A written narrative is an option for an assessment report. You have a certified Ohio teacher review work samples of your student's work to determine if your child has made progress in accordance with his/her ability last year. The assessor then signs a form verifying that your student has made progress, and you send that form to your school's superintendent along with your intent to homeschool the coming year.
am a homeschool mom who is also a certified Ohio teacher. I am able
to review your child's work samples, send you some encouraging notes,
and send you the forms you need to send to your school district with
your intent to home educate. I enjoy reviewing work samples and love
getting a chance to see the many different ways people home educate
their children. The following are a few common questions I hear in
regards to narratives.
What are your notes?
simply write some
encouraging thoughts for you and your student about the main subjects.
You do not send these to your district. My notes are optional, and I
will stop writing them after July 15, 2017 for this year. I
started this as a way to give feedback to families. Some families love
them, and some others are fine either way. You will not hurt my feelings if
you say no to the notes. :-) I go much faster without notes if you
need a quicker turnaround.
What if my student is not reading?
may send me a list of books you have read aloud to your student,
maybe the progress they have made in a phonics program, and/or how
many sight words that they know now as compared to the beginning of the
What if I do not have physical samples that are easy to send to you?
are welcome to take a picture,send me a link to a YouTube video, or
write up what your student learned in that area. I have enjoyed power
point presentations, pictures of field trips and community gardens, and
wonderfully written explanations about unit studies and cooking
projects. If you have questions on how to communicate what your student
accomplished, please contact me. email@example.com
What are you looking for?
am looking for progress. I like to see that your student is
completing more complex math problems than he/she did at the
beginning of the year, I look at handwriting and writing samples to
observe growth, and learn a great deal about your student from looking
at the books they are reading now as compared to the ones they read in
beginning of the year. I look at how your student has changed. I do not
look to see if you completely finished your history text book, made
at least one salt relief map of a continent, and/or if your
bookshelves are organized by the Dewey Decimal system. I am looking
for progress in your student by viewing his/her work samples. (But,
if your bookshelves are organized that way I would love to see a
picture and know how you did it. )
Would you rather I send you my material by email or postal mail?
makes absolutely no difference to me. Really. ☺ Do whatever is
easiest for your family. I am happy to accommodate you either way.
What digital files can you read?
am able to open PDF, Word, and JPEG files. If you have a Macintosh
computer your best bet is PDF. I do have trouble when people send me
zipped Mac files. I also can NOT read Works files.
How should I send digital files to you?
First, you should group them by subject. I need all the math together,
writing together, etc. You can send them by email, you can upload them
to Dropbox, you can share a Google file with me, and you can share with
me on Google Plus privately (so only I can read it). You can send me a disk/USB with your files on it as well. There are many options.
How many samples do you need and what kind?
I do not need hundreds or even 50. Really. I need samples from the beginning, middle and end of the year. 1-3 in each area is all I need. Daily work samples are great. If you have review pages or cumulative tests in math or other subject that is helpful. Anything your child has written will work as a writing sample. Sometimes unedited writing samples are more helpful than finished products. But I do not need to see everything you did. I only need a sampling.
Can you help me figure out how to home educate or fill out the Letter of Intent?
this time I am not helping my families home educate or fill out Letters
of Intent. I only review portfolio assessments. My blog is filled
with helpful tips, and I have a post on filing out the Letter of Intent to Home Educate.
want to support you on your home education journey. I greatly enjoy
helping other homeschool families. Let me know if I can help you this
year! Click here for how to get started.
Mom to 7 home educated children, M Ed. in Reading Education.
Another post I have written dealt with standardized testing vs. a written narrative. You may enjoy reading if you are still pondering on what you would like to do for this year.