Saturday, August 15, 2009

In Praise of NYS Homeschool Regulations

If you know me at all, you find that a bizarre title. I have chaffed against the regulations to one degree or another for, I don't know, 20 years!!! But this week I had reason, again, to be thankful for them. In the past, I have basked in the realization that all this required paperwork created a paper trail that colleges would recognize as a transcript! Amazing. The only impressive signature on any of it, mine. Remarkable. This week, I was thankful again, because I had procrastinated until the last minute to plan an IHIP for my 9th grade daughter. Earlier in the week had me scrambling for a plan, this is high school now and I know I have so many books and topics I want to introduce or study. But what were they? Was I forgetting something important? Was I expecting too much? Then I remembered, all that paperwork, all those IHIPs, three boys worth of highschool IHIP's, all there at my finger tips(no, not on the computer only, or they would, no doubt, be lost), in the filing cabinet! Ah, inspiration. So, here's the plan and it was delivered to the Superintendent's office in a timely manner. All is well, the table is cleared off, the shelves rearranged, the school year beginning to take shape in my mind.

ANNUAL INDIVIDUALIZED HOME INSTRUCTION PLAN for
Miss A Grade: 9 DOB: x/xx/xxxx
2009 - 2010

ENGLISH:
Poetry: The Roar on the Other Side by Suzanne U. Clark
Grammar &
Composition
: Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
Written narrations daily
Literature: Skills for Literary Analysis by James P. Stobaugh
Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Much Ado About Nothing
Uncle Tom’s Cabin; Silas Marner
Copybook- daily entries

MATH:
Saxon Algebra ½; Saxon Publishers, 1995

SCIENCE:
Exploring Creation with Biology; Apologia Educational Ministries, 1998

Biographies- The Monk in the Garden by Robin Marantz Henig
Buried Alive by Jack Cuozo
Now I Remember by Thornton Burgess

SOCIAL STUDIES:
TruthQuest History- Age of Revolution I (1600-1700)
- biographies
- historical fiction
- text books- The Colonial Experience 1607-1774 by Clarence B. Carson
How Should We Then Live? By Francis Schaeffer
History Through the Eyes of Faith by Ronald A. Wells

Geography- Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins
The Walk West by Peter & Barbara Jenkins w/ map work

Citizenship-Ourselves by Charlotte Mason
The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis

Gov’t & Economics-
The P.I.G. to The Great Depression and the New Deal by, Robert P. Murphy
Library of Economics & Liberty- Essays by Jane H. Marcet

HEALTH: The Crazy Makers by Carol Simontacchi
What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex Russell, M.D.

MUSIC: Composer Study: Mozart, Medelssohn, Chopin
Weekly choir and Praise Team

VISUAL ARTS: Artist Study- Raphael Sanzio, John Singer Sargent, Claude Monet
Videography, jewelry, clay, weaving

PHYSICAL EDUCATION: running, walking, bike riding, yard work, seasonal activities

ELECTIVES:
Logic- How to Read a Book- Part 2, by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
Love is a Fallacy- essay, by Max Schulman
The Thinking Toolbox by Nathaniel & Hans Bluedorn

Current Events- World magazine (weekly)
Breakpoint (daily)
Weekly discussions and notebook entries

Life Skills &
Technology
- The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer
- Regular computer usage/internet.
-Videography
- cooking

Bible- The Bible’s Metaphors for Itself
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
Making Choices by Peter Kreeft
The Disciplined Life by Richard S. Taylor

Matthew
Sermon on the Mount
Ruth

3 comments:

Max Weismann said...

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Janet said...

This looks great! Thanks for giving my attitude an assist regarding that paper trail, too.

You know, I've never read The Four Loves. Maybe this year!

mrsbeaver said...

You're welcome. Those regulations are hard to swallow sometimes. I do believe my kids would have had the same quality of education without them, but, knowing my laziness, I would not have had the paper trail, that is so important for highschool. And the grade school reports are much more fun to read in later years than a report card and class picture would be. So, every cloud has a silver lining I guess.

The four loves....I have it read by the author!(just cassettes though maybe now it can be purchased on cd?)Good stuff