Mine are in the form of a brief paragraph or two on each subject. I just write down what grade they are getting (though I only grade in science and math), what we are using for each subject, and how they are doing, generally in comparison to last year.
I wrote up the two older boys' a few days ago, and I still need to do the two younger ones. I have found it helpful to do these evaluations (even though I balk at anybody telling me I HAVE to do anything!) because it gives me time to pause, reflect, and do my own evaluations.
If one of the boys is not progressing - why? Is it them? Is it the curriculum? Or is it me?
So....what is working, what isn't working, what can we do differently?
Science is going great. I am doing my first-ever co-op this year. We are using Apologia's General Science course. Every Wednesday morning, 14 students ranging in age from 10-15 gather in my breakfast area to review what they read the week before, do the experiments, and hopefully learn something. We also manage to get in some socialization for those poor homeschool kids who never get to leave the house (yes, that was sarcasm).
|Look at this crew!|
|Science experiments in the kitchen, how much more traditional can you get?|
|We do let them out occasionally - this is a field trip the St. Louis University Medical School|
|Getting ready to dissect a sheep brain.|
|And how about that socialization, anyway? One of the moms made a cookie cake to celebrate some birthdays - mine and Britney's.|
It's all this socialization, I'm telling you. We go-go alot. Probably too much. I don't plan to cut back on "real" field trips, chess club, that sort of thing (ie, things I can log hours for). But....we have been having an awful lot of fun. Not that having fun is all bad, I am for fun, I promise. However, as it gets colder and the weather grows yuckier, I think it will be easier to stay hunkered down at home more, and to focus on getting more "book work" done.
Such as grammar.
It is like this most years, though. The first half of the year the weather is good, there are holidays and parties. From January to the end of March, it will be cold and usually wet or overcast. A good time to do school. Then in April and May it gets nice, and our focus can go back to more social events.
We always manage to get in all our hours (1,000 hours that must be logged in Missouri per calendar year). We don't always manage to finish all our books. But what doesn't get done this year either a)gets done next year or b)really wasn't all that important, anyway.
And with the short amount of time we have, I'd like to do what is important. Sometimes we just have to figure out what that is!