Depending on your state's requirements and your child's grade level you may find that quality record keeping is an essential part of your homeschool. I personally believe that homeschool record keeping is essential, even if it is not required. Using a homeschool planner and record keeper allows you to see your child's progress, and helps you identify areas that need work. The good news is you don't have to have a bunch of binders and file folders to have a quality homeschool portfolio. We recently started a free trial of record keeping with Homeschool Planet, and let me tell you, it makes planning and tracking a breeze.
How Homeschool Planet makes record keeping easy.
Homeschool Planet is designed to make homeschooling easy and make it work with everyday life. With lesson plans, you can import from your favorite publishers to reschedule lessons allowing the whole thing to shift so you never have to stress out about taking a day off for any reason.
When your child finishes a lesson the lesson is saved as done. This helps to track what your child has done so you don't have to worry about remembering what has been done. This automatic record-keeping helps keep it simple for you. Your child even gets their own login so they can mark what they finished from the to-do list you gave them and the finished work will be forwarded to you for grading. When your child finishes an assignment it will go into your grading queue where you can mark the grade your child earned.
Custom grading is a great way to take advantage of the record-keeping features in Homeschool Planet. You can create custom grading categories, weighted grading making things your child works harder on worth more than other tasks and even set your own custom grading scale making it easy to make fun tweaks for kids that get anxious over traditional grading.
Homeschool Planet tracks overdue work that your child didn't finish or you can set it to simply shift the schedule down the line so work is put on there lest for the next day.
Attendance recording helps track when your child does their school work to track for completing state requirements. This helps make it easy to ensure that your child meets your local requirements for compulsory attendance with proof when it matters most. You can even choose what gets tracked and track down to the hours your child is working if required by your state making it easy to stay on track and meet both local requirements and your homeschooling goals.
Homeschool Planet allows you to track every part of your homeschool day. Leave notes, and build lists of assignments, books used, and anything else you find important. You can print out these basic lists or take up a notch with notes you have made as well. This is a great asset for building a portfolio to turn into the state to show the work your child has been doing along with samples of their work.
Printable report cards with as much detail as you want are a great way to track the progress your child is making. Regular report cards are a great way to talk to your child and other adults in your child's life about their learning progress. Use these report cards to hold a family meeting on how your child is doing in school, turn them in for state evaluation, or just keep them for your own records.
High school transcripts with Homeschool Planet
While record-keeping is important for all kids and homeschool families when high school starts it is a whole new ball game. It's the high school record keeping that pushed me to get a free Homeschool Planet trial. The records you keep while your child is in high school will affect college applications and future career opportunities. I want to make sure our high school transcripts are accurate and look good.
Homeschool Planet allows you to track every class your child earns and what they get for credits for each class.
Homeschool Planet allows you to track what is important to you even if the class may not be a traditional high school class, and record extra things your teen is doing like performing community service. This allows you to track everything that colleges want to see to place on your teen's transcript. You can track:
- Extracurricular activities
- Standardized test scores
Once all of your information from past high school courses that were tracked before you joined homeschool planet is imported and you have finished everything at the end of your child's senior year you can format and print a custom transcript to fit all of your needs. The transcripts from Homeschool Plant look professional and are customizable allowing you to make your homeschooler's transcripts stand out.
If you are interested in seeing if Homeschool Planet is right for you and try your hand at the record-keeping features they offer you can get a 30-day free trial of Homeschool Planet that allows you to explore all of the features this top-of-the-line digital homeschool planner has to offer. Make homeschooling this year easier than ever and take the stress out of planning and record keeping.