In other countries, like in some states of the US you do have to keep a log book / portfolio of your child’s home-school journey. Whether you decide to keep records or not, please regularly check with you local educational authority whether any requirements have changed, for example on an annual basis.
Records and tests do not have to be as stressful and formal like in mainstream schools and can be part of a regular routine without being as pressurising as usually for children in mainstream school provision.
By incorporating worksheets that you either design yourself or buy in form of test books etc. could become a part of your home-school structure, for example at the end of each month, or before you take a holiday- or term break several times a year.
During the lesson you can monitor your child or children by;
- designing tasks and tests
- keeping work samples, portfolios and projects
- use standardised tests books or print-outs (SAT’s, GCSE, A Levels)
- take notes of incidents and monitor your child’s responses to activities and modify approaches accordingly
- peer and self-assessment
You can then evaluate and analyse the progress. You can use your findings to designed follow-on lessons and provide focused support and feedback to your child or children.
Having written records can sometimes be helpful, if you either reintegrate your child back into the mainstream school system or if the local educational authority requests to see evidence of actual home education. Both instances might not be applicable to you at this point, but I believe being prepared might be best in any case.
And not to forget that your child or children might want to apply for an apprenticeship or at University one day and require some form of written portfolio of their past education.
If you are thinking of starting to home-educate your child or children, I invite you to visit the Professional Home Educator Academy, which is an outstanding online training programme, which gives you everything you need to create a successful homeschool environment.
All the Best,
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