Homeschool Skedtrack

Enrolling to a homeschool provider gives you the convenience of getting away from the admin tasks normally entailed while homeschooling like grading, assessment and keeping the transcript of records. But what if you are just like me, not exactly unschooling – more like eclectic homeschooling and a control-freak. Worry not! This website is heaven-sent to families who are independently homeschooling their kids.

Homeschool Skedtrack is a FREE online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one. The heart of the system is the automated scheduling of activities that frees you from the headache of rescheduling everything once an activity/lesson is missed.

The whole system is a personal virtual school that features:

Easy record keeping from PK-12 for each student.You can access your virtual school from anywhere around the world. Offers flexible scheduling of your child’s activities/lessons per year, per month, per week or as you go. Has an automated display of daily homeschool activities/lessons per course. Also, has automated tracking of a total number of hours/days completed. You can also schedule and track field trips, schedule vacations and declare holidays. You can create a school calendar for each student and a resource list per course. The greatest thing that I am thankful for is the tests recording and automated grade calculation. Moreover, you can generate report card in pdf format and transcript generation in pdf format ( two columns or by subject ).

Khan Academy

This is our go-to site for practically everything about Math, Grammar, History, and Science. Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, believes that anyone around the world should have FREE access to quality educational materials. This is a non-profit educational organization who produces short lectures in the form of Youtube videos to engage the learner. Their tagline, “You can Learn Anything” has greatly inspired us to name our Homeschool “Growth Mindset Academy”.

I strongly believe in their advocacies and I promote it to my friends who are entertaining to homeschool their children. “Yes, you can teach your kids!” – is my encouragement to parents who feels derailed by the thought of expensive schools and curricula. For everyone who wants to homeschool their kids, please be informed that we have access to world-class education — great thanks to kind-hearted and innovative people like Sal Khan, who believes that Education is a Right, not a privilege.

The website has a user-friendly interface that my kids find very easy to navigate. Below is the screenshot of my son’s Khan Academy account. He finished his 3rd grade Math as early as January(we started Homeschooling June of 2016). He is currently doing 4th Grade Math because he just loves to do it. Moreover, he has accomplished all the Grammar lessons as early as November of last year.

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This is self-paced learning and I believe that this is perfect for my kids and for every kid in this generation. I don’t push them to do Khan Academy every day – but out of habit, they know that they are to do their Mastery Missions every day and they are so excited looking forward to those badges to unlock every time they achieve a milestone. That kind of discipline that was honed in my kids while doing Khan Academy is something that I am greatly grateful with.  I am very proud of them having that kind of discipline at an early age of 6 and 8 – always hungry for learning.

If I am to write everything about Khan Academy – one blog post is not enough. I would not be too verbose to elude you from boredom. I will, however, leave you with the Youtube videos that have greatly inspired me to use Khan Academy with my kids.

Till then, ‘You can Learn Anything’.

Let’s use video to reinvent education | Salman Khan

Let’s teach for mastery — not test scores | Sal Khan

Khan Academy on the Gates Notes

 

 

 

Independent Homeschooling

Last year, since my husband works in UAE,  the whole family decided to be with him for good. It meant giving up my lucrative job and embracing change once again. Last 2012, our whole family already stayed in UAE but with my pregnancy for our 3rd child, we came back to the Philippines. Before I pulled out my kids from school, they were enrolled in a Montessori school. I am a great believer in the Montessori methods and I am quite satisfied with how they matured and discovered their independence during those 3 years they spent in the school.

But since I will be a full-time mom, I thought that I could homeschool my kids since I have been meaning to educate them my own way. I am a Psychology graduate and have invested a decade of my profession in the corporate world. I have always loved child psychology during my undergrad days. I even thought of becoming a guidance counselor after graduation. But life took a different turn after I graduated because there were more offers in the HR world. I was also kinda overwhelmed with the bureaucracy in becoming a guidance counselor.

So, I took a leap of faith – of following what I should have been meaning to do. When I told my friends and even some of my family members of what I intended to roll-out – I  received very different feedbacks. Most of which are not supportive of the idea of giving up my career and homeschooling my kids. But I am equally crazy and stubborn as hell – I react differently when people discouraged me from doing something.

I prepared for months in homeschooling my kids. I e-mailed homeschool providers for queries and quotations, I  read books about education, researched, studied and burned my midnight oils.  When I say I took a leap of faith, it meant that I was courageous enough to adapt independent homeschooling. By that, it meant, I did not enroll my kids to a homeschool provider. Of course, by now you have lots of questions. I was just like you, full of questions. Should I or should I not homeschool? Don’t you worry, I will take you for a ride towards what have been the most satisfying decision that I have made in my life.

See you in my next post.

Homeschooling in the Philippines

Last year, since my husband works in UAE,  the whole family decided to be with him for good. It meant giving up my lucrative job and embracing change once again. Last 2012, our whole family already stayed in UAE but with my pregnancy for our 3rd child, we came back to the Philippines. Before I pulled out my kids from school, they were enrolled in a Montessori school. I am a great believer in the Montessori methods and I am quite satisfied with how they matured and discovered their independence during those 3 years they spent in the school.

But since I will be a full-time mom, I thought that I could homeschool my kids since I have been meaning to educate them my own way. I am a Psychology graduate and have invested a decade of my profession in the corporate world. I have always loved child psychology during my undergrad days. I even thought of becoming a guidance counselor after graduation. But life took a different turn after I graduated because there were more offers in the HR world. I was also kinda overwhelmed with the bureaucracy in becoming a guidance counselor.

So, I took a leap of faith – of following what I should have been meaning to do. When I told my friends and even some of my family members of what I intended to roll-out – I  received very different feedbacks. Most of which are not supportive of the idea of giving up my career and homeschooling my kids. But I am equally crazy and stubborn as hell – I react differently when people discouraged me from doing something.

I prepared for months in homeschooling my kids. I e-mailed homeschool providers for queries and quotations, I  read books about education, researched, studied and burned my midnight oils.  When I say I took a leap of faith, it meant that I was courageous enough to adapt independent homeschooling. By that, it meant, I did not enroll my kids to a homeschool provider. Of course, by now you have lots of questions. I was just like you, full of questions. Should I or should I not homeschool? Don’t you worry, I will take you for a ride towards what have been the most satisfying decision that I have made in my life.

See you in my next post.