Thursday, October 31, 2013

My little ones

We worked hard on the costumes this year.  Nate was supposed to be Spiderman but like 3 years old like to do he refused to put on his costume.  No worries, I know that he will get plenty of wear with his outfit just not tonight. 

So Nate wore his Tiger shirt from last year.  I decorated his face and he proudly named himself the “Honey Badger”.  Who was I to argue with him. 

Mickey’s favorite show is “My Little Ponies”.  This fall they came out with Equestria girls where the ponies turned into her girls in another world.  So Mickey and I created her Princess Twilight Sparkle.  We even painted her hair purple.  I love that she took on her character and enjoyed every minute of her dress up game. 

fall festival collage1

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Homeschooling in New Mexico

Living in New Mexico means that I have done some research about the laws that I must follow being a homeschooling family.  I thought it would nice to share with those of you that are reading here that are from New Mexico. 

New Mexico is a state that has a lot of freedom for homeschooling families. The state is not that big or high in population but we still have some incredible resources.

Homeschool Laws in New Mexico

According to the N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2(E) parents are required to do the following

1. Notify the state superintendent of their intent to operate a home school within thirty days of the establishment of the home school and by April 1 of each subsequent year. The April 1 notice must identify the school district.

a. You can do this by online by going to this link http://164.64.166.19/homeschools/HmSchapp.asp

2. Record Keeping

a. Keep in your own files a record of attendance but you do not have to file this with the state superintendent.

b. Maintain a record of your child’s immunization records.

c. Proof that the child’s teacher has a high school diploma or equivalent.

3. Teacher Qualifications

a. Home school is operated by parent of legal guardian of a school age child.

b. Teacher has a high school diploma or equivalent.

4. School attendance

a. Is required for children between 5-17 years of age.

b. A child must attend home school for 180 days the same length of time for traditional public school. However, it is not required that the homeschool follow the calendar of the public school.

5. Subjects that must be taught

a. Reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science.

b. There is no requirement to submit lesson plans, academic records, or what your child is learning.

6. Testing

a. As of July 1, 2001 students are no longer required to submit to achievement tests. Your child does not have to submit to standardized testing or submit those scores to the government.

The information found on this page does not substitute for legal advice.  This is just what I have found as I have done my research.  For more information you can look at HSLDA

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Park and Parade Day

On Saturday was Mickey was in a parade with her dance class.  She had a blast.  Nate had a blast playing on the playground and watching the parade.  It was a good day although it was really busy.

_MG_4957

He was having a blast climbing.

_MG_4986

This time he is not only climbing but growling like a dinosaur.  There was an older boy about 12 years old there that was fascinated about Nate’s sounds.  He kept saying that was amazing!

_MG_4962

Being adventurous going down the slide.

_MG_4971

Just running and having fun.

_MG_4964

A little hanging thrown in for good measure.

_MG_4972

I just love his smile and pure enjoyment of the moment.

_MG_5012

Waiting with Daddy for the parade

_MG_5017

Where is “Sister?”

_MG_5142

There she is!

close up

The moment when she sees us!  Love her face!!

_MG_5145

Mickey did a lot of this during her ride in the parade.