To Grade or Not to Grade

That is the big question isn’t it? Some say in order for kids to truly know how they are doing in their school, kids need grades. Others say that when a child is graded, they pay more attention to the grade itself than what they need to improve on.

So who is right? What should we do?

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After the Break is Done

After an academic break, sometimes we feel we have to jump back in full speed. We want to get our children and ourselves back on the same schedule. We also want to start rolling at the same pace as we were before our break started.

While those intentions are great, there is no need to stress yourself out just yet. Why not ease your way into this thing called school. Just take your time and flow back into your regular schedule.

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Who Doesn’t Love a Good Sale?

I’m so excited to share this post. I’ve literally been waiting about two months to share this with you. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! It’s the biggest, best book sale I’ve every attended. It’s Scholastic’s Warehouse Book Sale!

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Get Your Meal Prep Game On (Fridge Edition)

So a while back I shared how easy and helpful it is to create meals to fill your freezer with to keep you out of the kitchen. It’s so helpful on busy days to go to the freezer and pull out a meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three! Well I’m here to tell you that not only can you prepare meals for the freezer, but you can also prep snacks and meals for the fridge as well.

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What is the Plan?

I am not a type A person, I do not stick to schedules well, and I am a very spontaneous person sometimes. I used to think that these qualities worked against my ability to properly plan but the problem was really my perspective of what “proper planning” was.

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To get right to it, proper planning is a relative term. It solely depends on the person who is planning as to what is proper. For me, what works best is more of a rhythm of a day, versus a schedule. I do not plan out time slots for specific subjects and I do not have to keep things on a tight schedule. Instead,

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(video) The question: To follow the public school grade state education standards or not to follow the public school grade state education standards?

When I first began homeschooling in Virginia the state standards for education were my life line.

I went to the Virginia Department of Education and located their state education standards FOR EACH GRADE LEVEL.

Unsure of what my children needed to learn and unsure of the curriculum I should use I began using their guidelines and the knowledge I knew along with paper and pencil.

And our homeschooling journey was on the way.

Later that year I learned of Abeka and included that into our studies.

My oldest then turned four years old and would use Abeka for all subjects along with her siblings until I was able to cut the ‘apron strings’ of the state standards.

More experienced, I only choose a few subjects from Abeka that I felt were worthwhile and mixed up my curriculum. Oh my!!!

What I was finding is that my children were passing the state standards for education at an alarmingly fast rate while using Abeka. (www.Abeka.com)

In many subjects they were on 3rd grade level at 4 and 5 years old.

Sooooooo…..I just stuck with Abeka until I expanded my wings to learn about other curriculum and homeschooling resources.

Check out this video release regarding following state standards of education or not to follow them.

(Be sure to share with a friend or family member or on your social medial or all resources. You just never know who needs to know this information and be released from the heavy weight of ‘MUST MEET THE STATE STANDARDS.’)

 

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a life partner 27 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, host of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling with Angela Jordan Perry show, podcast host of Girlfriends Chat with Angela Jordan Perry, founder/Executive Director of Educating Our Own, founder/director of STEAM Co-Op of the Upstate, Mocha Homeschooling Moms-SC founder, owner/director/administrator of United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited Option 3 Accountability Association, founder of  The Homeschool Upstart; direct marketer, mad’am farmer,  Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist.  Angela and her family make their homestead in Campobello, SC.

Simple. Easy. Quick. Daily record keeping for South Carolina Homeschoolers.

Just today and frequently I have families who are homeschooling in South Carolina inquiring about ideas on how to stay on top of their record keeping which is required under Option 3 law.

While there are so many ways to do this:

*Excel spreadsheet

*Automated google sheet

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What you need to know to homeschool in SC with my association, United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited-Accountability Association? (YouTube video)

For the past month my virtual calendar schedule has been FULL scheduled phone calls from families in SC desiring to get started with homeschooling in SC but just unsure what to do and how to get started.

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2 days Left!!! Transcripts and Ranking Forms deadline approaching.

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UCHU-AA is well underway with calculating transcripts.

(That would be ME!! ha. ha. ha)

How many is that……well that would be just a little over 100 transcripts, plus report cards AND plus a host of ranking forms.

Where am I majority of my days this week?

Yeah…you’ve guessed it.

Living on my computer.

Though I did take a moment for my weekly datenite with my husband tonight.(sweetness) And before I left the restaurant many of you were contacting me with questions.

Guess what? I love it!!

I love that I’m touchable, reachable and in good relationship with many of you that you will give me a text late at night. ((insert ‘heart’ here))

Well….the deadline is just TWO DAYS AWAY.

Midnight, May 31, 2018 is the cut off to turn in your high school students transcript forms and ranking forms for completion.

If you DON’T make it by deadline….. no worries.

You may still submit your transcript request/report cards after May 31, 2018. They will be minus ranking but will be calculated with your student’s gpa.

If you have any questions and actually need to talk directly with me schedule a time on my virtual calendar.  Choose a day and time that will work best for you. www.calendly.com/uchuthirdoption/15min

Otherwise, email me at UCHUThirdOption@gmail.com

The next few days I’ll be having my rondevous with UCHU-AA members transcripts, report cards and ranking forms. I may not be easily accessible.

I simply adore what I do.

My purpose driven life is to make a positive impact on 1000s of homeschoolers worldwide. I do that in part by serving YOU MY HOMESCHOOLING  UCHU-AA COMMUNITY!!

Thank you!! ((insert heart))

 

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, host of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling, podcast host of Girlfriends Chat, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist. Angela and her family makes their homestead in Campobello, SC.

 

SC Legislation Update for Homeschool and Public school families

UCHU here are new state legislation affecting homeschool and public school.

LEGISLATION UPDATE

Last update: December 20, 2017
S 611 Summary: Homeschool Recognition Month

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO DECLARE APRIL 2017 AS “HOMESCHOOL RECOGNITION MONTH” IN SOUTH CAROLINA, TO RECOGNIZE THE DILIGENT EFFORTS OF HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS AND THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF THEIR STUDENTS, AND TO EXPRESS SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR THEIR FOCUS ON THE WELL-BEING AND OVERALL ACHIEVEMENTS OF THEIR CHILDREN. Adopted April 25th.

S30 Summary: High school graduation requirements

Requires a on-half credit course of study in personal finance with an end-of-year test as a requirement for high school graduation beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

S 31 Summary: Special education diploma
The state can award a special ed diploma instead of the certificate of attendance to handicap high school students.

S 43 Summary: High school study of U.S. Constitution
Provides that each public high school must provide instruction concerning the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers and the Declaration of Independence to each student for at least one year.

H 3350 Summary: School attendance requirements
Increases from seventeen to eighteen the age of the child at which a parent or guardian no longer has responsibility to cause the child to attend school.

S 231 Summary: Driver’s license
Provides that, in addition to other requirements to obtain full licensure, a person at least fifteen years of age and under twenty-one years of age who has never held a form of license evidencing previous driving experience must enroll in and successfully complete a driver training course conducted by a driver training school.

S 339 Summary: SC Promise Scholarship Act
Promise Scholarship offers another state run scholarship for students in public, private, or charter school and to home school students who use Option 1 or Option 2, but NOT Option 3.

S 241 Summary: Income tax credit
Authorizes a deduction from state of South Carolina taxable Income up to two thousand dollars per child per year to a parent or legal guardian for home school-related expenditures. This deduction is limited to a total of two thousand dollars per child per year regardless of the number of taxpayers incurring home school instruction-related expenses. The deduction allowed by this subsection is fully deductible for the calendar year in which the home school term begins provided the qualifying student completes the school term for that school year.

S 462 Summary: Uniform high school diplomas
Revises the requirements for diplomas to provide “personalized pathways” to education (something most home schoolers are currently doing anyway). This bill passed and was signed by the Governor on May 19th.

H 3583 Summary: Palmetto Fellows
Allows the Palmetto Scholarship to be deferred for 2 years after high school graduation. It has passed the House and is now in the Senate, with the change from 2 years to 1 year.

H 3663 Summary: Healthy Youth Act
Called the “Healthy Youth Act” requires all health standards to be “evidence based.”

H 3934 Summary: Income tax credit
Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a parent or legal guardian who home schools may claim a credit of up to five thousand dollars for instruction-related expenditures.

H 4032 Summary: Life scholarship eligibility criteria
Beginning with School Year 2018-2019, an entering freshman at a four-year institution to be eligible for a LIFE Scholarship must be in the top thirty percent of his high school graduating class. For home school students and students whose high school graduating class is less than fifty students, the Commission on Higher Education may define alternative criteria for students to meet the requirement of item. This would require ranking in accountability groups by eliminating the other two criteria possibilities.

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SCHEA PO Box 2707, Irmo, SC 29063
Email: schea@schea.net
Phone: 803-772-2330

Serving you and yours,

Angela Jordan Perry