Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Today we had our mid-year evaluations

Twice a year I meet with a teacher at local private school, and I bring a portfolio for each child. In the portfolio's I include a mid-year summary (an end-of the year summary at the last meeting), a reading list, and samples from each subject. I also include scrapbook type pages with pictures of nature hikes, field trips, projects, plays, ect. Here is a sample of what the summary looks like:

Christian’s Mid-Year Summary

Using Math-U-See foundations, flash cards, math board games and educational software, Christian has learned the following:
Telling timeDouble-digit addition
Skip counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, 6’s, and 10’s
Solving for the unknown
Measuring with a ruler

Language Arts:
This year, Christian is using First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind by Jesse Wise. He is on lesson 84 and so far he’s learned about common and proper nouns, action verbs, pronouns, contractions, abbreviations, months and days of the year, and poetry. The lessons are mostly done orally, using memorization and practice on the white board. The lessons sometime include narrations where Christian tells the story in his own words (we have some of them typed and illustrated).
In addition to First Language lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Christian does the following at least three times a week:
Writing stories or plays
Explode the Code workbook
Reading aloud a chapter a day from the PathwayReaders
Reading story books to his sister

Science & History:
Christian isn’t following a curriculum for history and science. We use books from the library and Usborne books that I own. For History we read many books about ancient Egypt, and for Science we read lots of books about the human body. We looked at many interactive websites on different science topics. We also take lots of nature hikes.

Christian participates in a weekly AWANA club where they have Bible lessons and a big focus on Bible memorization. Christian works on his AWANA handbook throughout the week. He also reads the Read Together Bible each day. He attends Sunday school each week as well.

Christian is involved in a week homeschool group where he plays soccer, tag, gaga ball, or whatever the kids are doing that week. At his AWANA group they have game time each week where they play dodgeball, relay games, ect. He is very active at home and enjoys running, hiking, biking, swimming, and outside games of all sorts.

Christian’s interests/hobbies include: photography and movie making, biking, running, baking, reading, blogging, drawing, video games, and making/checking lists.

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