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Mid-year learning assessment

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Ladies, I thought I already posted this message, but I can't find it anywhere! If I accidentally posted it somewhere else, pardon me . Anyway, I was wondering if any of you had been taking a look at your educational accomplishments and looking toward the end of the school year at the information that you still have yet to cover. Everyone homeschools differently, but at the beginning of each year (our personal homeschool year is from June 1 through the nd of May) I kind of decide what information I want to cover. At this point in the year, it can be a good idea to evaluate how much time is needed to cover the topics that you have left. Is anyone doing this? How is your year rounding out? Are you going to finish the topics you wanted to cover?
Leslie in MD, board moderator
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I used to try to follow the public school system curriculum in planning what topics to cover at specific grades/ages. In my state you can look at all the public school system curricula for every school system in the state at the state universities. When I began looking at them I was surprised at how much they varied.

I think it is more improtant to follow a curriculum and do assessments if you are planning for your child to attend school in the future. If they are not going to school until college, what does it matter if they learned to read when they were 4 or 11? The important issue for us is that they could do well enough on the GED and get accepted to college.

You might try sitting down with your husband or someone else's opinion you value and come up with a list of what you think is important for your children to know as an adult. My list is basic: enjoy reading, be able to cook any receipe in a cookbook, hand sewing buttons and patches, how to manage a checking account, how to solve a problem using several different alternatives, ect. Jobs and scouts were very important learning experiences for my 2 oldest sons when they were high school age. Working at a minimum wage job was motivation to go to college.

Because of the rapid growth of knowledge and the changing nature of jobs the most important thing we can do is to teach our children how to learn. Our children will need to be lifelong learners. Our children may have 3 or 4 different professions (not just jobs) in their working lives. While I was in graduate school many of the adults were working on degrees in entirely new professions.

Studies have shown the most common way for 'lifelong learners' to attack learning is through learning projects. Say you are a skilled learner and you want to breastfeed. You would go the library and get many books, go to the internet, go to LLL meetings, talk to moms who enjoyed breastfeeding, ect. You would probably get to the point where you understand breastfeeding pretty well and may start learning about something else.

Learning experts are realizing that there is not that there is not that much difference between learning as children and learning as an adult (except autonomy). I no longer try to cover 5 or 6 subjects a day and follow someone elses expectations of what children should learn at what grade.
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Thread Starter 

that's not what this thread is supposed to be about....

Gabner, though I applaud your attitude about learning (I believe everything that you said!), this thread is for people who actually ENJOY planning what their kids "might" learn. I say "might" because most of us here are open to changing directions at any moment if our kids want to and we are happy that they are learning period. It is a must for me to have some idea of some age-appropriate things I want to cover with my kids when our "school" year begins. I'm trying to teach them what a school system thinks they should know. I have many sources to draw from that I think are on-track. That said, I hope to hear from more of you!
Leslie in MD
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Leslie,

We are relaxed homeschoolers, too. I had a great plan at the beginning of the year and it went GREAT for a couple of months, but then fell apart when we moved (nov and dec were lost months for us). A few weeks ago I sat down and made a very short revised plan for the rest of the year.

I completely dumped our social studies idea for the year. We were going to study a different continent each month -- find it on the globe, cook food from there, listen to music from there, read stories from there, etc. We did Africa and Australia and it was a lot of fun, but I just don't have the energy for it right now. May be we will start back on this later. (My kids loved it).

It was great getting everything else (for both kids!) summarized on 1 sheet of paper. I went through some things with them to see what the know and what they don't and it was fun to see how much they know!

My kids really enjoy their lessons and they like me having a plan.
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