PLANT, Inc. Blog
Encouraging Parent Led Education
Reprinted with permission from CAPE-NM
Christian Association of Parent Educators - New Mexico
Dear CAPE Families,
We want to thank you for praying for this situation pertaining to the NM Homeschool Notification form. The CAPE Board has been diligently pursuing this issue, and we have felt your prayers.
Sadly, after working with HSLDA and sending letters, emails, and having phone calls and meetings, we feel that we are at an impasse with the NM Public Education Department (PED). After our meeting with them in February of this year, we were of the understanding that the PED simply wanted to make sure that parents understood New Mexico requirements for homeschooling and would NOT require anything more to be signed by the parents except the Notification form, which we are required by law to do each year. We worked up what we thought to be an agreed-upon form which would serve as an informational statement of what the law requires of homeschool families in New Mexico.
By Angelina Anastasio
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics program compiled of four different levels. It is for all ages, K-12th grade. FTC (First Tech Challenge) is the program that I am currently doing, it is for mid and high schoolers.
I started robotics when I was only 6. Just last year I chose to move on to the next level that required learning design processes, programming, building our own parts out of metal and plastic, and learning to use power tools. I wasn’t really interested in robotics when we started. I wanted to go to law school and become a lawyer, not an engineer. But my sister and I started a team anyway, with a few other friends of ours. No one had any idea what we were doing, except for my sister. We were all just doing our best and learning what we could. After a while I really started to enjoy it! I successfully learned how to build and design a part all on my own.
by Wes Koerner
by Mona Koerner
I often hear homeschool moms anxiously questioning whether their homeschool record keeping is adequate. The State of New Mexico requires homeschoolers to track the number of days of school and keep records of immunizations. I have a pile of yearly lesson planners where I have diligently recorded everything we did for 180 days each year. However, these records never inform my homeschool. In fact, I have never looked back on them (until now). It really doesn't help me to know that on October 29, 2013 we did: Daily Paragraph Editing, read 2 pages of Astronomy, wrote a paragraph on Harriet Tubman, practiced multiplication tables with playing cards, did pages 50,51 in Singapore 5A math curriculum, memorized AWANA scriptures, watched chapter 3 of Latin for Children DVD and had a violin lesson. While this may be what the state requires I submit to you that this is not the only kind of recordkeeping we should be doing. We didn't start home educating to please the state so we should develop recordkeeping systems that are consistent with why we are home educating: a desire to raise a kind, generous, thinking person.
by Brenda Conyne
My youngest daughter started homeschooling in 6th grade. We were totally clueless how to start or what to do. We wound up basing our entire curriculum on a recommendation for a math book.
We heard that the BJU Press math curriculum was wonderful, so we decided to do that. After reading the BJU Press catalog, we liked their philosophy for 2 other classes which made it cheaper just to buy the entire curriculum. We thought we would try that the first year and supplement if we did not like some of the classes.
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