There are certain standards that we should try to achieve at each level of a child’s education. First and foremost would be working toward the completion of the material in the course plans for the subjects taken. When first beginning home schooling and for some students, this is not possible so we have to remember that it is quality rather than quantity that matters. A complete grasp of the material is better than plowing through pages about which the student understands little or nothing. When a concept is not understood, take extra time with it using different ways to impart the information. Research other sources to see if you can present the material in a way that will enrich the lesson.
Target items for mastery beyond the academic material for the different grade levels by the end of the school year are:
Ability to print all work neatly;
Print name on every paper done;
Read books other than readers;
Write answers to questions in complete sentences;
Write age appropriate book reports;
Write creative paragraphs of several sentences;
Spell at-level words correctly in written work;
Memorize addition and subtraction facts.
Grade 2: All of the above plus:
Write all work in neat cursive;
Head up all papers with name and subject;
Memorize multiplication and division facts through the nines;
Be able to look up words in the dictionary.
Grade 3: All of the above plus:
Write reports of more than one paragraph;
Use a pen on all work except math;
Use the dictionary to find parts of speech in
addition to their definitions;
Head up all papers with name, subject, and date;
Proofread work and correct before handing in;
Memorize multiplication and division facts through the twelves.
Grade 4: All of the above plus:
Ability to use research material for reports of two hand-
Grade 5: All of the above plus:
Ability to write a research paper of four or five pages using outside material.
Grade 6: All of the above plus:
Ability to write a research paper of six or seven pages using outside material.
Nothing in education should come as a shock to a student. If one introduces material in a concentric manner using the Ignatian methods, the student will become able to complete his work independently with little direction from the teacher. It will make his life, and yours, much easier.