Mandatory testing and voluntary fun

The end of May always marks the end of our school year. Our final week has traditionally been a time for review. This year we’ve added a new activity in required state testing.

Every state is a bit different in requirements for homeschooling. Our state dictates that Columbo has reached the age that he needs to take the standardized test. HSLDA is a good source if you need to check your states requirements.

To my surprise, all of the littles wanted to take a test. Having a strong dislike for test taking myself, I was baffled by their excitement. Thankfully I’ve been reviewing curriculum for next year and was able to print placement tests for Magoo. After taking a spelling test one afternoon, and a math test another, a very proud Magoo was given a grade passing high-five.

IMG_4435Although much of Little Bear’s school year has been filled with busy preschool activities, she’s also been going through workbooks from Rod and Staff. She was happy to complete a book this week and busied herself with Math U See blocks during Magoo’s math test. Thankfully she did not question any further need for “testing.”

With the completion of exams, I am thrilled to officially call it…(cue Alice Cooper)…Schools out for summer!!!

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Clearly Little Bear put “Tea Party” on her list

Summer break does not mean an end to learning. Although text books have a purpose, there is much to be discovered during our summer activities and playtime. As I type, the littles are excitedly creating their bucket list of activities they would like to do. I’ll soon be sharing their ideas, a few of my own, and how I keep track of it all.

What is your favorite summer activity?

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  1. We don’t have the four seasons here (it’s hot all year round), but it time for a school term break. Lots of outdoor activities planned – a trip to the beach will definitely be on our list!

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