for us. Teach them to be independent.
Look for programs that promote in-
dependent learning. There are online
programs as well as physical curricu-
lum, so find one that is a good fit for
your child without you having to sit
next to him every day.
• Make a reading list for each child. In
the middle of their catch up work, they
can read good books. Find good, classic books at their level and make a list.
See Michelle Miller’s list of wonderful
books by grade level in our 2015 Annual Print issue. Implement a reading
time every day.
• Clear the calendar. Plan a simple
schedule of three hours per day consisting of one hour each for: Reading,
Writing, and Arithmetic. And before
and/or after, have devotional time
(Psalm chapter 1, Deut. 1, and Joshua 1
all talk about having a “day and night”
commitment to the Word of God).
Make a daily routine and do your best
to not let anything get in the way. Be
brutal and avoid filling your calendar
with anything else. Putting your mind
at ease about your children will be
worth more than attending those other
events. Keep the routine consistent for
the couple of months it takes to catch
up. (See Sample Catch Up Schedule.)
• Clear a space in the house reserved
for this concentrated effort of catching up. Make it inviting. Offer special
teas, fruits, cookies, nuts and other fun
treats during this catch up time. Play
soft classical or worship music. Make
catching up as positive as possible.
• Plan a reward trip or event for when
everyone is caught up. Put money in a
jar designated for that.
• Be creative with the rest of the subjects. Play games, listen to audio
books, watch documentaries, attend
online or real field trips, etc. Have one
day a week set aside for your regular
• If necessary, work with one child per
day during one of the catch-up hours,
or sometime after the catch up time.
• Have a reward every day . . . (
electronics: computer, hand-held devices, video
games, movies, etc. only after school work
is done). Don’t make it all work and no
play. Kids are motivated by rewards.
• Invest in a timer both for you (for Facebook or cleaning or whatever occupies
your time) and for your student. They
like to know when their time is up.
• Plan very simple meals and use paper
goods for the months of catch up.
• Be consistent! Be positive! Be encouraged! You will move forward!
Today is a new day! In pressing forward, we don’t look back. And while
moving forward, we don’t shrink back!
We move ahead in faith. Start today;
don’t think about yesterday and don’t
worry about tomorrow. We have been
given this day to serve the Lord. If our
children don’t see our commitment to
see hard things through, why would
they have a commitment to do so
themselves? Let’s give it our best effort
today. In giving it our best today, and
then again tomorrow, we will be well
on our way to finishing well. We can do
this. You can do this! Let’s get up, dust
off, and start again!
Free Testing, Placement
and Assessment Help
Here is just a sampling of online placement tests to help you find out the level
your child should start in math and language arts. Also listed are higher learning
and college assessment tests.
Sonlight and Other Math and Reading Placement Tests
Alpha Omega - Math and Language Arts
Other Math Placements:
Language Arts Placements:
Language Arts Through Literature
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Here are sample test questions for the ACT
Example College Math Placement test
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