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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yay, it’s finally holiday

WoW!!! I never realised that Homeschooling would have such an impact on our lives & can hardly believe how it’s changed our family in such a short period of time.
Misha’s been homeschooling for 6 months now & I am proud to report that he’s made major progress since August last year. He scores above 80% on most of his worksheets, although seems to hate these with a passion. We are therefore looking into the options of a more interactive curriculum in order to address his learning styles. Thanks to technology, there’s some awesome material available to make learning more enjoyable.
Tannie Hettie reckons in a month or so he won’t be needing her assistance with remedial anymore either. To date I do not know what we would have done without Tannie Hettie… her assistance the past few years have been invaluable.
Of course, SmartTutor also played a huge roll in his performance because it addressed the topics in his learning styles in a way no classroom could. It also made learning more fun than the mundane worksheets. Let the results speak for themselves…
SmartTutor Maths Progress Report
Of course the improvement in reading & comprehension is most remarkable as his report below shows…
SmartTutor Reading Progress Report
Who would have thought that he would achieve this all in just 6 months? He’s starting to enjoy reading much more too & has started to read a little more on his own. At least, it seems we’ve managed to get rid of his hatred for reading.
As for Jesse, in spite of of finding his schoolwork very “boring” and his books being aimed more at a classroom environment than for homeschooling, he still averaged above 70% this term. I can just imagine what difference a proper homeschool orientated curriculum will make to his results. My guess is that he’ll be able to achieve A and A+ if his curriculum is more self-study friendly.
It seems Le-Amen turned out to just provide “regular school at home”. They have quite a heavy schedule in many instances it’s even worse than private school. Their primary school curriculum consists of loads & loads of worksheets. I have marking them coming out my ears & Misha hates them with a passion. For high school they expect far too many tests on top of the exams they provide, but those I need to set up myself. To top that, the high school text books are aimed at a classroom environment, with every other task being group work. The teacher’s manuals are aimed at qualified teachers & not sufficient to assist a parent with little or no subject knowledge to assist the student. All that stress in order to obtain an “official school report” at the end of the year is just not worth it.
Watch this space, we’re planning some major changes in order to address their “likes” and learning styles.
Firstly, we’ll be replacing their core curriculum with Switched on Schoolhouse from Alpha Omega Publishing, a comprehensive Bible-based curriculum that offers computer-based learning for grades 3-12. It includes a PC textbook with animation, video clips, and other fascinating multimedia to enhance their learning. Best of all is that 85% of the quizzes, tests & exams are automatically graded, thus reducing my workload in marking books. Student learning can be customised to fit individual education needs.
Jesse prefers the text books for Math, so we’ll be switching over to Teaching Textbooks. It’s a regular Textbook / Workbook curriculum, but includes teaching DVDs for all the lessons & solutions, so if he doesn’t understand a particular concept he can watch the teaching DVD to help him. For the grades 3 to 7 it includes PC-based exercises, that are are automatically graded, which of course will be perfect for Misha.
Misha has taken to “Lapbooking” and we’ll be bringing a lot of those in for him to exercise his creative skills for learning purposes.
I trust that these changes will help us take the “school” out of homeschooling & bring education and fun back into their lives to help them reach their full potential in life.
We had a hectic term this was. I’m totally wasted & think the boys must be quite tired too…
For now, we’re taking a well deserved 2 weeks break.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Water Cycle LapBook

This was our second attempt at lapbooking.

Misha did this water cycle lapbook in February. Apparently he also did the water cycle in school last year although he didn't remember it.

Lapbook material was taken from various free internet sources. Of course water cycle song from  NeoK12 had a great impact here. We played it over & over whilst he was working because he loved it so much.

I asked him last week about the water cycle again & amazingly he still remembers, even the big words, evaporation, condensation, precipitation & aquifer. Now that's successful education.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Big Box, Little Box LapBook

This was Misha's third attempt at lapbooking.

I came across the video, reader & lapbooking ebook from CurrClick & thought it might be of great assistance in recovering his self badly damaged self confidence whilst learning about potential.

He thoroughly enjoyed the video clip & read the reader twice. Finally he cut out the boxes for the popsicle sticks & then he was reading the story as a puppet show. He suddenly realized he could read and with that came a boost to his in self confidence.

Resources Used:

  • Big Box, Little Box: How One Little Box Finds His Way (EBook) ~ $13.99 $4.99
  • Big Box, Little Box: How One Little Box Finds His Way (DVD Video) ~ $8.99 $3.99
  • Big Box, Little Box LapBook Kit ~ $5.00 $1.00

available from CurrClick at the link below


Good... Bad... Smart... Lazy... These are all words that, when spoken, have a negative impact when shaping a child's character. Big Box, Little Box: How One Little Box Finds His Way is the story of how a wise Big Box, representing wisdom, coaches an innocent Little Box. With the gentle counsel of Big Box, Little Box becomes excited to discover that he has unique skills and talents that the world is waiting to receive.

Venture along with Little Box as he discovers his life's purpose on a whirlwind trip through the Potential Delivery Company. This engaging book offers activities that parents and their children can participate in together. The characters' words are color-coded so that parent and child can take turns reading to one another.