is of utmost importance in the daily requirements of
homeschooling. Depending on your state laws, you may have
several different types of records to maintain daily for your
child(ren). For example, Missouri requires the following
records be maintained, although there is no requirement to to
book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and
b). and "a
portfolio of samples of the child's academic work" or "other
c). and "a record
of evaluations of the child's academic
d). or "other
written, credible evidence equivalent to subparagraphs
b) and c)" statute 167.031.2 (2) a). This means parents have
to follow: a, b, and c, or they can choose to follow only
which permits more flexibility.
statute 167.031 also states; "The Production by the parent of
a daily log showing that a home school has a course of
instruction which satisifies the requirements of this section
(see above) shall be a defense to any prosecution under this
section and to any charge or action for educational
First you must
know what is expected of you on a daily basis by reading your
state laws. Copies of these laws are an important item to have
posted at home or where ever your homeschool is established.
From there, it is your decision on what forms or method you
are going to use to maintain these records. In Missouri,
although these records do not have to ever be turned in, they
MUST BE KEPT in the event someone charges you with
educational neglect, and you are taken to court, then you will
be required to submit all of the childs records and work to
the court for examination. This is the only proof you have in
your defense to falsify the accusations made against you if
this unfortunate situation should arise.
School Legal Defense website has information on each state
regarding charges made against homeschooling parents. It is a
very good idea to read these cases, although it is very
frightening and it may make you a bit scared to proceed with
the homeschooling process. Being informed and following your
state laws are the best way to protect you and your family.
for keeping a Daily Log
Here are some suggestions for the practice of Keeping a
Keep a separate log for each child aged 7 through 16.
You may want to keep a copy of the relevant state laws in
the front of the folder you keep each log in to demonstrate
your intention to comply with the law. Mark down the number
of hours spent on each subject daily. Keep your records
Begin each log with the beginning date of your school
year and end with the last day of your school year. Some
states consider the beginning July 1st and end June 30th,
but it is according to how the school year is defined by
The Missouri Court of Appeals' interpretation of
"school term" for home school families stands:
"school term" is statutorily defined, the definition is not
applicable in the home school context. … We hold that, in
the context of a homeschool, a "school term" is a period not
greater than twelve months during which instruction is
regularly given to students. "In the homeschool setting,"
held the Court of Appeals, "there is no logical reason to
hold that the school term is restricted to a single [public]
school year." Home schooling parents in Missouri, therefore,
are free to set their own school "term." It may be twelve
months or less, but no longer. Parents must offer 1000 hours
of instruction within the school term they set.
Again, check with your own state laws for record keeping requirements.
You can find your state laws by clicking "here"
Create your own code or label for topics outside the
core subjects (such as art, music, physical education,
religion, etc.). One class session on a topic is equivalent
to an "hour of instruction." The actual time to complete the
same lesson may vary from student to student, but don't
abuse the flexibility of the law at this point. Remember,
the goal is to give our children an excellent
Record the information daily so as to avoid the
possibility of losing track of what has been done (or else
keep a detailed daily diary and then transfer the hours to
your log daily or once a week).
Create columns to total hours in each subject by day,
month, and school year. In Missouri, for each school year,
you must have a total of 1000 hours of instruction - 600
hours under core academic subjects of reading, language
arts, mathematics, social studies, science, or other courses
directly related to these subjects (400 hours of which must
be at the regular home school location), and the remaining
400 hours in elective subjects.
|Below are links to the daily log forms we use. They
are for public use so feel free to right click and save them
so you can use them also. *You must click on the link to see
the form then "right click" on the form to save it for
Hours Log Students
Daily Work Log Weekly
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