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Review: Test Prep: Grade 2

I know that a lot of homeschoolers choose not to give test or do any sort of testing. Some states will require that you get test done or go to a place to have a test administered. In Texas, this does not apply to us. However I do give tests, quizzes and we do reviews. I do not tell our daughter when we are doing any of these except the review. I will mutter to myself while looking at my planner and say that week is a review week so she sometimes overhears this. Does this make her nervous? No. Solely because I do not make a big deal about it. I know a lot of kids get test anxiety and I do not want our daughter to think that they are a daunting thing. Last year We used Test Prep and I really liked it. It touches and 2 of the most important classes in school: English and math. The English portions cover reading, comprehension, vocabulary, writing and grammar. 

A lot of the reading will be reading passages and then answering the questions that go with them. The will need the skills of suffix and word meaning, knowing the supporting and main ideas, cause and effect. There are a lot of other English literacy skills your child will need to know like the spelling of words, composition and proper grammar. There is are multiple choice questions as well as questions to write in the answer. There are two math sections. One is just a couple pages long and really is just making sure your child know how to go about solving a math problem and only using the information that pertains to the question. The second section is actually doing math problems. The math problems are pretty basic for 2nd grade. We use Math-U-See and our daughter has been doing a lot more difficult problems than what are in Test Prep.

I do like this workbook to see how our daughter falls by test standards. I do use this book starting in the middle of the year and we just do about a page at a time. Within each section there are pages that way stop on the bottom and we stop whenever one of those pops up. Then just pick the book up the next day. I like that the book is in color and I do not think that the pages have to many questions on one page. Our daughter does not mind doing the work and I think it is because she thinks it is just part of our normal school classes. This is not a must have but it is nice to have if you want to see how your child does with the test. There are practice test at the end of the booklet. I got it with our 2nd grade Timberdoodle kit and I also made sure to get it with our 3rd grade curriculum. If you do testing, how do you go about it? Do you use a certain workbook or get testing done? Let us know in the comment section below.


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