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February 1, 2006 - April 25, 2006 Quarterly Report

D.O.B. :  September XX 1997
Age:  8
Grade:  3
Grading Key:             Effort & Skills
4 - Advanced               E - Excellent                  U - Unsatisfactory
3 - Proficient                G - Good                        X - Not Applicable
2 - Approaching          S - Satisfactory
1 - Below                     N - Needs to Improve
Days of Instruction:  43 (5.2 hrs/day average)
Arithmetic:  The areas of math Jacob continues to study/practice are :
word problems     factors                         multiplication,division
fractions                multiples                     addition
decimals               prime factorization    subtraction
percents                prime numbers          money math
number lines         geometry                    time/clocks
fact families          times tables                real-life math experiences
Jacob no longer struggles with upper times tables. This is due to a publication entitled, “Times Tales: A Trigger Memory System” by J. von Eggers & M.J. Flanagan  & Dena L. Wood. This supplement was a lifesaver to our homeschool curriculum! Now that the times tables have been mastered, Jacob is doing really well with other mathematical concepts. He has been reviewing 3rd grade m ath concepts through Saxon and standardized test review workbooks. His newfound confidence in all things mathematical is thanks to Times TalesGrade: 3( G)
Reading: Jacob demonstrates excellence in his ability to read with accuracy, appropriate inflection and intonation, and poetic expression, even when he does not fully comprehend what he is reading. He puts forth much effort in this area. He continues to  struggle  with comprehension. Often he is able to determine meaning through context, however this is an area where he may continue to struggle due to his developmental delays. Jacob excels in memorization of vocabulary and spelling assignments, uses dictionaries to complete work, has finished reading the first book in The Little House on the Prairie Series, entitled Little House in the Big Woods. He also read If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine and listened to Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Spear on audiotape. He is currently reading the 2nd book, Little House on the Prairie in our homeschool as part of our Prairie Primer curriculum.  Jacob has also been reading selected poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and from A Child’s  Anthology of Poetry (Sword & McCarthy) and The Golden Books Family Treasury of Poetry (Untermeyer) in addition to classic fairy tales, scriptures from the Bible, non-fiction articles in National Geographic, and other reference sources for his upcoming  research project on Western Frontier.   Grade: 3 (G)
Spelling: Jacob has completed and nearly mastered ten spelling & vocabulary lists. Jacob corrects misspelled words and rewrites assignments so that spelling is correct throughout his work. His memorization skills have helped him do well in this area.  Grade: 3(G)
Writing, Grammar & Language Arts: The homeschool curriculum has been integrating the Vocabulary Vine Latin & Greek Roots program, which is challenging and fun. Jacob prints and writes in cursive daily, however he requires constant reminders in order to stay neat. He is struggling with mastering cursive writing. He will be practicing this skill throughout the summer as well.  He is putting forth the effort however.  Jacob continues to develop skills such as note-taking, brainstorming, and organizing ideas.  He has posted his ideas, assignments and essays on his internet homeschool webjournal. He has typed emails, improved his writing abilities by continuing study of proper grammar; parts of speech, sentence structure, and phrases.  Jacob continues to respond to literature through writing and narration. This quarter he has spent much time on reviewing basic skills and concentrating on content he is expected to be tested on through standardized tests.  Grade: 2 (S)
Health & Safety: The focus this past quarter has been on dangers and effects of narcotic drug use, “gate-way”drugs such as marijuana and cigarettes, alcoholism, gambling & other addictions. Also the topics of malaria, West Nile Virus , mosquitoes & eliminating their breeding sites and UV-ray protection from the sun were covered.   Grade: 3(G)
History:  Our homeschool has concentrated on The Revolutionary War, The Civil War, WWI & WWII this quarter. The Biblical significance of these wars were studied as well. The class created a timeline of these wars and studied key characters in history such as Winston Churchill, Woodrow Wilson, Hitler, and several U.S. Presidents. The children spent much time on memorizing the map of the United States, as well as the maps of Central and South America. Jacob has been reading the historical fiction of Laura Ingalls Wilder through her Little House on the Prairie series of books.  Grade: 3(G)
Science: The study of electricity & circuits evolved into an ongoing electronics project. Jacob  has also learned  taxonomy (classification of living things), studied fossils, types of cells and viewed various cells through microscopes. Other topics investigated were macaque monkeys and how they bond in social groups, their social order (hierarchy), the Blue Nile and the highlands, gorges, surrounding cultures.  Grade: 3 (G)
Art: Jacob has really tried his best this quarter in art.  He has created a poem-inspired tissue-paper water color and drawings of favorite video game characters.  Grade:  2(S)
Music:  Jacob continues to practice guitar, piano and fiddle regularly in addition to singing weekly at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He has mastered “Spanish Theme” on guitar which has been posted to his homeschool website.  Grade: 2(S)
Physical Education: Jacob has participated in many physical activities including swimming at the XXXX, scootering and sledding.   Grade: 3(G)
Typing & Computer: Jacob is progressing slowly but surely at typing with proper hand positioning and appropriate speed and accuracy. His computer literacy skills are improving and he continues to demonstrate fluency in several programs and internet research to aid in completion of schoolwork, as well for the purpose of finding information for personal interests. He continues to improve his punctuation skills with the use of various typing programs. Again, Jacob’s abilities really shine in this area (computers and technology in general). He continues to love learning about  technology and displays constant interest in seeking knowledge via [supervised] internet.  Grade: 2(S)
Teacher Comments - 3rd Quarter
Jacob is progressing at a satisfactory level or above in all subject matter. He has completed the required 225  hours of instruction. He really enjoys computers, technology, science and playing violin.
Last quarter I was very concerned about Jacob’s inability to recall his upper times tables math facts. I searched the internetfor hours  to see if there was something tried and true to help them with this problem  and I found this remarkable program that literally taught my two youngest children their upper times tables in ONE HOUR OF TIME! This quarter our homeschool received significant help from the Times Tales: A Trigger Memory System by J. von Eggers & M.J. Flanagan  & Dena L. Wood.  This has caused a marked boost in Jacob’s self-confidence. Mastering these basic facts was so key for him to help relieve some of the stress of learning additional concepts that build upon that necessary foundation.
Our homeschool curriculum for the upcoming quarter will include the use and guidance of the Prairie Primer, as it has for this past quarter as well. 
Submitted on April 25, 2006 by Daniela