As the end of our school break is upon us, I am busy preparing for the upcoming school year. School Year 2016-2017 will start in September. So how am I preparing for the start of another academic year?
- Assess and pray. I begin by assessing our previous year. I think about what worked and what didn’t and I will also ask my children what they thought and if there is anything we should change. And as I have the answers from my children, I go and ask the Lord for wisdom. I also go back to our homeschool’s mission and goal.
- Check and purchase the materials. Since we are here in the Philippines, I align our studies with the DepEd’s requirements. We enroll under a Dep-Ed accredited home education provider, Homeschool Global (formerly TMA Homeschool).Homeschool Global has a list of curriculum that we can choose from but there are some subjects that I use curriculum that are not on the list because I think they are better suited for my children’s needs. I will order these materials online and have it shipped to the Philippines. For the other materials that are available locally, I usually buy them from Learning Plus bookstore.
- Prepare a curriculum map. I begin by dividing the contents of each subject into 4 quarters. Then divide the topics into weeks so we can have a guide of our lessons weekly. I study the topics per week and create a list of activities that the children can do to achieve the goal. This allows me to purchase materials needed at home to do projects.
- Create evaluation guides. Since I would need to evaluate my children’s work, I need to create rubrics to help me grade their different outputs like essays, artworks or projects. For some books, these guides are already available.
For the past years, I have been quite unprepared each day for our lessons. Gratefully, my children has become very independent. Hopefully, this year I can be on top of my children’s lessons and guide them through. We are also hoping to do better integrated projects along the way.