Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The girls' tests took about 1.5 hrs total. The cert. teacher was wonderful, followed the testing directions perfectly, and the girls were comfortable with him. They both said the test was easy - I'd heard it was ridiculously easy from other moms. I called Seton (testing co.) this morning to make sure everything was in order and I'll mail everything later on today at the post office (certified). I was wide awake all night the other night, so I took advantage of the quiet time to work on the kids' 4th quarterlies, annual assessments, learning logs, and LOIs and IHIPs for next year. All done - woohoo.

On Monday we had our monthly Foreign Lands Club with the hs group. The country was Papua New Guinea. K and her friend did an oral report on "traditional clothing", and J and her friend did one on "indigenous people". There were about 9-10 reports altogether and then we all got to eat a big lunch of Papua NG food. We had veggies with coconut cream, baked sweet potatoes, scone biscuits, banana bread, root veg chips, coconut rice, grilled vegetables, mangoes, mango chutney, and a chocolate cake with the PNG flag on it, LOL. After lunch, the kids played together outside for a couple of hours. It was a beautiful day.

Today J was supposed to have her voice lesson at 11:30am, but she's had a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, and cough for a few days. All of us are dealing with colds and allergies this week. I get a cold that lasts 2 days, then it settles in my chest and I have bronchitis for about 2 weeks. I have been getting this same exact thing every year (sometimes 2x a year) since I was 14. The only difference is that the "cold" part used to last 7 days, now just 2.

We're gearing up for this weekend's competition. It's nice to do one so close to home (5 miles away). J has her solo Saturday at 4:30p and 2 groups Sunday at 10am and 12:30pm. I just need to call in to work for Saturday. I hate doing that. The following weekend is the performance team. We have to be there Friday at 4pm and over 4 days, the kids have a total of 20 hours of dance rehearsal and 2 photoshoots. I'll be going with J alone - B, K, and W will spend that weekend at my mom's house. It's better since they would be bored to death in NJ with us. About 5 of us moms booked the same hotel so we should all have a great time together. Definitely relaxing for me, lol.


rose dermody said...

hi,I am a confused new york mom. I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I love it.This is my first year and I just wanted to know about the fourth quarterly,my daughters only in first grade so can I do a written evaluation or do I need Ms Beacots okay on which way to go with it? I dont have a group to evaluate and I am clueless on the certified teacher thing.okay... I am still clueless in general.lol Could you help a bewildered mom out? thanx in advance ,rose

Anonymous said...

Hi, Thanks for your blog. Is it madatory in NYC (Queens) to use a certified teacher for testing? I thought earlier on you had not used one.

NYCitymomx3 said...

Technically, it's not necessary to use a certified teacher. The homeschool director a few years back specifically stated that we must. The current director hasn't officially said anything regarding a certified teacher. I say do what you're comfortable with. Since the regs state that the person administering the standardized tests must be approved by district, you may have to abide by that if it ever comes up - but I don't think anyone's had a problem yet.