Try a homeschool checklist for kids
(and you!) to know what they're expected
to do each week.
We use a homeschool checklist to keep track of what each of our kids is working on each week. Since we
homeschool multiple kids,
(we have three) it can be a logistical challenge to set goals and hold our kids accountable. On the spectrum of structured/not structured, we're in the middle, but I find that using a homework checklist helpful for me and for them.
A lot of our
are pretty stable, but homework is one thing that changes from week to week. I need to be able to customize it with different book titles, page numbers, etc. so I print it out each week.
I started to feel the need for some kind of homeschool checklist when I realized that I wasn't following through with checking what I told them to do. Embarrassing, I know, but you can learn from my mistakes! I used to think that I was fostering their independence, but if no one checks up on their work, the kids started to assume that it must not be that important. My problem was that I couldn't remember everything I had assigned for each child (has this ever happened to you?). So, I created a checklist.
I just made a word document, and it serves as our
. My oldest is the most independent, so he is able to work through his list at his own pace. I write down books for him to read, number of math lessons to get through, writing assignments, etc. He likes to blitz through his work and be done by midweek to have free time.
My middle child still needs a little prodding, so I check in with him nightly. I have some pacing expectations, like one math lesson per day (as opposed to do five over the course of the week, like I tell my 11 year-old). I teach him how to take a large project and break it down into manageable chunks.
My youngest has the least actual work to do, plus he's the most disorganized. On his list I have only three items (some reading, some writing, some math game) that he needs to do. He does all of those things naturally, but I'm trying to show him the idea of an actual homework checklist, so he checks those things off.
I want to foster a habit of responsibility with regard to schoolwork so that my kids eventually manage their responsibilities without supervision. My house is (mostly) a “no nagging” zone. I hate doing it, and it never works anyway. Independence will be expected of them in college, and giving them opportunities now lets them foster that skill.
Yes, skill-- some people might have an aptitude for organization and independence, but I think it's more of a learned behavior, a habit. So if you are not the most organized person, you can still foster those skills in your kids! And for your kids, try a homeschool checklist to clarify expectations, keep it all straight and to help kids follow through.What would YOU like to see included on a homeschool checklist?
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