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Progress Reports example

Under Option 3 homeschooling law one of the required elements that each home educator must follow is that of providing semi annual progress reports.

(3) a semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.

I thought I would take a moment to give an example of what a progress report would look like and include.

However, since the law doesn’t clearly spell out what all should be included in this report it is up to each individual home educator to create as they like. With that said, below is just a *helpful* example that may help you along the way.

Also, semianuual progress reports does not spell out the exact *date* in which these progress reports should be completed in the year. Normally, home educators will complete a progress report half way through the school year and then once again at the end of the school year.

Because each home educator start school and end school at a different day and time of the year *semiannual* will definitely be a different day for each family. :)


Josefina Raul                                                                    UCHU-Accountability Association

5th grade                                                                          Raul and Friends Academy

2014-2015 Homeschool Year                                     Attendance: 90 days from Sept. 2014-Jan.2015

Tongue of the LearnedLiterature and Creative Writing

Josefina is doing well as we progress through our Abeaka readers. Her confidence in reading continues to improve with each session of reading. She is now reading on Abeka readers 5.6 which are complete chapter books.

For each four chapter books she reads she earns her Pizza Hut Book-it coupon that entitles her to a free personal pan pizza. Again, this drives her to becoming a better and fluent reader and comprehender of her reading. See book list attached.

Discovering God’s Creative Power in Science: Engineering and Science

We are using a Christian based/focused view of Science from Apologia.

Since Josefina’s reading is so well she often will pick up the book and read on her on through each lesson

Further study of science was completed using STEAM focus of science at our homeschool coop. This semester they studied motion and design

A syllabus of activities completed in Engineering Class is attached.

More than a Conquerer:  Conquering Math

Josefina is utilizing Abeka Math 5. As a proclamation of her enjoyment of math Josefina has pass all of her quizzes and tests which are in her portfolio.

This semester the focus of math has been:

Place value

adding whole numbers with carrying

story problems

money

subtracting whole numbers with borrowing

multiplying whole numbers with carrying

two and three digit multiplication

dividing whole numbers and money

English linear, liquid and weight measures

Strong and Fit Temples: Physical Fitness and Health

Josefina participated in physical fitness at both our local YMCA and at our STEAM Academy.

At the YMCA their focuses of PE were:

swimming lessons

volley ball

soccer

basketball

tennis

putt-putt

At STEAM Academy Josefina’s class utilized the Presidential Challenge for this semester. They were given the challenge to reach certain goals within this year.

running a mile- 1 mile in 12 minutes or less

jumping jacks – 50 in a minute

push-ups – 15 in a minute

sit-ups – 12 in a minute

Josefina’s progress is excelling the expectations for her age/grade level

During the week she continues her practice and complete her challenges during the week daily at home.

God Revealed in History: Social Studies with History

Josefina used Tapestry of Grace for for our history studies.

This year our focus is Twentieth century history. This was completed with weekly Skpe sessions with another family in order to foster accountability and discussion.

Throughout this semester the students gathered to complete hands-on work to help cement their learning of this time period.

Projects were:

*victory garden

*two lap books

*designed a model air planes while studying the Wright Brothers

*view a video on the Twentieth century

*read numerous of books weekly to complete required TOG reading (book list is attached)

Tongue of the Learned: Writing/Spelling/Grammar 

Josefina been utilizing IEW technique of writing which has given great depth to her love of writing. She completed IEW level A this year in a group setting and completed all assigned writings which is available in her portfolio.

Spelling continues to be a struggle for her. However, we continue with reading and learning her spelling in everyday life.

Abeka Grammar A is what she uses for Language arts. She indeed has gained a great grasp of grammar and the various mechanics of English grammar. This subject has grown *on her* as at first she wouldn’t have considered it her favorite but now fairs well on all of her test.

HIS Creative Arts: Music/Music History/Music Theory/Music

Josefina continues to study Suzuki piano and has consistently moved on from through the book levels and is now on Level 4 in Suzuki.

Her piano instructor works weekly on Music theory which has included recognizing reading the musical notes and not just playing piano by ear which is the Suzuki method.

In Joseinfa’s STEAM Academy  she has studied music theory with her classroom guide. The list of those musicians are included. Additionally, she was required to write a paper this semester on her favorite musician. She chose Bach as she had to play his Minuet in G piece.

Display of His Creative Arts: Art/Art History

Josefina has fair well in this course at STEAM Academy where they study a wide range of artist. Not only learning about the artists but why and how his artistry became famous. Then they tried to utilize the artists technqiue through their own creativity which as then placed within their art portfolio.

All mediums of art was studied and utilized this semester:

chalk

water paint

pencils


The above serves as an example. You would do the same thing for each subject. And be sure to list any field trips you all went on throughout the semester.

Be sure to include attendance number of days.

You can also include grades up to this point of schooling.

You can attach some of your students work.

Lastly, you can certainly include potential work, activities or courses you plan to complete this last semester of the school year.

Hey even a school picture would be nice to include. :)

Again, these are just a few thoughts you help you along your journey of completing your progress reports. :)

I hope that helps! :)

Angela

Homeschooling children with dyslexia and dysgraphia

If your child has dyslexia and/or dysgraphia this recorded webinar that took place this past week may be of great interest to you.

The presenter shared a lot of her successes with her three children that each are dyslexic and has dysgraphia. They have won several recognized awards for their giftedness inspite of their learning difficulties. They have gone on to excel in other areas of learning that doesn’t require reading nor writing in inspite of their challenges.

This is an excellent resource. Be sure to have pen and paper to take notes. :)

Prepositions? Why yes! Here’s a video to help teach them clear and plain.

Homeschooling 101

On http://www.UCHUpstate.com website if you haven’t taken the time to go to the *Homeschooling 101* menu tab THEN treat yourself and go. :p

Within this menu you will find:

*The requirements for a homeschool student getting their driver’s permit or license

*The various Options for homeschooling in SC and the laws associated with it.

*Various methods to homeschool. You may just find one you like

*Explanations for dual enrollment, AP classes, Honors classes and IP classes

 

If you can think of anything else you’d like to know under Homeschooling 101 please do no hesitate to let me know. :)

 

Blessings in Abundance. :)

Serving You and Yours,

Angela P.

Clothespin Easy Math Activity with Free Printable

Homeschooling Moms of great creativity never cease to amaze me. I can appreciate them so much because I *lack* creativity (in the area of crafts and incorporating that into homeschooling) great. :)

I thought I’d share this creative idea as it relates to teaching children address facts.

It’s so neat! Hope many of you consider using it.

I do believe that I will. :)

Clothespin Easy Math (click the light brown title/lettering <<<<< )

Don’t forget to print off the printable information. :)

Enjoy!

Angela P.

Ideas for High School Electives

Homeschool students who are planning to attend college should plan to finish up their schooling with 24 credits. Of those 24 credits, for those students college bound, they should have at least  SEVEN units of electives.

Electives are pretty easy to earn or create BUT just in case you’d like some suggestions or ideas here’s a list down below.

You can also find this list located under the “Homeschool Resources” tab.

Bible

Family Living

Horticulture

Music: Applied Music (violin, cello, piano, etc.); Band/Orchestra; Music History; Voice; Music Theory

Health

Journalism

Speech

Photography

Marketing

Drafting & Design

Business English

Air Conditioning

Dance

Home Economics

Art: Applied History; Graphic Art and Design; Applied Art (drawing, painting, etc.)

Drama

Home Economics

Business Management

Welding & Metalworking

Work Experience

Electricity

Office Account

Auto Mechanics & Repair

Driver’s Education (1/2 credit)

What others can you name?

Please add them to the comment section. :)

Satisfying Computer Science elective for high school

Homeschoolers are always looking for ways to satisfy the computer science credit other than keyboarding.

Here are just a few option for computer programming both FREE and for purchase.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/100bNZqfgq32hjfwPemqxu2Q02XJCTR-EGyQtz9uweMU/edit

Simply keep a log of students work time on a particular project.
150-180 hours of logged work equates to the satisfied credit earned for computer science.

Have fun!

Who ever said homeschooling was easy?

Besides working hard at marriage, birthing children into the world, raising those children to live Christ-like, with morals and standards………….

The next challenging *self-inflicting* thing there is in this life as it relates to our children is *HOME SCHOOLING* them.

Ha!

If anyone has ever said that homeschooling is easy………well the Lord bless them. Because truthfully it. just. isn’t.

Some days are easy days.

Full of laughs. Great memories. Knowledge gained.

But other days are……just hard as dirt.

Some years are a piece of cake.

Other years of homeschooling may come with life challenges in the mix of it.

Although the later is true……most who decide to home school their children still press on with determination to take the reigns of their children’s education into their own hands.

Providing them with  life long tools, knowledge, skill sets, moral values, a love of learning and successful graduation that their children could possibly miss otherwise.

AND to live life along with their children while doing these things is of greater value than the tough days faced.

Here are some real stories of the challenges being faced at the beginning of this home schooling year. BUT ALSO NOTE, the attitude of perseverance there within also. :)

“I’d love to say that our first week of school was a complete success filled with crafts, science experiments, hours of reading and deep conversations.  I suppose if I left out half our days I could make those claims.

Since God called me to this grand adventure of homeschooling (kicking and screaming I might add) there have been wonderful peace filled days of perfection and utterly horrid days of chaos.  There are days when everything goes precisely according to my neatly written planner, and days when I look at the clock, notice it’s 5 pm and realize we’re still in our PJs, there’s nothing laid out for dinner and the kids haven’t so much as glanced at a book.  It’s in those moments that I’m ever so thankful for a merciful God who pours out His grace on my imperfect days. 

Praise God for imperfect days!  Otherwise I might think that I don’t need Him.

My desire is to have a peaceful homeschool full of laughter and learning all the time. A place where I have it all together! More often than not, however, our days fall far short of those expectations.

I spent three days this week correcting the bickering and arguing between our two youngest children (who, by the way, have always gotten along wonderfully…..until this week). 

Several frustrating hours were spent redoing my carefully planned schedule – Did I really think that my daughter could be finished with math in 20 minutes, who am I kidding?

Two of the five days we didn’t get to half of what I had planned.

Oh, and did I mention this is the second time we’ve started this school year?  The first time we got through 9 days of tears before I reluctantly admitted half of the curriculum I had chosen just was not a good fit for us, so I threw it out and started over.

I’ve struggled this week with moments of doubt when I questioned myself and my purpose.  I wonder sometimes if I’m doing enough or if I’m messing up my kids.

Satan would love to keep me in a place of hopelessness where I am discouraged and say things to myself like…

“She has it all together, and I am so…..not! Maybe I shouldn’t be doing this.”

“Look at that awesome school room. We just have a messy table.”

“Her kids tell her how much they love their school!?!  Mine would rather eat dirt than start a lesson.”


This week, my perspective needed a reboot. It was a rough week!

If I’ve learned anything during the past 6 years of homeschooling it’s that success isn’t just found in a perfect, stress free, everything goes according to plan day or week.  While we will have GREAT days, we will also have trials and tests of patience, faith and endurance when we fall on our faces and say “I can’t God, I just can’t”…and there is success to be found in those days too.   

I offer this encouragement from Lysa Terkeurst in her book What Happens When Woman Say Yes to God.

“I can assure you on the other side of every “I can’t” excuse is a glorious adventure with God just waiting to happen. And rest assured, the victory is not found in your performance. Rather, it’s in your pursuit of taking that first step with God. A joy will be there like you’ve never known. As we choose to say, “With God, I can,” we can expect Him to show up and be our daily portion of everything we need.”

So if you’re first week of school didn’t go quite according to plan, that’s ok…mine didn’t either…but I’ll get up tomorrow and start anew because that’s what I’m called to do. 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

Just keepin’ it real.

Blessings sweet mamas!  We can do this!
Michelle 


“I have been praying & hoping we’d have a good year this year & telling the Lord “Lord, we really NEED to have a good year. Last year was so not, we really NEED a good year.” Well, this first week hasn’t been a pretty picture. We’re managing, but the kids still want to go to public school. And my two younger ones are fighting and arguing like cats & dogs about anything & everything. And my granddaughter is crying & fussing in the background. And the house is a mess. And I’m wondering if I should up my Prozac dosage! I am so far from being one of “those” homeschooling moms. I wanna be. Kinda…I actually bought planners this year & had all my curriculum on time & have written out stuff. But I’m sorta lacking in that category. Kinda…so you and I can commiserate together. Cause I am not loving it yet & neither are my kids. And we might not ever! But it is what it is & I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to, so I’ll do the best I can and ask for wisdom & grace every fifteen minutes or so!”

Tami


Thanks for posting about your imperfect first week bc I also had one:/ I homeschooled my oldest for kindergarten but she went to public school for 1st and 2nd and my 2nd child went for 5k. My girls want to be homeschooled. My 8 yr old so much that she has offered to help clean the house and do dishes to take off some of the load. She also said she will do her work by herself and entertain her nearly 3 yr old brother at the same time so I can focus on my 6 yr old bc she doesn’t want to do any work.

 
I cried and was ready to give up and take them back to school Wed morning…but The Lord used my daughter and my husband to tell me I can’t give up that easy. What kind of lesson would it be to my kids for them to see me quit after 2 days. I won’t let them do that. So we cried out to God and He heard our cries because Wed was such a better day. 
 
Today has been trying…I raised my voice more than I should have (I’ve been working hard on that one). I told my 1st grader if she refused to do her work at public school she would have already been to the principals office. 
 
I don’t have a principal but Daddy has made it clear that if I have to get him to intercede it won’t be what she wants. Needless to say…she did her work after that (reluctantly still but it got done).
 
I am not sure what to do with Social Studies and Science for her. She is not reading confidently enough to try reading directions on her own. I feel I am pulled 3 ways with an 8 yr old who is above her level in thinking and reading; a 3 yr old that demands my attention 24/7; and my 6 yr old who is smart but doesn’t want to put any effort forth…sigh. 
 
I keep thinking…this too shall pass. My husband quotes Romans 8:28 often and it keeps me going. I have an amazing support system from my family and friends. They are my prayer warriors and I have this wonderful group. Thank-you Angela P.  for all your encouraging emails!!
 
So ladies as we break for the weekend (YAY!!) let us remember one another in prayer and take comfort in knowing that it could be worse bc for now we still have the freedom to teach our children at home. Praise God we live in the USA! 
 
I’m thinking I may need to be sure to attend MNO next month. It will be a welcomed break and encouraging to meet some more who understand what I’m going through. 
 
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” 
 
Quote it when Satan tries to tell us we can’t do it…bc when we tell him what Our Holy Wonderful, Sovereign, Graceful, Merciful, Faithful and Just God says in His Word, then Satan will flee. 
 
Love and Prayers in Jesus Name,”
 
Crystal 

Forms, Forms, Forms and more Forms for homeschooling

If you have been homeschooling for any period of time you may have come to realize that FORMS make homeschooling and keeping records that much easier!

In our state, homeschooling under Option 3 comes with quite a few regulations we must follow.

Such as attendance.

Keeping attendance of at a minimum of 180 days  is important. So, attendance forms are a great asset.

(click on the underlined links below to see the forms)

Attendance form for two children

Attendance form for up to seven children

How about looking towards the high school years.

Those *special four years* will be here before you know it.

Do you have them planned out? Do you know what courses will be great to take in order to satisfy the minimum college prep courses?

If not, here’s a form to help you do just that.

High School Four Year Plan

Even the following form is  more detailed which will inform you of the number of credits needed per subject matter while in the high school years.

High School Graduation Requirement and Schedule

I bet you are thinking……”Yes, it’s great to have this four year plan form to complete. But what should I put on it?”

Well, I’m glad you asked.

Here are *some* suggestions. This list is not exhaustive by any means. But it will give you some ideas to plan along with your student for their race towards the goal of *graduation.*

Course List Suggestions

Now if you are thinking about the day to day planning of your homeschooling, these forms may help:

Lesson Planner for Two children

Or if you’d like to have a little more space to write out the plans, then here is a:

Row Lesson Planner

Well, I think this will help you get off to a good start or better start in your *form* library for homeschooling. :)

Stay tuned for:

progress reports

report cards

transcript ideas

students daily schedule form

and more.

Enjoy

~Angela P.

Teaching Math Through Art!!! Who knew :P

Teaching Math Through Art” takes students from around 3rd to the 8th grade and goes through all the things they need to know in math and puts lessons in a hands on art context. Rotations, reflections, fractions (when drawing the face, measuring tryptches, grids, and more), three dimensional shapes, and much more are included.

Go see for our yourself……..

(Click on the blue lettering down below to learn more)

FREE – “Teaching Math Through Art” Curriculum – 3 Days Only!

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