When deciding to homeschool, there are many things to consider. One of the most important things to plan is a list of achievable goals for you and your homeschooler. This will help you measure homeschooling success. But, before measuring success, you must define what it looks like for your child’s homeschooling journey. Because homeschooling is flexible, you can decide for yourself what success looks like for your child. Here are a few pointers for how to define success in homeschooling. 

Success in Homeschooling: A Different Measuring Stick

1. Know Your Reason for Homeschooling

Parents who choose to homeschool their children do so for many reasons. Just as a business develops a mission statement to guide its operation, your reason for homeschooling should be your guide that influences daily decisions, areas of study, and activities. You may even consider developing a mission statement with your child to keep this reason in front of you both and give your child a participatory role. Involving them in this can increase their motivation for their own homeschooling journey. 

2. Evaluate Your Daily Activities 

The exciting world of homeschooling allows for a lot of flexibility, meaning day-to-day activities can vary quite a bit. Consider taking time to observe and record these activities and accomplishments on a week-by-week basis. Be sure to observe which activities are a good or not so good fit for your child. Use these records to help evaluate how these pursuits align with your homeschooling mission statement or goals. You may want to involve your child in this process as well to best consider how they feel about each activity. 

Ask yourself: Are you seeing progression in your and your child’s chosen goals and pursuits? Is your child spending a good balance of time between each study subject? Should more time be dedicated to the subjects that are more challenging for your student?

While homeschooling, you want your child to become well-rounded, including a combination of academics and life skills. Taking the time to observe and reflect on a journal of your child’s weekly or monthly growth through homeschool activities is a great way to ensure that you’re preparing your homeschooler for more than just academic achievement.

Observe Your Homeschooler’s Behaviors

In a world full of “to-do” lists and “checking boxes” to measure and define success, perhaps the most important thing you can do is simply observe your child’s behaviors on a regular basis, and let this drive your evaluations of success.

  • Does your child seem happy?
  • Is your child excited about learning?
  • Is your child inquisitive in their learning?
  • Is your child exploring (and enjoying) new hobbies?
  • Is your child displaying a desire to socialize with other children their age?

The answer to these questions will give you and idea of how well what you’re doing is working. It will also help you learn what may need to be adjusted for your child’s well-being and interests.

When homeschooling, you want your children to grow and thrive. Unlike in public schools, success in homeschooling doesn’t have to be defined by test scores alone. Chances are, your definition of your child’s successful development doesn’t just mean scoring highly on tests. It means raising a student who is equipped to thrive in the world. This allows your child to focus on the cultivation of their unique gifts as a part of their goals. 

Trusted Homeschool Support At Your Side

The South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) has been supporting homeschooling parents and their children throughout the state since 1990. We offer curriculum assistance, academic programs, online reporting and documentation, and other helpful resources. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of SCAIHS membership and let’s get your child get started on a successful homeschool journey.