ready to document the day’s activity.

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