BoohBah and Bella's take on the phonics is almost exactly what my three and K kids are doing. SJ would do it for HOURS - I think because she likes it but also because it's a 'sister' thing.
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10/29/09 at 4:24pm
I am hoping I can get some advice from you about the k12 program.
My son is in 3rd grade and we started in early October - I was overwhelmed with JUST ONE, so I really feel for you! I am learning where I can drop lessons or activities and it's easing up.
You really only have to show work a few times a year to prove you're doing the exact curriculum, so you have some flexibility and the ability to combine your 2nd and 3rd graders.
I would take a big step back and have just one child complete work for a day or two with you in each subject and then move on to the next child. When it's that child's day, watch for things you can change or cut.
I noticed that some of the lessons just drag ON and ON with different activities and my 3rd grader was so bored. I started allowing him to verbally tell me answers to questions instead of writing them ALL down.
There are things they could do at the same time with their siblings (like spelling... you could call out a word to kid #1, then a word to kid #2 and then kid #3, and they only have to wait a few seconds extra).
For art I would only cover the art history stuff as needed for each lesson, then choose a project for them ALL to do together either from a lesson or from your own ideas. Rotate the different skills they're using like sculpting, drawing, painting, crafting, etc..
Have them all do literature together by reading silently and answering questions silently. Then you can all discuss together perhaps. I don't think they absolutely HAVE to all read a separate book. The 2nd and 3rd could possibly share the same lessons and, in fact, they could take turns reading out loud, so maybe it covers the Kinder kid.
I've been cutting out a lot of little things. I don't do handwriting every day and i skip a few assignments in some lessons. If they know the spelling words well enough to pass, I would skip lessons 1-4 and assess them out, mark the assignments as done. Sme with math.
This may sound crazy, but could they do 2 science lessons more quickly TOGETHER with you than having you struggle between them to do two separately? I know you said one child was struggling though.
Do you have a partner who could work with one of the kids in the evening and/or could someone do weekends to knock out several lessons? Like maybe your Kinder kid does bare minimum during the day/week and does most on the weekends?? Then just space the stuff out when marking it off in the progress and attendance during the week.
Next year you will have a few more things they can do independently and each yr works towards more independent work.
I quit that music curiculum too. We're doing a free piano course online from Piano Nanny and he's joining a kids chorus in January. That's good enough.
I hear you about the toddler. Mine's turning two Nov 15th and he's been a nightmare since we started!!! my mild mannered toddler turned into a beast
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?
Is anyone is using K12's foreign language courses, and if so, which one and how you like it?
We're using time4learning.com 1st grade language arts, math, science and social studies with my gifted preschooler, but they don't have any foreign languages and he really wants to learn at least one. I'm too poor to go K12 for all subjects, so it would just be for the one subject.
They use powerglide http://www.power-glide.com and honestly? I thought it sucked big time, at least the spanish did. There were a lot of errors in the program and it moved way way to fast for us. Once your child is kindy age K12 is free in most states if your in the US