Tuesday, August 18, 2015

McLoughlin's First Day of Homeschool 2015-2016 (Virtual School)

Okay, look. Maintaining multiple blogs while attempting to maintain my sanity is proving too difficult. I'm going to start blogging the hot mess that is my life HERE ... all in one spot. That includes Mr. Kerrie (I know you all love him because he puts up with me with barely an eye roll), the 5 little Kerries, homeschooling, writing, business junk, proofreading, recipes, Kansas City and other travel stuff and more. I'll try to make easy categories for you in weeks to come because I love ya like that.

I'm not going to bore you with a bunch of curriculum stuff. We do virtual school now, in our second year, and it helps keep me accountable and on track. Otherwise we would just "field trip" and volunteer and swim and play and mess around all day long. ALL. DAY. LONG.

I am going to show you some pics of my kids opening their Calvert curriculum. This stuff is like $1,000 per kid if you buy it yourself but since we live in the Great State of Kansas, we get it pretty much free, including all the support we could ever need. The trade-off is the State is in our biz a little bit in the form of 3-times-per-year at-home testing then that pesky State Testing (where are those results, by the way?).

All our boxes came end of July so we've been doing some checkpoints early when we get the time to get a jump on the school year so we can take a week off for a vacation in October, go see Tutu and Dave or Poppy and Nana on a whim. I love the flexibility of the program and that fact that my kids are not required to be online a certain number of hours per day. My favorite times with the kids are when we lounge around reading ... everything from The Most Dangerous Game to Theras to Mr. Popper's Penguins and beyond.

I just have to say that I really do love being home with my kids and homeschooling them. I realize it's not for everyone but it entirely works for us. It's important to do what works for your family!

Eva, first grade

Michael, 6th grade

Joel, 8th grade

Callie, 4th grade

Samuel, kindergarten
Check out my piece over here at Kansas City Mom's Blog about Back-to-Virtual-School Tips and Traditions!

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