There are loads of homeschool planners available, but few meet the true needs of most homeschoolers.
I’m the mom of 15 children, and I have to tell you that, no matter how well I have tried to plan, most of our learning has been spontaneous. This has left me at a loss as to how to capture all of that relaxed homeschooling and put it in a form that will satisfy authorities (and “interested” relatives).
Then one day a number of years ago I sat down and did some figuring. What if I created a sheet that would enable me to keep track of our interest-led, “organic” learning in a way that would make it count? I grabbed a legal pad, a ruler, and a Sharpie and went to work.
In a few minutes I had a form that I could copy, three-hole punch, and put in a pronged notebook.
I used this form for years, and I still have a number of these in storage totes in my basement. They are a form of proof, yes, but they also contain precious memories as I also used these notebooks to jot down snippets of our life as a family and the antics of the children that would have otherwise have been forgotten.
Using these sheets had simplified my life, and I knew it could simplify the lives of others moms, so I offered it for free download to the readers of this blog. (You can find that free download here.)
I also realized that I could go one better; I could put a bunch of these sheets into a printed book to make it even easier for other moms, so original Record Book was born. My daughter, Olivia, and I worked for many weeks perfecting it. We decided to add a page for a year’s worth of blank calendars and to fill in the spaces for subjects at the top of the columns.
This book was a real help, both to me and to others. However, I began to receive some constructive suggestions for its improvement.
So…my daughter and I spent that last few months reworking The Record Book. The result is a book with the following improvements:
- Cleaner and more aesthetically appealing graphic design
- A “key” page to explain abbreviations that make notation easier
- Blank subject spaces so that it can be more easily personalized and used for a group of children or for creating a transcript for one teen.
- Tally spaces for those who are keeping track of total hours and hours spent in each category of learning.
The Record Book in its original form is still on sale, but we are hoping this new version will meet the needs of even more moms in ways that will bless them for years to come.