If you follow a traditional school year schedule, then you’ve almost made it through another homeschooling year! Woohoo!
It can be tempting to just stop thinking about school altogether once the year ends, but taking the time to make a year-end homeschool assessment can help you look at your kids’ progress and think about the changes you want to make in the new school year.
Here’s a quick look at how you can make a year-end homeschool assessment.
How to Make a Year-End Homeschool Assessment
1. Look at your children’s progress.
Start by looking back at how your kids did this school year. Did they master some concepts? Did they struggle with others? Cross the ones they’ve mastered off of your objective list and then write down the ones they still need to work on.
Don’t worry if some of the concepts they need help with are not listed in the next grade’s objectives. The great thing about homeschooling is that you can carry concepts over into a new grade!
2. Re-examine your curriculum.
Did you love your curriculum this past year? Great! Now is an excellent time to find something similar for your upcoming year. Did you hate your curriculum? (Been there.) Then it’s important to decide what you disliked about it and shop around for a new product that will include the features you want.
If your kids blew through some of this year’s program, you might want to consider getting something a bit more rigorous. Conversely, if your program seemed too difficult for them to master, you may look for a curriculum that’s better suited to their learning level.
3. Think about what you’ll do differently next year.
Now it’s time to look at yourself. Did your homeschool schedule work out perfectly? (If it did, I need to know how you managed that!) If not, assess what didn’t work. For example, in our family, we’ve found that having math in the afternoon DOES NOT work. We have to do it first thing in the morning while everyone (including Mom) is sharp. Otherwise, it’s a disaster.
Do you do any end-of-year homeschool assessments? Have they helped you monitor your kids’ progress?