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February 1, 2008 - April 1, 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:  43
Math: Jacob has been using Saxon Math this past quarter and reviewing for his standardized test.  Grade: 2 (S)
Reading: Jacob has been reading selections from The Art of Loving Well: A Character Education Curriculum (Published by The School of Education Boston University) Grade: 4 (E)
Spelling: Jacob's spelling skills are excellent, as he is an avid reader, constantly reading well beyond what is assigned. His love of the written word no doubt helps him excel in this area. His vocabulary and comprehension skills are closer to that of an 8th grader than that of a 5th grader. Grade: 4(E)
Writing, Grammar & Language Arts: Jacob has tactile-defensiveness issues when it comes to touching paper, and therefore the act of writing. Via dictation he can expound very intelligently on any topic he is assigned. He is very eloquent, articulate and his grammar skills are beyond grade level. Grade: 4 (E) 
Health & Safety: Healthy habits for dental care, cleanliness, and emotional well-being were reviewed. Also covered was the reality of sexually transmitted diseases and the advantages (spiritually and physically) of remaining chaste and abstaining until marriage.  Grade: 4(E)
History: This is what I love about Jacob: generally speaking, I don't have to "water" things down for him in most areas of our homeschool, and History is no exception. He can keep up with the "big kids" in any political discussion. I love it! We have been following the presidential race and discussing related topics. We began using Barron's Review Course Series "Let's Review" U.S. History and Government this quarter. Grade: 3(G) 
Science:  This past quarter Jacob has begun the Barron's Review Course Series "Let's Review" Chemistry:The Physical Setting, Biology: The Living Environment, and Physics: The Physical Setting ...Jacob LOVES Chemistry and anything SCIENCE-RELATED. He will read for hours about fractals of light or the time-space continuum! Grade: 3(G)
Art: Jacob hates drawing. There's no question about it. It is a fight and a struggle to get him to scribble with a crayon. I have turned to online games featuring things of an artistic nature to perhaps engage his interest and it only does so on a minimal basis. This is an area where his lack of interest seems to have a direct correlation to his ability. His fine motor skills (as well as in the physical act of writing too) and his tactile defensiveness to paper makes this process of improving his artistic ability very difficult.  Grade: N (1)
Music: Jacob continues to practice piano - beginner level course. Grade: 2 (S)
Physical Education: Jacob is getting more active with the help of some video games that feature physical activity. He has been exercising on the Total Gym and going for walks with his family. Grade: 2 (S)
Typing & Computer: Jacob's typing is accurate and fast for his grade level, however he needs to improve his technique, as I'd like to see him rely more on the "home base" position for fingers and refrain from bad typing habits.  Grade:  3 (S)
Teacher Comments - 3rd Quarter
Jacob is a sweet boy with a mild disposition who excels in science and computer skills. The purchase of special video games are helping him get more active, which is necessary as he chooses to remain somewhat sedentary at times when he could be joining other children at play. This is a typical character trait of a child with Aspberger's, yet he exhibits none of the negative behavioral issues commonly found among such children. He is a very intelligent child who loves to learn and is never intimidated by any particular subject. He welcomes a challenge and, like a sponge, loves to soak it up. He is in need of a special bike that children with special needs ride, since he cannot ride a two wheeler. Once he gets that bike, I have a feeling he will be wanting to join the other children outside more often, as he will "fit in" better.
Submitted 2008 by Daniela