Friday, January 20, 2017

Why haven't things Settled Yet?



You Ever Feel Unsettled In Your Day To Day?

Well that's been us since we had to do a major readjustment to our curriculum and schedule do to time constraints and parental burnout.

We put more of the learning and homeschooling on online products and are focusing on Math, Writing and CLEP prep only with our one on one time and it's still doesn't seem to fit correctly.

So we had a Speed Racer MATH Melt Down since he is frustrated with the consequences of his actions. Nothing major, just smart mouth back talking, sneaking cellphone during school hours, staying up past his bedtime and falling asleep in the living room while watching TV (which was taken from his room).

In the midst of all of that we realized that he has a great grasp on Math on the Computer (because he has figured out how to 'cheat' the system). But I believe that our minds process computer based calculations differently than writing.

When he writes, he makes mistakes, skips steps and it slows him down. He doesn't have a chance to GUESS his answer.

Speed Racer's New Daily Schedule
He had a rough few weeks with his new curriculum. We are no longer using ABEKA as he finished most of his curriculum (to lesson 110 since we started late summer and are doing school year around.)

8am - Wake up Shower and Eat

10am - Online Independent work 

Vocabulary Review (Membean)
Algebra Practice (CTCMath)
Geometry Practice (CTCMath)
Basic Math Practice (Prodigy and IXL) 3 days a week
Humanities (Study.com)
Sociology (Study.com)

1:30pm - Lunch

2:30pm Online Independent work
He had a rough few weeks with his new curriculum. He has to re-watch videos without fast forwarding through when he fails a quiz or test. He also realized that each time he re-takes a quiz or test > Acellus gives him different questions for the 're-take' even though he passes the 'test-recovery review'. This means he can't just write down the ones he got correct before then type it in and only focus on the ones he gets wrong. I love this method since he is realizing that taking notes makes a big different. The videos he doesn't mind as they are similar to Abeka in that they have a teacher lecturing (but not to a class) to the viewing student. They are a bit dated, but the teachers are decent he says. The videos are MUCH shorter than Abeka in that they only last 4 to 10 minutes per section, then there is a quiz immediately after (Abeka online doesn't do this). He does like that there is no seatwork or extra homework since we are doing ACELLUS HOMESCHOOL option.

Algebra 1 [Acellus-Homeschool]
US History [Acellus-Homeschool]
Geography  [Acellus-Homeschool]
English [Acellus-Homeschool]
Psychology [Acellus-Homeschool]
Intro To Computer Science [Acellus-Homeschool ]


6pm - Martial Arts (3 days a week), Break Dancing

7:30 pm - Dinner


8:30pm - Work with Parents
Algebra 1 (Saxon Math) with Mom
Writing (Time4Writing) with Dad oversight
Psychology (Instantcert) with Dad oversight

Tiger Lilly New Daily Schedule

8am - Wake up Shower and Eat

10am - Start College work Online Independent work
Intro To Interactive Design
Information Systems in Organizations
Ethics in Information Technology

2pm - Finish College work and Mom or Dad reviews it 

4pm - Helps mom prep dinner

6pm -Japanese Class (T/Th),  Martial Arts (4 days a week)

8pm - Do Homeschool work

C# and Game Design (YouthDigital.com)
Network Pro (using TestOut.com since Landry is closed)
Marketing (Mom's curriculum)
Starting A Micro Business  (Homeschool book/workbook series)
Blender 3d Animation (Udemy.com)

 

WORKING PARENT's LOG
I am surviving! In the midst of a school year with constant and unexpected change. Flexibility is the key.

Meals we are not doing well with meal prep. I am just tossing meals together. My oldest daughter is starting a fitness diet change and no longer eats with us (our food doesn't fit in her meal plan). So I'm cooking for less, but getting more creative since I am not meal planning.

Cleaning. The kids have gotten back in a routine of having the house cleaned before dad or I get home (whichever one of us gets home the earlier that day). The one that goes in later gets them to take their shower and clean up after breakfast.

Work & Life Balance. It's been very hectic for me as my job is going through lots of changes and I am interviewing for other opportunities I feel are more stable. We will see where God leads me in this. My hubs is doing great though.

Lesson Planning. Totally crazy throwing stuff together at the last minute. With one of our favorite curriculum providers leaving it's been a mess.

Rest. Actually we are getting more. At least I am, since my youngest son has to stay in his room and we lock up the computers, game controllers, and cellphones so he doesn't roam the house at night.

Marriage Check Up. We are at a comfortable pace. We went to a marriage check up and viola, I found that he is upset when I make lunch for my older son who carpooled with me instead of making it for him. Valid point. So now I set aside leftovers for him to have for lunch the next day.




 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Your Kid's Vision Boarding!

HAVING KIDS 'Visualize' THEIR DREAMS





I'm sure you have heard the term VISION BOARDS and many people hop on that and think they should create one > but don't.

Well I have always kept a catalog of my dreams, hopes, and goals stored away in my notebook journal that I carry around with me in my purse. I started doing it when I was in my teens at the suggestion of a youth leadership conference I attended.

HOW TO for a YOUTH Vision board.

1) Jot down LONG TERM DREAMS and GOALS
2) Build a picture board of all those FUTURE ACCOMPLISHMENTS to come

THEN MAKE IT HAPPEN BY

1) Create a Goals Journal with your child
Have your child LIST the HOW TO steps to OBTAINING VISION BOARD goals

Reflect on the journal weekly

2) Mark off the NOW goals and the LATER goals

Create steps to obtaining the NOW goals.
Mark off any of the steps taken towards it.

REALIZING that DREAMS CAN COME TRUE

The exercise teaches kids that will planning, goal setting, dreaming, and research, they have the power to make their dreams come true.

IT's OKAY TO READJUST their VISIONS and DREAMS

So do an inventory one time a year and a new board, goal journal and see where it takes you.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Unexpected Schedule Change Due to Vendor

One Thing About Homeschooling That's Good is

Fluidity!


Sadly, one of our curriculum vendors (Landry Academy) which we Loved is closing it's doors.





Unfortunately, I've paid in advance for 'generics' or discounted online classes that will now not be available to my students. They only offered a 'deal' with Veritas Press that cost $249 per class. Some of the teachers offered their own courses, but at $100 to $150 a piece, I really couldn't afford that option at this time.

I am upset, but refuse to hold on to anger. I spent about two weeks during this revising Speed Racer's and Tiger Lilly's schedule. And have to spend more unplanned money to get the support I need as a working parent for my kid's semi-independent instruction.

Many of the teachers contacted parents to offer solutions, but they had to get paid (I could understand since Landry hadn't paid them). They were reasonably priced, but with it being after the holidays, I really didn't have the funds to give out an additional $150 per class just like that.

So I had to find a cheap startup solution, and had been researching Acellus.com for next school year and signed up for the 'homeschool' option this year.

Replacement and change to ACELLUS.com is now our new online education provider that is replacing many of the classes with Landry.

Dashboard




Offers (1) Mobile App for parent to check progress

Offers (2) Parent Dashboard

The way it works: (1) Child takes assessment test in the beginning for each subject (2) Child watches 5 to 7 min video (3) Take quiz (4) If pass quiz, goes on to new video, If fail quiz, rewatch video - then retake quiz (5) Their progress and grade gets updated on Daily

Offers (3) Pay as you go Homeschool Option at $30 monthly for homeschool parents, print out/work sheets per subject (not a bunch but enough to have additional homework - it is by choice if you select the homeschool option)

Offers (4) upgrade to Tutoring (teacher support $50 per year / per class) or Accredited (teacher support and report card $80 a month) ~ Truth be told, if I was going in this direction I would just go with BJU online or AbekaAcademy online which come with books and accreditation for the same price.

Finding an online and interactive curriculum is VERY important to us as working parents. We also wanted something we could daily or hourly check the status of for our students.
ACELLUS also offers a High School DIPLOMA (which we won't need).

Our REVISED SCHOOL SCHEDULE for 2017
*Note: Mom and Dad check work daily*

Speed Racer Blended High Schooler (13 yrs)

Do Daily Independent
(Core Classes) 8am-2pm with 1 hr lunch and Two 15-min breaks

Algebra 1 Online Independent [Acellus-Homeschool Option-15 Lessons a week]
    Algebra 1 (practice) [CTCmath (my son requested to keep using this)]
US History Online Independent [Acellus-Homeschool Option-15 Lessons a week]
Geography Online Independent [Acellus-Homeschool Option-15 Lessons a week]
English Online Independent [Acellus-Homeschool Option-15 Lessons a week]
Intro To Computer Science Online Independent [Acellus-Homeschool Option-10 Lessons a week]
Sociology Online Independent [Study.com-5 Lessons a week]
Humanities Online Independent [Study.com-5 Lessons a week]
Geometry Online Independent [CTC.com-5 Lessons a week]

2 Days a week Independent when parents around to check workbooks
Vocabulary [Membean]
Speed Reading [AceReader]
Basic Math Practice [IXL and MineCraft Homeschool]
Daily Language Workbook
Wordly Wise Workbook
Cursive Quotes Copy Work 

Daily with Parental Interactive Instruction
Algebra 1 with Geometry [Saxon]
Psychology CLEP Prep
REVIEW OF WORK THAT WAS BELOW SCORE of 'B' for the day



Tiger Blended Dual Enrolled High Schooler (15 yrs)

College Classes
(8 week classes from Jan-Mar)
Intro To Interactive Design
Information Systems in Organizations
Ethics in Information Technology


Homeschool Classes
(Core Classes)
C# and Game Design (YouthDigital.com)
Network Pro (using TestOut.com since Landry is closed)
Javascript (Webucator)
Marketing (Mom's curriculum)
Mobile App Design (FREE online self Study course with Webucator)
Starting A Micro Business  (Homeschool book/workbook series)
Japanese (From Japanese to Zero, In person meet up, italki.com tutor)