In the effort to acummulate material that we can show in the homeschool review, I sometimes make up written work thta matches the expectations of our county reviewer. I've been able to do this easily in math and history but we have very little in "reading" because although dd i a voracious reader she doesn't write much and only writes when she wants to, what she wants to. She is very creative an original, but there is almost nothing that we can show the reviewer. SHe also prefers to write on the chalkboard, she says it is so easy to erase. I took a picture once of what she wrote on the board, but I dont think that is going to be enough.
I found the Maryland State curriculum website and printout some grade 3 tests for reading and math. I figured, these will be so easy for her and we will have something in the format that the reviewer can understand and easily accept.
So I gave her the reading test. It was so easy I thought she would breeze through it. Instead she was soon in tears because ...
"why do I have to do this, I already know how to read!"
She also found fault with various questions for various reasons.
At first, she would add a 5th choice to the multiple choice and circle that. I told her that was even better and I would have to give her "extra credit" for having an original answer. But overall she was very antagonistic towards the test. Halfway through she said, "it is better to just let them crush the creativity out of you and just give the answer that they want." I started to say, no that is not better, you should write what you think is right. SHe stopped me and said, "no that is simpler." I later said that I did not want her to do something that she felt was crushing her creativity and she just said, that's okay, I have plenty of time to uncrush it.
TO be honest, that is probably the way I and I daresay most of my classmates approached our school work and exams all the time - and in a way, how I am approaching this review. I know that the reviewer has no appreciation for or interest in how my child learns etc but just wants to see material so that she can tick her list. Based on past experience, knowing that she is not interested in something departing much from the school curriculum, except that it might be done at a different pace and in a more "interdisciplinary way" - that is what she calls "the beauty of homescholing" -- I see that I have to repackage whatever we are doing in a format that she recognizes and accepts. My struggle is to do this without imposing too much change in what we are doing. That is the really hard part.
I used to approach the review as an opportunity for me to get new ideas from an external source but now I just see it as useless except to meet the requirement. When I saw these assessments and realized that my daughter definitely "knew" all the stuff, I thought this is the answer to my problems, just show the reviewer that she passed the state grade 3 assessment and that will fill the bill. But I can't do it if it drives dd to tears. And in a way I don't really want dd to swallow the bitter pill and just do it - losing her high standard of learning and compromising for the sake of the system, etc.