We have been busy over here at our house. Between health issues with Daddy, finding just the right curriculum for our needs, and mom starting a new job, things got put to the side. Blogging was one of those things. But, I really miss writing. When I saw this new blog hop that was coming up, I knew just what I wanted to share! Join me today as I share how we keep records, and when we decide to keep grades.
When it comes to record keeping, I have tried numerous different products and programs over the years we have been homeschooling. There are online options and there are paper options. I have tried a few of each of these. Can you believe that I have two favorites, one online and one paper? Not to mention there are second bests for each of these.
I am currently homeschooling a senior in high school, a fourth grader, a second grader, and a preschooler. The age/grade of the child plays a large role in the method of our record keeping.
Online Record Keeping
I love the online record keeping, especially for Moe Man, my high school senior. When it comes to the high school ages, I need something that helps me calculate the grades and GPA. I could do this on my own, but I really don’t have time to do that, so I have opted to look for something that can help with that. That is where the online record keeping comes into play.
The first program that I used, and actually used at the beginning of our homeschool journey is My Homeschool Grades. I have been with them since they started and I am locked in on a lifetime plan. If you haven’t been with them, the pricing is really nice and isn’t that spendy. You can get a whole year for only $49.99. They offer a monthly payment plan also.
I love that this program allows you to keep track of courses, assignments, and grades. Not only that, but they give me my states laws. This is awesome when I don’t want to go to another site to make sure we are meeting all the requirements. This is something I haven’t seen with other programs and one that I really appreciate.
Moe Man is now in the independent mode. He wants to be able to access his assignments each day and mark them as done. I had previously reviewed My Homeschool Planet and their homeschool planner. I knew that there was a student log in option, and gave it a try. He loved that he was able to log in and see what he needed to do each day. I love that I don’t have to print or write up his weekly assignments. This is a program that works for both of us.
With Homeschool Planet, I am able to put in the assignments for the week, month, or semester and can change things as needed with a click of a button. This is helpful for when life happens. I am able to grade the assignments as they are completed and all grades and GPA are calculated for me. This is a win when I am busy with everything else. I don’t have to worry about anything besides logging in and doing my part each day/week.
Paper Record Keeping
While I love the online option for Moe Man, my younger kids don’t have phones or laptops to easily access the assignments each day. I also don’t need to keep track of grades for this age, just what they are doing and their attendance. So, I opted for paper record keeping for them. This also allows me to get my fix on both online and paper record keeping!
The first paper record keeper that I used was the planners from SchoolhouseTeachers. I would go in an add all the assignments online and print them out each week. This is a great option for those who want to have all the extras, plus it is included in my SchoolhouseTeachers Membership. This means I don’t have to spend extra on my record keeping, I just need to print what I need and store from there.
This year, I have started using The Well-Planned Day with Ray Ray and Little Miss. I have the Family Homeschool Planner and they each have the Student Planners, one boy version and one girl version. I don’t have to print anything, it is all right there for me to fill in. I fill out my Family Homeschool Planner for the week and transfer the assignments over to the kid’s planners. I know there is probably an easier way to do this, but right now, this works.
I am able to mark off what we do each week as we go through the week. There is a spot to keep track of weekly grades, but at this stage, I am not worried about those, see more on this in a minute. I only plan week by week, knowing that life happens and I don’t want to buy a bottle of white-out every other month. At this age, the kids love having a planner of their own to know what needs to get done each day. I love seeing that they are learning how to take on the responsibility of their school.
When To Grade
When it comes to grading in our homeschool, I have a love/hate relationship with grading. I love to have my kids striving to get better, but at the same time, I don’t want to ruin the learning fun that comes with a great curriculum. I have officially decided that I will not keep grades until the kids reach the high school grades. In my state, that is OK, so I am going to run with it. When the younger kids for a grade, I will give them what I suspect them to have, but I don’t keep a record of it.
Once my kids reach 9th grade, I keep track of their grades. Before this, I want them to focus on enjoying learning and not striving for a perfect page. I will help them along the way and offer corrections as needs, but rarely do I pull out a correcting pen until I need to keep grades for graduation.
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What is your favorite way to keep records? When do you start grading your kids work? Let me know in the comments!