Kalanderson Academy for the Intellectually Awesome: Homeschool Update

Since the new ‘semester’ began after our Christmas break, I thought this would be a good time to give a homeschool update.

Don’t we have a cool name for our school? The boys came up with that one.

Peanut Update:

  • Peanut is about 3/4 of the way through the Kindergarten year of ABCMouse. Some of the things on ABCMouse are way too easy for him. But, it’s good to give him some of those easier things to build his academic confidence.
  • Reading is hit or miss. He doesn’t absolutely love it, but he’s getting better. I’ve found that if I’m not consistent at this stage, he forgets many of his sight words and his reading ability diminishes quickly.
  • At math, Peanut is amazing. I’m not just saying that as his mother either:) He refuses to count on his fingers and does all his adding and subtracting in his head. He is counting by tens and fives and is moving onto twos.
  • I’ve been using a lot of packs for 3 Dinosaurs and also Royal Baloo. We’ll be using more from Royal Baloo for the second half of the year.
  • As long as there are no major life changes before next year, Peanut will continue to homeschool.

Sweet Pea:

  • By far my most challenging student this year. SP gets bored easily and often lacks focus.
  • We’re still working through the Saxon Math 7/6 book. I feel we’re behind, but we spent quite a bit of time reviewing a couple of concepts that tripped him up. It’ll all work out and he’ll know his stuff.
  • SP started out with Robinson Classic Curriculum, then went to Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool, but then made the switch to Georgia Virtual Learning for 6th Grade.
  • He is lacking on Social Studies/History right now, but I’m not too concerned about this. He’s making up for it by reading stories from different time periods.
  • SP will also continue to homeschool next year if we are still in our current city. He has said though that if we move, and if he likes the school, he wouldn’t mind going back to public school.

Punkin and Jeremy:

  • I put these two guys together because they are both on the same track with slightly different classes.
  • They are doing very well. We did change curriculum about 2/3 of the way through last semester. Both boys felt Saylor was difficult to follow with having to go to many different websites and texts/courses being in different formats.
  • They are both now also doing Georgia Virtual Learning. They are enjoying this style of learning more as everything is on one website and there are more electives to choose from.
  • Punkin is taking an Agriculture course, and Jeremy is taking an Energy course for electives.
  • The only problem with this site is that because we aren’t in Georgia, we don’t have access to exams and some texts. If the boys want to take any AP courses, we’ll have to explore other options.
  • Even though they are self-teachers, I am requiring them to report to me what they’ve done each day. I find that it’s easy for them to ignore the subjects they don’t enjoy as much (literature).
  • Both boys have reported that they enjoy homeschool and want to continue as long as we’re here. If we move, they also said that public school would be an option if they liked the school.

Overall, I am already counting our first year of homeschool a success. Sometimes the boys get on each other’s nerves (a lot of times they get on my nerves), but I have noticed that Jeremy and Punkin have learned to talk to each other about their common classes and help each other when needed.

If we do homeschool next year, I’ll make sure to find a coop or homeschool group to join. The one in this area had some issues at the beginning of the year, and I didn’t check it again until just recently. It was already too late to sign up for coop classes. We don’t necessarily need ‘socialization’ because they get that every time they leave the house, but it would be nice for the boys to know some kids their own age who homeschool.

We’ve been able to take a couple of mid-week field trips as well as long weekend trips north to visit family. The kids have really enjoyed the freedom and so have I. I like not having to get my 6 year old up super early to make the bus. I also enjoy knowing that if we don’t do something one day, we can get to it the next.

Of course there are days when I wonder what the hell I was thinking, and it feels like I’m swimming upstream. There are days when I feel I am fighting simply to get the kids to start on their school. Feet are drug. Attitudes are shitty. Yelling commences. No one is happy.

For the most part though, homeschool has been the perfect fit for our family. I don’t regret it one bit.

Saturday Soapbox #2: Blog Awards

Weekly Wrap-Up

This week we started our new Family Economy. In a nutshell it’s a way for the kids to earn a wage, not an allowance. You lucky individuals will get to read more about that next week.

Homeschool was just a typical week. My older boys are still doing very well, although I’ve learned I really need to encourage better writing. Sweet Pea is getting caught up on his lessons. He’s behind since we switched curricula 10 days in. Peanut has had a reading breakthrough this week. For whatever reason it’s finally clicking, and I see some excitement in him when he reads sentences. I’ve also seen him ‘reading’ books where he looks at the illustrations and paraphrases with what he sees. That’s awesome! I think that’s a great way for him to become interested in books.

I was contacted by Carina from www.midfulground.com about her 30 Day Living Mindfully Blog Challenge. Since living more deliberately is one of my desires (you can read about that here), I’ve decided to sign up. It’s free and best of all, you have the chance to win 4 1:1 coaching sessions with Carina by entering your blog posts. Bonus and bonus.

Don’t Be a Blog Bully was the post that received the most views for the week. I was nervous hitting publish only because I was worried you all would think I was a whiner. I also didn’t want anyone to think I was trying to get an “Oh, poor Missy,” response. It seemed to resonate with quite a few people, and that makes me feel, well, giddy! I love love love that I could write something other people can relate to. That’s why we blog, isn’t it?

So I lied. I really don’t have a Soapbox for today. What I do have are all the nominees for the Awards I wrote about here.

Blog Awards

The Sunshine Award

For the Sunshine Award, the blogger must:
  • Acknowledge the nominating blogger. Chaos with a Curve and Enjoying the Life
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself. You can read those here.
  • Answer 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you. Same place as above.
  • List 11 bloggers.  They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!
  • Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate answer & let all the bloggers know they’ve been nominated. You cannot nominate the blogger that nominated you.

Here are the 22 nominees.

  1. Wine-y-Wife
  2. Blessed Learners
  3. Surviving Toddlerhood
  4. P is for Preschooler
  5. Pary Moppins
  6. Hint Mama
  7. Happy Kids, Inc.
  8. My Style Spot
  9. Mami Bliss
  10. This Momma’s Ramblings
  11. Independent Travel Cats
  12. Life as a Field Trip
  13. From the Burbs to the Boonies
  14. Growing Up Madison
  15. Called To Be A Mom
  16. Bee Tree Studios
  17. Renew Your Space
  18. The Liebers
  19. Kimberly Vensel Photoagraphy
  20. Making Our Life Matter
  21. Words I Wheel By
  22. Avec Mes Zèbres

Here are your 11 questions to answer:

  1. Paper or plastic?
  2. What’s your favorite movie of all time?
  3. When do you begin decorating for the holidays? (whichever one you celebrate)
  4. What is your earliest memory?
  5. Have you ever named your vehicle?
  6. What’s your favorite Fall activity?
  7. What music genre is your favorite?
  8. What would your ideal day look like?
  9. How do you relax?
  10. What was the best meal you ever ate?
  11. What’s one thing you’d like people to know about you?


Versatile Blogger Award

  • Upon receiving the award the blogger must acknowledge the blogger that has presented the award. Mami Bliss
  • Name 15 deserving bloggers.
  • Let em’ know they’ve been nominated.
  • List 7 Interesting facts about yourself. Did that in a previous post.

Here are 15 more awesome bloggers!

  1. KoKoa Magazine
  2. A Dish of Daily Life
  3. In Him Inspiration
  4. Experienced Bad Mom
  5. Creative K Kids
  6. Forever Fitting In
  7. Doofy Dizee
  8. Revel and Design
  9. Brielle and Me
  10. Camii Soul
  11. Zucchini Summer
  12. Things in my Head Blog
  13. Life with Lorelai
  14. Confessions of a Pastor’s Family
  15. Fashion and Fun After Fifty

This is a really long list of blogs! Each one of these blogs are written by people who have commented on my blog posts in the last week. Have I mentioned how grateful I am for the time and attention that each of you pay my blog? Because I am grateful, so very grateful. Some of you may have received these awards before and even received it from me. You are just that awesome.

IF I missed you, it wasn’t intentional, and I’m so sorry. I have another blog award to post about ;)  so I’ll try to get you on that one.