Tara’s Anxiety

Okay, the truth is, I never expected that everyone would say, “YES!” when I asked if it was a “bad idea” to avoid tests in homeschool.  What I meant by my question was, “Please write in and tell me that my kids are so lucky to have me as a mother.”

Next time I will try to be clearer.

My last post was the most commented upon post thus far.  Only a few commented on line, but many others wrote me email.  And the verdict was unanimous: Not giving tests is a bad idea.  I should help the boys get ready for tests, give them an opportunity to show what they know, and teach them that tests are not all that scary.

Before I respond, I want to do a bit of research (which, to be fair, will probably be a brief Google search).  I also want to give those of you who support me, I mean support the idea not testing, a chance to weigh in.

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  • I don't know if I agree with the need for testing. It is probably good to help them to not be afraid of tests at some point, but I think you can probably help them hone their show-what-you-know skills by playing some variation of Jeopardy or something. That is my completely uninformed opinion.

    And, btw, your kids are so lucky to have you as a mother. 🙂

  • Wendy

    I'm a bit confused. Exactly, what is the difference between, for example, a timed "math test" and a math problem set that you have to solve on your own in a given amount of time (ex. before lunch, before the morning bike ride)?