Monday, August 31, 2009
Here are a few pointers to remember:
Do my sentences make sense, and are they in a logical order?
Is info missing, do I need to elaborate, or explain more?
Have I checked my spelling, punctuation, and grammar?
Have I used the right verb tenses.
Follow these simple rules, and you will have your writing skills down to a science.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
This post will be the first in a series of learning foreign languages in a homeschool environment. I'm going to start with Spanish, then German, then French. If there are more languages that people are interested in, contact Melissa and she'll pass those requests on to me.
Spanish is probably the easiest language to teach in a homeschool environment, simply because so many things nowadays are available in Spanish at little to no extra effort. Many kids' shows such as Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and Maya and Miguel incorporate Spanish words and phrases. Most DVDs have a Spanish language option as well. If you're teaching Spanish, you can also contact your local library to see if the library system has books in Spanish, or the bilingual books that have both English and Spanish. You can also check Meetup'>http://www.meetup.com"
Here are some online resources that provide lessons, mini-lessons, or ways to practice:
Here are some great ways to practice listening to the language as well:
Friday, August 28, 2009
These are the two recipes I chose for Anne, to check out for her dinner guests.
Walnut Crusted Chicken Cutlets:
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
salt and pepper
1/2 c walnuts toasted and cooled
1/4 c fresh parsley leaves
1 lg egg white
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 1/2 pounds thinly sliced chicken cutlets
Preheat oven to 450, place rack in 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 jelly roll pan, spray pan, and rack with cooking spray. On large dinner plate combine bread crumbs, red pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper. In food processor with knife blade attached, blend walnuts, and parsley until nuts are finely chopped, then toss with the bread crumb mixture. In pie plate, whisk egg white, and dijon until mixed well. One at a time dip the chicken on each side into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture coating well. Press firmly so the mixture adheres. Arrange chicken on rack in jelly roll pan, lightly coat with cooking spray. Cook 10 to 12 minutes or until topping golden brown, and chicken is no longer pink.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad:
1 lb strawberries hulled and sliced
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp honey
1 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1 container baby spinach
3/4 c walnuts toasted, and coarsely chopped
In blender puree 3/4 c strawberries, with lime juice, honey, oil, salt, and pepper. Transfer dressing to large serving bowl. To bowl, with dressing, add spinach, and remaining strawberries. Toss to coat, sprinkle with walnuts to serve.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
As for football, Yay it is starting soon. Tonight I have my fantasy football draft. This year my husband used Fleaflicker, and a keeper league. That means we get to keep two players from our roster from the previous year. I kept Peyton Manning, and Michael Turner. I am excited this year, because I already got a good head start. I have only been to the playoffs once, and never been in the Superbowl. My husband is very good at it, and makes the playoffs every year, and has won the Superbowl three times, man he stinks. Yes, I am a Bills fan, and yes I am aware they suck, so you don't have to remind me LOL. Wish me luck, I intend to win this year, I say that every year. I am not the only girl this year, a friend of ours joined too, Yay for girl power.
Yesterday, we went to our playgroup at Ms Kristy's house, thank you Ms Kristy if you read this. The kids had a ball, and it was especially fun because they let their kids ride bikes in the house. My kids were not sure what to think, but it didn't take them long to hop on a bike, and get riding. We are discussing starting 4H as a group. It is over an hour away, one way, but it is only once a month. The thing I really like is that any work they do, can go towards scholarship points. I like that a lot. The first meeting is next Thursday, and if my husband can let me keep the car, we will give it a try.
I promise tomorrow, I will get back to business, and post step 3 of the writing process.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So remember about four days ago, when I posted about the puppy fiasco? Well yesterday my homeschool evaluator dropped me an email, stating the mom dog was being disrupted, and they were sending her back to the owner. She said the puppies were officially weened, and we could come pick up our puppy. OK, so here we go again. This is Biscuit, is she not precious. She is 7 weeks old, and has a nice personality. Our other dog Krypto has taken to her well, though he is a bit curious of what that thing might be. She is part lab, and dad is a mix of lab, and something. The kids gave here a carebear to sleep with, and a nice soft blanket. She did well through the night, only waking up once, to go out and tinkle. Like any other baby, she eats, drinks, plays, goes to the bathroom, and then back to sleep. It is important to get her on a pattern of eating, sleeping, and potty training. No accidents yet, Yay. Sleep will not be my best friend, for a month, or two, but she does sleep about four hours in between, so that was nice. If you don't know who Biscuit is, it is a popular childrens book series, that my daughter loves. DJ got to pick Krypto's name, and Caitlin this one. In case you don't know who Krypto is, he is Supermans dog, and my son loves super heros. We got through the first night with no complications, so that is always a plus.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Well it is Monday, and most people hate Monday, so I thought we would do another fun, silly quiz. This one is what Spongebob character are you? As you can see I am Sandy Cheeks, the squirrel. Sandy is intelligent, and sensible. If you do not watch Spongebob I highly recommend it. It is very funny. I tried to find my all time favorite episode, where Spongebob, and Patrick stole a balloon, but I couldn't. I found another of my favorites though, called Sailor Mouth. Check it out below, it is is fast forward mode for some reason, so you have to pay attention. You can take the quiz here, to see what character you are.
Tomorrow I promise I will get back to more mature, and adult like posts LOL.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup honey mustard
8 thin slices deli ham
1 tbsp butter melted
8 thin slices swiss cheese
1/2 cup crushed pretzels
Cut a horizontal slit in one side of each chicken breast half to within 1/2 in. of the opposite side. Spread honey mustard inside each pocket, stuff with ham, and cheese slices. Place in a greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with pretzels, I rolled them in it so they were covered. Bake uncovered at 350 for 40-45 min or until juice runs clear.
This awesome recipe came from my Taste of Home magazine. We added the cheese to it, their recipe did not have it. We also cooked ours in the toaster oven, to keep the heat in the house down. Enjoy!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Today is the day, DJ's homeschool evaluation is due. I am not at all nervous, like last year, because I know what to expect, and I know the evaluator now. Last year she fussed about the way he held his pencil. Well he still holds it the same way, so I anticipate some fussing again. I still can not figure out why she focused on that so much. As long as it doesn't hurt his hand, or his writing abilities. Oh well, I guess she had to fuss at something. Last year, though I kept everything, and made the portfolio, I did not realize I was supposed to keep a log of daily activities as well. So she told me to be sure and do it this year, which I did. Yay so it should be good!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
If you have never experienced the indecency of not having health care, then you should have no opinion on the matter period. I would like to know how many of these people who are opposing the health care reform, really just want egg on Obama's face, are just plain cruel, or are completely ignorant. It is awful to have no health insurance, to wonder how you will cover an illness or accident. It is awful to be afraid to let your kids play sports, or climb the monkey bars, because they might break something. Let me tell you what it really means to be uninsured in this country.
1- You go to the ER because you have no insurance, and you know technically they can not refuse you . Technically that may be true but they will make you wait for hours, and hours on end. They call it triage, and it is great, especially if you are the ER, and you hope they just get tired of waiting, and leave. I have personally seen ER's do this to people, who come in for non emergency care. The very first thing they do is ask you for your insurance. If you are uninsured, and can not pay, you will wait forever. If they deem that you do have a job, and can pay, some will request a minimum 250 dollars to just be seen, and that will not include the bill you will get for any treatment they give you. Did you know that the uninsured get charged 2-3 times as much as those who have insurance. It is a nice little racket that goes on. Then if you don't pay they will take you to court, get a judgement against you, ruin your credit, and clean out your bank accounts, and any other assets you may be fortunate to have. That is if you are the working poor, who can not afford insurance. Tell me how can someone who makes 7 dollars an hour afford 400-500 dollars a month for health insurance. I didn't even mention that for profit hospitals can refuse to treat you, unless it is an emergency. They can say if you don't pay, you have to go somewhere else. This is shameful, plain, and simple. So please lets not make the claim that all Americans have access to health care, because it is a flat out lie.
2- So you got to be seen in the ER, if you are uninsured they will do the very bare minimum of testing, if any. They might give you a prescription, and tell you to follow up with your primary care doctor, if you even have one. If you have no money to buy the medicine you will not be able to fill the prescription, to fix the problem you went for in the first place. I guarantee 95% of the time, you will never get a real solution to fix your problem that you visited the ER for. It is a vicious cycle, with no help to anyone at all.
3- So then lets get to the many clinics all over the place. Again the very majority of these are for profit, and the not for profits, are usually under staffed, and care is questionable. I guess it is OK if you are poor, that getting subpar care is better than no care. Again this is the rich trying to keep the poor in their place. That is absolutely what I think. They don't want to go to their pristine doctors, and sit in the same office with those poor people, who can not afford to be here, and I am paying for them. Why don't they just say what they really mean?
The wealthiest country in the world, kind, caring, charitable, giving, religious, yet as a country as a whole we can not even decide that making sure everyone has affordable health care should be a goal to obtain. I think it is shameful, sad, elitist, and even disgraceful.
Are all you Democrats, really gonna let the Republicans throw egg in Obama's face? This is all this is to them, a way to make Obama fail, to retake control. I didn't even vote for Obama, but I agree so much with everyone having affordable, good health insurance.
So what exactly is prewriting? Basically it is all the things you think about, in any given day. Using all your senses, to expand your thoughts. Would the thought make a good writing topic? If yes, start to explore the idea a little bit more. Read about it, ask questions, observe, and listen.
There are several ways you can organize your thoughts: story maps, graphs, tables which is similar to a graph, diagram, outline, word cluster, list, or just jotting down your thoughts randomly. The last one is my personal favorite. I do better with things are a little less formal, and time consuming.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
If I see he is doing well, I will start to let him post his own Science projects, that he has done. I will see how it goes. You can watch his progress, and see him grow. I actually am so proud of him for thinking of it, and think others should try it with their homeschooled, and public school children. If you use blogspot it is free, and the possibilities are endless for them to write about.
Now lets talk about the steps in the writing process. The five steps are prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing. To me a lot of these are very similar in their process, and goal, but I will go over them starting tomorrow with step one prewriting.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The last link Lesson Snips, is the newest one I found, while looking for Roman Numeral lessons. It is an awesome site. If you need lesson plans, check it out, you will not be disappointed.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
This brings me to the point of hurricane preparedness. We are always basically prepared, because that is what I do LOL. My biggest dilemma this year, will be our pets. My dog gets very scared, and squirelly, and getting him into a car is always a trick. Should we have to evacuate it will be a wrestling match. Then we have these two kitties, who were basically abandoned, and we have been caring for them. The original two, we found a home for, then appeared this other one out of the blue. It was obvious to me it was just dropped off, because it acted like a house cat, not a stray. It was very clean, friendly, and sociable. So it has adopted us, and the one remaining kitty, and they have become good friends, to my kids, and each other. I could not imagine leaving them behind. They count on us for love, and food, and they stay on our covered porch which keeps them safe from the elements. I am going to get a hold of my mom today, one to make sure she is watching the updates, and two to see if she possibly has a pet carrier I can borrow, or a small cage. I am imagining it would be very difficult to get these two to cooperate enough to get in the carrier, then into the car. They are still small enough for me to deal with, without getting too scratched, or bitten. Since they trust me, I am hoping it won't be too bad. Of course I would never put my children, or myself in danger, but if I plan enough in advance, I hope it will go smoothly, and I will not have to leave them behind. Of course the best option, is that we don't ever have to evacuate, though I may still have to put them in the carrier, and bring them to safer shelter, such as inside the garage, for their own safety. If you do not have an emergency plan, now is the time to get one! This video will help, and don't forget about your pets.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
You will need:
24 slices of French bread appx. 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup olive oil we use extra virgin because it is actually healthier
1/2 tsp garlic powder, we use garlic salt because it just gives a little bit more flavor
6 slices part skin mozzarella cheese, or you can use shredded mozarella cheese it works just as good
1 1/2 cups chopped, and seeded tomatoes
Place bread slices on ungreased baking sheets. Combine oil, garlic powder, and brush over the bread. Cut each slice of cheese into four pieces. We use shredded, and just mix it in, it is just easier. Top each slice of bread with tomatoes, and a piece of cheese. Broil 3-4 min, or until the cheese is melted. One thing we have found that is actually helpful, is to toast the French bread first, then add the toppings, and broil for the cheese to melt. Other wise it is sort of soggy in the middle from the oil, and tomatoes, but still delicious no matter which way you do it. If you are going to a party, and need to bring something this is awesome. You could even broil it there, since it only takes just a couple of minutes.
This recipe came from Taste of Home 5 ingredient recipes. Taste of Home is one of my favorite cooking magazines. It is kind of pricey, so I only buy it a few times a year, but it is definitely worth it. Enjoy!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Bank of America
PO Box 10334
Van Nuys, CA 91410-0334
If you need to call HUD, their number is 888-297-8685
Whew what a relief, we got the payment right out in the mail, and I am relieved to have gotten an answer without waiting too long. If you have a mortgage with Taylor Bean and Whitaker, be on the alert. On a even sadder note, all of the employees have been let go, that is over 1,000 in Ocala alone. A sad day for a already distressed job market.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I have not done a post on the Health Care bill, in a while. I was listening, and waiting to see what happens. I must ask how many people, that are spouting off such angry, and vicious language have actually read the bill? I am very curious to know that, because the things they are saying, I have not found in the bill. The link above, is the complete House of Representative bill. Last night I read 60 pages of it, and I was shocked at what it really says, and the awful rumors being spread by the media. I will give my thoughts below. I am in no way saying you should agree with my point of view, but I am asking you to read the bill, and make an informed decision, rather than a decision based on someone elses opinion, of whom may, or may not have even read the thing.
The very first thing you notice is the name of the bill, ‘‘America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009’’. Making health insurance affordable, and fair for everyone. What could be wrong with that?
So lets start with the very first rumor that started some time ago. You will not lose your current health care plan, if you like it, and want to keep it. There are some that is saying this is not true, and you will be forced into the public option. According to what I read this is not true. There is a Grandfather Clause in the bill that allows you to keep your current plan. A Grandfather Clause is used in lots of bills. What it means is if you already have something, you can keep it, and you do not have to be included in the new rules. These are used in real estate, education, just to name a few. It does appear that the bill also has a provision so your employer can not drop the health insurance, forcing you into the public option. So that first myth appears to be untrue completely.
What I did notice is that the bill requires Health Insurance providers to follow a whole host of rules, to be sure you are actually getting what you pay for. As a matter of fact there is a clause, that states if you do not use your health insurance you will get a refund from the Health Insurer for what you were overcharged. They can not raise your insurance by 10 percent every year either, kick you out when you become sick, deny you insurance for a pre existing condition, or refuse treatment.
They are going to open up the lines of competition, so no one company has a monopoly. There will be a data base where you can pick, and choose a plan with more than two options, that best suits the needs of you, and your family. The public option, according the bill, is to serve several purposes. To keep the health insurance companies honest, because there will be true competition. To supplement you, if your insurance is not that great, and you need a little more coverage. To provide basic health care coverage, to those who have none. I found this section especially interesting. There has been so much screaming, and yelling about the public option. It covers the most basic of health care coverage, and preventative care. It does not cover non essentials at all. So you see if you already have health insurance, but maybe your plan, is not the greatest, the public option can help you to supplement where you may need it.
Changes to medicare. I think medicare needs to be changed, but I have not seen yet where this is addressed in the bill. Obama, and AARP have said that the current bill does not appear to have any untoward negative effects towards seniors who use medicare. It supposedly will take out Medicare Advantage, which costs billions, and only makes the health insurance companies wealthy.
Now to the most ridiculous thing I have heard yet, euthanasia. In case you do not know what euthanasia is, it is putting someone to sleep that is deemed to serve no purpose anymore. This is absurd. Number one, even if it was in the bill, no doctor, nurse, or hospital would go along with such a thing, and no bill could make them. They have a set of ethical standards they must follow, and I dare to say they would flat out refuse to participate in such practices. This is just outright lies, and scare tactics. With that said, there is talk that a part of the bill be addressed to end of life care. It has been said that they would like to add a clause that states basically that by age 65 you start to think about end of life care. This does not mean, nor imply that it will be put in, or that it is any way in reference to pulling the plug on you. I do not think that it is absurd, or crazy to think people nearing 65 should start to think about their elder years. How will you handle the end of your life? Not only does being unprepared put stress on loved ones, but on medical institutions as well. There are legal procedures you can take, to be sure the end of your life is handled in a manner you wish it to be. Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, are just a couple of the ways you can be sure it will be handled how you want. I do not know of one medical institution that would not agree with that.
Now to the point about rationed care, and refusal of treatment for those deemed unsuitable. Did you know that there are doctors that perform procedures on patients that have no hope of the procedure, or treatment working? A doctor admitted it on Stuart Varney's show the other day, so I am not just saying it. If a treatment, or procedure, will do absolutely no good whatsoever, and is just a way to make money, than the patient should not get it, period. Now with that said, you as the patient need to be informed, so you can make good sound decision. Should a 75 year old, with very limited quality of life get a heart transplant over a 23 year old? That is the question. Should someone who is an alcoholic, and ruined their liver, get a transplant over a car accident victim? These are all very difficult, and ethical questions, that I do not think any bill could cover. The doctors, nurses, ethics boards of hospitals, these are the people who make these decisions, not the government. I do not see this changing, despite all the nonsense you hear.
Please read the bill. I know I will be continuing my reading tonight. It is actually very interesting. Then write your Representative, and give a good, educated response as to how you feel about the health care bill.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
If I find more I will add them to the list, but these are an awesome start. This year, fourth grade, is the very first year I purchased an art book. I have been using the free resources, up until now.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
1. Copy the Loyal Award badge.
2. Pass it to who you think is/are deserving.
3. Leave a message to them
4. Pass as many as you want.
5. Message back the one who sent you this award.
Not too hard right, and what a lovely badge it is. Now comes the hard part for me, passing it on. There are so many loyal visitors to my blog, and those I consider loyal blogging friends. Some bloggers don't like to go outside their niche, to make posts about awards. So I am handling like this: If you are a regular visitor to this blog, and you would love to share this award, and pass it on to your readers, please contact me, and I will most definitely pass it on to you. Thank you Rochelle, I am greatly honored.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Homeschooling on the Road; the Pro’s and Con’s
Initially when I was asked to write about the Pro’s and Con’s of homeschooling my three children while traveling full-time in our RV, there was only one negative aspect that readily entered my mind. So, I posed the question to my husband: In your opinion, what do you think are the Pro’s and Con’s of homeschooling on the road?
Unanimously, our answer was space or to be more exact, the lack of. But as I really began to think about it, for a homeschooling mom that has accumulated quite a collection of books and curriculum over the past 11 years- the fact that there are storage restraints, is a blessing in disguise. It has certainly forced me to consider what’s truly important. And honestly, we didn’t read or use all the books that filled our shelves at home, so why would that change once we hit the road?
So, it appears that the one con that quickly came to mind might not be much of a hindrance after all.
And though we no longer live near family or friends, with today’s technology, keeping in touch via email, instant messaging, texting and cell phones has certainly kept the communication lines open. We’ve also been blessed to make new lasting friendships on the road.
So, it seems that the potential problems are actually blessings. But what about the true benefits? Our family is certainly much closer than we were before we began full-timing. Living in less than 350 sq. ft. of space, you either learn to show grace and mercy to one another, or you’ll kill each other. Since we’re still alive, I’d say we’ve learned to be a bit kinder and merciful.
In addition to improved character, we have experienced firsthand the diversity of the people and places that have made America great. Not only have we read about history, we’ve also walked where our forefathers once tread. We’ve pondered the mystery of the Lost Colony, flew gliders where the Wright Brother’s made their first successful flight. We’ve stood on the tranquil grounds that were once the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War and were awestruck as we first glimpsed the Statue of Liberty.
As a homeschooling mom that is sometimes too aware of her shortcomings, I’ve learned that my children will learn with or without curriculum. The real lessons they’ve learned while living on the road will stick with them much longer than that chapter from the textbook.
©2009 Tonya Prater/Live the Adventure. All rights reserved.
Tonya and her husband, have homeschooled their three children for over ten years. Along the journey they have been amazed by the opportunities that the Lord has presented and the freedom that homeschooling has given them, allowing them to travel full-time, learning as they go! They have homeschooled their children using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials, curriculum and methods. Tonya enjoys encouraging other homeschooling parents, and is available as a speaker on a variety of topics that include Choosing Curriculum, Portfolio Assessments, Overcoming Burnout and Homeschooling on the Road. She can be contacted at email@example.com. You can keep up with the Prater’s at their blog: www.homeschoolblogger.com/livetheadventure2008.
Thank you to Tonya, for putting together such an awesome post.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
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Friday, August 7, 2009
Why did I decide to homeschool? When I decided I was finally ready to have children, I really wanted to homeschool. My husband was against it, so I gave public school a try. For a lot of reasons I was unhappy with it. When we moved to a new town, and found out they had to be to the bus stop by a quarter to seven, and not get home until almost 4, that was the final factor.
Is homeschooling hard? It can be, if you let it. There are premade curriculums that make it much easier. I spend a great deal of time, searching, and researching so I can pick and choose my curriculum. That is one of the pleasures of homeschooling, you decide what your child learns.
How can you spend all that time with your kids? Hmm, umm are you kidding me? I can not believe someone even had the nerve to ask that one. I love being with my children. I enjoy watching them grow, and learn. Even when they are driving me crazy, and trying to kill each other, I find them entertaining, and amazing.
Don't you want your kids to grow up normal like public school kids? Umm okay another question, that is based on ignorance more than anything. First of all what qualifies as normal? Why is my child any less normal, than a public school child? That is ludicrous. My children are well behaved, polite, kind, caring, and get along well with others. They do not judge other children by their clothes, skin color, gender, or by how much money they do, or do not have. They do not have the bias of public school, that other children are negatively influenced by.
Don't you want them to have friends? Nope, I want them to cling to me like white on rice, and never leave home. Please people, maybe think before you ask something that dumb. Of course, I want them to have friends, and they do have friends. We have neighborhood kids, just like every neighborhood in the world. We have a playgroup for both homeschooled, and public school children. They go to church, they go to the park, the museum, lots of places where they make friends, and meet new people. However, even if my children were in public school, they would not have the freedoms a lot of public school children have. They would not go wherever they want, whenever they want. They will not play certain video games, or watch certain shows. They would not spend every waking minute with friends, family is far more important, in my opinion.
How will they learn things about life? Again, a question, that is based on preconceived notions. What do children learn from their friends? Sex, drugs, how to be mean to each other, what clothes are important to wear, what gadgets they must have to be cool, or fit in. These things are all things I could care less if my child knows about, least of all from another child. It is my responsibility to teach them about sex, drugs, etc when they are ready to know about such things.
Don't you want them to have a good education? I will not even go there.
You must be rich, because you don't work. No, we are not rich at all, and most homeschoolers live on a very tight budget. Deciding to homeschool your child, is a decision that takes commitment, and some sacrifice. You have to give up some things, and go without some things you want, it is all worth it in the end. By the way I still have to pay school taxes, despite the school not being helpful at all, and considerably unfriendly.
So now it is my turn, to turn the table on all you that send your child to public school. You see, I too am a curious person, and I have some questions too.
Why do you choose to send your child to public school? Why do you want them to go off for 8 hrs a day, to a complete stranger, to learn something you have no control over? You want my real opinion? I think all children under the grade of fifth grade should be homeschooled, then if you decide to send them to public school good. So now I am asking you to explain yourself. Since there is no objection to questioning the parenting skills, of those of us who choose to homeschool, I am questioning your parenting skills for choosing not to. If you are uncomfortable with this, or do not like being put on the spot, neither do those of us whom choose to educate our own children.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Just for review purposes, for anyone who might visit from Florida, and are interested in homeschooling their child. Here is the Florida state law, in regards to homeschooling.
1) A "home education program" is defined in s. 1002.01. The parent is not required to hold a valid regular Florida teaching certificate. (a) The parent shall notify the district school superintendent of the county in which the parent resides of her or his intent to establish and maintain a home education program. The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses, and birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program. The notice shall be filed in the district school superintendent's office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. A written notice of termination of the home education program shall be filed in the district school superintendent's office within 30 days after said termination. (b) The parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio shall consist of the following: 1. A log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used. 2. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student. The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for 2 years and shall be made available for inspection by the district school superintendent, or the district school superintendent's agent, upon 15 days' written notice. Nothing in this section shall require the district school superintendent to inspect the portfolio. (c) The parent shall provide for an annual educational evaluation in which is documented the student's demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability. The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school superintendent's office in the county in which the student resides. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of one of the following: 1. A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the student's educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level; 2. The student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher; 3. The student shall take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher, at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district; 4. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of s. 490.003(7) or (8); or 5. The student shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student's parent. (2) The district school superintendent shall review and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the student in a home education program. If the student does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability, the district school superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing, that such progress has not been achieved. The parent shall have 1 year from the date of receipt of the written notification to provide remedial instruction to the student. At the end of the 1-year probationary period, the student shall be reevaluated as specified in paragraph (1)(c). Continuation in a home education program shall be contingent upon the student demonstrating educational progress commensurate with her or his ability at the end of the probationary period. (3) A home education program shall be excluded from meeting the requirements of a school day. (4) Home education students may participate in interscholastic extracurricular student activities in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.15. (5) Home education students may participate in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1009.53-1009.539. (6) Home education students may participate in dual enrollment programs in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1007.27(4) and 1007.271(10). (7) Home education students are eligible for admission to community colleges in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.263. (8) Home education students are eligible for admission to state universities in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.261. (9) Home education program students may receive testing and evaluation services at diagnostic and resource centers, in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.03.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
1- Take the standardized test, given by the school district, for your childs grade.
2- Have a certified teacher, of your choice, evaluate your child. They can either do this in person or over the phone. They need to review your portfolio, and have a discussion with your child. Sometimes, especially in rural areas, it is hard to find a local evaluator. You could call your school district, to see if they know of any evaluators, they arent very helfpful though. You could join some support groups, and find out whom they used. Here are a list of Florida Homeschool Evaluators http://www.southcountyhomeschoolers.org/SCHS/HTH/Evaluators.HTML
3- The third choice is to have your child evaluated by a psychologist.
Whichever method you choose, you do have to submit a yearly evaluation. Your school year will run from the date you gave your letter of intent, until the end of your school year. I did not realize this myself, so our school year actually started at the end of Sept, even though he went to public school in August. We use the evaluation method, with a certified teacher, and a portfolio. In Florida a portfolio should include:
1. A log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used.
2. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student."
You can achieve this many ways. I keep a log, which I write down what we do each day, and I also have this blog, which is public, and I do not have to worry about misplacing LOL. For my portfolio, I put in all tests, we test every week, plus any art work, Spanish, or other crafts done. Some people make fancy portfolios, mine is just in a binder, with each class marked. You do not need to put every piece of paper, in a portfolio, just a sampling. However, you must keep all papers, and materials used, for at least two years, in case the county wants to investigate. I guess this blog qualifies as my fancy portfolio. An evaluation can cost about 50-65 dollars, depending on the teacher doing it. My evaluator charges 55 dollars, and her fees did not go up this year. If you live in Gilchrist, Levy, Dixie, or any of the surrounding areas, and you can not find an evaluator let me know, and I will give you her name, and number.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Suggested Reading List for DJ 4th Grade 2009-2010 School Year:
Seeds of A Nation- Florida by Elizabeth Weis Vollstadt
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles by A Conan Doyle
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge
Marco Polo by Manuel Komroff
The Young Winston Churchill by John Marsh
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
I reserve the right to add, delete, or modify the list as needed, as long as I keep written record of all reading material.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Okay so it is August 2nd, and time for the challenge. If you would like to take part, and win 200 Entrecard credits, yes I increased it, then on your blog write what you would come back as, if you had a choice. Comment here, so I know you participated, and I know who to give credits to.
So what would I come back as, if I had a choice? There are so many people I admire, and think are amazing people, but for me I would want to come back as me. I like me, and I am comfortable with me, so I pick me LOL.
I must say though a beautiful tree, would suit me too. Why, because they are majestic, live a very long time, and just amazing to me. I love trees. I love to watch them change, learn about them, and they tell such a history story.
If I had to pick an animal, the only choice would be a dolphin, or other fish. The major reason for this is because I would not have to lick myself to be clean. Yuck the thought of that just grosses me out. Dolphins, are majestic, gentle, intelligent, and sociable. That would be the best choice for me, according to me.
One of my readers picked a bouncing ball. You can see her response in the comments section, of the previous post.
Now come on, get busy, earn an easy 200 Entrecard credits, and have some fun!~