I am using two different documentation strategies as I am trying to increase Firedrakes independence in completing her school work. I have looked at many different planners online but decided to just go with the basic. I am not a month to month or even week to week planner, so I needed something I could write out each day and yet still give her independence.
|Each morning I write out exactly what assignments are due for the day. As they are completed Firedrake checks them off. She also writes in the length of her day another way to keep track of our hours.|
MarioFan is not able to work independently yet and still needs me to assist him with school work as he gets distracted easily. So we still work side by side on many tasks. As he completes his assignments I write it down in a notebook along with the hours we attended school.
Another tool that I am using is the Olly homeschool tracker which keeps track of grades and assignments it is probably an overkill in documentation but I tend to go overboard on things:)
|I like that this program gives me the option of using letter grades or just pass or fail options. I don't grade everything the kids do at this time. Only certain subjects get a letter grade.|
Lastly I have tentatively put together a weekly schedule. I always hesitate to do this as I don't like to be very structured in exactly what we do each day. I do allow the kids the flexibility to change things around. Also with the many field trips and travels we do I sometimes concentrate on one subject for longer periods while skipping others for as long as needed. Ultimately we always seem to get most of our "school" done. Currently our heaviest school day will be Mondays and Wednesday once the coop classes begin in mid Sept. I have made Friday kind of a catch up day. Again this schedule is very flexible, somedays I may add more things to the day it I know we have a field trip scheduled later in the week in order to stay on schedule.
So that is my crazy system. I am sure others out there have far superior systems but this works for us and gives me a fair idea of the goals and what we should be accomplishing during the week! As always I look more at the bigger picture of what we accomplished by the end of the school year. Anything not completed during the main school year gets carried over into the summer when we do a lighter load of school.