Do you have a plan for checking school work?

Teaching Tip:

Do you have a plan for checking school work?

It is a good idea to have a plan for checking school work as part of your school day. Otherwise, the work will just pile up and may never get checked!

How do you handle checking work for younger students?

At our house, with our younger kiddos, we just check their work as we go through the day. We have them make needed corrections right away. They put away their work and their books as soon as they finish. This helps keep the clutter down.

How do you handle checking work for older students?

With our older kiddos, who have more independent subjects, we needed a more organized approach to checking work. So, we assigned each student a separate place on the kitchen counter to pile his completed work. Our older kiddos hand their work in open to the page that needs checking or closed with a sticky note marking the page. Our older boys also hand in any needed answer keys from the answer key shelf for us to use in checking.

Once work is checked, what happens next?

When we check something, we mark any errors. If there are few to no errors, we give the page a star or a grade. Then, we place the checked work in a new pile in a different spot. At our house, we move work from the counter to the right of the oven to the counter to the left of the oven. This provides an easy way for our boys to see what work has been checked.

How does this method allow us to stay on top of checking?

In this way, we can check work throughout the day as time allows. Our boys can see at a glance, depending on which side of the counter something is on, if their work is checked. Before putting work away, our boys make any needed corrections. Then, they either show us the corrections or turn the work in to be checked again. This helps us stay on top of the checking and keeps clutter to a minimum. It also keeps us from skipping the checking, as the piles are there as a reminder!

Ponder your plan for checking work.

Take a few moments to ponder your plan for checking work. A new plan might really change how you feel about the clutter of school work at your house. Then, try your plan and see if it helps your day go more smoothly!

Blessings,
Carrie

Teaching children to live under the authority of God

A Charlotte Mason Moment:

‘The teacher should always take the moral habit for granted. He should never give his pupils to understand that he and they are about to examine whether, for instance, it is wrong or not to lie. The commandment against lying is assumed, and its obligation acknowledged at the outset.’ This we heartily agree with, and especially we like the apparently inadvertent use of the word ‘commandment’, which concedes the whole question at issue – that is, that the idea of duty is a relative one depending on an Authority supreme and intimate, which embraces the thoughts of the heart and the issues of the life.”

(Home Education by Charlotte M. Mason Vol. 2, p. 114)

Teamwork Carries the Day!

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Teamwork Carries the Day!

Did you know that Carrie and Julie (Carrie’s sister and editor) shared one public school teaching position prior to coming home to teach their own children? They did this by teaching 2 days one week and 3 days the next week. Together, they were allowed to “loop” a 3rd grade class by following them up to 4th grade; this enabled them to stay with the same group of children for 2 years. This may be a common practice these days, but 15 years ago this was quite a novel approach to teaching elementary children (in South Dakota anyway . . .)

Even though their public school days are behind them, Carrie and Julie’s teamwork days are far from over! Nowadays, they are privileged to continue working together to help you, our valued HOD customers! 😀

Have a great weekend!

PS: To see why we think homeschooling provides a “looping” education at its best, have a look at this blog article below!

Why homeschool? A Multi-age, Multilevel, and Looping Opportunity

Teachers in the Family

Heart of Dakota Tidbit:

Teachers in the Family

Did you know that teaching runs in the family at Heart of Dakota? Carrie’s mother was an elementary school teacher and both of her sisters have teaching degrees and have taught in the public schools. Also, Mike’s brother is a special needs teacher and his mother was a junior high teacher!

Have a great weekend!