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Use your Heart of Dakota guide as an easy, record-keeping tool! 

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Use your Heart of Dakota guide as an easy, record-keeping tool!

During this school year, try not to make record-keeping more of a challenge than it needs to be! Here’s some tips on using your Heart of Dakota guide as a record-keeping tool.

How can you prove what you have accomplished each day?

Lesson plans are excellent proof of what you have accomplished each day.  Blessedly, your HOD guide has daily plans all written for you.  This gives you ready proof of each day’s activities for any adviser or school district who may need such proof.  Printing the first week of plans from our website is an easy way to turn in a sample of your plans to advisers.

How can your Heart of Dakota guide serve as a record of attendance?

Some states require you to keep a log of completed school days.  If so, simply dating your daily plans will suffice for your record-keeping.

How can your Heart of Dakota guide meet scope and sequence requirements?

You may need to show a scope and sequence to your school district or advisor.  If so, print the “Introduction” (and its descriptions for each subject area) from our website.  In the high school guides, print the “Table of Contents, Overview, and Grading.”  These are posted on our website for each guide near the bottom of each guide’s landing page.

If you have to share work samples, your Heart of Dakota guide has you covered!

Some states require work or portfolio samples.  If so, simply save your child’s completed work throughout the year.  You will have every subject area covered.  Your Heart of Dakota guide has notebook pages and other work samples already scheduled for you throughout the year.

Use your Heart of Dakota guide and your student’s work to make record-keeping easy!

At year-end, simply file away your guide and student work samples from the beginning, middle, and end of the year.  This serves as proof of what you accomplished for that year of school.  It also shows student progress.  No matter where you live, you can be encouraged that record-keeping doesn’t have to be hard!


Editor’s note: If you’re curious about the homeschooling laws in your state, have a look at the Homeschool Legal Defense Association’s website here

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