Saturday, May 1, 2010

HomeSchooling For Free Part 2: Organization and Record Keeping

Preview of my newly painted and reorganized homeschool room!

One of the mistakes I made as a new homeschooling parent was not keeping things organized. Some families can fly by the seat of their pants, but I need at least a basic organization. Not only does it help me keep track of where we are and what we are doing, but it also does a lot to assure my husband that we really do school, hehe. Here are some resources to help you get organized.

Homeschool Tracker- Basic record keeping software. This software allows you to keep record attendance, grades and assignments for multiple children. There is also an option upgrade for a reasonable price.

Homeschool Skedtrack-Homeschool Skedtrack is a FREE online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.

Homeschool Inc- Another basic planning site.

I also suggest a milk crate or other file system and a set up like This One at Organizing Homeschool. For a minimal investment keeping organized will help you to save money, by allowing you to be able to keep up with what you already have. There is nothing like purchasing or printing something only to find the one you already bought buried underneath a pile of papers.

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3 comments:

Matt Conrad said...

Anna, there's another option out there for "relaxed" homeschool record keeping:

http://www.homeschooldaybook.com/

It is designed to be especially easy to use and flexible for a variety of homeschooling approaches.

Right now we're running a promotion where a blog review is good for a free permanent license. If you (or any of your readers) are interested, drop me an email at matt@homeschooldaybook.com.

Anonymous said...

Your link to Organizing Homeschool is broken.

Sarah

Anna said...

Thanks I will fix that soon :)