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Do you do give out grades? If so, what age did you begin?
I do not give out grades. I do not count things wrong either, unless it is a test. Then I mark if something is wrong and then they have to go back and correct it, but they are bot allowed to erase. Regular work, we just correct whatever is wrong and move on.
We started giving grades when we started with Calvert last summer. The kids LOVE getting their report cards.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 13 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside
We do for a couple of reasons. First off my dd loves to be able to "see" how she is doing (she is very visual sometimes) and the other reason is *IF* (and it is a BIG if) she were to return to a "regular" school here, having grades and the examples of work to back those grades up makes grade placement easier. because of how fast and well she has been working, she will be finishing 3rd grad when here school age peers will be starting 3rd grade. By having the grades to back up that she has been able to do the work, *if* she were to go back in they wouldn't just put her in the grade based on her age or require her to under go a TON of testing.
Nope, their progress on a certain subject is logged online. But also we talk about how they're doing, how they can do better, things we need to work on, things we can put off for a while because they're doing so well in.. etc, all the time. So they always know where they stand on a subject.
I don't give out grades because I don't have to, basically.
If I saw the need to, I would though. Having the visual reminder can be a great help for some, both kids and parents.
We aren't doing grades this year but I think that next year we will. I plan on doing a 60/40 split with grades 60% of the final will be daily assignments, and 40% will be tests. so if they turn in all their homework then they are quaranteed a 60% even if they get 0's on all their tests (so not going to happen). So say their test average is 93% and they turned in all assignments then their final grade would be: 60 + (93% of 40) 37.2= 97.2 for the final grade in that subject. As they hit the older grades (junior high and highschool) the percentages will change probably become 60/40 with tests being more or even 70/30 with tests being the 70%.
Momma to E-10yrs 11/03, S-7yrs 8/06, A-5yrs 3/08, J-4yrs 11/09, and K 2yrs 9/2011