Monday, October 6, 2008

Homeschooling Question

I have a question for all you homeschoolers out there.

I post my daughter's progress on my blog. Some of the reason I do this is for friends and family to see the progress she's making. Another reason is that sometimes I make up my own unit studies and activities to go with the books she loves and I hope to help others that might do the same style of learning. And lastly, the reason I am doing an online scrapbook of our school work is kind of for proof of homeschooling for our state requirements. I have always kept meticulous records because our daughter is special needs. There is no way she would perform at grade level with standardized testing.

My question for you all is, what do you do to meet your state's proof of homeschooling requirements?


Stacy said...

Unfortunately, I'm not a good one to ask because I live in a "free" state, not a "slave" state. What I mean by that is that my state is very lax with hs'ers. If they show up at my door, all I am required to show them is an attendance record, and tell them what grade my student is in. I think I might have to provide the sex of the child, but I'm not sure on that.

Does your state have a group that helps all hs'ers in your state? If so, I would recommend checking there. For instance, our group has the IAHE (Indiana Association of Home Educators), and there is a lot of info there for how to proceed if someone should show up at our doors.

At the end of the year, I only keep 3 or 4 tests from each subject, the lesson plans (which include ALL grades she's earned through the year), a report card, the attendance calendar, her reading list, and a sheet of all curriculum used.

Calina said...

We do belong to a local support group.

I keep most all of her papers in a file, but since she is so far behind on fine motor skills, sometimes she verbally tells me the answer (for times sake).

It takes us about 3 weeks to get through one week in the curriculum. It is not a very challenging curriculum, I just want to make sure she understands all the concepts before moving on. When I hear her teaching her dolls what we've learned, then I know she's got it. LOL!

I don't really keep a grade card. As far as I'm concerned, we don't move ahead until she's got an A! LOL! She's also only in 1st grade. So, I may change my mind about that later.

No one has ever given me a problem with my homeschooling, I just worry with the upcoming election and Ohio just reviewed their homeschool laws.

I tried doing the paper scrapbook of her work last year. The gal that did her end of the year assessment said it was great, but it was too difficult. By the time I got the photos back, I had forgotten alot of stuff. So I like to do this online. It's much faster. Now...if I could just remember to save it all to disk. LOL!