Friday, November 10, 2017

AA&Associates Kindergarten Log



Kid A is in Kindergarten and I want to have a log of what worked and didn't work, so when A#2 is ready, I will have an idea of where to start and what didn't work.

Maybe this log will help give you ideas.  Have you ever wondered how your homeschool looks compared to others? Well, here are bits and pieces of ours.  It may not be what was planned on paper, but this is how it turned out.

FYI - for more details of our learning curriculum see my full Kindergarten Curriculum Guide in My Store.  For a few dollars, you can get a full curriculum you can tailor to your child.  I did all the research and work for you.

Kindergarten September (Formal Month 1)

After re-evaluating and testing out different online programs in August, we settled into our favorites:
  • Reading Eggs 
  • Math Seeds
  • ABC Early Learning Academy (ABC Mouse) - for overall review and everything else
  • Moby Max to make sure no skill was missed and to evaluate skills.
Our science unit for the month was "My Body"

We substituted and supplemented with secondary materials as necessary.

Kindergarten October (Formal Month 2)


This month went similar to September.
  • Online learning was the same as September.  10 Min/Day (minimum 5 days/week) in Reading Eggs, Math Seeds, and ABC Mouse. Moby Max was used a minimum of one day/week.  
  • Science Unit - "Fall & The Seasons"
Progress - At the end of Oct, A had completed:
  • ABC Early Learning Academy - Level 6 Lesson 30 
  • Reading Eggs - Kindergarten Lesson 20 
  • Math Seeds - Kindergarten Lesson 20

Kindergarten November (Formal Month 3)

On Week 2 everything came to a halt.  Kid A didn't want to complete any online assignments.  It seems like a normal plateau.  I have seen this with him before. The learning goal was 15 lessons of ABC Mouse completed this month, but on day 10 he has not completed one and every day is a fight, (but he is 4.5 years old so maybe that has something to do with it).  In addition, I am not pleased with the ABC curriculum introduction to learning addition. I reluctantly kept ABC Mouse as one of the primary online learning tools because I loved it for Preschool and it has gotten him this far. But now, I am considering making it a supplement for him to use as desired instead of requiring 10 min/day or 1 lesson/day.  I want to keep it for the upcoming Preschooler who will be ready to use it in 6 months or so. Otherwise, I would consider canceling the subscription for now.  The future plan is to transition to Time4Learning when ABC Mouse is no longer beneficial.  However, I was not impressed with the layout of the Time4Learning Kindergarten curriculum, so for now, I am stuck between the two. Reading Eggs and Math Seeds are doing great for teaching those basic skills though and that curriculum will go up to 2nd Grade.

Update End of November: The second half of the month was still a struggle, but with some creative thinking, I found a rhythm that is working better for him.  ABC Mouse is a supplement right now and he can use it as free learning after he has completed other lessons, or every few days I ask him to work on an ABC Mouse lesson, but it is not our main focus right now. He mainly just wants to watch their videos, which is okay once and a while. I am rotating programs every day to keep it new and exciting for him. Instead of doing 10 minutes/program, he now spends about 30 minutes in one program/day. This has helped the progress. Occasionally, I put on a Youtube video when the motivation for lessons is low.  I have also changed the incentive system. Instead of getting stickers for finishing the day's assignments, he now gets play money he can spend on screen time. 

  • Science Unit - Weather
  • Social Studies Unit - Native Americans


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Kindergarten December (Formal Month 4)

  • Science Unit - Cooking for the Holidays
  • Social Studies Unit - Holiday Kindness

To be continued...

Last Updated (Updated: Nov 10, 2017)

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Active Lesson Plans

I love fall-the cooler air and all the fun activities that come with the season, so I created a few seasonal lesson plans to bring the fun into your classroom.

These lesson plans can be used by teachers of: Traditional P.E., Homeschool P.E., Dance, Karate, Jiu-jitsu, Music, Tumbling, Gymnastics, etc.

Autumn Fun


Teach your kids about autumn while playing active games.
Suggested Age - Preschool - Kindergarten, but this can be adapted for any age.

We had lots of success last year with this lesson and I plan to use it again this Sep and Oct. Lots of imagination and movement. Crawling through haystacks, pumpkin rolls, Owl eye spy and much more.

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October Fall Fest 




Teach your kids about the traditions of October with these active games that will help them develop strength, coordination, and balance. Easily tailored for any kind of teacher for young kids: preschool, kindergarten, karate, jiu-jitsu, dance, music, tumbling, and gymnastics.

Bob for apples, play pumpkin pass, pumpkin balance beam, pumpkin rolls, and fly like a bat.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time-4-Learning Curriculum Review (Pre-K-1st Grade)

(Updated 11/11/17)

Are you thinking of using Time4Learning for Homeschool or After School learning?
I have tried this curriculum twice. Once with Pre-K/Kindergarten and once with Kindergarten/1st Grade. Here are my thoughts.

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Pros: It is well rated, includes multiple subjects that can be tailored to fit the child's needs and it's affordable.

I really liked that it is self-paced and I could adjust each subject by grade level and skills. Several programs I looked at and have tried can't do this including ABCmouse. I was able to choose Math at a 1st-grade level and Language at a K level.

We have been using ABCmouse (which I love for Preschool/Pre-K), but I decided to try Time4Learning because my son has learned to guess through the ABC Mouse lessons.  I wanted something that graded and checked his knowledge and understanding at the end of the lesson.

Con: Tablet Apps Stinks.  The first time we tried Time4learning was at the beginning of Kindergarten.  His tablet skills were still new and the program was not friendly to selecting incorrect items on the screen, so he would easily get kicked out of the program. I would have to monitor what he was doing.  My goal is to facilitate learning and not have to do every lesson with him.

When I  tried it again this year at the beginning of 1st grade, he did much better with the app and understanding what it wanted him to do, but not all the activities worked on the tablet.  He would lose momentum and interest when an activity didn't work.  I would have to stop my work to set up the computer and log him back in. And he could no longer complete learning on the couch, in his room, or on the go.  Flexibility is key for us and I believe it facilitates learning.  Most children aren't meant to sit still in a chair all day.

Next time we try Time-4-Learning, we will have to make sure he has his own computer (with a touch screen), which is not financially feasible right now.

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Pros: Yes, we will try Time-4-learning again because it is self-paced, flexible, can be tailored to the student, is an all-in-one curriculum, and is affordable.  Did I say affordable!

All-in-all I will try Time-4-learning again when he gets older.  I could see the 1st-grade curriculum was much more engaging and age-appropriate than the Kindergarten curriculum.

But with only using a tablet, Time-4-Learning is not feasible for us at this time.

Conclusion: We will be doing a compilation of programs (more reviews to come).  We will continue to use ABCmouse.com.  I am testing MobyMax (see future review).  We are currently doing a 6 week trial of Reading Eggs, and I am seeing results, so I plan to purchase the year plan.  I have some other supplement tools when needed, but for the rest of their education we will do the Finland educational approach and let the kids be kids and play, play, play.

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