I'm looking for more independence for my older kids during school and dh is wanting them to have more tests. SO. With that said, am I just not cut out for MFW? Are there other ways to encourage them to work more independently?
I know I can make tests up to appease dh, but that's just more work since nothing from MFW comes with tests. Can someone remind me why they don't use tests? What about when MFW kids get to college and have to take really hard tests all the time? Are they ready for it?
I'm not sure I know the reason that your husband wants "more tests." Can you explain that a bit more so we can help with specific ideas for his goals? I know we'd all like to do something to help each other meet goals.
until then..... just typing away....
My opinion -- my goals.... (your mileage may be different.)
some subjects in elementary years are just "silly" for a homeschooling parent test in because other methods do a better job showing what was learned. I believe it was Winston Churchill who is quoted as saying something to the effect of "Tests just told the teacher what I didn't know. Why can't they ask me what I do know?"
I think that applies very much to history and Bible, and possibly in science. In other words, what purpose does testing really do for a child up to around grade 7?
in elementary years, MFW gives us some things that are easy to "test" on:
*Singapore Math -- those end of unit reviews can be a "test" if a teacher truly wants to do it that way
*PLL and ILL -- those books have review and end of semester things -- if you truly really wanted to turn those into tests you could.
So, skill based subjects such as math and language arts, can be tested with a bit more "objective" methods.
Other subjects are, well, more 'subjective" in assessment.
When we do all of that notebooking and have the kids write it down --- they are telling us something they DID learn. When they tell Daddy what they did today -- that's conversation. It doesn't need to be a test.
when they pick up a book and can read parts of it on their own -- that is how we know we taught them how to read! so why give a test in phonics?
When they misspell a word -- that says "hmmm.... they need to learn that a bit more".
When we give them a craft project and let them work independently -- they learn skills that way.
when we cook together as a family -- we learn team work.
Starting around 7th grade, MFW really encourages us to help our children transition more fully to being more "independent". but really all that might mean is that we are encouraging them to be "more responsible" for their assignments and their "learning". Honestly, we are never independent of each other. So, I'm personally hoping to stop saying "more independent" and saying "appropriate stage of learning responsibility". I see from David's workshops this year, he's saying about "self motivated Christian thinkers". interesting....... I guess I'm not the only homeschooler unsure of saying "independent". neat.
Saxon math -- you get real tests
apologia jr. high -- real tests
applications of grammar -- real tests
Progeny Press -- not tests per se, but more of the written answers and such
even Rosetta Stone is graded for you and jr. high and older can do that with more of their responsibility.
High school - tests AND MFW even offers a resource for SAT Prep!
So, when you have to have your elementary age children working more on their own, there are things they are already doing in MFW to encourage that. Book Basket, math workbooks, time to write letters, or to play with siblings in a geography game.
Well, I know there are other ways that people are encouraging more "stage of learning appropriate responsibility in learning" for elementary kids when mom has a family to tend to. I'm sure you'll get plenty of ideas.