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By "how", I mean do you give grades, pats on the back, rewards, nothing... Do you grade every subject, some, none... Do you grade things like effort or attitude? Do you give written tests/assignments, or is your grading system only what you see/hear your kids doing?
I only grade Noah.. simply because of the High School transcript. I don't grade the other 3.. they correct anything they miss and we don't move on till they fully grasp a subject. I ,of course, praise them when they learn..Oh and we do not do tests ( again except for Noah).
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
I'm not grading at this point either. Ben likes knowing where he stands, so we use a calendar to show the progression through material, but he doesn't move on until he knows something. I don't know when I'll introduce grades, but it'll be a while.
My oldest is just finishing up some Kindergarten and I dont grade. I give him pats on the back, hugs, and lots of good jobs and thumbs up and excellents,etc.
If I can tell he's not getting something we keep working at it but if he gets it we move on then I review a couple weeks later just to make sure he's retaining.
I dont want to grade but if its state required(which I havent read it is)then I will. Otherwise Ill go by how he's doing and understanding the subject matter then Ill get him into testing but probably wont til 2nd grade or so.
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No grades this year. Next year Physics, Spanish, English, and when he begins Algebra. Spanish is graded for me, Physics is 22 oral discussions and a final and a paper, English 5 papers graded for me, Algebra reviews and bridges. It's only because they are higher level.
I LOVED getting report cards as a kid. My grandmother even made them for my little brother when he was 2-3 years old (things like "giving kisses = A"). We always got rewards for grades, but then, my whole family is involved in PS somehow. If the boys ever ask for grades, I definitely have no problem doing it. I just don't see any reason to right now. I know for sure I'll do it for high school, and I'll probably do it for middle school just to get them used to the idea, but I doubt I'll do it for any of elementary unless they ask.
My "evaluation" right now is "Great job! But look at this one.... see how it's wrong? Let's fix it before we move on." He knows how he's doing, because we always correct mistakes.
We'll probably end up doing grades for the bragging rights (their cousins get all kinds of special treatment for straight A reports from their grandparents). But, I have no intention of continuing on through a subject until they are grasping things anyway, so I'm going to assume they're going to get all A's on their work by the time the time for grading comes, lol...
I was not homeschooled and I didn't receive grades in elementary school. So I see no reason to grade elementary school children that are homeschooled. I'm not sure about middle school. For high school, we'll probably grade for transcript purposes.
Mama to a lower elementary school boy, preschool girl, and my miracle baby girl.
Two 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011)
I think by law here in NY we have to either write a "narrative" of how the child is doing in each subject or provide a grade, so it's easier for me to give grades.
I don't move on either unless my child understands (that's one of the huge failings of the public school, in my opinion), but I do give "chapter checkups" for math to confirm that he understands everything, and with Math-U-see next yr I think they use tests in this way to confirm that the child gets it before you move on. I think that will be helpful for me.
So I don't give tests to say - "yep, you got a D... moving on!" LOL ...like they do in public school. But I do use them for record purposes, and to help me evaluate when is the right time to move on.
And my son loves "quizzes" when I ask him a bunch of questions orally or make a big list of questions for him to answer for review. He thinks it's like a game or something. lol
I think grades can be good incentive and encouragement, too. I think at some point I will buy or print out report cards for my kids (I think I've seen some really cute ones online) and fill them in so they can feel some accomplishment at the end of the year, show them to Gramma & Grandpa, etc.
Mom to Titus (10), Isaiah (8), Noelle (6), Joel (4), Hannah (2), and baby due Sept 10!
I use the grades to see where my kids are struggling. Spelling is hard for both of them. I will have them re-do any worksheets that they missed several questions on.... Math and Spelling is the main subjects that I grade. I do tests to see their progress too
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)