Homeschoolers do standardized tests annually for their own records. They are not shared with the school district. Many homeschoolers use CAT or Peabody tests. They can be done online at any point through the year, and usually cost around $25 per student.
School districts have a homeschool liaison generally listed on the district website depending on which district you live in. They tend to be helpful and supportive.
School districts offer a reimbursement for non-religious homeschool supplies up to about $86 per student from kindergarten up. You just need to fill out a form through the district requesting the reimbursement (typically due Oct 1st), and then submit receipts by May.
Overall, homeschooling reporting in MN is very easy. There are no portfolios to turn in or required number of school days, etc. There are also so many wonderful resources right now to encourage parents- books, podcasts, online conferences, etc
You taught your children to talk, walk, eat, have manners…
Who better to teach them then someone who deeply cares?
Curriculum outlines the scope and sequence, but parents impart the love of learning, build character and curiosity. If you don’t know the material, learn together.
Affirming interaction helps student succeed.
Other families study the same material which motivates both students and parents.
Colleges seek home schooled students, because they tend to be academically advanced, engaged in education, self-governed leaders, focused and specializing in topics which interest them. High school students can take PSEO courses and complete up to 2 years of college while still in high school. These students don’t need entrance exams.
Schools use 7 hours a day because of wasted time. Children spend time waiting and distracted. Home school families generally spend 3-4 hours per day. Beside study time, learning happens in the car, at the store, everywhere and anytime they are receptive.
Students work on their assignments independently part of the time - not so distracted by other students! Then they have free time to enjoy family and other children!
Students should complete core classes either at home or a combination of Creative Academy and home. Electives can also be completed both at home and at the Academy. Education should happen at home with Creative Academy classes reinforcing, encouraging, and supporting families.
9:30 - Interactive chapel
10:00 - Class
11:00 - Class
12:00 - Lunch (bring your own)
12:30 - Class
1:30 - Class
2:30 - Class
Thursday has the same schedule but with different classes.
The Bible is part of every class to model how God is part of everything we do.
No, distance learning is considered an ineffective envrionment for children to learn. Screen time is detrimental to their development. Children need face to face interactions and opportunities to ask questions.
Most classes will have roughly 3 different ages together. This is an intentional design because student thrive in a community. Older students will step up to be a leader, like a big brother or sister helping other students. Younger children respect the older children and tend to try harder. When all children are the same age, the group tends to conform to being the same, like pounding down the nail that sticks out. We encourage the children to all do their best and support each other. This attitude of cooperation is often evident at home.
Parent Partners are an important part of Creative Academy! You can supervise lunch, assist in classes, organize field trips, greet at the Welcome Desk, set up, teardown, and lead small group discussions at Chapel or Worldview. Parents also make great instructors!