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Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Friday, January 21, 2011

WoW another week down…

Ok so we started the week off slowly & then had 2 days off for birthday & sickness. Then on we took it easy on Thursday & on Friday I finally managed to get Misha to finish a chunk of bookwork.

Needles to say, I find the boys play wrestling on the classroom floor whenever I leave the room, and yet they still managed to get their bookwork done.

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They both started their courses at Junior Engineering for Africa today. Misha’s doing Builder 1 & Jesse’s doing Mechanical Systems 3.

I’ve had a look at Jesse’s “Hands on Technology” manual & it seems that he’ll be doing a whole lot of hands-on learning that will benefit him for his Technology subject area. Their technology curriculum for Grades 4 – 9 has tree main content areas –

  • Structures
  • Processing & Systems
  • Control

– and the specialised LEGO kits engage pupils in activities that assist with the conceptualisation of most of these concepts.

They’ve also had their first guitar lesson this weekend. The Learn & Master Guitar curriculum is going to be an awesome asset to our schooling. Fortunately daddy plays guitar & can help, but the curriculum is simple enough for me to take charge when he’s not around. It comes with a Teacher’s Guide, Lesson Book, 10 Session DVDs, 10 Bonus Workshop DVDs, 5 Jam Along Session DVDs & 2 Teacher’s DVDs and at $99 through HomeSchool Mom subscription, it’s so much more affordable than private guitar lessons for 2 @ R190 a session.

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Misha’s had his first sleepover at an old school friend. Feedback from this mommy is that he’s a completely different child. More relaxed, confident & happy. She said he even speaks to her now, which he never used to before.

Well all in all, at least it seems we’re doing something right & bringing them home has been the best thing for them…