Quizzes, Tests, Grades, Oh My!

Quizzes, tests, grades, Oh My! is right!  How do you keep track of it all?

Homeschool requirements and reporting vary from state to state.  For example, in Georgia parents are required to “write an annual progress assessment report in each required subject area for each student. These reports shall be retained for at least three years.”  This assessment could just be a description without grades or it could be a formal.  However, if you are planning to send your child back to public school, or your state has additional requirements here are some options to help you meet your requirements.

Five J’s Free Gradebook

Gradebook+ is a free gradebook and record-keeping spreadsheet template for homeschool. The mom created Gradebook+ to use for her own high school son, but it can be used for any grade level. It’s easy-to-use and customizable to fit your own homeschool, and detailed instructions for using the spreadsheet template are included.

ThinkWave

ThinkWave is a free online gradebook that is intuitive, easy-to-use interface. Flexible grading with points, letter, and custom grades. Custom reports (like attendance) produce beautiful .pdf documents. Student & parent access.

Homeschool Tracker

Save time and stay organized with Homeschool Tracker. A flexible, online tool for homeschool record keeping, planning, and reporting. (approx $65 per year – 20 students, 3 teachers)

Homeschool Minder

Homeschool Minder helps you organize lessons, assignments, and grading so you can focus on what’s important, education.  (approx $39 per year- unlimited students, 1 teacher)

How do you handle grading, attendance, etc?  Comment below.  We’d love to hear your ideas.

FREE Homeschool Expo THIS Thursday night February 28, 2019

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FREE Homeschool Expo THIS Thursday night Feb 28th at the Cumming Parks & Rec Center (437 Pilgrim Mill Rd).  We now have OVER 55 Local N. Metro Vendors coming to this event!   It’s one-stop shopping for all your homeschooling needs for the upcoming year.  Hybrids, A la carte classes/activities, Sports, Extracurricular activities, Enrichment, music, coding, dual enrollment, reading assessment/vision therapy, nature centers, dyslexia specialists, executive function/ADHD tutors, hands-on science classes, field trips, veterinary classes, art, and so MUCH MORE will all be in attendance.    We have plenty of colleges attending for dual enrollment for your teens – including Embry Riddle from FL (yes – you can DE there for FREE) – and also driver’s ed for those soon to be driving teens!
Usborne Books and Homeschool Hangout will both be there and selling books.  If you have something special you want to buy or look at you may want to contact Peggy ahead of time at HSHangout so she can bring it for you.
Please help us spread the word and post on all your social media and share with your homeschooling friends!  We want to be able to offer this event every year so we need good turnout so the vendors want to come back!  We hope you can make it!!  Powerpoint Flyer attached below.  

BEECH Bazaar Homeschool Expo
Free & open to the Public 
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. February 28th
New  Bigger Location – Better Parking.
City of Cumming Parks and Recreation Banquet Rooms
437 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA  30040

The “A” Word

by Kendall Watkins

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Accreditation in the homeschool community is often misunderstood and sometimes controversial. Many families opt to have their student’s transcript accredited. Many do not. Still, some families choose accreditation for one student and not another. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to accreditation. Each family must evaluate its own philosophical, practical, and financial considerations when deciding whether or not to go the accredited route. There are no wrong or right decisions.

Many factors go into making this personal decision. Consider the following when making your choice:

  • The Georgia Home Study Law does not require accreditation.
  • All colleges and universities in both the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia accept unaccredited transcripts. Note: Evaluation of applications of unaccredited homeschool students may differ from that of accredited students. For example, standardized test scores may be weighted more heavily than GPA. Inquire.
  • Unaccredited homeschool students are eligible for HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships as entering freshman, not retroactively as was the case in years past.
  • Record keeping is required for both accredited and unaccredited transcripts.
  • The vast majority of private Georgia and out-of-state colleges and universities accept unaccredited transcripts.

In addition to the above considerations, peruse several college websites to determine whether accreditation would be of any practical benefit to your student. Many college websites contain pages dedicated specifically to homeschool applicants. In the event information that will help you make an informed decision is unavailable, speak with an admissions representative.

If you need help determining how to evaluate whether you want your student to have an unaccredited or accredited transcript, or need help creating a transcript for your student(s), contact Kendall Watkins at kendallwood@comcast.net .

Disclaimer: This article does not provide legal advice and may not be relied upon as such. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.

DIY Scholars Consulting

Email: kendallwood@comcast.net Call: 404-375-5434 Website: www.DIYscholars.com

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

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Introducing…the 2018-2019 Essay Contest Prompt!  PLEASE NOTE that this year’s deadline is February 15!

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? If you can not tolerate the planet it is on? Grade the ground first. If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him…he will be surrounded by grandeur.”*

H.D. Thoreau, Correspondence to H.G.O. Blake, 20 May 1860

With the quotation above as inspiration, respond to the following in 750 words or fewer

What is a change you are passionate about seeing in the world? How can you “grade the ground first” to cultivate that change within yourself? How do the changes we make within ourselves make the world a better place?

*It was common practice in the 19th century to use masculine pronouns when describing the entirety of humankind.  We use Thoreau’s quotation as it was written with the understanding that he was referring to all people.  We encourage youth of all gender identities to participate in the Essay Contest.

Essay Contest Information and Timeline

Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world, ages 14-21, to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year’s quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them. Like Thoreau, these young people use the power of their words to convey vivid stories, personal conviction and human compassion.

The contest has three age groups: 14-16, 17-18, and 19-21. One winner will be identified in each age group and will receive a $250 cash prize, plus an autographed special edition of Walden.  Essays may also be selected to receive Honorable Mention in each age group, which will be awarded with an autographed special edition of Walden.

The deadline for essay submission is February 15. Each essay is reviewed by at least two readers and results are announced by the end of April.

Please read the Contest Guidelines for more information about the Contest and some tips to help you write your essay.

For information about past contest winners and to read their essays, click here.

Children’s Museum Family Free Day

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Families are invited to enjoy an interactive Free Family Day at Children’s Museum of Atlanta on Wednesday, February 13. Presented by PNC Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation and supported by CareSource of Georgia.

Advance registration is required. Registration opens Tuesday, February 12 starting at 7 AM! Sign up for one of the following three sessions:

  • Session One: 10 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Session Two:  1 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Session Three: 4 PM – 6:30 PM

Theme: Makers! Children will explore the museum and encounter different types of maker activities, working with the Museum’s special guests and staff and learning how to design, create and build.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the Museum floor as well as the new feature exhibit Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™.

The Museum will host three additional Family Free Days throughout 2019. For more information on this special day and how to register CLICK HERE.

Atlanta Gladiators Hockey Team Education Day

The Atlanta Gladiators professional hockey team would like to invite your school to attend a special Education Day game on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 10:35 am. This game is a great opportunity for a unique, affordable, and educational field trip for your entire school, for select grades or classes, or as a reward for student achievement! Here is an Official Student Curriculum Book for your use in planning this field trip, which offers an opportunity to learn more about the game of hockey, and with lessons in History, Geography, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education. Our goal is to have engaging and educational displays and activities, along with an exciting hockey game, for your students to experience.
The cost of this Field Trip is only $5 per ticket for seating in our lower bowl. This price is for students, parent chaperones, and faculty. We will provide complimentary tickets for up to 2 teachers per class, as well as for each bus driver. Students may bring their lunches, or you can choose our ticket and lunch package option. As always, parking is free at the Infinite Energy Center. We will have a bus plan in place to drop students off at the gates before the buses park.
Gates will open at 9:35am. A typical hockey games lasts about 2 ½ hours, so departure time would be around 1:15-1:30, leaving time for student to get back to school in time for dismissal.
We will begin taking orders for Education Day immediately. We hope you’ll join us!
Please call our main office number at (770) 497-5100 to speak with any Account Executive to reserve your spot.
Register Here: https://store.atlantagladiators.com/education-day-th-p669.aspx

 

Citizen Science Homeschool Series: I See Change

Nature is constantly changing, which makes it so interesting! In this session, you’ll learn how to observe changes in nature and interpret what they might mean.

The Citizen Science Homeschool Series for 2018-19 is open to students in grades K-5. Every month, students will learn about a different citizen science project, the issues surrounding the project and how they can get involved. In addition to learning about current issues in science, students will learn and practice observation, recording and communication skills.

Citizen Science Homeschool Series

2018-19 Schedule

September 20, 2018    Bumble Bee Watch

October 18, 2018         The Great Sunflower Project

November 15, 2018     What’s In Your Backyard

December 20, 2018     NASA Globe Observer

January 17, 2019          I See Change

February 21, 2019        Project FeederWatch

March 21, 2019            Project BudBurst

April 18, 2019              Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

Preregistration in advance of each program is required, so that we can ensure adequate staffing and program materials.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application and a garden representative will contact you.

Garden Members                                                                            General Public

Parent                                  Free                                                       Parent                                  $7.00

First Student                      $10.00                                                   First Student                      $15.00

Additional Students        $8.00                                                     Additional Students        $13.00

Children Under 5              Free                                                       Children Under 5              Free

 

Admission to this program gives you access to the gardens all day…great for a picnic lunch and independent study! Adults who are Members of Smith-Gilbert Gardens receive free admission. For further details or to register, email info@smithgilbertgardens.com or call Smith-Gilbert Gardens at (770) 919-0248.

Pre-registration is required. Please register online: Homeschool Series

 

http://smithgilbertgardens.com/event/citizen-science-homeschool-series-i-see-change/?instance_id=351 

Marietta Museum of History

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Evening with History:
Lockheed Martin Legend & Test Pilot Glenn Gray
Kicking off 2019 with Lockheed Martin Legend & Test Pilot, Glenn Gray. Hear his stories of triumph & tragedy as Lockheed’s well known planes were put through trial & error. $5 at the door & Museum Members are FREE!
When: 1/15 @ 6:30pm
Remember When Club: Judges of Cobb County
The RWC will be continuing this month! Come hear stories from former Cobb County judges and share your memories as well.  Panel is TBA.
When: 1/25 @ 10:30am.
This is a free event!
Diverse Cobb:
Black History Month Events
Our Diverse Cobb series will continue in February. Class topics are listed below. Please visit our website or Facebook for more information!
2/2 @ 2:00pm
We Were Here Too: How documents and images of black America have been suppressed and lost in our historic narrative.
2/12 @ 6:30pm
Evening with History“Between the Devil and the Deep Sea”: The Freedman’s Bureau at Marietta, GA. Join the Museum and historian Jay Lutz on his research of how the Freedman’s Bureau office aided newly freed slaves.
2/23 @ 2:00pm
Unsung Heroes of Cobb County: Black Pilots
A panel discussion present by the Cobb Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (Location is TBD)

Australian Open Novice Tournament

Cobb County PARKS, Senior Services, Government Service Centers

 

Australian Open Novice Tournament

 

We will have prizes, food, drinks and some Down Under Fun!

This is an entry level novice tournament for first time tournament players

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 (one day only)

Cost: $15

Deadline to enter: January 23, 2019

Draws will be posted on January 24, 2019 

 

*This is a non-elimination tournament designed for a positive and successful intro to tournament play. Champions and finalist will receive medals and all players will receive prizes. This tournament is designed so that the players can go back to their program having positive success and encouragement to carry back with them.

*Parent/coaching is allowed after each game is complete for one min.

*Please encourage your young players to join in on the fun!

 

 

 

 

To sign up call:

Sweetwater Tennis Center  770-819-3221 or 770-819-3222.

For more information call Tony Oswald at 334-303-6306