It’s the end of our school year. Hip Hip Hurray!!!!
We had a fantastic year and I have to admit, while I’m always thrilled to sit back and take a peek at all we accomplished, prior to this year, it was not that ‘easy’ to ‘see’ it all in one spot.
We had spiral notebooks, a few lapbooks, workbooks, you name it–we had some of everything. And for many homeschoolers that is completely fine! For me, I like something a little more…ok, neat, compact, easy to filter through. And I like something I can store so that the children can truly gain a true concept of what they have learned. I also like a great way to look through memories.
So as I close out our homeschool year and begin a new one, it’s time to finalize some paperwork for my state. This time of year can cause anxiety if you have to prepare end of year paperwork. I have friends who have to write portfolios. Do you have to do that? I don’t. I do have to write end of year Assessments and beginning in the third grade the children have to take Standardized tests every three years. All of that paperwork has to be maintained in my home, along with required attendance forms (which my state is now changing the submission from every month to annually).
What is a Homeschool Mom to do with all of this stuff….at the end of the year?
This year, I finally have it all together. In a neat, compact, easy to find and store NOTEBOOK!
Did you see that coming? Maybe the title gave it away?
Many people recommend having a different notebook for every subject. Me? I can’t wrap my mind around that. I would need at least 5 notebooks for three children – that would be 15 notebooks!
We set our binders up the way the children want to, regarding subjects/order.
However, I DO have them put the POCKET in the front (to keep misc items) followed by a page protector that contains their daily/weekly chores and schedule, but I digress….
This year, since this was our first full year of notebooking, I am cleaning out the notebooking binders. Taking out the misc. items that are no longer necessary. But I am keeping all of their work (crazy idea, I know….). In the front of each notebook, I will have a printed copy of their attendance forms and their end of year assessment. For any child that was required to take a standardized test, I will include a copy of that test.
Now, I’m a pretty type A Mom and while, I am relaxing a little, I still need to make sure I have everything I need in one place. So yes, I do double up and have my own notebook, which contains ALL three years (to date) of our attendance forms, standardized tests and assessments.
Overall, I can see the benefits of notebooking this year. Truly, my children have gained so much knowledge and freedom in their writing and documentation process. Me? I have found a way to make the end of the school year a little bit easier.