Do you have a good system for documenting a year’s learning? I have struggled with this in years past, but I think I may finally have stumbled on a method that works for me. This year, I made each of my children an End-of-Year Folder. They were very simple to put together, and the kids love flipping through them (who doesn’t enjoy looking at one’s accomplishments and relishing in work done well?).
I am convinced that we homeschooling mothers have no idea how much we get done unless we find a good way to document it. I, for one, can’t believe how much we accomplished- especially since this was a baby year for us! I don’t think I would have realized quite how productive we were if I didn’t document it.
This method is not perfect, but it works for me. It’s a good combination of practical, pretty, and simple. I’m not really up to making elaborate scrapbooks or notebooks- I just don’t have the time, energy, or desire for it. But putting together a simple folder like these? That I can do. And I think I may just make an annual habit of it.
The first step was to make the cover pages:
I purchased inexpensive report covers and used their interview photos (printed on glossy photo paper) as their first page. Then I put in:
- a list of accomplished work
- reading lists (here are our family read alouds and Prim’s independent reading list)
- work samples
- photo pages (I made these digitally since I don’t scrapbook)
Making a photo folder on my desktop to dump pictures into throughout the year. When we get home from a field trip, I’ll choose a picture or two to put in this folder. Then at the end of the year I’ll have a sampling of the year all in one place. This goes for 3-D projects, too. Before getting rid of the project (because who can keep all the projects, right?), I’ll snap a picture and make sure it goes into the folder.
Sliding the kids’ best work into a paper file folder throughout the year. Art projects, drawings, writing samples and other such work can be tucked into a file folder as we go through the year. Then at the end of the year I won’t have to hunt down the best work of the year.