How to Do a Homeschool Evaluation by Semester
We all know that most states require a homeschool evaluation at the end of the year, but how about consider doing an informal evaluation at the end of each semester. Instead of just plowing through a curriculum for a whole year without considering if it's working or not, why not take a moment to evaluate a bit.
What to consider when doing a homeschool evaluation:
Check your progress
- Are you about half way through what you wanted to cover this year?
- After working through the curriculum for a few months, is it
realistic to assume that you will be able to complete this program by
the end of the year?
- Does your child know more now than at the beginning of the year?
- Is your child at least progressing and learning more and more each week?
Check your attitudes
- Are your children starting their day with a good attitude or
do they dread what they are required to do?
- Is anyone having any fun?
- What are some ways that you can make this year a little more enjoyable for everyone involved?
- Is everyone pitching in with chores, cleaning up after
themselves, or helping with whatever mom needs to have done?
- Is mom being a task master or are her expectations in line with what her children can accomplish?
- How is your choice of curriculum working for you?
- Do your children love/hate math?
- Can you test them a bit on what they know and be able to
tell if they are retaining any of what they learned?
- Is there time to get everything done or do some expectations need to be trimmed down?
All Subjects Covered?
- Look back at your plans for the beginning of the year. Are
you covering the subjects you wanted to cover?
- Have some subjects gotten lost in the shuffle?
- Usually Fine Arts, Physical Education, and Foreign Language
are the subjects that most often get skipped or left out if the family
gets to busy with other studies.
- Is it still
important to cover the subjects that you intended for the beginning of
the year or were your standards set too high?
- Have you gotten to take any homeschool field trips this
- Did you still have some places that you wanted to go?
me, the fun of homeschooling is getting to take field trips to
different places in the area. That is one huge advantage of homeschooling over public
schooling. The more senses students use, the more they will retain what
they learned. If they read books and do experiments at home, they can
capitalize on those studies by adding a field trip to a historic place
or science museum. Field trips don't have to be far away or expensive.
Sometimes just walking around your neighborhood, watching a construction
site, or visiting a local business can be just as impacting.
hope these questions have helped give you a good start in your
homeschool evaluation. If your children dread what they are doing each
day and you are stressed to get through the curriculum, maybe this would
be a good time to reevaluate what is really important and what is not.
Just remember that your children may not remember everything they
learned, but they will remember how you treated them!
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