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Perfect Record Keeping is Not Perfectly Kept Records

Perfect record keeping is keeping records, not keeping records perfectly.

See this picture? This is what my own record keeping actually looked like, when I was in the middle of a school year.

Perfect record keeping does not mean you have perfectly kept records. You don't have to be perfect. You don't have to grade everything, or even continue the same curriculum for a full year. You don't need a beautiful notebook, either, if simple lined paper or left over graph paper will suffice. You don't have to always use the same colored pen or pencil. You don't even have to grade every class to keep some test grades in only the subjects that have tests.

Can we dissect this a bit further? Let me help you notice a few things about my sample above.

  • ​I spelled "Reading" wrong​.
  • My children did so poorly on reading tests, I stopped giving reading tests.
  • I really only graded three subject in that year: math, foreign language and history​.
  • Every year I only graded subjects when the curriculum came with tests​.
  • I never used a specific pen or pencil​.
  • You can almost see my monthly mood swings on each entry.
  • But, can we discuss the results for a moment?
Even though my records weren't perfect, I was able to use them to create a transcript and course descriptions. My children still graduated. They still got into college, and succeeded in college! They managed to get marvelous scholarships, too.

Perfect record keeping isn't about keeping perfectly kept records. The homeschooler with the prettiest records doesn't win. Perfect record keeping is actually just DOING it. Just be sure you are keeping the records.

Is this an area you struggle in?
 

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

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