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How to Accurately Grade a Homeschool Student

How to grade a homeschool student

 

Homeschool parents have the rare opportunity of grading their child’s academic work. This can be a blessing… and a curse! As parents we want our children to do well in school. As teachers, it may make it difficult to grade work objectively when we KNOW our children, their abilities, and whether or not they have worked hard in a subject.

So, how can we accurately grade a homeschool student?

Traditional Is Best

I truly believe the best way to grade a homeschool student is traditionally. What does this mean? It means using a standard grade scale, a simple right or wrong formula, and a teacher’s manual. The subjects best used for this method of grading are language arts, math, and spelling. There is no gray area with traditional grading. The answer is right, or wrong. This makes grading simple for mom, and keeps students from arguing over a grade.

Asses the Students Understanding

When grading a homeschool child it is important to know whether or not the child understands the subject being taught. If your child doesn’t, you have the advantage of going over the material again. This will work in your child’s favor because they understand that if they don’t know the material, it will be taught until it’s mastered. Once a child has mastered work you may grade them based on their ability to thoroughly know the material.  Subjects best used for this method are History, Science, Reading and in some cases Math.

Don’t Let Emotions Get Involved

As a homeschool teacher, your job is to teach.  But, you are also the parent, meaning that sometimes emotions can get involved. It is important to keep emotions in check when assessing your child’s abilities. Don’t give in to cries from your child when they ask for an extra day on that book report. Don’t give in when you know they didn’t study for the big test. Be firm, and encourage your child to do their best, regardless of who their teacher is ;)

Homeschool parents have the wonder ability of being able to teach their child the way they learn. We have the ability to ensure our kids master a concept, and are getting the best education possible. This responsibility goes hand and hands with grading our homeschool student. Grading fairly now will help us long term when it comes to homeschooling our high school students. It will also prepare our children to respect any future teachers they may have.

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When Homeschooling Wasn’t the Plan

Homeschooling wasn't the plan. Yet, here you are. Now what? You have a choice to make, and that choice is very important!

 

As a homeschool mentor I have heard it time and time again,

“Homeschooling wasn’t the plan”

Those words have come out of my own mouth, and if were honest MOST of us didn’t plan on being where we are today. But, sometimes plans change, and when this happens we have a choice to make.

Do we embrace it? Or resent it?

You see, out of the dozens homeschool moms who have come in and out of our local homeschool group there have been a few who just didn’t like homeschooling. It wasn’t in their plan, and they didn’t want to do it.
And everyone knew it.

Then there were the other moms who didn’t plan on homeschooling. They had a period where they were overwhelmed and wondered how in the world they were going to survive. They cried, the fretted, and they thought about throwing in the towel. But, the persevered, and in the process most of them ended up enjoying homeschooling.

And everyone knew it.

You know what the biggest difference in those two types of moms was?
Attitude!

If homeschooling wasn’t the plan, you may be shell shocked. You may be overwhelmed, and you may be slightly resentful at the change in plans homeschooling has brought to your life. But you know what?

You have a choice to make. And how homeschooling goes relies a lot on how you choose to handle it. Here are 3 ways you can change your attitude towards homeschooling.

  1. Embrace it-Yes, you didn’t want to be here, but you know what? You are! And you may as well embrace it for the season you are in it. Make a list of the GOOD things you have found in homeschooling. Even if it’s just a few items, cling to those moments. Cling to those reasons. Embrace them.
  2. Find a homeschool friend- I believe one of the biggest factors of homeschool success is finding a friend to help you along the way. Homeschool moms NEED homeschool friends. Find a local group, reach out to another homeschool mom in your community, or join an online group like this one.
  3. Complain in private-You don’t like homeschooling, fine. But your kids DON’T need to know this. Complain in private. TO your spouse, to your homeschool friend, or to your mom. DON’T let your kids here you complain. If they know you are not on board it will make the homeschool transition that much harder for both of you.

Moms, I understand homeschooling was not on everyone’s to do list, but I also know homeschooling can be a HUGE blessing to many families. If homeschooling was not in your plan, I encourage you to make the choice to embrace it, find a homeschool friend, and nix the complaining. Give it a few weeks (or months) and revaluate the homeschool situation. Chances are, it may grow on you!

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

No Testing? No Problem!

No testing? No problem! You can say no testing and still know how your children are doing in school. Here are some ways to assess without a test.

Whether it’s standardized, basic, online, or just because, public schools test nearly every day.   Many homeschoolers test because their state requires them to, or because they just want to, but more and more homeschoolers are opting out. Why?
Because a test is just a small snapshot of a child’s ability.

The more important thing to do is assess our homeschool students.  An assessment tells us a child’s abilities, weaknesses and strengths. The results are much more realistic view of our child’s progress. Not just what they can score on a piece of paper.

But if you say no testing how can you assess?

Keep Records

 Many homeschool families call this a portfolio. For some ideas as to what to keep in a portfolio check out this post. The basic idea is to include a snapshot of your child’s work from throughout the year.

This can be kept in a binder, a file folder, or another option that works for your family. By keeping records of your child’s work throughout the year you will be able to see what they are weak in and what their strengths are moving forward.

Practice Narration

Does your child read much of their schoolwork alone? Why not have them narrate to you what they have learned? Narration can be done orally or on paper. Written narrations can be saved in a notebook and is a great way to keep records of their work.

Have Fun with Presentations!

Another option is to have them present their work to you. This can be done in a book report, science experiment, or skit. Presentations can be a fun way to gauge what your child has learned, but also teaches them public speaking skills and can show dad what you and the kids have been busy on all day!

Set Goals

Do you want your child to know his states or capitals by the end of the year? Make that a goal! How about your child being able to read a book alone, or able to complete a math drill? Make these goals!

Setting goals allows your child to work on a certain task until it is mastered. This also lets you know what their progress is without testing them on their work.

So, you don’t want to test your children? No problem! Any of the above methods of assessment are a great way to gauge how your child is learning without giving them a test.

 

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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