Thursday, April 30, 2009

Successful Homeschool Activities

Successful homeschool experiences are most often the result of "student-driven interest" and the willingness to be flexible and adaptable to the learning opportunities that present themselves each day.

We hear from many parents who are thinking about homeschooling their children. Some of their most-pressing questions revolve around "grading" and "testing" their children. However, grading and testing are tools that are used for judging a large mass, when you, otherwise, do not have the time nor opportunity to determine a child's true knowledge, skills, and abilities, one-on-one.

Most tests simply show how well children do in taking tests. They are an indication of test performance, and little more.

When considering homeschooling or a homeschool curriculum, try not to become overly concerned about "grading" and "testing." "Grading" is done through discussing each day's learning experiences with your children. "Testing" is achieved through observing their strengths and weaknesses in the subjects and topics you've been covering.

Yes, tests can be "interesting" and quizzes can be "fun" when they are kept in perspective. But for determining your child's learning successes, you can focus more on discussions and observations to see, first-hand, how well your child is progressing or where he or she might need extra help.

For more insight, read the articles from actual homeschooled students on our "Articles" page at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com. Read "Confessions of an Autodidact" and "Taking a Look Back" to see how flexible homeschool activities and "student-driven interest" led to successful homeschool experiences.

Happy homeschooling!

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