Curriculum/Assessment Tips

If you choose to enroll your child in the Vermont Home Study Program, you may complete your enrollment in several ways, depending on what works best with your homeschooling style. Many people are nervous that their enrollment may be rejected. It is important to realize that you are not sending in a request. You are sending in an enrollment notice. Your curriculum/assessment does not need anyone’s approval; it just needs to be complete. You need to make sure you include everything required by law.

The curriculum you send to the state only needs to cover the Minimum Course of Study required by law – even if you actually cover much more. Curriculums as short as one page have been acknowledged as complete. Just list topics you think you might cover in each of the six areas of the Minimum Course of Study. You can base your curriculum on your child’s current academic level, his/her interests, any packaged curriculum, and/or other materials you will be using. Depression Treatment program. Your curriculum does not need to coincide with that of your local public school, nor do you need to mention grade levels.

According to statute, assessments can be done in several ways. Most are self-explanatory, but questions sometimes arise regarding the parent assessment with portfolio method when children do not yet produce much written materials.

Curriculum/Assessment Tips

During the year, you may want to keep a diary listing all educational things your child did (saw, listened to, read, discussed, etc.) and have a box in which you put any items that you may want to put in the portfolio at the end of the year. Instead of a diary, you can also just add little reminder notes to the box. Keeping track is especially important when you do not use a packaged or otherwise pre-organized curriculum. The more “go with the flow” your homeschooling style is, the more important it is to keep track of what gets done.

When creating an assessment you can start with the curriculum you sent in and report briefly point by point how each topic was (or was not) covered. Your notes will come in handy at this point. When putting together the portfolio, you can get quite creative. Many activities you did with your child may have covered more than one topic. Besides pieces of work created by the child, there are many other things that can be included in the portfolio to show what the child has done during the school year in each of the six areas of study in the minimum course of study.

You can include photographs of your child’s artwork, of him/her playing sports or music, doing science experiments or chores, visiting museums, taking a nature walk, camping, gardening, taking care of animals, reading, story telling or singing around a camp fire, etc. You can include tickets for performances, museums, galleries, ski lifts; brochures from museums, field trips or camps; certificates of participation in camps, lessons, homeschool group activities. You can add anything supporting your progress report. Remember too that you only need 3-6 support items in each of the 6 subject areas of the minimum course of study and that many of the items will cover more than one subject area. (The statute does not require any particular number of items per category, but this seems to be the range acceptable to the Home Study Unit)

When reading the Home Study Statutes and paperwork from the Home Study Unit, enrolling may look overwhelming at first. It really is not that hard to create a good curriculum and your own progress report.

Example of complete curriculum for age 12:

  1. Basic Communication Skills:
  2. Citizenship, History and Government:
  3. Physical Education and Comprehensive Health Education:
  4. English, American, and other Literature:
  5. Natural Sciences:

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Care and feeding of pets, field trips, nature study and exploration, camping, recycling, environment, biology topics, basic chemistry, and physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism.)

6.  Fine Arts, Arts and Crafts:

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Drawing, crafts, museums, art appreciation, live performances, drama, dance, song, musicianship, and music appreciation.

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Alliance Francaise of Vermont, Classes and conversation groups for all levels. Call Burlington City Arts 865-7166 for a schedule of classes.

Art classes, at your home by artist/teacher P.R. Smith 879-2953. 15 years of experience teaching art to children ages 5-14. Artspace, Homeschoolers Art Classes and Summer Art Camps, Burlington, call Kate Hartley at 862-2898 for latest schedule. Instructors are experienced artists and teachers.

Beginning French, Beth Martell (Essex). Homeschool students ages 11-14. Beth is an enthusiastic, caring teacher with certification and 3 years experience. She has studied at the University of Nice, France and is currently home raising her children. 864-3024 leave a message.

Curriculum and resource consultant, Barbara Anne Komons-Montroll, 658-2478. Support for homeschooling a priority, assessments, certified teacher with strong belief that people have a variety of ways of learning and problem-solving.

Curriculum writer (802) 878-5673. Diane Miller will help people set up individual curriculums.
Essex Children’s Choir, Director, Constance J. Price. For registration information call 878-9733 or 863-8151. All singing children ages 8-16 are invited to join this very active, prestigious performing choir. They have recorded on A Prairie Home Christmas with Garrison Keillor and can be heard on Arabesque Recordings performing Brundibar, A Children’s Opera in two acts conducted by Robert De Cormier.


Individual/Family Counseling, DebShell, Attachment Style Parenting perspective, unschooler’s homeschooling guidance counseling, your home or hers, evenings or weekends, reasonable rates 524-9645.

LaFramboise, Laurel 685-3214. VT certified teacher, secretary for Vermonters for Educational Choice. Interested in providing statewide services to homeschoolers, in support of parental philosophies regarding curriculum and assessments. PO Box 243, Chelsea, VT 05038. Reasonable rates. 

Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, Nita Moccia 888-5052.Northern Lights Aviarist located in Hyde Park and Morrisville area. Ornithologist extraordinaire. 

Northeast Fiber Arts Center: Jennifer Hoag, Burlington 865-4981.

Piano lessons, all levels, Suzuki and traditional, children and adults, beginners welcome. Karen Bellis 860-1195. Karen has been teaching most of her adult life and belongs to the national and local piano teachers association.

Piano lessons, musicianship instruction, performance classes. Studio location: Colchester village. Camille Brubaker 879-0139.

Piano tuning and rebuilding, DavidBriars, Craftsbury, 586-9628, rebuilds, tunes and sells pianos- will assist homeschoolers who want to learn in a workshop setting.

Private voice and piano lessons, Doris Bante, Jericho 899-4221. All ages, beginners through intermediate. Also interested in teaching general music classes, small ensembles or specific courses. Reasonable rates.For online information please click on link

Science, Alan Wagener Classes for homeschoolers in progress. 860-1299

Spanish teacher, Call Ruth Murphy (Westford) 879-2708. Tutoring, individual, small groups, classes. All ages, parents welcome at no extra charge! Emphasis on the conversation.

Sundance Studio, If you can walk … you can dance! Dance classes for all ages by Annette Urbschat. She has been teaching Ballet and Creative dance since 1983. For her class schedule call 860-9927. 

The Martial Way: Introduces martial arts program to meet homeschoolers’ needs. David Quinlan, Colchester, 879-2554.

The Wood School, Tim Clark 864-4454. Homeschoolers classes, call for dates and times.

Tutor, Carl Engvall, 860-8482. Theatre, music, secondary science and math, assessments, certified.

Tutors, Kate and Julius Lieber, Calais, 456-1345. Biology / social studies/crafts.

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A Life Worth Living: Selected Letters of John Holt edited by Susannah Scheffer

A Sense Of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah Scheffer

A Survivor’s Guide to Home Schooling by Luanne Shackleford and Susan White

Alternatives in Education by Mark and Helen Hegener

Apprenticeship Plus by Inga Cannon (Education Plus+, PO Box 1591, Sterling, VA 20167)

Awakening Your Child’s Natural Genius by Thomas Armstrong

Bear’s Guide to College Degrees Non-Traditionally 

Better Than School by Nancy Wallace

But What If I Don’t Want to Go to College by Harlow B. Unger

Child’s Work: Taking Children’s Choices Seriously by Nancy Wallace

Christian Educator’s Curriculum Manual by Cathy Duffy

College Admissions: A Guide for Home Schoolers by Borg Hendrickson

College Degrees by Mail by John Bear

Deschooling our Lives by Matt Hern

Dumbing Down Our Kids by Charles J. Sykes 

Dumbing Us Down by John Gatto (public education) 

Educational Freedom for a Democratic Society edited by Ron Miller 

Everyone is Able: Exploding the Myth of Learning Disabilities edited by Susannah Scheffer

Family Matters by David Guterson

Freedom and Beyond by John Holt

Freedom Challenge: African American Homeschoolers edited by Grace Llewellyn

Going Home to School by Llewellen Davis 

Good Stuff: Learning Tools For All Ages by Rebecca Rupp

Hard Times in Paradise by David and Micki Colfax

Home Education and Constitutional Liberties by John Whitehead

Home Education: Rights and Reasons by John W. Whitehead & Alexis Irene Crow

Home School: Taking the First Step by Borg Hendrickson 

Home Schooling and the Law by Michael Farris (Christian) 

Home Schooling,The Right Choice by Christopher J. Klicka (Christian)

Home Schools: An Alternative by Cheryl Gorder

Home Spun Schools by Dr. Raymond Moore (Christian)

Homeschooling for Excellence by David and Micki Colfax

Homeschooling: A Parents Guide To Teaching Children by Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days by Nancy Lande 

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Honey for a Child’s Heart by
 Gladys Hunt (choosing reading material, Christian) 

How Children Fail by John Holt 

How Children Learn by John Holt 

How to Create Your Own Unit Studies by Valerie Bendt

I Learn Better By Teaching Myself by Agnes Leistico

In Their Own Way by Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

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Learning All The Time by John Holt

Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk by David Elkind

Never Too Late by John Holt

Not With My Child You Don’t: A Citizen’s Guide to Eradicating OBE and Restoring Education by Robert Holland

Outcome Based Education: The State’s Assault on Our Children’s Values by Peg Luksig and Pamela Hoffecker

Outcome Based Education: Understanding the Truth About Education Reform by Ron Sunseri

Read for Your Life by Gladys Hunt (choosing reading material, Christian)

Reading, Writing, And the Hickory Stick by Irwin A. Hyman

Real Lives by Grace Llewellyn

School Choice by David Harmer

Schooling At Home edited by Anne Pederson and Peggy O’Mara

Separating School & State by Sheldon Richman

Strategies for Struggling Learners – A Guide for the Teaching Parent by Joe P. Sutton and Connie J. Sutton 

Taking Charge Through Homeschooling byLarry and Susan Kaseman

Teach Your Own by John Holt

The Art of Education: Reclaiming Your Family, Community and Self by Linda Dobson

The Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling by Pat Farenga

The Complete Home Learning Source Book by Rebecca Rupp

The Exhausted School by John Taylor Gatto 

The Home School Manual by Ted Wade 

The Home School Reader from Home Education Press

The Home School Source Book by Donn Reed

The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson 

The Myth of the ADD Child by Thomas Armstrong Ph.D.

The Relaxed Home School by Mary Hood 

The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn(Get the latest (1998) edition)

The Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom by Mary Griffith

Why Johnny Can’t Read by John Holt

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