Nine of my boys are homeschooled...

...and ironically, my son with cerebral palsy and epilepsy is the only one that goes to typical school. 


IVLALogo-1.png

 We use an online international school that provides the curriculum and the grading.  The current program that they use is Acellus, and it allows each of the students to move at their own pace.  Another feature that I like about the Acellus program is that I can set the passing grade at whatever value I choose over 65%.  Since my kids like to fly through their work, I recently set the passing grade for all exams at 90%, and it still hasn’t really slowed them down.

We work four days a week from 7am – 11 am on their core classes (math, language arts, science, and social studies, and 30 minutes of reading).  They usually work for 45 minutes, then have a 15 minute refresh, but we allow more frequent brain breaks for those who want it.  There is also no homework since all of the course work is completed online during the classroom hours.

We supplement our physical education with yoga, tennis, gymnastics, and beach volleyball.  Once a week, we travel into Los Angeles to attend an improv comedy class followed by stand up comedy.  This has had an amazing impact on the family because the boys are learning how to take turns talking, think on their feet, and to support each others ideas.  The stand up comedy class uses their real-world frustrations and gets them to think of a different way of seeing the problem.  A way that makes the whole thing seem funnier and manageable.

 
homeschool2.jpg

OUR CURRENT HOMESCHOOL SCHEDULE


Monday

Breakfast 6am–7am
Core classes 7am–11am
Lunch 11am–1pm
Tennis 1pm–2pm
Yoga 2:30pm–3:15pm
Free Time  3:15pm-5pm
Kumon Center 5:30pm–6:30pm
Dinner 6:45pm
Bedtime 8:30pm

tuesday

Breakfast 6am–7am
Core classes 7am–11am
Lunch 11am-2pm
Art 2pm-3pm
Voice (boys rotate for 20 min private lessons) 2:30pm–5:30pm
Drums | Guitar (3 boys)  3:15pm–5pm
Dinner 6:45pm
Bedtime 8:30pm

wednesday

Breakfast 6am–7am
Core classes 7am–11am
Lunch 11am-3pm
Gymnastics 3pm-4:30pm
Beach Volleyball 4:30pm–6pm
Dinner 6:45pm
Bedtime 8:30pm

Thursday

Breakfast 6am–7am
Improv Comedy 10:30am–12pm
Standup Comedy 12pm-1pm
Lunch | Free Time 1pm-5:30pm
Voice (boys rotate for 20 min private lessons) 2:30pm–5:30pm
Kumon Center 5:30pm–6:30pm
Dinner 6:45pm
Bedtime 8:30pm

friday

Breakfast 6am–7am
Core classes 7am–11am
Lunch | Free Time 11am-3:30pm
Gymnastics 3:30pm-5pm
Dinner 6:45pm
Bedtime 8:30pm

saturday

Wind Section (6 boys rotate for 30 minute lessons including trumpet, sax, clarinet, flute, trombone, and piccolo) 10am–12pm
Piano (9 boys rotate) 9am–12pm
Lunch | Free Time 11am-3:30pm
Gymnastics 3:30pm-5pm
Dinner 6:45pm
Bedtime 8:30pm