It is closing in on the end of the calendar year. It is time that we step back and evaluate where we are as homeschoolers. It allows us to take the time to see what we need to adjust and where. Are you meeting your goals or not? Let’s discuss some ways to assess how your year is going.
At the beginning of the school year it is important that you write down your goals and where you plan to be at the middle of the school year. This allows you to be able to step back and decide what is and is not working. Your goals need to be very specific to the different areas of your homeschooling. You need to have an attendance goal, grade goal, lessons completed goal, and so on. Once they are set you are able to really see where you are.
I don’t know about you but where I live (Tennessee) we have to meet 180 days in the school year. That means that come the end of December I need to have met 90 days in order to stay on task. Take this time to see how many days you have been actively doing your school work and see if you are on schedule to meet your states required attendance. If not you may want to consider doing some work on the weekends or maybe adding some work at the end of the year.
I am also required to submit grades 2 times a year. This is great because it allows me a chance to look deeply at what my children are doing. I can see where they are excelling, where they need work, and what we need to adjust. I can use this as a way to ditch some curriculum that isn’t working for us and consider new. It is a good time to discuss with my husband what all we have been up to for the past few months.
Lessons on Track
If you set up goals at the first of the year that included lesson planning this is the time to see that you have met those goals. You may be required by your state to have x number of days worth of any given subject in a portfolio by the end of the year. If this is true for you, take time now to see to it that you are on task. It is easier to get caught up now rather than end of the year when everyone is ready to be done with school for the summer.
Take some time these last few weeks and work on the supplements that you have been meaning to get around to. Complete those science projects that are sitting in the box on the shelf. Work on that lapbook that you have been meaning to print and do. Close the hard books and have fun with your children (if you are on track to complete your requirements) while you prepare for Christmas and New Year. Get their hands busy in the kitchen baking and cooking. Put them to work cleaning and sprucing the house for company. Have older children babysit for other families so they can do their holiday shopping.
Now that we are ready to enter the new year take some time to prepare for the coming year. Grab a calendar or lesson planner. Make your goals for Jan-June. Stay on track with your attendance and grade keeping. It will make it much easier at the end of the year. Purchase any needed curriculum to replace or replenish what you are using. Stock up on pencils, pens, paper, ink, and notebooks. Grabbing them now will save your sanity when it is time to start school again. Include your children in preparing for the new year so they are just as excited to start back after the new year begins as you are!