Thank you all for your dishwasher detergent comments. I'm doing more research, and will report when I have something intelligent to say.
So, today we've been working on Mark's first test for Calvert School's seventh grade. There are probably a bunch of you who wonder why on earth I would homeschool my kids instead of sending them to school. Well, in a word, it's a very deep curriculum for whatever age is being taught. Here are sample questions from his testing. Remember, this is the first test for seventh grade. These questions are typical, and I think there are adults who would be hard pressed to answer some of these. For example:
Reading: "The reader could view the story told in Around the World in 80 Days as two races - one involving Phileas Fogg, the other involving Fix. Write a paragraph discussing the two races and be sure to include what each character is racing, and for what reason."
Geography: "Half of earth's land is not useful to humans. Why do you think this is so?"
Art History: "List 3 characteristics of an Egyptian temple."
Science: "List and describe 3 characteristics of living things."
History: "Using complete sentences, identify and give the importance of: archaeology, Constantine, Justinian, Muhammad, Gupta India and Byzantine Empire."
Of course, there are spelling, grammar and composition requirements, multiple choice and fill in the blanks for all areas, and many more than just one question for each subject. I just took the first question from each area for you.
And we miss our school guidance counselor terribly. He was a great, soothing presence in the classroom for many years.