Before we get started, let’s go through a few misconceptions about assessments.
Educational expert required?
Parents often feel that that they are not ‘qualified’ to assess their own children and need an educational expert to do this for them. We hope you will come to think differently, as we are convinced that a parent knows their own child better than anyone else. We are going to help you to have the confidence to take the following assessment steps. Not only is it simple to assess your own child, it is also enlightening and helpful for you to do this yourself.
Good reasons to assess your own children
- You will come to understand your child’s level of numeracy and literacy
- You will become more in-touch with your child’s abilities
- You will become better equipped to make informed resource decisions
- You will run less risk of making incorrect assessments
By doing the assessments yourself, you will be able to slot-in each child at their personal level of understanding, skill and ability. Furthermore, you as the parent now have a better understanding of where you need to support each of your children.
Scenario to illustrate this:
You may have had your children in School up to this point. Perhaps one of your children had done very well and had good reports, while the other had done poorly. However, when you come to do your assessments, you may find the opposite results.
This is not uncommon.
Many children who are good at rote learning do well in school and present good report cards. Unfortunately, many don’t necessarily have understanding of what they have learnt. Yet other children – who present lower results from the school system – have more solid understanding of what they have learnt.
The big picture
Now that we’ve covered the above misconception, let’s give you a helicopter view of the path ahead. Please keep in mind that this is just an overview – we will go through the specifics a little later on.
You will need:
- A Parent Help Book: Whichever one you have found most suitable for you.
- Your Bible Study Resources: Applicable to your family’s needs.
- One of the KONOS manuals: For your elementary years.
- Literature: A couple of read-aloud books in English or Afrikaans.
- Language: Whichever LLATL level you have assessed to be correct for your child.
- Maths: Whichever Math-U-See level you have assessed to be correct for your child.
- Science: Whichever topic-related title you have decided to go with.
- Excellence in Writing Courses: If creative writing appeals.
- Art & Music: Should your family have an artistic bent.
- Around the World: If geography is a topic of interest.
- Basic Bookkeeping: To aid budding entrepreneurs in their young adult years.
How do grades fit in?
As covered in step 1, we don’t put emphasis on grades but rather focus on skill-levels. Our resources start with the basics and build from there. The child proceeds through the program, skill-level by skill-level. Consequently, the child does not have to feel that they are being placed in the program at a grade level lower (or higher) than they are currently.
A practical example of this:
Perhaps your child never fully understood division. After doing the assessment, you establish Math-U-See Delta book is at their level. This is where the skill-level approach fits in; you would simply order the Delta book and not worry about grades.
As you can see, it is irrelevant which grades our resources correspond to. What matters is your child’s understanding and skill-level. You will discover exactly where they need practice and support by doing the assessments with your children.
Why do you reference grades on your site?
We have put approximate grades levels on the store to give you a familiar point of reference. Please don’t use this as your guide as to which book to order. Rather allow the results of your assessment and your experience of getting to know your child’s skill-level to be your Guide.
Without any further ado, let us take the steps into doing the assessments.