Early this morning, I added a new article to donnayoung.org. I know that yesterday I said I wanted to write about art, English, and science, but I have to write about high school. The article is about my daughter’s 11th grade English class notebook. She used the notebook daily; it was an essential part of her class.
Prior to writing the article, because I did not wake up thinking that I would write it, I was reading, Do You Need a Planner. Above the description of how my homeschool planner-book style changed over the years, I saw the mention of subject notebooks and that is how I came to write the article, High School Subject Notebook.
The article is rather short like all of my articles and you can read it here:
After writing the article and forcing myself not to write too much or go off the topic, I want to say more about the syllabus. I added a syllabus file along with the Garamond collection a few months ago. I call the file Class Planner. Homeschoolers who plan to continue through high school should learn about the parts of a class planner, in the style of a syllabus. I am sure some other topic will distract me tomorrow, but I plan to write about the syllabus eventually, before March. I should schedule that in my web site planner.
This is a good idea. It also keeps everything in one place. I am currently transferring work from one notebook by subject to portfolio and have plans and logs in a separate place. I have to gather it all together for grades and it is a bit of a pain.
Note to self: The article at https://donnayoung.org/forms/help/high-school-subject-notebook.htm is slated to be revised for clarification and to broaden the reading audience. It reads as if the reader should also be able to read my mind.
I am late in the game but one of the most helpful things I read was that you checked in with your daughter twice a week to see what had been done and what needs to be done. Having everything laid out in the notebook and then having ordered check ups has been great. Much better than “Did you do all your assignments?” as we run out the door to the next activity:p This way we can reassess stay close to the goals.
We have no wiggle room this year so your article was so helpful
Thanks for posting it up.
Thank You Lisa, I will be sure to leave that part in.
I hope to work on it today. The part that I think needs clarifying is the “Beyond Basics” part.
I am looking ahead and planning for the high school years this fall. Your site has been very helpful over the years- THANKS!
I have often struggled with appropriate time requirements for my daughter to complete assignments. You stated, “The student also followed a posted schedule that dictated the order of classes and a suggested time and time limit for each class” on your original site. Can you offer some ideas for this type of scheduling?
Tracie I will add that to my list. Meanwhile, I posted my daughter`s senior year schedule at: Homeschool Schedule
Her senior year schedule was very roomy because she did not have many subjects (4). A Freshman`s schedule would have more subjects (probably 6 subjects) and the student would have a longer day.
I have revised the subject notebook article. It is longer and seems more clear. I included a short list for homemade classes too. (We did a few homemade classes throughout homeschool, even in high school.)
I have not yet added the time limits in scheduling article. I`ll work on that this week.
The art coversheets are beautiful!
hi donna i,m new to home education has i took my daughter out of school because of bullying i whould like to do the note book but dont know where to start is there any way i can buy one like the one you have done if s o could you get back to me daughter is 13 many thanks christine
As I plan high school this summer, I am going to be coming here a lot. Thank you, Donna!