Will KONOS work for my child?

Any good teacher will use a number of teaching methods when she presents materials to her students. On of the real strengths of KONOS is that the curriculum incorporates all of the teaching methods teaching to all learning styles. The kinesthetic learner will be captivated with the hands-on activities, the field trips, and the dramatizing. The visual learner will thrive on the KONOS Timeline, the great KONOS literature list which includes classics, Newberry Award and Caldicott Medal winners, as well as the wonderful KONOS writing program. The auditory learners needs will be met through dramatizing, family reading, and dialoguing about the various topics with parents and siblings. The creative, artistic child will flourish when given the chance to learn about horses by drawing the points of the horse or to learn the parts of a castle by designing and building a castle from refrigerator boxes.

Since all methodologies are included in each unit, each learning style is addressed daily. At the same time, each child�s strength is being taught to, his weaknesses are being worked on. While a child with an attention deficit will thrive on hands-on learning, he may have difficulty reading or writing a paper. If a child with attention deficit is given only hands-on activities, his ability to sit still, read, and write will never improve. Each child needs to be stretched to his maximum potential in every area. The quite, passive, voracious reader may be very shy, but by donning a king or queen costume and dramatizing Henry VIII or Elizabeth I, for the family, and then for friends and relatives, the little bookworm is rounded out.

There may also be a variety of different learning aptitudes within a family. Some children are gifted learners making their teachers look like wizards. Other children may struggle to sound out it and drive teachers to the point of surrender. KONOS has been an incredible benefit to moms with precocious learners, because the open-ended flexibility allows her to give that child a more challenging book or to assign a more advanced paper, while she continues teaching the same topic to all her children at the same time. The less advanced learner can learn the same topic as his more advanced siblings, and yet, read a less demanding book and write a less complex paper. The advantage of using real books allows each child to read at his own level without identifying that level. The fourth grader who is only reading at the second grade level, escapes being labeled for life by not having to read from a book with a giant 2 on the spine. This child may be a little slow in his read skills, but he will certainly be aware enough to know the world thinks he is two years behind in reading.

Will KONOS work with a dyslexic child?

Here is the best answer to that question.....
a testimonial.

Dear Jessica,

I suppose you get these kinds of e-mails all the time but I just have to share with you what God has done in my life. Two years ago my son was attending first grade, we knew that he was not getting what he needed and I began praying for alternatives. God was very forthcoming about what he wanted me to do and that was homeschooling. It took Him several months to convince me that this was the best choice. In May that year I went to another homeschooler�s house and she had your videos. Well, we watched them and I was so taken by your style. My son is a hands-on learner. I ordered Vol. 1 and we got started Sept 1999. All last year we did KONOS and the timeline. (My oldest was in 2nd grade, and I had 4 year old and a 3 year old all boys). My boys loved learning this way. Attentiveness gave them an appreciation for music. Which they had never had before (they are sports boys). I watched them blossom and their worlds filled with love of learning. We finished last year on a very successful note. The beginning of this year I was moving my timeline and wanted the children to tell me about each of the characters we learned about last year. My oldest son only missed one person. The information presented last year went directly into his long-term memory.

Then we sat down to review math. He didn't retain any information on reading or math. We had him tested and found out he has dyslexia. Since September we have worked very hard with the Dyslexia Clinic in town and he has improved a whole grade level. His confidence was not destroyed by this diagnosis. He knew that KONOS information was what stuck with him and he did know he was learning in his style.

Thank you so much for your passion. Your videos and all your hard work. We will be moving into Vol. 2 by April and look forward to all it brings. I am very passionate about the KONOS material. I have created a scrapbook about all we did last year. I have taken my KONOS book and my scrapbook to curriculum nights in town. I love to discuss it with the mom's in our homeschool group. Thank you again for all you do!

God Bless,
Janet K

Will KONOS work for ADHD kids?

We cannot guarantee anything, but we are 100% sure that ADHD children are typically very bright, but don't process information the same way other kids do. One thing is curriculum choices for ADHD are limited because most curriculum continues to teach using workbook, textbook, fill-in-the-blank methods. ADHD kids have trouble sitting and maintaining their focus. KONOS specializes in "working with the wiggle".

Sadly, most homeschooling moms are still teaching with the old pete and repeat, textbook, workbook method. The non-traditional learner doesn't need more of the same method that did not work for him in regular school. He needs hands-on learning that is up and doing and fun. Putting an active child at the dining room table all day in front of a stack of boring textbooks is almost cruel and unusual punishment! What we can guarantee KONOS is for ADHD kids, is all the correct methods to hold the attention and challenge those very bright minds.

What's the best way to co-op with other families?

For the ultimate home schooling tips, visit Jessica teaching co-op at www.homeschoolmentor.com.

There are a lot of ways to do a co-op.  A friend of mine was in a co-op where all the moms stayed, but they divided into groups - one mom had babies/toddlers for a whole unit, one mom had K-3, one mom had older.  If there were more moms, they team taught.  They also only met from 9-2.  I could never sustain a long day like you had!

Our co-op is a "drop-off" co-op. We never have more than 6 or 7 kids involved and there's never more than a 3 year spread (grade wise) with-in the group.  If we have a large group with a broad spread (K-7 or8) we break it into 2 smaller groups.  The drop-off is great for us.  I plan to teach only one or two units - the rest of the year I have those mornings for errands, special time with my toddler, etc. We have 2 planning meetings in the summer-one to choose units, the next to pass out our plans to every mom so we don't duplicate at home what one mom has planned to do on her co-op day with the kids.

Another possibility is to do one or two units together, then pursue your own units and meet for a "sharing" day each month where you do some fun activities that don't require any pre-preparation for the others.  We did this one year when a bunch of us had babies at the same time.  The neat thing was that, on our share day, my son really carried a large part of the teaching because we had completed the unit we were sharing and he had a lot of information.  As the other boys left at the end of the day, they told their moms that they wanted to stop at the library and get some books on what we'd done that day! 

I've found that our best co-ops were shorter but intense days with units lasting 4-6 weeks.  We take 2 weeks off between units so everyone can have some breathing time at home.

Hope this helps some.

Linda Trumbo, KONOS Rep

How can one child do dramatizing and plays?

We've just completed our first month of KONOS! Last year I used a regular curriculum and my son was bored; school was really work! We began with the Animal classification unit. For the first time, my son asked "Is that all the school we're doing? Can't we do more?" We have covered more things, and he has learned so much more than I would have even attempted before. We got the information books from the library, read animal stories, sang animal songs, and read the original "Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. I had read the children's version to them before, but it never occurred to me to read the original. Amazingly, (to me) my 1st grader, my toddler, and my husband sat and listened to the story every night. No pictures, big words, and great fun! We had our first co-op where I learned that KONOS really is like a bus; my toddler hopped on and off the activity bus and learned a little something, too. We finished our unit with a "scavenger hunt" at the zoo. The kids had index cards labeled "animals that live in groups, in the jungle, in the desert, mammals, etc." Our educational field trip was actually educational! Studying the information prior to the trip really increased its educational and enjoyment value. My son now constantly "dialogues" what he has learned, (to anyone who will listen). My skeptical (school teacher) mother-in-law is now on board, too, asking me what she can do to help us along.

We have run into problems with the dramatizations -- 2 kids, one of whom is a toddler, and no other kids in our small neighborhood. My son came up with a solution: PUPPET SHOWS! They still memorize lines and design costumes, but it is easier for one child to have more than one part. We have done 2 shows which we have videoed to send to Grandma. What a great way to share what they are learning.