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Homeschool Assessment Options

Wow! How did that happen? 2021 is here and before you know it, school will be ending. If you are new to homeschooling, I wanted to let you know you have a few options for having your child assessed. These assessments only apply if you are going to continue to homeschool for the 2021-22 school year. Otherwise, you just enroll your child for the coming school year.

If you are going to homeschool for the 2021-2022 academic year then you may choose one (or more) of these options. Some families choose to do testing and a Written Narrative. Why? Because they want to see where their student is ranked nationally for their own knowledge, but don’t want to turn in the results and turn in the Written Narrative instead.

** Option 1: Testing with a nationally normed test (IOWA Test of Basic Skills, Stanford, or the California Achievement Test are those that are typically used). You can fill out this form and submit it with the Ohio Home Education Notification Form. Option 1 Link

** Option 2: Portfolio Review/Written Narrative It is referred to by several names, but they all mean the same thing. What is this exactly? A licensed or certified teacher, holding a valid Ohio teaching certificate reviews samples of your child’s academic work that you supply. The teacher reviews the work and signs a form that states your child has progressed in accordance with his/her abilities. Each assessor is a bit different in what they would like to see with regard to your child’s work. As an assessor, I like to see a sample of the beginning, middle, and end of the year in each subject area. This gives me an overview of your school year. Here is the form you need to have signed for this option. Option 2 Link This form is submitted with the Ohio Home Education Notification Form.

** Option 3: An alternative academic assessment of the child’s proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent. I don’t know many families who choose this option, but what I have heard done is if you know someone who holds a teaching license from a different state and you want them to assess your child, you can use this option. Or, if you are an Ohio licensed teacher and want to submit a written narrative of your student’s work you can as the superintendent if that is acceptable. I personally just had someone else do the assessment since it was good to have another teacher’s thoughts.

Speaking of Written Narrative assessments, I will begin reviewing students’ work in March and will finish in August. I will have more information on how to submit paperwork, pricing, etc. The first week of February I will have my annual portfolio review giveaway so be sure to enter for a chance to win.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Get Up and Move!

Part of homeschooling is for us to teach or offer opportunities for Physical Education. Did you ever think of getting dual benefits from this? You can exercise right along with your children! That’s a genius idea, don’t you think? lol Your daughter/son can even help you come up with ideas and can lead class if you like. Here are some ideas to help get your moving. These are all indoor activities, but you can easily adapt them for outdoors too.

Obstacle course – Use pillows to walk around, steps to climb, crawling under the kitchen table, jumping across the room, etc.

Stretches, calisthenics (jumping jacks, squats, lunges, moving side to side, jogging in place, push-ups)

Snow shooters- With a bag of mini Marshmallows, some 9″ balloons, and disposable cups, you can create a really fun game that will keep your kiddo(s) and you moving. Cut off the bottom part of the balloon and place the rest of the balloon over the top of a disposable cup. This is your “shooter”. Add some marshmallows into the cup, pull back on the balloon and let go! The marshmallows will come flying out! You can have fun with having an indoor “snowball fight” and racing around to retrieve your ammo.

snow shooter http://www.growingajeweledrose.com

Balloon Games- How many times can you hit the balloon before it falls to the ground? You can play “volleyball” too! Put down a piece of masking tape for the “net” and try to get your opponent to step on the net or miss hitting the balloon to score a point. Walk with an inflated balloon between your legs from one end of the room to the other end.

Relay Races- Crab walk; hopping (one foot or both feet); crawling; carry a pom pom (or any light object) on a spoon; walk backwards, carry an orange under your chin, etc.

Tag– This is a great way to get the blood circulating and burning up some calories. How about variations of the game such as freeze or tickle tag?

Exercise video- There are a lot of free exercise videos on the internet. I chose one that is 25 minutes, but you can certainly pick something shorter. https://youtu.be/McD6_oOWs-M

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Gratitude/ Attitude Jar

If you are like me, you are beginning school again this week. It’s easy to lose sight of why you homeschool when January rolls around because no one likes to start back after having a break. How about combining a bit of art, writing and character traits to create a gratitude/ attitude jar? Here is what you will need:

1 jar

slips of paper

a pencil or pen

ribbon, jute, or wrapping paper cut down to size to fit around the outside of the lip of the jar

Give each person 3-5 slips of paper and write one thing you are thankful on each of the slips. Fold the paper and put into the jar. Once a week you can pull out one of the pieces of paper and read it aloud and discuss what is on the paper. You can replenish the jar throughout the year, especially if you have had a fun time doing something or have gone somewhere. When you stop to be thankful for something it really does help lighten your mood and focus on what is important.

If you are feel exceptionally “craftsy” then you can decoupage the outside of the paper with strips of tissue paper to create a stained glass effect.

It sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it, until you have your daughter/ son begin to write down items. I can think of several things that might spark some ideas for writing.

I am grateful for: a sibling (no fair using all three slips of paper if you have several children), holiday, parents, pet, a special vacation, toy, game, relative, a favorite memory, best loved season, thing to do, book, a memory verse

Have a great week! I am thankful for you following my blog. 🙂 ~Lisa~

Topics of Study: December

Photo by Egor Kamelev on Pexels.com

Here are some ideas to try this month. I will have some more ideas next week for you.

Winter solstice Here is a PBS Kids video that you can use to show your son/ daughter about why December 21st is the shortest day of the year, and why shadows are longer in the winter.

Have you heard of Snowflake Bentley? He was a scientist who was able to observe snowflakes under a microscope. Here is a video of the book that tells the fascinating story of his life’s work.

Are you interested in seeing different snowflake patterns? Snowflake Video

Instructables has easy directions on how to make snowflakes: Snowflake patterns

How about making some “snow” ? Not only does this page have a recipe, but also a science experiment to accompany it. Fake Snow

Have an awesome week! ~Lisa~

Fighting Isolation

I am sure I am not the only person feeling isolated in this corona virus induced climate we are in at present. Yes, you are homeschooling and therefore have your child(ren) with you, but it just isn’t the same as smiling at a person in line at the grocery store or hugging a friend. So, how can we beat this feeling of isolation?

Call a friend or relative. Better still, if they can video text do that! You can set up a time to “meet”. You can even get dressed up!

Change up your schedule. What about starting the day with your kid(s) by playing a “happy song” or reading a funny short story, poem, a cartoon or favorite movie?

Do something for someone else. Do you know your neighbors? Acts of kindness go a long way to let your light shine. The amazing unexplained benefit is you will feel better! Can you shovel your neighbor’s drive; bring their garbage cans close to the house on a windy day, put a chocolate bar in their mailbox? The possibilities are endless. 🙂

Do something that brings you joy. It doesn’t have to cost money for you to find joy. You can work on a project, soak in a bubble bath, read a book, paint your nails, or snuggle with your kid(s).

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

This is my happy song!