A few years ago I came up with an idea that has really worked for record-keeping for our homeschool. I live in a state which does not require us to keep records or show them to anyone, but I do it so that I will remember what we’ve accomplished. (Also, HSLDA does want us to keep records.)
Here’s what I do. Each week I put up on a wall in my kitchen near the pens a pre-printed chart. It has just about everything that we could possibly do for "school" listed on it. All I have to do is put a check-mark in the box if we did that activity that day. Sometimes I’ll write a little something in the box to be more specific. There is also room at the bottom of the page to write what we are memorizing, what we’re reading aloud, what the boys are reading to themselves, the unit study we’re doing, and any field trips we went on. I simply keep the sheets in a folder all year. Then, I’ll type out a final "report" or list of all we did to put in each child’s yearly binder (where we keep a sampling of their work in each subject).
Here is a copy of the chart: