We don’t test in our homeschool. So, how on earth do we measure homeschooling success with no testing?! Let’s consider the purpose of testing.
In a classroom full of children, how do you know if each of them are “getting it”? Through testing. In a school board, how do you know if the system is “working”? Through standardized testing. But is this necessary in a one-on-one homeschooling situation? The answer in our homeschool is “no”.
So how do we know our children are “getting it”? We know because we spend all our time with them. And when we spend all our time with them, we have moments like these:
- After we learned about condensation in science, one day at the grocery store, my daughter observed that the bag of milk had condensation on it “just like we learned”. And I knew she “got it”.
- In particularly exciting parts of books, my daughter will discuss with me what’s happening. And I know she’s reading and comprehending.
We also know our children are learning not only by what they say, but also through what they do, what they write, and through discussion. That being said, we will start introducing testing in the high school years, to prepare our children for testing in university or college, and for the SATs. But in the meantime, we prefer to let them simply enjoy learning and continue to apply it throughout their day, and not only “during school”.