Sculley Academy

Sculley Academy (est. 1996)

“Excellence, Virtue, Relationship”

Karen spent 23 years teaching our own children at home from birth through graduation, and she is passionate about offering encouragement to others who are considering going this route with their own children.

*** under construction – below here has not been updated since the early 2000’s ***

What we do–basics
What we do–extras
Sample schedule
Our philosophy
Cool home school links
Gifted Links

What we do–basics

I realize this looks like a lot of “basics”, but these are all essential subjects for us:

American Literature
Art
Bible study
Civics & Government
Creative Dramatics
Creative Writing
Current Events
Drafting
Economics
English Literature
Explorations
Funky Fridays
Grammar
Handwriting
Keyboarding
Languages
Literature
Math
Music
Oral Reading
Praise & Worship
Prayer
Reading
Recess
Science
Sculley Academy Math Club
Spelling
Thinking Skills
U.S. Geography
U.S. History
World Geography
World History

What we do–extras

These are some of the things that we have really enjoyed doing, and have from time to time been a very important part of our school. (Though in 2003-04, we phased out unit studies in the way we had done them, but continued our lower level science and social studies in unit study fashion). Upper level studies are getting too complicated to be able to devote an entire week to one topic.

Chess
Testing
Unit Studies

Almost everything we do as a family is educational. We also borrow educational videos from our local library, and have a small collection ourselves, as well as the usual books galore you find in any home school 🙂

Sample schedule

8:00am Praise & Worship
8:20am Bible Study
8:40am Prayer
9:00am Math
9:45am Russian
10:25am Recess
10:45am Literature
11:30am Science
12:20pm LUNCH!
1:00pm Writing
1:50pm Handwriting / Thinking Skills / Grammar
2:40pm Social Studies
3:30pm Spelling / Oral Reading
4:00pm School’s out!
Of course, one of the best things about homeschooling is FLEXIBILITY! Each day differs from every other, even on our schedule. But it’s good to have a plan (“You should make plans, expecting God to direct you”).

What to do with babies / toddlers? This is a good question, and one that I am often asked. My encouragement is to be flexible, creative, and not try to emulate anyone else. You need to find what works for you and your children. Before the twins came home, I kept my babies / toddlers on my lap during school time, but that proved impossible with two! The year they were one was *very* difficult, when they were two and three, they played mostly happily in the “centers” I set up for them in our school area (puzzles, blocks, art). They joined in with the rest of us whenever we read, watched videos, went on field trips, did projects, etc. Cherish those morning naps!

Our philosophy

Firstly, our motto describes much of our school philosophy . . .

Excellence–in whatever we do, we want to do our very best.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

Virtue–boldness, compassion, creativity, dependability, determination, diligence, endurance, enthusiasm, fairness, forgiveness, gratefulness, honesty, humility, initiative, patience, perseverance, responsibility, self-control, sincerity, thoroughness, tolerance, truthfulness and any others I’ve left off this list 🙂

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)

Relationship–with God, each other, others.

“Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

In addition, here are important components of the way we do “school” . . .

Reading, Reading, Reading (aloud, silently, together, apart, any which way, every day!)

Enjoying the Great Outdoors (it is very important for general health of body, soul, and spirit, to spend time outdoors each day in God’s beautiful creation–this goes for students and teachers!)

Moving Along (each child progresses at his or her own rate, which may be similar to or drastically different from what “the norm” is supposed to be; this preserves the joy of learning for one and all :))

Learning Together (wherever possible, we learn together, sometimes as a family, and sometimes by combining two or more children–this works especially well for Bible study, social studies, science, and foreign languages; this is not contradictory to allowing kids to progress at individual rates–though we study the same subject area, each child may have individualized materials)

Balancing Act (doing too much or too little of something isn’t beneficial–we try to find just the right amount for each child, and balance study, chores, activities, and play each day; having a written schedule helps everyone to know what to expect when and avoids misunderstandings)

Running the Distance (pace yourself; make sure you, the teacher, are well taken care of in body, soul, and spirit; avoid burnout for you and your children; schedule in fun times each day, each week, each year; make sure everyone has time for themselves each day; break from the schedule spontaneously at times; be creative!)

Planning Ahead (planning is mostly completed before the school year begins–this takes the stress off the day-to-day running of our school, and gives us a clear idea of where we’re heading in each subject area; it also frees us up to enjoy the journey more–there will always be unforeseen circumstances!)

Please click here for my collection of blog posts on home schooling.

Cool home school links

Here are some links that pertain to a range of subject areas . . .

A great site to find info about anything under the sun (with parental supervision, of course!) is wikipedia for schools

Quia quizzes and activites — many subject areas!

Interact free learning activities

FunBrain games galore

Study Guides and Strategies

James Madison High School — distance learning

Teach with Movies

Buy stamps for projects (beautiful pictures!)

Start Something (foundation that donates money to kids 8 – 17 who have a dream! Sponsored by Target and Tiger Woods)

SAT question of the day

Homeschooling organizations and support groups

My favorite education-related websites

My favorite homeschooling suppliers

Georgia homeschooling connections

Best of the best homeschooling web sites:

The Homeschool Channel

Homeschool Central

Homeschool World

Eclectic Homeschool Online

Gifted Links

Let me start this page by making it very clear that EVERY person is gifted, in that God has given each of us gifts, and each of us is a unique and brilliant creation. This page has to do with high intelligence, which is only one facet of who a child is. If you have a child who is highly or profoundly gifted in this way, you will realise that “normal” education methods don’t work, so hopefully you will find some direction or encouragement here.

Gifted Links

“gifted” ~ top 10% of intelligence

“very gifted” ~ top 3% of intelligence

Hoagie’s Gifted Education – this is the most useful, well-known gifted page – warning: you could spend hours (or days) in here 🙂

Gifted programs for Saturdays & summer

EPGY (Stanford)

Internet Resources for Homeschooling Gifted Children

Gifted Children & Homeschooling Bibliography

Georgia Association of Gifted Children

“Cheetah” article–interesting

Mensa in Georgia (top 2%)

ChallengingGiftedKids–Yahoo Group

Highly & Profoundly Gifted Links

“highly gifted” ~ top 0.1% of intelligence

“profoundly gifted” ~ top 0.01% of intelligence

There’s basically precious little support out there for “this kind of thing” (sounds like a disease, but it’s not :)), but I can point you to a couple of resources. Email me if you’d like to chat about this.

Davidson Institute

PG-Cybersource

Hollingworth Center

Precocious and Prodigious web board

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