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O.k., I did search and found some posts that sort of address my question. But I'd like to know what the pros and cons might be of stating that my homeschool requires students to volunteer or not on the CommonApp. As it happens, my kids are active in the youth group at church and in Scouts and American Heritage Girls so our family is pretty active in all manner of volunteer endeavors. I am currently tracking my daughter's volunteer hours for AHG so it's not a problem to produce a number if asked. But I don't require volunteering (that's not volunteering) and I'm not sure how I would describe what is required if I did. The local schools do require a certain amount of community service, so I could just borrow whatever their requirements are. What have others done? *Edited to add that I think it's funny this shows up as my first post since I have been on the WTM boards since 2000 and posted regularly in the early years.
I hope this post is appropriate here but I don't know where else to ask since homeschooling is our life. My kids and I (along with several other moms and homeschoolers) are volunteering, once a week, at an Indian school to help teach first graders how to read English. It's an English speaking school so I'm not sure I would really classify it as ESL, although many of their students' parents do not speak English. We have been using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with groups of 1-4 students per volunteer. It's a phonics based program and fully scripted so the student volunteers can easily administer. But there is a disconnect between what the school is teaching and our phonics approach. It seems that many of the kids have just memorized words. So after speaking to the school, they received approval from the Indian education board to change their curriculum. Now we have a meeting with the head of English and the K-1 teachers on Dec 13 to discuss what curriculum to use and how we can work together. Somehow I was elected to lead this! My kids went to public school until after they were reading. Aside from me reading to and with them, I don't know how to teach reading. I don't know what curriculum works for a classroom setting (and for unlicensed teachers who English is a second language). This school is at risk for being closed if they cannot raise the reading level of these students. I'm not aware of another option for these kids if the school is closed. They are too cute and lovely to ignore. I have been researching all over the Internet. I know some of you are certified classroom teachers. I'm hoping you can help: what recommendations would you make for curriculum to teach children to read in a classroom setting? Something not too difficult. Do you recommend a phonics approach or something else? Thank you, thank you!