Homeschool TestingWritten by Mary Joyce
By definitionÖ. Or rather history... history of testing would indicate that reason that we test was/is to determine students level of understanding of given material that has been presented over a specified period of time in classroom. Homeschool testing is quite different though. Certainly, when one teacher is assigned to teach anywhere from 15 to 30 students, testing as it is now is probably most efficient way to accomplish this goal.
The homeschool class is different though. Very few parents stand before their kids and lecture with expectation that kids diligently take notes! At least I hope youíre not doing that!
With one on one instruction that homeschool class provides, teaching is much of time more of an open discussion of topic between child and parent. The child has all time in world to ask questions and seek answers and responses from parent-teacher. In fact, as many questions they need in order to get clarification child needs to cement learning.
Many times a field trip to a community business, library, historical site, or museum is a great way to not only answer question but illustrate it as well with a fun and educational outing! Donít forget children are learning all time and more enjoyable you can make it better retention child will have. This type of learning is especially effective when they can relate a field trip or an actual experience when discovering answer.
Which Home Teaching Method Is For YouWritten by Mary Joyce
As a homeschooling parent you will be able to pick from one or any combination of home teaching resources that best fit your philosophical or religious beliefs.
Much of success of your teaching endeavor will depend upon integrating your teaching method with your childís learning style. Hence question, after you have committed to homeschool teaching... How do you teach your children?
Read everything about homeschooling you can Ö then read some more. Obviously books and articles, but in todayís world online at home teaching information is abundant. Get a feel for what fits for you. Donít forget about discussion forums on web. Join them. They are a great homeschooling resource.
As a parent you obviously spend a great deal of time around your children. Now after spending some time reading and learning about various home school teaching methods and perhaps leaning toward one (or more than one), itís now time to perhaps observe your child in a different light. Focus now on how your child learns. Thatís right, make notes. Maybe your child learns better by listening, maybe by doing, or perhaps best teaching method may be more visual.