Wednesday Wow: Homeschooling

Creating well balanced meals are important.

Creating well balanced meals are important.

I have 6 student’s in our home school setting. Ironically, we have been homeschooling for the same number of years.

One reason is because we wanted to give them a foundation that would set them up for success beyond working years. This would include concentrations in health, social skills, diversity, money management, time management,  skill development and science.

Community based events are learning  opportunity.

Community based events are learning opportunity.

Thinking about home schooling? Good move. We became interested in it because one of ou daughters was getting board in her class. Then we lost a daughter in the middle of a school ear, AND because we loved going places all through-out the year.  So did it can easily said that yes, homeschooling chose us.  

 

We couldn’t afford private school, or a private tutor for 8 children.I liked the idea that our day could start at 7 am or 7 pm. The world is the classroom and find it fascinating how the simplest  experiences can be learning opportunities. Another benefit of homeschooling is the affordability of it.  Teaching your children at home is very affordable if done strategically.

Like anything else you maybe interested in, you must organize,plan and prepare for it. Otherwise you will find yourself overwhelmed and scatterbrained. The end of that would be worse than putting them in a under achieving public school.

The babies love manipulatives.

The babies love manipulatives.

 

My teen girls (14-15) have community internships and computer based instruction along with writing assignments. They have interviewed politicians and toured breweries. My 15 year old hates the Home Economics. My 14 year old hates our communication course but  they must complete all assignments to get any type of reward.Which is usually money, time to hang out with friends, and keeping the things they already have.

My big boys:(6-8) they have computer based training, box learning systems  (flash cards,workbooks and manipulates) and special TV programming.

My baby boys  (2-4) play with manipulatives and watch TV. They do. When I say that, most people eyebrows are raised but today’s public stations provide a very robust menu of high quality educational shows.

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Everyone loves science week. After the girls have done the research the smaller boys help facilitate the actual experiment.

NC Department of Non Public Education:

Free and affordable resources surround you. Grab them.

Free and affordable resources surround you. Grab them.

Parents/guardians residing in North Carolina and desiring, in lieu of conventional school attendance, to home school their children who are at least age 7 but not yet age 16 must:

  • Hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent;
  • Send to DNPE a Notice of Intent to Operate a Home School. The notice must include the name and address of the school along with the name of the school’s owner and chief administrator;
  • Elect to operate under either Part 1 or Part 2 of Article 39 of the North Carolina General Statutes as a religious or as a non-religious school;
  • Operate the school “on a regular schedule, excluding reasonable holidays and vacations, during at least nine calendar months of the year”;
  • Maintain at the school disease immunization and annual attendance records for each student;
  • Have a nationally standardized achievement test administered annually to each student. The test must involve the subject areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics. Records of the test results must be retained at the home school for at least one year and made available to DNPE when requested. Also, see testing FAQS;
  • Notify DNPE when the school is no longer in operation.

Resources: You can get incredible free and affordable lesson plans, worksheets, group gathering all over the internet.  Get a binder. Log everything and get creative.

Primary science exploration

Primary science exploration

Here are a few of my 3 great resources:

What makes it worth it? Hearing my soon to be two year old singing the ABC song, my teens sitting with me discuss politics, her new business and taking them on awesome field trips that I loved as a child.

I recommend homeschooling to almost anyone. I know a few families that actually contract and co op classes. There are so many ways to do do it. In Charlotte, there are group classes for just about everything. The trend is growing and the affordable resources are plentiful.

My husband is much better in math than I am.  You don't have to be a genius to home school.

My husband is much better in math than I am. You don’t have to be a genius to home school.

Wednesday Wow: EOG’s are back again!

N.C. End of Grade tests: Love, hate or all of the above

EOG’s, EOG’s, EOG’s -Different day, Same  test!  One daughter did well, the other not so much!  Seems as though we seen these results before. My 8th grader feels that she should have done better on her Science scores  So retaking it is.

Yesterday, speaking with one of my daughters teacher’s, she shared some interesting news with me. She said ”

My kids took the EOG’s this past week. It was not good. I have a fairly bright bunch and I was shocked at how poorly they did. Only 6 of my 16 passed both tests. So next week we start reteaching before they test again. I will be dong remediation with the kids who didn’t pass reading. Does anyone have any good ideas for remediation? I can’t get them reading on grade level in 5 days.The frustrating thing is that of my 9 who did not pass reading, 7of them missed passing by 1 point.

So why is it again we don’t want teachers teaching to these tests?

This is the week to officially hate our North Carolina EOGs. Go ahead. They’re too high-stakes. They don’t measure different kinds of learning. They’re stressful for students and teachers and parents.  We have two students taking it this year. A 7th and 8th grader, for the 8th grader, the tests will be a factor in classroom placement for high school next year.

For many of those teachers, the issue with tests isn’t how you measure learning, but how to measure teaching. They worry that high-stakes tests don’t calculate the intangibles they provide, or the challenges students bring from home environments. They worry, too, that tests don’t measure all the things and ways students learn.

That’s true, but it’s an argument for better tests, not few tests. Because unless CMS chops its classes in half, standardized testing is the best way to measure broadly how students are learning. The alternative is knowing less about what our children know. It’s trusting that all of our teachers and principals are as good as we hope, or that they’ll tell us if they’re not.
I do not like this test and am not sure how valid scores are when the kids have to test for so long. It used to be that the kids could not go to the next grade unless they passed it, but now it is just 1 piece of info we use to decide on promotion.

Our schools have already taken that test, and we know the result.

Say No to the Test!

Check out this page on understanding NC ‘s many student test.

I found a few pros and cons about the NC EOG’s here!

Bubble test that won’t pop!  Why HOMESCHOOL