Assessing school students is a necessary part of homeschooling. However, unlike public schools which have written exams for all subjects, it is possible to get a lot more creative with how you assess your homeschool students. Here are some alternatives to written tests that can be used effectively in the homeschool classroom.
#1 Have the homeschool students come up with a “help wanted” ad for a scientist whom they have studies about. They need to write the achievements of the person as required qualifications for the job.
#2 After reading a book, instead of writing a regular book report, have the homeschool students come up with a bookmark. The illustrations of the bookmark should reflect the story. They may even add a favorite quote from the book on the bookmark.
#3 Historical events can be reproduced in a skit or short play by the students. Have them depict prominent historical personalities going through the main action scenes in the play. Making costumes that are historically accurate and using props that are relevant, may add to the assessment.
#4 Have them create a crossword puzzle based on the lesson that they have read. They can use scientific definitions as clues for the puzzle. Have them print it out and share it with other members of the homeschool family to solve.
#5 Make a brochure about the place that they studied in geography. Have them come up with the main attractions, how to get there and where to stay. The travel brochure can be assessed for accuracy and creativity.
#6 Perform a newsreel. One of the homeschool students can be the main news reader at the studio, while others can be in the field at various locations. Have them explain different concepts like soil formation, or filtered distillation using this format.
#7 Run an advice column based on what has been learnt in the lesson. If it was mixtures, have them come up with ways to separate them. They can advice their audience about how the processes will work in case of different types of mixtures.
As you can see, there are so many alternatives to simply giving the homeschool students a written exam. Have fun coming up with more alternative assessments for you kids.