Simple Tracking of School Tasks! ~ My Student Logbook #Review
We’ve used several different methods of tracking student work over the years, from standard day planners to workbox-style systems. Looking back, the most successful for us has been the variations that require my kids to just check or cross off an item when complete – anything more complicated or time-consuming is likely to be forgotten. I encounter the same challenge; the more work it takes to get the items IN their planner, the less likely I am to remember – or have time – to do it, which leads to “MOM! What am I supposed to do today?!?”
My Student Logbook has the answer, with the easiest-to-use daily student planner that I’ve ever seen. They call it “automated” and yes, it really is that simple – for both students AND parents. This is a tool that just plain WORKS… and it’s such an obvious solution, it makes me want to kick myself for not discovering it myself!
Let me introduce you to My Student Logbook:
My Student Logbook comes in a variety of cover options – you can see a gallery below. The cover Cheyenne chose was horses. Unfortunately, this exact image is out of stock, and they’re looking for a new “horse” cover to replace it, because it’s a popular option. (There are quite a few others to choose from in the meantime, however!)
My Student Logbook comes in both undated and dated varieties; we received an undated version, which I highly recommend, because it allows you to start and follow any schedule you wish, without wasting pages.
Inside, the “main” part of the logbook consists of two parts – the log sheets, plus the “list” pages. It does take a tiny bit of crafting to get the book ready to use – when you start a new book, and whenever the task list changes, a new list page is removed from the book, trimmed as shown below, folded over, and then taped to a log sheet so that it folds over it on the left hand side of the page. (And no, I can NEVER find any clear tape in this house!)
(Far easier to do then it is to describe, I promise – and if you’re confused, here’s a video that explains how to set up My Student Logbook better than my awkwardness.)
When you’re all done putting it together, it’s a simple matter of write the dates across the top, the tasks and their time (or quantity) down the left hand side, and it’s ready to use. See, simple!
Each new week just tucks under the folded-over list, which means the only time the parent needs to write anything is when the task list changes. Lovely!
If you look closely, you’ll notice that we’re not always using “time” as the quantity – for some items, it’s a lesson. Also, instead of using just checks on some tasks, I’ve asked Chey to write the numbers of the lesson that she’s completed. This is what allows it to be both a checklist for her and a record for me.
Numerous other pages are included at the back of the logbook. We haven’t used many of these yet (hopefully she keeps remembering to add to “Books Read”, at least) but there’s a wide variety available.
- All About Me page
- Prayers and Goals page
- Bible Verses Memorized page
- Books Read pages
- Events, Projects, Field Trips, Presentations, Activities pages
- Test Records pages
- Year Highlights: My Favorite Memories from this Year page
We’re also, as you can see, using the blank right-hand page for notes. It occurs to me that at some point, this will get covered by a new task list, but so long as we just tape and don’t glue the new sheet, it will still be accessible to refer to if needed.
So far, it’s just my 7th grader who is using My Student Logbook. The logbooks should work well with any student that can follow a list and check off items – it’s recommended for approximately 2nd grade and above, but really, my students were using checklists of some sort as K-1 graders. The most important part is making sure that they understand what each list item represents, even if you need to add some sort of image to the text.
A complete My Student Logbook is priced at just $15, and it includes a glossy clear protective cover, a sturdy black back cover, and lay-flat spiral binding. These should easily last out the school year.
If you’re an international buyer, My Student Logbook is also available in a printable PDF format, so you can save on shipping!