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November 14, 2007 - January 31, 2008 Quarterly Report

2007-2008 School Year
D.O.B.: 09/XX/97
Age: 10
Grade: 5
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:  29 (absences due to illness)
The areas of math covered thus far have been:
word problems
number lines
fact families
prime factorization
prime numbers
times tables
two digit division, multiplication
money math
shopping/grocery store real-life math
Jacob has been reviewing all the aforementioned skills in an effort to get him comfortable with these basic mathematical concepts. Saxon math, State Standards CD rom, and online math games have been the main source of all things math.  Grade: 2 (S)
Reading:  Jacob is a very proficient and voracious reader, able to phonetically decode highschool and college-level vocabulary words.  He spent this quarter doing self-guided free reading of various online sources of literature, wikipedia, National Geographic magazines and assigned poetry and short stories. Grade: 4 (E)
Spelling: Because Jacob is such an excellent reader, his spelling is more than proficient. He succeeds at an above-grade level in spelling games, assignments and quizzes. Grade: 4 (E)
Writing, Grammar & Language Arts: Jacob's comprehension of reading assignments and his ability to detect grammatical errors is above grade level. He struggles with handwriting, but not with the throught process involved in creating personal essays or responding to questions based on assigned reading. He continues to practice his handwriting skills, mainly through modifications such as tracing to improve hand-eye coordination, and the use of dry erase markers on white board since he is so tactile defensive - especially regarding certain paper-textures such as the pages of paperback books (his books have to have glossy pages and even then that's pushing it). Many children in the autistic spectrum experience this issue, and Jacob is no exception. All in all, it's a minor speedbump, as Jacob is very intelligent and articulate and able to express his thoughts in a cohesive and logical manner that is appropriate, and in fact, beyond his grade level. Grade:  4 (G)
Health & Safety:  Unfortunately the children had a first-hand lesson in the misery of contracting scabies, which is a parasitic mite that burrows under the skin. This affliction lasted for over five weeks, during which time the children became personally acquainted with the healing and antibacterial properties of Melaleuca Tea Tree Oil, the soothing properties of Aveeno Oatmeal Baths, and how diligent one must be in cleaning and laundering in order to be cured of scabies.  The children researched the life cycle of this mite and watched an educational documentary on this topic.   Grade: 4 (E) 
History: Aztec Pyramid of Death, frequent discussion of this year's Democratic and Republican Presidential nominees, super-delegates, delegates, electoral voting, essential differences between the parties, the GOP, etc.  Grade: 3 (G)   
Science: Endangered Parks, Science Crafts and Experiments demonstrating air presssure, displacement of mass, changes in volume, episodes of Naked Science.  Grade: 3 (G)  
Art: Jacob has been tracing favorite drawings in order to help his eye-hand coordination and to help develop his artistic side. Art has always presented a challenge for Jacob, again because of his tactile-defensiveness ,but also because he is a more science-oriented child who needs  prompting to stay on task when it comes to art assignments. At times he goes through "phases" where he requires more incentives to willingly engage in an artistic activity. Grade: 2 (N)
Music: Jacob has been practicing piano. Grade: 2 (G)
Physical Education:  Jacob has gone for walks with his family and done resistance-type exercises on the Total Gym  Grade: 2 (G)
Typing & Computer:  Jacob is still working on proper technique, but despite not having the proper hand positioning mastered, he still types with decent speed and accuracy. Grade: 3 (S)
Teacher Comments - 2nd Quarter
Jacob is a sweetie pie that thankfully has a teacher who totally understands him, his limits and more  importantly, his potential. It was heartbreaking to see him suffering from scabies and he handled it like a champ. He (and all my children) are the center of my world and I absolutely love teaching them, watching them learn and seeing the expression in their faces when they finally grasp a concept that had been initially difficult to grasp. These past three years have presented some of the most difficult challenges for our family, but also some of the most beautiful moments that I as a mother have been able to experience, thanks to being able to homeschool my precious children. I want to thank the Albany City School District Pupil Personnel's office for all their support and encouragement throughout the past three years. It has meant the world to me.
Submitted 2008 by Daniela