Keeping Homeschool Records With a Master NotebookRhonda Clark
Keeping homeschool records has always been a chore for me because organization isn’t something I come by naturally. In fact, I’ve been known to thrive in chaos. This year, things will be different.
I was inspired to become better organized by creating a master containing weekly/daily assignments and grade records. Here are the items I used to create my master notebook:
- 1 ½ inch binder
- set of 6 dividers
- 6 pocket pages
- 10 self-adhesive book pockets (for index cards)
- grade record sheets
The very first thing in the binder will be the weekly checklist of assignments of everything that needs to be covered that week. Since I’m using Illuminations Year 6, that is the schedule we’ll follow.
Behind the weekly checklist will be 6 dividers each with a pocket page behind it. The dividers are labeled with each day of the week (Monday through Friday), and the last is labeled Completed. I chose cute dividers, but any will do. You can even repurpose file folders to serve as dividers. Just trim them to size and hole punch them!
Each daily divider will have a Daily Checklist behind the corresponding day. Further instructions will be found there along with any worksheets or activities to be completed. This is where the pockets come in handy. I won’t have to punch holes in every sheet I print because my daughter can place her completed work in the pocket behind the Completed tab. In the evening, I’ll review her work, and make adjustments for the following day.
On the backside of each divider, I placed two adhesive pockets. These pockets are perfect for index cards for vocabulary and Scripture memory verses. I can add more of these pockets if necessary.
Behind the last divider labeled Completed, I will keep grade sheets and completion logs. As I grade and check off my daughter’s work, I’ll be able to log the grade immediately. I created log/grade sheets for:
- Literature (grade sheet)
- WriteShop 1 (grade sheet)
- Biology (grade sheet)
- Word Roots (check off & grade sheet for quizzes)
- Daily Grammar (daily check off sheet)
- Scripture Reading and Memory Verse (daily check off sheet)
Grade sheets I printed:
We are a couple of weeks into our school year and have already discovered our day running more efficiently due to this master notebook. Buttercup is able to look at her daily schedule, gather needed items, complete her work, and place it where I can locate it. No more asking for work, digging math sheets from under the sofa, or finding them scattered across her room.