It’s a pain to have to stop and review past work, but it does underline just how much we’ve covered. Most days, he gets a late start and finishes schoolwork long before public school classes let out. Some of his projects seem to be taking a long time to cover – notably, the Mealworm Project and Ancient Greece studies. If I weren’t required to produce a quarterly report, I’d wonder if his learning were on track.
This quarterly report, along with past records, clearly demonstrate what I can see in our daily conversations. Alex is an engaged, curious learner who is thriving in our relaxed, flexible home school environment.
Home Instruction Quarterly Report
January 23, 2009
Blog Website: http://alexhomegate.blogspot.com
Hours of instruction this quarter: 247.5+
In Singapore Math 3A & B, Alex studied the following: Multiplication and Division (6, 7, & 8 Tables); and Time. He has also successfully completed the 2008 NYS Math Assessment for Third Grade where we determined that he needed to review Time & Money.
Alex read several books, including: the Gregor Overlander series, Coraline, Frindle, the Wayside School Series, and Leon and the Champion Chip. Audio Books: Little Women; 1984. He reviews many of these books on his LibraryThing account and on his blog. He also discussed Frindle within a book club modeled on Deconstructing Penguins that encourages literary analysis.
Alex continues to practice basic Language Arts skills through work book exercises in: analogies, age-level grammar, and spelling practice. Additionally, he is working on above grade level LA skills through workbook exercises in Read and Understand: Myths and Legends (Evan –Moor.) He also has daily reading comprehension assignments in Science and Social Studies Non-fiction material.
Alex has been developing writing skills through weekly blog posts, editing his NaNoWriMo novel, working on another novel, adding to his Writer’s Notebook, and completing his first multi-paragraph essay.
Alex easily completed the 2008 NYS ELA Assessment for Third Grade as his verbal skills are well above grade level.
Alex completed his Greek studies and is now undertaking a study of Roman daily life and myths with some attention to the five standards: social, political, geographic, economic, and historic.
Our focus has been on observing animals in their habitats. Alex completed a Mealworm Habitat Project, but he also wrote about praying mantises, and the ant expert, E.O. Wilson. In November, Alex visited Blue Spring State Park where he observed manatees.
Currently on break from musical instrument lessons, Alex has not been participating in music lessons this quarter. However, he has attended a couple of musical theatre productions and enjoys a range of popular music.
Alex continues to develop drawing skills using “How to Draw” books to sketch insects and cartoons and he has been learning about building and architecture in Roman times.
Health and Physical Education:
Alex learns about nutrition while discovering new recipes and adding to this cooking repertoire.
Meanwhile, he’s been getting lots of exercise through: fencing, snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing, walking the dog, and playing outside.
Alex practiced Spanish with I Can Read & Speak in Spanish: The Simple Method for Kids to Learn Spanish Immediately by Maurice Hazan.
Alex continues to practice and develop keyboarding skills. Also, a young mentor is teaching Alex how to create video games on Roblox.
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