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With my middle schooler I usually do some review each day so I can tell if she has studied and retained the info. She takes tests at the end of chapters too. If I notice she isn't retaining the info I remind her to use pneumonic devices (they help tremendously!) Or to make flash cards or draw pics by the definitions, etc. That always works for her. With my younger children, (prek and kindergarten) I like to make songs to help them remember new things. That has worked for all 3, there's something about music that makes anything easier to remember!
I keep a record of what they do and it's grade. Some is subjective for example when we go on field trips (at least monthly) giving an A is more a statement on how much they participated. I find that getting out of the way of some subjects they enjoy is more helpful than teaching them. They are naturally curious so that helps. In those situations, I still grade, but usually on how well they self taught themselves. (Science experiments, swimming, etc)
If you're talking solely about academic progress then I would say that I do some testing in the spring if I feel there may be gaps in their core curricula (our state doesn't require yearly testing). As far as their character and its progress, that's easy to spot. My sister, who started homeschooling before me, always encouraged me with the reminder that academics are important, but you want children who love Jesus, are respectful, kind, can talk with people of all backgrounds and ages. This keeps me on the road to an eternal perspective. I think the very best advice I would give is God knows whats best for our kids, so ask Him FIRST what they need. He has proven faithful in my this way for our children.