Thursday, August 30, 2012

How Do You... Document the Books You Read For School?

How do you keep school records for books you've read?
When I shared my nature study biographies book list, my friend, Allyson asked how we document reading in our homeschool records. That's a good question because when you read a book, there are no tests or projects to show for it.  My mom wrote a post earlier this month about how she she keeps a daily record of everything they do or read in a given school day

But the question is "How do YOU keep records?"  and I'll admit I've never been much for daily records in our homeschool.  I prefer to do more general, grand-scheme-of-things record keeping.  At the end of each school year, I make each child a 1-inch 3-ring binder to document their year.  I divide it by subject and list what the child has accomplished in each subject and include some sort of documentation.

In this case, I would list "read nature biographies" under the science tab (along with the other things we've done).  Following this cover page, I add the documentation.  A books list with full titles and author's names would be included.  I might even print off a blog post where I included descriptions of the books!
(For more information on my homeschool record keeping, click here.) 

How do you keep homeschool records?  Let us know in the comments. 

Also, if you have a question for a future "How Do You...?" post, share that in the comments, too, or send me an e-mail! I'd love to hear from you. 


  1. I'm thinking about simple lined paper in the front of my planning binder. One page for general read-alouds and then additional pages for each subject.

  2. Whoops! My comment above is just for how I'm planning on recording the books we read. I'm still not sure about everything else, although I will be making marks on our plans when we complete something and saving those.

  3. I just keep a binder with tabs for subjects for each child with their work that can go into it. I don't actually keep the list of books we read over the year. The curriculum we use has suggested book lists and we often go with those, so I know it wouldn't be too difficult to look back and know what we read in the last year if we needed to. Also for each book we read for storytime I try to have the kids either draw their own picture of something they thought was cool in our story or I find a printable page that has something to do with what we've been reading. This page gets filed in their binder under the storytime tab. As they get old I may have them write a little bit about the story we've been reading.


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