We’re Baaack!!


Jones Park, Vestal , NY

The big move back to NY is complete. It was a long and arduous process. I am still not content with our home purchase and living situation, but we are here and I am thankful for that.

I am able to take care of my parents, at a sacrafice of my son T. The services in which he needs are nil in NY. We knew that going in, but at least here we have the opportunity to rebuild our community with our homeschool coop and church.
For the last 5 years, not having either community available has made life very challenging. I am happy to be able to rebuild relationships and reshape them as all our lives have shifted in one way or another since our absence.

I hate to NY paperwork crap we have to complete for homeschooling. Such a beauraucratic waste of time, but it is easy enough. T was homeschooling as a 9th grader doing approx. 6th grade level work in IA, but here I am more app to document him as 8th in hopeful persuits of closer to accurate learning ability. No matter what I teach from here on out, it won’t make much difference to his life. It is pretty much stagnant as far as acedemics. Now is the time to focus on Life Skills as much as I can. One can only hope he will be independant for even a small portion of his life in the future.

I am now able to care for and help my dearest friend(Jacqui) daughters, when they allow it, as well. I was fortunate to be able to move so close to them. I love them dearly and wish I had never moved away and missed a minute of their life and Jacquis.

I don’t have room to spread my office and art supplies anywhere in the new house so I feel very contained and trapped here with little outlet. So I am slowly getting aggitated and trying to find outlets that aren’t fighting about stupid things that have little to do with the actual issue at hand. 😛 I know, silly, but it still happens. I learned about SoulCollage and I love that. I had fun doing a Zentangle and enjoyed that too. I have joined a very large Fiber Arts Guild, Lamb to Loom that thankfully meets at my church, I am very much enjoying. I am missing more than my fair share of Photography Club meetings and haven’t entered a single image in the Competitions, but I really like the format. Winters are not an easy time to pull me out of the house and then add the stress of moving, I have hiberanted a little. Not a good thing for me, even as an introvert.

I was admitted in to the Lourdes Hospital for about week from severe stomach pain and vomitting. I am now the proud owner of a medicaid card and lots of holes in my arms. It was super stressful and its not quite over yet. I have lots of follow up appts and such to make sure other issues they found are taken care of before I get so old it will be much harder to recover from. Hernia! yay! Not!

Now I must figure out how to get S. a birthday gift, T. a birthday party planned, Ostara set up and celebrated, dogs spayed, my surgery scheduled, psych appts for T. set up, house furntiure purchasing, plumbing and electrical work scheduled and paid for, care for T. during my recovery, and school work and classes continued. I am falling behind on everything but mybrain fog is making things slip and am becoming very unreliable. My mess, I will clean it up.

Did I mention I have not had any time to network, so that means no business can be thrown my way. No one knows I exist as far as design work. Sad but true. I must find work, so I can become independant. I feel like a kid living under someone elses roof and not being able to care for myself and my child on my own. Pathetic.

I am happy to be so close in vicinity to B. now. He attends Ithaca College as a sophmore. He is a smart guy. I hope he succeeds in what ever path he chooses. Soon he will be home for a week and I have no room for him. That makes me very angry.

Back in NY! IHIP 8th Grade

Back in NY! IHIP 8th Grade

GRADE LEVEL: 8th DOB: ___________
SCHOOL YEAR: 2014-2015
ADDRESS: _________________________________ NY ________
DATE SUBMITTED: February 28th 2015
QUARTERLY REPORT WILL BE MAILED ON: remainder…April 30th 2015 and July 31

T will be using various methods/tools for 8th grade instruction in all the subjects specified in Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. T will utilize an eclectic mix of classical, unschool and child led methodologies to complete his academic goals. The corresponding topics may include and shall not be limited to:


* Maintaining skills in fundamental operations* Factoring and products* Sets and simple sentences* Numeration systems* Using fractions and decimals* Ratio, proportion, and percent* Equalities and inequalities* Simple formulas and equations* Graphing an equation* Powers and roots of rational numbers* Polynomials* Metric and nonmetric geometry* Pythagorean Theorem* Scale drawing* Righttriangle trigonometry* Customary and metric measurement* Permutations* Probability statistics* Statistical terms* Mathematics of insurance, banking, and taxes

*Utilizing “Key to…” workbooks, “Oak Meadow Math 7” curriculum, Mathaid.com, etc…


* Independent reading, * Literal, inferential, and evaluative reading skills, * Literary terms, * Novel, short story, narrative poetry, * Nonfiction, * Biographies of great Americans, * American poets and storytellers, * Creative dramatics, * Listening and speech activities, * Advanced dictionary work, * Extended vocabulary, * Figures of speech* Spelling* Infinitive, participle, gerund, predicate nominative, predicate adjective, direct and indirect object* Kinds of sentences and their parts* Functions of sentence elements* Writing simple business letters* Reportwriting skills* Improving skills in using basic reference sources* Inductive and deductive reasoning

*Utilizing “Oak Meadow English Literature 9” curriculum, “Super Sentences and Paragraphs” worksheets, practice workbooks, etc…

History and Geography

* Exploration and discovery* Growth and development of the United StatesColonial life* Struggle for independence* U. S. Constitution and Bill of RightsWestward movement in America* American Civil War* Reconstruction* U. S. as a world power * Meaning of democracy* WWI* WWII* Our American culture* U. S. political system* U.S. economic system* U. S. government* U. S. geography* Map and globe skills*
Current Affairs *NY State history has been previously covered

*Utilizing “American History” Coop class, “The Story of US” curriculum, newspapers, etc…


* Scientific method* Scientific nomenclature* Scientific measurement* Magnetism and electricity* Heat and light* Forces in liquids and gases* Wave, mechanical, electrical, and nuclear energy* Newton’s three laws of motion* Machines* The atom* Periodic table of elements* Compounds and mixtures* Chemical changes* Learning science concepts and vocabulary* Building inquiry, STEM, and 21st Century Skills* Incorporating math and writing in each science lesson

*Utilizing “ScienceFusion Module H, Matter and Force” curriculum, Wonderopolis.com, etc…


* Grooming* Functions of the body* The body’s utilization of food* Types and functions of foods* Environmental hazards* Community sanitation and health * Health care services* Sexually transmitted diseases* Accident prevention, safety, and first aid* Mental hygiene* Substance abuse* Social Skills* Coping Skills* Anger Management* Medication Management

*Utilizing “Social Skills for High Schoolers”, “Hidden Keys”, “Its’ Perfectly Normal”, etc…

Music/Visual Arts/Phys. Ed./Practical Arts

* Wide exposure to all forms of music* Indepth studies of composers and artists* Arts and crafts* Art technique* Free play indoors and outdoors* Practical arts* Library skills* Cooking* Banking* Budgeting* Running a household* Basic Life Skills* Swimming* LARPing


*”Introduction to Psychology” Coop class

Instruction tools/resources may include and shall not be limited to: reference materials (atlas, dictionaries, globe, maps, encyclopedias, nonfiction books, videos, the internet), workbooks, worksheets, handson activities, experiments, science lab, projects,
newspapers, magazines, frequent field trips, group activities, classic/contemporary literature, research, journal/narrative/essay/poetry writing, games, creative thinking, predicting/forecasting, gathering facts, music CDs, CD ROMs, piano keyboard, abundant art supplies (clay, paint, crayons, pencils, sketchpads, felt, chalk, charcoal, pastels, etc.), structured group classes, free play, conversations, and real life.

Student Attendance Record available upon request.

Instruction will consist of no less than 990 hours for the year.

Primary instruction to T will be provided by ___________ his mother. Supplemental instruction will be provided by others, as necessary. A narrative assessment will be provided with the fourth quarterly report.