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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.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

2012 Direction

* A dead end is just an opportunity to take a different direction*....

and that’s exactly what we’re going to be doing where schooling is concerned… Although I know that both our boys may be well capable of completing the Cambridge exams, I’m still not convinced that it is the right option for us due to the fact that it doesn’t cater for their learning styles.

For next few years Misha will be doing Switched on Schoolhouse Bible Based PC curriculum. For next year he’ll do SOS 4th Grade Core Subjects (Bible, Language Arts, Science, History & Geography), SOS Health Quest as well as Math 4: Teaching Textbooks. Additionally we’ll address spelling with All About Spelling ~ Level 1 as well as SpellingCity. We’ll also use Editor in Chief CD-Rom ~ Grades 4-5, Level A1 to improve grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and critical thinking. In addition to that, he can also play Reading Blaster, Math Blaster and whatever other educational games we find that he enjoys in order to practise his skills.

With Jesse already heading for Grade 9, high school has been a huge concern for me. Fortunately I have recently discovered that Alpha Omega Publications, also has a K-12 distance learning academy. Fully accredited through AdvancED, Alpha Omega Academy offers electronic curriculum with Switched-On Online® and Switched-On Schoolhouse and print-based curriculum with LIFEPAC and Horizons. Each Christian curriculum offers unique benefits and features for the student's education.  Alpha Omega Academy is listed in the International Registry of Schools & is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). We’ve decided to go with AOA for high school from grade 9 onwards as it will allow them to continue using Switched on Schoolhouse through to Gr. 12 and still obtain an accredited high school diploma.

For next year Jesse will be doing the SOS 9th Grade 5-Subject Set (Bible, History & Geography, Language Arts, Math, and Science), SOS High School Health as well as Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 Kit. For additional spelling practise he’ll use SpellingCity. He will also do Editor in Chief CD-Rom ~ Grades 9-12, Level C1 to improve grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and critical thinking.

I’m well aware that the boys interests & “likes” may still change over the next few years and that we may have to re-evaluate our aims from time to time, hence I will stay abreast on HESA requirements etc. so we can make changes where & when necessary.

For now I’m at peace with this direction & we trust that at the right time, God will pave the way & open all doors necessary for further studies.

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If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence
If children live with fairness, they learn justice
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to find love in the world.