When it comes to finishing your homeschool year we know you want to finish strong.
How do you close up your homeschooling year? Do you wonder what you should keep? Are your records good enough?
Here are five steps to walk you through using your homeschool planner to finish strong.
Step 1 – Collect Samples
This is a great time to gather all the material you have been saving and purge! I recommend you pull out the table of contents, quizzes or tests, and some samples of the daily work involved with that subject. Use the study guide you laid out to make sure you are covering each subject. Think about what will fit in the pockets and staple them or clip them together. I like to write on top what subject it is for, and write that on the coordinating pocket.
Step 2 – Finalize Forms
Now it is time to go to the Notes and Recordkeeping forms and make sure you have all the ones completed that are important to you! I personally like the attendance forms, activity log, and achievement record for test scores. You do not have to fill out every one, just the ones that will help you get a snapshot of the year and remember what you want to remember. Keep in mind that your homeschool planners will double as a memory book for each year of homeschooling.
Step 3 – Year End Review
Next have your child fill out the Year End Review found in every one of our planners. Since we are looking to foster independence, it is important for our kids to have a say in how they think the year went. It will really help you not only close out the current year, but look ahead as well.
Step 4 – Progress Report
Now that you have your child’s planner all updated and filled out, you have enough information to hand out “grades” if you choose to do that. You can use a typical grading scale to calculate letter grade or percentages. In the younger years, we focused mostly on effort and in eighth grade started preparing for grades since we record those in the high school years. Make sure you look through the year or semester as a whole and not just the last few weeks.
Step 5 – Meeting
Once you have it all finished, it is time to schedule a special meeting one on one with your child. You can read more about it here with some ideas on keeping it fun and productive. Make sure you take their completion certificate filled out and ready to present, so they can feel accomplished for all they did through the year!
After your meeting, you can start looking ahead to next year. If you don’t have a homeschool planner for your child, get your new student or high school planner ordered today by visiting our shop. Make sure you check out our new custom covers, adding yet another customized option for you!
That’s all there is to finishing your homeschool year strong and organized. You can now start putting your plan in place for next year.