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Page 19 of 41 n Hudson Valley Parent 19 they get sent to the district. I usually follow a similar schedule to school report cards, but you can do whatev- er you want. Quarterly reports are kind of like report cards. You need to briefly describe what you taught that quarter and how well your child accom- plished those items. Final narrative or testing has to be done at the end of the school year. In New York state, you have to use standardized testing every other year between 4th and 8th grades. A narrative is basically a summary of everything you covered this year, how your child did, what is still left to be completed, what websites, books or other materials you used, and any trips or activities you partici- pated in that help achieve those goals Step 3: Figure out your school year Now, it's all up to you and your children what you are going to learn, how you are going to learn it and what your schedule will look like. Let the fun begin! Interested in building bridges? Do a lesson on that. Inter- ested in chemistry? Spend a month doing just that. Interested in writing poetry? Go for it. The possibilities are endless! Kelly Auriemmo is a homeschool mom and blogger who lives in Dutchess County. Online resources: • New York Home Educators' Network ( is a secular group that provides information on regulations, rules and local support groups. • Loving Education at Home ( is a Christian organiza- tion that provides information on New York state regulations. • Check out local Facebook or Yahoo groups, or ask at your local library to find groups of homes- choolers in your area. +93

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