Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Homeschooling Hump Day Encouragement

Around this time of year every school year, public schools begin to prepare students for annual standardized testing. This starts thoughts in many homeschoolers' minds of just how well their students are doing academically. There are some practical things we can do as homeschoolers to identify where our children are in the scope and sequence of learning.

Many of us use textbooks that have quizzes at the end of each chapter. You can use these to correct any learning gaps as you go. Another tool you can utilize is the scope and sequence that more than likely is included in the curriculum you've chosen to use. There are also standardized tests available through such companies as Bob Jones and Christian Liberty. Finally, many states allow for evaluation by certified teachers in your state. These evaluations serve to show that the child has made a year's worth of progress in a year's worth of time.

Whatever method you choose for determining where your child is academically, remember the end goal is to create lifelong learners. And no evaluation or test can replace building that desire to learn in your children yourself!


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