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post #201 of 216
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It's been awhile since I've checked in ... we are putting along. We've had to stop doing Math assessments for a little while, while we went through the money lessons (we usually pay with our debit cards, she hasn't really dealt with change much, especially since when we do have change, it goes straight into their college fund piggy bank). Money lessons were the most difficult to do with SJ 'helping,' too. Shiny coins!! Mom and sister organizing things in piles and counting!! Wow! How can we insert ourselves into this process and do what WE want to do?!

We are on track to be done with K math well before April though, so I think we will be able to get the first grade math that we can work on over the summer. My plan is to probably do math every 2-3 days during the summer, not 5 days/week. And to mostly do unit studies of our own during the summer just to keep skills up (in a perfect world we'd get first grade phonics before summer too but I don't think we'll be able to do that especially if it's linked to the LA stuff) .... I especially want to do the butterfly project where you watch the chrysallis and then release the butterflies. I think both girls would really enjoy that - just need to research it a little more; I want to make sure whatever we get is indigenous to our area etc. so it will survive after being released. And so it doesn't become an invasive species where it doesn't belong! Although I think the first option is the most likely "oops."

There's a science program here for kids, too, a summer camp type experience (without sleeping over) - I need to look into the costs and see whether we want to sign her up for some of it. Since I've not done anything to get to know a homeschooling group here, I do need to do some more socializing things for her than just art class and swim lessons!
post #202 of 216
Elanorh- so nice to know that we're not the only family that had trouble with the money unit because we don't use cash! LOL We follow the Dave Ramsey financial plan here, but we don't actually carry cash. We use our debit cards for everything, hub has one attached to his individual checking account (his paycheck goes there and the main bills are paid from it) and my card is attached to the joint account (the autopay bills for insurance are taken from it, along with all household expenses, but I have FULL access to his account since they are linked along with the savings in our online banking so I can shift money around however I need to) So my kids have NEVER really handled cash, nor have they seen us handle it much. When we did the money unit here last month with them, they just stared at me like HUH when I explained it to them and we started practicing. They never got it, so I decided to ask their teacher if it was OK for us to just skip money and keep working on it until they got it down and THEN do the assessments (she said it was fine) I ended up having to do the same with Melissa on telling time too, so chances are that here soon when we finish math 1 with her she won't be able to move on until we get time or money down pat. I am soooo tempted to just throw my hands up and fudge the assessments for a unit so that she can move on since we're working daily on them now (well right now I'm focusing on money, then we'll do time) We don't keep change in this house either, so I'm having to use the punch-out coins in the back of their textbooks instead LOL We're going to go buy a cash drawer (one to a cash register) and set it up with a roll of each coin and some bills (all REAL MONEY) so that we can really work on money well, but its taking some time because we have to save up that much to pull from our account.

Am I strange for admitting that I'm looking forward to moving up to the next grade level in each subject? I'm considering having a little party and presentation for the girls as they each finish a grade level and go up to the next one, having them hand in their empty student pages book and giving them a certificate for finishing that grade of the subject and then giving them the new grade level.
post #203 of 216
Well I requested math 1 today for Lydia. I can't believe I'm already at that place with one of my kids, its pretty cool actually. We're making great progress in all our work, and I feel really good about it all.
post #204 of 216
So how are we all doing with our k12 kids? There's not been any activity at all on this thread in like a week............... lol

We got an e-mail last night from k12 to send back math K stuff, and on my OLS it is showing that the math 1 for Lydia is in the warehouse processing now. So I need to dig up the manipulatives to send back, I have NO CLUE if I can find them all though so they'll be getting partial I think (having 4 kids, with one being a 2yo that likes to run off with stuff, makes this difficult at times) I don't know, maybe I'll just pull from our current math 1 stuff to have a set to send back for math K, and then do a partial for math 1. lol We'll see what happens, I didn't have everything to send back when we went from phonics 1 to phonics K and I didn't get a word from them on it so we'll likely take that route of just sending back what we can.

I missed our gym date yesterday, another mom in the area set up a monthly gym for OHVA kids in K-2nd grade. My H still hasn't gotten my van dug out of the snow, even though we have a snowblower now (he bought it last week and its STILL in the box, he looks for excuses to not do anything) and today's snow is the first one since we had those snow storms roll through. Heck half the snow that dumped on us has melted off, and yet he didn't get up and do anything................. So my dad is coming over to babysit while I take our 4WD truck out to get some groceries and gas, then he's going to get the snowblower together and get my driveway dug out for the most part so that I can get the van out again. He also mentioned getting the big girls out there with shovels when he's not running the blower to help him with the area directly around my van, so we've got PE to mark off today instead of yesterday's gym date.
post #205 of 216
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Originally Posted by kittie313 View Post
So how are we all doing with our k12 kids? There's not been any activity at all on this thread in like a week............... lol

We got an e-mail last night from k12 to send back math K stuff, and on my OLS it is showing that the math 1 for Lydia is in the warehouse processing now. So I need to dig up the manipulatives to send back, I have NO CLUE if I can find them all though so they'll be getting partial I think (having 4 kids, with one being a 2yo that likes to run off with stuff, makes this difficult at times) I don't know, maybe I'll just pull from our current math 1 stuff to have a set to send back for math K, and then do a partial for math 1. lol We'll see what happens, I didn't have everything to send back when we went from phonics 1 to phonics K and I didn't get a word from them on it so we'll likely take that route of just sending back what we can.
I don't think they do anything if you don't return them. We still have the materials from 1st and 2nd for my 3rd grader. I never even got a return request except for the computer after I pulled her from 1st. There all sitting in the closet, I've tried sending them back a couple of times and its just been a huge headache. Were doing 3rd now and still not a glitch in getting our materials despite still having the other years.
post #206 of 216
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I don't think they do anything if you don't return them. We still have the materials from 1st and 2nd for my 3rd grader. I never even got a return request except for the computer after I pulled her from 1st. There all sitting in the closet, I've tried sending them back a couple of times and its just been a huge headache. Were doing 3rd now and still not a glitch in getting our materials despite still having the other years.
Us, too. I've sent back a couple of things, but i have several boxes full of stuff from grades k-4 that are not currently in use. We still have all the K manipulatives, too. I'm probably not going to stick with k12 next year, so I'm going to have a ton of boxes to send back if I can ever get them to actually send me correct shipping labels!
post #207 of 216
The math manipulatives, I've ended up sending those back almost every time we finish a course. Sometimes, though, they tell us to hang on to them because they're used for subsequent courses. For science, I have two different kits and was told that each should last for a few years (K-2, 3-5) and not to send them back until the child had completed the last course in the sequence. I've sent back lots and lots of books, but most of the manipulatives end up staying through at least two courses.

We've been crazy busy. In fact, I need to get back on the schoolwork right now.
post #208 of 216
Things are going okay here. I'm unhappy at how little of our curriculum matches the K12 curriculum - it leaves me with a lot of work to do. For instance, we started history with the big bang and worked our way up to early towns. NONE of that is in this curriculum, so we have an entire year of history to do. Same with science - we just did different topics.

Math has been a struggle for DS. It was a struggle before, so that's not a K12 thing. He doesn't get money, either. But DD does so for us it's just a difference in kids

I'm not happy with the K program. There's no science, for one thing, and they won't let us start 1st grade science. She was doing 1st grade math before but they made us start in K and I still don't have 1st grade stuff. We're doing a different phonics program (I don't like theirs) so I just dutifully mark of a day's worth of work every time we do phonics.

She's on schedule to finish phonics and language arts in mid-late April and I'm thinking that we won't get to advance until then. It's frustrating. Meanwhile, DS is on schedule for an end date of late June for some topics and not until October for Music. Ugh. Kid has been doing school since last July so this will be the longest school year in history. To do it all over, I would start at the beginning of a school year because this midyear approach is a pain.
post #209 of 216
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No science for K? That stinks. It must rely on what the state has set as a standard -- we've been doing K science all year. Although, much of it has been stuff she already knew (we just finished 'learning' the seasons ); dd1 loved the experiments etc. though so it's been fine.

We are burning through math quickly now. Our teacher had told us we needed to have it completed by March 30th, then she called last week and said k12 had told them that it actually needed to be completed by the 15th, if we wanted to next year's lessons. So - we have 13 math lessons left to do. And everything else is a bit on the back burner 'til we get through with Math. Fortunately, we were caught up in everything last week (we're two lessons behind in history now though, what with squeezing as much math as possible in).

I haven't heard anything about returning manipulatives yet, but then I haven't officially completed Kmath yet.

We had been doing Phonics once a week in a big gulp, because dd1 was really getting it. However, I think I need to break it into twice a week chunks. We're getting into more of the digraphs and she's getting sloppy with her finger-stretching. I do wonder whether we should be reading more though at this point. Tonight we read a library book about Eleanor Roosevelt, and I had her read the quotes from Eleanor in the book - she did pretty well, there were some large words involved. But she still guesses if reading quickly, and needs to focus a bit more on fingerstretching while figuring words out.

I'm thinking this thread has become long enough, we could/should start a new thread? K12 Spring 2010?

Those of you planning to continue to do some school during the summer, what are your plans? We are planning to do math 1-2 times/week, and keep working on phonics via the read-aloud section of books at the library - and do unit studies on science, history, etc. as we feel the urge. We'll probably do some in-depth stuff on space and dinosaurs, since they are both big fascinations for Ina. I don't know that I'll go purchase any unit studies (other than the butterfly project where we order the butterfly kit and then watch and care for the caterpillars through metamorphosis and release the butterflies) -- I think the rest of the unit studies, I'll rely on the library for books to read etc.

I need to start researching more thoroughly what we're going to do for Music next year - violin or piano. I think I'll be able to sub it straight-out for the k12 music program (hurray!).

We are going to keep doing k12 next year. So far, we've been pretty happy with it (or with how we've figured out how to massage it). I think it's done a pretty good job of keeping me 'on task' and not procrastinating.
post #210 of 216
Do you know if the March 15th cut off is for all k12? Thats really really early in the year! I like being able to work over the summer but there's no way we'd get everything done by the 15th.
post #211 of 216
considering k12 so subbing here. thanks mamas....
post #212 of 216
They sent me EIGHT UPS labels for returning stuff. One is for her K math (the 1st grade stuff is finally in the mail) and the other seven are for things still in use. I was surprised because manipulatives are going back and they had them in DS's 2nd grade stuff. We've never opened hers so it's no big deal, just odd. But eight boxes of stuff was a surprise.

I was startled to learn that grade promotion is based on hours and not lesson completion. They really don't care how much we finish as long as we have enough hours documented. And there are no grades. None. DS is disappointed because he really wants a report card. :

I'm irritated that there is a K science out there! I'm looking forward to next year's curriculum as the K one hasn't been challenging. Makes me feel better about the homeschooling we'd already finished
post #213 of 216
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Originally Posted by Satori View Post
Do you know if the March 15th cut off is for all k12? Thats really really early in the year! I like being able to work over the summer but there's no way we'd get everything done by the 15th.
Our teacher (also CAVA) told us earlier in the year that there's no official deadline, and it's taken on a case by case basis. Last year, I think it was sometime in April.

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They sent me EIGHT UPS labels for returning stuff. One is for her K math (the 1st grade stuff is finally in the mail) and the other seven are for things still in use. I was surprised because manipulatives are going back and they had them in DS's 2nd grade stuff. We've never opened hers so it's no big deal, just odd. But eight boxes of stuff was a surprise.

I was startled to learn that grade promotion is based on hours and not lesson completion. They really don't care how much we finish as long as we have enough hours documented. And there are no grades. None. DS is disappointed because he really wants a report card. :

I'm irritated that there is a K science out there! I'm looking forward to next year's curriculum as the K one hasn't been challenging. Makes me feel better about the homeschooling we'd already finished
Do you have to return everything separately? They've sent us lots of labels in the past, but asked only that we separate by child, not by subject. They just send a lot so you can split it up however you want, and because I think each tag has a weight maximum associated with it (I can't remember how much it is).

For us, I think promotion is also based on hours rather than curriculum completed, but they do get pissy if you aren't progressing at a pace they want you to. We have report cards, too - but they are just something like "progressing adequately/not progressing adequately" or something, and we can ask the teacher to add comments from us, but I never do. I like that there aren't "real" grades.
post #214 of 216
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I was startled to learn that grade promotion is based on hours and not lesson completion. They really don't care how much we finish as long as we have enough hours documented. And there are no grades. None. DS is disappointed because he really wants a report card. :
You sure about that? Last year dd only had like 3-4 months of hours and did all of 2nd grade in that time and they promoted her to 3rd grade.
post #215 of 216
Wow I wonder how OHVA does grade promotions. Lydia has almost completed all her *reguired* hours for this school year already, while Melissa is just a *hair* behind on hours (can easily make it up over the next couple weeks, we always seem to be a little behind like this though lol) I'm not rushing to promote any of my girls, I like having Lydia in the half-day K program this year. But still, it would be interesting to see how it works.

When they sent us shipping labels for Melissa's phonics and lang arts 1, we got like 8 labels too. I was only sending back 3 subjects though (those two plus music 1 that we got switched from curriculum to attendance-only) so I thought it was kind of off to have all those labels.

Since its March, maybe we should start a spring thread soon. This one IS pretty long......... lol
post #216 of 216
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OK, all, I've got a "Spring" thread started! C'mon over!

http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...1#post15159941
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