About two years ago, my husband and I have started praying about homeschooling our daughter. We’ve done so, albeit unstructured, unplanned, and spontaneous (well, isn’t that what homeschooling is about? =)
A couple of days ago, we have finally decided it’s time for our daughter to enter Kinder. But we have also gotten the answer to our question: should we homeschool or not? The answer was a huge YES! We’ve gotten ourselves a provider (finally!) for our peace of mind, mainly. And since I will be the main teacher-parent, I should equip myself, such as attending seminars like this:
If you’re also wondering what this homeschooling thing is, then YOU should attend! More details at this link:
Whether your child is in school, at home, or on the go, as parents, we want to make sure they learn something anytime, anywhere.
Where do you usually turn to? Do you always have books, pens, crayons and papers within your reach? Do you have the same old characters in those sheets? Worry no more, because this homeschool curriculum we will get to know has new illustrated characters, new story and concept.
Peekapak is a resource for original stories, all available for use in school, at home, or online.
From their website:
Developed by Peekapak and education experts, our home curriculum extends your child’s learning into the home. The curriculum integrates the Common Core Standards and support the development of the 4C’s (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking & Creativity) while providing families with interactive learning opportunities through an engaging original story, creative projects, and discussions.
Here’s what I can say about the lesson we did, Tree of Happiness.
STORY, LESSON. The story is easy to read and understand. Characters are relatable and colourful. For the teacher’s materials: detailed, comprehensive, and flexible.
ACTIVITIES. A one page printable tree, perhaps? I think I saw a bigger one. Likewise, for the story, the happy phrases can be written on leaves or appear on fruits, rather than tags. I have not tried the activities here cos materials has to be printed out, so we shall do it some other time.
Since I did not have time to print out the big tree, I instead had a Q and A with my child about the story. Then I asked her to accomplish this work folder.
The last word is “loving.” She said she is happy when she is loving Daddy and Mommy. My heart melted! Such a sweet little girl. To keep the happiness higher, we danced to Pharell Williams’ Happy, learned to spell Happy, and thanked the Lord that our family is happy that moment.
Overall, Peekapak is a great product and I will recommend to fellow moms who seek activities for their children, homeschooling or not. This is a great addition to resources we are already familiar with.
Visit www.peekapak.com to know more about their products and services.
For a homeschooling mom on the go like I am, I always look online for ideas, resources, and materials that would best fit my daughter.
Recently, I found a site which caters to just what I need: different subject areas, worksheets, lesson plans, books, even supplies, all in one website!
Educents was founded in 2013 by Kate and Kaitlyn, who are passionate about education. They believe that everyone should have access to education, and are offering really affordable yet quality products in their website.
According to their website, since its launch in April, 2013, Educents has saved educators over $15 million dollars and has helped more than 130,000 teachers, homeschoolers and parents gain access to affordable educational materials.
I tried it out myself, and here’s what I can say about the site:
1. Easy to navigate. Who does not love a website so easy to navigate? Clear, concise, and clean website. Easy to understand tabs, and you can even filter materials to your desired grade level. See example below:
2. Different subject areas, in one site. I don’t have to browse different sites because I can get math, science, and art resources from this site alone.
3. Deals, deals, DEALS! Don’t we all love the words discount and free? You will often see them on the website.
4. They have a blog where you can read how the products, materials, and worksheets are actually used, and more teaching and learning tips. I was able to use one of their products–the Peekapak Homeschool Gratitude Curriculum and my daughter enjoyed reading and learning from the book (though we chose to read from the laptop at first). Get it FREE, only four days left! Sign up now.
Whether you are homeschooling or not, and looking for ways to teach your child at home, Educents makes education accessible, for fewer cents.