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.
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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"
- 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
Kindergarten December (Formal Month 4)
December was a bit easier than November, but not much. Kid A was still in an argumentative, uncooperative mood, but this is also part of learning. So, we chalked this month up to emotional growth and learning.
I tried multiple motivation tools, but nothing really sparks his interest right now. We resulted to his main motivation - do your school work to earn screen time. This worked some, but I also had to relax and let more "free learning" go on this month. I had to remind myself that learning is learning, and not everything has to be accomplished in an orderly, straight-line forward manner. He wanted to spend a lot of his school time doing lessons from Pre-K and early Kindergarten material. This tells me he is still in a learning plateau, and he is solidifying what he knows before his next learning leap. He is still practicing everything he knows, so my teacher brain tells me this is a good thing, and not to worry. This is one of the benefits to online homeschool. He can go at his pace and really master material before moving on.
Progress - At the end of Dec. Kid A had completed:
- ABC Early Learning Academy - Level 6 Lesson 38
- Reading Eggs - Kindergarten Lesson 32
- Math Seeds - Kindergarten Lesson 25
- Science Unit - Cooking for the Holidays
- Social Studies Unit - Holiday Kindness
Kindergarten January (Formal Month 5)Our family made big changes this month. Dad and Mom switched roles. Dad became work from home dad and Mom became work outside of home mom. I am relieved that this has not affected Kid A's learning progress.
Kid A is finally over his learning plateau and once again willing to do his daily school work. Additionally, Kid B is starting to understand how to work the tablet. He is enjoying the songs in Starfall.
Progress - At the end of Jan. Kid A had completed:
- ABC Early Learning Academy - Level 6 Lesson 53 of 90 (He is back to doing one/day!)
- Reading Eggs - Kindergarten Lesson 36 of 50 (4 lessons this month. 1 per week is fantastic).
- Math Seeds - Kindergarten Lesson 28 of 50 (3 lessons this month which is right on track).
- Science Unit - Informal activities with Daddy like building and design with legos.
- Social Studies Unit - Dealing with life changes
Kindergarten February (Formal Month 6)Learning Units:
- Science Unit - ????
- Social Studies Unit - Olympics related knowledge
Last Updated (Updated: February 11, 2018)
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