We made it. Another homeschool year is now complete and it’s time for your homeschool evaluation checklist.
First, it is time to lay down the curriculum for a couple of months and relax.
Of course, we will insist on reading books on a daily basis even though we’ve completed the school year. That’s not a homeschool thing – that’s just a smart habit to instill into children.
What about you, Mom? What are you going to read this summer?
If you’re like me, you’re probably going to do lots of research on how to improve your homeschool for next year (because I know you already have that homeschool evaluation checklist going).
You’re probably going to read some books that will make you a better homeschool mom.
Or, you’re probably going to identify all the weaknesses and deficiencies from this current year, so you can improve on them in the fall.
I bet you already know what your homeschool is lacking, even without consulting your homeschool evaluation checklist.
You may not know the solution to those problems just yet, but I bet you know what areas need improvement.
May I briefly interrupt The Never-ending List of Things We Should Be Better At and offer some advice?
Start a new list.
By all means, keep the one recording all the ways you, your family, and your homeschool could be better. You’re going to need it.
But don’t forget the other list.
The other list is titled A Few Things We Got Right This Year and it has nothing to do with that pesky year-end homeschool evaluation checklist of things we need to improve.
In our mad attempts to improve and do better on behalf of our families, we are sometimes too hard on ourselves.
Sometimes we overlook the things we are actually getting right.
Often, we are overcome by exhaustion, discouragement, and overwhelm.
Sometimes what we really need is a nice little pat on the back and an Atta girl!
That’s why you need this kind of list.
Yes, you can make a mental homeschool evaluation checklist of “what we did right” in your head, but I suggest writing it down and sticking this list to the fridge!
Here are a few things to consider when making your “what we did right” homeschool evaluation checklist:
• What did I enjoy about this past homeschool year?
• What did the children enjoy about this year? Go ahead, ask them.
• When did I feel most relaxed/in the zone/confident?
• What was better this year compared to last year? Are we making progress?
• What do I/we do that is mediocre? Average? Above average? Outstanding?
• What parts of this lifestyle are working to your advantage?
• What parts of this homeschooling lifestyle pleasantly surprise you?
Remember, homeschooling is a lifestyle. It’s not all curriculum all the time.
Start with just three positive attributes of homeschooling that you and your family have experienced and build from there.
Those mamas need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and take out a pencil.
It’s time to make a list.
Angelene Woodard is a wife, mother, writer, and reluctant homeschooler who blogs about her frustrations and victories at www.unqualifiedmom.com where she encourages fellow Christians to embrace their weakness and accept His strength.