Issue 88 | March 1, 2016 | Self Design Course Assesment

Many of you creative home schoolers have put together self-designed courses for the 2015-16 school year.  Now might be a good time for a check on the student's progress.   Why now?  Because the student may need a course correction.  It is easy to get off track and pursue some interests that are not related to the original subject (not that side tracks are always bad.  They can lead to something wonderful.)   But for the sake of the original study as approved by the NARHS advisor, progress should be measured.  Another reason to perform a progress assessment is to determine if more skills training or learning should be added, or taken away because the goals were too difficult (or easy) in the first place.   Below you will find a simplified process that can help you figure out where to go from here.


Enrollment season for next year (2016-17) starts March 1 so this is a reminder for special pricing that exists during this time.
From March 1-May 31, the tuition price of $445 must be paid in full, and comes with a free Log Book and Resource Advisor.
From June 1 through August 31, the registration price is $495 which can include a payment plan option that starts with $100 down and continues with $50 a month.  Registrants during this period will also receive a Log Book and Resource Advisor.
Starting September 1, 2016, the registration price is $545 and can include a payment plan.
Some of you may be wondering what happened to that wonderful price of $399.99 that was grandfathered to all students who were currently registered when NARHS received its accreditation notice, which happened to be December 4, 2015.  The tuition price stays grandfathered as long as you register and pay in full by August 31, 2016.
If you have any questions about this, please contact us at 800-882-2828.


To begin the process, simply review the initial objectives set for the study when the course description was written.  Just for an example's sake, I'll list three objectives from a culinary arts course:

  • To prepare a main dish twice a week for the family.
  • To stay within a set budget for two weeks.
  • To create a cookbook of 50 different recipes tried in the kitchen.

For these kinds of objectives, it would be suitable to assess progress every two weeks.
Schedule conferences in which you can determine together if the student is on target to keep these goals.  For grading sake, you could give each a score between 6 - 10.  Talk with the young chef about what could be done to make the scores higher next time.  As the parent-educator, don't be hesitant about giving a low grade once in a while.  (You can always cast out the lowest grade in the final analysis.)
During the conferences, ask questions such as, what could you have done to reach your goal in even a better way?  What plans can you set that will help you learn things you don't know yet? Is there any resource, agency or consultant that you could access to help you grow in your skills? Were some of the goals so easy you were not stretched to reach them?  If so, what adjustment can be made on the goals? It could be enriching to watch ideas, skills and motivation grow out of these conferences together. 

You will never reach your goal without setting a timeline.  Until then, it is just a thought or a dream.  
~Dave Ramsey