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September 15, 2007

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Came over after you posted on the tidalhomeschooling list. I hope I can help with the tough transition.

first, I am willing to bet serious money that no one in the superintendent's office reads each quarterly report in details and compares it with the plan. At best someone is going to skim through it and make sure there are no red flags indicating a problem. Most likely, they will put it in a file as an audit trail.

Next, get yourself a good day-planner (see Melissa's posts) but use it as a day-recorder. It is YOU that needs to know what is being learned (and maybe the school district) not your kids. So just find time each day to write down the stuff that you've done. And then every once in a while (quarterly is probably fine, but if you want to do it weekly to ease your mind, that's fine), look at the record and translate some of that into education speak.

No one cares if you used a workbook. They care if you did something to facilitate your child learning something. So get a piece of paper, write math at the top of the page, and list the math skills she has improved in the period under consideration. Then list a few of the activities that have helped her improve them OR detail how you know she knows these things.

Here's an example from when my daughter was younger (but older than yours I think): "Can add a series of 2 digit numbers, including regrouping. Added her own score in a game of Yatzee."

For reading, just list the books she's read. and maybe an example or two of reading that stretches her abilities.

I hope that helps. And keep reminding yourself how much you love the way your family life is becoming.

You might also like this blog post: http://lifewithoutschool.typepad.com/lifewithoutschool/2007/09/interest-based-.html

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