Individualized Home Instruction Plan for Annalise Sedona Burton, Grade 1, (DOB 7/8/04)
Annalise is a fiercely independent, voracious, and far-ranging learner who thrives on interacting with engaged others. In order to best support her learning, we choose to continue to facilitate her learning through her areas of interest while offering new experiences and ideas, as we have done successfully throughout her life.
Annalise will be meeting the compulsory educational requirements of New York State, as detailed in the Commissioner's Regulations, Section 100.10, for the 2010-2011 school year.
English Language Arts (ELA):
Objectives: To continue to support Annalise's intense fascination with communicating fluently in her native tongue.
Reading - We will continue reading aloud to Annalise, from a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, as she chooses. She will continue to have free access to the written word in many forms, and the support of the three fluent readers in her home to answer her many, many questions. Letter and word play will continue to be supported.
Writing - Annalise writes independently and often, sometimes with invented spelling and/or with punctuation, using a wide variety of media. We will continue to facilitate her determination to communicate via the written word, and answer her questions as needed, as well as providing a wide range of opportunities to copy, write, dictate, and type.
Spelling - Annalise enjoys exploring spelling orally and through writing, and we will continue to assist her in her efforts to spell words that are relevant to her.
English Language - Annalise has always been fascinated by words. Her vocabulary is extensive in depth and breadth, and we will continue, as best we can, to feed her insatiable hunger for more words and more complex ways of stringing them together!
Library Skills - Annalise is a lifelong lover of libraries. She understands that books are kept in specific areas (children's, fiction, nonfiction, reference, periodical), and that she may ask a librarian for assistance as needed. We will continue to support her in maintaining her comfort level as she grows.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Free access to home and assorted public libraries; live and recorded plays and performances; reference materials; computer with Internet access; games, programs, and television programming; interaction with older brother; discussion and wordplay; assorted media for writing and typing; parent facilitation.
Objective: To facilitate Annalise's growing interest in manipulating numbers through addition, subtraction, and multiplication; using fractions and percentages; exploring the concepts of large numbers, place value, and infinity; sorting and counting change; patterns; and two-and-three dimensional building, while continuing to offer exposure to other mathematical skills, such as telling time; reading calendars; number lines; budgeting and purchasing; sorting into sets and subsets, and other skills as her needs and interests suggest.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Computer with Internet access; games; money; manipulatives; educational programming; clocks, calendars, and charts; real-life applications; free access to home and public libraries; calculator; parent facilitators.
Objective: To continue to support and facilitate Annalise's interest in anatomy; prehistoric fauna; modern flora and fauna; evolution, animal behavior; and ecosystems. To help her as she deepens and broadens her understanding of scientific method; elements and compounds; weather systems and natural disasters; geology; and natural forces such as gravity and magnetism.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Museums, events, and exhibits; computer with Internet access; frequent access to pets, other domesticated animals, and wildlife; various natural surroundings; models and specimens; free access to home and public libraries; games and programming; access to assorted technological devices and components for building/inventing; tools, materials, time, and space for free experimentation; discussion and observation; parent facilitators.
Geography - Annalise is intensely interested in where things are; in climates and ecosystems throughout the world; and in maps, atlases, globes, and compasses. We will continue to facilitate and offer ample opportunities to further develop this passion, while discussing how the geography of a region affects the history and culture of its people.
New York/United States/World History - We will continue to facilitate Annalise's interest in and understanding of the history of New York, America and the world. We will continue to model tolerance, citizenship, and patriotism based upon critical thought; understanding of our government; and our nation's guiding principles regarding fairness to all its people, rather than upon unexamined rhetoric and ritual.
Safety (Traffic and Bicycle Safety and Regulations, Fire Safety, Fire and Arson Prevention; and Other Safety Issues as Needed) - As her parents, Annalise has looked to us throughout her life for information on how to be safe. These topics have always been incorporated seamlessly into our lives, as circumstances warrant. As previously noted, Annalise enjoys learning and thinking about safety practices. Therefore, we will continue to apply safety principles in our daily lives (using booster seats, seat belts, and safe car behavior when traveling; knowing the appropriate side of the street for biking or walking, signaling, attending to signs, crossing a variety of streets from rural to urban, and proper bicycle safety gear; practice of our home emergency exit plan; visits to local emergency service open houses, exhibits, displays, or presentations; discussions on types of fire and how to respond to each; what to do in a wide variety of emergency situations such as wild animal encounters, water safety, car in water, attack or inappropriate advances by an adult or other child; knife and blade safety; gun safety; safe dog etiquette; being lost; safe climbing practices; wilderness awareness; first aid; calling 911; etc.).
We will discuss arson and its possible effects, and what to do if she sees someone set an unsafe fire. We will also discuss accidental fires, how to prevent an unintended fire, and proper supervision of a safe, intentional fire. Annalise loves to scoop the ashes from our woodstove, and is learning how to safely dispose of them.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: museums, exhibits, events, and activities; local emergency service providers; woodstove; opportunities to travel various roads and trails by car, bike, or on foot; free access to home and public libraries; computer with Internet access; current events; historic sites; games and programming; discussion; parent facilitators.
Visual and Performing Arts:
Objectives: We will continue to support Annalise's deep passion for creating and performing by offering a variety of opportunities to experience visual and performing arts in many live and recorded forms. As always, there will be ample materials available, and time enough for a great deal of independent creation.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Computer with Internet access; games and programming; visits to galleries, exhibits, and live performances: exploration of environmental art; ample materials and free time for artistic exploration in a wide range of styles and media; free access to home and public libraries; materials for building and dramatic play; parent facilitators.
Objectives: Annalise has always been fascinated and enthralled by music. We will support her ongoing discovery of music and the mathematical patterns it is made of through ample exposure to music of many varieties, in live, written, and recorded form; access to playlists, instruments, and materials for invented instruments.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Live and recorded performances; access to sheet music and instruments; television and radio programming; computer with internet access; free access to home and public libraries, including music; materials for invented instruments; discussion; parent facilitators.
Foreign Language Arts (FLA):
Objectives: Annalise has had a lifelong passion for languages, including American Sign Language, Braille, French, and Spanish. We will therefore continue to offer her ample opportunity to enjoy the written and spoken forms of various languages through performances, programming, music, and an environment rich in people of many cultures.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Computer with Internet access; free access to home and public libraries; exposure to written and spoken languages via programming, games, and environmental sources; discussion; subtitles and dictionaries; parent facilitators.
Objectives: Annalise has always had a very balanced approach to her health. We will continue to support this through providing a wide array of food and drink choices; discussion of safety concerns and alcohol, drug, and tobacco abuse; support in maintaining her natural sleep/wake cycles; and offering many opportunities for directed and free physical play.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Free access to home and public libraries; computer with Internet access; discussion; games and programming; indoor and outdoor play spaces; YMCA membership; nutritional labels; environmental sources; parent facilitators.
Objectives: We will continue to support Annalise's instinct for challenging herself physically with ample opportunities for group, team, and individual sports and play, both purposeful and free. We will continue to indulge in such favorites as swimming, hiking, swinging, climbing, balancing, dancing, and biking, as well as exploring new physical activities.
Resources may include, but are by no means limited to: Indoor and outdoor play spaces; programming; excursions into nature; activities and events; group and individual exercise and play; discussion; programming and games; materials for building; parent facilitators.
Instructors: Annalise's education will be facilitated by her parents, Shannon and James Burton, unless otherwise stated. Occasional Parelli Natural Horsemanship lessons may be facilitated by Kresney Neilsen, Certified Parelli Instructor. Mentoring provided by Jeremiah Burton, age 9, as is desired and beneficial to both children.
Quarterly Reports: Please note that Section 100.1, Paragraph g, states: "Quarterly reports. On or before the dates specified by the parents (my italics) in the IHIP, a quarterly report for each child shall be furnished by the parent to the school district."
The dates listed on the paperwork you provided (11/5/10; 1/21/11; 4/1/11; and 6/10/11) are not evenly and logically spaced for our family, because our "school year" lasts year-round.
I have chosen instead a schedule in keeping with our family's particular needs:
First Quarter: August 1, 2010 - October 31, 2010.
Quarterly Report Due: November 15, 2010
Second Quarter: November 1, 2010 - January 31, 2011.
Quarterly Report Due: February 15, 2011.
Third Quarter: February 1, 2011 - April 30, 2011.
Quarterly Report Due: May 15, 2011.
Fourth Quarter: May 1, 2011 - July 31, 2011.
Quarterly Report Due: August 15, 2011.