Home School Quarterly Report, 3rd Grade II

by Sandra Foyt on January 27, 2009

in Home School Resources

fencing I’m not a huge fan of all the paperwork required to home school in New York, but I think it serves an important purpose.

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

Name: Alex

Blog Website: http://alexhomegate.blogspot.com

Grade: 3rd

Hours of instruction this quarter: 247.5+

Math:

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.

Language Arts:

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.

Social Studies:

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.

Science:

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.

The Arts:

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.

Spanish:

Alex practiced Spanish with I Can Read & Speak in Spanish: The Simple Method for Kids to Learn Spanish Immediately by Maurice Hazan.

Technology:

Alex continues to practice and develop keyboarding skills. Also, a young mentor is teaching Alex how to create video games on Roblox.

Related Article:

Individualized Home Instruction Plan, Third Grade

Home School Quarterly Report, 3rd Grade I

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela January 28, 2009 at 12:32 am

Hi, just wanted to say that the 247.5 hours of instruction isn’t required til 7th grade. You only need 225 per quarterly in the lower grades. Paperwork sure is fun, huh? LOL

Sandra Foyt January 28, 2009 at 7:51 am

Thanks! I was wondering about the time difference, but I figured it was such an arbitrary number that I’d just put the higher one to avoid problems. Silly, isn’t it? As if kids start and stop learning at any point? I should just deduct sleeping hours, and count the rest as learning time.

Sue January 28, 2009 at 10:57 am

Enjoyed your post. PA requires a lot of documentation too, but from what I gather, NY has us beat :)

One of the things PA requires is that once a year, a certified evaluator, evaluate the students work to make sure “educational progress” is taking place. We have a wonderful evaluator that is very careful to allow each family to decide how they achieve their children’s education. She is also full of very helpful comments & suggestions – a real encourager

After the eval, the evaluator, writes a letter stating we’re on track. Then we have to submit the portfolio, with the letter, to the school district & they look it over to see if they think we’re on track. Doesn’t make sense to me – what’s the point of having a certified evaluation? Some of the school districts are doing away with the port submission & just accepting the evaluators letter.

Oh well, I’m just grateful that we can homeschool!

Sandra Foyt January 28, 2009 at 11:55 am

An encouraging evaluator would be a valuable resource, but I’m glad that we don’t have even more hurdles to cross.

anushka January 29, 2009 at 12:31 am

so um i was just reading the posts and i dont think it has anything 2 do with the timing roght?

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