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Marmalade
04-21-2010, 01:58 PM
I couldn't find a better sub-forum to post this on so I put it here. I figure my main problem is because of the style we use so this is as good a place as any!

I've copied this over from another board that I posted it at so the part about "someone gave me a link" doesn't really apply here.

I wrote a couple of months ago that we were a laid-back eclectic borderline unschooling family...

At the beginning of the year I was putting everything they did into Homeschool Tracker weekly-page by page-date by date...but then we slipped into a more relaxed method where we try to follow ideals from the unschooling philosopy....

When I posted last someone gave me a link to a website that talked about Pennsylvania law and it is close to Florida law and somehow I missed that it wasn't exactly Florida law!

Florida: a log of educational activities made contemporaneously with the instruction and designating by title any reading materials used

Pennsylvania: a log, made contemporaneously with the instruction, which designates by title the reading materials used

So-I got this grand idea that I could make a summary of their work and then just have a log of reading material and activities and work books and the like...

But then today (after MONTHS of not logging daily) it dawned on me the little difference between FL and PA....PA asks for a log that goes along with the instruction...FL appears to ask for a log of educational activities.

THis is our first year-I've never had a portfolio evaluated...the internet-as vast as it is-is not helping me much!

What I need to know is...

Do I need to go back and try to find dates for their "Educational Activities" or will a detailed summary be enough? Could I say "January through February we focused on...." or "Between August and December we focused on This Workbook"

Because we don't sit down and do a Day Of School...we focus on them and learn from our environment as much as possible...but we still use workbooks and have focus in the three Rs...but..not daily.

I feel overwhelmed right now. I know I still have a few more months until my deadline but I don't like not knowing what I'm doing.

help help help. anything. help!

A little more info than the stuff above...

I know about Florida Unschoolers but I figured since this was our first year we'd all benefit from an evaluation so opted to go that route.

We are not completely unschooled. We've tried and I regret to say that it made me feel a little too overwhelmed...but I figure if I can get past this evaluation struggle then we can do better next year. The only subjects they do any book work on is math and language arts-and that's still pretty sporadic. We had an entire month go by without any workbooks being opened-maybe longer than that-and now they are working on a little a day...and even then just so Mom doesn't feel so strung out about logging things....

Topsy
04-21-2010, 02:04 PM
Just did a quick search and discovered there is actually a whole Yahoo group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FL_Homeschool_Evaluations/) dedicated to navigating the portfolio system in Florida. I'll bet if you joined, you could either get your questions answered, or find out enough by looking through their archived messages. Hope that helps a little...

Topsy

Marmalade
04-21-2010, 02:14 PM
You know what-I'm a member of that group already-how could I forget that?

I will definitely be posting that there-thanks for reminding me!

Snoopy
04-21-2010, 05:29 PM
Hey Topsy, thanks for this link. We use an umbrella school so we don't do the portfolio but as a group leader, it's good to know what other parents have to go through :) Good luck, Marmalade.

Firefly_Mom
04-22-2010, 03:08 AM
Maybe you could ask some other homeschoolers/unschoolers in your area if they'd let you see what their portfolios look like. I know that I'm such a visual person, I can learn a lot faster by seeing something, than trying to visualize it based on what someone tried to explain to me.

crazymama
05-01-2010, 04:24 PM
I never realized FL's laws were so much like ours here in PA. Interesting!