Ways to Assess Proper Development in the Homeschool Environment

Children in homeschooling experience a different environment than children in traditional schooling, and they must both meet similar standards. This can appear to be quite a challenge, but there are a plethora of ways to assess the proper development of these children when it comes to basic learning fundamentals as well as social adjustment.
Many websites, such as www.homeschoolingintexas.com or other Texas homeschooling information sites, can provide adequate information regarding state standards and even offer assessments or tips on proper development of homeschool children. State homeschooling conferences also provide an avenue for homeschooling teachers to assess the levels of their children. Paid programs, such as the Montessori Homeschool Program at http://www.montessori-home-schooling.com, can also be a wealth of information regarding proper assessments of learning and social adjustment.
If a child is suspected to be struggling, online programs, such as The Brain Trainers PACE program (http://www.thebraintrainers.net/page/pace), can be used to determine the root of the issues and correct these skills. Of course, children progress at different speeds and in different ways, and children can be psychological- or developmentally-assessed if there is rooted cause for concern.
The social adjustment aspect also plays an important role with homeschool children, and time spent with neighborhood or play group children will help influence and strengthen their proper development. Life Span Development by John Santrock provides a general layout of child development, which can be used for an overall comparison regarding your homeschool child’s level with regard to others his or her age.
Various books also provide adequate information backed by research about homeschooling. Some well-reviewed books include Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp, 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy, Homeschooling for the Rest of Us by Sonya Haskins, and other topic-specific books that can be found online or through bookstores near you.

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