It’s That Time of Year Again!

Yes, school days are upon us. Even as a homeschooling family there are things that need to be done before school starts. We homeschool under a cover school or umbrella school so there are still papers and dues each year. I, for one, do not like paperwork but it’s one of those things that just has to be done.

So one of the things I’ve been working on is working up this year’s attendance record sheets. The last two years I’ve used a record that has worked well for me. I chould edit it, add or delete subjects to include, etc. This year though, I was unable to find the website I download the template from.

I need to go back just a bit. A few months ago, our PC bit the dust. Everything, gone. It really stunk as I, we, had so much saved on that computer. This document was one of those things.

So skip ahead to this week. An awesome friend sent me her old laptop. Truly a blessing. I now had a way of printing at home again! This is very important to us, as individuals and as a homeschooling family. We’ve printed worksheets for the kids, custom notebooks for special events, Geocaching journals, and the list could forever go on. This kind of printing would likely cost an arm and a leg. Especially the notebooks, eek! Not only would it be inconvenient financially, but being able to print what we need on our own time and schedule is important.

So back to this record sheet. Since I couldn’t the website, I decided to try my hand at Google Sheets. I’ve worked with Microsoft Excel in the past and I couldn’t tell you how many times I had to ask my hubby for help. Maybe it wouldn’t be so difficult now, now that I’m older and more patient? Haha. (Kind of like the first time I tried knitting and ended up throwing in on the floor out of frustration and then trying it again about 12 years later and wondered how I thought it was so difficult the first time because now it really want that bad… *facepalm* Anyways, Google Sheets was so easy to use. I was able to get most of what I needed in there but then asked my husband how to add a few other parts to it. I like being able to do things on my own, it feels good knowing I can do things without help, but had I not asked my hubby who knows so much more about computers and programs and all that awesome techy stuff, I would never have figured out some other things he just randomly showed me. Functions. The “sum” function is my new best friend, uh, er, tool. Haha. Now I will be able to type in my kids hours and that sweet sum function will add those numbers up. Y’all have no idea just how big of a monkey just climbed of my back. I couldn’t tell you how many hours I put into adding all those numbers up through and at the end of each school year. I can now enjoy keeping track of their hours on this record and even better, I don’t think I’ll even print those sheets off because it’s already saved to my Google account. Paper saved. *wink*

Author: The Rutherford Adventures

Hi! I'm Amanda, a wife, caregiver to my Parkie hubby, homeschooling mom of three and recently have become a soap making enthusiast. My hubby and I have had many an adventure over the years, our most recent being homesteaders in a small rural area of Alabama. We currently have chickens, a dairy goat we've lovingly named Georgia, three young Hereford pigs, a livestock guardian named Snow whom our children adore and two spoiled cats named Felix and Emma. Soon, we plan on embarking on our biggest adventure to date, an extended cross country trip around the United States. Our longest trip was a two week trip to New York and Canada and I thought that was long! So, thank you in advance for visiting my blog, my first by the way! I hope I have something to offer to my readers. Happy reading!

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