So, as I’ve written recently, we’re unschoolers. Mostly. What’s tricky is keeping the unschooling vibe I love while still keeping track of what we do. This is especially important since I have a high-schooler; as the homeschool mom/teacher, I’m the one responsible for creating a reliable transcript for her.
In the more structured early years of our homeschool, it was easy to track what we did. I at least loosely followed a pre-made curriculum, so I could simply check the boxes as we went. At the end of the year it was easy to see what we’d done. Now, the more unstructured we become, the more challenging record keeping gets.
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Flexible online homeschool scheduling
Currently I use a combination of written notes in a bullet-ish journal (I just can’t commit to a real bullet journal), lists in evernote, and jotted down notations in my whole-life calendar/planner. It works — but I have to be diligent about it, and it’s not a quick process to put it all in one place for an end of year homeschool summary.
But then I learned about a brand new homeschool tracking program.
I’m a little bit high-tech and a little bit old school when it comes to planning and tracking. I tried one online tracking program eons ago and hated it because it was so structured. Flexible School Schedule lets you put in your plans without calendars and dates. So if life happens — as it tends to do — you can leave off and pick back up without grumpy-seeming reminders that you’re running behind schedule.
If, like me, you like to have a physical paper summary of the year, you can print off anything you need, including summaries of what each child did in which subjects, and you can create these reports in a variety of configurations.
You can also keep track of links, lists, and resources. This would be where I’d combine what I keep in evernote and my not-bullet journal. There’s a notepad where you can jot down notes, too; I have a tendency to do this with sticky notes. While the neon colors are fun, my calendar/planner gets crowded quickly.
More structured homeschoolers can plan everything out ahead of time and watch their progress as the school year progresses, but those like us can track activities as we go. Another great feature: it’s accessible from any internet-connected device.
Homeschool families helping homeschool families
Flexible School Schedule was created by a homeschool family for other homeschool families. Now, they need your help to make it a reality! Right now this great program is a kickstarter project, but we can get it going. Any amount helps, and sharing on social media helps them, too!