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Yeah that..I do not even look at our state frameworks.. I have a few moms in our group that live by them..if I wanted that they would be in school. I do use the worldbook and or the what your xx grader should know as a reference but we are aiming for better than public school around here..
Homeschooling "soccer mom" by day.. crazy bartender by night
Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6
No, Miguel took the DOMA and DORA which compares it to the state requirements automatically. He scored around his level or higher so I'm not concerned. He will be taking it every year. I feel that it's easier to concentrate on just where he's at not where he should be. The start requirements seem to be written to make parents feel that it's complicated and there's more learning that goes into school then really is. When I right my curriculum outline I use there Fotomat so it sounds more educational then it really is.
We test our kids with the state test but we do not use the standards to teach them. I use the standards just as a reference to make sure we cover what we should be covering.
Like alot of the other mom's here we go well beyond the standards. We also do religion which is not a test subject.
I have 3 children that are adults and have got state diplomas that I have homeschooled. The oldest is in the army, the next is a police officer, the oldest daughter is in college. The twin girls will both be going to college in the fall of 2011.
I dig out my state standard documents when I write up my IHIP and to make sure I cover everything NY state requires in a given year so we are all legal. I consider their standards a "minimum" and then we can go as far beyond that as we like. I just don't want to anyone to have a bone to pick just because I didn't report that I covered Health or something dumb. That's as far as I go with it.
Mom to Titus (12), Isaiah (10), Noelle (8), Joel (6), Hannah (4), Elijah (1), and baby due Nov 4!
At this point I know the curriculums I want to use (unless I find something I like better before we get there), and I know that they at least meet, and mostly exceed the VA SOLs. However, there are some GREAT lesson plans available on the site that has the SOLs, so I might make use of them when we're studying related areas.