HOMESCHOOL RECORD KEEPING
If those things weren’t heavy enough, I also had the ‘stress monkey’ on my back:
TRYING IT OUT FREE
Here are some of the things you can keep records on:
- Assignments (that include directions, notes, links and attachment fields)
- Field Trips
- Goals and Progress for Teacher and Students
- Journals/Notes for Teacher and Students
- Memorization, Books and Chores for the kids
- Your home Library (What you Have and Haven’t read)
- Resources (Curriculum)
- School Year Terms/Calendar/Holidays
- Lesson Plans (reusable and easy to manipulate)
- Schedules and Calendars
SIMPLIFYING MY JOB
The great thing about finding out that Tracker WORKS for me (after all these years of ‘doing it on my own’) is that it has simplified my teacher duties and made my life easier.
- I don’t have to create manual assignment lists any more or type up my own report cards. Plus, the kids don’t have to waste time hand-writing out their own lists.
- I don’t have to hand-write chore lists or lesson plans any more.
- The program automatically populates the children’s math page assignments across a 180 day school year – skipping my chosen holidays and following my schedule! With just a few clicks – the entire year’s assignments evenly spread out without me even having to do math in my head. Just like that!
- I can reschedule my assignments in huge blocks so I don’t ever feel like I’m WAY BEHIND any more. This is a huge one for me. I hate to feel the stress of being behind. It turns me in to a drill sergeant. It’s not a pretty thing.
- I can print out a beautiful, clean, neat assignment list for the kids for the week and they can take ownership of doing the work at their own pace and turning it back to me with initials for me to grade. Did I say beautiful? And thorough, too. With notes and directions and page numbers. Oh my!
- Grading math is simplified because the program automatically calculates the percentage and letter grade based on my entry of how many problems they missed. No calculator needed. No extra steps.
- With just a few clicks, I can see how many assignments are past due without flipping through my cumbersome lesson plan binder (that tended towards chicken-scratch after the year was well on its way).
- I finally have a place to store grades that is easy to look through and even easier to create report cards for. It makes you feel like a ‘real’ teacher. [Quick, somebody put an apple on my desk!]
- If I ever have to put the kids in school, I have a professional-looking resource for printing a hard copy of all they have accomplished. Or I can just print it for fun… to pat them on the back.
- I can print a high school transcript for my kids so they can apply to colleges… instead of paying someone else to do it.
I could go on and on. But I’m starting to sound like an advertisement.
A LITTLE WORK INVOLVED
The great thing about Tracker is that the WORK is almost entirely on the FRONT end.