Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest
What a difference a year makes! We had Hunter tested in May of last year. This year I gave him a Basic Skills test at home by following the script and timing the sections. I am happy with how well he did on the reading comprehension and language section of the test — 88%. In one section he was allotted 15 minutes. He finished in 8 minutes! He is a fluent reader now. It is truly incredible to watch his progress in the last year. He took off with reading. He went from struggling with vowel sounds to fluent 3rd grade reading in a few short months. As it gets easier for him, he is more willing to read. We focused on reading skills with both boys all year and it has really paid off.
After I graded the math section of the test I showed him where he marked 4/3 instead of 3/4. He knew it was “three-fourths.” He said the 4/3 spins in 3D in all directions in his mind. He described it and drew the tumbling pattern for me. I tried to imagine it. I told him that seeing in 3D is a gift. It is what helps him build and it is why he could put puzzles together up-side down when he was only 2 years old. I told him he is learning to control it so he can express himself in 2D. Chandler has an easier time with things that require 2D expression. For the last couple of years we are reinforcing the idea that we all grow in different ways and have different gifts. Hunter feels good about his abilities. I am thankful that we can homeschool and focus on each child’s gifts, instead of the constant focus on reading and writing.
Both boys need to work on grammar, punctuation, spelling, and multiplication facts this coming year. I really like the flexibility to master one thing at a time and enjoy plenty of time for other interests. It works for all of us.
The boys will work through the following at a comfortable pace:
Recording their test scores here:
Hunter 3rd Grade Basic Skills — Reading and Vocabulary 88%, Grammar and Punctuation 50%, Math Computation 80%, Math Problem Solving 73% — Overall Score 73%
Chandler 2nd Grade Basic Skills — Vocabulary 80%, Reading Comprehension 100%, Spelling 80%, Grammar and Punctuation 47%, Language Expression 100%, Math Computation 100%, Problem Solving 93% — Overall Score 86%