Evaluating Your Homeschool

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AzaleasIt must be something about the season. It’s spring here. The trees are getting green, the azaleas are just about ready to bloom. Everything is fresh and new. I love it! It gets me in the planning and organizing mood.

It’s not just the house I want to organize. I’m so ready to start planning our next year of school. Unfortunately we haven’t finished this year. I know that I’m not alone in this. I’d much rather start thinking about next year than do what it takes to finish up this year. Admittedly, I do NEED to do some planning for next year before I go to our state homeschool conference. But that’s not until Memorial Day weekend. I really don’t need to start yet. So before I start thinking about next year’s “stuff”, I am going to evaluate this year.

Here’s what I’m going to do:

1. Administer achievement tests for 2 older children next week. (That is a state requirement. Not really necessary for those of you who don’t have to do it.)

2. Get all my homeschool record paperwork up-to-date. This includes marking the special attendance sheets that the state requires me to keep on file.

3. Look at everything each of my children are currently working on. See where they are and if they can or should finish the course this year.

4. Have my children complete a Homeschool Evaluation.

What is a Homeschool Evaluation? It’s something I’m trying out this year. I want to get more of my kids’ input into how and what they’re learning. I shared my questions in Homeschool Evaluation Part 2.

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11 thoughts on “Evaluating Your Homeschool”

  1. I think most of us homeschoolers are in that evaluation state of mind. Daydreaming about next years curriculum. lol! I just wanted to throw it out there that Donna Young website http://www.donnayoung.org has some attendance forms on there that may suit your needs. I have to do an annual progress report. So I have that to look forward to. My oldest is going to take the CAT test online version on the Christian Liberty Press website. Testing is not required by my state till 3rd but I am just wanting to see where we are at this year since she has to test next year for records. What test were you going to do? Have your children taken test in the past? If so have any advice?

  2. Thanks So much for the information Kristen. Its always good to get a veterans take on these things as they come up. I am grateful I am homeschooling the age of the internet. God bless those 80’s Pioneers. They really had to have faith and trust in there methods and ways.

  3. Curious about the homeschooling evaluation, I haven’t tried that before. I test my kids every year but it is not a state requirement I do it for my own piece of mind and my kids don’t get stressed about it because I don’t. Anything we miss we just kept working on. We school all year so it works for us:)

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