One question I'm often asked is 'What do you use for Planning and Record Keeping'?
For many years I made up my own Record Books, which I would type up, print out, and bind. The books would contain planning pages, my timetables, a space to record each child's daily work, as well as pages in the back for recording such things as reading logs, field trips, and testing / evaluation. I developed my own Record Book over the course of about ten years, and was finally satistied that I had created a resource that suited our needs.
Then, Apologia kindly sent me a free sample of a new resource in their catalogue: 'The Ultimate Homeschool Planner". Being a little stressed and short on time, I decided to try it out for our 2012 year. The result - I LOVE IT! It contains, essentially, everything I was putting together myself, along with lovely Bible verses, teaching tips and a place each week to record those 'memorable moments'. And all wonderfully put together in one, spiral-bound book! Although each week is meant to be used as 'planning pages', I simply use them to record the work completed, and have our plan for the year tucked into the front pocket. Each week has space to record the work for six children - while that would not have suited me a few years ago, with two of my children now living away from home, it now suits me perfectly!
Here's the Blurb:
"Designed for the busy homeschooling mother, help bring order---and less frustration---into your life. A user's guide will help you set everything up; a one-year planning grid, student goal setter, pre-planning guide, monthly planners, weekly planner, records, teaching tips, and a high school planning guide are all provided. Yearly planning pages provide room for vision-casting with your family priorities, a review of the previous school year, a goal-setter for character and academics, and timing grids. Weekly plans provide room to write in your Bible plan, battle plan, prayers, hospitality/outreach efforts, memorable moments, achievements, and evidences of grace. Schedule pages may be filled in as you see fit-both the vertical and horizontal axes are blank for you to fill in days and subjects as you prefer. Boxes along the facing page include room for notes, supplies, and appointments. The plastic covers include folder pockets on the inside for handy storage. Spiral bound."
The Ultimate Homeschool Planner, published by Apologia, is available through Christian Book .
I hope it saves you heaps of time and energy, and you'll find it as worthwhile as I have!
May God bless your day with smiles and happiness,