Friday, May 09, 2014

 

2014! A Great Year for Homeschool Evaluations!

2014 should be another good year to do evaluations. I do them all year round, but of course my busiest time of year is in the spring and summer. If you are looking for an evaluator please give me a call or e mail me. I can give you an appointment time within a week if you need one quickly and I am able to mail you your completed evaluation forms by the next day. Please take a look at my “Welcome to My Blog” under Links on the left side of this page to read more about how I do evaluations. I am now making appointments for this  May, June and beyond. Hope to hear from you soon!

Kim Kisacky
941-753-9516
skisacky@gmail.com 

Friday, May 03, 2013

 

Welcome and FAQ


Welcome to my homeschool blog.






I homeschooled my 3 children for 13 years in Manatee County. I am also a State of Florida certified teacher who has done homeschool evaluations for 17 years. I try to make the evaluation process as stress free as possible. Many students and parents look forward to their evaluations each year because we try to make it fun. I try to answer any questions you might have about your child's progress and give suggestions for curriculum for the next year.

Please read "Frequently Asked Questions" for more evaluation information.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do evaluations take?

It takes about 1 hour per child. It depends on how many questions you may have to discuss about your child.



What should I bring?

Bring your child and their work from the year you need evaluated. It does not need to be in any sort of order. Most people put all their books and workbooks in a box and bring it all. You do not need to bring all the books your child has read for the year. If you would like your child to read for me then bring a book they are currently reading. If your child is in first or second grade I can give them a quick reading test that gives you an idea what their reading level is.



Can I bring younger children?

Many parents bring their toddlers with them. You know your toddlers and know how well they can entertain themselves for an hour. I have some toys that might keep them occupied, but it is up to you to decide.



How much does an evaluation cost?

$45.00 per child



Where are evaluations done?

Evaluations are done at my home, 3325 46 Terrace E. in Bradenton. If allergies to cats are a problem I can meet you at the Braden River Public library which is one mile from my house on S.R. 70.



Can you come to my home?

Yes, I can do your evaluations in your home for an extra $25 which covers my travel time and gas.



Do I need evaluation forms?

I have forms for Manatee and Sarasota counties. You can also download them from the school board website and print them off yourself. I have a link on my blog that tells where to find this information.


How long do I have to wait for my evaluation to be mailed to me?

I can usually mail your completed evaluation forms to you by the next day. I let you mail them in to your county or homeschool umbrella organization and keep one copy for your records.



My family has pet allergies.  Do you have pets?

Yes, we currently have two cats.  They are  friendly and stay out of the way of during evaluations. If you have a problem with allergies we can meet at the Braden River Library which is only two miles east of my home on SR 70 and easy to find.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

 

School Board Info / Links to print county forms

If you need to get in touch with the school boards of Manatee or Sarasota counties here is the contact info you will need. If you click on the links below you can print out evaluation, termination, or letter of intent forms too.


Manatee County School Board

Parent Information Center

234 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton 34206

(941) 708-8800 ext 1179

http://www.schools.manatee.k12.fl.us/6115RIKER/6115riker1/home_education_.html

Sarasota County School Board

Department of Research, Assessment and Evaluation

1960 Landings Boulevard

Sarasota, Florida 34231

(941) 927-9000 ext. 32250

Fax (941) 927-4021
http://www.sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/homeschool/default.aspx?id=3088

Click on "evaluations" to download and print the form.

Friday, June 27, 2008

 

Transcript Forms online

The following website can help you make up your own high school transcripts. It is part of the Covenant College website and it has been a free help available to homeschoolers for years. If you click about halfway down the page where it says "transcripts" you can type in your student's grades and other info and then print out an official looking transcript. I printed out a blank one for my son and hand wrote in the grades for 9th through 12th grade. When he finished high school I went back and typed in the grades for all 4 years and printed it out. Sure makes it easy!

http://www.covenant.edu/admissions/undergrad/home-schooled

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

 

Homeschooling Laws of Florida

If you have never read the homeschool laws of Florida it might be helpful to do so. I sometimes talk with parents who have been given the wrong information about homeschooling in Florida. We need to know what our rights and responsibilities as a homeschooler really are according to the law.

The 2007 Florida Statutes

Title XLVIII
K-20 EDUCATION CODE Chapter 1002
STUDENT AND PARENTAL RIGHTS AND EDUCATIONAL CHOICES View Entire Chapter

1002.41 Home education programs.--

(1) A "home education program" is defined in s. 1002.01. The parent is not required to hold a valid regular Florida teaching certificate.

(a) The parent shall notify the district school superintendent of the county in which the parent resides of her or his intent to establish and maintain a home education program. The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses, and birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program. The notice shall be filed in the district school superintendent's office within 30 days of the establishment of the home education program. A written notice of termination of the home education program shall be filed in the district school superintendent's office within 30 days after said termination.

(b) The parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio shall consist of the following:

1. A log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used.

2. Samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student.

The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for 2 years and shall be made available for inspection by the district school superintendent, or the district school superintendent's agent, upon 15 days' written notice. Nothing in this section shall require the district school superintendent to inspect the portfolio.

(c) The parent shall provide for an annual educational evaluation in which is documented the student's demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability. The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the district school superintendent's office in the county in which the student resides. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of one of the following:

1. A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the student's educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level;

2. The student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher;

3. The student shall take a state student assessment test used by the school district and administered by a certified teacher, at a location and under testing conditions approved by the school district;

4. The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of s. 490.003(7) or (8); or

5. The student shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by the district school superintendent of the district in which the student resides and the student's parent.

(2) The district school superintendent shall review and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the student in a home education program. If the student does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with her or his ability, the district school superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing, that such progress has not been achieved. The parent shall have 1 year from the date of receipt of the written notification to provide remedial instruction to the student. At the end of the 1-year probationary period, the student shall be reevaluated as specified in paragraph (1)(c). Continuation in a home education program shall be contingent upon the student demonstrating educational progress commensurate with her or his ability at the end of the probationary period.

(3) A home education program shall be excluded from meeting the requirements of a school day.

(4) Home education students may participate in interscholastic extracurricular student activities in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.15.

(5) Home education students may participate in the Bright Futures Scholarship Program in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1009.53-1009.539.

(6) Home education students may participate in dual enrollment programs in accordance with the provisions of ss. 1007.27(4) and 1007.271(10).

(7) Home education students are eligible for admission to community colleges in accordance with the provisions of s. 1007.263.

(8) Home education students are eligible for admission to state universities in accordance with the policies and guidelines of the Board of Governors.

(9) Home education program students may receive testing and evaluation services at diagnostic and resource centers, in accordance with the provisions of s. 1006.03.

History.--s. 106, ch. 2002-387; s. 82, ch. 2007-217.


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Thursday, May 24, 2007

 

The Home School Mom’s Alphabet

Here are the ABC's for hardworking homeschool moms. I got this from a homeschool mom with 10 kids, Virginia Knowles. in her spare time she writes books and a free homeschool newsletter. Her contact info is at the bottom.

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Accept, admire, affirm, and appreciate your family.
Boldly believe our big God for beautiful, bountiful blessings.
Calm courtesy communicates care and combats chaos.
Diligence and delegation dutifully do daily deeds.
Encourage by enthusiastic example.
Face, fix, forgive, and forget foolish faults.
Grace is given where grace is needed. Glory to God!
Have a happy, humorous, harmonious, hope-filled home school.
Include imagination, inspiration, and interesting information.
Juggle your jobs judiciously and joyfully.
Kiss your kids!
Listen, then lovingly lead.
Meet many marvelous mothers.
Notice new needs.
Overcome obnoxious offenses with optimism.
Pray, prioritize, plan & prepare for productivity & problem prevention.
Quick and quiet, not dawdling or riot.
Rules without relationships reap rebellion.
Serve sacrificially.
Take time to teach and train truthfulness and thankfulness.
Understand until united.
Virtuosity is victorious.
Wise words will win.
Xpect excellence.
Yackety yack, no talking back.
Zippety doo-dah, zippety ay, my oh my what a wonderful day!

** Copyright 2000 by Virginia Knowles
** Permission is given to forward or reprint for non-profit use, as long as you include the author's contact information: Virginia Knowles, author of Common Sense Excellence: Faith-Filled Home Education for Preschool to 5th Grade and The Real Life Home School Mom. Contact Virginia at www.TheHopeChest.net or homenews@juno.com.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

 

Note from a homeschool mom about evaluations

I have evaluated several hundred homeschool families in the last 8 years. Here is a nice note I received recently from a mom who came with her two children last year. She said I could share her message and her name on this blog.

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Hi, Kim,

You evaluated my daughters, Ginger and Robbi Howard last year and we had a wonderful, stress-free experience. I would love for you to evaluate them again this year, as we have taken many of your suggestions from last year. Their evaluations are not due until October, but I would like to schedule for sometime in late August or early September.

I look forward to meeting with you again.

Sincerely,

Gianna Howard

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