The work record, or what we call a “work plan”, is a tool that helps the children plan their day and manage their time. Each child has a personal work plan. It is designed to be simple and straight forward so the child can use it either as a guide to help decide what piece of work may be done next, or as a reference to see what work has been accomplished.
The work plan is utilized in different ways according to the individual needs of the child, as well as the child’s grade level. IT is important to note that teachers and parents have definite expectation for each child, but it is impossible to set a uniform goal for the number of pieces of work a child should accomplish at a certain grade level. The amount of work done in a day differs from child to child. Once the child has made teachers and parents aware of certain capabilities, those capabilities are then used as a guideline for what our expectations of the child should be. The work plan allows us, along with the children, to see what areas the child is focusing on the most, and what the child needs to do to create a balanced academic situation.
The important thing to keep in mind about the work plan is that the quality of a child’s work, along with a child’s level of understanding of a piece of work, is far more important than the quantity of work that a child does on any given day.
“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to ‘make him learn things’, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” Dr. Maria Montessori