Despite sending Apollo off to kindy, I’m not quite going to be alone this year. Tilly will begin her second year of community college. Enoch (10th grade) and Kalina (9th grade) will be homeschooling.
Yes, we did enroll Kalina in school for the second half of last year. I enrolled her specifically hoping she would get help with math. Her hearing loss that wasn’t diagnosed until age 12 means she has some holes in her education. Unfortunately, she wasn’t getting the help she needed at school. Despite talking with the school three weeks before she began, she didn’t get her FM device until 4 days before school was out. She was put in a math class and not supplied with a math book. She literally came home with random numbers written on a piece of paper and told me she needed to graph them. “Let me see your book” I said. “I don’t have one“. Nope, not enough books her in school, therefore only the kids in advanced math had math books. When I talked to her teacher and informed him she needed a math book so I could help her, I was told to just “look it up on YouTube“. By the way, I pointed out her 504 plan, and she was given a math book. I won’t go into it all, suffice it to say, she was not getting the help she needed.
For the 2015-2016 school year, I have both Enoch and Kalina enrolled in a math class. It is expensive, but worth it. We have tried Teaching Textbooks, Key to Algebra and Switched on Schoolhouse. None of these have worked well for my children; they need an actual teacher. Judah and Tilly both ended up taking their math classes at the college, which is fine, but even more expensive than the class I have Enoch and Kalina enrolled in.
I will be teaching Enoch, Kalina and a friend’s son English. I am coming up with a written plan and schedule where we will cover basic written grammar and writing skills (I’ll update with the actual plans later). I want to make sure these three are prepared for college. Enoch will continue with Switched-on-Schoolhouse for science and social studies. Kalina’s science and social studies will be supplemented with plenty of documentaries. I also plan to utilize iBooks Textbooks for iPad.
Mordecai and Jubilee are off to 7th grade. Hezekiah will be in 6th, Avi and Tucker in 4th and Apollo in kindy.
What are your plans for the upcoming school year?