Beginning 1 Music (we tried it back when we first tried CAVA in 1st and HATED IT)
CA Math 4 (she did 3rd grade math last year in 2nd)
History 3 (covers from the Renaissance through the American Revolution)
Language Skills 3 (the materials for LA (LA, lit, spelling and HWT) is literally a foot tall)
Literature 3 (all classics I loved when I was a kid)
Strategies for Success: Grade 3
Study Island (this is really optional, we were told not to bother with it since I was already using so many outside resources and dd was quickly catching up)
Educational Technology and Online Learning 3 (teaches kids how to use MS Office)
Gifted and Talented Math 3
Gifted and Talented Science 3
Language Arts 3
Skills for Success
Social Studies 3 (looks more like kiddie American civics)
There history and science seem to be lacking and if I could afford it I would supplement with K12's history and science to make up the deficit.
The materials all together for CA stacked up to barely taller then the height
of K12's LA and lit program alone, maybe its all online rather then in
I'm worrying if maybe I'm doing a disservice by switching schools but I'm
warring between needing to take the fight out of the equation and remove me as the meanie giving her the work and its the teacher giving the assignments and providing her with a solid education. I'm very much a classical HS'er at heart so K12's program resonates with me but CA just seems sooo much easier for me to teach her and seems more child led in doing the lessons then K12's parent directed where I am literally sitting there every second guiding the lesson. The CA's school principal assured us at the orientation that the lessons are totally self guided and we would not need to help the child beyond making sure they were sitting at the computer and that is REALLY REALLY appealing.
Tonight I decided to look though that scary LA box and last year I was totally clueless about what she was learning and I HATED HATED HATED LA (which is why I kinda freaked when I saw that big box with 17 books in it and tried to ignore it), this years materials is something I understand and find very important for teaching a good foundation in English. I actually LIKE about 90% of what I saw for LA for this year. I also like the fact that its actually covering classical literature/fables, I didn't see any of that with CA but I only had an hour to look over the text books.
Tonight I also realized that CA's 3rd grade G&T program (they told me its just 4th grade math) is really CAVA's 3rd grade regular math program so dd would need 5th grade math for CA and even then she would be skipping half the year at least for there 5th grade math.
I paid out of pocket for programs like BrainPop and United Streaming to use with CAVA, CA includes them in there program and its woven into the lessons. So I would save money and wouldn't have to hunt material down which is a time saver for me.
CA has all these little clubs and dd is really excited to join them, especially the environmental and pen pal club. CAVA offers none of these.
There seems to be far more chances for interaction between students online with CA as well, CAVA offers none that I am aware of but I never could get into any of the BB's so I don't know.
This is sort of a minor point but it really upset me, I went to one of the parent to parent meetings for CA and they got to discussing why they want to pull there kids from public school and well, to be honest... there a bunch of bigots who my child wont be playing with even though I know she would be good friends with at least one of the girls. I'm amazed I managed to keep my mouth shut during the meeting: I don't want that kind of stuff to rub off on my child and this stuff was coming from the parent leader! (who would be on all the field trips) I never saw that kind of stuff at the CAVA gatherings.
Other stuff, there is only one other CA student in my area and there a high schooler. For the entire school which covers several counties and there's only 150 students. CAVA has a lot more, the few field trips we did last year had at least 15 kids pretty local to us. At the CA meeting everyone but me lived in that city which is an hour away from me.
I just don't know what to do! Enrollment for CA is almost done and NOW I am having these worries? If I had not attended the parent to parent meeting I don't think I would be worrying so much but she stressed that its the same exact material in there schools thats in the B&M school and well, we all know how well that stuff creates bright children in my experience... I want a solid foundation but I also want something thats not going to kill me in the process of trying to teach it and I want dd to be able to interact with other children, even if its just online. We don't jive with our local home school group (very religious) and its an hour away to any other groups and I don't want her playing with the neighbors (horrible children) and I can't afford things like lessons for dance, karate ect to get her around other kids.
ugh! ugh! ugh! WWYD?
update in post #5