We are halfway through our last week of homeschooling for the year 2010-2011!
We began on July 5th, 2010 and will complete our 180 days this Friday, April 22nd, 2011.
Even though I was very sick during September and October, we have still been able to stick with our books and stay on schedule. This has really been the best school year we've ever had in my opinion. We've completed everything and stayed consistent with our work throughout the year. We had plenty of breaks, an awesome trip to Chicago full of great experiences and field trips...and I am very proud of all three of us!
For the first time, I ordered and completed a standardized test with each of them. I used Seton Testing Services because it was very affordable and concise. It only covers Reading, Language, and Math. The basics. We may or may not use the same company next year, as a test like the ITBS gives a lot more information as far as grade level equivalents, and since more kids take it it's easier to see how they compare. But this test was a great introduction for them into the world of testing at only 1st and 2nd grade.
We got their results in the mail today and I am thrilled that they both scored above average in every category except one subcategory of language mechanics/expression! And even in that they were both at the very upper edge of average on the scoring! I am very happy with how well they did. Especially since they only missed one or two in each section at that!
I will be slowly sorting through the papers and records for this year...storing them away. My goal is to go ahead and get our school cart stocked up with next year's books/supplies and get the first 9 weeks planned out...in hopes that having that already done will make it easier to go ahead and start our year on time with a newborn in the house!