Saturday, February 3, 2018

A day in the life...

 putting cards in number order

 cutting skills
 working on core strength
bike riding at physical therapy 
Drawing on the white board, she practiced her triangle by staring with the base shape of the upper case A but instead of putting a line in the middle she put it at the bottom to form the triangle. She then decided to make it into a tree and added a tree trunk.

working on patterns

reading together

Thursday, January 25, 2018


So school is different than we expected this year. We tried to do Abeka homeschool using the DVDs. I had heard great things about it, and I can see how it would work great for some families. I think it is a great program, but it has been hard to have someone else doing all the teaching and just watching videos. It is basically like your child is sitting in a private Christian classroom. The teacher in the program is amazing at making the kids watching feel like they are part of the class. She addresses the kids who are watching, drawing them in, making them feel like they are all a part of the class. She introduces the kids in the actual class to the kids who are watching. In so many ways it is a wonderful program.
However, I am use to finding my kids learning style and doing that to help them learn. So a program that is more like a school where one size fits all, just isnt working as well as we hoped it would.
So we will finish up this year with Abeka, but we will be looking for something different for next year. I still want a more packaged program, but instead of DVD or computer lead, it will be lead by me so I can customize their learning to their learning styles.

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

 Some school work pictures


Field Trip to the Tree Farm

Teaching our kids has been wonderful. Because some of our kids have Down syndrome there are some things they struggle with. For Gavyn and Veronika fine motor is a struggle. They go to OT, PT, and Speech weekly. 
However Gavyn excels at reading. He is currently reading at about a 2nd grade level. 
One great program we are also doing is called So Happy to Learn at Home this program works on reading, math, communication skills, conversation skills, and so much more. It is mostly geared at kids with Down syndrome, but when I was teaching I was able to use the ideas from this program to help teach the kids in my class that had no special needs and they did great using it! I have been using the So Happy to Learn at Home program with Veronika and Gavyn since they were toddlers. One of the great things about the program is that there is an online group where the founder Mrs. Brown is always there to answer questions and help families using the program. It is also open for families to talk with other families doing the program, where we can share ideas, videos, and bounce ideas off each other. I can not say enough good things about this program. No matter what other work we do, we will continue to do the So Happy to Learn program.

 So what else are we doing??
Well, the kids are current in Soccer. We try to aim for 1-2 sporting activities per year. We are hoping later this year (depending on how their gross motor skills are coming along) is enrolling them in dance. 
For Gavyn, who is very visual, he is LOVING a handwriting program called The TV Teacher. The TV Teacher is an occupational therapist who teaches letter writing through fun engaging videos (not cartoon style) with letter chants to help remember how to write the letters. Because Gavyn loves to watch movies and music it was a perfect combination for him. He use to hate writing but he loves trying when he watches the DVDs. 
Speaking of music, our kids LOVE music and dancing. It is so much easier to remember things when you are learning with your whole body. Because of this we have looked up Youtube videos to teach things like counting to 100 by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, and many other things. One of our favorite YouTube channels is Jack Hartmenn Kids Music Channel. Our kids love singing and dancing and learning with him. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Homeschool 2017

We are naming our homeschool New Hope Academy!!!
So excited for the fall and getting our year started! 

New Hope Academy ~ A Christian based homeschool where every child is encouraged to shine.  Our goal is to help our children learn, and grow, by guiding their hearts and character so they shine in the light of God.
Matthew 5:16 Shine your light on the world. 
Home of the Eagles

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

Family Verse
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mission Statement
We live to love God and love others. We will strive for excellence in our words, deeds, and actions, while instilling a love of learning. 

We are proud to be using Abeka curriculum for most of our subjects.
Reading: Abeka K-5
Bible: Abeka K-5
Math: Abeka K-5
Social Studies: Abeka K-5
Art: Abeka K-5/Childcraft Make and Do
Music: Church Choir
Physical Education: Some of our students will be taking dance, others will be participating in gymnastics.
Writing: Some of our students will be using Abeka cursive writing program, while other students will be using Handwriting Without Tears.
Weekly cooking class
Weekly Trips to the Library for Story Time/Crafts/Science Time
Monthly Field Trips
          September: Zoo
          October: Pumpkin Patch
          November: Grist Mill
          December: Tree Farm
          January: OMSI (Science Museum)
          February: Children’s Museum
          March: Fort Vancouver
          April: Tulip Farm
          May: Fire station
          June: Aquarium