We tried out the public cyber charter this year (K12) and it's just okay. The curriculum itself is fine, some more worthwhile than others, but dd is not loving the constant testing, worksheets, etc. If her dad agrees (we are not together), I am hoping to either pull her out after Christmas or at least make a different plan for 2nd grade next year.
I think I've been researching curriculum since dd was 2! I have an idea of what I want, but haven't been able to find it and don't think I have the time/am creative enough to put it together myself. Thoughts and suggestions would be very much appreciated. I am on a pretty tight budget, but woudn't mind using a chunk of my tax return if I found the perfect curriculum.
Ideally, I would like a literature based curriculum-dd and I both love stories (she is still a beginner reader, but loves to be read to). We tried Five in a Row and I liked the format in general, but it had some limitations.
I'd like a curriculum that makes sense long term-i.e., I like unit studies, but I would want them to build on each other and to give me a framework from the beginning of the year to the end. That is one thing I *do* like about the charter, there is a clear and cohesive plan and the lessons build on each other.
I want something that makes sense together as a whole-I don't like that K12 feels very choppy with a distinct break between subjects.
Dd really likes art and science is a very kinetic learner. If she could listen to a story while coloring and then do a science experiement based on the story for school, she'd be very happy :) She does need some extra phonics/reading practice, and I'd be okay doing some of that separately, but she also learns best by doing, so I'd love to have more reading/writing practice incorporated. I love the idea of the waldorf main lesson books, and that approach really makes sense to me and is something I'd like to incorporate.
I need something that adheres to state standards to some degree-I don't want to be accused of neglecting her education (and we've learned this year that she is not a great test taker to begin with), especially when it comes to custody.
Oh, and I also have a 3-year-old son, so bonus points if I can easily tie in preschool activities :)
Thoughts? Thanks everyone!