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Reviewing Children’s Homeschool Learning 

In a homeschool environment, we are obviously reviewing learning naturally most of the time but in terms of keeping a record this is useful for an overall learning portfolio,

In a homeschool environment, we are obviously reviewing learning naturally most of the time but in terms of keeping a record this is useful for an overall learning portfolio, it is great to be able to look back and see how the journey has evolved and understand the importance of reflection as part of the process.

Learning is the ability to consciously modify understandings, beliefs and actions in response to evidence, experience, and reflection. 

By involving your child in this process you are putting them at the centre of their learning, they become autonomous in their thoughts and feelings and you are enabling them to become self-directed learners which is one of the end goals of home education.

In our household, we review learning at the end of each summer, just because we are in that cycle as we came out of the school system at the end of an academic year and whilst we let go of most of the structures we kept the school year cycle for review purposes but there are many people that review on a termly basis, there is nothing to stop you reviewing at any point in the year or as many times as you want to. 

As we use Collage to collect learning moments across all areas of learning we print a short report of what we have done, you can just do this on-screen but we have taken to printing as the children like to put their printed journals into their treasure chest as a reminder of all the awesome stuff we did over the year.

We do a review with each child separately as it is more personal, giving time to go through their report. We use post-it notes that they can post on highlights of the year, for example, yellow for moments that they have really enjoyed and blue for things that were tricky, these help in the following discussions.

We use the following questions to chat about different things that they have enjoyed and things that were tricky:

What were some of your favourite moments this year?

Why were they so good?

Were there any moments that were tricky?

What made them tricky?

What can we learn from those tricky moments?

We record this conversation, together,  to upload to Collage, if your child enjoys typing they could also type their responses in an upload.

We then start to think about future learning and ask some of the following questions:

Where do you learn best? Is there any specific time in the day when you feel more active with learning?

What kind of things do you enjoy learning most about?

What would you like to learn? 

What goals would you like for the forthcoming term/year? 

With their goals, we will add these to something like Trello to remind ourselves and work towards. Trello is a great free app that allows you to add goals and move them to a completed box once they have been completed. We also add these to their bio learner section within Collage.

Goals can be really simple or more complex, they really should evolve from the child’s thoughts about their learning as these will be more meaningful and create a powerful reason for learning what they will do.

You can also use the activity feed on Collage to do mini-reviews, daily, weekly or termly.

Reviewing learning has nothing to do with meeting LA requirements as we have already explained BUT it is really useful if you do have any kind of review with any professional body as it shows how involved your child is in their learning and it shows progress against their own milestones. An example of this might be if you are trying to achieve any kind of support for SEND children. It is also useful for children who may be homeschooling for a short period of time with the intention of them going back to school.


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