Originally Posted by Galatea
Second is, I am in PA, and have to report as I already sent him to PS. How do people report if they are doing this form of HS?
You sent him to 1st grade? If it was just K (guessing not by the date in your siggy), you don't have to report until he is 8 at the beginning of the school year. But a student that starts 1st grade and withdraws has to start reporting immediately.
You'll want to check out Pauline's website. She's a homeschooling mother in PA with gifted kids and has a website with everything you need to know to comply with the law, including samples of objectives and affidavits you can download. http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/index.html
Anyway, unschooling has been no problem at all for me. I sent in a vaguely worded objective (keep in mind, there is no law that you have to achieve your objectives). I looked at one of the list of objectives Pauline has on her site and tweaked it suit us. So I sent that and the affidavit when I began homeschooling.
During the year, I set aside or made copies of a few things that ds did. He liked to make up stories to go with a computer game that has a map editor. He'd design the map and then dictate (and I would type) the scenario. I copied and saved those. The first ones he did were pretty simple and they evolved to include dialogue and became longer and more complex. In the portfolio, I included one of the earlier ones and one of the later ones which showed "progress." I took photos of him doing some science projects (him with his built hydraulic machines), mounted them on a piece of paper and labeled them. That was another thing for the portfolio. Most people include a couple things for each main subject (you don't need proof of everything). It's advisable to have something from the beginning of the year and the end to show progress.
For the third grade test, we ordered a CAT and ds did it at home over the course of several days. It's a timed test but you can stop for however long in between sections. And the allotted time was plenty for my ds. The homeschool supervisor and the parents/guardians are not supposed to administer it but anyone else can (grandparent, another homeschooling parent, a babysitter, etc). The CAT is a pretty basic fill in the bubble multiple choice test. Then, you send the test in and the company sends you the score which you submit to the school district at the end of the year.
We found ourselves a nice evaluator, sent her the portfolio and test scores. She "interviewed" ds (a couple open ended questions, no big deal) and sent us a letter stating an appropriate education was taking place. We sent that and the test scores to the SD. My particular SD does not want us to send them the portfolio but most do. So only my evaluator sees it.
I'm probably forgetting something but it is much easier than it seems. Oh, I forgot the booklist and "attendance" which was just a grid of 180 boxes with checkmarks. Those got sent to the evaluator and the SD, as well.