This is my 3rd year homeschooling but my first year with SCM. We are in Upstate NY, and I am curious how I should write my IHIP’s. Do I list the books we’ll cover by each topic? I want to give them what they need without too much detail (obviously!) I know this may seem silly, but I want to be sure to do it right without having them come back at me for more info. Up until now I have had no issues, but I was using a more formal curriculum which makes the IHIPs easier!
Any advice would be appreciated!
Thank you in advance!
Also, if you have any ideas to share regarding the Nature notebook – I’d love to hear them. Is it a plain lined spiral notebook or a sketch book or a binder…. Or my choice totally!!!
Well, with the forms I fill for the government (not NY), I am as general as possible…
For Nature Notebooks – entirely up to you. I think a sketchbook makes a good choice.
Hey Suzanne! We are in upstate New York as well. I’ve been homeschooling 4 years now and I always use this for my IHIP without any problems:
I just adjust it to fit what we are learning. That blog also has sample Annual reports, letter of intent and quarterly reports that I use as well. Just scroll down, and the links are on the right hand side.
Nature Notebooks, we use a lined marble notebook and it works fine. But I think that as the kids get older I would switch to a sketch book.
Where in upstate NY are you? We are in the finger lakes region.
Wow. What a great resource you have provided!
Your IHIP is a lot more detailed then I send my (non-NY) government….
Here is a sample for grade 2 of what I’ve sent (I do use the official forms)
Mathematics – Mathematics Enhancement Programme (CIMT) Level 1b
Language Arts – Reading Independantly and with me various classic books. Cursive Writing
Social Studies – World History – Roman 4AD to Renaissance. Canadian History – abt 1600-1713
Science – Reading about Birds and other subjects according to interest. Nature Study
Other – YMCA Swimming Lessons (Seal Level) Music – Suzuki Violin book 1 Foreign Language: German
My reports are similar.
This way, I can change specific books without worrying that the “homeschool police” might get me.
Again – that is what I put for my government and what is required by yours may be different – but I got advice a long time ago (and I believe it is HSLDA’s recommendation) to give as little info as possible. Acutally, I could probably put less under the “Other” category…
Thank you for the insights! Laura – I am off to check out your blog. Thank you for sharing! We are in the Capital Region, about 30 mins south of Albany. We are originally from Elmira. Where in the Finger Lakes are you?
Now off to the Blog!
NY can be a bit tough, depending on your school district. Ours is pretty easy. I don’t think they even look at the IHIP half the time to be honest. I felt this way gave me freedom to teach what I wanted to teach while being free to chose the books and resources I wanted to, without lying or giving false information.
Suzanne, I’m excited to find another CM’er so close. I’ll PM you.
NY is more time consuming than anything really. My distrcit has been fantastic up until now, and I just want to be sure I do the IHIP’s right with this new style of schooling.
Thanks again for the help!
We’re originally from Long Island, but now in Geneseo.
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