Author: Michele Pleasants

The 7 Flaws of Standardized Testing

Last week I talked a little about why we choose to do standardized testing each year and some of the advantages we see in that choice. But trust me, it is not all rainbows and ponies, folks. Have you tested your kids before? It is not for the faint of heart. It is time consuming at best and painful at its worst. After encountering several challenges, it got me thinking about the flaws of standardized testing. I have come up with 7, but I assure you there are many more! 1. Standardized testing. The very name is flawed. Whose...

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Why I Test My Kids Every Year

We have lived in a lot of different states during our now 17 years of homeschooling. Each state is different in their homeschooling laws and requirements for testing and we are careful to fulfill all of those requirements, regardless of our opinion of them. Regardless of those requirements, I decided from the very beginning that I would give my children the IOWA State Test each year for my own peace of mind. It began as a sort of self-checking task and then became a self-serving obsession. ūüėČ Each year I delighted in comparing those little numbers and filling in...

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Schooling While Dad’s Away

Let‚Äôs face it. If you took a poll of the homeschoolers out there, most would say that the majority are being taught by their moms. Makes sense really, as in a ‚Äútypical‚ÄĚ family, dad is the one who goes off each day to earn a living. But what about the ‚Äúnon-typical‚ÄĚ families?

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Sabbath Week Schooling

Did you know that every homeschool schedule looks different? Really. There are no right or wrong ways to homeschool as long as you are following the laws of the particular state you reside in. I know people who unschool, those who school classically, and some that love unit studies. I know families that love textbooks and some that have never cracked open a textbook in their lives. And believe it or not, we have done a little of all of that to some degree through the years. When you have been homeschooling for over 16 years, you tend to...

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Ready, Set, Go?

Ready to start homeschooling your child…but still unsure? You have all of the books and workbooks. You have all of the supplies and even a cute little area set up to school in. You even have the date circled on your calendar.

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