I love it, too; my mother says it's because I would have loved to do such a program for all the three or four years it took me to graduate.
In PA, we're not required to keep records until a child is eight; for BeanBean, it will be damn near nine because his birthday is in November (rather than before September 15). If we do the cyber school thing, I'll probably enroll him the year that he turns six. I haven't decided whether or not I should press the issue about next year; it really won't matter too much if he's a grade "younger." I think that I can make a good argument for putting him into first grade if he scores at first grade level or higher on his assessments, rather than into kindergarten.
So, assuming that he does, I may just ask them to let him skip kindergarten, which is unlikely to be a big deal (particularly in cyberschool).
As to skipping first grade... well, I don't know if that would be necessary for him. I do want to make sure that he's challenged, but at the same time I don't want him to be demoralized/depressed by the level of work they expect from him. The K12 program is fairly rigorous; it'll really depend on what he's up to at that point. It's all mastery based, though, so if he completes all of the first grade work in a month, they'll just ship the second grade stuff out.
: So I guess there's nothing for me to worry about there.
Placements are based not only on assessments, but on the parent's information, so if I think that he belongs in a different "level," I'll ask that he be placed there. It's all good.
We've got Singapore Primary Math 1A, but it's difficult for BeanBean because he doesn't write all that well, and he is very interested in doing things "correctly" (he won't use a sticker in a box instead of writing). He absolutely *loves* playing with pattern blocks, so we spend a lot of time doing that, and he will sleep with maps if you don't pull them away.
Bean's also a fan of First Language Lessons; we're about 1/3 of the way through that.
He really disklikes picture narration with the pictures in the book, though, so I use other images.
I can't really blame him for that, the illustrations aren't fabulous, but I thought that they could be worse.
His favorite thing is memorizing poems, and I keep promising him that I'll do some more Shel Silverstein with him, but I haven't gotten around to that.
mammal_mamma-- do you find the reader of the little house books to be particularly boring, or is that just me? I could barely stay awake, and I remember thinking, "Gee, these books were so interesting to read..."