An Act of Kindness

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I had the privilege of doing a portfolio review this past month for a wonderful and thoughtful young lady. Her mom said she wanted to let her neighbors know that they are not alone during these difficult times. She bought plastic containers, filled them with wrapped candy, and attached this note to each one. We can make someone’s day with a simple act of kindness. This would be easy for you and your children to do for school and would count for Language Arts and Handwriting.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

 

Tax-Free Weekend

I can’t help it, I never get tired of buying school supplies! I think maybe it has something to do with being a teacher. The good news is that this coming weekend (August 7-9) you will be able to get school supplies tax free!

The Ohio Department of Taxation has announced the sales free tax weekend or “Sales Tax Holiday.”

 

During the weekend, the following items will be exempt from sales and use tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 or less
  • School supplies priced at $20 or less
  • School instructional material priced at $20 or less

I couldn’t wait until the weekend to purchase these supplies in the dollar section of Target.

I found these vinyl cubes that can be used with dry erase markers so I can change the sides as needed. You can write numbers and have your daughter or son roll them and multiply the numbers. You could also use them for alphabet letters and sounds, and the ideas keep on coming….

I was excited to purchase these tempera paints that are in a pouch. You only use what you need, no mess or wasted paint. I can’t wait to do activities with my granddaughter who is officially starting preschool this year.

My whiteboards need to be replaced and for $1.00 the price can’t be beat! They hold up really well and I use them every week when I am tutoring my students.

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Here is one way that I use whiteboards when teaching my students. As you can see we were working on two different base words and suffixes. Be sure to use dry erase markers for easy wipe off. You can see there are some smudges on the board and that is why I am replacing this one. It was a great investment for a buck!

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Happy shopping! ~ Lisa ~

 

Letter of Intent for Homeschooling

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Did you receive a letter from your school district stating your student needs to have some type of assessment from this past year? There has been some confusion from some school districts concerning this year’s requirements. If you homeschooled for the 2019-2020 school year and are going to continue to do so for the 2020-2021 school year, you do not need to have your child assessed. Of course, I am happy to do an assessment for you this year if you wish. You can email me at: schoolmarmohio@me.com 

You may include this paragraph from the Christian Home Educators of Ohio’s website with your letter of intent this year if you like.

Sub.H.B. 164, Section 5 was approved by the Ohio Legislature on June 11, 2020 “…that Section 17 of H.B. 197 of the 133rd General Assembly be amended to read as follows:

(L) No school district shall require the parent of any student who was instructed at home in accordance with section 3321.04 of the Revised Code for the 2019-2020 school year to submit to the district superintendent the academic assessment report required under rule 3301-34-04 of the Administrative Code as a condition of the district allowing the student to continue to receive home instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.”

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Getting Ready for the New Year

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We are already into the second week of July and school will be starting before you know it. Maybe you are just beginning to homeschool or maybe you are starting the last year of your homeschooling. Either way, everyone needs to plan what they will be doing for the year. So, I have three things for you to consider doing over the next few weeks.

  • Pick a curriculum- What will you be using this year for school? This requires some investigating on your part. If you are new to homeschooling, I recommend that you find something that is already planned out. This can be traditional textbooks, online programs, distance learning opportunities, etc. It is much easier to modify a curriculum instead of having to create your own. After  you have that first year under your belt you will have a better idea of what works for your child and what does not.
  • Consider your home and classroom work space. Where will you have school? I think having a dedicated area to do school is great, but it may be that you work at the kitchen table. Do what works best for your family. We began with a schoolroom and ended up migrating as the year went on. After a couple of years I just had all of us meet at the kitchen table. 🙂
  • Complete the Home Education Notification Form. (<- Click on the bold words to get a copy.) It is only used to notify the school that you are going to homeschool your child for the school year. It must be completed and turned into the superintendent no later that the first day of when your child’s school building begins the academic year. I would suggest you send it by registered mail with a return receipt. This is so you have record that they received it. It gets very busy for the superintendent’s office and your paperwork could get lost. If that should happen, you have a record that they received it.

Item #6 is for you to just list a few general topics of what you intend to teach your child for the school year. For instance, in math you can list for your child who is of first grade level the topics of single digit addition and subtraction, counting money and telling time. This is for informational purposes and you can change your mind as the year progresses. Your daughter may sail through addition and subtraction and you decide to add multiple digit addition. That is great and there is no need to contact the school and let them know your topics have changed. She may struggle with telling time and you decide to wait until a later date to teach this. This is perfectly fine too. The superintendent is just seeing that you have some topics for your child to learn.

Item #7 on the form is for informational purposes as well. You can list resources that you will be using, but you do not need to make an extensive list of every book you are going to use. You may not have even come across a fabulous resource yet and discover it as the year continues. That has happened to me on several occasions. You can list the textbook (if you are using one) as well as other resources or programs. For instance, in Social Studies you might use Story of the World, various videos, maps of the world and United States and  and app such as Stack the States.  Again, the superintendent is looking to see that you have a plan of what resources you would like to use.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

Chores: Teaching Responsibility

yellow-latex-gloves-on-dish-rack-4039452.jpgChores serve several purposes. One way is to have some additional help with household and yard duties. Another is listening to instruction and following directions. And, the last but what I feel is the best purpose, is they help teach responsibility.

Did you ever want a pet when you were growing up? Do you remember one of the first things you would say after you asked? I will feed it and clean up after it. Ah! You were using your powers of persuasion to make the argument that you would be responsible. Did it work? 🙂

Children can begin at a young age to help with chores around the house. Always show your child how you would like the chore to be done and follow up with them afterwards to see that it was done according to your directions and satisfaction. Here are some ideas to consider, but make a list based upon the capability of your child.

Ages 2-3

  • Pick up toys, books
  • Put dirty clothes in laundry
  • “Wash” dishes
  • “Sweep” floor

Ages 4-5

  • Help make bed
  • Fill empty pet bowl (water, food with supervision)
  • Help set the table
  • Match socks

Ages 6-7

  • Straighten bedroom
  • Make bed
  • Get the mail
  • Put away folded laundry
  • Collect garbage from around the house
  • Help set the table

Ages 8-9

  • Pick up room, things around the house
  • Fold laundry
  • Set the table
  • Make simple lunches (sandwiches; humus and veggies, etc.)
  • Bake desserts (with supervision)
  • Load/ unload dishes in dishwasher
  • Put away dishes

Ages 10-11

  • Be responsible for personal items (Pick up, put away)
  • Iron clothes
  • Rake leaves
  • Collect library books and get ready for returning
  • Clean bathroom
  • Load washing machine (with supervision)
  • Put clothes in dryer
  • Take out and bring back garbage cans on trash day

Ages 12-13

  • Keep room tidy
  • Change bedsheets
  • Take showers regularly (For you mothers of boys, I had to put that one in!)
  • Mow the lawn
  • Watch younger siblings for short periods of time
  • Prepare basic meals
  • Unload washing machine and dryer
  • Vacuum
  • Per care (walking dog. grooming cat, etc.)

Ages 14+

  • Do all chores from younger ages
  • Watch siblings
  • Check automobile’s oil, change tires
  • Bring in and put away groceries
  • Do family’s or own laundry
  • Mop the floor
  • Create one meal a week.

Of course, you can do other things with chores.

  • Add or delete what chores that work for your family. The above lists were just to give you an idea of things your child could do. Many of these chore options were taken from the Focus on the Family’s website.
  • You create cards with chore descriptions for easy reference once you have instructed and overseen chores.
  • You can create a simple chore chart with the name of the chore on the left-hand side and the days of the week that you want them completed on the right-hand side.
  • You can have your child earn some cash by giving them a weekly allowance. How much to pay then is up to you. This would be a terrific finance lesson on saving, spending, giving to the church or another charitable organization.

Have a great week! ~Lisa ~