Just wondering if others find themselves periodically feeling a pull to assess, evaluate or measure their kids' learning, despite a strong belief that this is unnecessary.
We've been unschooling for 18 months or so, after a year of kindergarten in a small public school, and I still catch myself wondering what grade level my son is reading at, or comprehending particular subjects at. I'm not sure why-- he's only seven, very bright, with lots of passions and endless curiousity. We're both enjoying home learning. So just habit, maybe-- my own years of schooling-- or the predominance of the attitude that children need to be continually assessed...
I have no plans to send him to school at this point, though he may choose to go later on, so it doesn't matter if he is in step with the provincial curriculum. I don't test or assess his learning in any formal way, though of course being with him all the time I have a sense of what he understands... but I'd really like to stop wasting time looking at provincial learning outcomes (ugh, who writes those?), or thinking about whether his reading or math knowledge is at grade whatever level etc!