Free Online Assessment Tests!

Curious where your student stands in their schooling or want to see if there are any gaps in their learning? Check out these online assessment tests!
Before I go through the free test-taking resources available online, let me say that I’m an “unschooler” at heart.  I love learning being just a regular part of life and I think that most gaps in a homeschool education can be taken care of pretty easily.

But there are certain subjects that I do like to test in each year, like math and reading.  The kids don’t know that it’s a “test” (especially when they are younger) but it gives me a tool for finding any gaps in those subjects that I need to take care of.

If you do opt for a test that gives scores, know that not all scores are completely accurate and are not the final say in grade level (if you even do grade levels). Keep in mind as you administer a test that a lower test score does not mean that your child is “behind” or that you have not done an awesome job as a teacher – these are just tools for finding any gaps in the areas that you want to be sure to cover.

State Testing

EdInformatics

EdInformatics provides a list of states with assessments and benchmark tests available online (keep in mind that different states have different standards)

Internet4Classrooms

Internet4Classrooms has a simple way to find an assessment to meet your needs. When you arrive on the page linked here, you will be asked for information but most is optional. You simply click on the grade level or subject you are interested in testing. There is a wide variety of tests available here for printing as well.

Academic Benchmarks

Academic Benchmarks will give you the state guidelines for different grade levels.

Secondary and College Testing

Test Prep and Test Practice

If you want to give your child a preview of the SAT visit Test Prep Preview or Test Prep Practice. Both websites offer free testing samples which include the GRE, Vocational Exams, Law School LSAT, and many more.

Curriculum Placement Tests

Taking Curriculum Placement Tests is another way to find any gaps in your homeschool academics (these are what I typically use). Several curriculum companies offer free diagnostic and testing tools for your use. Even if you have to register to take the test, you are not obligated to buy the curriculum at all.

Sonlight

Sonlight provides Horizons Math readiness tests.  You will also find tests for Teaching Textbooks, Singapore Math, and Saxon. Once you have your student take the test, look at the results to see where gaps.

Alpha Omega Homeschool

Alpha Omega Homeschool  provides tests for grades 3 and up.  You will have to register but you are under no obligation to purchase anything.

Math Mammoth

Math Mammoth tests are intended to assess end of year mastery.   The tests group the questions by topic, so it is easy to find any gaps in understanding. Let us know in the comments if there are any other assessment testing resources that you like!

Tax Free Weekend 2017 – A State By State Guide

Tax Free Weekend For Each State - Shop Without Paying Taxes!

Each year, several states across the U.S. have a Tax Free Weekend where you can buy clothing, school supplies, and sometimes computers and other items without paying any state sales tax!

Here is the list for Tax Free Weekends for last year. We’ll have the 2017 updated list as soon as the dates become available:

Alabama – August 5-7
Arkansas – August 6-7
Connecticut – August 21-27
Florida – August 5-7
Georgia – July 30-31
Iowa – August 5-6
Louisiana – August 5-6
Maryland – August 14-20
Mississippi – July 29-30
Missouri – August 5-7
New Mexico – August 5-7
Ohio – August 5-7
Oklahoma – August 5-7
South Carolina – August 5-7
Tennessee – July 29-31
Texas – August 5-7
Virginia – August 5-7

You can click on each state above to read more about the guidelines for that state.

Make the most of your state’s tax free weekend by combining it with the best back to school sales! Just click on a store below to see the sales for the current week:

Staples Back To School Weekly Deals

OfficeMax/Office Depot Back To School Deals

Target Back To School Deals

Walgreens Back To School Deals

CVS Back To School Deals

Rite Aid Back To School Deals

Find even Back to School Deals at your favorite stores!

 

Several states have a tax free weekend where you can get clothes, shoes, and sometimes electronics without paying any tax!  Find the dates here!

5 FREE Homeschool Planners from The Old Schoolhouse!

planners



The Old Schoolhouse is offering all 5 of their 2014 – 2015 homeschool planners ($125 value) completely FREE!

And HURRY!!  This free coupon code is only available from Educents until the end of August!

Here’s how to get the free planners:

1.  Go to Educents by clicking HERE.

2.  Add the coupon for the free planners  to your shopping cart.  (You won’t need to provide payment info).

3.  The page after you check out will show your order number on it.  Click on the order number.  That will give you access to your coupon code for ordering the planners.  Copy the code to your clipboard.  If you can’t do it that way, wait for the email that Educents will send with your coupon code.

4.  Once you have the coupon code, go to The Old Schoolhouse Store and find the planners. The free ones are the digital printable planners.  There are 5 of them.  Add all or some of them to your cart and go to checkout.  Apply the coupon code in the appropriate box and complete  your checkout.  Make sure your total is $0.00 before you check out!

5.  After completing the order, go to your account to download the planners.  There should be instructions on the website for you.

Don’t forget that The Old Schoolhouse offers their magazine for free online or with their free app!

Free Eric Carle Printable Activities!

FUN and FREE Ericl Carle printable activity sheets!

Are you looking for some free and fun printable activities for your kids?

There are several great printable activity sheets here over at Random House Kids to download for free to go along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book!

Free Art Lessons Using Chalk Pastels!

FREE art lessons in chalk pastels from Southern Hodge Podge! She makes it so easy!



There are several completely free art lessons from Tricia Hodges using chalk pastels on Youtube! I’ve embedded the video on how to draw an umbrella beach scene below, but if you click on Tricia’s YouTube page here then you can see 10 more short lessons that she has put together!

These video lessons are made to go along with the Chalk Pastel lesson books that Tricia has over at Southern Hodge Podge. There are lots of options, so be sure to scroll through everything that’s available here!

Free Memory Verse Puzzles for Scripture Memorization

Free memory verse velcro puzzles

Playing memory games is an excellent way to cement what your kids are learning in their homeschool!  Here’s a great freebie to help with scripture memorization.

Adventures in Mommydom is offering free printable memory verse puzzles.  Just add velcro strips to card stock paper or to laminated paper and have your kids put the words in order.

Click Here To Get The Printable Memory Verse Puzzles (includes 12 verses)