Here in Georgia the homeschool law requires that parents write a annual progress report. This often scares new homeschoolers. Its really nothing to worry about and its something that parents should be doing for their records yearly – even if it wasn’t required. Below is the format I have used the past 14 years.
I keep a binder for each student with a section for each school year. I was also keeping any medical records in the same binder initially – but had to divide the stuff out as my son got older and accumulated more medical records & testing evaluations (He was diagnosed with aspergers, dysgraphia, and sensory issues when younger and this generates a lot of paperwork!) So, he has a binder for medical that’s separate. Also, we wound up with a binder for elementary school, middles school and high school – so, 4 total counting the medical one!
Annual Progress Report Outline
1. Begin with the name, age, and grade of the student
2. Write a few sentences about your educational philosophy. (Check out this link if you need some help developing one! http://k6educators.about.com/od/helpfornewteachers/qt/edphil.htm)
3. List the goals of the homeschooling year (to improve math skills etc.)
4. Write a few sentences or a paragraph (older students) about each main “class” area. (Math, Science, Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, Bible, Geography etc.) List the curriculum used, movies watched, websites visited, field trips taken etc. Make sure to list any major accomplishments. (Learning to read, for example!)
5. List any other major accomplishments or issues that happened during the year. (diagnosed with a learning disorder, for example) Also, list anything that might have affected your homeschooling for the year. (Birth of a new sibling etc.) Some of this is for your recollection – plus it’s fun to read back over.
6. List dates of any testing. I always file the results of tests in the same binder for easy reference.
7. Choose some examples of school work in each main area of study and file it along with the progress report. I also file certificates. (for science fair and other competitions)
8. My suggestion would be to also add copy of the Intent to Homeschool and your attendance records to the binder each year. (especially since the attendance is on one form this year)
If you get in the habit of keeping a running list of the needed items each year then finishing this report should be simple. Even without those records it only will take a few hours to get everything you need together and the report written. It’s a lot of fun to read back over the ones I did for my son now that he has graduated and is grown!
There is no RIGHT or WRONG way to complete the annual report. The state doesn’t give guidelines. So, yours doesn’t have to look like mine – but this should give you an idea of how someone else does it I even vary the order or leave out/ add things from year to year. I generally only write 2 pages max. Some families add pictures and make it into more of a yearly scrapbook! So, this doesn’t have to be something major or scary. I can even be as simple as a single paragraph! You can do it!