Apr 072011
 
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I’m so glad I have a few of you interested in how I’m evaluating our homeschool!

Here are the questions I’m going to give my children:

1.       What is your favorite thing about homeschooling?

2.       What is your least favorite thing about your homeschooling experience?

3.       What is your favorite subject? Why?

4.       What is your least favorite subject? Why?

5.       Do you think you learn best by:

  1. Reading
  2. Listening to someone else read
  3. Making something
  4. Watching something

6.       What would you like to learn about in science?

7.       What would you like to learn about in history?

8. What would you like to do differently next year?

9.       What things have we been doing well?

10.     List 3 things you would like to learn how to do next year.

 

I would like to say that I expect this survey to be filled in joyfully. I will be pleasantly surprised if that happens. More likely it will be received with groans from my son and possibly tears from my daughter who doesn’t like open-ended assignments. But I’d really like to know what they think, so I’m going to give it a shot. If you want to read the results, visit Evaluating Our Homeschool.

What do you think? Have you ever tried something like this?

 

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  22 Responses to “Evaluating Your Homeschool Part 2”

  1. Great idea!

  2. […] 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. […]

  3. I like it! Hope you get a positive response for the children.

  4. I should do this for our homeschool, though mine usually tell me their likes/dislikes rather freely.

    I’ve also been challenged a few times lately to ask similar questions about our family/parenting, too. Ouch on that one. I haven’t picked up the challenge yet.

  5. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  6. that is a really good idea. I hope that you get some thoughtful input from your son and daughter.

  7. If it’s alright with you, I’m going to print your questions for my kids too. I’ll officially have 11 in school next year, this would be great to know in advance.

  8. That’s a great list. We take our kids out to breakfast before the start of the new school year and talk about those things. I’ve never thought of making a list though. And we only have two children, a little easier keeping track of their interests and things. 🙂

    JoAnn

  9. I have asked my children, but I love this idea. It is like one of those eval sheets we would get on teachers in school. I am looking forward to how they answer. 🙂 What a neat little keepsake it will make as well.

  10. Yes, we’ve done that in the past, to groans from some and excitement from others. Now I casually sprinkle the questions into conversation, but maybe I’ll make it a formal evaluation again.

    It’s worth getting the children’s input, though.

    Annie Kate

    PS What’s with all the ads?

  11. I do almost this exact survey every 6 mths 🙂

  12. I took your eval form and gave it to my kids, too. I need to blog about my results. The only surprise I got (other than suggested science and history topics I didn’t know they wanted to learn more about) was that my 10 yo son is happy with things as they are. I knew my other kids were happy with our curriculum and style EXCEPT my 13 yo daughter who does NOT like TOG and all the reading.

  13. […] A Day In A Life inspired me in her post about a Homeschool Evaluation.   (Click on her blog title to take you to the specific post)  All of us filled out a sheet that evaluated the good and not so good.   What I learned is to not to assume from the children’s reactions what is going well or what needs to be changed.  All of the children are interested in social engagements.  Some more formal such as co-op classes and others getting to know other kids.  As a result of the evaluation, some of our plans for next year’s curriculum have changed.  This worked out better because most of the changes involve materials that are owned rather than requiring expensive purchases.  This was a definite win as the budget needed to be reduced a bit anyways. […]

  14. Last week, I printed out the questions and gave them to my children. I completed it as well. Then went over the results with each child. The areas that affected us all we did as a group. We had a few changes for the fall that will be very helpful to our budget as they requested things that I had already on hand. This was a big win for us. I blogged about it as well and included a link to your article.

  15. […] down, and I was beginning to make plans for next year, I took a hint from another Crew member, Kristen.   I asked my children some questions about THEIR THOUGHTS on our homeschool and our time on the […]

  16. Great idea! I’m thinking of creating an online survey with these questions for my kids and sending them the link as an assignment. It might seem more official that way (and perhaps be more fun?)

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  18. […] 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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