Re: [lascruceshomeschool] Clarification
- And to clarify my clarification, I don't want anyone to think social workers are running around checking up on home schoolers - the ones I'm homeschooling happen to be foster children, so they already have a social worker:) Hope I didn't make anyone panic!----- Original Message -----From: Ami SegnaSent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 11:52 AMSubject: Re: [lascruceshomeschool] ClarificationChecklists are a good way to show progress, too. There are a variety of lists available from different web sites - About.com has one I've modified and used - or the books "What Your Third (or whichever) Grader Needs to Know", which are available in many libraries. You can also get the state benchmarks online and make up a checklist with those. What I do with my kids is score them on a 1-3, 1 being "no clue", 2 being "getting there" and 3 being "got it! Let's move on!" Every couple months I go through it, in parts or in whole, just to make sure I'm hitting all areas and I'm aware of progress or lack of. Grades don't always give you a good idea of what a child can and can't do. It's nice to be able to show the social worker, "Look, two months ago 'J' didn't know her numbers, and now she is adding and subtracting! "That's the beauty and one main prupose of home schooling, we can start where each child is and move them on from there. Kind of like herding cats - you can chase one cat in a fairly straight line in no time at all, but put thirty together and try to get them all to end up in the same place...There are MULTITUDES of ways to keep records and evaluate, I just bring these up because they are free and easy to do when you are just starting off! And which of us isn't happy with free? :)----- Original Message -----From: KatherineSent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 11:29 AMSubject: [lascruceshomeschoo l] Clarification
A friend of mine decided this week to exit her child from public school
to homeschool. She spoke with Marguerite Quinones this morning and
Marguerite told her all she had to do was withdraw her child from
school and register online. That's all.
Katy is right about it being a good idea to keep a calendar throughout
the "school year" in the event the State audits your records, which
I've heard they RARELY do.
The method in which you choose to use for homeschool and the subjects
you choose to explore is completely up to you and your child. We're
not teaching to a test as homeschool kids don't have to go through the
testing that public school kids have to take each year.
Another friend suggested that as they reach the higher grades, it is a
good idea to start keeping grades (no matter what the subject is) in
the event your child might need a transcript.