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Friday, September 5, 2008

Friday Is Test Day Here At Melissas Homeschool, Bathroom Stenciling

To test, or not to test, that is the question of the day. I know homeschoolers have their own style of teaching, but what about testing. Do you give tests to your children? Every Friday, unless school is closed that day, DJ takes a series of tests, made up by me, covering material he learned that week, or previous weeks. I find this to be the best way, for me, to be sure he is retaining what he already learnt, plus I also believe learning through repetition is a great way to remember things. The tests, are short, and cover all subjects, plus a reading comprehension, which I have a book that I take that from. This year, because he is in 3rd grade, I am going to have him take a standardized test, come Spring. The homeschool evaluatorn, said it was not necessary, for him to go to college, but it certainly helps, as they need to know how to take those kinds of tests, once they start preparing for college. So how about you, and your homeschool style?

As stated earlier, in the week, my children for arts and crafts, this week, were going to paint stencils on the master bath cupboards. I chose stencils, because I thought it would be neater. Nope not really, they still made a pretty good mess. It washed up easy though. Note to others, stencils are not perfect, the pain can run behind them and mess up the picture as you will see. Caitlin used way too much paint, and hers kind of smudged. She also had it running completely, down the cupboard, not shown as I wiped it off. DJ's was better, but also the stencil smudged behind the picture, and when I wiped it off, I wiped off part of his bumblebee. For their very first real painting project, I would say it went pretty well. Next time though, I will let them just do free hand, and do whatever they want. I hope everyone has a great weekend. We are keeping one eye on Hanna, the other on Ike, and I have to work night shift this weekend too. So if I dont get much accomplished, that is why.


betchai said...

:) still I think their job was a lot better than the painting job i did a lot older than their age :) when I was in grade 6 and my teacher told me, "what kind of drawing is this? you do not know anything about art, do you?" i went home crying :( and told myself if i will become a teacher, i will not be like her, hahahaha! anyway, hope you all had wonderful time painting.

Have a good weekend.

Melissa said...

What a terrible thing for a teacher to say. Why didnt she teach you then. They had a ball painting, I guess I had a ball cleaning up lol. I hope you have a great Saturday.

Angela said...

I have an award for you!

Melissa said...

Angela, an award for me, cool. I am new to these award things, what do I have to do?

betchai said...

oh yes, melissa, she was really terrible. i guess, she was one of those who were in the profession only half-heartedly or maybe does not like teaching at all. she was the only teacher who made me cry thus i could not forget her at all.

i hope you will be spared from ike's path.

Melissa said...

I am so sorry you had to deal with such a mean teacher. Ike, is still very much up in the air, as to the definate track. If you dont see any posts for a few days, I have probably evacuated.

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