Friday, December 02, 2016

Still Accepting Portfolios

For the 2015-2016 School year: I am still accepting portfolios.  I am happy to review your portfolios and send you the form you need for your district.   Click here.  

Thank you!  Becky

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Books we love. . .

I am thinking about shopping.  Maybe it was all the online shopping I have done this past week.  So for this week's blog post I thought it would be fun to share books we love in our family.  Each year my kids receive several books as gifts at Christmas.  I enjoy getting new books for them, and I want them to have books they treasure as gifts.  Here are some favorites from our house. . .Clicking on the books will take you to Amazon.

Read this to my four year old each night.  He can recite it now.  Love that!

A compilation of Thomas stories.  The original stories by Rev. Awdry.

My daughter insisted on including Narnia.  And the picture book for younger kids.

My tweens and teens love this series.

Hank the Cowdog is an absolute favorite at our house.   People are crazy about Hank.  Ages 8-11, but my older kids still love to read them.

Young adult fairy tale books by Melanie Dickerson.

We love Lego!

I am reading this.   It is about a special needs family.   One of the best Christian books on disabilities I have read in a long time!

Great photography book!

What books do you love?  Let me know in the coments.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Math Competitions

'Tis the season to think about math competitions!  I have a student who really enjoys math and solving challenging problems.  (I also have students who are surviving math, and not so into it.)  Over that last few years I have attended several math competitions, and the following are two that I recommend for high school students.

OCTM (Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics) has a state-wide competition on February 25, 2017 this year.  The test is given at over 25 locations across the state of Ohio and it costs only $5 to participate.  It is an interesting test with a wide variety of questions as well.  The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a delight to work with!  They are very open to homeschoolers.  If you place in the top 1% of those taking the test you go on to compete in Columbus, OH at the OHMIO (Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad) on April 1, 2017.

The American Mathematics Association offers the AMC 10/12.  This is a 25 question 75 minute exam.  It is offered on February 7, 2017 and February 15, 2017 this year.  The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are the gateways to bigger AMA competitions including the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics  Exams), USAMO or USAJMO (USA Mathematical Olympiad or USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad).

These tests are not as easy to get into as home educators, but it is possible.  The easiest thing to do in the state of Ohio is to try to take it at a college.  Below are places that gave the test last year.  It might be worth it to write them if you are interested.  You can request to take it at a location of your choice but you must have a proctor not related to any student, have the test in a public location, and be approved by the American Mathematics Association. 

Clark State Community College
570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, OH 45505
United States
Kanesha Hall

1911 W 30TH ST
CLEVELAND, OH 44113-3401
United States
Jon Barker

The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics
100 Math Tower
231 West 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
Aurel Stan

University of Findlay
1000 N Main St
Findlay, OH 45840
United States

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Narrative Assessments for Ohio Homeschoolers

 For the 2015-2016 School year: I am  STILL accepting portfolios.  I am happy to send the you form you need for your district. Thank you!  Becky 
For the 2016-2017 School year I will begin accepting portfolios, sending you the form you need for your district, and writing up encouraging notes from March 7, 2017- July 15, 2017.  After that I will gladly accept your portfolio and send you the form you need for your district.  Please know I accept portfolios year round and am happy to accept your portfolio at any time!  

I complete narrative assessments for Ohio homeschoolers.  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 out the forms, 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 click on the arrow button on the left 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. )

My portfolio pricing for 2017  is (1 portfolio) $35; (2 portfolios) $65; (3 portfolios) $95;  (4 portfolios ) $120; (5 or more portfolios) $150

Click on the arrow for pricing for 2 or more reviews.
Portfolio Review