Pooh is taking his math standardized test in school this week. Since math is not his strong subject, he’s been a bit nervous. Still, we’ve managed to help him get through the process of testing (as we did with Tigger a couple of grades back).
Standardized testing can be a real challenge to kids, whether they’re in public school or homeschool. So I wanted to share a post I got to write over at The Multi Taskin’ Mom that’s all about how to help kids deal with this process.
Today is also another edition of Family Fun Friday! Scroll on down to read some great homeschool inspiration ideas!
Here in our state, they’re using a new standardized test this year and the teachers spent a LOT of time preparing the kids to take it. However, since Pooh is in first grade, he hasn’t had a lot of practice with testing. When we homeschooled, I didn’t administer a standardized test until third grade. (I plan on resuming that policy once we return to homeschooling this fall.)
I have learned, though, that it’s important to help kids get comfortable with the testing process, especially if they have to test earlier. Stop by The Multi Taskin’ Mom to learn more about how to help kids manage standardized testing!
And now…it’s time for Family Fun Friday!
Last week, there were some great posts shared with homeschool inspiration ideas! Naturally, I’m in full school-year-planning mode, so I’m on the hunt for all kinds of fun ideas to do next year with the kids. Read on to see my favorites from last week!
|Monica created Family Fun Friday and blogs at HappyandBlessedHome.com where she shares free preschool tools and printables, encouraging words for moms, and ideas for having fun together as a family. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google + / Bloglovin’/ Instagram. Monica will feature Family Fun Posts.|
|Selena is a homeschooling graduate and a veteran homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She blogs at Look! We’re Learning! about unit studies, foreign language, and homeschooling with ADHD. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram / Twitter. Selena will be featuring homeschooling and kids’ crafts.|
|Herchel enjoys blogging about parenting, organizing, crafting, and having good old-fashioned kid fun her blog Scrggbug Corner. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter /Google +. Herchel will feature organizing and family fun.|
|Britta was a military kid and is a military wife, now living in the high desert of Arizona and far, far from her New Orleans family. She happily homeschools and writes about the intersection of God’s Word and her world at Britta Lafont ~ Everyday Holiness. This year Britta wants to find that sweet spot between getting more done and enjoying the process. Britta will feature Delicious Recipes. Follow: Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Instagram.
|Christin blogs at illuminate. As wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to three premature children, she’s learned that God is the Perfect Party Planner and sometimes the unexpected is the greatest gift of all. Follow: Blog / Facebook / Pinterest / Instagram / Twitter. Christen will feature Inspirational Posts.|
Here are my favorite posts for this week!
1. Misty over at Year Round Homeschooling shares how she plans to adjust her homeschooling method next year: by trying child-led learning! As a recovering Type-A personality, I’m excited to see how changing her homeschooling approach works out!
2. While it’s great to ease up on planning and curriculum, Becky at The End in Mind shares a reminder to make sure that we’re still educating our kids, no matter what homeschooling method we use. If you’re considering a new approach, read her cautionary tale about avoiding homeschooling extremes!
3. Reading is a wonderful way to help your kids keep their language skills sharp, especially over the summer. Cait over at My Three Poppies has an excellent idea to keep reading fun: Start a family book club! Stop by and read her fabulous tips for family book club night!
4. I love language arts, but it can be a boring subject to teach. Fortunately, Melanie from Psycho With 6 has compiled a tremendous list of Free Grammar Games! Just what I need to make English fun for my kids!
5. Do you have kids that love to make crafts? Debbie at One Little Project shares an adorable DIY Wind Car that kids can make and move themselves! What a great way to teach STEM for little learners!
6. Getting outside with toddlers is a great way to introduce them to nature study at a young age. Yuliya from Mommyhood in Holland offers some excellent tips for taking toddlers on a nature walk!
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