I have been feeling convicted lately to start keeping better records of what we have done in our homeschool, particularly for my oldest who is grade 9 age this year. I have always wondered how to go about this since we use a Charlotte Mason approach. Like many other styles of homeschooling, we do not assign grades or give our children tests. We also have only a few subjects for which we can say, “Completed lessons 1-18 of such and such curriculum”. In preparing for speaking at an upcoming homeschool conference, I stumbled upon this organizer/scheduler. I dutifully watched all the intro videos. It seemed very compatible with the way we homeschool, so I am currently using the free 30-day trial. I love it, but it is seriously expensive – well, after the free trial, that is! One thing I really like is that it is very real-life friendly and guilt-free. If you don’t finish something that day, it just moves it onto the next scheduled day. Woo hoo! I also like that it can generate ‘reports’ on what you’ve done for the last day, week, year, etc.
Someone also pointed me in the direction of a free program called, Homeschool Tracker. The way they make money is by offering a for-pay upgrade program with more features. I am going to have a look at it later today.
(I almost hesitated to post anything about either of these programs because I don’t want this to ever be a ‘product endorsement’ blog. I’d love your opinions, though.)
How do you keep records/schedule your homeschool?