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progress report

By Tara Zandra | June 15, 2010

I was asked about Tabitha’s current grade level by no less than 3 people last week. This leads me to believe others might have the same question so I thought I’d kind of spell it out for anyone wondering.

She turned 11 this past January, so if she were in a brick and mortar school she would have just finished 5th grade and ready to enter 6th grade in the fall. I tend to think of her grade level changing when she has her birthday. The only reason I think of a grade level at all is because of all the classes and camps she takes that are enrolled by grade. In truth, our private school (which is what we legally are in the state of California) is ungraded so she does not have an official grade.

That being said, for math she is finishing up 6th grade math and is 20 lessons away from 7th grade math. Her reading and comprehension are roughly 10th grade (it’s been awhile since I found an online test to give her). State history is usually done in 4th or 5th grade, but we haven’t even started it yet. She could probably talk circles around other kids her age when it comes to ancient history though.

For language arts, her books are all over the place. I bought her 4th grade grammar since she had never had a formal grammar lesson previously. She’s only 11 lessons from the end and I will go ahead and purchase 5th grade grammar. Her spelling program doesn’t classify by grades. No matter what age you start at, you begin with level 1. She’s almost done with level 2 but we’re really bad about doing it on a regular basis so she’s been doing level 2 for 2 years now (180 lessons total). Her writing skills book is grade 6 as is her thinking skills book.

She’s been playing violin for 4 years now and doing French for a year. We do elementary level Chemistry for science- written for grades 4-6.

For Miss Daisy, she turned 5 in February. If she were in a brick and mortar school she would be entering Kindergarten in the fall. She is not enrolled in our private school and will not be until Sept. of 2011 as that’s the legal compulsary age in California.

She is doing wonderfully in reading though I haven’t a clue what grade level it would translate to. She can and does read on her own when the fancy strikes but she still does reading lessons as well as I would not consider her an independant reader quite yet.

For math, Daisy has started Math 1 but we haven’t gotten very far due to her being sick a few weeks in a row. She gets math though and I have a feeling she will easily excel at it.

The only other formal lessons Daisy and I do would be printing. I never did formal printing lessons with Tabitha for various reasons, but I now feel that was a mistake. Daisy enjoys it and has pretty good fine motor skills.

Science for Daisy is pretty much life though we are going to do a unit on ladybugs very soon.

If I were buying her any kind of workbook or lesson book with a grade level on it, I would choose Grade 1, but that has more to do with the fact that K books are a joke and not necessarily that Daisy is advanced.

I think that pretty much covers it. I’m always happy to answer any questions on homeschooling in general or more specific to my kids so if there’s something you’ve wondered but maybe didn’t know how to ask or whatever, feel free to ask me now or anytime really.

Topics: Life, Delightful D, Teriffic T, The Kiddies, Homeschooling |

One Response to “progress report”

  1. Mel Says:
    June 15th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I always find it a complicated thing to FULLY answer also. It makes me pause but to total strangers and if we’re short on time I just say “5th grade” because that’s what she’d be if enrolled at a school. If a person has time to hear the long version than they’d hear something similar to yours. LOL Anyway, curious what chemistry program you are using geared for 4-6th grades. I’ve found a couple things but they were either too young like for grades 3-4 or too high/complicated. B keeps begging for more chemistry. I’m not sure it’s something I want to cover or not at this point but the right thing could convince me.