Monday, June 23, 2014

End of the School Year!

For those of you in New York State, June 30 is the end of the school year, with July 1 starting the next one.  Just a reminder about the paperwork that's due at this time -

June 30, your End-of-Year Assessment or test scores

July 1, your Intent to Homeschool letter (for the 2014-2015 year)

Both of these documents are due to the Superintendent of Schools for your district.  Our district also has a liaison for homeschoolers, so I send her a copy as well.

If you are just starting homeschooling next year, you should receive a packet from the school district with regulations and sample forms.  Your IHIP (education plan) is then due four weeks later, or August 15.  Anyone who has been homeschooling, the IHIP is due on August 15 for the following year.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Building a Dream

Hello, folks - I know it has been a really long time since I posted on here, but I'm really excited about meeting some new homeschoolers in the area, and I've decided we need a place for ourselves.  So I've attached this blog to a facebook page - you can find it here:  If you are on Facebook, please stop by!

My real dream is about an actual building, which is a little harder to implement.  Please read my post at Music of the Heart:  My Dream Space.

Let's get together!  We need community.  As homeschoolers, life can sometimes feel a bit isolated.  The more we can support each other, the better we will be.

Share this site - and the Facebook page.  I will try to update more often.  If anyone would like to be able to post here, I can add you onto the list.  Let me know!  We can do this...together!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

IHIPs Due Soon!

Hello - all of you New York State homeschoolers.  Just a little reminder, here - your Individual Home Instruction Plans are due to your local school district on August 15.

New York State Capitol Building, Albany, NY

So, who has a plan this year?  Our plan is changing up a bit from last year (actually I'm still tweaking it - panic!) because I started subbing at the local school district two days a week.  It works well, because Hubby is home then, but also not so well, because I basically have to  prepare sub plans for him to work off of while I work off someone else's sub plans in the school.  Oh, well.  At least it's something!
So, because of that, I'm trying to plan specific subjects for specific days (making sure Grammar does not fall on Hubby's days - you live and you learn).  This is different from what I have done in the past, which involved running through the list, and then starting over, no matter what day we were on.  I like that way better, because it allows for various days off, and you still have time for everything.  But I've decided that we'll have to be more structured in our vacation days, too.  I guess structure isn't always a bad thing.

That said, we are planning on continuing our Ancient History, using "The Mystery of History" volume 1.  My 5th grader has requested to study Chemistry, so we'll be using Apologia's "Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics."  We also plan to study the sea for American History, using a Kaleidoscope Kids Book called "LIghthouses of North America,"  "Carry on, Mr. Bowditch," "Seabird" by Holling C. Holling, and "Treasure Island."  We'll also be studying Davy Crockett, and the Santa Fe Trail ("A Tree in the Trail" by Holling C. Holling).  Adding in Bible, Math, Spelling, Grammar, Music, Poetry, Art, and Reading, I guess that makes a pretty full schedule.  My Kindergartener will be working on basic math, reading, writing, and phonics, along with piggybacking with her older brother on the other lessons.  This is the first year I'll be really trying to teach both of them at once - my little one has been doing "school" on her own schedule up until now.  So, I really do have to plan a little more strictly to get everything in.

So - your turn - how do you do it?  Especially with multiple grades, and/or working while homeschooling?  Please share your ideas in the comments!

Until next time - Happy homeschooling! - Robin