Homeschooling: Checking the Pulse

Over the next six weeks I will be doing a series of posts on six simple tips homeschool moms can do to rock homeschool, to have a wonderful year.

Progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the [woman] who turns back soonest is the most progressive [woman]. by C. S. Lewis

Last week we worked on determining our why and what is important to us. We then worked on envisioning our destination. This week we will work on determining where we are today. Too often home school moms think that assessing where we are is about taking a math, reading, or language arts placement test. Placement tests are not very helpful in this assessment. The placement tests only reveal to us working memory. This gives us a deeper view. I would do this in a binder. You won't get it done in one sitting. As you go through this process you will gain insights. If you save this, you will discover that over the years new ideas will come and some older ones may need to be removed. Our personal education and our families' education are always works in progress.

Tip 2: Checking the Pulse

Foundations

What is your why for homeschooling your children?

What is your greatest motivator for homeschooling your children? 

Do you feel you have a personal mission or purpose in life? Be brief, one paragraph or less.

In what generation were you born? Baby Boomer (1944 -1963), Generation X (1964 -1981), Millennial (1982-2004)

Did you receive an education that was career focused or life focused?

Describe how you were prepared for adult responsibilities and citizenship.

What were your childhood family traditions- daily, weekly, monthly, birthdays, holidays, life events, etc.? 

Do you run your home by rhythm or by the seat of your pants?

Do you run a personal or family business?

Do you involve your children after school drop off activities? 

Do you send your children to school and add afterschool enrichment?

Do you home educate your children?

Do you feel over scheduled?

Are you happy? Set everything else aside and ask yourself, “are you happy?” If the answer is no, look to the other questions to determine why?

Assessing YOU

Strengths

List your personal strengths in areas of your life, habits, and attitudes. List them topically in bullet points. Be thorough and acknowledge your strengths. You may add short explanations following the points. (2-5 pages)

Areas You Need to Strengthen

List areas of your life, habits, and attitudes that you need to strengthen. List them topically in bullet points. Be thorough. You may add short explanations following the points (2-5 pages)

Personal Aspirations

List your personal aspirations. List them by priority. (1-2 pages). Remember to consider the many facets of your needs--spiritual, physical, social-emotional, educational, and preparedness.

Assessing Your Children

Describe each member of your family by name, gender and age. Write a short description of each. If available attach photograph(s) of family members. This will help you, as you move forward.

Strengths

List the strengths of each child's life, habits, attitudes, character, and development. List them topically in bullet points. Be thorough. You may add short explanations following the points. (2-5 pages)

Areas Your Children Need to Strengthen

List areas of your child's life, habits, attitudes, character, and development that you need to strengthen. List them topically in bullet points. Be thorough. You may add short explanations following the points (2-5 pages).

Assessing Your Family

Describe your family. Write a short description of your family. If available attach photograph(s) of family members. This will help you, as you move forward.

Your Family's Strengths

List the strengths of your family life, habits, attitudes, and character. List them topically in bullet points. Be thorough in considering your family's strengths. You may add short explanations following the points. (2-5 pages)

Areas Your Family Needs to Strengthen

List areas of your family, such as,  life, habits, attitudes, character, and development that you need to help strengthen. List them topically in bullet points. Be thorough. You may add short explanations following the points (2-5 pages).

Family Aspirations

List your family aspirations. List them by priority. (1-2 pages). Remember to consider the many facets of your family’s needs, such as, spiritual, physical, social-emotional, educational, and preparedness.

Now prayerfully consider your assessment. Next week we will talk about mapping your journey.

Stay tuned, do the above exercises, and above all--Enjoy the journey!


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