How we prepare for standardized tests in the 5-Minute Homeschool
For our 5-Minute Homeschool, the potential difficulty to standardized tests is not the material itself. My kids were reading and counting to 100 before 3 years old. Rather, it is learning how to answer the questions. For example, my little one at 5 years old reads everything perfectly well, but she is not used to regularly being asked about what word has __ sound in it, or which word sounds the same but is spelled differently, etc.
Since in the 5-Minute Homeschool, I do not administer traditional tests or require my children to do a lot of traditional worksheets, I like to use a super slim standards-based workbook to make sure my child is accustomed to seeing concepts in multiple choice, fill in the blank, and matching formats.
Why I like Common Core GRADE LEVEL 4 Today Daily Skill Practice
- It is in harmony with the 5-Minute Homeschool style of not asking more than 5 questions per day! Sometimes there are only 2 questions in an exercise and usually no more than 3. So there is no added pressure from the workbook to do more in a day.
- Every single question or reading passage is reality based and informative. Yep, there are no fairy tale references or silly non-sense sentences.
- Instead, comprehension passages and language arts exercises are about concepts your kids need to know in social studies and science: Martin Luther King, Jr., what is a community, why do we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, planet earth, characteristics of insects, etc.