If your homeschooling days are like the ones in our family, you tend to have a few days here and there where you end up having a project by the end of the day that you little one wants to proudly display. Now, at a brick and mortar school they would display a few, store some, and send some home, but when you homeschool you have them all.
This brings up a few critical questions since we also live in our homeschools too like…
- Where do I store all of these projects?
- Do I need to keep all of these projects?
- How long do I have to keep them?
- Can I just keep parts of them?
The answers to these questions are not always clear. Even when your little one completes an awesome project, how do you make sure that your educational counselor, if you have one, knows that your student actually performed the work? If you don’t have an educational counselor that is collecting sample, or if you so, how long do you need to keep samples of work for, or in this case, those big projects? I do have an educational counselor, but I have also kept a lot of Beck and Elizabeth’s projects over the years, as any parent does, but one of Beck’s most recent project’s has made me think twice about the fact that I will be needing additional rooms if I want to keep storing all of his work, and then what about Elizabeth’s projects? Man, can I just get bigger house then? Even though I getting a bigger house or a storage unit is one answer, but the answer that I came up with was to simple, or at least I think it will be once I start doing the following process more.
For my storage reduction and record retention tasks (sound formal, right?) is that when a project is completed I will have them create a report on the computer. I will help them take decent pictures of their project that will document they actually did the work and then set-up a report form on MS Word for them to complete. I will insert the photos for them and start them on a research report on what they just did. My intention is for the report to reinforce what they just learned while preserving the memory of what they just completed.
Since MS Word is set-up for adults, I also take the time to disable the auto-correct feature so that it marks misspelled words so that they can either learn the words they misspelled by truing to spell them again. I also help them with this phase too so that it is not an automated process where they do not learn from their mistakes by letting the computer do their work. Then I can print the report for my records and my educational counselor for the official records. And since I now have my school records covered Beck or Elizabeth or my husband, or I can then choose a few of their projects to keep for their keepsake bins to share with their children in the future. And since not all of the projects will be saved I can continue to economize on the house space we do have and still remember all their projects from over the years. For those of you who are members of my E.H.M. Member’s Only Website I have added my MS Word format starter Project Report Form.
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