We homeschool year round. This means that we take breaks as we need them, which usually ends up being in December, April and August. As a result, we school for three semesters each year. Each semester looks different from the previous one. For example, in the summer months we often end up homeschooling on the road.
During each break, I look over our goals and accomplishments and decide what needs to be prioritized for the next school semester. Having several times set aside to evaluate allows me to stay on top of each child’s education.
Some steps I take to make sure our priorities match up with our yearly goals:
- evaluate time spent on extracurriculars
- fill out individual child assessment sheets by subject
- do a character evaluation of each child
- assess my teaching ability by asking what I can improve and how
- keep a running list of household chores learned
- decide how to support a new interest that has surfaced in a child’s life
- reevaluate our yearly goals if needed
Putting first things first in this manner keeps a homeschool running efficiently.
Just like the old adage says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
What is your ounce of prevention in your homeschool?