Grading In Homeschooling

Grading in​ homeschooling
Grading in​ homeschooling is​ done by the​ teacher-in-charge .​
In most
of the​ cases,​ this means mom! In this situation,​ grading can get a​
bit tricky because it​ can be a​ little difficult to​ grade your own
child .​
There is​ no benchmark against which you can evaluate your
child's performance .​
In most cases,​ you also have no awareness of​
how well other children are doing .​
So,​ obviously the​ traditional
method of​ grading is​ perhaps not the​ best method to​ follow.
When grading a​ child undergoing homeschooling,​ it​ is​ more
important to​ assess whether the​ child has understood the​ subject
that is​ being taught .​
Inherent in​ this is​ the​ fact that if​ the​
child has not understood something,​ you will go over it​ again .​
This will work in​ your child's favor in​ 2 ways .​
Firstly,​ the​ child
knows that if​ he or​ she fails to​ catch on,​ the​ topic will be
repeated till it​ is​ mastered .​
Secondly,​ the​ child also knows that
once the​ topic has been mastered,​ he or​ she will get full credit
for his hard work .​
Getting full reward for the​ hard work put in​ is​
a great motivational factor,​ especially for kids .​
When assessing your child's abilities,​ do not allow emotions to​
overcrowd your rationale .​
Do not yield to​ the​ cries and tears of​
your child if​ he or​ she resists certain topics or​ subjects .​
mastering these skills is​ necessary,​ then you as​ the​ teacher (and
not as​ the​ parent alone) have to​ go over the​ topic over and over
till it​ sinks in​ .​
When dealing with tougher concepts,​ the​ child
may get restless and may even show frustration or​ belligerence .​
When the​ child is​ still young and unable to​ understand the​
importance of​ his lessons,​ it​ is​ your responsibility to​ see to​ it​
that the​ child develops the​ skill set necessary for future growth .​
In case you belong to​ a​ state that requires yearly tests,​ this
will help you to​ judge your child's ability vis-à-vis his peers .​
Even if​ it​ is​ not mandatory,​ you may want to​ test your child every
year .​
These tests will reveal the​ variations in​ the​ child's
learning pattern .​
It may show up unexpected areas of​ strength and
hitherto unknown areas of​ weakness .​
This enables you to​ structure
your teaching to​ cover the​ areas that are weak,​ and build upon the​
areas that are strong .​
In case your state requires a​ homeschool report card,​ keep a​
record of​ the​ yearly development and scores of​ your child .​
pertinent areas like punctuality,​ discipline etc in​ the​ report .​
You may also need to​ keep a​ record of​ the​ number of​ working days
and attendance schedules .​
While grading your child,​ make sure that you use as​ many external
tests as​ possible .​
There are several websites that deal with the​
various age groups,​ and allow free downloading of​ question papers .​
This is​ an​ excellent and cost-effective method to​ assess your
child .​
Homeschooling,​ if​ done in​ the​ proper manner,​ will boost the​
child's confidence because he will be studying to​ satisfy his
natural curiosity .​
The scores therefore will reflect his true
intelligence .​

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