In the state of Florida we are required to keep records of what our children do during the year. An easy way to do that for me, is to have a student planner for each child.
You can purchase planners at RockSolid and other homeschool stores, but I like to make my own. A friend once said, “You like to re-invent the wheel” and I guess I do. :)
Last year I had the planners spiral bound at Office Depot. I haven’t decided if I am going to do that again this year or not. They did look really nice. :D
For my younger two, I will have in their folders (not in this order):
- Front cover with photo of child, name, grade, and school year.
- School Calendar
- Monthly Calendar - I will be using the Microsoft Excel versions on the YoungMinds CD . That allows me to change font colors, add text, and add clipart. I decorate it according to the interest of the child.
- Attendance Sheet - this is not required in Florida. I just want to use it.
- Reading List
- Website List
- Curriculum List
- Names and Address of friends
- Weekly Planner
- Journal Pages
- and anything else I haven’t thought of just yet. :D
The two older children’s planners will be different. I will using the Grades and Attendance and Excel Weekly Planner . These sheets will be printed out along the way and given to the child to place in their three ring binder.
Will you be keeping a planner for your homeschool?
Update: I forgot to mention that I use HP color Laser paper, 8.5×11″, 28 lbs. The 28 lb paper lets you copy on both sides without seeing through the paper, but it isn’t at thick as cardstock. :)
How to bind a planner go here.
You can find more student planners at: