Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Beginning Paperwork in NYC

I'm trying to put the different paperwork we did from the start.

What we already did:
1. Sent in the Letter of Intent (LOI)
2. Got a call back saying they need the birthdate of the child (Apparently this is normal for NYC. I'm fine)
3. Got a letter from them, asking for copy of birth cert and proof of residency. Sent.

What we are waiting for:
1. I'm waiting for some response from them and on Aug 15th I'll send in our Individualized Home Instruction Plan.
2. I'm also waiting for the Metro Card form (that's like the most exciting thing for Ian)

This particular website helped me TONS in this process. Also groups like NYHEN, LEAH (Brooklyn/Queens).

MFW 1st Grade Plan

Near the end of the 2 months summer break (before we had our last road trip), Ian said "I'm tired of summer holidays." =) Just right in time for school.

1st grade meant...
...more reading (yay! He really loves it)
...more planning and longer school hours
...beginning of paperwork here in NYC
...wonderful Exploration Day ideas almost every week.

We're excited!

Here are what we are using for 1st Grade (at least for now):
*MFW 1st Grade
*We'll do some slightly different memorization of the proverbs, because I chose different translations and also different proverbs, sometimes to match the character qualities we'll be learning

Character Building/Social Studies
*Character 1st. I added this component, because I think it's mighty important. Also I REALLY REALLY like this material. They did such a wonderful job, kind of like an unit study that makes abstract ideas (character qualities) very concrete for children.
*Little Book of Manners for Boys
*Little Book of Manners for Girls

English (writing, spelling, reading)
*MFW 1st Grade
*Books, books, lots of books (with suggestions from Honey for the child's heart)

*The Complete Book of Math (you'll not believe it. But I'm born and raised in Singapore and I took a hard look at the most contemporary Singapore Math. I actually like the Complete Book better.)
*I'll still "supplement" with Shaping Maths (1A and 1B) by Charlotte Collars (Author), et al. (from Singapore)

*MFW ideas and book lists (OOOH I LOVE THEM!!!)
*Things outdoors
*Science with plants

*Drawing with Children
*Come look with me (enjoying art)
*Come look with me (enjoying landscape)

*Carnival of The Animals (I'm choosing this over Peter and the Wolf)

*I'm going to try to "celebrate" every important federal holiday with a learning of that day (usually linked to some American history or important person)
*Continue to work on the states and countries, using Children's Atlas of the world (whenever the place is mentioned)
*regular grandparents' time (Monday outings) will help learn about social activities/customs etc in our neighborhood

Health and other safety materials will be taught as and when.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Butterfly Garden

We finally did the Butterfly garden in the summer. It was really cool. But I'm SUPER sensitive to critters. They give me LOTS of goosebumps. I'm trying to be brave for the sake of education. =)

Here are the photos journal-ling the "transformation".

And here's the video of when we let the butterflies go.