Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Everson Home Academy: Starting K5!!!

I always said that I was not going to homeschool...But when it came time for me to start looking for a school, and our options, homeschooling seemed to be the only choice. Now I'm not sure if it will be the only option years down the road...I'm hoping that in a few years from now, Christian school will be our choice. 

When looking for a curriculum, I knew right off the bat I needed something with more structure, less lesson planning on my part, and something that would do the teaching aspect for me. It all seems way too overwhelming to me to plan the lessons, organize the work, and all the craft stuff is just not my style. I was looking for something where I could be more of an assistant so that my son felt like he was being taught by someone else. That's what drew me in when I was looking at online video programs. 

It didn't take me too long to see that Bob Jones has an online Distance Learning program for homeschoolers. I loved the freedom it offered as teachers are teaching the lessons to the kids and I'm being a helper for my child. 

This homeschooling a child is all too new to me. (even for being homeschooled my whole school career) And that's why I couldn't get myself into a HUGE curriculum search, mix and match things, and 'do it on my own.' I guess you can say I took the easy road. But I'm growing, and we'll see how this year goes.

One other major source of helps, tips, and info has been Pinterest! As I'm sure many homeschooling moms do the same! Here's a printout I found for our weekly plan so I can write down what we've done for the day! (www.homeschoolingonadime.com) I think I get the most excitement out of the organization papers I find on Pinterest than school being done! :)

Lincoln has done six lessons so far and he seems to really like math. We save that subject for last. ;) Hopefully he'll have the same enthusiasm about math through out the year! The lessons aren't too long and it gives us time to do review, play games, and enjoy other fun stuff together. Kindergarten is still a learn while you play age, which makes it even more fun for us! 

Please share any tips or helps that you might want to offer. Anything that to get us through the year! And any suggestions on 1st grade curriculum. (?)

Thanks for stopping by! I'm linking up over at iHomeschool Network during their blog hop. Be sure to check out the other bloggers for more curriculum ideas and to see what everyone else is using this year!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Late Birthday Post...very late

I have no good explanation...but I am WAY behind on things and am just enjoying our last few weeks of summer before homeschooling officially starts this fall. (sigh)

I meant to get this post together a long time ago... Someone had a birthday...last month...

Happy 2nd Birthday, Beckham!!!

My baby is gone for good now as he has entered into toddler-hood. :( Potty training has started, words are s.l.o.w.l.y becoming the norm, and sleeping through the night is....yah...we're working on that one.

I wanted to try and start the tradition of asking him some question, but when I asked him if I could interview him, he said, "no" and ran to get a ball. Beckham is not the one to be interested in random questions. He's always busy doing something like kicking or shooting a ball. He's the athletic one out of the two boys! :) Just recently he has learned to catch. He can even bounce pass, catch, and dribble a basketball!

Outside is his favorite place be, if he can't be out, he'll try to find someone who's willing to play catch or help him get the ball out of his indoor hoop when it gets stuck. Big brother is an easy target and usually ends up being the punching bag as well! Rough housing is another favorite and Beckham usually wins! He's all boy and I love that my boys are different, but still enjoy being together at times.

Beckham's love language is touch and he's such a cuddle bug. A BIG momma's boy. :) I don't want him to grow out of that, and so I probably do baby him...a little! ;) 

Some of his favorite words:
shoe-shoes, outside, bye, mama, dada (he uses this word for lots of things), mine (newest one), ball, no, poo, ew, choo-choo, hot...there's more, but these are the most used... We did some signing with please, more, and drink, so he still does that. He does still point quite a bit. A lot of his phrases don't sound like much, but you can sometimes tell what he means by the tone. Like "I don't know" is a shrug with the tone flux that everyone does. He's good at picking up on those. He enjoys singing into microphones with very intense, serious facial expressions. Dancing and exercising in the middle of the store is a hobby of his as well!

I sometimes wonder if his speech is really delayed or if he's just too lazy because big brother is SUCH a talker. Within the last month I have noticed that Beckham does understand more than we think, and is starting to communicate better and is picking up on words. So I'm not real worried... Hopefully he will start talking more real soon! 

Helping out with chores is another favorite of Beckham's. Dishes, folding clothes, putting clothes in the dryer, sweeping, and vacuuming are some of the things he helps out with. He thinks he's helping, but...in the end it ends up being more work for me... LOL! 

And that's most of what it's like for the life of my two year old! Hopefully next year we'll start the birthday interview and get that posted.

Beckham on his birthday at a parade.

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