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post #21 of 54
I actually just posted my little blurb as a way to say that I hope this particular subforum becomes and stays BUSY, I never really noticed anyone getting annoyed or flustered by others opinions... but perhaps I just never, uh, ... noticed, LOL.

I just want this to be a (very busy) place of inspiration and lots of chat about something (homeschooling) that is so pivotal to my lifestyle, my being!
post #22 of 54
Well, I have another question that maybe some people who use K12 can help with. I realized they have more than sample lessons on their website, I can actually download curriculum outlines! I wish I had noticed it before : !

My son took the LA placement test and placed into K, not Grade one. He does not read yet, though he can sound out simple cvc words, if they aren't real words (like some of them on the placement test) he is lost. This prompted me to look at the scope and sequence on the K12 website when I realized it was there. In K they are starting on, oh, I forget the term- digraphs? When they have "ck" and "sh" type blends. He didn't do this in K in ps. He knows all the letters, their sounds, etc, just not the blends. Then I looked at K science and history and they seem more, well, put together than he had in ps. I mean, they are talking about locating australia on a map, etc and I don't think he ever did that in K.

He's only 6. I am seriously thinking about ordering him the K curriculum for k12. It seems so much more complete then he got in school. He graduated K just fine, though. So should I put him in K for LA and do grade one for everything else? Or is the grade one curriculum going to require knowledge of writing and reading that he doesn't have yet and touch on things that happened during the K curriculum that he didn't cover in his ps education?

And-- do you think I could make double copies of everything and have my daughter do some of this stuff for K (esp the phonics), as well, but not paying for the K12 lesson plans? So then I can kind of see how she learns and does, etc?

I really want to go ahead and purchase it this week. I don't know how long it will take to get to me and I want to start the 15th of Aug.
post #23 of 54

Thanks!

Our private school ahs become a little too, well, private for us so i have decided to homeschool. Our school district offers k-12 for free and I was so pleased to see like minded parents reviewing it. Thanks for putting your opinions down for others to see.
post #24 of 54
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Originally Posted by waiting4it2snow View Post
I actually just posted my little blurb as a way to say that I hope this particular subforum becomes and stays BUSY, I never really noticed anyone getting annoyed or flustered by others opinions... but perhaps I just never, uh, ... noticed, LOL.
Oh. Well, I guess I've become a little quick on the draw...

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I just want this to be a (very busy) place of inspiration and lots of chat about something (homeschooling) that is so pivotal to my lifestyle, my being!
I think you'll find this - this is the best homeschooling forum I've seen, and the threads whiz past pretty rapidly. Full spectrum of subjects and posters. - Lillian
post #25 of 54
I'll bump this thread up. Anyone else (vs or not) using it, I'd love to keep it going.

I ordered my K12 stuff today. We're starting with three subjects- K language arts, K History and Grade one science. Trevor tested into K LA because he doesn't have phonics down and I kept him in K History because it covers lots he didn't cover in school (locating countries on a globe, looking at countries other than the US, etc) but K science looked very basic. Some of it's stuff he didn't really touch on in school, but stuff he learned about at home through his own interest. The curriculum covers MUCH more than a typical ps year would cover.

I spoke to a K12 rep and she was very nice, friendly and helpful. She told me there is basically no difference being using a virtual school and buying it directly but when you buy it directly you are not bound by a school year calendar and can work on things slower and have more freedom to skip around. But they provide the same lessons, etc the vs gets.

So I'm excited! We put our start date as Aug 15th, but I dont know how long it takes to get the materials. YAY!
post #26 of 54
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[COLOR="Indigo"] I think the limited nature of online communication makes it feel as if people are being a lot more aggressive with their opinions than they mean to be. In real life, sitting around a table, we wouldn't be so put off when friends and/or acquaintances and/or strangers toss in their strong opinions - we'd just think of it as a discussion, and might find it very stimulating and thought provoking. But people here, going only by what they see printed onscreen, tend to jump to assumptions that people are meaning to control things.
i think that is SO true. i find a lot of people at MDC are very passionate, but because we can't convey that passion with our body language and tone in our voice, it can often be mistaken for anger or criticism...or whatever else. i try to be very neutral in my post (well..usually: ) to avoid getting flamed
post #27 of 54
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Originally Posted by meowmix View Post
I'll bump this thread up. Anyone else (vs or not) using it, I'd love to keep it going.

I ordered my K12 stuff today. We're starting with three subjects- K language arts, K History and Grade one science. Trevor tested into K LA because he doesn't have phonics down and I kept him in K History because it covers lots he didn't cover in school (locating countries on a globe, looking at countries other than the US, etc) but K science looked very basic. Some of it's stuff he didn't really touch on in school, but stuff he learned about at home through his own interest. The curriculum covers MUCH more than a typical ps year would cover.

I spoke to a K12 rep and she was very nice, friendly and helpful. She told me there is basically no difference being using a virtual school and buying it directly but when you buy it directly you are not bound by a school year calendar and can work on things slower and have more freedom to skip around. But they provide the same lessons, etc the vs gets.

So I'm excited! We put our start date as Aug 15th, but I dont know how long it takes to get the materials. YAY!
i think it's great that you are using k12 and can tell us all about it!! like i said, i really love CK and i have heard wondeful things about k12 curriculum....the only negative things i've heard are regarding it for charter students. i think moving at the child's pace and following their lead is so important, yk? i can't afford k12....so i'll stick with the BCP lessons.....but i'd love to keep our dialogue throughout the year so i can steal ideas from you!!!!
post #28 of 54
We use K12 through a virtual academy. Our first year we paid for it....IMO it's not worth the money if you can get it for free. Just make sure to mark attendence everyday and steadily move through the curriculum at your child's pace and they leave you alone My dd sometimes takes 3 or 4 days to do one math lesson because that lesson is a hard one for her. So she gets to mark attendance everyday for doing math even though she only did one lesson. You just have to take a deep breath and say inside your head while the teacher is talking to you, "What you don't know won't hurt you and our life is none of your business." For this you get a curriculum that is all laid out for you, that your older children can even do independantly , that normally costs well over $1000 a year, for FREE.
post #29 of 54
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Originally Posted by moondiapers View Post
We use K12 through a virtual academy. Our first year we paid for it....IMO it's not worth the money if you can get it for free. Just make sure to mark attendence everyday and steadily move through the curriculum at your child's pace and they leave you alone My dd sometimes takes 3 or 4 days to do one math lesson because that lesson is a hard one for her. So she gets to mark attendance everyday for doing math even though she only did one lesson. You just have to take a deep breath and say inside your head while the teacher is talking to you, "What you don't know won't hurt you and our life is none of your business." For this you get a curriculum that is all laid out for you, that your older children can even do independantly , that normally costs well over $1000 a year, for FREE.
Will the school allow you to work over the summer? We do all our vacations, etc during the fall/spring/winter. Trevor was absent enough at school that they sent me a nasty gram saying it was my responsibilty to make sure my son attended school or he would fall behind everyone (which he wasn't). I am interested in being able to do year round school and taking a couple weeks off every few months. Would a vs be open to this? I kept reading how we were bound by the school calendar and I was afraid we would get behind. One of the biggest reasons I am homeschooling is for the freedom to choose when we homeschool and the idea of being tied to a specific number of schooling days with someone else telling me when to take my days off really kept me from using a vs. I am a sucker for a gorgeous day to get out to hike and have a picnic, or go sledding on a snowy day, etc so I don't mind paying for the freedom to use my own calendar!
post #30 of 54
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Originally Posted by meowmix View Post
Will the school allow you to work over the summer? We do all our vacations, etc during the fall/spring/winter. Trevor was absent enough at school that they sent me a nasty gram saying it was my responsibilty to make sure my son attended school or he would fall behind everyone (which he wasn't). I am interested in being able to do year round school and taking a couple weeks off every few months. Would a vs be open to this? I kept reading how we were bound by the school calendar and I was afraid we would get behind. One of the biggest reasons I am homeschooling is for the freedom to choose when we homeschool and the idea of being tied to a specific number of schooling days with someone else telling me when to take my days off really kept me from using a vs. I am a sucker for a gorgeous day to get out to hike and have a picnic, or go sledding on a snowy day, etc so I don't mind paying for the freedom to use my own calendar!
You can work where and when you want. You can mark things complete and progress through the curriculum on weekends, holidays, summer etc. You just can't mark attendance on non-school days. The Online School is down for "Reboot" for about 1 week in august, but it's up the rest of the time for you to use as you like. If you go sledding on a day, mark attendance for PE that day. Your child just has to be marked present for at least one subject each day, and non-k12 activities cound for attendance if you can fit them into a subject category.
post #31 of 54
actually..the OP is my sis and i had mentioned the k12 curriculum to her. so i'm very happy to see all the responses! i'm still on the fence and continuing to explore all our options. i have a unique situation in that i'm not only homeschooling my dd, but also 2 of her friends. they are all the same age, 4 and 5, however my dd is pretty far ahead. according the k12 math placement test, she's well into first grade and almost ready for second. they are all in the same category with LA, however dd will be out of there really soon. they recommended the K curriculum for all the kids when i tested them last week. i would really like an unstructured setting however as i also have my other dd who is 22 months and the other kids little brother, who is 2, all day. so actually sitting down and working is almost impossible with the big girls without babies trying to interrupt..LOL plus, i think for my dd, a more unstructured learning style is much better for her....but i'm still on the fence and need to figure something out fast! LOL

i can't afford the k12 curriculum right now, but i'll check out CK and Oakmeadow as well.

i'm really enjoying this thread and looking forward to becoming more involved with this part of the MDC community. thanks for your suggestions and help!!
post #32 of 54
There seems to be lots of good things about CK and if it came down to it and I couldn't afford K12 for some reason, I am almost positive I would use that. There is a link on this thread with some CK lessons plans and they all look really good! But I have never used it so can't say first hand how good it is.

I will probably post again to this thread when I actually get my materials. I am not scheduled to start K12 until Aug 15th so I won't have access to any of the lesson plans, etc until then. So I know once I get all the stuff, I will be able to talk more about it.
post #33 of 54
anyone heard of Progressive Network Academy? i found it on one of my waldorf homeschool group links. i'm looking it over now, but if anyone has any opinions..
post #34 of 54
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anyone heard of Progressive Network Academy? i found it on one of my waldorf homeschool group links. i'm looking it over now, but if anyone has any opinions..
It looks really awesome, definitely the philosophy we follow and the reason why we decided to homeschool... I just can't figure out what you actually get once you enroll. Perhaps it's for states that make homeschooling a little more difficult unless you are in an umbrella school? Do they actually provide you with curriculum? I couldn't find any.
post #35 of 54
I think one thing we often forget to look for in educational materials is who is behind it. I would not trust K12 for this reason. To put my child's education in the hands of a man* who has an admitted gambling problem is asking for trouble. A major concern would be sale of product over quality - a person who is hard up for cash will often do what it takes to make as much money as possible with as little work as possible. I'd be afraid of the company's committment to a quality product. Second concern would be bankrupcy and leaving us stranded in the middle of the year.

Sorry, I'm not a fan of this company at all. There's too much behind the scenes to make it risky.


William Bennett and K12
post #36 of 54
We bought the k12 curriculum (grade 1) and used it for part of a year.

Ds hated it (and I wasn't too thrilled with it either). We found it extremely tedious and slow. The on-line courses took forever and there were many technical glitches (we were unable to do print-outs). There on-line tech support was of NO help at all. We had three computer-saavy techno-geeks (their term for themselves!) come over and they assured us it was the k12 problem, not our computer (we actually bought a new hard drive just to make sure).

The music curriculum totally sucked. Talk about dumbing down to children. The video "teachers" were incredibly slow-speaking and lacked any spark (BORING). The accompanying CD was just as bad, the singer completely monotone. One of the top piano teachers in the NW is a neighbor and she said if ever a music program was designed to make children hate learning about music, THIS one was it!

We paid several hundred dollars for it and sold it at our local consignment store for $30.

I don't believe William Bennet is directly involved with k12 anymore (after he made some rather racist remarks awhile back).
post #37 of 54
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Originally Posted by grahamsmom98 View Post
We bought the k12 curriculum (grade 1) and used it for part of a year.

Ds hated it (and I wasn't too thrilled with it either). We found it extremely tedious and slow. The on-line courses took forever and there were many technical glitches (we were unable to do print-outs). There on-line tech support was of NO help at all. We had three computer-saavy techno-geeks (their term for themselves!) come over and they assured us it was the k12 problem, not our computer (we actually bought a new hard drive just to make sure).

The music curriculum totally sucked. Talk about dumbing down to children. The video "teachers" were incredibly slow-speaking and lacked any spark (BORING). The accompanying CD was just as bad, the singer completely monotone. One of the top piano teachers in the NW is a neighbor and she said if ever a music program was designed to make children hate learning about music, THIS one was it!

We paid several hundred dollars for it and sold it at our local consignment store for $30.

I don't believe William Bennet is directly involved with k12 anymore (after he made some rather racist remarks awhile back).
May I ask when you used it and what you use now? I am only using the Language arts, history and science. I heard negative things about the music program and the art one looked so dry. I have Miquon math already and so found no need to purchase math through K12.

Now, I have read that you can skip over lessons and there are many supplements that are optional. So it didn't seem to me that it moved slowly unless you did all the optional stuff. But, I haven't used it myself so I wouldn't know firsthand.
post #38 of 54
We rcvd our printed materials today and I am really excited about what the program offers. (Although I am totally clueless in regards to music, so I can not offer an opinion there.) The art, history and science look like they will be fun to teach and do the assignments given. I am going to review lang. arts, literature and math tomorrow.

The only item ds is not thrilled about is cursive, but it is HWT and it was already on the agenda for him--I bought it at a conference in May.
post #39 of 54
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Originally Posted by grahamsmom98 View Post
We bought the k12 curriculum (grade 1) and used it for part of a year.

Ds hated it (and I wasn't too thrilled with it either). We found it extremely tedious and slow. The on-line courses took forever and there were many technical glitches (we were unable to do print-outs). There on-line tech support was of NO help at all. We had three computer-saavy techno-geeks (their term for themselves!) come over and they assured us it was the k12 problem, not our computer (we actually bought a new hard drive just to make sure).

You aren't supposed to do every step of every lesson unless your child is having a hard time getting the concept. There are many mini-lessons within each lesson so you can pick and choose which are right for your child and which will help you meet the adjective of the lesson. Once we figured that out my kids started flying through it. In the lower grades the core subjects were done by noon each day. I always made Art part of the history lesson because Art is more of an Art History curriculum and follows the same timeline as the history.....and Dani loved trying to immitate the techniques of the masters.
post #40 of 54
i think k12 is like any curriculum probably, hit or miss...dependiing on the student and what you're looking for. i've never used k12, but there are lots of reviews at www.homeschoolreviews.com that should be really helpful in looking at the pros and cons. i love core knowledge though, which is the sequence k12 uses. i'm so happy with CK, and they are SO supportive....and i use all of the free stuff! sorry to hear that k12 was a bust for some of you. i felt that way about abeka....i was so excited to get it....but felt so let down when i did.
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