HomeAboutAdvertiseBooksResource DirectoryCurriculumArticlesContactKids PagesFollow Beverley Paine, The Educating Paine, on Facebook



Tap into Beverley's
Educating Parent
experience through her books

You are being redirected to Always Learning Books where you can purchase Beverley Paine's books on how to home educate your children

 


Download your free copy

Download Beverley's free The Educating Parent Resource Directory for information about getting started, support groups, blogs and an extensive list of books about homeschooling and unschooling



Want to learn how to write your
own education plans to suit
your unique children's
individual learning needs?

 

Looking for quality curriculum
and teaching tips ?

 

Over 1000 reassuring and
informative articles to help
build your confidence as an
Educating Parent

Beverley's books are excellent for building confidence as a home educator says Tracey, homeschooling mum.

Looking for support, reassurance and information?
Join Beverley's The Educating Parents Homeschooling and Unschooling Facebook or Yahoo online groups.

Welcome to the World of Home Education and Learning Without School!

We began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was aged five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were born. I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!

How to Involve The Children in Evaluating and Recording Homeschool Progress

© Beverley Paine

Children need to be included in the process of evaluating and recording their learning. This is as essential as involving them in the planning stages. As well as fostering co-operation and responsibility, the children will build skills in critical and reflective thinking, and become more aware of their own learning styles, interests and needs.

Being involved in the evaluation and recording of their own planned activities helps the children to formulate realistic goals and analyse their strengths and weaknesses. These skills will be invaluable throughout their entire lives, and are worth encouraging early.

In time, the children will be able to plan and direct their own learning programs, independent of your help. Independent learning skills are the cornerstone of success in higher educational institutions, and are very easily achieved in the home learning environment.

To encourage the children's participation in self-evaluation activities and recording, they need to be clear about what the key learnings are for them in the activities you have planned.

If they have been involved in the planning stages, they will have already set their own learning goals, and perhaps discussed what indicators they will use to judge their success or improvement.

Not all activities the children do should be evaluated in a conscious way with them. It is very important to recognise children need privacy, and most of their time will be taken up with their own activities, mostly for fun and private learning. Often children will readily share their own achievements and successes, and these can be recorded later if desired. Many developmental milestones are reached through play. Discuss with your children regularly which type of activities will be recorded in your home schooling program. Asking for their permission to record incidental learning 'milestones' that occur outside of planned activities, is the best way to build respect and trust.

The easiest way to turn children off learning is by too much interference in their personal learning efforts, or by regulating their time so much it constantly interrupts their own explorations. A few well timed activities each day, where evaluation is seen to be important and integral to the learning will be sufficient and most useful.

When helping children develop self-evaluative skills you must first of all model them yourself, choosing appropriate comments and behaviours and practicing them in your everyday life. Using a personal journal or diary regularly is one effective way to do this. Many homeschooling families set aside a period of time, usually after the evening meal, for daily journal writing. Very young children can be encouraged to draw or scribble in a special book, and parents can scribe what they say. This is an excellent habit to develop, and encourages not only evaluation and reflection, but also reading and writing skills. Daily journal writing is often most successful if everyone does it, and it is uniformly valued in the family.

There are many formal ways children can evaluate and record their own performance, knowledge, skills and abilities. In schools teachers use specifically designed forms or sheets the students fill out, and which gradually call upon more reflective processes as the children gain skill in this area. Such forms usually ask the children:

  • What they felt about a particular activity;
  • For comments on specific sections of the activity; for example, the materials used, interaction with others, method of recording, timing of activities, usefulness of the activity, etc;
  • And a critical comment on the overall activity. It is a good idea to incorporate a similar system into your home school learning program.

These evaluation sheets can be inserted into a folder for each child which in later years could later grow into a portfolio. Such educational portfolios have proved useful in obtaining tertiary education positions and employment.

Was this article helpful? Was it worth $1.00 to you?
Your gift of $1 or more helps to keep this site operating
offering encouragement and reassurance to families
wanting better outcomes for their children.

Thank you for your gift contribution!

Together with the support of my family, my aim is to help parents educate their children in stress-free, nurturing environments. In addition to building and maintaing this website, I continue to create and manage local and national home educating networks, help to organise conferences and camps, as well as write for, edit and produce newsletters, resource directories and magazines. I am an active support of national, state, regional and local home education groups.

"You've been an inspiration to me, I love the way
you really listen to people."
Vanessa

"Whenever I read your writing I always come away
with increased confidence in my ability to provide and
share a wonderful learning journey with my family!"
Davina

"Your guidance, understanding, support and words of
wisdom changed our lives. We now offer support and
organise many homeschooling events for others."
Lesley

"Thank you once again for your prompt and friendly service.
I am convinced that your books are going to add
quality and peace of mind to my journey of teaching my kids
at home! Just from studying your website, until almost
2am in the morning, I 've been encouraged!"
Louisa

"Thank you for all your many,many reassuring words
over many, many years. You probably don't know exactly how
valuable you are to the Australian Home Education community.
I've been reading your stuff for maybe 8 years or more now.
And I'm very grateful."
Gythaa

A gift of any size, small or large, is greatly appreciated.
By contributing, even as little as $1, you are helping to inform, encourage, reassure and support parents live closer, happier lives with their children.

I am currently giving this site a much needed facelift!
If you experience difficultiess accessing any page can you
please email me the link? Thank you.

 

The information on this website is of
a general nature only and is not intended
as personal or professional advice.
This site merges and incorporates
'Homeschool Australia' and 'Unschool Australia'.

Advertise with The Educating Parent

cover of Getting Started with Homeschooling by Beverley Paine DIY Getting Started with Home Schooling Pack
Beverley Paine's best selling comprehensive common sense manual detailing how to write your own curriculum tailored to your children's educational needs
PLUS 9 of Beverley's popular practical home educating series booklets!

Great value $60
Natural Learning
and Unschooling Pack

Each Pack contains a copy of the following:
Natural Learning
Natural Learning Answers
A5 or A4
Learning Naturally Diary
Learning Maths Naturally
A Sample Approved Natural Learning Program and Review

Only $29 or $33
Select A4 or A5 Diary

Home education is a legal alternative
to school education in Australia.
State and Territory governments are responsible
for regulating home education and have different
requirements, however home educating families
are able to develop curriculum and learning programs
to suit the individual needs of their children.

Access all the content plus BONUSES from the Australian Homeschool Summit

Stocking all of Beverley Paine's, the educating parent's, books!

30% discount off ReadyEd Publications for homeschoolers until 31st December 2016

Find out more about Brain Builder by clicking here!

Link to Educate and Assist for home educating familiesEducating the World One Student at a Time AOIA Online Education

Supervised school of distance education

click to go to the Sunshine Collective providing ‘Brilliant Boxes’ to families of pre-schoolers and primary school aged children, throughout Australia

Belinda Cowie Whisper Waters Educational Resource for Home Educating FamiliesSTEM tutoring

Click here to go to Home Learn cover the 'core' with room to explore! Sydney Dance/Sports Classes for home educating students

Maths Mentality helping parents understand primary school mathematics

 

animated Australian flag

Without revenue from advertising
by educational suppliers and Google Ads
we could not continue to provide information
to home educators. Please support us by letting
our advertisers know that you found them on
The Educating Parent. Thanks!


Support Centre
Contact Us | Join a Support Group | Beverley's Books | Resource Directory | Blog | Donate

About The Educating Parent
Beverley Paine | April Jermey and Always Learning Books | Advertise with us

Sitemap

What is Home Education Why Home Educate Getting Started & Registering Different Ways to Home Educate
Life as a Home Educator Resources & Support Teens and Beyond Curriculum and Teaching Tips
Unschooling & Natural Learning Travelling & Home Educating Other: just for fun, general, etc Children's Pages
     

animated smiling faceThank you for visiting!

Beverley Paine, The Educating Parent
The opinions and articles included on this website are not necessarily those of Beverley and Robin Paine,
nor do they endorse or recommend products listed in contributed articles, pages, or advertisements.
Site Map
. Text on this site CC License: BY-NC-ND , Images on this site © All Rights Reserved 1999-2017.