I should really be in bed right now … we have an early morning. Since we homeschool, we take a pretty laid back approach to our mornings around here (I am not by any means a “morning person”). Anyways, tomorrow we have to be in a city about 45 minutes from home by 8:30am to register for a “benchmark” test for my older two children. This new school we are currently involved with requires this. I am not sure how often … and I’m praying not too much due to our current “transportation dilemmas.” My husband had to take the day off tomorrow just so we could get hem there! Not cool at all! But, we really don’t have a choice if we want them to continue with this program.
I am torn because I am one of “those” adamantly against standardized tests. The fact that they will be subjected to them is enough reason for me to dislike the program, but it is well outweighed by the fact that my kids are enjoying the curriculum! That’s a pretty big deal right there! They like the way the program is designed (for the most part) and they are actually learning!
Herein lies my biggest worry though, Prince W has never been tested like this. He was pulled from public school in the first grade and has been homeschooled ever since (he is now in the 6th grade). Drama Queen has been taking tests through our co-op, so the stress should not be as bad. Prince W, on the other hand, is very sensitive and does not handle stress well (like his mother). So, I’m a bit worried about them! We have been praying for strength for our “little” Prince, and we pray they both do well tomorrow. This counts as a big part of their nine weeks grade.
The test runs for 3 hours, quite a way to be “thrown into” the idea of testing when you’ve never been exposed. I realize they will eventually need the practice of this sort of testing … I just wish we had a bit more time to plan. Due to our move and the email addresses just being changed last month, we were only told about the test last Wednesday … while others had plenty of fair warning! Nevertheless, here’s praying all goes well tomorrow!
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
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