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18 Hudson Valley Parent ■ November 2014 hands-on learning." Figueroa turns every day experi- ences into opportunities to learn. "Even the most basic trip to the supermarket can spark conversation around farming, transportation, la- bor, economics, healthy food choices, unit prices, you name it," she says. "The dots are there and you just have to connect them! Questioning even the smallest decisions we make each day can be of such value for teaching our children." Getting started Step 1: Submit your letter of intent When you finally decide to homes- chool, whether it is over the summer, during the holiday break or over a weekend, you need to write a letter of intent to your school district. The letter simply states that you intend to homeschool your child for the school year. Step 2: Fill out the required paperwork Your school district is required by New York state law to acknowl- edge your letter of intent and send you the necessary paperwork. This includes writing an Individualized Home Instruction Plan, four quarter- ly reports and either a narrative or testing for the end of the year. Yes, I know it all sounds scary, but let's walk through it. An IHIP basically spells out what you will teach for the year. You can list different curriculums that you bought and the books that you will read, you can look at the New York State standards for the grade level and use that, or you can just simply put what you will be teaching. Part of the IHIP includes when you will be sending in your quarter- ly reports. You get to decide when '*-BWa[Ijh[[jD[mXkh]^"DO 845.446.4076 '*-BWa[Ijh[[jD[mXkh]^"DO 845.563.8000 Most insurances accepted, including Medicaid and Medicare. Top-rated, kid-friendly Medical Care for life's little "UH-OH" MOMENTS PEDIATRIC URGENT CARE CONVENIENT FOR YOU, KID-FRIENDLY FOR YOUR CHILDREN: ;nfh[iiH[]_ijhWj_ed A_Z#

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