We live in Louisiana, and I will be Homeschooling my daughter (who is 5), for Kindergarten and although from what I have READ, I don't have to "report anything" until she is 7 years of age (?), I would like to Register her, so the School board knows that she IS being home schooled for the purpose of me being able to hand in (whhatever we are "supposed" to hand in at the end of the school year because I don't even know what it is that they REQUIRE??) to show them or so that THEY mark record that she officially passed Kindergarten.
I went and purchased ALPHA/OMEGA SETS for apparently all our Core Curriculum requires for KINDERGARTEN which is Math and one set for Language Arts. I myself went and purchased two extra workbooks for Science and Reading / Writing because I FEEL those are important (?) along with some "supplies" and a JOURNAL for record keeping.
I have no idea where to go from here, I know that the school year here is 180 days, does that mean I have to school her all 180-days or how many HOURS, can I do like a MON-WED-FRI at certain times (?), how do I even break down my days and hours AND SUBJECTS to be organized enough to say, "OK, it's Tuesday, we need to spend this many hours (?) On this subject (?) so that at the end of these 180-days, we aren't behind??
And THEN i have had 2 people ask me (I had NO idea about this at all?) "Where are you signer her up for her social groups and where are YOU taking her on her required field trips for the year, and are you going to get her into a Gymnastics Class or a Mom and Me Art Class?"
Does anyone know what this is about? We are involved in a social group with kids, do many things with her all of the time, but are these things required and then how do I provide proof to the school board and BEST, what if we don't have the MONEY for all of this?
I had more people ask me "what are the books you are going to get her for the 'Required Readin List' for her to pass?" She's in KINDERGARTEN this year, she is just STARTING to read ... and now my head is spinning because I have her core curriculum here, have no idea how to just break down how many hours in how many days we need to spend for her to pass, WHAT THE SCHOOL BOARD will accept as PROOF she passed or proof that SHE did this work and not ME helping her through something I am not supposed to, HOW TO GRADE the TESTS she takes (is it A, B, C, D or done from 100% and down from there, etc.,) and now I hear about all of this ...
The main problem is I get different information wherever I go, and have no ONE PERSON to give me a straight answer, or just a little "help" for even 10 minutes ... even the school board tell me to go to this link, this link and then they say things like, "you can do it however you'd like Ma'am, there are many ways, thanks for calling!" Well, yes I see that everyone does it different, but I would like just these questions answered, especially how to set up a calendar so we know ahead of time what days /hours need to be spent for this 180-days, what I will have to give the school board to show and have them MARK that she passed and with what certain "Letter Grade", and I guess all of the "EXTRA THINGS" I am hearing?
Gosh, I would give my right arm just to break up each day on a big desk calendar to hang on the wall so DD and i know which days are which subjects (obviously, we can change / move things around, but something to GO by) and THAT ALONE would help me so much ...
And the K Core subjects here are MATH and LANGUAGE ARTS, do they not want these children to learn Social Studies? How this Country was Founded? How the American Flag came to be? The pledge of Allegiance? What about a Map of the Continents, different Countries, how to use a Globe of the World, etc? How about the most important, HOW TO WRITE WORDS / SENTENCES?? I am so lost as to why it is only Math and Language Arts ...?
Thank you SO MUCH in advance for ANY help anyone can give, I am so frustrated and don't want to be a detriment to my Child ...
on Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:09 PM