Either because you are compulsive, or because your state requires it, you just want to keep some records. Anne Elliot has devised such a simple way to do it, she nearly talked me into keeping records again. Nearly.
So starting very early in our homeschooling “career,” I started customizing my own planning book, just using Word and Excel on my computer. (Open Office has a free version.) It fits my style, plus I’m able to save all the planning sheets to use with younger children coming up. At the end of the school year, my planning notebook goes into the attic, in a “portfolio” box for that school year. One of the most fun parts of the summer for me is making a fresh, new notebook for a fresh, new school year.
So let’s take a peek inside my planning notebook for the 2010-2011 school year.
Inside the Front Cover
As soon as you open my notebook, you’ll see a lot of odds and ends and daily junk in the inside pocket.
- Scrap paper.
- A public school calendar clipped from the newspaper.
- Pieces of paper where I’ve scribbled ideas and things to do for each child.
- Sample schedules of my own and of families online, all scribbled on, of course.
- Sticky notes stuck here and there — “Get a new chapter book for Arik from the library,” “Look up spelling of existance, or is it existence?” “What would it cost to take a field trip to the Indian ruins by the South Dakota border?” etc.
You can read all about Anne’s notebook and how to create your own here.