Day-in-the-Life in KC

Note: our wonderful checklist took all the whining out of our day.  Z knows what I expect from him each day and he loves checking off each activity in his quest for free time!  This was a must have for my child.  I’m sure that not all children need something like this but he really does and it has made a huge impact on how smoothly our day goes.

As part of the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop this post is about a day-in-the-life at our house.  Really this post is a combo as I’m going to include our week last week.

Monday we started with our lessons and schedule and then at the last minute we decided we would join a homeschool meet-up at a local park.  Then we went clothes shopping for the season and ended with buying vitamins and veggies at the local health food store.

Tuesday we worked on our lessons for most of the day.  Focusing a lot on our Math and Reading.  And we ended the day visiting the Chiropractors office.

Wednesday we took the day off lessons and spent the day with grandma.  We went swimming at a local indoor pool with slides and other fun things.  Then we played with grandma and enjoyed our time with her.

Thursday was back to our lessons.

Friday was another great day of lessons.  Several days of schedule and lessons, but with some fun and spontaneity to keep things interesting.  A great way to ease back into a full school year.

August has a gentle schedule and busy September is just around the corner with piano, soccer, ballet, and enrichment to crowd into our time slots.  December will change things up with less activities but more festivities.  And I look forward to the calm and quiet that a new year brings.

Below is our daily schedule that I use as a fluid guideline.  Sometimes our quiet hour is longer waiting on my children to awake on their own and other days they burst downstairs once they hear the timer.  Sometimes math takes 1 hour and reading 15 minutes.  It just depends on the needs of each child.  I have curriculum that I believe in, a schedule to help keep me on a track, and intuition to follow the needs of my children.  And I’ve done the math and I know that we can afford some fun and spontaneity thrown in there at random and still meet the state requirements.

This post is linked up over at the iHomeschool Network – click below to link up your family’s 2012-2013 curriculum!

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School Pictures 2012

As part of the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop we are posting our school pictures for 2012.  We’ve taken these head shots each year from age 1.  Here are my cutie pies!

This post is linked up over at the iHomeschool Network – click below to link up your family’s 2012-2013 curriculum!

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School Room in KC

As part of Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop I am posting pictures of our “school room”.  In our tiny bungalow in Kansas City each room of our house is multipurpose.  My laundry room is laundry, pantry, tool shed.  My bedroom is a bedroom, library, and office.  And my dining room is also a school room.  We do our lessons at the kitchen table the old fashion way.  😀  I hope you enjoy this sneak peak into our lives.

This is often what our table looks like during the day.  Zavien is playing with legos, Jaxon was coloring with markers, and mom and dad’s laptops cover one end.  You can see our Bible memory verses taped on the side on the bookcase and Jaxon’s guitar in the corner.  You can also see our handy pencil sharpener on the wall to the left.  It was under $20 and so worth it.

The first picture(on the left) is of the craft shelf.  This is where crayons, markers, pencils, clay, glue, paper, scissors, beads, paint, and so much more are stored.  The children have access to it whenever they want which is why it is always a disaster area.  😀  Creativity is never clean.

The second picture is the curriculum shelf.  We call it mom’s school shelf.  The kids are not allowed to mess with much on this bookcase.  There is one shelf that has their reading books that they may get whenever they want.

The third picture has our number chart, weekly schedule, and the children’s daily check off lists.  After last year I found that it really helps Zavien if he knows what is expected of him each day.

And the last picture(on the right) is of our new calendar.  I love it!  We’ve been doing this each morning and the kids take turns moving the days and updating the weather.  It’s been a big hit and it only cost me $28.45!

We have limited space and so we make it all work.  We will be building a house this fall and will have a dedicated school room.  I’m super excited to get their desks(found at a school auction, so cool!) out of storage and give them their own dedicated space.  I’m excited about posting our new school room pictures whenever we finish the house.  😀

This post is linked up over at the iHomeschool Network – click below to link up your family’s 2012-2013 curriculum!

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2012-2013 Curriculum

Vaylee’s Toddler Curriculum

  • To have fun!  Baby sign language, learning to talk, potty training, & social skills.

Tylea’s Preschool Curriculum

  • Letter of the Week and eventually the K4 packet too… my daughter is loving this program.  She likes the fun games and gets her notebook out for school time!

She will also have lots of craft time, puzzles, and playtime.  Ballet class too!

Jaxon’s Kindergarten Curriculum

  • Math:  Math-U-See Alpha…. this is so great and he loves to play with the blocks.  The visual with the blocks has really opened up math for my son.
  • Phonics:  Phonics for Reading and Spellingmy son is doing so great with this.  He has the first 72 phonograms memorized and he’s working through the harder ones now.  I’m so surprised at what a 5-year-old can retain!
  • Reading:  McGuffey Readers, CLE Readers, Biscuit, Dick & Jane, etc… Jax is starting with the Biscuit books and is doing great so far.  Once he’s got all the phonograms under his belt he will fly.
  • Religion:  Discover Book of Mormonthis program moves a little too fast for us.  My boys can’t memorize and retain these verses on a daily basis.  So I’m having to redo my process.

 The rest of the time he will be invited to join his brother’s lessons but will have the option to opt out and go play.  I suspect there will be a lot of creative time doing craft projects.  He will also play soccer in the fall and attends DHA 1 day a week.  Private piano lessons.

Zavien’s 2nd Grade Curriculum

  • GrammarFirst Language Lessons 1quick easy lessons that compound the information and the lesson sticks!
  • WritingWriting with Ease 1quick easy lessons that are perfect for an active boy.
  • Spelling Phonics for Reading and Spellingso far we’ve had amazing success with this program.  Z has the phonograms memorized and he is applying that to spelling which is helping him to decode words.  I love it!
  • Literature:  Classical House of Learning, Grammar Stagemy son’s favorite subject!  He loves to be read to, he doesn’t mind narrating the story back to me, and he loves to draw a picture about the story.
  • Reading:  McGuffey Readers, CLE Readers, Biscuit, Dick & Jane, etc…. reading at an appropriate level is so important.  I love the variety we do.  The McGuffey readers stretch and strengthen my son’s skills while the CLE readers help him gain confidence and fluency.
  • MathMath-U-See Beta…. Z really likes this program and completes his lesson timely.  It’s hands on and very visual.
  • History:  Story of the World 1who doesn’t love story telling?  This is great and I love the follow up questions with maps and coloring pages.  Not to mention the great book lists for the library and extra activities too!
  • Science:  Apologia Science Zoology 3 I’m not a fan of the kids journals that you can get but I like the books.  We read through the information and talk about the animals.  There are experiments which is great too.
  • Religion:  Discover Book of Mormonthis program moves a little too fast for us.  My boys can’t memorize and retain these verses on a daily basis.  So I’m having to redo my process.
  • Art & Art History:  Artistic Pursuitsmy son loves art so this is great.  It combines art history, samples of historic art, and a sampling of different mediums.
  • Music History:  Lives of the Musicianswe are just trying to give our children some basic history, let them listen to music from the composer, and inspire them as musicians themselves.

He also will be doing soccer in the fall, private piano lessons, and DHA 1 day a week.

Homeschool Library

Homeschool Library Must Haves

Supplement Resources:

Weekly Enrichment Program

Discovery Homeschool Academy(DHA)- homeschool enrichment one day a week.  All the fun classes that you liked in public school: PE, Art, Music, Spanish, Science, Social Studies.  We have class parties, field day, grandparents day, field trips and other fun activities with the fellowship of other homeschool families.  They also have homeschool 101 classes for parents that were great.

This post is linked up over at the iHomeschool Network – click below to link up your family’s 2012-2013 curriculum!

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  1. Curriculum Week: posting 8/6/12
  2. School Room Week: posting 8/13/12
  3. Student Photo Week: posting 8/20/12
  4. Day-in-the-Life Week: posting 8/27/12

Homeschool Beginnings

When we started our homeschooling journey I was very overwhelmed with all the options out there.  Thankfully my circles are like minded and I had access to homeschooling parents that I could ask questions.  Through chatting online, reading lots of books, and listening to the needs of my children and our family I was able to figure out our homeschooling path.  Here are some topics that I think you will find helpful.

De-school:  For us coming out of a private Kindergarten my son needed some time to de-school.  He hated learning and wanted nothing to do with anything that resembled his semester in the klink.  So we did a lot of fun learning that was not labeled until the fall.  When school time rolled around we took it little by little getting mom and son use to this new adventure.  After de-schooling, my learning hungry child was back and thirsty for knowledge!

Prep:  With my second child who will officially be starting kindergarten this fall we have done some prep work.  When he’s interested we will do a math lesson but mostly we run through phonograms several times a week and we have been working on some basic readers.  He also enjoys some free online educational programs.  We move at his pace and interest.  Kids naturally have a thirst for knowledge.  It’s really quite awesome.  Listening to them and introducing them to new concepts is fun.  We also have a lot of craft supplies at our house that my children get into daily.

Method:  There are lots of different ways to homeschool and in fact no two ways are the same.  Cater your homeschool around your family’s needs and preferences.  Learning about the different methodologies is a great place to start.  Our homeschool has a foundation of Classical Education using a lot of literature with some computer supplementation.  Once you figure out your method, the curriculum search is simplified.

Rigidity~Fluidity:  Deciding what schedule and atmosphere you will teach in is a very fluid thing at our house.  Sometimes we are on the couch, in mom’s bed, on the front porch, or at the dining room table.  Some days we stick to the schedule but most of the time we adapt to what the child needs.  Maybe we need more time in math and everyone is falling asleep reading about Williby’s.  Or tomorrow math may be a breeze and we loved marsupials so much we wanted to spend extra time mapping out where they all live in the world.  I’m okay with a fluid schedule since it means that my child will have a high retention rate for the lesson.  (Picture of my two boys seeing the world with blue colored goggles.)

Law:  Each state has a different homeschooling law and it’s in your best interest to become very familiar with it.  Here is a website that details each state’s law.

  • Missouri–  Applies to ages 7-16(17).  1000 hours of instructions.  600 of these hours must be in reading, math, social studies, language arts, and science(not evenly, just collectively).  At least 400 of the 600 must must be at the “regular homeschool location”(i.e. with mom wherever mom may be).  Requirements must be met within the school term(12 months starting July 1st OR within the school term set by parents).  Below are things you need to keep but you are not required to turn them in to anyone.
    1. Must maintain a record of activities and subjects taught.
    2. Must keep a portfolio of the students work.
    3. Must keep a record of evaluations of the students progress.
    4. OR keep other written, equivalent evidence.  Parent can choose 1,2,&3 or just 4 which allows more flexibility.
  • Kansas Applies to ages 7-16(17).  You must register your private school, be competent, have at least 186 days of instruction, instruction must be planned, scheduled, and have periodic testing.  (I’m not homeschooling in Kansas so please read the pdf attached to have a full understanding.)

Home School Legal Defense AssociationHome School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

Support:  Finding other like minded homeschooling parents has been key in my confidence on this journey.  One of my favorite online forums is found at The Well Trained Mind website.  It’s very active and I’ve researched through those threads and after reading reviews confidentially made my curriculum choices.  Plus I love to hear ideas that others are using and see into their homeschooling lives for inspiration.  Google your city name and homeschool enrichment to find programs in your area.  Below are some great options in the Kansas City area.

Homeschooling Support in Kansas City Area

Pre-school Enrichment:

KC Circle– a parent run, parent involved learning coop.  Each parent offers a class and signs their children up to participate in classes/field trips offered.  Classes located all over the metro.

Homeschool Enrichment:

Discovery Homeschool Academy(DHA)– A Christian-based enrichment program for homeschooled children grades K-8th with a qualified, Christian faculty.  Students will be creatively challenged with hands-on activities and experiments in their classes.  The Academy meets on Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., September to May.  Music, Art, PE, Spanish, Science, Social Studies, Computers.  Located in Raytown, Missouri.  (Picture of my son’s first day at DHA.)

KC Homeschool– A member supported, all-inclusive secular group of local homeschoolers.  We offer a co-op that runs year round, regular field trips, clubs, a monthly parent’s night out and other activities.  Online we offer a discussion forum, printable membership card, classified ads, a sortable field trip database and each family can build their own secure website to share with friends and family!

L.E.A.R.N.–  Home Education Network provides secular support and resources to homeschooling families in Missouri and Kansas by providing regular meetings, social activities, membership cards, website, annual picnic & reunion, unprom, teen and pre-teen events,  weekly gathering of coop classes, park days, graduation ceremony, information about homeschooling and legislative updates.

E.D.C.A.T.E.– Currently children between the ages of infancy all the way through high school are represented in our membership. We offer active teen and tween social groups as well as preschool activities and everything in between. Current activities include: Lego play groups, Pokemon club, history co-ops, park days, field trips, drama classes, literature and writing classes, educational activity days, mom’s night out, and many more! EDUCATE also hosts an annual recognition ceremony, talent show and other family socials such as the fall kick-off picnic, holiday parties, roundtables, and the spring social. Most activities occur in the Johnson County area of Kansas, but membership is not limited to that area.

 Local Homeschool Groups/Forums/Support/Co-ops:

Midwest Parent Educators(MPE)– serves homeschoolers by providing an annual Conference & Curriculum Fair(it’s amazing and a must go event!), networking through its large membership, listings of local events and opportunities for homeschoolers, and more.  Our local office offers support for families researching homeschooling and a library of materials geared toward homeschooling families, available as benefits of membership.  MPE’s regular events include a Women’s Retreat, Men’s Leadership Evening, How to Homeschool Workshop and a Used Curriculum Sale.

Lee’s Summit Home Educators (LSHE)– a Christian-based homeschool support group for families who choose to educate their pre-K through high school students. Our group is based on volunteers who desire to have a strong home school community for their children as well as themselves.   We typically meet on the 2nd Mondays each month at 7pm, Sept.-May, at Christ Triumphant Church in Lee’s Summit, MO.

Raymore Home Educators– Throughout the school year RHE encourages participation in local as well as state-wide field trips, conferences, classes and lectures, sports teams, testing, community events, and community service projects. We organize holiday parties and family events as well as a boisterous field day, and members-only book and curriculum sale. The accomplishments of the school year are marked with the publication of the RHE yearbook. Meets monthly, September through May, on the first Thursday at 2:30 PM. We meet at the First Baptist Church of Raymore.

Lawrence Area Homeschoolers Network– a secular, inclusive homeschooling group to support families and encourage homeschooling in Lawrence, KS and surrounding areas.  Meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm.  Email list, monthly meetings, most of our meetings are social in nature, although members are encouraged to share their skills through classes, activities, and organized field trips.

Northland Families Learning Together– a secular support group for Home Educators in the Greater Kansas City area, with activities based mainly in the Northland. NFLT provides support and educational and social events to the Kansas City homeschooling community.

Local Mailing List for Homeschool Activities in the KC Area

KC-Happenings– an informational list for homeschoolers and friends. We will be sending announcements regarding activities open to all homeschoolers. If your child is involved in activities that might require email updates, this is where you will find them.

Homeschool Shopping

Mardels– Big box store of homeschooling supplies with aisles and aisles of curriculum and so much more!  I feel like a kid in a candy store and have spent hours in the store.  Half the store is homeschooling supplies and half the store is a Christian book store.  Locations all over the country including one in Independence and Overland Park.

Rainbow Resource– A complete online store that carries all the top homeschooling curriculum.  They have the most competitive prices across the board.  I love when they have a booth at our local home school conference and I don’t have to pay shipping!

Lakeshore Learning– I really love browsing this website.  There are tons of manipulatives and great additions to homeschooling.  When we move and have more space to store things I plan on ordering some fun things for our school.

This list of groups in Kansas City is by no means complete.  There are many small groups supporting each other in our wonderful city.  If you have a group that you participate in that I didn’t list please tell us about it.  Even if I listed your group, we’d love to hear your experience!

Keeping a Home in the 21st Century

The newest generation of mothers spent their formative years out of the house 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. More so if they were involved in Girl Scouts, dance class, and/or sports, etc. They learned to wait in line, raise their hand to speak, and ask permission to use the restroom. If they fancied they may have taken a home economics class where they learned to make crepes and pajama pants. If they were ahead of the curve they took a finance class. In college they were taught to embrace the working world and to compete in all areas of the job market.  Society said a successful career makes you a successful person.

At no point did society prepare these young women to care for a household.  There were no classes on how to balance the unending tasks of being mother, wife, and homemaker.  Regardless of occupation, these tasks and duties are still theirs.  Many women have found themselves in a dark place of stress, fatigue, and depression.  Drowning under pressure from work, laundry, and screaming children.  No one is happy.  Even if a mother leaves the workplace and comes home full time she has never been taught how to run her household.  Selfish habits, feminism, and a lackadaisical attitude are ingrained into them.  They are lacking the virtues and self-discipline that the fore-mothers possessed.

The United States was created “…one nation under God…” asking “God bless America”.  Media has morphed society over time and now we are seeing these Christian foundations being shaken.  Children have grown up in these public factories without the skills to teach values, morals, or even faith to their children.  So what is the future for this dependent generation of workers?  Only time will tell….

Some people have caught a glimpse of the forest.  They see through the trees to what is happening in American schools today.  And guess what?  They want no part of it.  They’ve taken matters into their own hands.  Parents have access to more information online than ever before.  They are teaching themselves the lost knowledge that built this country.  The number of homeschooling families increased 74% from 1999 to 2007.  Parents are taking back their children and teaching them good character and ethics.  They are insuring their children’s future as independent, capable, free-thinkers.

So how are these women who have grown up in the public school system going to accomplish the goal of raising the next generation of brilliant minds?  By going back to classical education and reinforcing biblical virtues.  Using the internet to source curriculum and to connect with like-minded women.  Reading books on homeschooling, homemaking, and their religion.  Starting from scratch with helpful guidelines shared by the pioneers in the movement to raise a moral & just nation.

Books that I have found helpful in my personal journey to raise a happy, healthy, and wise family are: Birth- The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth, The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth; Children’s Health- Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, Natural Baby & Childcare, The Parent’s Concise Guide to Vaccinations; Education- The Underground History of American Education, The Well Trained Mind; Religion- Family Bible Study series, Discover the Scriptures; Homemaking- Nourishing Traditions, Large Family Logistics; Parenting- Strong Fathers Strong Daughters, Boys Should Be Boys, Raising Real Men, Large Family Logistics; Motherhood- 10 Habits of Happy Mothers, Large Family Logistics.

I’m currently reading Large Family Logistics by Kim Brennenman.  It’s the how to guide to manage a household.  Regardless of family size this is a great book.  It’s foundation is in the  Bible and it refers back to the Scriptures constantly to reinforce topics.  It explains daily and weekly chores, meal planning, homeschooling, and so much more.  It’s a complete how to guide on creating your own home management book for your household.  I’m so thrilled with it.  It has been very inspiring for me.  It’s the training that I missed out on while I was in public school.  I highly recommend it to the Christian mother struggling to balance homeschool, keeping house, happy children, and a happy mother.

Today I created this schedule and chore chart using the guidelines in the book.  It’s customized to our family but a great example for others reading the book.  I’m thrilled with it and excited to implement it tomorrow!

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Planning Ahead

After reading The Underground History of American Education: A School Teacher’s Intimate Investigation Into the Problem of Modern Schooling and much more research, last February, Kevin and I decided to homeschool our children.  We pulled our kindergartener out of his private Christian school and spent the rest of the school year and summer de-schooling him.  Allowing him to clear his slate and get back to a place where he loved to write birthday cards to family, color pokemon, build sculptures from scrapes, and read.  Although it’s been a rough transitional year for our family he’s done so great with reading progression and literature comprehension.  So as we head into the summer months we will continue with our curriculum to finish up 1st grade.

Spring is the time of year to plan for the upcoming school year and the Midwest Parent Educators Conference is the place to be.  They have a curriculum fair that is amazing.  I went to it last year, a week before Vaylee was born, with my three kiddos in tow.  It’s a great place to see what local groups are available for support, the variety of curriculum(religious or secular), and classes to help you on your homeschooling journey.  This will be my first time to attend the classes and I’m looking forward to it.  The boys will be attending the children’s activities which is really exciting for them.

2011-2012 1st Grade Curriculum

  • First Language Lessons 1– grammar made easy.
  • Writing with Ease 1– super easy to teach and not frustrating for a super active boy.
  • Apologia Science Zoology 3– We skipped ahead to 3 as the boys are really into big cats.
  • Classical House of Learning, Grammar Stage– a free literature program that has been so much fun.  I read a story, Zavien tells me about it and I write it down on his sheet, and then his draws a picture about the story.
  • Story of the World 1– History and religion combined with suggested supplemental reading, map work, art projects, color pages, and more.
  • Saxon 2– this program is one level above the child’s grade level.  We haven’t had much fun with it but Zavien is doing well with it.
  • Phonics for Reading and Spelling– this has been working really well for us.  I really like it.  It was overwhelming at first but it’s actually pretty simple.  We supplement with Biscuit Books, McGruffy readers, and Dick and Jane books.
  • Living Scriptures Lessons– We really enjoy what we call “Jesus movies” and these lessons are great for the young kids.

2012-2013 Kindergarten Curriculum

2012-2013 2nd Grade Curriculum

I will be looking for literature to expand our reading library at the MPE conference.  Religion, Art, and Music are three other subjects that I will be looking at curriculum for as well.

We also participate in the Discovery Homeschool Academy program.  It’s been so fantastic for all those activities that you actually like from public school.  Classmates, PE class, class parties, spring programs, Grandparent’s day, etc.

The boys are taking Piano lessons, very conveniently, immediately after DHA.  They really want to play the guitar but they aren’t quite old enough and the instructors want them to know piano first.  So as soon as their hands are big enough, they will know piano, and be able to start their guitar lessons.

We are doing Boyscouts with Zavien too.  Jaxon can’t start until he’s in 1st grade.  Both boys do soccer and t-ball.  Tylea is starting t-ball and ballet this summer.

Nurturing Education from Home

We decided to nurture our children’s education from home for several reasons.  Each child learns at their own level and pace.  Sometimes they are interested in a topic that, if explored when interested, blooms into an education that is retained and useful.  When forced to study a subject reluctantly, not only do they fight against learning, they most likely don’t retain it for the future.

From personal experience as an adult I’ve seen that I study and investigate subjects that I’m interested in. I retain that information and can recall it easily.  I build my own opinions and convictions for my beliefs in what I’ve learned.  I remember sitting in school, irritated at a subject, frustrated that I was being forced to learn about it, especially since I would never use it in life.  Why was I being forced to learn something so irrelevant?

Not only do public/private schools not allow children to learn at their own pace, they strive to limit their abilities.  The school system is designed to dumb down our children.  To limit their potential and keep them from being top of their industry.  In fact the reason that schooling lasts until you are 21 is so that by the time you figure out what you want to be the fire of youth is gone.  The youthful fire that was the drive for historical men like George Washington, Thomas Edison, and .  Standardized tests have become less and less complicated.  And yet the scores of American graduates have continually declined.  The literacy rates in America have drastically declined since the first world war.  Schools are meant to keep the working class in a mentality to continue being the working class.  So make sure that industry has the workers needed for huge corporate America.  The free democrat society that we think we have is actually controlled by a limited elite that train us as employees from kindergarten to bachelors.

Kevin and I are entrepreneurs.  We are paving the way in our own lives.  It’s hard work and we make mistakes.  But we know that we control our own destiny.  We hope to give our children that freedom.  To allow them to choose any path, and know that they can be the best at whatever they choose.  This blog is to help keep record of our daily activities and experiences.  To watch as our children grow and learn each day.

Suggested Reading: The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto