It's Just A Formality

July 31, 2014

In case you are engrossed in enjoying your summer vacation,

HEADS UP!

If you live in Virginia, evidence of progress during the 2013-2014 school year is due tomorrow. I always forget about this until the night before. Thankfully, we live in a small county. Hubby will walk into the post office, hand our packet to the nice people there and watch them cancel the stamp and drop it in the superintendent's mail box. Task accomplished. To save my dear hubby having to repeat such an arduous task, I include our Curriculum Description and Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction at the same time, rather than waiting until their due date of August 15th.

Because so many people seem perplexed, perturbed, and puzzled by this process, I thought it might be helpful to show you exactly what I file with my county. If after reading this, you feel your county may expect something more from you, please talk to your county superintendent or at least someone who homeschools in your county. I have been sending a nearly identical packet for years and never heard a peep from my county, but others may be more particular. However, please don't give more information than we are required to give by law.

First, we have the cover letter in which I tell the county school superintendent exactly what she will find in my packet. Apple Blossom will turn six in the middle of the school year (but after the September 30, cut off) so I have included a statement of exemption in my cover letter. If you have a child who turns six between now and next September, you may want or need to notify your county of your desire to delay formal schooling. HEAV has a good explanation of all that. 

 

I changed the names to protect the innocent. Can you guess what we have been reading this summer?

 

July 24, 2014

Frodo and Nancy Baggins
Bagend of Bagshot Row
Hobbiton, The Shire

Dr. E. P. Frizzywicket
Hobbiton Public Schools
Top of Slinkhollow
Hobbiton, The Shire

Dear Dr. Frizzywicket,

Please find enclosed copies of results from the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills for Bilbo, Slomo, Beebo and Frank Baggins. These results show progress for the 2013-2014 school year. We are also including a Curriculum Description for 2014-2015 for Bilbo, Slomo, Beebo and Frank, as well as our Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction.  Our daughter, Fruitypie Baggins, will not turn six before September 30, 2014. We do not wish Fruitypie to attend school until next school year. In our opinion, she is not mentally, physically or emotionally prepared to attend school. If you have any questions, please submit them to us in writing.

Sincerely,

 

Frodo and Nancy Baggins

 

Then, I print off two copies of my kiddos' test results. One copy is included in the packet I will send to the school superintendent. The other copy gets tucked into my 2013-2014 school year file. 

 

Next, we have the Curriculum Description. I know that sounds scary, but it's really not. A few years ago, we had to come up with a course name and tell the county what books we were using. Now, we can just list what subjects are being taught. Honestly, mine are pretty much the same from year to year. For more information on what exactly is required, see here.


Curriculum Description
2014-2015

Bilbo Baggins - 8th Grade

History

Math

Literature

English Grammar

Spelling

Writing

Biology

Foreign Language - Gaelic

Physical Education

Slomo Baggins- 5th Grade

History

Math

Reading

English Grammar

Spelling

Writing

Science

Physical Education

 

Beebo Baggins - 3rd Grade

History

Math

Reading

Writing

English Grammar

Spelling

Science

Physical Education

 

Frank Baggins - 1st Grade

History

Math

Reading

Writing

English Grammar

Spelling

Science

Physical Education

 

That's it! I hope that helps make the whole process much easier. You are welcome to model your letter after mine or even copy and paste. However, I recommend you change the names to reflect your family instead of the family I just created. If you copy and paste and forget to change the names, please tell me so I can enjoy that moment with you.

I bid you peace fellow homeschool mom and remember, it's a Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction, not a request for permission.

 

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