If you do not measure you will not know whether you are making progress or not!
You will not know if you moving forward or backward.
Measure or evaluate or check or assess….whatever you call it, this is critical in order to move towards fulfilling your vision.
From the everyday math sum your child does, to the big picture progress on your road to character development.
Measurement is a specific action one does at a specific point in time.
In business you measure for quality control purposes. It can be done formally or informally.
It is a good habit to establish a rhythm for measurement e.g. Check daily work every day or end of the week; evaluate whether quarterly goals are met at the end of the quarter; do a yearly analysis at the end of each year.
It is not difficult to do but must be done regularly.
One can always get any qualification if you have a proper education.
Be careful not to overestimate a qualification.
What to Measure
The easy things to measure include content in all subjects:
The more difficult things to measure include:
How to Measure
1. The first step in measurement is to check daily what the child(ren) did against what they should have done on the schedule.
Just checking off their daily work is already a way of measuring. But just checking off that they have done work is not good enough, as you should also check the work itself, e.g.
Mark Maths sums,
let them tell you what they read about,
let them do the Spelling test as prescribed,
read the content of the curriculum you bought,
show you a science experiment they said they did etc.
2. Another good time for measuring is at the end of a longer period such as monthly or quarterly, when one can see how you’ve done in terms of reaching your goals as planned in your schedule.
See the previous Step5 to understand more about Plan and Do.
3. Lastly you can measure progress in terms of moving towards your vision by doing an annual review every year.
For this you will look at your vision as defined in Step1, to measure how you are doing.
Reward goes hand in hand with measurement.
On the lowest level, a reward can include verbally praising your child for work well done, an act of kindness, good behavior etc.
With little ones a sticker in the book works well.
On the next level a reward can include something like a book prize for a certain number of books read, or an outing with you when s/he has completed a certain amount of work, especially if the work has been a challenge.
At the end of a year rewards may include certificates or a rapport on work for the year.
The rewards should therefore always be appropriate and timely, and not given out of context.
Rewards do well in encouraging a child to continue and grow.
For an example of what we have done Go to Step 6 Measure and reward personal
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