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www.brainpop.com they have free 3 day trial memberships, we love it!
OK I am going to be asking my dh about this brainpop thing. Our school doesn't offer it, but from what I've seen of it so far I REALLY like it and want to add it to our schoolwork. I have a feeling the girls will REALLY like it too, so I'll get the jr. subscription for a couple years then upgrade it to the combo when Melissa's ready to graduate up to the next level. Hmmmmmmm.............
post #242 of 279
I've been wondering why P.E. isn't actual physical activities for K. It's seems more like a health class to me. I was hoping it would be more physical, with games and running, etc.

Is that pretty normal?
post #243 of 279
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I've been wondering why P.E. isn't actual physical activities for K. It's seems more like a health class to me. I was hoping it would be more physical, with games and running, etc.

Is that pretty normal?
Do you have a curriculum for your PE class? We didn't get one at all for our PE classes for K or 1st grade. I am doing sports teams with the girls to meet our PE requirement instead.
post #244 of 279
Yes, it came with a curriculum for P.E. It is more like health classes; how to care for your teeth, the food pyramid, and the like. He gets his requirements by playing outside, but I thought it would've been fun to have a "curriculum" that gave different ideas for outdoor games to play. I just wonder why they require it here and don't label it health or something. It's pretty boring stuff, most of it.

Bummer!
post #245 of 279
There's no curriculum for it here, either.
post #246 of 279
hi all! Just seeing this! We are doing K12 this year. We bought it privatly though so we have a lot of freedom with it. My oldest is 5 and is in K except for Math which is 1st. We started in July because he just COULD NOT wait anymore! He loves it and is blowing thru it super fast.
post #247 of 279
subbing, I just found out we have the public school (free!) option here in OK so I began the enrollment process for 2nd grade.
post #248 of 279
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Originally Posted by kittie313 View Post

I still am not too sure what to do about Lydia and her phonics. We're just a standstill with unit 9, she's just not going further for some reason. The child knows how to read, so phonics K is definitely review for her, but she just isn't doing it now with phonics. Our teacher suggested we do starfall and practice making word chains daily until she clicks what we're doing, and then move forward (she said this knowing we do lessons 6 days a week normally) Does anyone have any suggestions for me on this one? Its almost as if she totally forgot how to sound out words since we started the k12 phonics.
Well - Ina was really struggling with the k12 phonics. And so was I!! Her 'teacher' suggested that we supplement with starfall, and I was a little skeptical but honestly, after about 3-4 weeks of starfall she's really hitting a groove with phonics. Basically we quit doing k12 during that time (for a couple weeks) -- just logged starfall time as phonics time and didn't do any assessments. And I gave her unlimited time on starfall, which for my two kiddos is pretty much 'crack for kids.' She'd probably put in 3-4 hours a day on starfall if I let her. Anyway, we pulled out the phonics again and just did assessments (I'd whip through it and look for information that I knew she hadn't seen via Starfall and cover that quickly). We have cruised through assessments - we were nearly a month behind in phonics and we are caught up now.

Talk to your coordinating teacher and see what she says - basically tell her what you plan to try and then see if it works. If it works for you like it worked for us, you'll probably find she's back on track quickly and you'll be all caught up again.

Otherwise, earlier in the thread I know there were some suggestions of good paid phonics programs that you could look into too if you want ....?
post #249 of 279
Thing is, Lydia HATES starfall. I have a few CD computer games that are pretty specific for reading, and since dh's computer isn't online right now (still gotta work out those bugs) I'm thinking I may load those onto his computer and turn her loose on them daily. I'm grasping, she isn't too fond of starfall at all for some reason and that was my instinct. I'm considering going to to local library and getting a copy of 100 EZ Lessons to work through a few lessons with her so we can springboard a bit.
post #250 of 279
We don't use the K12 phonics at all. They are too boring and repetitive IMO, and my son didn't like it at all. We use Reading Eggs about 85% of the time and Starfall the other. Then we just do assessments as we go, we do about one assessment every other day or so. Reading Eggs works so good for our family, my son is picking up reading much quicker from that program than from K12 or even Starfall.

I like the flexibility of being able to use a different program, the only requirement my "teacher" has is that he can pass the assessments. How we get there is up to us

One vote for Reading Eggs here!
post #251 of 279
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Thing is, Lydia HATES starfall. I have a few CD computer games that are pretty specific for reading, and since dh's computer isn't online right now (still gotta work out those bugs) I'm thinking I may load those onto his computer and turn her loose on them daily. I'm grasping, she isn't too fond of starfall at all for some reason and that was my instinct. I'm considering going to to local library and getting a copy of 100 EZ Lessons to work through a few lessons with her so we can springboard a bit.
I've heard really good things about the 100 EZ lessons. Let us know how you like it once you try it! I've been thinking about using it as supplemental material and to give him a change of pace, so he doesn't get bored with what we are already using.
post #252 of 279
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I've heard really good things about the 100 EZ lessons. Let us know how you like it once you try it! I've been thinking about using it as supplemental material and to give him a change of pace, so he doesn't get bored with what we are already using.
Oh I can already tell you how much I hate 100 EZS Lessons lol I did the first 7 lessons of it with my oldest dd to get her started sounding out words, then got tired of it so we tossed it aside. Its effective, but dang I hate it. Melissa hated it too, every time I pulled that book down she'd run and try to hide under the sofa or anything that she could squish herself under. I was more than happy to get rid of that one, I gave my copy to another hs'er who was looking for it to try very happily and willingly. Lydia did 14 lessons in the time it took Melissa to do those 7 she did, so I know it will work with her if I can just get her started again and I can get past my own hatred of that particular method. Yeah, its not a favorite in this house, its barely tolerated by me and not at all tolerated by at least one of my children. lol

I found the Stairway To Reading program to be a better fit for Melissa actually. If I can find my link to it, I'll share it. Its totally free and she had a blast doing some of the lessons that we've done, its how I undid most of the damage that our local ps did the second half of last school year.
post #253 of 279
Hi mamas,

I am hoping I can get some advice from you about the k12 program. I have been using it since the middle of september with my kids and I am getting fairly frustrated with it. August is in 3rd grade, Brandon in 2nd grade and Savannah in Kinder. I am honestly feeling incredibly overwhelmed. All 3 of them need me to sit and do work with them and it is just taking forever to get everyone done for the day. What are you guys doing that have 3 or more kids enrolled in k12, what does your schedule look like and if you have a toddler (mine just turned 2) what do you do to keep him entertained, I am running out of ideas?

Also, my 3rd grader is struggling so much with pretty much every subject. I brough this up with our "teacher" and according to her, because he scored on target for his scantron testing, they can't hold him back (which is what my request was). I had to laugh, because August told me that the test was really hard and he guessed on almost every single question! Talk about pure luck of guessing enough correct answers to score on target!

Because August is having so much trouble with pretty much every subject, I fell behind with him....and a tiny bit with the other two as well. Because of that, the boys were put on a contract, saying they had to complete "x" amount of lessons per week. Fine, we can do that. Still doesn't help me with my stuggling student though. (We got caught back up in a week and Brandon is ahead in a few subjects, so why we needed the contract is beyond me). When I bring up that fact that I don't feel like I am getting any help with August, she assigns us more elluminate classes. Between those, the regular work, study island, I just feel like "Oh, your kid is struggling...well, here is more work for him" and that is not what he needs. He honestly needs to go down a grade, but they won't do that. Any ideas on how I can help August?

The music program is such a waste, lol. I did the first two lessons and have not done them since. Those of you who were able to get out of doing the music portion, how did you do that? The kids don't care for it either, they keep saying it's pretty lame, lol.

My kinder is blowing through just about everything...math and phonics are really easy for her. She is enjoying it and asks for more work each day, and my 2nd grader is doing good too, so my main concern is my 3rd grader.

Tia!
Gina

(btw Cat.....were you ever on the Large family board on babycenter? I think I recongize you from there. I was only on the large family board for about a year before it was switched over to the new format and I luckily made a good friend from there that I still talk to! Anyways, I was just wondering!)
post #254 of 279
Have you thought about going over your teacher's head? Calling CAVA directly and saying - "This is our problem, my teacher isn't helping, we need to figure this out" and not getting off the phone until you get some answers that satisfy you? Say, "this is what the teacher offered. That is not acceptable or helpful. This is what I need from you."

As far as the music goes, I never got permission to opt out - I just stopped doing it and kept marking off the lessons. When I complained to my kids' teacher about how much dd hated it, that's basically what she told me to do, without actually telling me . This year both kids are in foreign language, and that's going better.
post #255 of 279
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and if you have a toddler (mine just turned 2) what do you do to keep him entertained, I am running out of ideas?
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I only have one (K), but my (barely) three year old was a BEAST at first. We ordered some Funtastic frogs counters, and a set of pattern cards to go with them. SJ loves them, and is actually learning a lot from them in terms of size, color, pattern etc. Unfortunately, Ina loves them too. But, the rule is that they can only be played with during school. SJ will show me what she's done and I can see from where I'm helping Ina. Also, coloring books have been helpful. If you have some big busy picture books (like Richard Scary) that she likes, you can offer those to her to look at. Language can be with your K and your two year old both (sometimes, if the story isn't so long), and I usually have SJ do an art project at the same time that Ina is doing her art project.

Sorry I don't have advice about multiple kiddos doing the k12 stuff at the same time, I've often wondered how that would work (since at some point we're going to have multiple kiddos doing school at the same time). I do think that one solution is to follow their advice and not do all the busywork for each lesson - when kids have demonstrated that they grasp the concept, then do the assessment and move on to the next lesson on your schedule. I felt bad about doing this at first, but really all it is, is busy work once your child understands what's going on - time to move on and start something else then.
post #256 of 279
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Oh I can already tell you how much I hate 100 EZS Lessons lol
I didn't read ahead, so I apologize if you already wrote something about this, but does it seem boring and repetitive? Is it more or less like the K12 phonics curriculum?
post #257 of 279
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The music program is such a waste, lol. I did the first two lessons and have not done them since. Those of you who were able to get out of doing the music portion, how did you do that? The kids don't care for it either, they keep saying it's pretty lame, lol.
For our area, music is not a requirement for K, and I asked if it would be a requirement next year for 1st and the teacher said no. Hmm. I don't know if she is the one to ask, but according to her, music isn't a requirement (neither is art) until middle school. I don't know if that is true or not though, but even she acknowledged that the music curriculum kind of sucked!

I hope you get the advice on here that you are looking for. I am only schooling one, I don't know how you do it with three plus a toddler. Props to you!
post #258 of 279
gromero~

A thought for you - I've heard it said that with CAVA, if you have students that are close in grade level, you can put both students in the same grade level for the elective classes (science/history/art/music). This might be a way to get some "easier" work for your 3rd grader and save some time by doubling up on those subjects and teaching both kids.

Also, you might want to join the CAVA yahoo group, if you haven't yet http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CAVA-K12/ It's supposed to be parents only, but one of the mods (Barb) is both a CAVA parent and a CAVA teacher - she has been really helpful to me when I've had questions about what really is and is not possible/required with CAVA. She might be a good person to ask about how to get your child placed appropriately.
post #259 of 279
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gromero~

A thought for you - I've heard it said that with CAVA, if you have students that are close in grade level, you can put both students in the same grade level for the elective classes (science/history/art/music). This might be a way to get some "easier" work for your 3rd grader and save some time by doubling up on those subjects and teaching both kids.

Also, you might want to join the CAVA yahoo group, if you haven't yet http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CAVA-K12/ It's supposed to be parents only, but one of the mods (Barb) is both a CAVA parent and a CAVA teacher - she has been really helpful to me when I've had questions about what really is and is not possible/required with CAVA. She might be a good person to ask about how to get your child placed appropriately.
Both of those are really helpful, THANK YOU!!

Today was supposed to be our F2F meeting, but I've got two kids that have fevers, so I'm not going to be going anywhere for the next couple of days at least. I couldn't get ahold of her this morning, so I sent her an email, I hope that is sufficiant.

Has anyone else had their F2F meeting? What do you do during those?
post #260 of 279
Well, life is crazy busy around here (as in I haven't updated a blog in who knows how long) but I think things are going well. Bean's working well, and BooBah's finally broken her block about phonics and is making progress. I think Bella may have had something to do with that, so I'm not quite sure what my take should be yet, but for the moment it's working well for BooBah. I have had to separate the two of them, because Bella will hog all the work and BooBah will happily turn somersaults instead of participating if I don't.
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