To Test or Not To Test? That is the Question

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Ammon is his bean teepee, trying to look like an Indian chief

TEST!

That one word can strike terror in the hearts of kids and moms alike.

What is a test for? Should testing be a part of homeschooling? Are the scores accurate? Do my children need outside testing by the school district to determine their grade level and their weaknesses and strengths?

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Do I Need to Test My Child?

board-361516_1280Question:

We need to know about testing. When? What materials? How often?

Please help! Our son is in the 4th grade.

Answer:

As home school moms, we are trying to put information into our children’s minds and hearts, not pull it out, which is what testing seems to be all about. The most effective test that can ever be given is to talk to the student for 5-10 minutes, asking questions, asking him to explain details of the subject you are testing him on. This was the method (oral evaluation) used in educating our founding fathers and it was very effective. Most homeschoolers find eventually that oral testing is the most revealing of the student’s knowledge level, and can be pleasant, rather than nervewracking.

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