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Controlling the academic quality will let schools let student repeat levels at traditional school. Should homeschooled children repeat levels? Many people have questioned the honesty or fairness of assessment in homeschooling. Will homeschooling parents let their children repeat levels when they find that their children cannot accomplish the academic targets on their level? Let's consider some points below to get the best solution.
Does It Solve Your Problem?
When you have the fact that homeschooled children have to repeat the level, there should be a problem behind it. Ask yourself as a parent or discuss it with children without giving label or negative judgement toward them. Here are some possibilities:
- Kids don't like the lessons
Do you think that kids will like the lessons when they repeat them again? There should be something that makes them not being engaged or even don't like the lessons. Letting them repeat the level will not be able to solve the problem without further analysis and the right action to the real problem.
- Kids don't understand the concepts
When kids don't understand the concept, how can you go through that far till the end of the course and finally you decide that they need to repeat? It sounds impossible. It is different when you get kids go to school. The teacher will handle some children. She or he might not give full attention to students one by one. Homeschooling parents usually know as soon as kids don't understand the concept and they will not wait until the end of the course to repeat. It will not be effective either as once the don't understand something, the other will miss out as well.
- Kids cannot concentrate in learning
When kids cannot concentrate on something, it is better for parents to find out the reasons for it. Rather than repeating in the end, it is better to getting to know what make kids concentrate better. Is there any better ways to deliver the lessons so that kids are hooked well.
- Kids cannot work fast
I cannot imagine what will happen when the slow workers have to repeat the level. Their problem is about speed. When they have to repeat, will they be able to finish it as well? They will never finish the lessons as long as we are not patient and find out a way to get them work faster. In addition, working speed will also improve along with the maturity and readiness of kids that is unique for everyone.
- Kids don't want to practice or learn.
The best thing to do is to find a way to deliver the lessons interestingly for kids. When you just decide to get children repeat levels in the end, will they be able to pass later? It sounds impossible.
Will It Lead to Other Problems?
Furthermore, letting homeschooled children repeat levels will possibly lead to other problems. Here are a couple of them:
- Low Esteem
Children who repeat levels are usually labeled as fail learners. Will it make them feel inferior and it will make they have low esteem. Even if other people don't know that the children repeat levels, they will feel your disappointment naturally. Moreover, they will get lo self esteem in the future once they understand in the future.
- Being Bored
When children repeat levels, they will feel bored, instead of getting progress. Being bored, children will not be able to feel the fun of learning. On the other hand, they usually will make trouble around.
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Let's Make Different Term
Rather than get the children repeat the levels, it is better to lengthen the level. Lengthening the levels can be done to customize the children's needs. What do you use the longer time to finish the levels for?
- Find the best way to learn for children
Before you decide to get children repeat the lessons, it is better to get the right ways to get them learn better, considering the 5 points I mentioned previously.
- Some children need longer time to learn and to work.
You cannot force all children working at the same speed. When you know that your children cannot work or learn fast, I am sure that you should have tried hard to find ways to get them do things faster. When you fail for your efforts, why don't you keep to be patient and wait until your children can follow the lessons in the levels.
Some states or countries have policy that ask children to repeat the levels. When you have to, you can let the children repeat levels administratively. With the children and others, you can say that you lengthen the children's levels since they need longer time to accomplish the levels.
Another reason for this, children will make progress on the way they accomplish the levels in the different age to get mature. For example,
- A child in the kindergarten level might not be able to color pictures.However, on the way he continues the learning, he makes extreme progress in the first grade level and he can win an art competition for drawing and coloring. Can you imagine what would happen when he had to repeat his kindergarten level? Will he get bored and burnt out?
- A child who cannot do multiplication in his second grade level, masters it in his fourth grade level. Although he is not good in multiplication, he is very good in addition and subtraction. What will happen when you get him repeat the second grade level for several times until he can do the multiplication well? He will miss the next lesson of measurement that he has mastered in the second grade level.