It’s lunch time here in the Vinez household. We finally started the homeschooling year last week, and I thought thing were going to be smooth sailing. I love the homeschooling curriculum this year. We went with the CLASS system again, but I like the textbooks they sent a lot better this year. Ashley is in the Junior High level stuff, so I’m praying I’m smart enough to get her through it. Zander has moved on from Kindergarten and is now in First grade. He’s got a lot more work this year than he did last year, which is definitely a good thing.
However, I am having an issue with Zander already, and I could use your advice.
Zander is very smart. Like almost scary smart. He doesn’t forget anything. He really has the mind of an elephant. What he hears, he retains.
Last year, he did really well in math. He blew through his book and gave me no problems at all. This year, in addition to the math workbook, we’ve also got a math drill book. The drill book contains 50 timed tests and 5 practice tests. There are 50 problems on each test. We’re on the 3rd practice test, and today Zander flipped out. I set the timer for 5 minutes (the maximum time allowed for the tests), and that was it. In those 5 minutes, Zander got 15 problems done. 15. He knows this stuff, he’s just convinced himself that he doesn’t know it.
The problem is because the test is timed. He freaks out and thinks that he can’t finish it in the amount of time he has. The thing is, I know he can, he just panics when the timer is turned on.
What are some ideas you have to help Z get his tests done in time and not panic. I can’t not time him, because it’s required. I could not set a timer, though, and just watch the clock. Do you think that would work? Are there other ideas that I’m not thinking about?
Homeschooling moms – or teachers – do you have children that do really well on seat work, but panic when it’s time for a test? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!