View Poll Results: How do you handle record-keeping in your homeschool?

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  • We aren't required to keep any kinds of records, so we don't.

    9 22.50%
  • We aren't required to keep records, but I still keep track of what we have studied.

    9 22.50%
  • We keep an annual portfolio for state regulation purposes.

    5 12.50%
  • I use a traditional lesson planner to track our progress.

    6 15.00%
  • I use an online record-keeping software to track our progress.

    5 12.50%
  • Other

    14 35.00%
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  1. #21


    We use the free version of Homeschool Tracker. I have used it for 2 years and I have no complaints. It's easy to use and it's useful. I track attendance as well as daily lessons/field trips/classes/reading.

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    I live in NY, which means plenty of record-keeping! I use online record-keeping software. I didn't care for Homeschool Tracker, so I use Homeschool Skedtrack, which is free.
    Jessica , wife of Marc and Momma to Nikolai (12) , Nathaniel (10) , and Olivia (4) I blog @ We Don't Need No Education

  4. #23


    We are in a homeschool program attached to our area public school system, and they keep track of attendance and daily subject areas covered by way of a website that the parent updates every week. I also keep some old workbooks, major projects, and select work in folders.

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    I've never heard of Homeschool Skedtrack - thank you for the link, I will check it out too.

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  6. #25


    One more option to throw into the pot, we use Homeschool Day Book (

    I also happen to be the guy who wrote it--my wife and I designed it together as nothing else we found out there worked for us. It's "lightweight" record keeping software, meant to be easy to use and to keep record keeping time to a minimum. Also, it's meant to be compatible with less-structured homeschooling styles including unschooling.

    It's not free, but the trial download is free and the extended trial has all features enabled. If you're looking for something simple and fairly free-form, you might check it out.

  7. #26


    We are not required to keep records (Delaware; I shudder to think what will happen when we go home to New England!), but I also use Homeschool Tracker Plus to keep records of my son's daily work. I have used it for the past year (before that I used teachers' planners) and love it. Now I'm acquainting myself with the lesson planning capabilities of the program.

    I also keep a limited portfolio of the work my son has done, just for sentimental purposes. I know someday I will want to look back at his worksheets and history projects.
    Mumsy to Gavin (13-year-old artsy boy) and Rowan (3-year-old disco queen)

  8. #27


    I am a hoarder and I keep everything. I dont think anyone will ever come and check, but I like seeing our progress!

    Lexi Green, mom to ONE crazy 7 year old boy
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    LOL Holly, maybe I can make you feel a LITTLE better.

    I live in VA, which requires proof of progress, which can either be an evaluation by a teacher liscenced in any state, or a standardized test where the child scores at least above the 23rd percentile. since my kids have always tested well, I plan to use the test. Therefore, no records required (records are helpful for evaluations)

    I dont really do 'record-keeping' in any organized way, but I do plan on virtual paper. I have a weekly schedule, but it doesnt actually have specifics in it - more like a calendar which shows what subjects my 14 yo will be working on each half hour, when we have lunch, when we have park days, classes, and dr apts. I can visually review and make sure the subjects are balanced even when we have SOO many disruptive appointments.

    I also make my 14 yo daily check lists which specify what to do when, but often it only says 'do next lesson' or 'read 15 minutes'. I dont even keep those electronically (but oddly, i keep the weekly schedules electronically).

    Now, I did, in the beginning of the year, make a chart (excell) with grade level at the top and subjects along the side, and documenet what our school districts standards were, and what WTM recommended for that year, and what I planned to do. I have tried to also keep a 1-page word document where I write down every book my 14 yo uses - each text book, fiction reading, supplemental books and activities. I remember to update it about every other month. The real reason I'm doing that is with the idea of having something to base a trasncript off of.

    I'm really not keep track of what my 1st grader is doing at all. he does use T4L, but I dont really look at the reports much. And when I do, i'm annoyed that it doesnt TELL you on the report what level work he did. I let him totally pick whatever he wants to do on T4L. I did up the availalbe levels of math and science, and encourage him to do some LA sometimes, but thats it.

    That sure sounds like VERY relaxed eclectic compared to you guys, but trust me, my radical unschoolers cant believe that I have a schedule or tell the kids what to read (even if I do get their input to the decisions)
    Cara, homeschooling one
    Raven, ds 10, all around intense kid
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    22 yo dd, not at home
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    Jena is one of my fave bloggers, so I wanted to share her recent article on "Record Keeping for Interest-Led Learners" in case anyone was interested in that kind of thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topsy View Post
    Jena is one of my fave bloggers, so I wanted to share her recent article on "Record Keeping for Interest-Led Learners" in case anyone was interested in that kind of thing...
    Simple ideas sometimes are the best, aren't they? I would imagine that the recipe
    box with index cards would work and be easy to maintain while still allowing for the info to be somewhat organized for a more in-depth report or portfolio...

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