Something we worked on last year was a way for the giggly girls to know where we were in the day and how much more we needed to do. We created a flip chart that worked well but when the Review Crew offered the opportunity to use My Student Logbook, I was more than happy to help out. It looked like it would be perfect for E and we have not been disappointed.
My Student Logbook was created by a homeschool family who was searching for accountability, record keeping ease, and just general help. I don’t know about you but I certainly need all those things and My Student Logbook is helping!
I chose our oldest to review this product and it has been successful. She chose the ocean theme, one of several different options in the printed version, though honestly, she keeps it flipped open most of the time and doesn’t even seen the pretty cover. The pretty front page is covered by a clear plastic sheet and the back has a thick plastic page as well. It is spiral bound.
My Student Logbook has a wonderful, informative video on their site that will help you learn more about their products and how to use them. Their set-up video is so helpful that, having watched it, putting together the logbook was easy. To set it up, E and I worked together. We talked about what all needed to be accomplished each week. Then we listed them, beginning with Bible at the top of the list because I didn’t want that missed or forgotten during a busy day. We included laundry and chores in this list, as well, since these are things that I want E to become more self-directed in completing.
After we had listed all of the subjects and activities, we went through the time column and added out own marks. If there was a daily amount of time that needed to be spent, that was written in there. If there were a certain number of days that the subject needed to be covered, we wrote it in this column as well. The other thing we added to this column was a mark that indicated if it was an independent subject or a family subject. We added this because the family subjects E cannot do anything to move along but if she is finished with something and waiting on use for a family subjects, she can look at her independent activities and find something to do. (As a side note: This list is super easy to change throughout the year as the needs, curriculum, or other activities of your student change. Another bonus!)
E has seemed to enjoy having this guidance for her days. She pulls it out first thing each day after getting her school box out. She looks at what she needs to do, asks if we are getting ready to start a family subject, and if not, picks something to work on. I have been so pleased with the incentive the check marks have been for her. She feels more prepared, knowing what she needs to do. She also feels more confident, accomplishing things on her own and knowing that she is meeting expectations.
There are some additional pages at the back that we are just beginning to explore. These additional pages include:
- All About Me
- Prayers and Goals
- Bible Verses Memorized
- Books Read
- Events, Projects, Field Trips, Presentations, Activities
- Test Records
- Year Highlights: My Favorite Memories from this Year
This logbook is designed for student use and is not a planner for the parent/teacher. It is appropriate for ages 2nd grade and up. To get your own My Student Logbook, visit http://mystudentlogbook.com/shop/. The printed version is $15.00. The downloadable version is $10 – $20, depending on the options you choose.
You can connect with My Student Logbook on social media at:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MyStudentLogbook
This has been a wonderful experience for us. This is definitely a “keeper!” At Home.
Visit the Review Crew blog to see more review and how other families used My Student Logbook.