Probably one of the most worrisome aspects of homeschooling for me this past year was knowing that standardized testing loomed ahead in the Spring. Homeschooling parents in Virginia must show evidence of academic achievement, and a nationally normed test is the easiest, least subjective way to do that. For me, it was to be a true test of the success of our Garner Homeschool Venture. Many experienced teachers and homeschoolers caution that testing is not a complete indication of a child’s ability, and I agree. However, plummeting test scores in the third grade at our former Lutheran private school featured high on my list of motivations … Continue reading Divide and Conquer!
I am here at my desk on Friday night of Labor Day weekend. We didn’t go to the farm (in southwest Virginia) because we thought we were getting a hurricane in our coastal Virginia town, and of course, if there’s a hurricane coming you have a choice. Either stay home to watch the water rise in the yard, and put buckets under the leaks that are inevitable with 100 mph winds and a 90-year-old house, or if it’s really bad, leave. Well, since it wasn’t predicted to be that bad, we stayed home, buckets at the ready. Not that I’m disappointed exactly, but now … Continue reading Post Scripts