Sunday, April 13, 2014

Helping Our Students Focus

I feel like things have been a little crazy around my house.   Every time I turned around it seemed like I'd lost someone.  They were disappearing to rooms and other places away from their studies.  

I felt like I had to do something to get them back on focus.  I thought about it and I came up with 3 questions to ask them each hour.

1. What have you done?

2. What are you doing now?

3. What are you going to do next?

This has worked surprisingly well.  I did this for a few days and then stopped and everyone was doing better at being on task.  It was rather painless for me.  My son made a chart for me.  Here is a copy in case you'd like to try it.   

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Narrative Assessments for Ohio Homeschoolers

Update for 2014 
Narrative Assessments
From March 1, 2014-August 16, 2014 I will accept your portfolios, write up encouraging notes, and send you the forms you need for your school district.   After August 17, 2014  I will only review  the portfolio, and send you  the form you need for your school district.   Thanks so much.   Becky

I complete narrative assessments for Ohio homeschoolers for $30.  The Assessments are portfolio reviews by myself, a certified teacher, that fulfill the Ohio Home Education requirement for 3301-34-04 Academic Assessment Report Option #2.  
If you would like to begin the process start by downloading the forms for the Freestyle Assessment for unschoolers, the Self Reflection Assessment for K-8th grade, or the Self Reflection Assessment for High School for those who follow a subject curriculum. You fill them out, prepare the documentation, and sign them. Please email me for an instruction sheet that tells you where to mail them and answers some other questions. If you have trouble with the downloads, please email and I will email them to you.  Below are links  in Google Documents.   I am happy to help you so please contact me with any questions. 
Becky Boerner
Freestyle Assessment in Google Documents
Self Reflection for K-8 in Google Documents
Self Reflection for High School in Google Documents.

Once you get there you need to do the following. 
If you push the arrow button on the right hand side of the page you can download the file.
If you click on the print button you can print it out.

PS: If you can not access these files, try the links above in the document.  If you still can not access the documents, please email me and I will send you the files.  I am happy to do that! 

I also accept PayPal, Check, or Money Orders (Contact me for more information. Many families send me checks or money orders through the mail.)
Click on the arrow for pricing for 2 or more reviews.

Portfolio Review(s)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Living Life Undauted by Christine Caine

From bestselling author Christine Caine, Living Life Undaunted provides a daily format for people who desire to reflect deeply on key stories, thoughts, and principles from her bestselling book Undaunted and other inspirational writings.
Here are 365 thought-provoking devotions culled from the spiritually challenging words of acclaimed speaker and advocate Christine Caine. Including an introduction by the author, these short selections offer daily wisdom, inspiration, and companionship. The daily readings that encourage readers to do what God calls them to do are compiled from Undaunted and other inspirational writings from Christine Caine.

Living Life Undaunted by Christine Caine is a daily devotional for age teen and up.   The devotions start with a bible verse that is followed by a story that connects to it.  Some of the stories are personal ones from Caine’s life and some are reflections on the verse.  This would be a nice gift for a graduate or anyone who enjoys daily devotions. 
I love books with daily readings.  In my life with seven kids, I am always looking for ways that I can read and grow, and daily readings allow me to do that.  Living Life Undaunted is a great way to start my day and focus on what is important to me.  The book is divided up into four parts: Broken, Loved, Empowered, and Commissioned, one for each quarter.  Each month also has a theme such as Healing is a Process or Following in Love.  Caine has written a variety of stories and connections to draw you in each day.   I would highly recommend Living Life Undaunted. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review and Give-Away for OHIO Homeschooling Guide & Directory by Renee Brown

 This post contains affiliate links

Note to HSN Members:  I am so sorry.  I sent the email to HSN  on 3/29 about 2  weeks ago and it was not published until 4/11.  I apologize for any inconvenience as the contest has ended.  

I get many questions from families on how to start home educating in Ohio, about field trips, and available resources in their area.  I have recently had the privilege of connecting with Renee Brown and reading her e-book OHIO Homeschooling Guide & Directory.  Here is a summary of what is included in her book as listed on her web page. 

· Homeschool Legalities
1. Requirements for Home Education
2. Sources for legal assistance, if needed.
3. Academic Assessment Requirements, Options and How-To’s.
4. Recent changes to educational laws regarding home education.

· Enhancement Opportunities
1. Homeschool Co-ops, Support Groups & Meet up groups.
2. Enhancement Class Options


· Field Trip Destinations
1. Arts, Business & Industry, Farms, Nature Centers
2. History, Sports, Zoos and more.

· Homeschooling Methods
1. Teaching Styles
2. Learning Styles
3. Curriculum options designed for specific styles.

· Additional Support

1. Statewide Support Organizations
2. Local Retail Stores
3. Online Stores
4. Used Curriculum Sources in the State
5. My Favorite Curriculum
6. Online Support

I feel this is an AMAZING resource for families home educating in the state of Ohio!   Renee answers your questions and provides great resources to help you with your home education journey.  Renee tells you how to get started on Home Educating.  She walks you through the process of notifying your district to home educate in Ohio step by step.   She talks about different assessment opportunities in Ohio, and includes a link to my blog. 

 Her resource pages are filled with field trips around the state, local groups, and how to choose the best curriculum for your family.  This is the guide I wish I'd had when I started home educating years ago.  I found several organizations and resources in my area that I had not heard of.  She has done excellent research from which you will benefit immensely.

Now for the really exciting news!!  Renee has offered to give away one copy of her book to someone at Ohio Homeschool Assessments.  Please enter using  Rafflecopter below.  She also has provided a code  " HSA " to get the book at a 50% off.  The book usually sells for $5.99.  The code is good through April 30, 2014.

Good Luck!   Hopefully you will win, but if not, I would suggest you grab a copy at half off!  

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Renee Brown provided a copy of OHIO Homeschooling Guide & Directory for me to review.  I gave you my honest review, and was not required to give a good review. This post contains affiliate links.