While I will admit that one of the main reasons why we decided to homeschool was the amount of testing that was happening in public schools, I still think that testing does, actually, have a place in learning. So, thanks to Seton Testing Services, I have decided to give The Monk a complete core battery test to make sure that we are on the right track. Granted, I chose the first part of the second grade and we don't actually have to do any testing for our state until third, but I'm really curious about where we are at (ok, this might be some of the left over remnants of my teaching days and data collecting). I'm thinking, then, in the fall that we do the upper second grade and then, as required by our state's law, in the spring our official 3rd grade. I will probably do this from now on. Maybe twice a year. I don't know. There's a part of me that thinks it's important to gauge our progress and a part that is still like "down with testing!" Anyway, I think what really makes a difference in the testing is that there isn't as much stress or emphasis on the outcomes. It's more relaxed and I can give The Monk the accommodations that he needs without everyone getting all worked up over it all. It also gives us a week to talk half days and a mini-break (I think I've already discussed what happens when The Monk doesn't have a structured day/week. We'll see how all of this goes and (hopefully) this will prove to all the nay-sayers out there that we are growing our son in leaps and bounds by homeschooling (not that I care what they think anyway!)
How it all started...
I was a public school teacher for 6 years in a very urban middle school for both 7th and 8th grade. As the red-tape got thicker and teaching became more of a business rather than a place to prepare young minds to enter into the world, I decided that if I was going to work that hard to give an education to someone, it should be my own son. So, my adventures in homeschooling has begun.
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