Khan Academy is so cool

Our kids have 2 Math programs they use: Miquon and Khan.  I wrote an earlier post on why we love Miquon and today I wanted to share the coolest of Khan.

Our kids spend 3-5 days a week on Khan, they do all the Mastery Challenges for that day (this is where they can move up to Mastery in each category and it challenges what they know).  Once they complete those (usually 2-3 challenges), they do 1-2 practice categories.  That’s it then they log off 🙂

What the Dashboard looks like:

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Here are detailed reports of what they have been working on:

 

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I love how Khan emails me each week with a mini overview of what they have been doing.

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You get points each time you complete a set of problems, my kids LOVE seeing their points go up. You also get Badges based on a number of different things, so it’s fun to see what ones they have gotten.

I would HIGHLY recommend Khan Academy for anyone, from Kindergarten to college.  It works great, and is like a personal tutor with videos and a forum.

Enjoy!

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A Day in My Shoes

Tuesday, June 10th

7AM Workout, I wanted to hurry, so I skipped the treadmill & worked out on a StairStep, it was awesome!  I did 115 floors in 20 min, it was the HILL setting, and burned 248 calories, then I pumped some iron. Mumford and Sons always helps me get through my workouts or Maroon 5 🙂

 

8AM Got home, put in a load of laundry and cleaned the kitchen (I even mopped!)

9AM Got the kids some breakfast and hopped in the shower!

10AM  Finished Miquon Math after breakfast then drove to the library for a Magic Show!

11AM  Magic Show — Turner was picked to go on stage, he thought it was cool!

11:30AM  Sonic break!

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12PM  School time, I helped the kids with their stuff for the day. Here is a run-down for today (they can do it in any order):  Miquon, Khan, Science, Reading, Keyboard practice, and Spanish.

2PM My sister called and wanted to meet up at the park, the kids loved feeding the fish and finally getting down the monkey bars!

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4PM Got home and cleaned the fish tank, this is our 2nd Betta (I kinda killed the 1st one, oops!)

5PM-8PM Coaching at the ball field 🙂  We WON!  I really LOVE volunteer coaching.  It’s something I started about 2 years ago, and will continue for many years.

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——— Jason made dinner tonight while I was gone — he’s so great ———-

8PM Decided to watch Catching Fire before bed and snack on some Jalapeño popcorn

11PM Bed!

 

 

We [love] Miquon Math

Before I started homeschooling, I, like many of you, read countless blogs and reviews for a plethora of Math programs.  It was a lot of information to go through, but I finally settled on Miquon.

It seems to be a lesser-used curriculum, I’m not sure why, because it works great!

The program consists of 6 books for 1st-3rd grade. They also sell a First Grade Diary (you don’t need this), a manual (you do need this), and rods for hands-on learning.

With the rods they are able to introduce multiplication, division and fractions more easily for little ones to understand. I just love how it pushes them in a gentle way that they understand. 

On a side note: I went through and marked each rod with the number they represent on the ends, it was such a HUGE help! 

There are 6 books in the program. <—– Check out what each book covers.

1st grade:  Orange and Red    |     2nd grade:  Blue and Green                                                     3rd grade:  Yellow and Purple

My kids do Miquon each morning for 15 minutes.  We set a timer and they work at their own pace. It seems like it takes about 1-3 months to go through an entire book, depending on how fast your child works and if they need extra help.

Lilly is finishing up her Kindergarten year with the Orange book. She should get through the first 4 books by the end of next year. Which would put her working a grade ahead.

Turner should be finished with all 6 books by the end of his 2nd grade year (next summer).  That would put him a year ahead also. He is in the Red book now.

Afterward Miquon I plan on using Beast Academy or Teaching Textbooks.

Miquon is unique and different, with a hands on approach. I really enjoy doing the books with my kids and helping them along the way. There are little games in the books too, and the kids just love them.

I highly recommend Miquon to homeschoolers that want to have their kids working a grade level ahead and for a unique, hands-on approach.

****Both kids also use Khan Academy 3-4 times a week for 15-30 minutes at a time.

Easy Peasy…. is it really easy?

I was thinking about a completely free homeschooling resource called Easy Peasy today.  We have been using this for about 5-6 months now.  However, not all subjects. At first, I was a little overwhelmed with understanding how to maneuver the site and find my way around, but with a little patience and some reading, I figured it out soon enough.

The site has everything K to 12. We mainly use it for art study, science and some history.  We also use the McGuffey Readers daily.

My kids were in K and 1 when we started using this after Christmas.  It seemed short and too the point, everything laid out, so not too much work involved.  On the flip side, everything may be laid out, but do I agree with “everything”, do I think that “everything” is enough?

A few thoughts:

1.  Math is WAY too easy, First Year Math is better suited for Pre-K to me, maybe Kinder.  The older years may be more of a challenge, I haven’t looked, but I personally wouldn’t recommend EP for elementary Math.

2. EP has you do each subject daily.  We tried it and it didn’t work for us, I felt to rushed to get it all in without really taking time to talk about things, just click on links and do them sort of thing. It never seemed in depth enough, so we now do either Science of History each day, not both.  I feel like the material is being covered better and the kids are more relaxed.

3. EP has you start at Day 1 and follow it in order.  We like to skip around though.  We decide what we want to learn about and look to see what resources EP has for that subject, i.e. birds. You would find EP’s bird unit in Zoology.  Then maybe we want to do the Human Body, so we hop over to Biology and study that.  EP has it laid out pretty nicely to find what you want.

4. I like some of the games and videos we get to link to, I probably never would have found them myself, but the site tends to repeat itself a lot, and we just skip those days.

5. Lap books, lap books, lap books.  When I first started homeschooling I thought lap books were fun and exciting and so did my kids, but after the 4th one they get a bit…. boring.  So we find other activities to do instead and haven’t done a lap book in 4 months.  I would rather my kids go outside and observe birds to see differences, etc than fill out a lap book when they are in K and 1.  They get more out of it.

Wrapping it up:  Easy Peasy is a good resource and I would recommend it to other families.  Make sure you are doing what is best for your style of teaching and just because it says you should take a quiz one day, maybe skip it, maybe quizzes aren’t for your kiddo right now.  Maybe doing their 10th lap book isn’t either.

Look around the site and get ideas to inspire to do other things.  It’s free, why not try it out and see if it works for you.

Has anyone else used the site?  What do you use it for?

 

*These are my own opinions.

How we [school]

This past year has been full of changes.  I was also attending college full-time, but recently decided homeschooling is where my focus should be and now we are adjusting to find a way to do things daily, that everyone can benefit while keeping it fun.

We homeschool year round.  This seems to be the easiest, less stressful, and most rewarding way.  Because of this schedule we are able to take breaks every month.  We want the kids to know school and learning is a way of life, and not something you do for only 9 months.

We do 3 weeks on, 1 week off.  This gives us time to take field trips or vacations every few weeks.  The kids are able to build off what they have learned without needing to go over it again.

With this schedule we have 39 weeks on and 12 weeks off, with 195 days in class at home.  Technically, with only 180 days needed, we have some wiggle room for sick days or an unexpected trip.

Our last day (this year) will be June 27th.

Any other year-rounders out there?

Hello There

Hi, with a year and a half of homeschooling under my belt, I decided this year to try out a blog.  I read so many great blogs from other homeschooling moms, and enjoy most of them, so I thought I would jump on board and try out this new adventure of writing and sharing our HS lifestyle with all of you.

I pulled my son out of Kindergarten in March 2013, with my husband really the one pushing me to do it. I am so glad I did.  Our son was not getting the academic challenge he needed and he also said the kids were mean.  He does miss his teacher, but he is glad he gets to learn at home and not worry about the other kids.

We finished up his Kindergarten year, having a blast, and went ahead and decided to homeschool both our children.  So that put my son in 1st, and my daughter in K this year, 2013-2014.  We have bounced back and forth with how to do things and are still finding our identity.  I believe Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, and some Classical thrown in are what we (all) enjoy the most.

Welcome to the site, I hope you find some encouraging words, possible wisdom, and maybe even some laughs throughout this site.

-Megan

Here is the whole clan, Jason, Turner, Lilly, myself, and our amazing dog, Bella.