Do you keep homeschool records?
Now that I have a high school student, I’ve come to the conclusion that keeping homeschool records is absolutely imperative- both out of necessity (for the reasons I’ll list below) and just for my sanity.
Here are three main reasons why I believe keeping homeschool records is essentially- especially for those of us with high schoolers.
1.) Allows you to keep good memories!
I absolutely love seeing the progress my kids have made over the years. It makes me happy to see how much growth has occurred from kindergarten through high school. Even just one year of record-keeping allows me to see when one of my kids has made a leap in maturity and was able to tackle a subject much easier that year.
Watch the video below to listen to me explain my take on keeping good records for memory’s sake, plus info on a homeschool planner I currently use.
I try to keep meticulous records of my kids’ records, although I go through seasons of occasional purging.
When I purge I typically toss redundant paperwork- like worksheets and workbooks. We only keep a few samples of each for memories, but we definitely don’t need to hold onto entire workbooks.
Here’s a video I shared with the Virtual Homeschool Coop a few years back about what I do with paperwork.
Those papers I do end up keeping leave me with beloved memories that I cherish. I cherish them because they are special treasures: things my kids drew, cards they made for me, or special science or history projects they worked so diligently on.
I’m a nostalgic person and can’t help it! I love hanging onto the important things.
2. Helps with college admissions.
Colleges love records! The more information you have on file for your students, especially those in high school, the easier it will be for you when it’s time to apply for college admissions.
I’m currently keeping for my high schooler information such as:
- lists of books she’s reading.
- her hobbies and interests outside of core academics.
- volunteer opportunities she’s participated in.
- contests, presentations, or other signature events which show academic excellence or leadership.
- course descriptions.
Lee Binz has been an instrumental resource in helping me to figure out how to prep my high schooler for college. Check out this interview I had with Lee Binz a few years ago on homeschooling high school.
Keeps records for your students’ nostalgia.
If anything, whether your student chooses college or not, I think it’s important for them to see their own academic progress. It helps our kids to focus on what they’ve accomplished and achieved rather than all the hard labor of those long days of homeschooling.
I want my kids to be excited about graduating and to feel honored on their graduation day. Looking back on something like a memory book that contains both their academic records and snapshots of their work samples throughout the years will give them good memories of what they’ve achieved kindergarten through 12th grade. I plan to throw in some photos throughout the years and lots of memorabilia for my daughter’s graduation memory book!
Keeping great records, for me, is not just for college admission, or for myself, but it is also for my child who deserves to preserve good memories of her home education.
Do you keep homeschool records? What are some reasons you choose to keep homeschool records and what are some methods you use to organize them?
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