Tuesday, May 28, 2013

End of Year - Sort of

Hi to all in the homeschool world.  It is getting to be that time of year when everyone is looking forward to the end of the school year.  Actually we are doing year round school but we are gearing down for a break in the next week.  To that end I decided to do a bit of testing.

Yeah, right! Test 'little man'.  That is a difficult thing to get done.  It took most of today just to get him to do the math test.  He just refused for the longest time, finally he did it and woo hoo, he did it.  I only tested for Math and Language Arts.  The Science he is well ahead of the game and we don't do very much history.  We do some Geography but not enough to test on.  I don't do a lot of testing anyway.  I just wanted to know if I could for sure see mastery in a lot of things that I just want to leave for the occasional review only and yippee.

First of all it was a cold turkey kind of testing day.  He was not aware that it was going to happen and therefore not prepared.  My bad! I should have done a day or so of math in the last few days just to prepare him but I really wanted to see what was in his head.  He did not disappoint.  He became a bit frustrated at some things but no worries.  There are a couple of 1st grade level things that I just need to keep in mind to review with him on occasion and then the 2nd grade there are a few more review items, but 3rd grade level is where he really started to stumble.  He needs to get into the multiplication tables and get those in his memory and then division should be a breeze.

We went to Kahn Academy and took a look at a couple of the Algebra videos and he seems very interested in the concept of not using typical standard, expanded forms to do the math that way.  He was intrigued.  So along with his 3rd grade level work I will be adding in introduction to Algebra on occasion just to test the waters.

He aced the 1st grade level Language Arts and will do the 2nd grade level test tomorrow which again, I think he will probably ace as well.  If not, no worries after all he is still only 5 and we only do Math and Language Arts maybe twice a week and we only do schoolwork for 3 hours max each day anyway. He ususally reads for a couple of hours each day.  If it is really interesting to him he will read for 30-40 minutes at a time, if not he will do 15 minute segments until he is done.

Oh, and his Spanish is progressing nicely.  So far just the basics and when we start back up I will be introducing the parts of speech and how they are handled in Spanish.  He really enjoys learning Spanish.

So to say the least,I am very pleased with where he is at what would be normally the end of the year.  We only started homeschooling in December so he is all good.    Tomorrow he has a date with the splash park on the beach with a few other homeschoolers in the area and starting Saturday he gets to go bowling whenever we can get him there and it is free so we are going for a 3 week break and then back to the books or lack thereof and see how he handles it.

What are your plans for the summer, still doing schoolwork, taking the summer off or anything special.  Would love to hear some ideas for keeping them busy during the down times.

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to an even better second year of homeschooling. How about you?

Be blessed
Mimi

2 comments:

  1. I never did our children's homeschool yearly testing. I took them to a local church where they were tested along with a bunch of other homeschoolers. But our testing was required every year and we weren't allowed to test our own.

    Sounds like he did a great job! You should be proud!

    Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party! :)

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  2. Thank you for your comment. I don't have to do end of year testing but I wanted to have an idea of how we were progressing. Truthfully, I did not think we had come so far with him with the issues we were having (in previous posts) but, I was awesomely surprised and so, so very proud of him.

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