At The Homeschool Classroom, they recently posted Five Tips for a Successful Homeschool Year . When you started homeschooling did you realize how much you would learn? I don’t mean about science and history either. These are some of the mistakes and lessons I learned this first year.
I should have given my child a thorough assessment before starting the school year. I often assumed he remembered or knew how to do things that he didn’t. Just because they did it six months ago doesn’t mean they can do it now. If they haven’t used that skill recently they may have forgotten. Trust me when I say, “I wish I had done a better job of assessing skills!” This resulted in a lot of frustration and tears (his and mine). An assessment would have also helped me see what skills he had truly gained during the year. I am not saying paying for testing or taking a standardized test, but just search the internet for some entry assessments and exit assessments for the age of your child. I did this at the end of the year and was thrilled, but I will be doing it at the beginning (and end) from now on.
2. Lack of planning.
3. Failed organizing 101.
I failed to understand that the organization system you use today may need to be updated tomorrow. Between the planning and assessing issues from above, I was also constantly beating myself up over organization. Some of us are organizers and some of us aren’t. I am in the latter category, but I try and try and try. You get the picture. It seemed like I did more organizing than teaching. This was probably a result of 1. Lack of assessment which led to 2. Lack of planning. I always do everything the hard way. I wanted to organize and let everything else fall into place. I have learned that is not the way it works. I think a good plan leads to better organization. I have also learned that every system will need to be evaluated and changed and everyone’s house isn’t going to look like a magazine. This isn’t my work space, but mine looked like that every once in a while.
4. Not taking care of myself.
What mistakes did you make your first year of homeschooling?
Remember to look for a 5E lesson plan later this week!