Homeschool record keeping is just one more thing on your to do list, and it might not seem as important as everything else that has to be done. Once your child gets to high school and starts thinking about college, homeschool records are going to be absolutely necessary. Whether your child is entering ninth grade, or even if they’re still little tykes, it’s good to get in the habit of recording what they are learning. Here are a few tips that will save you a ton of time and stress if you start your homeschool record keeping early:
- First, you’ll want to make sure you have all of your homeschooler’s life documents together: their birth certificate, copies of their social security card, and any other similar documentation.
- Every year at about the same time, write down your plan for the year. Mark any changes you make to the plan as you make your way through the year. If your homeschool works on a more flexible basis, simply write down what concepts and topics your child learns after they learn it. Pretty simple! The point is you’re setting goals and documenting what’s getting covered.
- In high school, especially, you’ll want to have a transcript written out for each year, including the courses your child completed, credit earned for each course, and each course’s final grade. In some cases you’ll want to include a GPA (for colleges). Click Here for more info on Transcripts and GPA calculation from HSLDA.
- Keep track of any extracurricular activities, community service, and volunteer work your child does over the years. These are great for college applications because they show how well-rounded your child is. If you stay consistent with this, then homeschool record keeping will become second nature to you!