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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UCHU-AA’s 90 day/180 day Attendance Cards are due!!! :)

Do you remember when you applied for membership with UCHU-AA and read about having to complete the 90 day/180 day attendance cards?

You don’t?

90 and 180 day attendance cards are due
Depending on WHERE you are in your homescholing year……

No worries!!!

I’ll explain…..

As a member of UCHU-AA I have in place 90 day/180 day attendance cards.

This means that once you have reached 90 days or 180 days in your schooling year you’d return to the website at: >>> go to ‘Member Forms’ >>>> choose 90/180 Day attendance cards.

Or click here: UCHU-AA 90 day/180 day Attendance card  <<<click on the link

Under the Option 3 law it states:
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 

While the law doesn’t specifically say ’90 day/180 day attendance card’ my efforts is to have record of when you’ve reached these AMAZING milestones of your homeschooling and then complete your required progress report. IF ever audited to honoring the 180 day attendance law I can vouch for you with your completed attendance cards. 🙂

***NOTE: If you have pulled your student out of public school mid year to then homeschool them the accumulated attendance in public school DOES GO TOWARDS your required 180 days of homeschooling. Yay!!!

Oh….something else!!!!

The law indicates ‘semi-annual’ progress report, right?


Completing them at the half-way point of your schooling year and at the end of the year is an easy practice to follow.

So…..UCHU-AA members scoot on over and complete your 90 day or 180 day attendance card.  Then go ahead and complete your progress report.

File away your progress report FOR YOUR RECORD!! 🙂

I do have a sample progress report to follow for your desired assistance. 🙂

You can find a sample to follow here:   Progress Report example 🙂

Questions? Shoot me an email, text or comment below!

(Be sure to share this with other UCHU-AA homeschooling members.)


Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 25 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool co-op director, Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist and follower of Yahweh. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC

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


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





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:


water paint


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! 🙂