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I should be busy packing and packing and cleaning. I mean… I am moving on Friday!
But instead, I am starting on a new family adventure. Sorta.
Well, there are many things that we love about the kids school. It has an amazing community that has supported us my husband’s health has steadily declined. The kids in The Flash’s class are about the nicest group you can imagine. The parents are really involved. There is an annual school-wide campout with over 400 people in addition to a grade level campout….
That’s a lot of great stuff for a public school in my area!
So, even though we are moving, the kids are going to stay at their current school.
But, it’s not all roses and chocolate. The Flash did not do well on his state testing this year, which is a basic measure of achievement. His teacher also claimed that the was not meeting benchmarks in several areas throughout the year (I do put claimed here, because I feel that this teacher has especially stringent criteria and other teachers I showed his work to felt like it was benchmark work). In addition, his teacher would not fill out scoring sheets that I had created to help him be more accountable. And Marvel Girl had some major class drama this year with an extremely unruly class.
Because we cannot afford private school, do not want to switch neighborhood schools, and I can’t stay home to homeschool (we are a one income family already!)… I am summer schooling the kids.
I had initially tried to find a pre-established summer school program in the area for someone else to work on academics with the kids. However, there is nothing around here that does academics! Nothing. Everything is “have fun summer camp”! Then I highly considered enrolling them in an online program. But that is pricey and I can still fall back on that in the future.
I realized that, as an educator, I should (in theory) be able to do what any of these paid programs claim to do… help my kids catch up/keep up during the summer. And so I decided that for 4 weeks this summer (the weeks when we have no summer camps or vacation plans), we will be doing 2 hours of homeschooling.
Here is the schedule that I came up with:
Blue = The Flash–going into 5th grade
Green = Marvel Girl–going into 2nd grade
We just finished our first day. I almost threw the computer out of the window trying to figure out Khan Academy, but I think now (after the fact), I’ve got it figured out for the kids.
Here are the links to the programs we are using:
Flash: Multiple Skills Series (set of books with reading comprehension questions borrowed from my school)
Marvel Girl: Reading Comprehension worksheets
Shared reading (back and forth reading together)
Flash: From lists such as this
Marvel Girl: We’re reading through all the Magic Tree House books
Spelling (maybe…. only if I can combine this with the typing/cursive)
Marvel Girl: http://www.k12reader.com/
I am adapting my Persuade Me! graphic organizers and the work The Flash has already done with Persuasive Writing.
Please wish me a lot of luck and a lot of patience through this journey!