WELCOME TO THE SLMS HOME STUDY PROGRAM
The Rincon Valley Home Study Program is an active partnership between the school district and parents who choose to instruct their children at home. The responsibility for delivering daily instruction belongs to the parents; the school district provides direction, guidance, support and materials with a credentialed teacher developing lesson plans and monitoring progress. Each family is paired with a credentialed teacher and they meet regularly to review student work, prepare new assignments, answer questions, as well as support parents in any way that is needed. We are flexible for our meetings. If you are out of town or don't wish to come into the classroom due to health reasons, we can always do Zoom meetings as well. Open communication between the parent and teacher is instrumental as they work together to navigate the standards and provide a rich learning experience for the student.
In Rincon Valley's Home Study Program, skills and activities can be tailored to address a student’s special interests. Thus, home study students have the opportunity to engage in independent study projects that extend their knowledge and enhance learning in an individual and personally tailored way. This individualized instruction provided for students through home study follows guidelines established by the district to ensure grade-level skills and standards are met. Home study students take part in all district and state testing.
Our program provides a variety of curriculum options, per subject for you to choose from or we can use something that you have already selected. We have online options as well as traditional textbooks, project-based activities, and more. If you need flexibility in your schedule due to traveling, this is the program for you. We use field trips, vacations and travel to inspire learning and adjust our projects to incorporate these fun experiences. This flexibility in curriculum allows us to work together in creating an individualized educational experience for your child. Here are SOME of the curriculum options we offer, but we have many more resources, choices and are open to other ideas.
Novel Studies (wholistic approach with comprehension, grammar and writing)
All About Reading
Support: Readworks, Read Naturally, BOB books with activities, Explode the Code, Common Lit, Writing By Design, Spelling Workout and Daily Grammar
Key to Math- support/intervention (4th-8th)
Mystery Science (K-5th)
Project-Based Learning- STEM, labs and projects designed to meet standards
Life, Earth, Physical science textbooks (6th-8th)-projects and labs embedded
Scott Foresman (K-5th)
History Alive (6th-8th)
Project-Based Learning- history research and projects designed to cover grade-level content
Our Home Study community has an optional on-campus day, students of all ages are invited to attend on Wednesdays from 9:30-1:30 pm for enrichment and social activities. Our classroom is located at Binkley Elementary School, which makes it easy for our students to participate in various activities. Our time together includes academic instruction, STEM projects, music class, art, library, recess and lunch as social opportunities, and various activities that match a monthly theme. Our community also has monthly field trips, community get-togethers, and an optional monthly parents club. Families often have multiple students enrolled in our program and stay with us for many years. All of these extra enriching opportunities are designed to give your child access to fulfilling experience but they are all optional. Here is an example of a typical campus day:
Whole Group Activity (ex- drama, art, STEM challenge, Growth Mindset activities, etc)
Snack and Recess
Group A (students in grades Tk-2) and Group B (3rd-6th) are split so they do a specific project designed for their grade span.
Library (all grades) and Music Class (Tk-3rd)
Lunch and Recess
Whole Group Activity based on monthly theme (coding, computer skills, science, PE, Lego Robotics, etc).
Programs offered at school sites, such as music/band, art, computer lab, sports, science, library, and PE, are made available to home study students to join, if desired. Attendance at assemblies and special school events can also be arranged. This arrangement offers connection to peers, socialization opportunities, development of cooperative skills and participation in excellent programs.
When considering home study, parents must examine their time commitment, relationship with their child, and ability to provide the organized, daily routine necessary to establish a successful learning environment at home. Many parents find the experience intense, yet rewarding; giving them insight into teaching and their child’s learning. Assuming the dual role of parent and teacher is not always easy, but with this program you don't have to navigate this alone. We are here to support you in any way you need, so your homeschooling experience can be successful.
Often parents choose to enroll their child in home study for a short period of time and then return their child to the regular classroom. The decision to participate in home study needs to be made with a great deal of careful thought and with strong commitments from both student and parent. When the decision is made, the Rincon Valley District is committed to the success of home study endeavors.
All Rincon Valley students receive a quality education with a strong academic foundation through a challenging and tailored curriculum. Teachers provide on-going assessments to monitor each student's progress and help make adjustments to meet each student's needs. Home study provides yet another opportunity for meeting these goals as well as the needs of students and their families.
If you have any questions about the program, please call Courtney Graves, Home Study Coordinator, at 707-539-6060 ext.4394 or email@example.com.