The end of the school year is coming quickly. With it comes many responsibilities and check lists. It is also during this time that I make sure to evaluate our homeschool (and life) journey.
What do I mean by evaluate? I mean that I take all things, regarding school and life, into consideration and see where we are.
The areas I focus my attention on are:
- Academics: Are my children learning and progressing as they should? We don’t go by the typical “grade level” that public schools use. We go by our child’s abilities.
- Attitude: How are our attitudes toward our education plan? Are we, as a family, on the same page? What has worked? What needs to change?
- Time: Are we putting enough time and effort into educating our children as we should? Are we spending too much time and causing burn out?
- Progress: Were are the children right now with their studies? Are we ready to move forward? Should we hang back on some lessons and make sure things are mastered? What do I need to do to see to it that my children are progressing enough in their schooling?
- Options: What are our options for the year moving forward? Co-Ops? Mom’s Day Out? Any sports or rec activities we can join or leave?
I try to include my husband in as many of these things as possible. It is important to me that, while he may not “get” it, we be on the same page with these things. A lot of the children’s education is left to me, as I am sure is the case for some of you. Remember that your children are not tick boxes. They do not have to fit into any molds. It is our job to see to it that our children grow to be functioning members of society.
The most important thing you can give your children is your time.
The most important thing you can teach your children is to love The Lord.
If you are doing those things, you have a great start!
Take time – weekly, monthly, yearly – to evaluate where you are. Take this outside of your homeschooling and apply it to other areas of your life. Make sure that you are making homeschooling fit into your life, not letting life fit into homeschooling.