We are accidental homeschoolers starting our homeschool journey almost 3 years ago when my oldest son had barely started 6th grade at public school. The school sucked in my simplest basic opinion, they failed my child and they failed me. Pulling him and homeschooling was the best thing we ever did! This was to be a middle school thing and then send them back out into the world for high school.
Since the economy has made the local schools 3x worse than they were instead of better.... he will continue to be homeschooled through high school. This means that Mom aka me has to really come up with a good program for him that I know works for him. We used Time 4 Learning for middle school and he loved it. The animated lessons worked for him. He has ADHD and the attention span waivers. If he were still in public school, he would be labeled special education and put into the system. This was the problem before, he was lost and did not have help.
Since he has been homeschooled he has blossomed! He passed his required State testing with flying colors! Needless to say, we were thrilled when opened the envelope and saw his scores! We knew what we had been doing for him worked!
So... Mom has spent the better part of her Summer using any spare moment(and those of you that follow my blogs know those are few and far between!) to research online programs, curriculums and whatnot to find something that I know will work for him! And I have to say my diligence has paid off!! YEAH!
He was signed up for a program that is a lot like what he has been using this week! I signed up a week ago but it takes a few days to get our account up, so I did not get to play around with it and really check it out until this week!
I have to say a big weight was taken off my shoulders because not only did I have an easy daycare week which allowed me to get our 2011-2012 Preschool year planned out but I was able to get my 8th grader's Time 4 Learning lesson plans completed and my 9th grader's lesson plans! I still need to laminate their personal charts that I place by their workstations but they are printed out. Plus I cleaned out the 3 boxes of homeschool books, supplies and misc. papers I had and have been ignoring! Recycled a whole box of 2 year old papers! Realized how little supplies we needed and made a list of books to sell on eBay and craigslist that I bought and haven't used! And I hit the few places that had what supplies we were lacking and we are stocked up and ready to go!
I say bring on the 2011-2012 school year!!!
In the immortal words of Spongebob, I'm Ready-I'm Ready-I'm Ready........