How many times have your kids been asked what grades they were in? How many times have they been asked just this week? This question is probably the most common question my children get when we are out and about.
What do you do if your child is working at numerous grade levels for different subjects or working at a different level than age-related peers? Children have different strengths and weaknesses and homeschooling allows you to work at the child’s level wherever that may be. Some homeschoolers don’t use materials attached to a grade-level either. As a result, many homeschooled kids find this a confusing question.
It doesn’t have to be confusing or one that opens up a can of worms or even one that delves into a discussion about homeschooling. When someone at a doctor’s office, in a store, or in your neighborhood asks your child’s grade, they are usually just wanting to know your child’s age.
In our society grade levels are ways that adults categorize children into age groups. I don’t think I’ve ever had an incident where the adult really wanted to know the level my kids were attaining in subjects. Sometimes the question is just an adult making polite conversation with a child.
So, I tell my kids what grade they are in according to their age. I currently have a 7th grader, a 5th grader, and a 1st grader by age. However, these grade levels don’t necessarily correlate with what work they are doing. They are doing whatever level they are ready to do. Meanwhile, if a peer asks them what grade they are in or if a receptionist in a doctor’s office asks them, they can answer with what the person was probably wanting to know in the first place.