It happens every January. We have been on break from lessons for a few weeks. The boys have broken in the new toys and we are all ready to get back to our routine. This is also the time that I start to feel like we are really behind from where I thought we would be. So, I drag myself to the table, pull out all my plans and materials, and start looking at where the school year has gone. I call it the Mid-Year Homeschool Evaluation.
The Mid-Year Homeschool Evaluation
One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is the ability to take breaks when life starts to take over. We have been there many times during our homeschool career. It’s one of the reasons I think homeschooling is a great idea for single moms. You can set the books aside and just deal with whatever life is throwing at you without the added stress of homework, attendance, etc.
When it’s time to get back to the books it can be overwhelming!
I’ve learned that sometimes it’s neccesary to hit the reset button and start with a clean slate.
First I take a look at the vision I have for our homeschool. It’s important to refocus and remember why I decided to homeschool in the first place and what my goals are for the boys.
Then I start evaluating what has been working so far. I look at the books, schedules and materials. Sometimes everything is working and I just need to be more consistent. Other times I realize that nothing is working and I have a little more planning to get done.
Once I know what’s been working and what needs to change I start to look at making curriculum changes if needed. I don’t make any huge changes mid-year. There was one time when I decided to set a piece of curriculum to the side for the rest of the year to focus on the basics.
This year when I finished our mid-year homeschool evaluation I realized that we didn’t need any major changes. Yes we were a little behind the plan I created for the year, but the curriculum and the schedule were working (when we got to the work).
All that’s needed now is more consistency on my part so we can keep making progress.
How’s your year going so far?
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