Wednesday, April 19, 2017

TN Ready Testing for the Homeschooler

Find this test prep on Amazon.

My middle child is in 5th grade and this week she started her TN Ready state testing (TCAP) at a local public school.  
As an independent homeschooler in the state of Tennessee, we are required to have her tested in 5th, 7th, and 9th.  

"In grades 5 and 7, same state board approved secure standardized tests required of public school students In grade 9 same state board approved secure standardized tests required of public school students but NOT the high school proficiency test."

This came straight from's Website.  Of course, each state is different so if you are in another state you would google your state's homeschool laws to see if you should expect a call from the local school district. 

As for the testing itself, we had trouble finding practice tests online.  Most places we looked said free for teachers and gave only online questions.  We wanted a bit more to prepare our daughter.  She is very anxious about testing and doesn't do well under pressure.  After many days looking we found a website that had downloadable pdf files that we printed.  They gave a sample of what type of questions were on the test.  

You can find them HERE on East Middle Library's page.

Now that you have access to a printable test prep, here are my thoughts on state testing.  I know the reason why they test homeschool children.  They think it will help them keep track of parents that don't teach their children or children with learning disabilities.  I'm sure there are more reasons than this but I'm not going into that rant.  

That being said I don't agree with it.  Not at all.  Yesterday's testing was social studies.  My daughter said the test was made up of questions about wars and revolutions.  That's fine.  Only we haven't studied American History in depth yet.  We've been exploring Ancient Times.  We've been working our way slowly through Story of the World.  We are taking our time and going in depth in areas where she is interested.  Supplementing with documentaries and living history books as we go.  If she were testing on what she has studied then she would do better than being tested on what the public school children are currently learning.  We teach our children different things at different times but they learn the same thing in the end.   

Now my youngest daughter is in 4th grade in public school and she is taking the TN Ready test also.  She said that that the social studies test they took in class tested on things she doesn't remember them even learning.  What does that tell you about the testing?
See my problem with testing the independent homeschooler?  
They have only completed the first two days of testing.  It will be spread out over two full weeks.  So we have to go in for an hour each day.  Here is the schedule if you would like a peek at what they have planned.   Hopefully, you will be able to see it.  So we shall see what my full thoughts are after all the testing is completed. 

I am aware that in TN if you are enrolled in an umbrella school then you may be exempt from this testing and wouldn't even have to worry about it.  And that may be the path we take in 7th grade.  But I would rather spend that $100 that the umbrella school would charge us on books and learning material for her.  Or even on a field trip where she can learn something hands-on.  

Hope the link will help someone and that my mini-rant wasn't too off-putting. 

Hope you all have a blessed day.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

Trying Japanese Snacks and Candies

As part of our Easter, I purchased a box of 30 different snack and candy treats from Japan off of Amazon.

The girls and I opened and tasted them all.  From gross to great, these are what was in the snack box.

Check it out.   Also.. this is my daughter's youtube channel!  Subscribe if you want to see more. :)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Book Outlet Haul with prices

I made an order on book outlet and thought I would share it with you all.  If you aren't familiar, book outlet is a discount new book site.  They run promotions where you can get hardbacks for as little as $1 to $3 dollars.  Normally I wait until holidays because they offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount and a percentage off.  Also when you order they will (sometimes) slip in a coupon for $5 off a purchase.  It's great.

Here is a list of what books I bought and what I paid:

Swept Away By a Kiss  $0.991
Allegiant (Divergent Series, Bk. 3)  $3.39
On the Island  $5.09
Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, Book 1)  $3.39
Academy Street  $3.39
The Learning Gap: Why Our Schools Are Failing and What We Can Learn from Japanese and Chinese Education  $4.24
The Boleyn Inheritance $3.8
Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon  $0.99
Truthwitch (The Witchlands, Bk 1)  $3.39
Illusion (Chronicles of Nick)  $1.26
The Accidental Countess  $2.54
Altered (Crewel World, Bk. 2)  $0.69
Best Friends Forever (You're Invited to a Creepover, Bk#6)  $2.54
What a Doll! (You're Invited to a Creepover, Bk 12)  $2.54
Home, Sweet Haunt (You're Invited to a Creepover Book # 15)  $2.54
Lock and Mori  $2.96
Don't Move a Muscle! (Creepover, Bk.21)  $1.26

SubTotal  $45.01

Here are the books that I didn't include in the video.

Happy reading!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Friday Reads and Book Hangover

My newest booktube video is up.  Its a what I'm reading video.  Also includes the book Grip by Kennedy Ryan which was sooooo good that it put me into a book hangover for around two weeks.  Have you read it?  Let me know if you loved it as much as I did.  Grip was drool-worthy.  I can't wait for the next book in the series!

If you are thinking that it might sound good.  You can download the prequel free on amazon.

And if you like that then definitely buy the full length book Grip.

You can find the author:

So many good books lately!

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Review: Pushing the Boundaries

Pushing the Boundaries Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. It wasn't nearly long enough. I want more of Myra and Elias. Such a sweet story.

Its the story of a young American/Pakistani girl who's mother is a doctor and really wants her to be one too. She goes on a mission trip to Haiti with her mother to volunteer at a free clinic. While her mother wants her to be a doctor, Myra wants to enter art school and needs the perfect picture to try to win a scholarship. There she meets a Haitian boy that has been hired as a translator for the volunteers and the locals. He isn't supposed to do anything other than translate. He isn't supposed to spend time with them or get to know them. She isn't supposed to spend time with him either. But Myra wants to find that perfect picture and needs to get away from the clinic to do that.

I thought the message of the book was beautiful. Simplicity. Honesty. Beauty. Young Love.
The scene that plays out on pages 108-109 with the children was lovely. The ending was perfection.
I had tears in my eyes as I finished reading this book.


I won this book in a giveaway on facebook and was sent it by the author.  There was no promise of a review.  As always this review is my own thoughts.

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The author even signed the book for me.


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Have you read it?
Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!