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Monday, October 10, 2011

I LOVE These Record Books!

While I remain a loyal fan and customer of the Well Planned Day Planners for my own planning I recently came across some Student Record Books that I am totally crazy about!

These would be perfect for families that use a variety of homeschooling methods, especially a Charlotte Mason Style or relaxed approach. Even those using a traditional workbook/textbook style will love these.

This year for the first time ever really, I think in our 15+ years of schooling at home, we are using a very traditional worktext program(ACE PACES) but we do SO MUCH MORE than just our book work! My family leads a weekly PE class for local homeschool families, attend AWANA, one child is in Confirmation Classes this year, one is learning ASL, we take art classes, guitar lessons, voice lessons, participate in the church choir, take frequent field trips, volunteer with two well known organizations, and MUCH, MUCH more!

I feel like by just looking at our lesson plans, you don't see much other than our book work. These Record Books take care of that! It is recommended to get one per child and there are places to record service projects, health and fitness, spiritual life, and MORE!

There is room in the back for recording not only what books the child read, but what books were read TO them! We do LOTS of read a louds around here! There is room to record test scores, grades and even awards.

I will definitely be ordering these each year from now on, I only wish I had seen them sooner! Not only are the books great but customer service is AWESOME and shipping at regular rates was lightening FAST! I just love it when I find something new and exciting! Be sure to check them out, there are even samples to view at their SITE!

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Homeschool By Any Other Name

I believe I've shared on here in the past the importance of choosing a good name for your homeschool. But just today I was reminded of that as I filled out our yearly affidavit for our state. When I first named our school I had several young children in the home and the name I chose sounded like a cute name for a preschool or grade school. I liked it and it never occurred to me that one day my children may not like that particular name on their high school diplomas.

When I sent our order for my oldest sons diploma to be printed was the first time I realized that name may not be best suited for a high school diploma. I sent it in as such anyway because for twelve years we had filed our affidavits with that name and I was concerned if I chose another and anybody for some reason checked records, there would be no record of our school under any other name.

My son shared his graduation with his best buddy, who also was homeschooled and their diplomas looked very similar, but while his friend had what we thought was a really cool name for their school printed on their diploma, there on ours in BIG, BOLD writing was our preschool sounding name! My son has had to take that diploma, his transcripts and other records to places such as the Navy recruiters office!

Now, the name isn't that bad, but still, it wasn't very grown up or official sounding.

So, today when I once again filed our yearly affidavit, I decided with my next oldest son now in 9th grade, now was an ideal time to make the name change.

Oddly enough, after having all of these years to come up with a new name, we were stumped! Seeing as it will be the name on my sons diploma, I thought best to let him pick. He had no name in mind, all he knew is he didn't want THAT name on his diploma like his big brother had!

We wrote down several ideas and narrowed it down to a few and I let him make the final decision.

I know in some states, you can't change your school name once you pick one, and in others you don't even need a name. Check you local laws and regulations and follow those, but keep in mind what may be a cute idea in your first year or two of homeschooling, may not seem like such a good idea when your child is a high school senior and about to graduate!