Does the Connecting with History program include tests and quizzes?
This is a common question that we receive from new and prospective families.
History is a content subject. Although there are specific facts to learn, such as people, places, events, and dates, the set of concrete facts considered important to know varies depending on the teacher, textbook, test writer, or state and national curriculum developers. In other words, there is no universal set of required concrete facts such as are found in skill subjects like math or spelling.
That doesn't mean that there are no learning goals.We emphasize learning chronology, cause and effect, the surface events of historical events as well as the deeper meaning of salvation history and how it affects our lives today - and how we affect future history. Rather than formal tests. What we use instead are a combination of group discussion (whether you have one child or ten, we encourage parents and children to engage in discussion), reading, writing, projects, memory work, and notebook portfolios, all culminating in formal presentations at the end of each unit. These activities take the place of tests.
As you work with your child you will know what they understand and what they don't. If you need to grade their work, this can be done by assessing their writing assignments, portfolios, and presentations. You can also quiz them on vocabulary, their knowledge of events, and dates from each unit. There are also quizzes in most of the Core Texts, which could be used for formal testing if you so wish. But, the main goal is to encourage their comprehension, which is what we consider true education.
Our Teacher's Guide goes into more detail about how to tangibly implement our educational philosophy.