I use a software program called Edu-Track to record activities we have done, attendance (school days), books the kids have read, field trips we have taken. This program is incredibly powerful and this year I plan to figure out how to use the teacher journal section to write out my IHIPs for NY State (Individualized Home Instruction Plan) and to plan out my unit studies for the whole family.
I’m getting more familiar with the unit study planner this year. I am putting together a few studies so this will be helpful in keeping my ideas together. You can record books and other resources you will use, objectives, supplies needed, and any curriculum you will use.
The student data section is a powerful tool. You can record books, movies, audios, software, games, testing, achievements, goals, chores, things borrowed or lent, expenses, supplies, and curriculum for EACH child in your family. I mainly use the book list and the field trips so far. I’ll add videos, audios, and games this year. There is even a spot for health records.
In addition to the PC version, there is a version for the Palm or other handhelds! If you knew me in real life, then you’d know that I’m a big fan of my Palm Z22!! I recently acquired the Palm version and I’m still getting to know it. The idea is that I can record what we did that day (data entry can be a stumbling block to using this software to its potential) while I’m in the doctor’s office or at a game. It’s much more manageable than a laptop when out and about and I can synch it with the PC and have it all show up in the Edu-Track on there. I’m most interested in recording books read and lessons complete using my Palm.
This is just a brief overview of the tools in the program. Make sure to check out Edu-Track for yourself and take note of the teacher planning journal and filebox plus other great sections I didn’t highlight. This software is a great tool if you have to do any sort of reporting for your homeschool. If not, then it is super for some personal accountability.