Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Reece's results are in!

I just got Reece's ITBS results (the big kids' results will come from the lady who tested them, hopefully in the next week or so!). She did very, very well! I'm so proud of her! This was her first time testing in this way - reading the test to herself, filling in a bubble answer sheet - so I wasn't sure if the results would be skewed because of the mechanics of the test. But her results were exactly what I would have expected!

Actually, I was surprised in one area - Reading. She vehemently despises reading. And yet, her reading scores were the highest overall! Go figure!

Now, I need to keep proper perspective on these results and remember that they do not imply validation of our homeschool, any more than Austin's results, which I expect will be quite low, will imply condemnation.

But I have to admit to being pleased! :D


Friday, May 17, 2013

Testing - complete with pictures!


First day - big kids on the way to their group testing. Possibly my favorite picture EVER of my teens!

Reece's first day of taking the ITBS! She was so excited!
Testing complete and celebrating with ice cream! I took this on my little phone and couldn't see that Austin wasn't ready for me to take the picture! :(
Everything went well during testing! The kids each met their goals - Austin's was to figure out how he could best handle testing in a group situation, Riley's was to stay focused in the group so she could finish the sections, and Reece's was to complete the test without freaking out!

Now we wait for the results... which should not come as any surprise to me! ;)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Let the testing begin...

Today starts our week of standardized testing. Austin and Riley are taking the ITBS with a group of homeschoolers, and Reece is taking the ITBS for the first time. This is Austin's first time doing standardized testing in a group setting. He needs to practice this before he starts taking the college entrance exams like the PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc. Riley tested with this particular lady a couple of years ago and I was really impressed with her so I felt that she would be a good person to have Austin test with.

Blogger is back to not letting me post pictures which is such a shame because I got a GREAT picture of my teenagers this morning as we were leaving the house at 8 AM, which to them is a scary early time! I think this is my new favorite picture of my teens! LOL I would love to be able to share it with you. Thanks for nothing, Blogger. @@

Since this is Reece's first time doing the ITBS, I wanted her to test at home. I was nervous as we prepped for this testing because the test prep book frequently brought her to tears. But she did so well today! No tears at all! So proud of her!

Here would be the place where I would put the adorable picture of her that I took before she started testing this morning.

After Reece finished for the morning, we went to pick up the big kids. The high schoolers were already finished when we arrived and I was so pleased to see Austin smiling. He said everything went well, even though they only had a couple of short breaks! Riley finished about 10 minutes later and she came out smiling as well, which didn't surprise me but pleased me nonetheless! :)

Reece will test again tomorrow, but the big kids have the day off. Austin finishes up on Wednesday, but Riley may have to go back on Thursday. I guess the high school test is shorter?

It's so funny that I'm not concerned with the results. This year's testing was not a mandatory one for our state, but it's more like prep work for next year's testing. Each of the kids has a specific goal with their testing this year, and that's more important than the actual scores. Remind me of this in a month or so when the results come in, OK? :)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

More excuses... but a great one!

And yet again, everything is quiet on my blog. But I promise I have a GREAT reason! We have been remodeling our house! It is almost done (as in, I have 3-4 boxes left to put away and that is all!) and it looks fantastic! We literally moved everything OUT so they could put in new floors, and then got all new furniture (except the kitchen table). We bought the furniture from IKEA to save money so we've spent the last 2 weeks building everything! It's been a lot of hard work but it's so worth it!

Ugh, blogger isn't uploading pictures again. @@ I will come back later and show the amazing changes! You won't believe how fantastic it looks. We went from 20 year old carpet to laminate hardwood, new carpet in the bedrooms, and new linoleum in the bathrooms! I love it!

The next couple of weeks have us doing ITBS for all 3 kids (including Austin's first time testing in a group setting, and Reece's first time ever taking the ITBS) and the dance recitals. I will try as best as I can to post regularly, even just a quick update!

And let me just add that it's not been easy trying to homeschool and remodel. I do not recommend trying! LOL