I won't lie, I've been worried that the superintendent is going to pound on my door and say with a menacing voice "SHOW ME YOUR RECORDS!"
So, instead of staying in a constant state of anxiety, I decided to create what I call a "Homeschooling Notebook."
I created the notebook based on the book that I'm reading which I will be reviewing shortly. It's called The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise. It's a fantastic book with plenty of information on how to teach reading, grammar, spelling, math, etc. Also included are instructions on how to create a notebook for this type of curriculum.
I used a large binder with three inch rings so there was plenty of room to add worksheets that Sam has yet to complete, finished worksheets and other notes.
My finished notebook looks like this:
|The writing section of Sam's notebook. I make notes about how well she read on page so that I can see if she's improving.|
It didn't take very long to put the notebook together. Once it was finished, it felt awesome to have all of her homeschooling stuff organized.
The book also suggests resources for adding to your curriculum. I recently bought several workbooks for spelling and grammar based on the book's recommendations, and I'm so glad I did. These workbooks make it so much easier to teach these subjects because Sam is a visual learner, which is why we use so many worksheets.
The workbooks also have the added benefit of serving as a written record of all the work she's done for the year!
I also purchased the grammar workbook that was recommended. It's also written by the author of the book The Well-Trained Mind.
I'm quite happy to announce that all of Sam's homeschooling work is organized and ready for inspection. Of course, now the superintendent will probably never bother us. But that's just fine with me.