I frequently get asked about my strategies for keeping records for homeschool. I thought I would share some of the basic forms I’ve created and methods I use here. Feel free to use and adapt whatever you like/need.
Google Drive is your friend! I decided to do things a little differently for sixth grade…I moved all of my record keeping to Google Drive. It’s easy to update and organize files. The files can be shared with all interested parties online, so we’re no longer using large quantities of paper for print outs. It cuts down on clutter…no notebook full of daily info sheets. Also, it can be accessed from anywhere if necessary. Nice.
Attendance Template Our state has a nifty form for keeping track of attendance. It actually looks a lot like this spreadsheet I created. I opt to use the spreadsheet instead of the form throughout the year…it’s just easier for me to have everything on the computer. At the end of the year, I will spend 5 minutes transferring the data to the paper form. If your school year doesn’t begin in July, feel free to change the months around. Don’t forget to black out the dates that don’t exist! I just put an “X” in each day that we have school. I also like to black out the weekends to make it easier to read.
Click the link to download your own copy. Below is a picture of what the form looks like.
Daily Info Template This is the chart I use for daily records. I make short notes about what we did in each subject, the amount of time spent, and cumulative hours for the year. This is not required in our state, but I find it makes a nice record of our activities and makes it easy to share info since Grace is lucky enough to have two whole houses full of parents.
Click the link to download your own copy. Below is a picture of what the form looks like. I fill these out on the computer each day that we have school and save a copy. Of course, you could also make copies of the blank form and fill them out by hand. Either way…be sure to change the name of the school before you get started.
Daily Info Template 2: For sixth grade, I’ve switched things up a bit. This is the format I’m using this year for our daily record keeping. It’s all the same information, but laid out a bit differently. I’m not sure why, but I find this one more pleasing. Of course, don’t forget to change the school name and date before using.