Monthly Archives: July 2018

Homeschooling 2018

 

This is year 14 for our family homeschooling and I personally feel that it has been a huge success. I am often asked, “why?” I homeschool because I can give my children a quality Christian education that the public schools can not.  I can work one on one with the kids that need the extra help ( and the ones who don’t) and we can have more hands-on activities and projects as well as field trips. 

Some years have been better than others. Some books/curriculum my children like better than others. 

One year we did entirely lap books and that was a blast, but not really an option for my high school aged kids. 

Here are some of the curriculum that we are using this year as a family. The first 2 weeks, we start out slow with only 3 subjects: Science, History and Literature. Once the kids get in the mode of schooling again, we add in Math, grammar and electives.

High School History/Literature:   Notgrass Exploring Government: https://amzn.to/2uZA3qL

Elementary History/Literature:   Notgrass Our Star Spangled Story (New and not even here yet) https://history.notgrass.com/elementary/

LifePac Science:  11th grade: https://amzn.to/2mXkoDN

We are using this science book for my littles and altering projects to fit 3-7th grades: https://amzn.to/2O0hE3Y

The one thing that I have learned is that for our family a pre-set full curriculum from one company does not work. I piece together what works best for us. 

Happy Birthday Miss Grayson

Back on May 11, we finally adopted our AMAZING little Grayson. It was a CRAZY journey; One that I will never forget. Tell you about that later.

Happy 8th birthday to this beautiful girl. I love you a bushel and a peck! I am so happy to finally call you “daughter” forever and ever. You are an AMAZING and a beautiful Monkey Tickly Pit Monster.

Maker:S,Date:2017-11-10,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y

becoming a VIPKid teacher

This year, our family has made a few changes. I began working as a VIPKid teacher in February. With my ankle still recovering from the September surgery and the doctors telling me that it could be up to 2 years for a full recovery, I have had to “slow down” a few our activities. However, no one said that I couldn’t teach from the comfort of my own dining room. And have fun while I worked.

As of July 3rd, I have officially been a teacher with them for 151 days and taught over 1030 classes to 408 different students. 

The biggest change is my sleeping schedule. As a teacher for Chinese students, I have to work on a China clock, not an American clock.  The best classes for Arizona are from 4-6am. So those are the classes that I teach. I also teach the 3:30 am classes and the 6am-6:30 class. For the summer, I have evenings opened up 4 days a week and teach Friday nights regularly.

I love that most of my schedule is before the crew even gets up and going in the morning. That has made it the perfect job for me. I can still run our homestead, still homeschool and most of all can still spend time with my children who very much welcome an afternoon nap with mom. 🙂

 

Check out my Youtube page with more information / videos on VIPKid Journey

https://www.youtube.com/user/krismazy/videos?view_as=subscriber 

Are you ready to get started with VIPKid? They are always looking for new teachers: 

https://t.vipkid.com.cn/?refereeId=5761972&refersourceid=a01