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October 31, 2008



I so agree and I think it emphasizes that the documents are not for him but for the state. I like Melissa Wiley's idea of using a day planner to record the various things you did in a day. I suppose then you would sit down periodically and use that raw data to construct a list of what had been accomplished under the required headings. So it is only at the point of writing up records (for the authorities) that baking bread becomes science. For Rowan, it is always baking bread.


What a wonderful post! I love this line: "how am I to begin separating the thread of these topics from the tapestry of his life?" That is a beautiful way to describe the problem of making a transcript out of life.

I agree with JoVE, the previous commenter. Keeping a journal in a day book is a great idea. That's how I've done it off and on over the years. From there you can see school subjects emerging. The problem will be having too many school subjects to report!

Oh, and watching videos--I used to be embarrassed by using videos as school activities, but my youngest is trying public school right now, and they do it all the time. Fifty minutes is one class period, so a 2 hour video could be 3 class periods (considering the wasted time getting kids to settle down, review, and start the video, stop the video, etc).

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This is our first year establishing our private school in CA as well. I was under the impression that all I had to do was make up a list of subjects on our official school letterhead that includes the subjects required by the Ed Code. So mine looks something like:

(1) Language Arts, including reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, composition, penmanship, and oral communication.
(2) Mathematics
(3) Social Studies, including history, geography, and civics.
(4) Science
(5) Art
(6) Music
(7) Physical Education and Health
(8) Religion [obviously not required but it *is* a subject that our family covers in our homeschool]

We do cover all these things over the course of the school year, even if it's in a manner that's a lot more relaxed and interdisciplinary than what would be found in a traditional school.

I keep a portfolio that includes work samples and a weekly summary of what my child has done, but it's my understanding that should NOT be part of the "official" school records.


When we used to keep more detailed records, I had a schedule and a log. The schedule was just a list of what we intended to hit in a given day. The log was what we actually did. It was pretty easy. If we had science on Tuesday/Thursday, but actually did something we could count as science on another day, I'd just write it in on a Tuesday or Thursday--who cares what day it happens on or what it is exactly...

The law was new then and the school district unsure of its role and responsibility, and I was also insecure about the magnitude of responsibility I felt. But the district mellowed out and so did I. All it involved was a sheet of paper listing the schedule and a sprial notebook to serve as the log. love, V

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