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09-10-2015, 01:11 PM
For those that do keep records for either personal use or oversight, do you count non-obvious school activities? Like board games, video games, shopping trips? Also do you word those creatively? It's September again and this is when I usually start my log back up. I'm looking for some insight on how to fill up my log a bit more, especially for health. Because last year I was just doing Brainpop videos. Could I count a video game as "team building" or something if it has an online multiplayer? We had a lot going on over the summer and now I'm trying to ease back into things, but I still want to have enough when I go for the review.

09-10-2015, 01:52 PM
LOL at MMO as *teambuilding*.

For the official stuff, can you give them the minimum they ask for? Give DS a quick course in first aid or disaster prepardness and stretch it on the records to fill however much time you need to say that it is.

We work through the year so I dont mind stretching what i report to make their attendance forms happy.

I think our official school handbook is so ballsy as to suggest that *park days* can be logged as physical education / activity, or as science / nature study.

09-10-2015, 02:24 PM
For gaming: Creative writing? Working collaboratively to develop storylines

For health: Can you work that into your daily routine? The importance of self care. Choosing products at the store that are health related, or make your own.
Maybe ask for an extended visit with the dentist or doctor next time you go to talk with the dentist briefly about dental hygiene or taking care of your body.
Sign up for a CPR training
On a sick day watch videos about what makes us sick, YouTube remedies, try some out. Lol "Look here it says to take a steam shower!" Ha

09-10-2015, 04:47 PM
I think I am supposed to track hours, but I never do. I mean, I'm supposed to, but what happens if I don't? Nothing. We leave dd's dl school and move on. No real consequences for us here.

I do keep a general log of what we did each day. It calms me. I count absolutely every little thing and, yes, I'm 'creative' about it. Tub time = experimenting with displacement (of course). I also double-up or triple-up. Walk in the woods to collect lichens? PE, science, social studies (traditional seasonal harvesting practices), health (orienteering). I also carry summer activities forward into the fall for reporting purposes. Then, we can ease back into school in term 1.

09-10-2015, 05:21 PM
I keep records for my personal use and I count everything. Role-playing games included reading and problem-solving. If he is doing with others, that would be team-building/collaborative learning. Frequently card or board games usually include math. As far as I am concerned, just about everything counts in some way.

For health, here are some videos and websites that might give you some ideas:

Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources (http://www.discoveryeducation.com/search/page/-/-/-/-/index.cfm?Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nr=OR(OR(d_Index_Type:Pre-login),OR(d_Domain:www.fit4theclassroom.com))&Ntk=all-prelogin&Ne=4294967203&N=4294967285)


Underwriters Laboratories : Safety Smart (http://www.ulsafetysmart.com)

Elementary Lesson Plans (http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Educator/FortheClassroom/ElementaryLessonPlans/Elementary-Lesson-Plans_UCM_001258_Article.jsp)

Lesson Plans|Science Ambassador Workshop|CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/scienceambassador/lesson-plans/)


Lesson Plans, Teacher Guides and Online Resources for Educators | Learning and Teaching about the Environment | US EPA (http://www2.epa.gov/students/lesson-plans-teacher-guides-and-online-resources-educators)

Here are some lists that I have put together on my blog:

Choosing Our Own Adventures: Safety Lessons: Water (http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com/2014/09/safety-lessons-water.html)
Choosing Our Own Adventures: Safety Lessons: Fire (http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com/2014/09/safety-lessons-fire.html)
Choosing Our Own Adventures: Home: Healthy Eating (http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com/2014/09/home-healthy-eating.html)

09-10-2015, 08:11 PM
I just thought interacting with people online through the video games could also count as health, online safety discussion.

09-11-2015, 02:29 AM
The short answer to everything is yes. I won't outright lie...usually (I fudge writing a little bit on the shadier side of truth) but creative log keeping is what it's all about for us. MMOs as team building? Sure, if they organized and managed the team, add that too. Board games make the cut as well: critical thinking, money management, whatever the specific skills for the game is. He has one game that's all about plants, so botany/science; balancing game, physics. Heck, even Munchkin - a game devoted to cheating - has reading and observational skills. I'll probably get a little tighter on what qualifies for my personal log as he gets older, but for now pretty much everything counts as some kind of learning.