Kindoll Academy

Kindoll Academy’s Success

  • Homeschooled: PreK-8th grade.  Student transitioned into Nashville School of the Arts (Musical Conservatory) and graduated with a Diploma with Honors, top 10%, Science National Honor Society.  Scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University, graduated college four years with a Forensic Anthropology Degree.
  • Homeschooled: PreK-12th grade.  Student received a full scholarship to the University of Alabama Huntsville.  Currently enrolled, Junior status.
  • Homeschooled: PreK-Present.  The student has special needs.  The diagnosis was limited cognitive and physical mobilities. However, academic performance has been consistent with positive progression.  The ability to comprehend complex concepts has been demonstrated repeatedly.

What is your favorite thing about teaching? – I love creating a curriculum that will challenge and make the information fun. I want my students to understand how everything relates and has cross purposes.

What is your least favorite thing about teaching? – I hate grading papers.

What has been your favorite class that you created? – That’s hard, but I have to say my Architectural and Landscape ones. I made it very interactive; a close second would be the LemonAID Club.

What is your favorite type of student? – I love someone who may not be naturally gifted, i.e., they must work harder. I wasn’t classified as gifted. I had to devise ways to grasp the material outside of standard instruction. It created this drive within me to not give up and love the process of learning.

What is your favorite part about homeschooling? – It would be that I have learned so much since I started homeschooling. Next to socialization, the biggest misconception is that you were a straight-A student in your school days to be a qualified homeschooling teacher. No, the only thing you MUST have is a hunger for knowledge and the ability to be flexible.

Kindoll Academy Field Trips

  • Earth Experience Middle Tennessee History Museum – April 2024
  • Nashville Zoo – February 2024
  • Cheekwood Mansion at Christmas Time – December 2023
  • Historic Mansker’s Station – September 2023
  • Special Collections Votes for Women – Nashville Public Library – April 2023
  • Cheekwood Botanical Gardens – February 2023
  • Frist Art Museum: Treasures of Asian Textiles – December 2022
  • Geocache Brentwood History – September 2022
  • Whispering Willow Farms & Dairy – August 2022
  • Library Scavenger Hunt – May 2022
  • Adventure Science Center – April 2022
  • High Tea:  Cafe at Thistle Farms – February 2022
  • Progressive Lunch – Nashville Farmer’s Market & Tennessee State Museum – November 2021
  • Korean Food Tasting – October 2021
  • Swimming – August 2021
  • Carnton Plantation Tour – April 2021
  • Wheels on the Bus (Visit Nashville Main Bus Transit & Ride the Bus) – February 2020

Kindoll Academy Book Club 

  • April 2024 – Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 
  • February 2024 – The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
  • January 2024 – The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook
  • Fall 2023 – Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good and Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Taking the Blame by Louie Stowell
  • August 2023 – Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
  • February 2023 – Secrets on 26th Street by Elizabeth McDavid Jones
  • January 2023 – A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  • October 2022 – The Girl that Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
  • September 2022 – Figgs & Phantoms by Ellen Raskin
  • Summer Reading 2022 – Upon the Head of a Goat by Aranka Siegal
  • April 2022 – Calamity Jack by Dean Hale & Shannon Hale
  • March 2022 – Rapunzel’s Revenge by Dean Hale & Shannon Hale
  • February 2022 – Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
  • January 2022 – Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
  • October 2021 – 21 Balloons by William Pène du Bois
  • September 2021 – When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
  • Summer Reading 2021 – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • May 2021 – Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • April 2021 – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • March 2021 – The Perilous Road by William O. Steele
  • February 2021 – The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  • January 2021 – Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  • November & December 2020 – Mountain Series by Jean Craighead George
  • October 2020 – The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
  • September 2020 – Five Children & It by Edith Nesbit

Recommended Programs

  • – An online program that allows the ease of taking it anywhere without worrying about correcting. The beauty of the program is that it ensures students are getting mastery over a subject topic. The percentage of correctly answered questions earns a master score.
    • Appropriate Level – The college-bound student. The program excels in preparing students for questions on the ACT exam or other standardized testing.
    • Parent Involvement – There aren’t teaching instructions unless a problem is missed, then the concept is explained. It is like having a workbook.
    • Referral Code
  • Reading Eggs – This reading program has lessons that gamify the instructional reading process.  Children learn to read through games, songs, and storybooks (fiction & non-fiction).
    • Appropriate Level – The new reading learner or special needs child who struggles with traditional reading instructional methods.  I love the available game and book choices.
    • Parent Involvement – For the elementary lessons, parents should help facilitate but at the pre-school levels, let your child explore.
    • Referral Code
  • Mathseeds – This program teaches kids aged 3-9 the core math and problem-solving skills with fun interactive lessons.  The lessons follow themes, and children can follow a “road map” through the concepts.
    • Appropriate Level – The new math learner or special needs child struggles with traditional mathematical instructional methods.  It has such an excellent interface and has been found to work well with covering broad math concepts.
    • Parent Involvement – Parents should help facilitate.
    • Referral Code
  • I purchased the one-time lifetime membership because the value can’t be beaten.  There are printable worksheets, lesson plans, and online games.  My favorite feature is the reading and math online lesson bundle.  I specifically use this as a summer review and educational tool.  There is also a keyboard teaching game to help teach typing skills.