My children recently finished up State testing,
and while they each passed (phew)
one of the things I noticed was the lack of SPEED
with which they attacked the math portion of the test.
And can I just say for a moment that:
It’s wonderful to be allowed to WATCH your children take a test!
btw-That is NOT my kid taking a test.
That is a picture of a kid taking a test that I found on the internet.
I certainly would not hound my children with a poloroid moment mid-test.
But there is really something to be learned about (unobtrusively) watching
the way your child processes and manages everything you’ve (hopefully) drilled
into their little brain.
So I was excited for such an opportunity, and as I saw focus and progress,
and clicking of next pages I was reassured in my ability to actually teach at home.
It was great.
When the Math portion of the test came around…
I was a tad disappointed to see lots of finger counting and (gasp) calculator clicking
(which apparently they allow for some reason now? Was it always like this?)
Ack! I was cringing. It was a classic pride before the fall double whammy.
Doubts crept in.
Didn’t they already learn this?
I know I taught them this.
I thought we had it covered?
Must we go back again?
So this Summer we will AGAIN be reviewing Math facts.
I found THIS GREAT WEBSITE for printing up some drill sheets.
And I whipped up this Math Master Printable Chart.
(There is no better motivation then positive/intrinsic I say!)
We’ll be attacking this DAILY, with the goal of increasing ACCURACY & SPEED
and WE WILL PREVAIL!
And TELL me I’m not the only one here!
What have you taught your children over and over and over and….
(you know…..besides not to Hit their brothers)