By the time you get to be my age, you pretty much give up on making New Year’s resolutions. I mean, who actually keeps them, really? But that doesn’t keep me from trying to incorporate great new ideas into my home-school year, ideas that are do-able and not overwhelming. If you’re looking for a few good goals for 2013, things that will help your home-school be even better and healthier, here are a few tried-and-true ideas to inspire you.
Do a quick curriculum check
Find out whether the curriculum you are using is working; if it’s something that you have not used because you hate it, get rid of it. If it’s working, keep what works, but if not, get rid of it. That doesn’t mean that you have to throw it in the garbage can. You can resell the curriculum that isn’t working. Do a quick curriculum check; use it or lose it.
Parents need to invest in their weak areas. If you find that a curriculum isn’t working, that usually means that it’s a weak area, either for your or your child, or in the curriculum that you purchased. Invest your money in your weak area. If math is working perfectly, don’t spend more money on math. If you never do science because you hate it, that’s where you want to invest your money.
Begin your transcript
If nothing else, make sure to create a rough draft of your transcript, even if it’s simply using paper and a pencil. This will make sure that you don’t lose things over the four years of high school, and accidentally forget that maybe you’ve taught four years of Latin or something. Even if you only get a paper and pencil version, that’s better than nothing. It can prevent home-school dementia, and a complete loss of things on your transcript… things that you actually taught.
Estimate your SAT score
You can estimate your high school student’s SAT score by looking at their PSAT score (if they’ve taken that). If you add a zero to each score in the PSAT (for example, if they get a 50, you add a 0 to that score and they would get a 500 on that section), it will approximate their SAT score.
If your child has not taken the PSAT test and you’d like to estimate their score, you can administer a sample test at home (www.collegeboard.com). Estimating your student’s scores can help you figure out which colleges would be appropriate for them to apply to. You don’t want them to get into a college where they will be way over their head. You want to apply to colleges that will be a good fit for your student. The average SAT or ACT score of your chosen colleges should be relatively close to your child’s SAT or ACT scores.