So this year I have quite a spread in grade levels around my dining room table. Daniel is working on Kindergarten, Anthony is in 10th grade and doing two of his classes through online college. Nathan is in 5th grade… for the second time.
Repeating 5th grade with him was not a decision we took lightly. When he was in 3rd grade my gut told me that we should slow down and maybe repeat the grade. I realized that he had almost gotten most of the concepts but hadn’t really mastered them. His birthday is in June and so he was young entering kindergarten, I probably should have waited. He is an incredibly intelligent kid (and I am not at all bias), he loves to learn and can tell you all sorts of interesting facts… as long as it interests him… Make him read a story about Kabuki dancers during WWII and you’ve lost him. (Yes, that was something he had to read!) It wasn’t just that, there were math concepts where I knew he just wasn’t getting it.
I couldn’t stand the thought of him entering 6th grade where the work load was so much more and not being 100% confident that he could do it. So we made the decision to have a re-do. He was OK with it, in fact was glad, he wasn’t confident either.
So I made it my mission this year to make sure he mastered those skills where he was lacking. I also wanted to make sure I could give him the attention he needed all while helping the teenager with Geometry, and keeping the Kindergartner engaged and active…
That’s not a tall order or anything.
I’ve mentioned before that I am a fan of using technology, apps, and games to aid in my children’s education. They are enrolled in a cyber-school after all. So when I was introduced to PowerMyLearning I figured it was worth a shot.
For one, it’s free… can’t beat that, especially when I shelled out $2-3 per app last year. Second it has games, videos and activities for grades K-12, perfect for this momma. Third- the boys actually enjoyed it, Daniel asks to play, and for a kid who would play Minecraft 24/7 asking to play a different game is a big deal.
And my dear Nathan who is studying place value actually, dare I say, enjoyed shooting pirate ships out of the water to practice it.
Yes they are both in their PJ’s doing their school work… that’s how we roll. And it might be half covered with my unfinished craft projects…just keepin’ it real here.
Even the teenager liked the idea, he found a great resource for Spanish vocabulary, and even some pointers for the dreaded Algebra. (But he would not consent to a picture)
So I’ve stuck powermylearning.org in my arsenal of tricks, to pull out whenever they need extra practice or a distraction I won’t feel guilty about.
It is my plan to leave this school year knowing my kids have mastered everything they set out to learn, I’m giving it my best shot!!
**This post was sponsored by PowerMyLearning, all opinions are my own.
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