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  1. The schedule looks fairly typical for 3rd grade. 2 hours per month equals 30 minutes per week. The state tests focus on math and reading skill and everything else is gravy. I was surprised there is only 2 hours of PE monthly as our state requires dailyPE beginning in K. beginning in 4th, more emphasis on science and social studies is given.
  2. I'm guessing this is overnight camp where you take her one day and then pick her up the next afternoon? How well do you know the adults who are going to be staffing the camp during that time period? Are there other children/adults from your church who will be going? Will it be a small group or large group of campers? If there are lots of other people from your church going that she knows and that know her, it will probably be OK. You might want to check with your daughter's Sunday School teacher or someone else who has worked with her at church to inquire about her behavior in those
  3. I'd recommend taking one issue at a time. Start with the placement and what they think will be best. Keep in mind that as a charter school, she may fit right in with the other 1st graders and it won't be an issue. Another possibility as a charter school is they may be more willing to bump your daughter for specific subjects where she is advanced but keep her with her age mates the remainder of the day. When you get the opportunity to meet with the administrators/teachers, I wouldn't mention the attention issues. See what they find and notice. If it's an issue, they will notice and
  4. Goodness! I didn't catch from your original post that this was the case throughout high school. For 6th grade, I wouldn't be happy but could "suck it up." For 7th and 8th, I'd be wondering what they are doing, and for high school I would be throwing a hissy fit. I would want to see the scope and sequence for the English curriculum and probably be seriously considering pulling my kids from school too. I'm not expecting great literary analysis at the high school level, but at least two classic novels a year and a play (preferably Shakespeare) are fairly common for high school English and mo
  5. Check what writing method/model your school is using. Our school uses the Four Square model of writing which dovetails quite nicely with what your teacher described. The Four Square model encourages students to come up with their topic and then list details to help them flesh out the topic. Last year our teacher expressed some frustration that the four square block they were using for the primary grades didn't emphasize having a good topic sentence and concluding sentence. I helped her create a new block where there was a line for topic sentence a four block so they could write four d
  6. I would also hope that schools would teak more "real literature," but a couple of quick comments: Not just this public school but college English departments are reconsidering what is considered a classic. Not saying this is a good or bad thing, but it's definitely not limited to this school. Keep in mind these are 6th graders. What classics do have in mind for them to read? I recall in 6th grade (way back in 1983) we read Tom Sawyer, but we were also close enough to do a field trip to Hannibal, MO. I could see Across Five Aprils and some of the classic animal stories working but
  7. Check your state's rules on sex offenders. As others have pointed out, schools (at least in my state) do not have the responsibility to inform parents of sex offenders. And in my state it is untrue that sex offenders cannot ever be on school property. If they are parents (and it is legal for their own children to reside in the same home), they can be on school property for parent teacher conferences, IEPs, and other meetings regarding their child. I figure it's my responsibility to know with whom my children are playing.
  8. I'm chiming in from the Afterschooling board, and my children go to public school. I have found that they are having the opportunity to internalize the morals and values we are teaching at home through the situations they encounter. We make it a point to discuss what they are reading, see on television, and experience so that they can process it. There have been several situations that have been eye-opening to us and our daughter recently. At her school for P.E. they have recently been traveling to nearby college to use the pool for swimming lessons. She reported that while they were
  9. Wow! Thank you for sharing your schedule. It gives me much to think about as I try to squeeze more into our day.
  10. It seems your focus is on great figures in world missions vs. the theory and why of missions. I would call it something like "Portraits from World Missions." I would definitely include some writing and geography. I see your daughter is 16. You may wish to see if a Perspectives course is being offered in your area. This is a 15 week class that covers the Biblical and historical concepts of missions and then ends with what still needs to be done. The class can be audited or can be taken for college credit and is widely accepted at many colleges. Many missions organizations require thi
  11. You amaze me at what you are accomplishing in the morning. Just because I'm curious, if the kids get up at 6 what time does school start both currently and for the gifted program next year? At what time do your children go to bed? And what time do you get up to get all of this done? I'd love any tips you have on how you are getting all of this done as my kids are bears to get out of bed at 7-ish, often still aren't dressed by 7:45 a.m., and we have got to leave at 8:00 a.m. so we can all get to our respective locations on time. Stressed out working mom trying to squeeze i
  12. MMM, did everyone miss the carrots and fruit in the picture as well? And what's the beef about chocolate milk? Have you tasted the white milk in a carton? It's really nasty. Research has shown that when students were offered only white milk they chose not to drink it and obtain more calcium and nutrients from the chocolate. As far as requiring school lunches being a cash cow for the school, in this instance most of the kids are on free/reduced lunch. But schools barely break even on lunches; it's not about making a profit. I would have to work very hard to spend less money on a sack
  13. How people feel about AR varies depending on how their particular school uses it. I can speak about AR from both the viewpoint as a former school librarian who administered the program and now as a parent whose children use AR. As a school librarian (Jr-Sr. High) I really liked the program because it encouraged students to read a variety of books they might not normally read. Granted, they sometime chose books simply because this book has a lot of points and I want to reach my goal quickly or this book is easy and I just need a few more points to reach my goal. I recall one young lady
  14. The AR list is based on Fry's Readability Graph which is described here. Reading level is based on how many sentences and how many syllables are in a 100 word passage. More sentences and fewer syllables equals easier books while fewer sentences and more syllables equal higher reading levels. I also like this list because it identifies interest level and also notes any awards or other interesting information about the book.
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