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The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tips #5: Record Keeping

December 16, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas Teaching Tips #5: Record Keeping

What records do homeschoolers need to keep? No matter how gifted a home educator you are or what wonderful intentions you have, without a small amount of follow through in keeping homeschool records, you will be unprepared for the day when you have to make a transcript for your child. Don’t procrastinate!  Decide whether you are a tubby, a cubby, or a binder queen, and get your homeschool record keeping started.

Tubby-style record keepers just throw things into a rubber tub, everything related to their homeschool, and let it all accrue in there for the day they might need it. Cubby-style people go a step further and actually create a separate box or storage container for each child, sometimes even a different one for each year. Binder Queens are at the top of the food chain when it comes to record keeping, because they keep a separate binder for each child every year, separated into subjects or requirements. These homeschoolers have the advantage when it comes to making transcripts and course descriptions, because they have everything at their fingertips.

There are at least three reasons to keep homeschool records:

  1. For college admission
  2. To meet state requirements
  3. For course descriptions.

Homeschool records are not, however, like scrap booking; those pretty pictures you keep should be put in your scrapbook, not kept with your records. If you have a tall soccer trophy from when your child was in 5th grade, it’s a memento, and not a part of your record keeping.

Keep the important things, and you will be well on your way to great homeschool transcripts and course descriptions.

Resources for High School Record Keeping

Article: 3 Ingredients of a Great Course Description
Coordinating reference book:  Setting the Records Straight
Online Class: Homeschool High School Record Keeping

The 12 Days of Christmas #Homeschool Teaching Tip of the Day

Homeschool High School Record Keeping 

Record keeping can save you time, money, and frustration when you are preparing your child for college admission. Learn the four record keeping strategies, including the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Discover what you can DO with your homeschool records, from making a transcript, to creating a reading list, and writing course descriptions.

Regular Price $15. Lifetime online access to video, audio, handouts and transcription. Buy Now!

You may also like Lee’s book, Setting the Records Straight, for help with your high school records and transcripts. Buy Now!

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