- February 16 - Research topic due, start research
February 23 - Last day to change topic
All of March - Research and writing
April 5 - First draft of paper due
April 25 - Second draft of paper due
May 9 - Final draft of paper due
May 16 - Display board due
May 19 - Open House and presentation of research to the public
Leah quickly assigned herself the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election as her topic. She's already keeping an envelope of newspaper clippings from the Wall Street Journal about the election candidates. Natalie is doing our family's Genealogy and famous people to whom she is related. I was already doing to have her research this topic as part of Human Physiology / Genetics and the Reproductive System. Becca picked the Native Peoples of Southern Illinois. Becca has to do an electronic presentation as well as her backboard but I'm not having the homeschooled girls do that. I think adding a Powerpoint presentation to play in front of your backboard during the Open House is just redundant.
Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom: How to Reach and Teach All Learners(one of the BEST books on multiple intelligences as well as concrete help for thorough planning and assessment) has a list of the traits which separate an high-performing child from a gifted child. When I find it I will post it here; it's very thought-provoking. Leah, by assigning herself independent work, is falling more in the gifted category.
Natalie, on the other hand, is high performing but she only performs when there's a reward. She does best with grades. :-(
I can't stress enough how hard this has been for me to adapt to... but I finally decided that she needed some accountability for her homework. She wouldn't get her schoolwork done in a timely fashion so I'd move it to homework and then she still wouldn't get it done and I just didn't know what to do. But I found on TpT this homework self-assessment sheet for kids to do: Homework Scorecards. Natalie doesn't grade her work, just scores herself on if she does it and how much work she completes. Last night she did nothing so that's a D. She just didn't do her work at all. Each night the child scores themselves and then at the end of the week they circle the letter that summarizes the week. Homework in middle school is not incompatible with Waldorf at all... especially math practice.