Homeschool Testing – 5 Days of Homeschool Questions

Homeschoolers face many questions. The questions we deal with would never be asked to a parent of a public school child. While we may be upset at times, we need to remember that not everyone understands what we have come to learn. That is why I am taking this week to answer questions that non-homeschoolers have.

Yesterday I answered the question about socialization, and today I am going to talk about testing. Not just the tests that are given throughout the year, but that once a year testing to see how the kids are learning.

The Question

The actual question that was asked on my personal Facebook page was “How are the children tested to make sure they are schooling, not just the home part?” At first, I was a little offended, kids learn just by being at home. But I remembered this was coming from someone who did not homeschool and was actually curious to know the answer.

Yearly Testing in Our Homeschool

In the state of Minnesota, we are required to have our children tested using a specific test or going to a facility to have them tested. This needs to be done every year. While we don’t need to turn these into the school district where we report to each year, we still need to do it.

What Do We Use

We use the online California Achievement Test (CAT) from Academic Excellence. This is an approved test in our state that we are able to do online or on paper. We love the online option so much. The kids are timed, take the test and submit it all online. I get immediate scores and results.

This test works through reading comprehension, math, and vocabulary. These are the main topics that all standardized tests cover. I know that by having my children take this test yearly, I am seeing the main results that I need to see.

What We Think

I am not a fan of the idea of testing our kids. They each learn at their own pace, so trying to test them and compare them to other children is not my ideal situation. However, I do like to see where they have strengths and where I need to help them a little more. I love doing this at home at our pace. Using this program allows me to give the children breaks as we need it. We don’t have to spend a whole day testing if we don’t want to, but if they are on a roll, we can keep going. 

2019 Annual Not Back to School Homeschool Blog Hop
Doing this test every year shows me that no matter what curriculum I am using, or not using, my kids are learning. They may not be college-bound in 4th grade, but they are learning each year. 

I may not be able to speak for every state, as each state has its own rules for testing or not, but here in Minnesota, we do take a yearly test to see how much our kids are learning.

Tomorrow I am going to talk about how we know what grade our child is in and not just based on their age! I hope to have you join me again for that!

I am taking part in the Not Back to School Blog Hop put on by the Homeschool Review Crew. head on over and check out the other posts from today right here:


Chareen @ Every Bed of RosesABC of Homeschooling

Dawn @ Schoolin’ Swag Adding Fun to Your Homeschool Day

Erin @ For Him and My Family Large Family Homeschooling



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Socialization – 5 Days of Homeschool Questions

I am so excited to be a part of the Annual Not Back to School Blog Hop with the Homeschool Review Crew! This year I decided that I wanted to answer questions that were asked about homeschooling. 

I asked on my personal Facebook page what people wanted to know about homeschooling. There are so many bad stories in the news about homeschooling, I wanted to help show that we are not all like that, and love that I am able to answer some questions that many people outside of the homeschooling community might have.

Socialization

The first question, which is a dreaded question by homeschoolers, socialization. How do you socialize your kids? Only, it was also mentioned about how your kids will learn to deal with personalities that they can not avoid. While we have all been asked at least once about how we socialize our kids, it never occurred to me about how others would think about this, especially when it came to learning how to deal with other personalities on a regular basis.

How We Do It

Socialization does not have to include learning how to deal with a classroom full of kids the same age. Socialization can come when you and your kids go to the grocery store. They can learn how to talk with other people at the store. Not only that, but socialization can come when you go to family outings, your kids are running around and socializing with everyone around you.

Anytime we are outside of our house, we are socializing with the people around us. We don’t have a set time, or plan, we just do it.

Learning to Deal with Different Personalities

This happens right at home half the time! Haha! With 6 people in the house, we are all different. The kids start to learn how to deal with different personalities from day 1. That is true for everyone, homeschool or not. We all have to learn to deal with our family and their personalities. 

This also takes place when we get our kids involved in extracurricular activities. Just like public school, homeschool kids love being active with different things. There are homeschool co-ops, sports, and more. In the state of Minnesota, our kids are allowed to play sports in the school district we report to each year. That means any activities that are available to the public school kids, our kids have the option to join in as well.

While we have not done that, we have done religion classes, martial arts, and dance. Being in these activities, my kids are meeting with other kids at least once a week. They have to learn to work together to have a great outcome. If they don’t get along with someone, they have to find a way to handle it so that, like in dance, they can have a great recital at the end of the year. 

We Socialize, Just Differently

So, all in all, even though we homeschool, our kids are socializing. In everyday life, and in the activities they chose to be in. They are learning to socialize with kids their age, older kids, and adults. They have to work together as a team and learn to deal with people they may not like. We don’t sit in a classroom full of kids the same age, but we are active with our community and learning to be great citizens that work alongside each other. 

Come back tomorrow and I will share about testing!

Check out the rest of the blogs in the blog hop right here: 



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