We are at that point in our homeschool where many of us are about half way done. We have hit the point where quite frankly we know whether we have happy homeschoolers, or if we are just floating along!
A midyear evaluation is a great idea no matter what grades you teach or how many kids you have. You do not want to start off your second half of the year with a curriculum that your kids don’t like, or using materials that you can’t stand. You want to start off on the right foot!
This is why it is SO important to spend time evaluating your homeschool and find out what’s working, and what’s not!
Talk to Your Kids
What is their favorite subject? What is their least favorite subject? What do they want more of? What do they want less of?
How do they feel about school? Bogged down? Pressured? Or overall feel okay?
Getting a vibe from your kids regarding school will let them know that you care about what they think and how they feel regarding school. It will open the doors of communication. It may also surprise you! So, be prepared!
Evaluate School Work
Do you keep grades? How are they doing overall in school? If you don’t keep grades look at their work and determine whether or not they are up to par. Are they retaining information? Or just learning it for a test?
Find out how your children are doing overall in their school work by taking the time to look through what they have done. Ask them some questions about what they have learned this year. Expect them to have forgotten some things, but overall they should have retained a good amount of information so far.
How Are YOU Doing?
How have you felt this school year? Too much? Keeping up? What’s working for you? Maybe you need to purchase a great planner to help you keep up with everything. Maybe a better homeschool schedule will suit your family in the New Year. Maybe things are going great and you have finally got your groove J
Look over the past few months and determine how you are doing as a homeschool mom. Find the positive. Give yourself a pat on the back for finishing up the first half of the year!
When it comes time to evaluate your homeschool, it is important to be flexible. Make a list of things you want to change and things you want to stay the same. Determine a course of action for the second half of school and get to work!
Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.