I finally finished J's Quarterly Report for the superintendant's office. I probably included way too much information (as usual). Even though the supt. office asks for a lot of detailed information, no one ever gives this much. Usually it's just a short, one page overview of the quarter. I'm not sure what they want exactly. I feel like I'm just re-writing the IHIP. Well, I guess too much is better than not enough, right? Ok, so here it is (FEEDBACK WELCOME):
SCHOOL YEAR 2004-2005
QUARTERLY REPORT #3
HOMESCHOOLING STUDENT: J
STUDENT I.D. #: 0123456789
GRADE LEVEL: 3
HOURS OF INSTRUCTION FOR THIS QUARTER: 225+
THIS QUARTER COVERS: 2/1/05 to 3/30/05
DATE SUBMITTED: MARCH 30, 2005
EVALUATION: J has satisfactorily completed all her work for this quarter. Her progress is excellent in all areas.
Subject / Material Covered
Arithmetic – Geometry, multiplication, and fractions (Math Steps Level 3), Consumer math, Multiplication and division review, Decimals, Percentage, Addition and Subtraction (several large numbers), Money, Equivalent fractions, Reducing fractions, Word problems
Reading - Classic poetry (Dickinson, Longfellow, Frost), Little House in the Big Woods (Wilder)in-depth study, Folktales, Fables, Critical Thinking, Silent reading (The Giraffe, Pelly, and Me – Roald Dahl) , Read-alouds, Summaries, Predictions, Drawing conclusions, Vocabulary.
Spelling - Words taken from literature and poetry reading.
Writing – Classic poetry copywork (Dickinson, Longfellow, Frost), Book/chapter summaries, Journal, Haikus, Letter writing, Handwriting (cursive).
The English Language – Daily reading/writing, Sentence construction, Punctuation, Parts of speech, Paragraphs, Friendly letters, Educational phonics/grammar videos.
Geography – Locations, capitals, landmarks, and state bird/flower of 50 States, Continents, Oceans, Neighborhood mapping, Compass rose, Map scale (miles/kilometers), Marking distance between cities, and countries. Use of ruler, atlases, globe, and maps.
U.S. History – Study of 1800s (U.S. Pioneer times) – colonies, westward migration, Louisiana Purchase, 1849 California Gold Rush, Oregon trail, Homesteading, Presidents and Vice Presidents.
World History - Stone Age, Africa, Europe, Animal and people shelters, Climate, hunters/gatherers, ancient landforms, cave drawings, early man.
Science – Astronomy/Solar System, Common birds, trees, and flowers, Experiments, Human body, Organs and their function, Circulatory system, Digestive system, Scientific Method, Nature study (walks, sketchbook, field guide), Planting/tending garden for spring, Field trip (NY Hall of Science).
Spanish – Alphabet, pronunciation, capitalization, grammar, words, phrases. Use of “Elementary School Success” CD Rom (Spanish), Standard Deviants TV program, and “Perro y Gato” (Spanish/English TV program for children).
Health Education – Care of own body (hygiene, teeth, eyes, ears), Manners, General Health, Nutrition, Safety, Adolescence.
Music – Daily exposure to classical and contemporary music, Composer study (Mozart), Piano keyboard, Singing, Dance
Visual Arts – Various projects pertaining to that day’s literature, history, or science, painting (watercolor and tempera), sketching, coloring, origami, costume making, clay sculpting, artist study (DaVinci), field trip (Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park "The Gates").
Physical Education – Advanced dance instruction – 5 hrs per week (competition team), Outdoor play (playground, skating, skateboard, bicycle), Indoor play (dance practice, kids’ exercise tapes).