Every so often, it’s important to evaluate how your homeschool is doing.
Coming back from the Relevant Conference, with all of the great workshops and the files full of notes on my iPad, has given me plenty of things to think about.
Am I putting as much effort into homeschooling as I should be?
Laura Booz said it best in a session called Balancing Blogging and Homeschooling. She said,
Prioritize homeschooling.” (emphasis mine)
And I haven’t been making homeschooling a priority. It does get done, mostly. I always plan to do more than we get to. We start late, finish the basics, and then I let other things (like blogging, or Twitter… Let’s be honest here) get the rest of my attention.
Late fall is the perfect time for a homeschool evaluation.
Where are things are lacking? I know where I’ve been slacking. Do you? My boys think school should end with lunch. We used to use the afternoons for finishing up bookwork and working on science or history projects. I also never used to answer the phone before lunchtime. That’s not an issue now, but the Internet busy-ness has taken its place.
What needs to stop or be put on restriction?
- Internet usage. Even checking email can send me down one rabbit trail after another. It can wait.
- Lazy kids. Do they take advantage when you’re not 100% with them, such as when the phone rings or you go to the bathroom?
- Seat-of-the-pants lesson plans. Do you have a weekly plan, so that you know where you want to go?
- Electronic distractions. Are they veering off into YouTube land or games when they should be doing an online program?
What should start?
- Go to bed on time. Mom AND kids!
- Set up a morning routine with a regular wake up time for the kids.
- Morning devotions.
- Exercise, Momma. Are you getting yours in?
- Finish what they start. Are they getting the schoolwork done after lunch that you planned for them?
- Hands-on activities. Board games, experiments, field trips, etc. Get out and do something!
We don’t have to wait for standardized testing time to come around to do an evaluation of our homeschools.
Take a look at how you are spending your time, and decide which things are needed and which are just distractions. If it is hard for you to make decisions on such things, ask a trusted friend or your husband to help you sort through your daily activities. Momma, it’s okay to say NO to things which interfere with your mission to educate your kids. This is just a season, and it will pass faster than you know.