Every year as part of Maine State requirements of Homeschoolers we participate in a peer portfolio review, overseen by a certified teacher. I feel so fortunate to live in Maine, where the requirements are extremely minimal, and homeschoolers and unschoolers can learn how they choose and still meet requirements set by the state.
Our peer review is basically a gathering of friends. We sit, roughly divided by our children’s ages (young or old) and discuss what we do in our families to cover the various subjects. It ends up being a great way to share resources, frustrations, and success stories.
In the past I have used this blog as an ongoing portfolio–but it seems this year that goal got away from me. So, in prep, I sat with each of the kids and we did a quick review of our work this past year. It was such a good exercise I realize we should be doing that a few times a year, partly because Fall was so long ago none of us could really remember what we’d done, and partly because we all felt so proud of ourselves for all of our amazing work. Aside from math and writing, we rarely categorize our learning into subjects–but when you take the time to pull apart a year’s experiences and stuff them into boxes they really amount to quite a bit of education. You can learn a lot in a year (often without even trying!)
At the risk of boring you all, and for the sake of record keeping, I’ll record them here, interspersed with pics of what we’ve been up to these past months.
Mysterious Benedict Society, books 1-3
The Boy on the Porch
Half a World Away
Laura Ingalls Wilder books, 1-4 (so far, again)
Harry Potter, book 1
Land of Stories, books 2-5
The Family Under the Bridge
Bridge to Terabithia
Beast Academy levels 3C and started 3D (Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Measurement, Variables
Book report on Bridge to Terabithia, work on an independent story set in colonial times, birthday cards, pen pal letters to cousin, poetry and song, typing and spelling through SpellCity online.
“Moving Beyond the Page” unit study on The Family Under the Bridge
piano study (Bach, Beethovan)
Paper mache crafting of convertible for Girl Dolls, Girl Doll furniture and accessories, Knitting 2 hats, babysitting certificate, drumming, song and dance, yoga, circus performance, film class, intensive nature and primitive skills studies (bow drill, wild edibles, shelter building, cordage making, basket weaving, etc), and bird ID.
Physical Education:, she has participated in swim lessons, soccer, and track and field.
Health Education:, she has helped shop for and prepare balanced meals, participated in Mother-Daughter group discussions about puberty and body changes, and helped prepare herbal remedies.
100 Easy Lessons, (occassionally)
Birthday Cards to friends and family
Beast Academy 3A (skip counting, multiplication tricks, hundreds charts)
Right Start B (mental addition, 5’s trick, 8’s trick, 9’s trick, go to the dump, addition war, adding 2 digit numbers in head, place value)
sewing (hand stitching and machine)
nature study (bird ID, bow drill, knife safety)
Child’s History of the World–hunter/gatherers
Little House books
Timeline Inventions (the game)
Helping shop for and prepare balanced meals, physical and dental hygiene, garden help (growing your own food).
Number the Stars
A Dog’s Purpose
Ham radio and short wave radio manuals
Beast Academy: 3C (multiplication and division) 3D (fractions)
Independent story work
book report on A Dog’s Purpose
“Moving Beyond the Page” Unit Study on Number the Stars
“Moving Beyond the Page” Unit Study on WWI and WWII
Radio Station Volunteer work
Nature Study (primitive skills, knife safety, bow drill)
Video and Audio production
knitting (hat, almost finished)
drumming, music, and dance
Wilderness First Responder Certification
Community First Aid Certification
Short Wave radio
Self-exploration of guitar and keyboard, sound engineering apprenticeship
Sound engineering apprenticeship
Health Education: Discussions on the importance of physical and dental hygiene. Books on puberty and body changes (boys), Assisting in shopping and food prep of balanced meals. Braces.