Testing Homeschool Knowledge

Our home educated kids get quizzed on math problems at Sunday orThanksgiving dinner in most disproportionate numbers compared to their public schooled friends and family.  Fortunately, homeschoolers tend to be wonderfully social animals and we politely deal with the rudeness.  

But along a different vein, I ran into a couple of quizzes regarding knowledge of homeschoolers and their 'styles'.  The first survey followed an Arizona homeschool article that I appreciated.  Most of the articles I care to laud are written by homeschoolers.  Even though there seems to be a new edu-industry created to study us, homeschoolers are the only ones who seem to really get what we live and learn each day.

Arizona homeschooling mom, Carol Shippy, offered 4 general pieces of advice about getting started as a homeschooler – Find your state's legal requirements and understand the responsibilities, Get set up and ready to roll (libraries and museum passes are a wonderful start-up resource), Observation or networking with other homeschooling families and Reading.  

Those are great basics.  As an aside, our middle two left the public school to homeschool and I found deschooling helped tremendously.  While you're deciding what style works best for your family, you'll be using your mom and/or dad instincts to note your child's interests and find the right niche to capture their love of learning.

Carol created a pop quiz and a good sign the quiz isn't 'fixed' was question number one about John Holt (teacher extraordinaire). Thank goodness, these quiz questions are not comparable to political poll questions.  I would also recommend these two sites here and here for valuable regulation information from local homeschoolers.

I'm not sure how I wandered into this Discovery Channel quiz, but I learned a few things about technology. I was not disappointed with the question and answer choices. The creators were not sliding in the notion that homeschoolers require more regulation.  Many of the correct answers went back to the lovely idea that state regulations for homeschoolers all differ and test taking, reporting, et al are dependent on those local parameters.  (I am not a fan of federalized education trends and the only progress I've seen with the President Carter initiated Department of Education is downhill .) Illinois doesn't require standardized tests or reporting for homeschoolers.  Neither does Texas, but the Texas Education Agency offers up their archived standardized tests freely and can used for your own perusal.  If college is a consideration for a life goal, it's good practice for your homeschooler.

My favorite was question was: "Most homeschooling resources are -"

  • Free
  • Expensive
  • Available only to subscribers to a specific Web site
  • Useful only to people in specific large states

Yes, indeedy, most homeschool resources are free and the quality can be stupendous.

For instance, studying the Testudines Order required a jaunt to our local waterhole.  We discovered this turtle family on one of our 'field trips'.  

Turtle Family

Public and privately school families alike are not particularly fond of standardized testing, for sure.  But the two exercises above have some interesting factoids.  Enjoy.  You will not be graded.

Some posts about learning freebies you might enjoy:

Science Observation Opportunities for Kids and Other Interested Parties

Open Education – It’s the Learning that Counts

Carnival of Homeschooling

The Carnival of Homeschooling was hosted by Mrs Mama Hen this week. Check it out.  


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