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Spring is finally here and that means we as home school parents in Ohio must have some type of academic evaluation done for each of our children if we are going to continue to homeschool for next year.

“Should  I have my student assessed or should I have them take a standardized test ?” is a question I hear quite often from home school mothers. There are many advantages to a portfolio review (also known as a narrative assessment). Here are some reasons to consider:

  • This is a terrific way of reflecting on all the work you and your student did over the course of the academic year. It causes you to evaluate your curriculum and your schedule and decide what worked well and what needs to be changed for the upcoming year.
  • It is a marvelous option for younger and older students alike. Younger students may not be reading at an independent level that is required for testing, while older students just don’t want to take one-more-test!
  • Alternate studies You may have used a curriculum that would not be covered on the standardized test such as in the area of history. You may have used a curriculum that concentrated upon ancient history instead of doing American history like all the rest of the children on your block. That is the beauty of homeschooling!
  • Your child is an individual. Nationally normed tests do not allow for any differences. Questions may be interpreted differently by your child and because they did not what was being asked they get it wrong. It’s difficult to watch a student ask you about a test question and knowing you could clarify their misinterpretation of it, but not being allowed to do so under the testing conditions. 
  • Feedback from a certified teacher Test results only confirm what you know are strengths and weaknesses of your student. You might have a question or concern about your child. Narrative assessments can provide you with an opportunity to ask me, a certified teacher, for ideas and resources to help your student. I can also provide encouragement with areas of strength and progress your child has made. We can also discuss areas where we see your student will want to pursue for the coming year. 

If you are a resident of Ohio this fulfills the requirement in order to continue to school your children for the upcoming year.

I believe in you and your role as a teacher. I  believe in homeschooling and the opportunities we each have to teach our children according to their unique ability and gifting. Please contact me if you are in need of a teacher to review your student’s work. 

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

2019 Portfolio Review Giveaway

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2019 Portfolio Review Giveaway

Soon spring will be here and that means the portfolio review season will be underway. I have good news for you. It is time once again for my annual Portfolio Review/ Written Narrative Assessment Giveaway!

I am elated to announce that I am having a Portfolio Giveaway this year for two people to win a free portfolio review (a $40.00 value per assessment). I have several chances of ways for you to win that are listed below.  If you schedule your portfolio review, I will give you a code to enter for 5 additional chances.  Here’s a bonus- if you have a friend that books an appointment for an assessment, you will have additional chances to win!

Winners will be chosen announced on the morning of Monday, March 11 on my blog and Schoolmarmohio FaceBook. I hope you win.🙂 CLICK ON LINK BELOW.

2019 Portfolio Review Giveaway

Ways for Chances to Win:

  • Schedule an appointment with me this spring/ summer. (Mention my Giveaway for a code to have 5 additional chances to win.) Not local? No problem! You can send me your paperwork and we can meet over the Internet or by phone; just let me know that when booking your appointment.
  • Refer a friend for a portfolio review. (2 chances for each friend who books an appointment. Have them mention your name when they contact me so I can give you credit.)
  • Answer a question about homeschooling.
  • I want to thank you who have been following my blog for a while. You are awesome! If you are already a subscriber, leave a comment on how long you have been reading my blog.
  • Subscribe to my blog and leave me a comment on something you would like to cover regarding homeschooling.
  • Like my FaceBook page.

Have a great week! Best wishes on winning a chance for a free assessment.  ~Lisa~

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2019 Portfolio Review Giveaway

 

2018 Portfolio Review Giveaway

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Would you like to have something to celebrate? How about entering the Portfolio Giveaway for a free portfolio assessment for your child this year? There is one more week to enter the free portfolio giveaway, so if you have not yet entered, click on the link.   Portfolio Giveaway

I hope you win! I will post the winners on February 26, 2018.

~ Lisa ~