With the Lesson Planner
By Kim Wolf
For the past eleven
years I have been the
homeschool coordinator for my county.
One of the things I
recommend to new
homeschoolers—and any homeschooling
family—is a good teacher’s planner/record
keeping system. Whether it’s on hard copy
in a notebook or on a CD-ROM for your
computer, it is one of the most important
tools a homeschool mom can own.
In states where one has to keep records
of every little thing, a planner fits the bill;
in states that permit you to have a choice
about how to assess your children and the
assessor needs to see all that your students
have done throughout the whole school
year—every book read, every field trip
taken, every DVD watched, every CD-ROM
and learning resource used—a lesson
planner fits the bill. When your family uses
tons of different books and takes several
field trips through the school year, you
can’t exactly re-check 100+ books and plop
them in your assessor’s lap and then take
her on a whirlwind drive to every field trip
destination you’ve gone to!
But . . . you can show the assessor your
complete and thorough records from your
well-used lesson planner.
If you prefer an interactive planner for use
on your computer, Homeschool Tracker
can be a real lifesaver! It is so easy to set
up; just upload it onto your computer and
go. It is so easy to follow; just click on a tab
and add, subtract, or read whatever you
need to know.