What are My Student Logbooks?
My Student Logbook is an automated logbook to track your child's homeschooling progress. I am using the undated My Student Logbook - the Vintage Map Logbook, with Malachi.
The logbooks are ideal for 2nd grade and up, and so far it is working so well for my 4th grader that I keep thinking I need to order one for my 2nd grader. It has become such a wonderful and routine part of our day that when our day falls apart, I can pull it back together by grabbing Malachi's logbook to see where we left off.
How did we use it?
I used this with my 4th grader, Malachi, to track his daily subjects. (It can also be used to track chores, and I plan to add those in next week since we are finally getting into a nice homeschooling rhythm.) I also use it as a motivational tool. He needs to get all of his subjects done to play on his soccer team.
I started with a blank checklist. The set up is very simple ~ the checklist is folded to tape inside the logbook. See detailed instructions on how to set it up.
I started with sticky notes to get comfortable with the process. I was able to rearrange his subjects this way. He moved them around until he felt like they were in a good, workable order, and then I wrote them in. On the back of the flap is a space to add notes. I wrote in how many pages or lessons we needed to do each week in each subject so I would know how many days to schedule them.
Then, I highlighted the days that I wanted him to do each subject. I like that it gives him a visual reminder of what he needs to do each day.
Because Malachi's logbook is undated, I wrote in the date and the days of the week. I like the undated because I can just write in the days that he is doing school that week, if we have a short week. However, if I had the dated, I could just as easily cross off that day or write in "No school today!" After using the undated for a few weeks, I decided I might like to have a dated one. :) But, I also like that instead of dates and days of the week, you can also write in the day in school you are in for a running total.
When you finish a week, you simply flip the page, tuck it under the checklist and start a new week! In this sense, it is "automated."
What I like about My Student Logbook:
I like that it encouraged me to list out his subjects one by one, decide which order I want them done in (we don't always do them in order), and how much time they will take, or when they need to be done. I like that it gives Malachi a way to track his progress and that I can open his logbook at any given time and see how far along he is in his school. I also like that it is pretty "automatic" after you get your subjects entered, but can be easily updated with a new checklist. (The checklists may be photocopied, which is great because I only have 2 left).
While a simple checklist would do the same job, I've tried them over the years and I never follow through with them. My Student Logbook does the work for you through its automated process.
What I don't like:
I don't like that the pages are easily torn and look worn after a weeks worth of use. I like neat, so this is hard for me. I bent a brand new page (below) after closing the logbook. I'm not sure how to solve this, but I put a binder clip at the top of the page to hold the flap down so it doesn't bend when you close the book. It also serves as a bookmark for the week he is on.
I think My Student Logbook would be great for:
- any homeschool mom that wants an easy way to know that their child is done with their school for the day or week
- any homeschool student who likes to work through their subjects systematically
- any homeschool student who likes to know when they are actually done with their school
- an eclectic homeschooler who does not follow a boxed curriculum with a schedule
- a homeschooler who does use a boxed curriculum, but needs a way to log their extra subjects
- and for creating independence
My Student Logbook can be used to create High School Transcripts as well.
Other various forms are included in the log book:
- All About Me (log your students stats for the year)
- Prayers and Goals
- Books Read
- Events, Projects, Field Trips, Presentations, Activities
- Test Records
- Year Highlights
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