Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Home Education: What The Evaluator Said

So many of you expressed interest in the kids evaluations and the hope that the evaluator would find that they had done well.


Our evaluator has been evaluating for us since Nate was doing high school.  She has known these three students of mine since BEFORE they had to be evaluated.  This is a blessing to us, since the evaluators job is to determine if an appropriate education is being given and if the students are making sustained progress.

She looks at a sampling of their work and talks with them.  She'll ask what their favorite subject was this year, she asks their least favorite.   She asks them to things like, "What was your favorite thing you learned in math this year?"  She knows how to get them talking about their learning and can tell how they've done.  

She gets to know each one over the years, and knows Sarah's love for literature, she gets to hear about their favorite books, what they read, read any reports they've written, listen to their Bible memory. (This year they memorized Hebrews 11:1-16.)

Her is what she wrote about each kid.

Rachel - "Rachel continues to be an accomplished student.  Her cello playing is beautiful!  Rachel is on track to meet the requirements of the PA Homeschool Law.  She is self-motivated, well read and well rounded.  Rachel is ready for 11th grade."

Sarah - "Sarah continues to thrive!  She is presented with a challenging and thorough curriculum.  She continued to be an avid reader and has an impressive book list!  Sarah is very creative and her love for learning is contagious.  Sarah is ready for 8th grade!"

Kyle - "Kyle is a good student.  He is working above grade level in Math.  He is improving steadily and doing very well.  Kyle is excited about his learning, is well spoken and polite.  It is a true pleasure to evaluate him."

Again, we are thankful for her encouragement, and we are thankful for the privilege of home education our children.  We will never get these years, these moments back.  Once they are gone, their gone.  

I am very mindful of this as my older children are thriving adults and living their lives.  I'm so grateful for the years we spent forging relationships and learning together.  It's bearing fruit as I see the friendships and relationships my kids have with each other, Tim and I, my parents, and others in our community.

Home education is hard work, but it is worth it.

Thank you so much for your prayers, and well wishes.  If you have any questions about home education please feel free to ask!


3 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your choice & hard work!

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  2. Oh yes, once the years are gone, they're gone all right! Someone needs to tell you that you have done a wonderful job. Homeschooling is a tremendous commitment of time and energy and resources. You and Tim have chosen wisely. Excellent reports and what fun to see the scholar reading in his cozy chair.

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  3. Well done Deanna, I know you knew they were fine but it's always good to get a confirmation of that. Enjoy some time off but I know you will be thinking/planning for next year over the summer.

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