For my homeschool records I keep a weekly journal of our activities. I also include a LOT of photos. A pictures speaks a thousand words and all that.
But I’ve discovered that those pictures are a valuable part of my recording. Not only do they reassure me that we’re doing more than enough, they are also a wonderful tool for sharing with non-homeschoolers.
When we first started homeschooling not all of our family were keen on the idea. While they held their tongues politely it wasn’t hard to see that they didn’t understand our choice.
Then at the end of our first term we shared our “Term 1” journal with them. They were clearly impressed and reassured. I remember one family member saying to their husband, “Look how much they’ve done!” as though they hadn’t expected much to be happening at all. From that day forward they’ve not raised an eyebrow about our homeschooling.
So this year as gifts I have made a Homeschool Photo Book to give to family members. I’m sure it’ll be a hit with them. A book full of photos of my little men and a homeschooling promotional tool at the same time!
It’s quite the volume at 200 pages. Hey, I have lots of photos and we’ve done a LOT of stuff.
Collecting the photos and putting the book together was quite a task. But it was well worth it. Flicking through the pages I can see that we’ve come a long way. Our wheels might seem like they are spinning some days but we are moving forward nicely.
And family members will be able to see that our boys have had more opportunities than most kids in school. Actually they might start to wonder if we’re ever home. Hehehe.
But they’ll be able to see the boys working and get a picture of what our day looks like (and why I’m not always available to chat in the middle of the day).
They’ll be able to see the smiles on the boys’ faces as they do hands on activities where they don’t have to beg for a turn with a waving hand in the air.
I know. I have high hopes for this photo book.
But to be honest I LOVE this book already.
It’s a walk down our homeschooling lane so far and in years to come it’ll be such a treasure to us.
I can’t stop flicking through it…loving my little men and loving my handiwork. Hehehe.
Feel free to use my gift idea on your relatives too. I think it’s a grand idea…if I must say so myself. Hehehe.