Making a Year-End Homeschool Assessment

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

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?

 

 

Selena (9 Posts)

Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.


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A Week in the Life of A Homeschooling Family

I have no idea if we are a typical or untypical homeschooling family as I’ve never actually sat in with another family for their homeschool day. There are a lot of posts on the net sharing how days go for homeschoolers. I have written a few myself {here, here, and here; there are undoubtedly more}.

A Week in the Life of a Homeschooling Family @ The Homeschool Post @hsbapost

I’m going to attempt to condense our week into this post without making it too long. The image is from my son’s school schedule that he fills in each week {but looking at it, the left side, that’s my handwriting; sometimes he misses things and I have to ‘help’ him with that lol}

Sunday:  Up at 7:30am, feed the cat, make coffee, shower. Eggs for breakfast; everyone else is up. Leave for church at 9:30am; get home about 12:30pm. Eat lunch, go grocery shopping. Hubby usually naps the rest of the afternoon. Finish laundry started Saturday. Hopefully get dinner made or at least started. Leave for church at 5:45pm; get home about 7:30pm. Eat? Make sure laundry really was finished. Play a game? Head to bed by 9:15. Watch a show with hubby {lately it’s Chips}.

Monday: Hubby gets up at 6:00am and wakes me at 6:30am; I feed cat, make coffee. Shower? Kids up about 7:00am. Morning walk? If the weather is nice. Round Table: hymns, prayer, art study, folksong, drawing. Daughter works on some school; heads off for class at 10:50am. Son gets comfy on the floor near the heater vent to do school; narrates throughout the day. Work on science and math together if necessary. He uses computer upstairs for Duolingo. Chores. Daughter home about 4pm; school work, chores. I go work on my school stuff. Dinner started at 5:45pm; ready by 6:45pm. Hubby home around 6pm. Eat dinner. Kids head downstairs to use ‘screen time.’ I work on more school stuff. Might get a game in with the kids before heading to bed as usual around 9:00pm for evening tv show watching with hubby.

Tuesday: Same as yesterday morning but daughter is also awake. She leaves for class at 7am something; will be home about 1pm. No Round Table or walk. Get to work with son on school; it’s mostly independent. He does chores; I study school or read whatever is in my current reading pile. Daughter gets home and son demands her attention. *wink*  Back to school for the boy; chores. Evening is about the same as Monday. Sometimes I will head out to a Charlotte Mason group that meets once a month. That is from 6:00pm until… I get home. The last time it was after 11pm.

Wednesday: Repeat Monday until the afternoon. Dinner is started at 4:45pm or 5:00pm; leave for evening church at 6:45pm. Get home about 8:15pm. Relax until bedtime.

Thursday: Repeat Tuesday, except daughter leaves again at 4:30pm for another class. Sometimes we get a game in but she may be busy with homework. Sometimes she works after class, sometimes not. If not, she’s home about 7pm. My first assignment for the week is due on Thursdays so I am usually finishing that after dinner.

Friday: This is like Monday or Wednesday morning. After lunch we have tea time so someone usually makes a treat to have. We take turns reading from a book {right now it is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe}, play a game, watch a movie/show, or just drink tea and eat the goodie. This is also the day we usually do errands if we have any. By the time we are done with errands and tea time, the day feels done! But it continues on of course. Dinner is made and eaten; kids watch a movie and play games; hubby and I *might* find something worth watching {it doesn’t happen often as we are apparently picky movie watchers}. Bed time is still the same: 9ish.

Saturday: Sleep in! This day I let the kids sleep almost as long as they want- but one of them has to feed the cat. I refuse. Breakfast is pretty much ‘fend for yourself.’ If we do not have plans for the day, the kids do chores, eat lunch and then have screen time. I work on school when I’m not doing housework, laundry, or something crafty. When the weather gets nicer we’ll spend more time outside. The afternoon pretty much mirrors other afternoons. And then it’s bedtime.

Sometimes we do have doctor’s appointments. Those we try to get done in the morning, and on a Friday since that’s the day our daughter doesn’t have outside classes. Occasionally we have other things we do, such as meet ups at church, or group activities with other homeschoolers. The latter has become less since the kids are older. It seems homeschoolers we know are mostly younger.

That is pretty much our week. Most of the time it feels like the same ol’, same ol’ thing. It gets mundane but it’s predictable. We can be spontaneous, and are. Sometimes.

How does your week go? Care to share a day at your house?


North Laurel (19 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.


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Coming Back to Homeschooling

After six years, we decided to take a break from homeschooling last fall and we enrolled our three oldest children in public school. It was a gut-wrenching decision that I waffled back and forth on for months.

While I’m glad that they’ve had the experience of attending public school (and that I had a quieter home in which to finish my own schooling), I have every intention of coming back to homeschooling. In fact, my husband and I have decided to bring all three back home after this school year.

But this time, I think I’ll have a different perspective.

Coming Back to Homeschooling

What I Miss about Homeschooling

I miss the relaxed, easygoing times with my kids. I miss dropping our school lessons and heading to the park on a whim. I miss taking turns reading aloud. I miss making muffins for them. I even miss struggling to help one of the kids understand a concept, because that moment when they finally get it is so, so sweet.

Most of all, I just miss them. When we spend more time together, we grow closer. Now that everyone’s running in a different direction, it feels as if something has been “lost”. I’m thrilled about the opportunity to rediscover that connection.

Interestingly, I don’t miss my old homeschooling approach. I was a very old-fashioned educator who used lots of books, written work, and quizzes. (Think: the one-room schoolhouse in Anne of Green Gables.) This time around, though, I think I’ll make a few changes to my homeschooling method.

What I Want to Do Differently This Time Around

First, I want to scale back on planning. I am a planning machine. I will write down detailed lesson plans meticulously for the first six weeks and then kill myself trying to do everything on the list. Kids can’t learn when they’re pressured and moms can’t teach when they’re stressed. So the planning is getting scaled back quite a bit.

Instead of focusing on specific learning objectives, I want to cover general concepts with the kids and then use more of an interest-based approach. That way, they’ll be free to take their time with the things they really love, while still covering the necessities. It’s not “unschooling” per se, but it’s definitely not the regimented approach I’ve used in the past.

And I’ll be focusing a lot more on life skills. Book smarts are wonderful and they can get you places, but kids who show responsible, respectful behavior can often go even further. You can always learn from a textbook later, but respect and responsibility are hard to pick up as you get older, right?

If you could take a homeschooling break and adjust your method, what would you do differently? Has your outlook on homeschooling changed since your journey began? Let us know in the comments!

 

Selena (9 Posts)

Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.


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