End of Year Progress Report

As I’ve mentioned before, I chose to use Rebecca Rupp’s Home Learning Year by Year as our learning guideline. There are plenty of others out there – but this is the one that I had on hand, and it seemed a reasonable jump to make.

Keep in mind, this is to assuage the OCD, numbered list, fact-checking, obsessive side of me. The other half, that unschooling, swim upstream, running with scissors part doesn’t give a damn about this list. But both halves live inside me, I’m just trying to keep the peace.

I ‘hid’ the two middle columns. So you can see a clear jump between the start of the school year and the end. Not every part of the list is checked off as ‘X’ Knows It – and the dark horse of competition and ego will just have to get over that. This isn’t about me. It’s about Emily and what she is learning. And from what I can see…she’s learned a lot.

Legend: X=knows it, N=Nearly Mastered, L=Learning it, D=Doesn’t Know, U=Unknown
1-Sep-11 1-Jun-12 Notes
Language Arts Reading
Know the upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet, both in and out of sequence L X Occasionally tripped up by ‘b’ and ‘d’ and ‘p’ and ‘q’.
Know the letter sounds (by letter sound, and by sight of the letter) N X
Know that letters are linked together to form words and words into sentences X X
Be able to blend sequences and form words (bat, fat, mat, sat, etc) N X
Understand syllabication (single syllable, double, triple) – reinforce by one clap, two claps, et cetera. D X I marked this with an ‘X’ – but honestly, I do not see the point. I haven’t covered it with her and I don’t intend to.
Know simple words (ant, art, milk, frog, etc) L X
Recognize own name in print X X
Know age appropriate sight words (a, and, I, the, is, it, we and said) L N 27 out of 40 of the Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Word List
Reading Comprehension
Be able to order pictures in proper sequence for telling a story N X
List and respond to age-appropriate texts including fiction, nonfiction, myths, legends, fables, folktales and poetry X X
Know the definitions of title, author, and illustrator D X
Know the proper methods of holding and positioning writing materials N X
Be able to print all the letters of the alphabet, both upper and lowercase L N lower-case still causes her trouble
Be able to write simple words, including use of ‘invented’ spelling L X
Listening and Speaking Skills
Follow simple oral one and two-step directions X X
Invent and tell fantasy stories or recount stories about real-life happenings X X
Memorize and recite short poems and rhymes N X
Mathematics Patterns and Classification
Be able to group objects into sets X X
Identify and continue simple repeating patterns N X
Numbers and Number Theory
Be able to count from 1-31, also backwards from 10 to 1; by 2s to 10; and by 5s and 10s to 50 D N Some inconsistency with 2s, 5s and 10s
Be able to count the number of items in a set and write that number down L X
Identify ordinal positions from first to fifth (position in sequence) D X
Give a number, be able to identify one more or one less D X
Understand the concept of one half D X
Be able to add and subtract numbers from 1 to 10 D X
Know the meaning of + and – signs D X
Invent and solve simple story problems (6 large horses,  wizard turned two of the horses into mice, how many horses were left) U X
Make and interpret simple pictorial graphs (what kind of pets do you have? How many cats, etc) U X
Money and Measurement
Identify pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills; recognize dollar and cent signs D N Some intermittent difficulty
Experiment with measurements of length, weight and capacity L X
Know what a thermometer is and what it measures; be able to make simple hotter than/colder than comparisons U X
Compare lengths of time that it takes to complete various activities (eating breakfast, taking a bath) D N Still asks “Is 25 minutes a LONG time?”
Tell time to the hour L X
Know the days of the week in order; recognize names of the months of the year D N May have some confusion with Saturday and Sunday
Identify right and left hands; be able to use terms of position and orientation such as closed/open, over/under, in front/in back, above/below, and so on. X X
Recognize and identify basic 2-dimensional figures: square, rectangle, triangle and circle X X
History & Geography American History
American Indian culture (traditional lifestyles, religion, legends and Indian life today) D X
Early exploration and settlement (explorers of the Americas) D N Could use more reinforcement of names
The Revolutionary War (significance of 4th of July, people of the Revolutionary period) D L Will make a great unit study as 4th approaches!
Famous Americans (current president, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln & Teddy Roosevelt) D L Knows about 1/2 of them
National symbols (US flag symbols, Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem, Statue of Liberty, & White House) L N We have not memorized the Pledge of Allegiance
World History
Learn about families and family life in different times and places around the world D N Could use a little more review
Be familiar with the use of maps and globes (U.S., home state, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, & North and South poles). Should also know their own address and telephone number. D L Does not know her address or the oceans yet
Draw simple maps of known areas (bedrooms, rooms in their house, yards & neighborhoods) L N Her delay in art skills are making this hard.
Know names and locations of the seven continents of the world D L
Science Physical Science
Be able to sort objects into groups according to physical characteristics (light/heavy, float/sink, hot/cold) X X
Experiment with magnets (classify objects according to whether or not they are attracted by magnets) N X
Experiment with light and shadow (what causes shadow, identify objects by the shapes of their shadows) X X
Life Science
Be able to discuss differences between living and nonliving things (living requires food, water & air) N X
Become familiar with plants: beginning botany (what do plants need to grow, basic parts of plants, process of photosynthesis, difference between deciduous and evergreen) L X
Become familiar with animals: beginning zoology (basic needs of animals, different types of animal babies & need for parental care) L X
The human body: know the five senses and their associated body parts D N
Earth/Space Science
Be able to describe the basic composition of the earth (soil, rocks, water and air) X X
Know the names and features of the four seasons U X Although I still get questions about it
Be familiar with different types of weather (keep weather records, understand concept of temperature, use of thermometers, terms like rain, thunderstorms, snow and blizzards and the sun) X X
Foreign Language Simple words and phrases L X
Greetings and the names of the numbers from one to ten L X
The names of colors and other everyday expressions D N Working on colors still
Art Be able to name and describe colors, shapes, and lines and to identify these in works of art (also texture and pattern) X X
Observe and discuss famous works of art by a variety of artists from a range of historical periods D X
Experiment with a range of art techniques and media (drawing, painting, simple sculpture – fiber arts, collages, printmaking, mosaics, pottery and mobiles) L X
Music Be familiar with such basic elements of music as rhythm, melody and harmony D X
Listen and respond to a range of different musical selections, both classical and multicultural X X
Recognize instruments by sight and sound D  L
Health & P.E. Know the importance of exercise, cleanliness, good nutrition and sleep L X
Participate in age-appropriate athletic activities L X

Having this list of goals, and approaching it with as removed a manner as I can (remember, no ego!) I am pleased with her progress. Which brings up that decision of ours to go straight into 1st Grade. Still sticking with it…for now.

And with that in mind, here is the Goals for First Grade…

Legend: X=knows it, N=Nearly Mastered, L=Learning it, D=Doesn’t Know, U=Unknown
1-Jun-12 Notes
Language Arts Phonics, Decoding and Word Recognition
Kids should know the sounds of all the consonants and both long and short vowel sounds. They should also know the common digraphs – double-letter combinations that represent single sounds, such as th, ch, sh, qu, and why – and common consonant blends,such as bl and br, sp, st, and sw, and dr and tr. They should be familiar with these to substitute initial consonant sounds to create rhyming “word families,” such as dog, fog, log, hog, bog. D
Expand on ability to decode 1-syllable words. Kids should be able to “sound out” 1-syllable words, converting individual letters to phonemes and blending these into recognizable words. L
Be able to identify root words and to identify common inflectional endings: s, es, ed, er, est, and ing. Kids should be able to read not only the word look, for example, but looks, looked, and looking. D
Know age appropriate sight words (a, an, could, from, has, her, of, once, thank, the, then, walk, and were) D
Understand syllabication (single syllable, double, triple) – reinforce by one clap, two claps, et cetera. D
Reading Comprehension
Be able to read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. By the end of 1st grade, kids should be able to read aloud reasonably fluently, in a manner that approximates natural speech. D
Be able to answer who, what, when, where, and why questions – the “five Ws” – about material they have read. Give accurate oral accounts of fiction and nonfiction works that they have read themselves or heard read aloud. N
Know the literary terms plot, setting, characters, hero and heroine, and be able to identify all in their readings. D
Enjoy a wide range of literature read aloud, including fiction and nonfiction books, multicultural folktales and legends, fairy tales, fables and poems X Loves Shel Silverstein
Be able to define and use a books table of contents. D
Print all upper and lower case letters legibly, using proper spacing. L
Write words and sentences, using proper spacing, capitalization and punctuation. L
Be able to identify nouns, verbs, and adjectives. D
Be able to spell simple 3-4 letter words from dictation using phonics skills. Know spelling of first grade-level sight words. D
Be able to identify synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms. D
Listening and Speaking Skills
Listen to, restate, and follow two-step directions X
Be able to retell a story in proper sequence N
Participate in short dramatizations: charades, pantomimes, plays L
Memorize and recite short poems and rhymes L Does this with music lyrics right now
Study Skills
Know the uses of a dictionary, encyclopedia, and card catalog D
Be able to put words in alphabetical order according to first letter U
Mathematics Number Theory
Recognize and write the numbers 0 to 100 N
Be able to count to 100 by 2s, 5s, and 10s L
Use tallies for counting D
Identify ordinal positions from first through twelfth L
Compare and order numbers 0 to 100 using the terms greater than, lesser than, and equal to L
Understand place values for 1s, 10s, and 100s D
Identify halves, thirds, and fourths D
Make and interpret simple picture and bar graphs U
Experiment with the addition and subtraction of whole numbers through 20 using manipulatives and number lines L
Know the definitions of sum and difference and the names and use of the + (plus) and – (minus) signs. L
Know basic addition facts through 10 + 10 and corresponding basic subtraction facts. L
Understand the commutative property of addition: that is, numbers can be added in any order. U
Successfully solve simple equations and word problems horizontally and vertically. (i.e. 6+  =8  and 9-6=  ) U
Money and Measurement
Recognize pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters L
Be able to determine the value of a given set of coins up to 25 cents. D
Recognize dollar and cent signs; be able to use decimals in writing money amounts. L
Use calendars to identify days, weeks, and months. L
Be able to tell time to the hour and half hour on a standard clock. Understand the difference between a.m. and p.m. L
Be familiar with the uses of common measuring instruments, such as a scale (weight), ruler (length), and thermometer (temperature). L
Compare and order objects by length, weight, and volume using both standard and non standard measures. L
Identify and draw common two-dimensional shapes: circle, triangle, rectangle and square. X
Identify figures that have lines of symmetry U
Correctly use position words to describe location: right, left, above, below, inside, outside, in front, in back, over, under, and so on. X
History & Geography American History: General
Study and compare family life, past and present L
Study the lives and accomplishments of famous Americans: George Washington, Ben Franklin, Susan B. Anthony and more L
Know the people and events associated with famous national holidays. L
Know the meaning of democracy, the duties of the president of the U.S., and the importance of such national symbols as the flag, the Liberty Bell, the American eagle, and the Statue of Liberty. L
Be familiar with traditional American folktales, stories, and songs. N
Know about the many different professions that enable a community to function. L
American History: Chronological Survey
The arrival of the ancestors of the American Indians and the establishment of early civilizations. Kids should study the lifestyles, customs, and legends of representative American Indian tribes L
The Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations of Central and South America D
The arrival of Columbus in 1492; the Spanish conquistadors and early Spanish settlements. D
English colonization in the New World, including the stories of the “lost colony” of Roanoke, the settlement of Jamestown, the arrival of African slaves and the establishment of the first southern plantations, and the Pilgrims and Puritans in Massachusetts D
The American Revolution D
The early exploration of the American West, including the stories of Daniel Boone and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. D
World History
Compare and contrast everyday life in different cultures and times. D
Study prehistory to the beginnings of civilization. D
Survey ancient Egypt. D
Survey ancient Greece. D
Survey ancient Rome. D
Survey major world religions. D
Know the uses of maps and globes. L
Know the cardinal directions: north, east, south, and west. Let kids experiment with compasses. L
Be able to identify the world’s major oceans and continents, the equator, the northern and southern hemispheres, and the North and South Poles. L
First-graders should know their town or city, state, and country, and be able to locate the United States, Canada, and Mexico on a world map. L
Science Physical Science
Understand the basic premise of atomic theory: that is, all things are made of very small particles called atoms. L
Know the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. L
Investigate electricity and magnetism. L
Life Science
Know that different animals have different habitats. X
Understand the food chain. X
Know that plants, require soil, water, air, sunlight, and nutrients to grow. X
Survey animal taxonomy. N
Define and discuss extinction and endangered species. L
Understand the dangers of pollution and environmental destruction, and the benefits of conservation and recycling. L
Know that the human body is made up of several different physiological systems; understand the germ theory of disease. L Asked me today what snot is made up of.
Earth/Space Science
Study basic features of sun, moon, and stars. L
Know the names and characteristics of the planets. L
Understand the composition of the earth. L
Observe and identify weather changes, both daily and seasonal. L
Foreign Language Simple words and phrases L
Greetings and the names of the numbers from one to ten X
The names of colors and other everyday expressions L
Art Know the primary colors and how these are mixed to produce secondary colors. L
Be familiar with the elements of line, shape, texture, space, light and shadow. L
Be able to identify different kinds of pictures: portraits, still lifes, abstract art, and landscapes. D
Study the works of a selection of well-known artists. L
Experiment with a range of art techniques. L
Music Understand rhythm and melody, pitch (high/low), dynamics (loud/soft), tempo (fast/slow) and timbre (sound quality). D
Memorize and sing simple songs. X
Listen and respond to selections by famous composers. N
Know the four families of instruments in the orchestra: strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion. L
Health & P.E. Kids should understand the importance of good nutrition, adequate sleep, cleanliness, tooth care, and regular exercise. X
First-graders should be able to skip, run (without falling over), and throw and catch beanbags and balls. X
Participate in athletic indoor and outdoor activities. X

Very interesting. I’m already looking forward to introducing some of these exciting topics to Emily. Especially the famous Americans and history topics. Emily is becoming more and more willing to sit and be read non-fiction to. This is an improvement over the beginning of Kindergarten!

This willingness to sit still is due to an increased interest in people and historical events, which she asks me about on a regular basis.

“So, what was George Washington like?”

“I don’t know for sure, honey, he lived a long time ago.”

“Before you were a little girl?”

“A LONG time before I was a little girl.”


She always seems so disappointed that I did not meet any of them personally!

How about you? How are you approaching education goals for your kids? I’d love to hear your comments!

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