Hi, I've just signed up for the k12 online homeschool for my DS who just turned 5. I'm a little worried the curriculum may be too much for him, and not play based enough. Does anyone know if they are going to be hard to work with as far as not pushing him to do worksheets and stuff like that?
I'm not familiar with what they do for kindergarten, but I'd sure be surprised if they mostly gave suggestions for play based activities. And a little boy just turning 5 is going to be awfully young, IMOHO, for much else. My own would have been horrified by any sort of reading or writing demands at that age. It was pushing his limits just to make stabs at drawing things of his choosing with a crayon - and I wouldn't have asked him to do even that, but he was in a Waldorf kindergarten at the time and they had a short time when they sat around the table and drew whatever they wanted. If they do push anything, I'd urge you to just follow your gut instincts and get out of the program before your son has to absorb any stress or loss of self esteem from it. You might want to read through some of the articles I've linked to in this (noncommercial) preschool/kindergarten page - there are some pretty passionate words of encouragement from professional educators, teachers, and homeschoolers to just support children of that age in playing and learning in a natural way. All the best - I hope you and he have a wonderful year together! - Lillian
Edited by Lillian J - 8/3/12 at 1:02pm