Log In Sign Up

Subject Requirements


Forum: Homeschooling

Notices

Welcome to the JustMommies Message Boards.

We pride ourselves on having the friendliest and most welcoming forums for moms and moms to be! Please take a moment and register for free so you can be a part of our growing community of mothers. If you have any problems registering please drop an email to boards@justmommies.com.

Our community is moderated by our moderation team so you won't see spam or offensive messages posted on our forums. Each of our message boards is hosted by JustMommies hosts, whose names are listed at the top each board. We hope you find our message boards friendly, helpful, and fun to be on!

Reply Post New Topic
  Subscribe To Homeschooling LinkBack Topic Tools Search this Topic Display Modes
  #1  
June 8th, 2010, 12:18 PM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,051
My state requires specific subjects like math, geography, health, etc. Does this mean that I have to cover these subjects every year? What would "government" (one of the required subjects) look like in elementary school?
__________________
Mama to an elementary school boy, kindergarten girl, and my miracle toddler girl.
Three 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011 + 10/2014)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
June 8th, 2010, 12:23 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Lonestar State
Posts: 50,214
Yes, it's every year. "Government" for early elementary could be covered in a "social studies" curriculum about community helpers. You'd just say (for simplicity purposes) that the president is at the head of U.S. government, the governor for state, and the mayor for city. Just knowing the definitions of pres, gov, and mayor should suffice early on. For geography, it could be as simple as looking at hand-drawn maps to find streets, lakes, buildings, etc. You could teach cardinal directions if you want. You could play around with a compass in the backyard.

Health is easy. Just talk about healthy habits ... eating, keeping clean, going to the doctor, etc.

Look around online for free sites or worksheets about social studies and health. Color a picture for proof that you talked about a certain subject.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
June 8th, 2010, 12:37 PM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,051
Here are some of the ones I'm less sure on. Do you think my guess as to what would fall into each subject is accurate?

literature: reading books, talking about plot, characters, etc.
reading: this is phonics and comprehension, right? Is this where "book reports" would fit in old elementary/middle school grades?

fine arts: music, drama, arts/crafts?

geography: maps, land forms, cultures (could be included as part of history by doing mapwork for each unit?)

government: I guess my concern is coming up with something every year for this

health: nutrition, meal plans, fitness, etc

physical education: I know what this is, but I don't know how to do it in a homeschool environment

I'm not looking forward to homeschooling here. My school district has a "page" on homeschooling on their website. It's a two sentence paragraph that basically says, "Gee, homeschooling is a lot of work, you may want to think really hard about it first."

Which brings me to another question. I don't have to report to the state until my kids are 7. Does that mean that I don't need to do the subject requirements in K (5yo) and 1st (6yo)?
__________________
Mama to an elementary school boy, kindergarten girl, and my miracle toddler girl.
Three 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011 + 10/2014)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
June 8th, 2010, 03:14 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Lonestar State
Posts: 50,214
Here are some of the ones I'm less sure on. Do you think my guess as to what would fall into each subject is accurate?

literature: reading books, talking about plot, characters, etc. yes
reading: this is phonics and comprehension, right? Is this where "book reports" would fit in old elementary/middle school grades? I'd put book reports under literature, personally?

fine arts: music, drama, arts/crafts? yes

geography: maps, land forms, cultures (could be included as part of history by doing mapwork for each unit?) yes

government: I guess my concern is coming up with something every year for this This may help: (just google "elementary government lessons"

United States Three Branches of Government Lesson Plan, Worksheets, US Teaching Activity
ProTeacher! Government in America lesson plans for elementary school teachers in grades K-6 including State and Local Government activities, programs and thematic units, information about the US Government, classroom and teaching ideas
Social Studies Lesson Plans
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/civic...WTP_level1.pdf

health: nutrition, meal plans, fitness, etc This can also include safety... bikes, fire evacuation, etc.

physical education: I know what this is, but I don't know how to do it in a homeschool environment

homeschool physical education - Yahoo! Search Results

I'm not looking forward to homeschooling here. My school district has a "page" on homeschooling on their website. It's a two sentence paragraph that basically says, "Gee, homeschooling is a lot of work, you may want to think really hard about it first."

They do that on purpose. It's really easy once you get into it.

Which brings me to another question. I don't have to report to the state until my kids are 7. Does that mean that I don't need to do the subject requirements in K (5yo) and 1st (6yo)?

Correct. If they don't want to know you exist, you don't have to tell them what you're doing.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
June 8th, 2010, 05:14 PM
Platinum Supermommy
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7,051
Quote:
Originally Posted by BensMom View Post
I'd put book reports under literature, personally?
I thought it might go under reading because in my middle school (different state, though), I had both "language arts" and "reading" as classes. In language arts, we all read the same book and discussed the books in class. We wrote various creative writing and research pieces. That also covered spelling. In reading, one of the things we did was do book reports on books of our own choosing. We also read outloud in class from an anthology of various works.


Thanks for the links for government and PE.

Quote:
Quote:
I'm not looking forward to homeschooling here. My school district has a "page" on homeschooling on their website. It's a two sentence paragraph that basically says, "Gee, homeschooling is a lot of work, you may want to think really hard about it first."
They do that on purpose. It's really easy once you get into it.
Oh, it's not that I think it will be hard. It's that the attitude they have on the website (very little information, trying to discourage it and scare parents away from doing it) makes me think that they don't work well with homeschoolers (I'll have to report to the superintendent once my son is old enough, so this matters).
__________________
Mama to an elementary school boy, kindergarten girl, and my miracle toddler girl.
Three 10w losses (11/2010 + 8/2011 + 10/2014)
Reply With Quote
Reply

Topic Tools Search this Topic
Search this Topic:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:57 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0