Now that I have reached the six (!) year mark on homeschooling my boys, there is one thing I have learned I need to do on a weekly basis to keep myself on track and organized.
Keep an assignment checklist.
If I don’t keep a list, the mornings go like this:
“Hey mom, what should I do for school?”
“How about your online work?”
And then the same conversation repeats itself a half an hour later.
Why? Because life is super-busy, and I have my own list of things to do and my lack of planning for school is being reflected in my going to the easiest answer: online work.
But that is not fair to them, and in all honesty, it does not reflect the sort of homeschooling experience I want us to have in this house.
So, I have taken to writing down a checklist of assignments on Sunday night. This has made a huge difference in the following areas:
-getting a long-term plan (2-3 months at a time)
-making consistent progress toward completing one goal
-helps their self esteem because they feel like they are accomplishing something
-assists me in staying with something so that a concept can be solidified (think MATH)
– Gives them a VISUAL representation of their work which is easier than me explaining the list verbally
Does that sounds good to you?
This checklist takes me about 30 minutes to fill out in detail but makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
I think this list is most effective with elementary to high school age children.
Give it a try this week and see if it makes a difference for you too!