One of the most important tasks that you will need to accomplish during the course of homeschooling your child is record keeping. Records of a child’s progress, grades and accomplished are required by medium and highly regulated states. You also need these records to improve your child’s chances of getting part time employment or to enter the college of their choice. Of course, record keeping plays a meaning role in the parent’s life. These records will help serve as parents’ precious mementos of their child’s achievements as well as their own successes at teaching.There are numerous record keeping systems that you can use. But, before you decide on one system, you should determine for what purpose you will be keeping these records. If you are keeping records as a means of complying with state laws, you will need to know what specific records you will need to compile and later submit. These would include your curriculum or study plan, test results and grades, records of attendance, health and immunization records, and an academic or work portfolio. You may also need to submit certain forms. Visit your state education board to get the necessary forms and keep them on hand at home.Just what are the specific records that you will need to keep? Let us take a look at them one by one…1. Journal = Keeping a daily journal will help you to keep notes on activities that you have planned for your child during the day. Check out the subjects and tasks that have been completed or make adjustments in your schedule for the following day if your child is having some difficulty. You can also use it to jot down any accomplishments that your child had made and your evaluations. To give it a more personal touch, you can write down moments in your child’s life that you found very memorable, such as his/her helping you with the chores, giving you a bunch of flowers for Mother’s Day, or sending letters to their Grandma and Grandpa.2. Course of Study = Course of study lists down all the subjects and the specific topics that have been studied during the day. You also need to list down what textbooks, references and other materials that you used.3. Homeschool Report Cards = While they are not necessary, report cards can give a child the incentive to study harder regardless of whether he/she is doing well or lagging. Report cards can be made every 6 weeks or quarterly in order for both you and your child to monitor the progress.4. Homeschool Portfolios = This is a compilation of tests, documents, projects and work samples which demonstrate your child’s progress and achievements per quarter, semester, or for the entire school year. To be included in the portfolio are documents and photographs of your child’s participation in activities like field trips, community service, etc.While you can come up with your own journals, records and forms, there are a number of Internet sites that provide printable homeschooling logs and report cards. If you are particularly computer savvy, you can even keep some of the records in your computer. Just make sure that you keep backups.Learn more about homeschool record keeping today!