A Homeschool Progress Report

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A Homeschool Progress Report

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I’ve been feeling pressure that the semester is almost over. I don’t feel like we’ve done enough. We haven’t finished some of the things I wanted to be done with by Christmas. I struggle with feeling like a failure as a homeschool mom.

In my disappointment and despair, I cry out to God for help, and He reminds me to open my eyes and see our family’s real homeschool progress report:

  • We started school at the end of July and have put in lots more days than the public schools in our area.
  • Despite feeling behind, the girls are on track to be at the halfway mark in our curriculum by Christmas.
  • Princess Roo has made tremendous progress in her reading this year already.
  • BookGirl has not only studied her academics but has been on a mission trip and has had a story published to help raise money for St. Jude and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. (She has also had one book signing and may have another one next month!)
  • Princess Roo sold one-time use rights to a piece of her artwork to be used on a company’s Christmas card.
  • BookGirl is developing perseverance and determination as she works through her fifth grade lessons, which are more demanding and challenging than last year’s.
  • Princess Roo is tackling multiplication and cursive handwriting and is doing better than I thought she might.
  • Both children have participated in more community service projects than we ever have in a single semester.

There’s more, but I see that God has helped me to remember enough. There’s a difference between what I wanted to do this semester and the plans that God had for our family. When I see what we’ve really done and the skills that our children are learning for life, as well as academics, I realize that this has been a great semester already, and it’s not over yet!

How do you keep your goals and plans for your family aligned with God’s?

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10 Responses to A Homeschool Progress Report

  1. Rebecca says:

    Those community service programs – will definitely increase their hearts for others. We can’t teach that, we can only mentor it and give them the opportunity to serve with us. YOU are doing a great job, sweet friend!

    • Thank you, Rebecca! I thought about you as I wrote this post and realized how closely our paths often parallel one another. We’re both headed to the same destination. I can’t wait to see how He has transformed us by the time we get there!

  2. Nita says:

    Sounds like you got of to a great year. I’m sure you’ve accomplished more than you realize with the kids. We also started in July. Since we have a more traditional type of homeschool, I even did testing and was impressed with the growth of my kids learning. I made lots of changes for my older daughter though as I had to keep her challenged. My youngest son had some areas he needed serious growth in, and he’s about 70% there with mastery in areas he was lacking just a year ago. Also, I even gave the kids report cards which was a time for them to tell mommy how I can improve our school to help them be successful and I was impressed with the thought they put into their responses. At the rate we are going will be finished our out of the box curriculum by March O_o so I have to find something to supplement til we start again in July.

    • That’s wonderful, Nita! My older daughter uses a boxed curriculum, but my younger daughter’s needs require me to use an extensive list of resources we rotate through. I have also done some testing and evaluation with them, but I need to get their feedback on what I can do better. Thanks for that reminder! Have a blessed remainder of your semester and a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season!

  3. Belinda says:

    This was a great post. I thought as I read, “I could have written this post!” Indeed, there have been fall semesters when I HAVE written this post! Keeping my goals aligned with God’s plans…hmmm. Thanks for a timely reminder.

    • You’re welcome, Belinda. I think a lot of us fall into the “I’m not doing enough” trap. We just need to stay in tune with what God has for our families and be obedient. I miss you! I hope to cross paths with you again in 2014!

  4. Jennifer I could have written the beginning of your post myself! I too have that anxiety that hits about this time of year wondering if we have done enough. You have done a fine job with the girls!
    Now I am going to go take your advice and see what the Lord has led my family to do so far this year and rejoice in it! :)
    God bless

    • Thank you, Heather! It’s funny how it seems to hit just when we should be relaxing and rejoicing in our time together for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hmm… There may be an enemy who would like to steal our joy! I know you’re doing a wonderful job with your children too. I’m always amazed at how much you get done! Way to go, Heather!

  5. Joy says:

    You and your girls definitely get an A+! You are doing an amazing job, Jennifer. You are teaching your girls more about life and how important it is to love and help others, just like Jesus. Keep it up!!

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