Record Keeping With a Natural Learner

Record Keeping with a Natural Learner, yellowreadis.com Image: Child playing with Lego

I know one of the things I really struggle with when I let my kids take the lead is dealing with my own fear. Are they learning everything they need to learn? Are we ‘keeping up’ with whatever imaginary goals I have set – whether that’s state curriculum outlines, or some hybrid of that and what I think they are ready and able to learn? But in reality, it is my fear, not their progress that is really getting in the way.

This post is about how I manage my record-keeping, which I have found to be one of the most important ways to calm down the nagging fear that we aren’t doing ‘enough’, whatever nebulous form that ‘enough’ takes.
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Cleaning and Strewing

It’s been a busy week here at homeschool central. Not because we’ve had an extraordinary week – though we’ve done a lot of fun stuff. But because I have been tackling the avalanche – or in other words, cleaning. It’s been a long, slow process of stripping cupboards and boxes and shelves, and gloriously throwing away old bills, and receipts from before I was born (exactly how did that bit of flotsam survive 5 moves?). But I am finally seeing some results. How many bags of rubbish were removed? 5+ Maybe? I’m not sure. And that’s not including the bags of clothes and other items that went or are going to charity. But today I’m going to talk about my pantry.
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How We Homeschool – Part 6: Records

In our state*, there is currently no requirement to report on progress and curriculum, except for acknowledging that students need to cover the “Key Learning Areas”(KLAs)

This does not mean there is no curriculum or record-keeping. Far from it! Every parent wants to make sure they are doing the right thing – and this over-thinking over-analysing┬ámummy is definitely one of them.

*In 2013. This has changed. See the VRQA’s page on Home Education for current information.

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