Many moms feel anxious that they will not remember to include everything in the course descriptions and reading lists. Do you feel the same way? Making your comprehensive records every year is a HUGE step in the right direction. Every spring, sit yourself down and update your homeschool transcript for each child. Then, write course descriptions for each class on the transcript. You heard me. Each class.
You don't have to be a perfect mom to make this happen. Ordinary humans get this job done too, so let me show you how to do it.
First, let go of perfection - especially if you are stressing out so much you are avoiding it all together! Make it your goal to include 80% of the information about the course contents, and then maybe you will feel more comfortable. When you piecemeal things together, instead of use textbooks, it can be a lot to list, but if your goal is to write down at least 80%, then often, moms feel more comfy-cozy-secure in what they are doing.
Absolutely you want to capture the most important things, but that should be pretty easy using the "elephant strategy" that you will remember and not forget. The big solution to your concerns is that you take just a few easy steps to making your class descriptions:
- Every day, throw all your information or papers in a big box in your schoolroom, or if that doesn't work, take notes in a notebook, journal, or even a calendar!
- Every month or so, try to use your notes or information from those papers you saved to add to your course descriptions
- Every year, work on making your course descriptions look good. I suggest spring, when the bulk of the class is already done, and all of the information is fresh in your mind.
If you do it that way, you'll easily remember what you need to remember!
Keep up the good work, homeschool parents! You can do it! Start this process and the next thing you know, you'll be creating the course descriptions and records! Start this EARLY in high school, by 9th and 10th grade, so you have plenty of time to work on this. Then just be consistent. In fact, one Gold Care Club member worked on two course descriptions per week - that was her goal. She was extremely successful through the process. If you are stuck, maybe a more bite-sized goal will help you?
How do YOU remember the details you need to put into course descriptions? Do you have a method that you can share?
If you need more help, I have a free class to motivate you. Check it out! Homeschool Records That Open Doors..