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.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Year, Curriculum & Challenges

The holidays have come and gone so fast. We’ve had a restful break with some fun activities and although it seems just never long enough, we’re easing back into school slowly this week.
This year we’ll be mostly unschooling in order to focus on restoring the boys’ love for learning which has been totally destroyed at private school. Last year we used Le-Amen’s “school at home” curriculum & regretfully that just worsened the boys’ hatred towards schoolwork. Our aim for this year is to restore their love for learning, find their strengths and interests in order to help them reach their full potential.
Since they’ve picked up so much damage at school, I thought I’d start them off with the “I Am a God Idea” Curriculum to rebuild their self confidence.
The curriculum is a ‘way,’ a journey, a guide to discover your child’s full potential. An easy, fun, step by step journey toward your child’s destiny. It consists of a Presenters Handbook that guides parents and teachers all the way from lesson 1 to 40. And a Children’s Handbook in colour that is full of fun and interactive activities. Every lesson is based on an “idea” that the child should remember for life. Every idea is presented in an interesting way to “hook” the child into the truth of the lesson. Every lesson is supported by “word and verse “from the Bible. Every lesson includes a little activity to make learning fun and memorable. A book full of truths and blessings - a book with a vision for your life.
Misha, now in Grade 4 will be doing  Time4Learning  online as his core curriculum for Language Arts, Maths, Science & Social Science this year. In addition to that we’ve added Bible Islands for Bible Study and StudyDog Study Dog to enhance his reading as well as TeachingTextBooks Maths. For spelling, we’re adding All-About-Spelling Level 1. He will continue his art lessons with Edward once a week as well.

Jesse’s requested for all of his schooling to be on computer. For this year (Grade 9) he will be doing Grammar Express English on iPad (also available for Android), Khan Academy Maths, Switched on Schoolhouse Science, and for Social Science we’ll utilise Barry’s Education Support for hands-on learning. He will also be continuing his hands-on Technology lessons with Edward once a week. In September he’ll start working on an accredited High school diploma through AlphaOmegaAcademy using their Switched on Schoolhouse core curriculum.
We’ll also be using Critical Thinking software to enhance other areas of learning. Both boys will also be doing Junior Engineering in Northriding once a week and of course loads of “How it’s Made”, “Mythbusters”, “Natgeo Wild” & whatever other educational programes, activities & games we can find. We may even look into some Woodworking classes during the course of the year,
For most part we’ll be taking this year one day at a time and add/remove material as we go along and find what works & what doesn’t.