CA Homeschool Seminar

During the coming month of March, our church, homeschool group, and family have the unique opportunity of reaching out to the surrounding area and assisting them in a newfound adventure called homeschooling. That’s right, we’re hosting CHEA of California’s Homeschool Informational Seminar, and we’re please as punch! What is a homeschool informational seminar? Pretty much how it sounds. […]

via Homeschool Informational Seminar — A Homeschool Moma

I am so pleased to be apart of such a great community. I love to read about what other homeschool families are doing and accomplishing.

I just came across this post about a Homeschool Seminar…this is awesome! If it has been on your heart to homeschool, have questions or doubt that you can homeschool, and are in the area, I encourage you to go and hear what its all about!

If you attend I would LOVE to hear about. Please come back and share your story.

-Riz I2AEThomeschool

My little Gymnast

I know I know, Miss A’s not so little anymore but she is still my baby girl! I am so proud of her dedication and commitment. When she first started, 2 years ago, she was shy and hesitant. She was hard on herself when she didn’t get a skill and shied away from making friends. She worked hard though everyday. Competitions came around and she did so amazing! Out of 4 meets she won 1st in every event, 1st all around and 2nd level state champion.

It boosted her confidence so much. Her coaches decided to skip her and move her up to 4th level. She made some awesome friends who encourage her everyday and I have seen such an amazing change in her personality. She continued to work hard and has stayed committed! She is now in the middle of 4th level competitions and doing awesome! A little more challenging this year but like I tell her…if it as easy everyone could do it 🙂

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Be kind

I find myself saying this several times a day “be kind and patient”….”that didn’t sound very kind or patient” Above most things I want my kids to always be kind and patient. To not react with frustration, anger or defensively.

I told my 6yr old this morning, after he got irritated with his 1yr old little brother, that he does not understand why you’re getting frustrated with him but he knows your tone of voice and it affects him. You can take back the words you say but you can not take back the feeling you made someone feel so always be kind and patient.

We do not know what people are going through, how they are feeling or what they are thinking. Even if someone acts out with anger towards you, I remind my kids, be the example!

ACT OUT WITH KINDNESS AND PATIENCE!

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Morning work book

Kindergarten is the start of learning, it should be fun and exciting! My kinder learns best with repetition along with fun and excitement. He does not really like a lot of coloring, although we still do it, but does like cutting and creating. I created a morning workbook we do everyday to start his morning. I designed all the pages and printed them out, put them in sleeves and he uses a dry erase marker to complete it. He likes knowing exactly how his morning is going to start and loves that he has his own folder.

First we go over the days of the weeks, months of the year, and days of the month. When practicing the days of the week we sing the Jack Hartmann “seven days in a week” song (as Kernel learned the days of the weeks we stopped watching the song and he sang it on his own).  We talk about the day before and the day after. We then go over the months of the year also listening to Jack Hartmanns “Month of the year” song (Kernel still listens to this song). For the day of the year we go over that day, the day before and the day after, and practices writing the date in number format. I designed the pages to be simple and not to distract him but also inviting.

Next we work on numbers. Kernel practices writing his numbers 1-19 then by 10’s, 20-30. We then pick a number of the day and figure out if it’s even or odd and write it in tally marks. He then figures out 1 before, 1 after and 10 before, 10 after. I found that figuring out 10 before and after was a little difficult when not just counting by 10, 20, 30 etc. but once he got it, he got it. I explained that the ones place never changed that only the tens place changes by 1. We continue with his number of the day by splitting the number to see how the whole number is made. This also shows how the number is even or odd. We do this with beans so he can  visually see. Next I created a “piggy bank” and visuals of what the front and back of coins look like and what they are worth. He then has to take fake coins we have and figure out his number of the day in money. He loves this part 🙂 I added in later a skip counting page where he practices counting by 5’s, 10,s 2’s and skip counting by tens starting at 17. He can do this by counting to me but I wanted him to practice writing it and visually seeing it.

Kernel then works on his letters, more so for penmanship then letter learning, but this also refreshes letter memory, he writes capital and lowercase. Some days I only have him work on the ones he  is having trouble with and not all of them. We then work on his word of the day, from his reading words of the week. He writes the word 3 times, boxes it, builds it (with scrabble tiles), how many syllables, draws a picture, and writes a sentence from his book using the word (making sure to start with a capital and end with a punctuation)…he loves this page!

Also included is a clock page that he fills out the hours and minutes and then shows me times with the hands. A phone number page so he can start learning my phone number, which he has down already 🙂 and an address page. I think all kids should know this in an emergency!

 

If you want the Morning Workbook packet, email me letting me know, and with any questions you have and I will be happy to share it with you!!

Our Curriculum

I researched and searched and read what others were using for curriculum and couldn’t find something to fit us. One day I ran across this website of a mother who has been homeschooling her kids from the beginning. She created the site to save the curriculum for her younger kids as they grew. It is completely free and amazing because you can create your own curriculum based on your kids. Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool. My kids are in 10th, 8th, 6th and kindergarten so finding something to accommodate all of them and not require me to spend every second designing it was great! It’s so easy to uses too!

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All of the courses are listed on the right side for easy access. side-barShe has it set up per grade and per course so if your child/children are advanced in some areas you can mix and match your curriculum. Starting with pre-school all the way through high school, you can homeschool your child/children, for FREE, how you and your kid(s) need.

Here is how we have our year set up:

Izzy- 10th

The high school  courses are individual so we tailored Izzy’s classes to his needs, learning, and state requirements.

 

Brick- 8th

Brick, as well, does individual courses based on state requirements and his learning level.

 

Miss A- 6th

For Miss A, it is her first year in middle school. After looking up our state requirements we tailored her year to fit her needs. Her courses are individual and not through the 6th grade tab.

  • Science- Biology level M
  • Math- Middle school- step 2 (step 1 is 6th grade level but Miss A is advanced in Math)
  • English- Language Arts 6
  • History- Ancient History level M 
  • Electives- Foundation
  • 2nd Language- ASL (In middle school you are not required a 2nd language, however Miss A wanted to learn American Sign Language and then Spanish in High School)
  • Reading- We have a reading challenge and book reports we do together based on each kids reading level. 

 

Kernel- Kindergarten 

For Kindergarten I decided the Easy Peasy course wasn’t as advanced as we needed for Kernel. I had already been working on numbers and letters so I created my own course for him. Through a site called teachers pay teachers I found “letter hats” where Kernel could wp-1487633511599.jpegcolor the letter of the day and the pictures that started with that letter. Through Easy Peasy I downloaded and printed the letter of the day activities as well. I did a different letter every day, Monday through Thursday and then did review on Friday of the 4 letters. I created my own math worksheets and found a lot on Pinterest too, come follow my Homeschool board 🙂 The picture on the left shows Kernel matching his lower case letters to his capital letters. I would put all capital letters on one side and all lower case letters on the other and mix them up, then Kernel would match them. It helped a lot to recognize the capital and lower case letters separately. Once he had his letters down I used Easy Peasy’s McGuffy Primers words and reading to get him started on his sight words and reading. We did a lesson a week to not rush and make sure he understood the words. I also created pencil pouch activities to teach him his words and math. I will write a post on those soon 🙂 I also found a guy on youtube, Jack Hartmann, who has awesome videos and that’s how Kernel learned his days of the week and more.

 

I hope enjoyed this post and it was helpful. If you have any questions please feel free to ask! 

 

 

 

First blog post

Have you ever been so overwhelmed in your life you decided you needed a change? My kids were being bullied in school and I could see the change the earthly world was having on them. No matter how strong you think your kids are in their faith, how much they go to church or how much you encourage them, they will always be at war with the sins of the world. Not only was I concerned about the affect of other kids having on them, I was also concerned about their education and the schooling system they were in.

My uncle recommended a book for me to read; An Underground History of American Education by JT Gatto. It had a great impact on me and shocked me awake!

Our kids are forced to be handed over to people we don’t know at an early age of not only mental education, but of emotional learning. The school teaches them to learn a certain way instead of a way that is easy for them. The school teaches them that they must listen a certain way or be scared.

“Most of us tacitly accept the pragmatic terms of public school which allows every kind of psychic violence to be inflicted to fulfill the prime directive of the system: putting children in their place. It’s called “social efficiency.”

Now I agree with children learning rules, right from wrong and making good choices. But if the only reason for them to do these things is for fear of getting in trouble if they don’t comply, then I feel the schooling system is actually producing defiant young adults.

“but you are compelled to surrender your school-aged child to strangers who process children for a livelihood, even  though one in every nine schoolchildren is terrified of physical harm happening to them in school, terrified with good cause; about thirty-three are murdered there every year.”

My goal in homeschooling is to teach my kids right and wrong from a biblical view point. To love and respect people because God asks it from us. To teach them in an environment they are comfortable in so they can learn everything they can instead of being terrified and distracted in THEIR learning styles. The schooling system takes our parental rights away from us. You don’t have a choice of their teacher, their backgrounds or families.

“One thing you do know is how unlikely it will be for any teacher to understand the personality of your particular child or anything significant about your family, culture, religion, plans, hopes, dreams.”

Teachers don’t have the opportunity in such a short amount of time to really get to know your child let alone teach them to their learning style. The school system says they have to be taught this specific curriculum, in this specific way. If they don’t they’re “not smart”, bottom of the class. And if they do learn it they are “smarter” , top of the class, but held back to the learning speed of the kids who aren’t getting it. It has nothing to do with being smart or not, it’s about how the kids learn it. My daughter is a very creative hands on learner, my boys can learn anything they read with no explanation, so I teach them differently.

“If you cant be guaranteed even minimal results by these institutions, not even physical safety; if you cant be guaranteed anything except that you’ll be arrested if you fail to surrender your kid, just what does pubic in “public schools” mean?”

I have nothing against teachers, in fact I loved my daughters last teacher! I just don’t agree with the institution of pubic school and its foundation. Since we have started homeschooling I have seen a difference in my children that has been missing, and I am so thankful that God has blessed us with this journey.

Welcome to our crazy journey!