You’d think that staying home all day and homeschooling would mean I have all the time in the world to do the things I want to do.
*Homeschool moms everywhere just spit out their coffee.*
But the reality is, we are busy busy busy mamas who are managing households, training hearts and minds, educating our kids, and more! It’s like several full time jobs packed into one 24-hour time slot each day. Homeschooling moms who have found their groove are like ninjas at prioritizing and getting the most important things done. But sometimes, things still fall through the cracks.
One of the things that started falling through the cracks for me a few years in was correcting homeschool assignments. As we added more kids to our little brood, it became increasingly difficult to get the assignments corrected right away. And as the older kids advanced in levels, that became a problem.
My child would get their assignment done and I’d say “ok buddy, set it here and I’ll correct it when I’m done with <feeding the baby, doing the dishes, helping your sister with her math, etc.>” Sometimes I’d forget to do it. Sometimes a handful of days would creep by, and then when I finally remembered to sit down to check things out, I realized they were misunderstanding a key concept and we’d have to backtrack a bit, much to our mutual frustration.
From talking with other homeschool moms, this is a common problem. We’ve since nixed it and I’m here to share my top tips on keeping up with correcting homeschool assignments!
This post is sponsored by Teaching Textbooks. All opinions are my own and I always give my honest review.
1) Correcting Homeschool Assignments As You Go
For younger kids especially, it’s easier to sit with them and correct their work as they go or right after they’re done. (In a conversational and encouraging way, not a “ZAP! that’s wrong” kind of way.)
I often sit with all my younger kids at the table and bounce around helping them and correcting homeschool assignments one as they need it. We get the work done faster and it’s all corrected and discussed before we’re done.
2) Establish a Checkpoint After Each Assignment is Completed
Try having your kids bring you their assignment and correct it with you right away. It will take some time to develop this habit but eventually it can become a helpful routine. (Doling out an M&M each time helps… just sayin’.)
The downside is that with a busy household they might have to wait there until you’re free or you might have to stop whatever else you’re dealing with at the time. The risk is that you forget and they wander off, or you are just unable to help them right then and they have to move on without you.
3) Choose a Certain Time Each Day for Correcting Homeschool Assignments
For a while, I had the routine of sitting down with a cup of tea after the kids went to bed and correcting any work for the day as well as preparing for the next day. It was glorious. This worked pretty well for a while until a) I just really wanted to reclaim that particular time of day to do other things, and b) our curriculum choices changed and I no longer require prep work time, so it’s not as motivating/necessary to do this after the kids go to bed.
Other times you could choose are first thing in the morning (correcting the previous day’s work), at the end of whatever group learning time you do, after lunch, etc. Pick an event that happens every day without fail and anchor that correcting task to it!
(Check out my pajama-clad Incrediboy begging to do two lessons in Teaching Textbooks. Lol!)
4) Pick One Day a Week for Correcting and Planning
Many moms have a weekly planning time where they like to catch up on correcting homeschool assignments, see what needs to be covered for the next week, and prepare their materials. Saturday or Sunday evening are common times for that kind of activity.
In our case, I don’t do weekly planning (my planning system includes quarterly planning instead). So again, I am less likely to be consistent with weekly correcting. But if you want to try that, I suggest setting an alarm or calendar event each week to help you make it happen!
5) Teach Your Children to Correct Their Own Work
Many times, you can provide your older child with a checklist or a teacher’s manual / answer sheet and they can learn to correct their work themselves after they’ve finished an assignment. You may want to instruct them that they are responsible for mastering the material and that you’ll be correcting quizzes and tests.
Should you choose to go there, it can actually be a great way to help kids grow their responsibility wings. It also provides potential low-risk learning opportunities where they can experience the biblical principles behind honesty and diligence, as well as the consequences for cutting corners or trying to cheat the system.
6) Enlist Others to Correct Their Work
In a similar way, you can delegate the correcting task to others. If you have several older kids, they can use the teacher’s manual to correct objective things like each other’s math or spelling. (I would steer clear of things like writing assignments because of the emotions/competition that may come into play.) Or have your spouse or a grandparent take on a weekly task of correcting and reviewing work for you.
7) Use Self-Correcting Curriculum Options
As a large family mom, especially with kids in the upper elementary and middle school ranges, it can be helpful to find online curriculum that corrects the work for you.
You can find such programs for various subjects including language arts, math, history, science, and more!
How Teaching Textbooks Can Help You Keep Up
Teaching Textbooks is a fantastic option for independent learning. The instruction is well done, the lessons are interactive, and the kids really enjoy them. That’s a win!
Double win? The lessons are corrected in the program and the kids get instant feedback so you don’t have to worry about correcting homeschool assignments for math! You can always log in and check how things are going overall or for each lesson in terms of corrections and grading.
Teaching Textbooks 3.0 can be a great option for a large family.
- Fully online curriculum that can be used on any device
- Interactive and engaging lessons my kids enjoy
- Well done instruction that doesn’t leave them scratching their heads
- Self-grading with instant feedback
- Constant review throughout each level
- Great for busy moms who need independent learning solutions
It’s also a flexible option. You can:
- Print textbook pages if you want them to write out and show their work.
- Print out grade books if needed for records
- Pause the account for up to three months for vacation time.
- In some cases they’ll allow a little more time for a child to complete a level.
- Use it on any device including a laptop, iPad, etc. With a lot of kids doing lessons all day, that is very helpful!
We used it all this past year and will be using it for my upcoming 4th and 6th grader again this year! Read my full review about Teaching Textbooks here. But here are a few things you NEED to know:
- Be sure to take the Placement Test to find out where your child should start. Although the entire program covers everything other math programs do, the pacing is a little different in the elementary years, so you want to make sure you know what level they should start at (it may not always correspond with their grade level.
- Sign up for the Free Trial – NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED! You get access to the complete program (any and all levels) up through lesson 15 with no time limit on when you have to use it by.
- Group hug! There’s a large family discount! For families with 4-8 kiddos there is a price cap of $199.08. Definitely a bonus for this large family mama!