Elementary HomeSchool

Philosophy

The elementary homeschool portion of Davis School for Independent Study is appropriate for children in the elementary grades (K-6). The elementary homeschool program provides a format for supporting a home-based, parent-guided educational process. The DSIS homeschool option involves parents taking a significant and active role in the instruction of their child while working with an independent study teacher. DSIS provides assistance with curriculum consistent with the district’s approved course of study and aligned with the state grade level expectations. The focus of the program is to ensure education according to each child’s individual strengths and needs. DSIS recognizes that parents understand the needs of their child and strive to provide an excellent educational program suited for their child. Families have access to district standard resources such as the library and computer lab.

The parents and the teacher actively monitor student progress. Instruction progresses at the pace agreed upon by the parent, teacher and the student; keeping individual capability and interest level a priority. The teacher, parent and student collaborate in various forms of performance-based evaluations.

To learn how to enroll in the DSIS elementary homeschool program email school counselor Marvie Paulson at mpaulson@djusd.net.
Elementary Homeschool Parent-Teacher Responsibilities
  • Meet with the DSIS teacher to create a learning plan for the student.
  • Provide home instruction for the student using appropriate resources as agreed upon through the written Master Agreement.
  • Provide student with regular supervised instruction and a variety of learning experiences which may include work assignments, field trips, projects, discussions and active observations.
  • Provide support and encouragement.
  • Record activities and assignments completed on the weekly assignment sheet.
  • Parents will bring representative samples of student work to share with DSIS teacher and for the student’s portfolio.
  • Attend regularly scheduled appointments with the DSIS teacher.
  • Provide feedback to the supervising teacher at the conclusion of each semester for the purpose of evaluating the student’s semester activities and assessing progress.
Elementary HomeSchool Student Responsibilities
  • Meet with the DSIS teacher and parent to help create an individual learning plan.
    Actively participate in work assignments, field trips, projects, discussions, observations and/or workshops.
  • With parent or guardian, meet with the DSIS teacher during scheduled appointments to share learning experiences and submit representative samples of completed schoolwork.
  • Complete the assigned work by the due date.
  • Be responsible for other tasks that may be required to fulfill the written agreement.
Elementary Workshops
Workshops are offered by DSIS teachers and, in some cases, by parents and other non-staff specialists. Examples of recent workshops include art, science, language arts, social studies, and computers. Most of the workshops are geared toward students in grades K-6; however, some workshops and classes (for credit) are available for students in grades 7-9.

Elementary Homeschool special events such as talent shows, potluck socials, recognition ceremonies, field trips, thanksgiving feast, apple pie day, craft day, and science fairs are planned throughout the year. These events are enjoyable ways of getting to know one another and to recognize the special talents of the children. Check the school website calendar for dates of events.

HomeSchool District Opportunities 
Students enrolled in the 4th through 6th grade may participate in the music program offered at the neighborhood school.
Yearly Events
We have many monthly traditions throughout the school year in the DSIS Elementary Homeschool program. Our hope is to build our community by getting together almost once a month. Due to busy teacher and home study schedules, we often plan these events in place of one of the workshop times. When we do need to "bump" a workshop time, we try to evenly distribute the disruptions in our normal weekly schedules.

Some of the yearly events at DSIS:

August/September - Welcome back to school Night

October - Pumpkin Patch Field Trip, Costume Parade

November - Apple Pie Day - each student makes a pie to take home and bake. School Wide Harvest Potluck Feast - Thursday before Thanksgiving

December - Craft Day - Thursday before Winter Break

February - Valentine Exchange and Talent Show

March - Open House & Science Fair - evening event

April - CAASPP - standardized testing. Dress up each day for testing.

June - End of Year Potluck Lunch - held in the courtyard outside of Room 1