Previously I described how we ended our school year and filed our work. While we put our files in order, I ask some questions and jot down my children’s answers. I use these answers when I compile my end of year report.
Here are our Report and Assessment Pages ~
First, we had fun filling in our “Character Report” forms together!
The child choses their own scores and then I give my scores. The scores are 1= rarely/never; 2 = fairly/ seldom; 3 = mostly/ very much; and 4 = always/ Yes! I am!
(Hint: Whenever you ask someone to give a score of 1,2, or 3, most will inevitably choose 2; the middle or average score, but with 4 scores, they have to choose which side of the middle they prefer. This 4-score-method forces them to make a more correct assessment.)
We chatted about their personal scores and mine and I asked them which character traits they were strong in and which areas they felt they should work on. My kids really enjoyed this!
Secondly I filled in a “Homeschool Assessment” form ~
I use this form to summarize the work , books, materials and skills covered and describe my children’s strengths, weaknesses and joys and highlights of the year.
I do not award marks or give any scores. (You may be required to assess your children’s work differently for your country or state.)
During the year I usually only mark my children’s Spelling and Maths. I oversee all the other written work and usually don’t check/ tick or mark it. We correct handwriting immediately in our copywork and dictation lessons and discuss grammar in Language Arts lessons.
In junior and middle school, a parent sees that the child completes the work correctly and with a good attitude. I believe we are evaluating daily. We know the moment our child struggles or does not grasp concepts and we can repeat that lesson/ present the work in another way/ or remediate immediately. This is the joy of homeschooling! We can work at a pace and with the most appropriate methods to make sure that our children love what they learn. Tests and scores are helpful to make sure our children meet external standards, however they are stressful to everyone!
My high schooler’s curriculum requires that I evaluate her work and send them quarterly marks and exam results.
To be completely honest, I have NEVER written any formal evaluations for my children. I create a portfolio of all their work, include their book lists and the year plan. I believe that their work speaks for them!
This year however, I will include their assessment forms in their year files.
(Please, I would like to reassure you that this kind of evaluation is not necessary. I believe that we use what works for us and we try to do what is required of us by our government. If you have not evaluated your children before, perhaps you could include the character form. I believe that, “Information can always be learnt at any time, but character formation takes a lifetime!” )
You are welcome to download these forms for your own use ~
I have included MS Word versions of each document for you to tweak them to suit your needs.
- Character Report .pdf or Character Report .MS Word
- Homeschool Assessment .pdf or Homeschool Assessment .MS Word
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