The hours are winding down for the November book log submission. We’ve been busying with homeschooling, hence the lack on rambling here on the blog. We’ve been reviewing subjects and revisiting things that haven’t been up to par.
When we started homeschooling, we sat down and wrote a list of requirements for both us (as teachers) and our children (as pupils) to be held up to. One of those things is our percentage requirement. All daily work HAS to be 98% or higher to be considered complete. All quizzes, tests and/or paper submissions must be 95% or higher. I know some of you may wrinkle your noses at that, citing that we are ‘setting our children up for failure in the real world’. However, we take a different view. We are not restrained by hours of the day, teacher availability or holiday vacation. School is 24/7 it is just a matter of structured or unstructured. Therefore we look at percentages as a guideline to keep both the teacher and student in check. If a child scores a 45% on a math quiz, chances are, they didn’t get it.
We may not immediately go back and rework the assignment, but we try to do so in a timely matter to avoid gaps in learning. As the main teacher in the family, I look at it as an opportunity to reinforce excellent. To show them that it is OK to not ‘get it’ the first time, the tenth time, the hundredth time. The only thing that matters is that you remain persistent and hungry for excellence. By not allowing set backs to hinder your overall performance and work ethic, you succeed. By sticking with it and exploring different ways to learn a particular subject matter, you not only excel but you build character, credibility, perseverance and a self-confidence. I also know that I am still learning and evolving in my teaching skills and always will be. Therefore it is an opportunity, for me, as their teacher, to ‘get it right’ as well.
How do you promote educational success in your children?