Although it's still not my favorite part of homeschooling, accurate record keeping is a must. Never will it surpass the fun of a mom's night out, the sense of accomplishment I get from watching my children learn to read, or the joy of a Christ-filled moment when one of my children chooses to seek forgiveness from his sibling—but having order in my homeschool and a plan for the future makes keeping good records worthwhile. 

*This article published November 25, 2009

Melanie Hexter has been married to Matthew for 19 years, and together they've homeschooled their five children 11 of those years. Each summer they offer Home School 101, a workshop to help parents who are considering homeschooling their children. They live in central Ohio where they enjoy music, being outdoors, and the company of friends.      

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