How do you measure/gauge what your child is retaining? My DH wants to make sure that they are actually learning, have some goals, etc. So far, it is not going very well. My job as teacher is on the line here and I want to make sure we find a good fit.
At this age (7 and 5) in my house, we don’t fret about retention of science and history facts. We look things up all the time. Learning is not about spewing out memorized lists. You will know that they retain things because they are learning to read and write. At this age, I think you and your dh should be looking for progression of Skills and retention of skills.
Just one very strong opinion out there about it. In later years the retention comes from a lot of hands on learning and just talking out loud. Also, we don’t memorize our timeline in my house. It is on display and we learn how to look things up. That is more important to me. As they get older, the retention of science and history comes along.
A lot of things in MFW help with retention. There are hands on activities that help cement the facts. There are timelines. History is taught chronologically.
Julie in MN wrote:
MFW includes a lot of methods for reviewing and retaining information. The notebook will be the crowning jewel, which you can show to dh & others.
I agree!!! with that. My kids might not be able to have instant recall within 2 seconds of being quizzed by others, but pull out the notebooks and games and they can show you all they learned and talk for longer.