Hello Homeschool Families,

As we sail towards the end of another school year, it’s a perfect time to reflect on our achievements and set goals for what lies ahead. This period marks a time of assessment where we gauge the progress of our students and ourselves. There are numerous ways to assess our homeschoolers and the incredible strides they’ve made this year. As their primary educators, we have a keen understanding of their growth and the milestones they’ve reached.

Now, let’s talk about testing from a personal parenting perspective. Many of the curriculums I use incorporate tests and quizzes, although we don’t always administer them. Each curriculum I’ve selected includes placement tests at the outset to determine the starting point. Testing is indeed part of homeschooling. However, I acknowledge that testing isn’t the ideal method for fostering enthusiasm for learning. As homeschoolers, our aim is to nurture a love for learning, joy in discovery, and a genuine desire to acquire knowledge.

We put considerable effort into finding the right fit for our individual learners, respecting their unique brains and learning styles. We have the flexibility to accommodate neurodivergent children and adjust the pace for students who are either ahead or behind their peers. We’re fortunate to be part of a school that values this mindset and teaching approach. Nonetheless, life isn’t all about fun and rainbows. It’s crucial to instill resilience, grit, and perseverance. The only way to cultivate these qualities is by tackling challenging tasks. Testing is a part of life—from spelling tests to driving exams and on to college assessments, accreditations, and certifications.

Applying knowledge in a test format yields rewards and opens doors to opportunities. It’s a vital skill that everyone should learn. Let’s encourage our children to embrace these challenges, knowing that each one is a stepping stone toward personal growth and future success.

State testing has begun this week and will continue through April. By now, you’ve begun testing or have scheduled your CAASPP test time with your HST. Regardless of whether your student falls within the grade range for state testing, we also have our final STAR test to tackle before the school year concludes. I must take a moment to commend our testing team for the clear communication and excellent resources they’ve provided this year. Their information underscores why it’s essential for our students to participate in testing, ensuring the sustained health and future of our school. Remember, every student counts, and we’re all in this together.

Tips for Motivating and Rewarding Students for Testing at Home:

Create a positive testing environment at home with minimal distractions.
Set achievable goals and celebrate milestones along the way.
Offer incentives such as special treats, extra screen time, or fun activities after completing testing.
Provide encouragement and support throughout the testing process.
Emphasize the importance of doing their best and reassure them that mistakes are part of learning.

If you have any questions or simply want to connect about the testing process, please reach out. Together, let’s navigate this journey with enthusiasm and determination.

Thank you for being part of our wonderful homeschool community.


Kara Parkins