I have kids currently in public school who are thinking about coming home for 4th and 2nd grade. I used K12 for one year and wasn't thrilled, but the nature of my not-thrilled wasn't related to having to log in each day or conference with the "teacher" or anything like that. I don't mind the structured aspects of the virtual charter school experience. My issues were more related to a lack of quality and rigor in the curriculum. The next year I used the classical method, and while much was learned that year, I think that with three kids homeschooling plus a 4Ker underfoot I will not want to be planning and giving all the lessons myself. I also think that having an "outside authority" and getting grades from somebody other than Mom is a good thing for my particular kids.
So, families who use a Connections Academy, are your kids learning a lot? Do you like the curriculum? How much of a problem is busywork? Are a lot of crafty assignments required? (If you imagine the Oak Meadow folks on one of a spectrum, and me and my kids on the faaaaaaar opposite end, you'll understand our preferences with regard to coloring and crafting for a grade.)
I am just beginning to research this option, and I don't know quite what to ask - so lay it on me!