A homeschooling question answered

September 4th, 2009

One of the questions we are regularly asked about homeschooling is – How do we know how our kids are going compared to other kids? This is a good question.

In our case most of the homeschooling books we buy have tests in them. For us, this is not so much about seeing how the kids are going compared to other kids, it is more about how they are going with their own work.

To help with this “testing” we have recently purchased some extra books from Australian Homeschooling Supplies. These books are a series, “Test your Maths…English…Spelling…”. As you can imagine is they have tests graded for the different years.

The great thing about these books is that they are written in a way to really test on the various areas of learning. After completing a book you might see that your child needs extra help in one area. The book then suggests another one to help your child improve in that area. It gives them targeted work.

For us though, homeschooling is about letting the kids progress at their own pace. Most kids are strong in some areas and weaker in other areas and that is ok! In homeschooling we just let them go ahead in their strengths and slowly work on the weaker areas to bring them up to speed.

The thing we try to remember with testing is that a test is a tool to see how they are going. It is not the be all and end all of life. If your child fails a test or is not doing well in one area, it just means they need a little extra help or it needs to be explained in a different way.

If you are interested in checking out these books you can find them at the Australian Homeschooling Supplies website – www.homeschooling.com.au.

God Bless,

Dave